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An Iron Maiden Among Cowboys From Hell: I Survived Speed Metal Dating

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Now I have you with me, under my power. Our love grows stronger now with every hour. Look into my eyes, you’ll see who I am. My name is Lucifer, please take my hand. – Black Sabbath

Yesterday eve, a hoard of leather-jacket-clad girls with flowing manes and practiced scowl-pouts made their way to their assigned seats at Saint Vitus. The mood was heavy, everyone seemed to know that they faced the potential for both complete humiliation and romantic glory at the very first Speed Metal Dating. I was among the 74 people who showed up, a sacrificial lamb for stunt journalism.

What happened? Lemmy tell you…

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Get Slayed at Speed Metal Dating, This Weekend at Saint Vitus

(Flyer via Dave Hill and Trish Nelson)

(Flyer via Dave Hill and Trish Nelson)

“It might just be crazy enough to work,” mused Dave Hill, the comedian and author who’s now embarking on his second venture in “alt” romantic encounters. It’s Speed Metal Dating, happening this weekend at Saint Vitus!

It’s likely that you know Hill from his Monday night WFMU show The Goddamn Dave Hill Show, or perhaps you recognize him from his Comedy Central appearances and brief bits on Inside Amy Schumer (Hill also has a new book coming out May 10, Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore). But it’s also A-OK to admit that you recognize Dave Hill from Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now, the comedian’s original North Brooklyn dating event at the Black Rabbit aimed at rabid fans of the Smiths and Morrissey.

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How Kate Bolick Got Off the Conveyor Belt and Embraced Spinsterism

(Photo: Willy Somma)

(Photo: Willy Somma)

In 2011, Kate Bolick touched off a heated debate with her confessional Atlantic article “All the Single Ladies,” which described her experience breaking up with her “loyal, kind” boyfriend of three years, assuming someone new would come along, only to find herself still unattached at 39 and dealing with the stigma and fears that come with singledom. Her first book, Spinster, tells the story of what happened when she embraced being single. It interweaves her personal life with historical context brought to life by five single ladies who were reveling in their independence long before Beyonce wrote the anthem.

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Lane Moore, Host of ‘Tinder Live,’ Tells Us How to Navigate That ‘Sea of Cocky Idiots’

(Photo Credit: Katia Temkin)

(Photo Credit: Katia Temkin)

Next Saturday, instead of staying home and cruising Tinder, let Lane Moore do the swiping for you. The writer, musician, and stand-up comic produces and hosts the popular show Tinder LIVE!, which returns to the Knitting Factory on June 6. Once again, Moore will offer funny tips and observations about real Tinder profiles, and call on the audience as she decides to swipe left or right. As a warm-up, I asked Moore to reflect on past Tinder experiences (both scary and blush-worthy). Read on as she tells us how to navigate the vast amount of hot bods, tiger pics and corny bios.

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It’s Official: Flyering Is the New Swiping

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Months after we spoke to Dan “Looking For a Girlfriend” Perino about the flyers he threw up around the East Village, they’re still everywhere. We take it the lampost lothario still hasn’t found that girlfriend, but that hasn’t stopped the above Don Juan from putting up these hilarious “Also Looking for a Girlfriend” flyers in Williamsburg. Dude has copped Perino’s exact steez — except he specifies that, in addition to being an artist, he’s a game designer looking for a “gamer chick” who likes burgers (vegans need not apply).

Either that or he’s the same guy putting up the fake movie flyers.

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The Latest Lamppost Lothario Has Gotten Over 400 Calls

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When we saw this latest “Looking for a Girlfriend” poster up around the East Village, we thought it might be one of our previous flyer boys. Probably not swinging-man Alex, but possibly lonely-hearted Luis. This assumption was based on similar, defensive wording: “I’m really looking for a girlfriend. This is not a joke. Just tired of the singles scene and hoping to meet the right person…Open to the possibility of the relationship morphing into something more profound.”
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Play/Date

Interactive and immersive, Play/Date isn’t really a show as much as an experience: it takes place at a lounge (Fat Baby in the Lower East Side), where the audience can either sit or meander while they watch performers move around the bar and perform a series of short plays. Sure, the plays’ subject—New York dating—has been beaten to death. But Play/Date is less about the stories and more about the interaction between the audience and the actors. Did we mention you’re encouraged to drink while you watch? Sold.

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We Answered This Personal Ad Placed On an East Village Phone Booth

Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

No, not everybody is swiping away on Tinder. We recently spotted a couple of handmade lonely-hearts flyers in the East Village. The one at left offered just an email address and a head shot of Oscar the Grouch. We decided to get in touch with ladies man “Alex A,” and he answered a few of our questions about love and luck in the city. (Though only after he had made a play for a date. Cheeky devil.) Read our exchange below, and stay tuned tomorrow as we talk to the author of the other flyer, a loner from Detroit who wrote, “If you have a heart you can give me a call or text.”
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Play/Date

Interactive and immersive, Play/Date isn’t really a show as much as an experience: it takes place at a lounge (Fat Baby in the Lower East Side), where the audience can either sit or meander while they watch performers move around the bar and perform a series of short plays. Sure, the plays’ subject—New York dating—has been beaten to death. But Play/Date is less about the stories and more about the interaction between the audience and the actors. Did we mention you’re encouraged to drink while you watch? Sold.

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Tonight: Enjoy a Casual Encounter With a Founder of OkCupid

Christian Rudder

Christian Rudder

Remember the Love Calculator? Though still a reliable standby, we’ve come a long way since the days when we depended on Dr. Love to diagnose compatibility. There’s now a whole universe of dating data out there thanks to the explosion of Internet dating sites. Christian Rudder, co-founder of endless source of romantic hilarity, OkCupid, put his Harvard degree in mathematics to good use and tapped into this datasphere. Tonight at the Yard, he’ll present material from his forthcoming book about data driven matchmaking.
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