Looking for love but tired of going to same Uptown clubs fighting with the bumping bass line to talk to that cutie you met at the bar? And have you had it with speed dating because there's never enough [or too much] of the opposite sex and not a good chance of making a connection?
If that's how you feel, then here's an event for you. Tonight Coretta Livingstone, also known as the QC Info Broker, and Kevan Glover are hosting a Lock and Key Affair, starting at 7 p.m. Unlike other Lock and Key Parties, this one won't be held at a club and there won't even be a DJ.
Creative Loafing: What is a Lock and Key party?
Coretta Livingstone: Well, I used to do speed dating, and I always used to get more women than men. I did some research and found that the ratio to women and men in Charlotte is about 20 to 1. And I found the people have a harder time coming out when they know they're going to be cornered into a speed dating situation. I saw the lock and key events and I decided to make it more fun. People come out to socialize, network and the possibility of a relationship. What happens is all the ladies get a lock and the men get a key. It makes the guys and girls a little less hesitant to go up and approach someone. Anytime someone gets a match [when the guy's key fits the woman's lock], I give out a prize. The idea is to find that one person and you talk all night. But if you want to toss your key or your lock back and find someone else to talk to, you can do that too.
Where is tonight's party?
We're doing it at Talent Link [2901 North Davidson St., Suite 131] rather than a club. That way, people who don't go to clubs can participate. People still want to meet other people whether they go to church, and not really into the clubbing type life. So this gives them an opportunity to come to a place that is a little more neutral. Talent Link is a place where that is set up real cute. There's a little area with couches, there are candles all through it. And there's a kitchen so we're able to have a place where we can keep our food nice and warm. It's almost like hosting people at your house. It's very comfortable to entertain people.
How is lock and key different from speed dating?
With the speed dating, all of the ladies are going to come in and sit down at one table and the guys are going to go from table to table and it's almost like you have to talk to every person. With the lock and key, you get to select who you want to talk to and who you don't want to talk to. Even with the lock and key, if I sit you across from John and he's not that appealing to you, you don't have to talk to him for three to seven minutes trying to have a conversation that you don't want to have. I make the announcement the beginning, ladies you have a lock, men you have a key. You walk up to them and ask if I can see if your key fits my lock. That gives you a chance to make a connection and keep that conversation going. You can be in the room with the lock and key and you're not obligated to talk to just one person.
Are tickets still available?
Yes, tickets are still available or you can just show up. We try to have an even number of men and women. So far, we have 37 people signed up.
What else is going on at the event tonight?
We have free mini spa services from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.