Best New Pickup Scene - 2008
Back in 2005, Michael Ellsberg grew tired of having the same old conversations when meeting people in bars. So he invented the Eye-Gazing Party — a singles event much like speed dating, only without the talking. At the shindigs, men and women take turns gazing into each other's eyes for two minutes at a time, followed by a break in which they mack heavily on whomever they felt chemistry with. After finding success in New York City (Elle called eye-gazing the city's "hottest dating trend"), Ellsberg brought the concept to the Bay Area last year. So far, the events have proved highly popular, gaining traction with Burners, New Ageists, and assorted other love seekers. Finally, the pickup line is a thing of the past.