We admit to pumping a fist in the air a few weeks ago when media outlets reported that, for the first time ever, single people in the U.S. now outnumber married couples. This, to our minds, is right and proper. Youth may be wasted on the young, but singlehood is very rarely wasted on the single – and if it is, those unhappy uncommitteds ought to exit the single party as soon as possible. They'll just bring everybody down.
In any event, if that person is you – particularly if you're female, young, attractive, and you give good camera – you may have the chance to turn your existential longing for someone, anyone, into true love via the miracle of reality television. This weekend, the producers of ABC's The Bachelor will be in town seeking unattached, TV-ready hotties who are willing to spend a season cohabitating with a bevy of similarly desperate, back-stabbing bachelorettes while they each vie for the same seemingly stoned playa.
From Saturday to Wednesday, casting agents from The Bachelor spread out across downtown with open calls for candidates – X chromosomes only, please – at more than a half-dozen bars and restaurants. On Sat. Nov. 25, they're at High Cotton (8-9 p.m.). On Sunday, they take over Coast Bar & Grill from 8-9 p.m., which may well turn that restaurant's normally busy half-price-wine Sunday into an estrogen-fueled stampede of semi-celebrity wannabes.
On Monday, the search team sets up the casting couch at ECO Fitness & Blue Turtle Yoga (4-6 p.m.) then move to Wild Wing Café for their main event from 7-9 p.m, with TV and radio support. At King Street Grille at roughly the same time (8-9 p.m.), organizers will turn the casting area into an ersatz screening room, where girls can watch the season finale of The Bachelor: Rome while they wait. Any Johns Islanders who can't make it all the way downtown can bring their able bodies to J. Paulz on Maybank Highway on Wed. Nov. 29 from 9-10 p.m. for your shot at, just maybe, a lifetime of committed, domestic, monogomistic bliss. (Hey, nobody ever said reality TV was real.) –Patrick Sharbaugh
If you were at Darkness to Light's pull-out-all-the-stops gala last week, you may have met a future Academy Award winner. Classy director Amy Berg, whose documentary Deliver Us From Evil nabbed her D2L's Voice of Courage Award at the event, was shortlisted this week by Oscar prognosticators as one of 15 docs likely to get the nod for a nom. Be honest: whose acceptance speech would you rather see, hers or Al Gore's? We thought so. –PS