“Everyone was asking a lot of questions about me and what I do,” she says. “I really like that it’s not just an evening where you’d drag along three friends and sit alone in a bar; you intermingle, which is unique in this city.”
Mr. Watson says that some people would prefer to maintain the status quo, however. Be Bar, which typically caters to a homosexual clientele, draws in a slighty different demographic on X nights: mostly straight, young, creative types. “There are a lot of ideas as to this separation of the art community,” says Mr. Watson. “Some people react negatively.”
Dave Gutierrez, founder of the event’s co-producer Flavored Layers, is helping engineer an online component for X (www.xindc.tv) that he hopes will expand the event to other cities, secure more work for participating artists, and provide additional online-only entertainment and arts content (even Web TV).
For now, though, X isn’t likely to attract a crowd of 1,000 at Be Bar. For one, the sleek, modernist lounge wouldn’t hold that many. Also, as Mr. Fogel points out, the party and its products aren’t really manufactured for mainstream appeal. “It’s fringe,” he says.
Ultimately, numbers seem less important to him than the impressions people take from this “happening.”
The next X is tomorrow from 6 to 10 p.m. at Be Bar (1318 9th Street NW; 202/232-7450; www.bebardc.com).