Clearly there’s something wrong with our eating habits: Two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, yet the diet industry generates $40 billion each year. The Futurists have a solution to our weight-loss woes: Consume art instead of food. With roots in early 20th century Italy, Futurism is an art and social movement that champions the triumph of humanity and technology over nature. The movement’s founder, F.T. Marinetti, believed that humans could replicate the pleasure of eating through the stimulation of other senses. For the second year running, some local Futurists are hosting “A Tactile Dinner,” which offers diners-cum-theatergoers 15 multisensory courses. A choreographed waitstaff will serve participants such sculptural, multimedia dishes as Touch/Taste and Perfected Pizza, inspired by experiments in Marinetti’s Futurist Cookbook. Expect no pasta courses: Marinetti considered the carb an inducer of “sentimental irony.” Less dining than performance art, A Tactile Dinner may leave you with an empty stomach. As for your creative needs? We’ll let you know, once we figure out whether to send our gallery reviewer or our food critic.
DINNER IS SERVED AT 7:30 P.M. AND 9:30 P.M. (5 P.M. SUNDAY) AT LONG VIEW GALLERY, 1234 9TH STREET NW. $45. (202) 232-4788.