Hamptons High Vs. Low! High and low culture are again at war in the Hamptons. Tom Wolfe—the last properly dressed man in New York, along with Gay Talese and Lady Bunny—hosts afternoon tea amid the grassy, botoxed WASP splendor of the Meadow Club, while a clutch of downtown artists simultaneously bring some carnal-minded canvases to the land of demure East End seascapes. Mr. Wolfe will “probably be taking an unpopular position on a topic of great interest,” conjectured Mrs. Wood of the National Hypertension Association, the tea event’s beneficiary. “Everyone’s interested in Tom and what he does. He lives in Southampton part of the time. He’s a local character. He always wears a white suit!” A few miles away the Salomon Contemporary Warehouse opens a “Sex & Sensuality” exhibit, featuring art stars, such as Will Cotton, Ghada Amer, Eric Fischl and Nir Hod, who find “their full sensorial expression through painting, drawing, needlework, and sculpture.” Hot! Of course, we’re partial to Cecily Brown, whose featured work is described as an “orgiastic fete galante with rabbits in a furious state of satyriasis.” Our tummy hurts already. If we had wheels, we’d be speeding north to Cooperstown (which is somewhere near Albany, we think), where a restored 1830’s English-style country house called Hyde Hall will provide the backdrop for a curious fund-raising dinner-dance titled “A Night at the Casbah” (i.e., that place in Tangiers where our parents get Persian rugs). All manner of summer-home-owning Manhattanites will dance the night away in incomparable Jane Eyre-goes-Morocco style. The theme, a rep tells us, was dreamed up by co-chair Mitchell Owens, an editor at ELLE DECOR and a Morocco enthusiast. Best of all, “we’re going to have a camel, a belly-dancer, and costumed servers!” she said. Let’s hope for the belly dancer’s sake that the camel isn’t in a furious state of satyriasis.
[“Tea with Tom,” The Meadow Club, First Neck Lane, Southampton, 212-889-3557; “Sex & Sensuality,” Salomon Contemporary Warehouse, 6 Plank Road, Unit 3, East Hampton, 917-617-0828; “A Night at the Casbah,” Hyde Hall, Glimmerglass State Park, Cooperstown, 607-547-5098]