Saturday, August 30

A “great Tomato Taste-Off” improves any day, in our opinion! Hamptonites, finally tiring of cocktail frocks and Yachtinis and pretending they’re not scared pantless about the debt they’ve racked up renting that atrocious pile in Southampton, focus instead on fresh local produce! Quail Hill Farm has apparently grown 50 varieties of organic tomatoes, all of which will be sampled and ranked by prominent Hamptons herbivores (who may then have to skip dinner!). And for those of us who can only afford oatmeal these days, actual food being too expensive, Sonic Youth plays the last show at McCarren Park Pool before it becomes, you know, a pool again, washing away the high, artfully-rumpled masses and replacing them with squealing schoolchildren (we’re ambivalent on which we prefer). Like the demise of the Domino sugar factory, don’t expect the hipster youth to take this one lying down (and while the hairstyles tonight cost just as much as those at the Tomato Taste-off, they don’t want you to think they did …).

[10th Annual Great Tomato Taste-off, the Apple Orchard, Quail Hill Farm, Side Hill Lane, Amagansett, 9 a.m. to noon, 631-283-3195; Sonic Youth at McCarren Park Pool, Williamsburg, http://www.ticketmaster.com]

mbryan@observer.com

Saturday, August 30