Sunday, May 10
A collective squeal rises from the island as it suddenly occurs to the hung-over masses, slumped on the subway on the way to brunch: #$#*&Q@*#, it’s Mother’s Day! Curse self for ungratefulness while phoning in wilted flower arrangement that will arrive three days late and wondering if this will be the straw that finally gets us booted off the family plan. … Over at the expensively renovated yet critically panned Oak Room, those still making up for last year’s Mother’s Day flubs get mom sloshed over an $85 tasting menu involving “waffles with cookies and cream or caramelized bananas” and that old favorite, “toad in the hole,” which was briefly the nickname of one of our college roommates.
[Oak Room Mother’s Day Brunch, Plaza Hotel, 10 Central Park South, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 212-758-7777]
Monday, May 11
Is it Memorial Day Yet? The art/fashion/scenester benefits roll on unabated, unaware that we’re trying to have a recession here! Feisty and much-loved Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa co-chairs an auction benefiting arts mentoring organization Free Arts NYC with nightlife queen Amy Sacco and reality TV fashion presence Mary Alice Stephenson; art world socialite Yvonne Force Villareal provides art cred, Liv Tyler lends procreative Hollywood glam and models Karolina Kurkova, Iman—that’s Mrs. David Bowie to you, sir!—Molly Sims, and Hilary Rhoda provide the requisite pulchritude. …
[Free Arts NYC Annual Art Auction Benefit in Collaboration with Calvin Klein Collection, 205 West 39th Street, 7 p.m., 212-974-9092]
Tuesday, May 12
Endlessly fascinating Anna Wintour—fresh off hosting the Ball of the Year, dahling!—makes her long-awaited appearance at the 92nd Street Y, presumably sans sunglasses, to impart wisdom on the flabby, undisciplined, faux-Balenciaga-toting masses, as well as several hundred blond Bucknell grads hoping to be hired as one of her (three, at last count) assistants. …
[Anna Wintour in Conversation with Jonathan Tisch, 1395 Lexington Avenue, 8 p.m., http://www.92y.org]
Wednesday, May 13
Broads battle back! The ladies of the Society of Memorial-Sloan Kettering will not be upstaged by a bunch of unwashed artists! Today, the gals roar back to reclaim the social season (and the party-picture Web sites) with their second annual Spring Ball at the Plaza, co-chaired by uptown institutions Muffie Potter Aston and Tory Burch, not to mention socialites Shafi Roepers, Caryn Zucker and Sara Ayres, and featuring a performance by hot recording artist (of several years ago) Macy Gray! And since curing cancer tends to bring out the benefit big guns, expect to share the dance floor with David Koch, hedge fund couple David and Danielle Ganek, Andrew and Jill Roosevelt and Renee Rockefeller (this is all sounding so chicly Gilded Age!), as well as more recent arrivistes Helen Schifter, Paul and Dayssi Olarte Kanavos, Gillian Miniter and Chappy Morris and his younger blogging wife, Melissa … chin up, wealthiest one-percenters!!
[The Society of Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s 2nd Annual Spring Ball, Plaza Hotel, 68 Fifth Avenue, 7 p.m., 212-639-7972]