5 things to do on Mother's Day (after mimosas)

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Mara Hobel and Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest.

Mara Hobel and Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest.


You're going to Google it sometime this week in a panic, so we'll save you the trouble: Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 12. (To quote Mr. Mom, "It's real easy to forget what's important, so don't.") This year, why not skip the usual quick-pick-up-a-bouquet-on-the-way-to-brunch routine and take Mom out on the town? We already told you where to eat; here's where to go afterwards. (Book now. Some of these events are likely to sell out.)

For moms who think globally, shop locally…
Dose Market
This installment of the monthly food and shopping event focuses on mothers. Peruse fashions from Robin Richman, make a floral crown with buds from A Muse, try a bacon flight from Bakin' & Eggs, inhale a raspberry-rose cream puff from Eclair Bakery and much more. River East Art Center. Sunday 10am–4pm. $10, advance $8.

For moms who like a little sleight of hand…
The Magic Parlour
Illusionist Dennis Watkins dips into his trunk of wondrous effects, including a "Card Stab" involving a human-sized balloon. The ticket price for this up-close magic show includes a selection of wine and beer, and cocktail attire is encouraged. Palmer House Hilton. Sunday at 1pm. $75.

For cinephile moms (or moms who hate wire hangers)...
Mother's Day with "Mommie Dearest"
Camp Midnight provides running commentary for this special Mother's Day showing of the outrageously bad, compulsively watchable biopic, based on the best-selling book by Joan Crawford's adopted daughter. The event includes a pre-screening brunch at Mystic Celt (11:30am–1:30pm, $30) and a mother-daughter matching outfit contest. The first 100 people seated get their very own wire hangerThe Music Box. Sunday at 2pm. $12.

For moms who love love ballads…
To Mother—With Love (A Concert Just for Her)
You could serenade her yourself, but why not leave it to the professionals? Black Ensemble Theater presents a Mother's Day concert of love songs featuring Rashawn Thompson, Melanie McCullough, Dawn Bless and more onstage regulars. Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center. Sunday at 3pm. $50.

For moms who think humor is funny...
Let Them Eat Chaos
The Second City's 101st Mainstage Revue is a spirited, time-traveling show about personal relationships. It's a great one to see on Mother's Day: Chaos and comedy with a side of improv—that's what parenting is like. The Second City Mainstage. Sunday at 7pm. $23–$28.


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