by David Mendez
Still stuck on things to do for Mother's Day? Listen, we've got your back. Check out these things you can do for the mom in your life before stepping out of the way and letting her relax for a while, dammit (special thanks to Tucson Weekly's rock critic/calendar mistress extraordinaire Linda Ray for her assistance):
Brunch: Seriously, this town has got brunch specials up the wazoo for Mother's Day. We already mentioned the good things going on at Wildflower and North Italian Farmhouse, but wait, there's more!
RA Sushi is going to be offering Happy Hour specials all day, from 11 a.m.. to close on Mother's Day, with specials on cocktails, beer, wine, sake, sushi and puns based on the restaurant's name — worth a look, for the sushi-loving mom in your life.
Cup Café at Hotel Congress is getting in on the brunchin' action as well, with Mother's Day brunch specials running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. My pick: the Pear, Brie and Capicola Monte Cristo sandwich.
Maynards Kitchen will be running a "family-style brunch" featuring Apple-Sage French Toast, Chicken Au Jambon and House Smoked Prime Rib. That one will set you back a bit, as seats are $45 per person (seats for kids 10 and under are $15 each) but considering the quality that Maynards is known for, it'll be well worth the price.
Proper, one of the newest eateries in town (prominently mentioned in this week's Cover Story, by the way), will also be starting up their brunch menu this weekend in time for Mother's Day — no word as to any specials as of yet, but given the rave reviews I've heard on the street, I would figure them to be a prime option this weekend — also, I have it on good authority, from numerous trusted sources, that the Prop Prop wings will "change your life." Get them.
Feel like getting crafty with Mom and the kids? Take the clan out to the Tucson Botanical Gardens, where you can spend some time crafting flowers out of recycled metal cans for Mom while taking a walk around the gardens. (Why, perhaps this would be a good way to give Mom a peaceful break at home while making her gifts! Thank me later for the idea.) Tucson Botanical Gardens will be running the workshop from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $15 to get in ($10 for members), which includes admission to the gardens and the cost for the materials.
As usual, the Loft Cinemas are doing something extra cool for this holiday, as they're screening the 1945 classic Mildred Pierce, starring Joan Crawford at noon, followed by a screening of the documentary Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives, which takes a look at new birthing movements in the U.S.
And finally, if you aren't able to do anything during the day, why not take Mom out to Os Mutantes at Club Congress? Why yes, we do believe that you should celebrate Mother's Day with great music. As you might remember, the last Os Mutantes show was cancelled due to mechanical failure — hopefully similar issues won't befall us again this Sunday, lest we begin to consider ourselves cursed. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door.
Of course, as staffer Mari Herreras noted, it's not necessarily about the gifts this Mother's Day: It's about the love.