Howdy, friends! The weekend is upon us again, and it's gotten an exciting start with the crazy weather we've been having the last few days. But with these much needed spring showers comes new life and new fun to the Central Texas region. (Give us rain any day over a single May weekend with temperatures over 100 degrees!)
In case you haven't been paying attention to the commercials on the radio or the Internet, you should also know that Sunday is Mother's Day. So it's time to treat your maternal figures to some fun this weekend and thank them for what they've meant to you over the years.
So here we've got some suggestions for what you can do with your mom(s) besides the usual church and brunch. This is Austin, after all...
Friday and Saturday, treat mom to the catchy Latin beats of bands like Los Lonely Boys, Calle 13 and Alejandro Escovedo at Pachanga Fest 2012 at Fiesta Gardens. It's an entire cultural arts festival, complete with amazing artwork and food in addition to the cumbia, mariachi, salsa, hip-hop, rock and electronica sounds you'd hear echoing off the Lake. This is a very special celebration for Austin, and a great way to get a little Tex-Mex excitement in your weekend.
If you're more in the old skool hip-hop mood, the Belmont is hosting 90s legends Salt N Pepa in a one-night-only special event. We can't even tell you how excited we are to welcome Sandy and Cheryl to Austin to relive their #1s like "Push It," "Shoop," "Whatta Man" and "None of Your Business." There's a reason these are our go-to songs at karaoke: It's because they're amazing, show-stopping sing-alongs that everyone can admit to loving. Bring mom, I'm sure she'll get a kick out of it.
Meanwhile, at Salvage Vanguard Theater, the Ladies Are Funny Festival (LAFF) Festival is in full effect through Saturday night. The lineups have continued to improve each year, and we can guarantee plenty of laughs to go around. Friday night, sketch comedy groups from across the country will provide the gyno-centric comedy, and Saturday night is a night for stand-up and improv comedy. There's a group Saturday night called Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting that will make it worth your trek (especially when you get to tell people that's where you're going).
If your mother is a bit more refined and appreciates the finer things Austin has to offer, we suggest taking her to Ballet Austin's lavish production of Romeo & Julietat the Long Center. If you love the story of star-crossed lovers but yawn at the thought of all that stuffy Shakespearean language, you'll love seeing the action played out with beautiful choreography and music from the Austin Symphony Orchestra. What a way to make Mom swoon.
Finally, if you want a new take on brunch for Mother's Day with great food but less chit-chat, might we suggest taking ol' Mommie Dearest to the Alamo Drafthouse on Sunday for the Breakfast at Tiffany's Mother's Day Brunchat the new Slaughter Lane location? The four-course menu prepared by Chef John Bullington will thrill you as much as the romantic tension building between the fabulous Audrey Hepburn and the dashing Buddy Ebsen. Just forget that Holly Golightly is a call girl and that Mickey Rooney is even in it. You can just pay attention to how delicious your meal is when those parts come up.
So that's just a few of our top picks for this weekend. Stay dry, have fun and kiss Mom on the cheek for us. She's done a lot for you and it's the least you could do besides cleaning your room and calling more often...