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Give Mom a Night On the Town

Five ways to thank that lovely lady—and get her out of the house.

By Allyson Marrs May 4, 2011

Photo courtesy John Ulman.

Giggle, giggle, gossip, gossip. Candace Vance and Leslie Law star in The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Skip the brunch line (we hear the eggs are cold and the mimosas are weak) and consider giving Mom a little culture for Mother’s Day. It’s the least you can do after all those years of teen angst you put her through.

For the Original Desperate Housewife
Before Wisteria Lane, there was the village of Windsor, where Mistresses Ford and Page had their fun with the foolish Falstaff. Mom will get a kick out of The Merry Wives of Windsor, a Seattle Shakespeare production on at Center House. $22–$38. May 7 & 8 at 2 & 7:30.

For the Well-Read Lady
All you have to do is whisper three little words (“Joyce. Carol. Oates.”) and her interest will be piqued. At Town Hall on Sunday, local actors will do dramatic readings of female-centric literature for Short Stories Live!, including Joyce Carol Oates’s “Upholstery,” Sarah Orne Jewett’s “A White Heron,” and Mary McCarthy’s “Cye.” $10–$15. May 8 at 4.

For the Mom Who Sings in the Shower
Seattle Opera’s production of The Magic Flute, which opens Saturday, has it all: a score by Mozart, a fairytale love story, and high fashion (the costumer is famed designer Zandra Rhodes). Mom will be humming arias on the ride home. $25–$192. May 7 at 7:30, May 8 at 2.

For the Mom Who Tipples at Noon
Sample Matthews Estate’s new wines during this special Mother’s Day event. Not only will Mom appreciate her surroundings—the boutique winery’s sprawling eight-acre property in Woodinville—but she’ll also get a free tasting just by showing off photos of you. May 8 from 1–6. Matthews Estate House, 16116 140th PI NE, Woodinville.

For the Mom Who Needs a Nap
Northwest Film Forum will screen the best short films from the past six years of the Seattle Children’s Film Festival, and give out mimosas for moms and goodies for the kids. Mimosas? A dark room? Sounds lovely to us. $6–$9. May 8 at 5.

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