Make Mom Happy in Memphis This Weekend

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There are plenty of Mother's Day brunches and buffets this weekend, many of which are listed in our online calendar. But if yo' mama would rather stray from tradition, there are plenty of other fun parent-friendly gatherings this weekend.

Let mom stuff her face with spanakopita at the annual Memphis Greek Festival at the Annunciation Greek Church on Saturday. Guests can sample traditional foods, take native dancing lessons, and shop for Greek fest souvenirs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Is mom a W.W. Herenton fan? Or did she vote for Carol Chumney in the last mayoral election? If she's got an opinion on Memphis politics, she might enjoy the Race and Politics Forum at the University of Memphis Law School on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Randolph Meade Walker, Steve Mulroy, Calvin Anderson, and others will discuss "The Impact of Race on Political Leadership in Memphis."

Mom will get a laugh at the Memphis Improv All-Stars Cage Match, a talent show pitting the city's three comedy improv troupes -- FreakEngine, The Wise Guys, and Running Gag -- against one another. Hey, you and mom can even take bets on who's the funniest. The show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday night at TheatreWorks.

If it's fine diamonds and quality wine mom's after, make her night with a bid on such items at the annual "Art of Good Taste" Grand Auction at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art on Saturday night. The event begins at 5 p.m.

Celebrate with class on Mother's Day Sunday at the Mom and Pops Concert with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra at Temple Israel. Don't forget to pack a picnic dinner. Show begins at 6 p.m.

-- Bianca Phillips

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