Mother’s Day Good - Music Festival - Fri, May 12 - 8 pm - Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave, Downtown Brooklyn - Treat mom to some good tunes as the second annual Mother’s Day Good Music Festival returns to Brooklyn. Don’t miss this year’s celebration of mothers and music, featuring R&B superstars Tyrese, Anthony Hamilton, KEM and Brandy, and introducing special guest Major.
From My Mother’s Mother - Sat, May 13 - 7:30 pm - Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing - Mothers get in free to this presentation of a Korean chamber opera. The opera is about a Korean tradition where Korean women, post- birth, are given seaweed soup, which is prepared by their mother and believed to assist in recovery.
This story, composed by Jeeyoung Kim and libretto written by Janine Joseph, deals with love and reconciliation through one mother providing something to help her daughter, only to face rejection. The performance is in English with English and Korean subtitles. Prices are $10 each, or free for members, students, and mothers.
Brooklyn Mother’s Day Half - Sun, May 14 - 8:45 am Check-in starts; 10 am race starts - Prospect Park by the Greek Shelter, Parade Pl. and ParkSide Ave.
If fitness is something that you and your mother bond over, why not go for a run? The course consists of 4 loops. It starts and finishes at the Greek Shelter. There will be water stations about every 2 miles along the course. Besides water there will be bananas and oranges and sports drink and gels. Post Race snacks include bagels, cream cheese spreads, organic jelly and peanut butter. Visit www.active.com/brooklyn-ny/running for more info and to register.
My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter: Mother’s Day Poetry Reading - Sun, May 14
3-5 pm - Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy, Prospect Heights
Enjoy powerful poetry. On Mother’s Day, join the museum for an intimate afternoon of poetry by Brooklyn-born Aja Monet, whose new collection, ‘My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter,’ is an ode to mothers, daughters, and sisters—the important people who fight to change the world.
Complemented by striking cover art from Carrie Mae Weems, these stunning poems tackle racism, sexism, heartbreak, and grief, but also love, motherhood, spirituality, and black joy.
Monet discusses how resistance is fostered through mother-daughter relationships, bringing to life the radical legacy presented in the exhibition ‘We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85.’ She is joined by Linda Sarsour of the Arab Association of New York. Tickets are $12 ($10 for Members). Tickets with copy of Monet’s book are $25 ($20 for Members).
Mother’s Day Brunch at QBG - Sun, May 14 - 10 am and 1 pm sessions - Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing - While many brunch on Mother’s Day, how many do so in a garden? As in the Queens Botanical Garden? Treat mom to a delicious farm-to-table brunch. Featuring a sumptuous menu by Bartleby & Sage Catering, guests will enjoy freshly made hot dishes from an Italian Market menu, muffins, scones, fair-trade coffees, teas, and more. Includes one complimentary glass of wine for adults and organic milk and apple juice for children. Cash bar for sodas and alcoholic beverages. Register for the event at qbgmothersday2017.eventbrite.com. Don’t wait too long! Members: $50 per adult, $28 per child; Non-members: $55 per adult, $30 per child.
Mother’s Day at Q.E.D Astoria - Q.E.D., 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria - Wicked Mothers and Mother May I Wicked Mothers: A Dark - Celebration of Mother’s Day - Sun, May 14 - 2-3 pm - Are you history buffs or possibly fans of dark and twisted things? The origins of Mother’s Day are darkly tragic so why not take a look at the darker side of Mother’s Day? Marie Carter leads this lecture that will take you on a historical “tour” of what might be considered some of the worst mothers from history that will leave you with a new appreciation of your own dear mom. Murderers? Check. Sociopaths? Check. Abusers? Check. The stories will range from mildly suffocating to downright horrifying. Mother-in-laws included, too!
Mother May I? - Sun, May 14 - 4:30-6 pm and 6-7 pm - In Mother May I?, comics are given permission to share their most hilariously personal insights on motherhood. After all, there's NOBODY like Mom. Bring your mother and family and enjoy our mimosa specials! Lineup includes Joanna Reynolds, Misha Han, John Rosenberger, Shalewa Sharpe, Julie Kottakis and Ariel Elias.