Three days and many ways to say, "Thanks Mom."
Picking socks off the floor is a monumental task at 12 years old. Sure, they stink, but they don't seem to be hurting anybody just lying there in the middle of the room. Messes, for reasons beyond the young mind, seem to be the focal point of a mother's nagging. For a kid, these strange creatures get horribly worked up over minor transgressions, remain calm and cool during moments of spilled blood and yell embarrassing things at sporting events. As a kid grows up, that woman they once couldn't stand being away from becomes the most agitating person in the world before suddenly it all clicks. She cried all those times because of her pride in her children and frustration that hers weren't the perfect beings she was trying to raise.
The idea to celebrate mothers with their own holiday came about, not as a repentance for the bad behavior that children are prone to, but as a celebration of their pacifism. Mother's Day itself was the first Mother's Day present. Anna Jarvis and her West Virginia town honored Anna's mother for her work to reconcile opposed neighbors after the Civil War. By 1914, the holiday had caught on and was declared a national event.
Whether your mother ranks up there with Mother Theresa or is a touch more Joan Crawford, the lady gave you life, and didn't take it away like she probably threatened to a time or two, so if she's a passionate gardener or a fan of fine art, there are plenty of ways to honor her for being the best mom she knew how to be.
Givin' Mom Her Groove Back
Rosemary Daniell launches and reads from her new book, Secrets of the Zona Rosa: How Writing (and Sisterhood) Can Change Women's Lives. It's the perfect way to get that feminist in ***image2***mom stirred up and inspire her to create something, since she did such a great job with her now near-perfect children.
5-6 pm Friday, May 12. Free. Garcia Street Books, 376 Garcia St., 986-0151
A Feast of Flowers
While tulips are quite lovely, the taste isn't so great. Help mom spruce up her garden this year by taking her out and Stalking The Wild Herbs. She'll learn about edible and medicinal local plants, which will spruce up the old flowerpots and help take care of her the next time that nasty flu rolls through town.
9 am-3 pm Saturday, May 13. $45. ***image3***Ecoversity, 2639 Agua Fria, 424-9797
Spa While You Shop
It can get stressful scouring the shops for the perfect gift, especially for someone with as much class and style as mom. Instead of stressing about it there's a way to relax, enjoy the experience and get a mini facial at the same time, making finding that perfect gift a joy.
11 am-3 pm Saturday, May 13. Free. Pharmaca, 530 W. Cordova Road,
It's Not Nagging
Moms are known for their monologues. If kids would listen to them, they might shift into conversations, ***image8***but hey, let's be realistic here. Project Life Stories presents an evening of theraputic monologues on the trials and joys of motherhood to benefit Many Mothers, a Santa Fe nonprofit that helps the families of newborns.
8 pm Saturday, May 13. $20. Armory for the Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 992-2570
What do moms and Japanese ceramics have in common? Apparently they both possess Quiet Beauty. In ***image5***conjunction with its exhibition on the Asian beauties, mom can take a load off while sampling matcha while discovering the Way of Tea or arranging her own Mother's Day bouquet, Ikebana style.
Japanese Tea Demonstration. 1-2:30 pm; Ikebana flower arranging demonstration. 3-4:30 pm, Sunday May 14. Free to NM residents. $8 non-residents. Museum of International Folk Art, 706 Camino Lejo, 476-1200
Threads of Love
Traditional Diné (Navajo) lore tells of Spider Woman. Not a skyscraper scaling superhero, but a supernatural woman who brought the art of weaving to the people. She must be some goddess ***image6***because Diné textiles are known around the world. A demonstration and talk open the Museum of Indian Arts and Cultures' Spider Woman's Gift: Navajo Weaving Traditions.
1-4 pm, Sunday May 14. Free to NM residents. $8 non-residents. Museum of Indian Arts and Cultures, 710 Camino Lejo, 476-1269
Elias Rivera's paintings capture the common moments of activity in life. In conjunction with the Santa Fe portion of his retrospective, Rivera will be hosting a gallery talk to discuss his work. ***image7***These paintings are just like mom: beautiful, serene, colorful and classic.
2-3 pm, Sunday May 14. Free. Museum of Fine Arts, 107 W. Palace Ave., 476-5072
Adam Golka's mom must be proud. Her little boy, at 18, is poised to become the next big thing in the piano world, plus she taught him everything she knew about the instrument. Golka and Santa Fe Pro Musica team up for a piano recital celebrating Mother's Day with the works of Beethoven, Villa-Lobos, Chopin and Medtner.
3 pm, Sunday May 14. $10-$60. The Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St., 988-1234
Boys fight with their siblings a lot, but when they grow up there's a bond there that just can't be beat. Brothers Ryan and Sean Helean share the glory with their art and music showcase. Vibrant colors, colorful music and a talented family affair, mom will love knowing that her little ones might one day work together so well.
2-4 pm, Sunday May 14. Free. Tropic of Capricorn, 86 Old Las Vegas Hwy, 983-2700