11 Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day 2016 in Metro Phoenix

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"Defining Moments"
Instead of shopping, take a few hours to appreciate the art of fashion. "Defining Moments: 50 Years of Fashion" showcases a half-century of work done by the Arizona Costume Institute, and is on display every Sunday from now until August 7 at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue. Check out glorious costumes – including authentic Chanel flapper dresses and 18th-century gowns – from noon to 5 p.m. for $15 per adult.

Purple Rain
Mom is still totally mourning Prince, and you are, too. So what better way to pay major respect together than the Cult Classics screening of 1984's Purple Rain? Don your best purple outfit or Vikings jersey and head to Pollack Tempe Cinemas, 1825 East Elliot Road, on Saturday May 7. It pours from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m., and tickets are $11 with VIP packages from $20 to $40.

Thunder From Down Under
Is Mom a riot? Are you two at that level where you can catcall together? If yes, check out Thunder From Down Under – that 90-minute song-and-dance number put on by some of Australia’s top beefcakes.

Get loud at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 East Indian Bend Road in Scottsdale starting at $25. Show times for this 21-and-older event are scattered throughout Mother’s Day weekend, including at 5 and 8 p.m. on Friday, May 6, and at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, (the 8 p.m. show is sold out).

If Mom’s all like, “We never take advantage of the theater in this town,” then take Mother's Day to remedy the sitch by checking out a new play by Scott Cater – executive producer for HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher – that's simply titled: The Gospel According To Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens And Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord.

Running from May 5 through 29, you can catch Jefferson, Dickens, Tolstoy, and your mother all in the same room – probably loudly voicing their opinions. Showtimes for Sunday, May 8, are 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe Street. Tickets range from $50 to $73.

Phoenix Mercury vs. Seattle Storm
The last game of the preseason may be just the ticket. The WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury will be taking on the Seattle Storm this Mother’s Day. Take in a ladies night at Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 East Jefferson Street, on Sunday, May 8 at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $9.60 to $179.25. And don't be chintzy with the stadium snacks.

Moms love musicals. It's basically science. So take her to see Annie, one of the most famous musicals in the whole wide universe. The show runs from May 4 through 8 at ASU Gammage, 1200 South Forest Avenue in Tempe. Showtimes for Sunday, May 8, are 1 and 6 p.m.

Free advice? Be sure to lock eyes with mom during the I love ya, in “Tomorrow.” It’ll kill. Tickets are $25 to $100 and available through Ticketmaster.
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Lauren Cusimano is Phoenix New Times' food and drink editor. She is a journalist and food waste writer based in Tempe. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.
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