48 Hours of Freedom

It’s the weekend. You can spend it trying to make up for a year of not returning your mother’s phone calls, or you can just buy her a gift certificate and enjoy it. Here are some other suggestions for your precious two days of total freedom, prepared for you by Boston Daily.

Boston used to be the capital of stand-up comedy. Relive the glory days at AltCom! This festival brings together lesser-known comedians for a weekend of laughs.

David Copperfield once made the Statue of Liberty disappear. We bet Mayor Menino will ask the magician to make City Hall vanish to the waterfront while he’s in town this weekend.

Remember, you’re stopping at Persona to buy jewelry for the mothers in your life, not yourself. Everything in the store (aside from loose diamonds and custom designs) is 25 to 65 percent off.

Just because you missed Cinco de Mayo doesn’t mean it’s too late to put a little spice in your week. Friday Night Salsa teaches dancers of all experience levels some sexy moves.

That’s funny—we typically run away from ghosts. But adventurous types can learn how to hunt spirits from demonologist John Zaffis.

We know what MassArt students got their moms for Mother’s Day. The MassArt Spring Sale features student work. Proceeds will benefit the artists and the school’s scholarship programs.

Ba-ba, ba-ba, this is the sound of Death Cab for Cutie. The indie darlings play the Bank of America Pavilion.

It’s a low-carbon footprint edition of The Amazing Race. High Trek Adventure Boston sends participants on a scavenger hunt through the city.

Due to last weekend’s dismal weather, MayFair takes place this Sunday. Harvard Square will be transformed into a six-stage concert venue with favorites like Girls Guns and Glory and Nini and Ben performing.

Because we haven’t given them any grandkids yet, our mothers are forcing us to dress up for the Duckling Day Parade. This event honors Robert McCloskey’s children’s classic Make Way for Ducklings.

Make your mother happy while helping thousands of other women. MELT spa will donate 10 percent of proceeds from select services to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Of course, Sunday is Mother’s Day, which means there are tons of brunch options. Check out Chowder’s What’s the Dish for the highlights.

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