Gallery 263's Annual Foraged Banquet. A three-course, Italian-inspired foraged banquet from a chef whose restaurant Mario Batali called "one of the best food and wine experiences you'll have," with 100 percent of the ticket price benefitting Gallery 263, a local art gallery? Sign us up! May 9, 6-10 p.m.; dinner at 7. The tax-deductible tickets are $60. Contact Gallery 263, 263 Pearl St., Cambridge. http://www.gallery263.com/banquet2014.php.
Don't be so serious…unless you're serious about comedy. With hundreds of performers at the 6th Annual Women in Comedy Festival May 8-11, you could guffaw until your stomach hurts (but in a good way…). For those who are truly serious about comedy, there are workshops and panels to improve your craft. Events are at various venues; more info at www.WomeninComedyFestival.com.
Come one, come all to the South End Soirée at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology! Saturday, May 10, 8pm-midnight, wine, dine, dance and play carnival games, all in celebration of Boston's South End. Dress is "creative black tie"; tickets are $125, or $175 for patron-level sponsorship. 41 Berkeley St., Boston. Contact The South End Historical Society, 617-536-4445 or go to www.southendhistoricalsociety.org/soiree for more details.
In good spirits… You've seen how they make beer and you've done the vineyard tours, but what about the rest of the bar? At GrandTen Distilling, you can take a tour on 5/10 (on most Saturdays, actually) at 1, 2 or 3pm and see how they make gin, vodka, whisky, cranberry liqueur and more. Oh, and did we mention the tastings? 383 Dorchester Ave., Boston, 617-269-0497. Over 21 only. Details at www.grandten.com.
Don't want to take Mom to the same old brunch on Sunday? Try the special Mother's Day brunch or midday menu at Row 34. The offerings range from their classic raw bar and ceviche to griddled Jonah crab cake; from a crisp potato cake with smoked salmon to cinnamon sugar and maple fried dough. We could keep going. Or better yet, just go to Row 34, 383 Congress St., Boston, 617-553-5900. Brunch 11am-2pm; midday menu 2-5pm.
Sunday Wakeup Outdoor Parkour Class. Get up and get moving! Anyone from beginners to experienced traceurs can come to the Central Hill Playground, 79 Highland Ave., Somerville, Sunday, 11am-12:30pm for instruction in parkour and a related series of conditioning and strengthening exercises and drills by a certified instructor. Class is $8 and enrollment is limited; make a reservation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Ages 14+, and don't be late! More info at http://pkgamericas.com/boston-weekend-wakeup.