4 must-attend events this weekend, May 5-7

It is a sunny utopia out there, and, Mother’s Day, so let’s get this show on the road. From the Berkner Encore! Dessert Show to the Cottonwood Festival up north, there’s a fun-filled weekend ahead.

Encore! Dessert Show Fans of popular music or the film franchise Pitch Perfect; lovers of chocolate, cookies, coffee; supporters of local public-school music programs; anyone in search of a cheap, out-of-the-box date-night idea or a place to take your Boys To Men-loving Mom in advance of Mother’s Day—we have your Friday night fix. It’s the annual Encore! pop choir dessert show, wherein a talented group of teenagers serenades the audience with Fleet Foxes and George Ezra covers and Bieber, Cee-Lo mash-ups. The show begins at 7 p.m.; arrive early and fill up on parent-prepared desserts from homemade pies to professionally catered cakes. Student tickets are $5, adults are $10. Purchase at the door or from an Encore! member you know. Berkner High School, 1600 East Spring Valley.

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Pipp Gillete

Pipp Gillete Country musician Pipp Gillete is a self-proclaimed cowboy. He raises cattle on a ranch that his grandfather started in 1912 near Lovelady, Texas. Check out his tunes at 8 p.m. Friday at Uncle Calvin’s Coffee House, 9555 N. Central. Singer-songwriter Mikki Daniel opens. Admission runs $15-$18.

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White Rock And Roll There’s a 10-mile run this Saturday at White Rock Lake, and if you are the type of person to ever run 10 miles, this is the time to do it, because within a few more weeks it will be too hot to survive such a trek. There’s also a 5-mile option, plus loads of post-run family fun. The race begins at 8 a.m. at Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake. Register race morning before 7:30 a.m.

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Cottonwood Art Festival Head just north of Lake Highlands for Richardson’s Cottonwood Art Festival, 1301 Belt Line, which grows bigger and better with each passing iteration, and it’s been a community staple for some forty years now. Cottonwood is part art show — this year some 1400 artists entered the juried competition — part market, part festival featuring local bands performing rock, country, jazz, blues, swing and folk. Lakeside Courtyard offers a scenic, shady reprieve where visitors can chill, picnic and take it all in. Parents, it’s an amazing opportunity to keep the kids busy and productive — see for yourself.

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