Dads may not get the pop-culture respect that moms get, but on Sunday they'll be the center of attention. Here are a few things to remember about what it means to be a dad and a few ideas for entertaining yours on Father's Day.
WHAT TO KNOW
— They like dad jokes. The kind of jokes that dads tell are wholesome but hokey attempts at humor, usually a pun or a one-liner with a groaner punchline.
Here are a couple sent in when we asked readers for their favorite dad jokes.
— What type of pants does Mario wear? Denim, denim, denim. (Read this story online to hear a sample.)
— Last month, my wife bought a Sylvester Stallone pillow and put it in the middle of the bed. Since then, things have been Rocky between us.
— They originated dad bods. The Urban Dictionary describes this male body type as "softly round" and "built for comfort," adding that the image is built upon the theory that "once a man has found a mate and fathered a child, he doesn't need to worry about maintaining a sculpted physique."
Still, there are T-shirts that put a positive spin on it. They read: "It's not a dad bod. It's a father figure."
— They love bargains. If you need a gift for dad, several places are offering bonuses with the purchase of a gift card. More bang for your buck? Dad would approve.
At the following restaurants, if you buy a $50 gift card, you'll get a $10 bonus card: Applebee's, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Cracker Barrel, Logan's Roadhouse, Outback, Red Lobster (two $10 bonus coupons) and Texas Roadhouse. Be aware that unlike most gift cards, bonus cards almost always have a deadline to be redeemed.
For one-stop shopping, try The Fresh Market. Through Tuesday, customers who buy $50 or more in gift cards for Lowe's, Texas Roadhouse, Roblox, Xbox, Longhorn, Dick's Sporting Goods or Buffalo Wild Wings will receive a $10 register coupon to be used on a future purchase at the grocery (valid for seven days).
PLACES TO GO
Here are some of the places you might entertain Dad on Sunday. See the calendar on Page 5 for more ideas.
— Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., will welcome Italian acoustic guitarist Beppe Gambetta back to its stage at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. His sound merges American and European roots music. Tickets are $20. barkinglegs.org
— Black Dads Matter Father's Day Gospel/Jazz Brunch, part of the Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas, starts at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in Waterhouse Pavilion at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. At 2 p.m., actors from the Chattanooga Theatre Centre's winter production of "The Color Purple" will perform songs from the musical. The brunch closes with the Extraordinary Father of the Year Award. Tickets are $45. blackartsandideasfest.com
— Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival will close out Sunday in Manchester, Tennessee, with the Foo Fighters scheduled to take the What Stage at 9:30 p.m. Thirty other acts, including Paramore, Umphrey's McGee and Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, will perform during the day, starting around 12:45 p.m. CDT. General admission is $175 for one day. bonnaroo.com
— Chattanooga Lookouts will play their last home game in a series against the Rocket City Trash Pandas at 2:15 p.m. Sunday at AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. You can get a free general-admission ticket if you donate canned goods to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. Otherwise, tickets are $7-$12. lookouts.com
— Chattanooga Market is betting on Blues & Brews for its Father's Day theme. The market will be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at First Horizon Pavilion, serving up craft beer and music by the Graysin Slade Band and Rick Rushing III. chattanoogamarket.com
— Craft Axe Throwing, 619 Camp Jordan Parkway, will let dads throw free 2-9 p.m. Sunday as well as 4-9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday in case you can't make it on Father's Day. Reservations are recommended. craftaxethrowing.com
— Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., will welcome Brit Floyd, playing note-for-note renditions from English rock band Pink Floyd's catalog of albums, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $35-$75. tivolichattanooga.com
Contact Lisa Denton at [email protected] or 423-757-6281.