Weekend events close to home: Modernism Week, International HIghland Games and a Black History Parade

Hear brave adults read embarrassing poems and love letters from their teenage years at Mortified Live’s Doomed Valentine’s shows.
(Rebecca Aranda)

Use next weekend to brush up on Palm Springs architecture and Scottish culture.

Palm Springs

Soak up Palm Springs’ plentiful Midcentury architecture and design at dozens of events during Modernism Week. Highlights include tours of a full-size replica of Paul Rudolph’s Walker Guest House and the hillside Cree House by Albert Frey, as well as a synchronized swimming performance in tribute to Esther Williams by the Aqualillies. Stop by the Palm Springs Modernism Show and Sale to browse furniture, ceramics and other 20thcentury pieces.

When: Feb. 14-24. Check website for event times.


Cost, info: free to $275. Family friendly. No dogs.

Southern California

The Harlem Globetrotters’ Fan Powered World Tour hits Southern California this month with eight games near Los Angeles and San Diego. During breaks in the games, which are a mix of athletics, comedy and entertainment, the Flying Globies will impress with trampoline dunking stunts. Super fans can upgrade their tickets with Magic Pass ($22) to shoot hoops with the team and get autographs before the game.

When: Check website for game times. Feb. 15-17 and Feb. 22-24


Cost, info: $19 to $250. Family friendly. No dogs. (800) 641-4667,

Long Beach

The annual ScotsFestival and International Highland Games takes place aboard and surrounding the Queen Mary. Take to the ship for an ode to haggis and whiskey, Highland dancing competitions, traditional music and more. Head back to land for a parade, sheep herding, falconry, archery and ax throwing. You’ll also be able to stock up on meat pies, scones and kilts.

When: 9 a.m. Feb. 16 and 17


Cost, info: $12 for ages 4 to 11, $25 for ages 12 and older. Family friendly. Service dogs only. (562) 499-1683,

Indian Wells

The Desert Woman’s Show at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa is a day of fashion, food and conversation. Watch local women show off tennis wear and other desert fashions on the runway, attend chef demonstrations on raw and fresh foods and learn from experts about buzzy topics such as CBD and the keto diet.

When: 10 a.m. Feb. 16


Cost, info: $15. Recommended for those 21 and older. Service dogs permitted.


Join the Wilson Middle School Drum Corps, Miss Black Pasadena and many others as they head down Fair Oaks Avenue during Pasadena’s annual Black History Parade. At the family festival, fill up on barbecue and burgers, play games in the children’s area and browse a fair featuring historically black colleges and universities.

When: 10 a.m. Feb. 16


Cost, info: Free. Family friendly. Dogs on leashes OK. (626) 744-7300,

Los Angeles

Looking for a post-Valentine’s Day anti-date night? Mortified Live’s Doomed Valentines shows at Wanderlust Hollywood should do the trick. Brave adults will take to the stage to share sweetly embarrassing recollections of their teenage years, including diary entries about awkward first kisses and melodramatic poetry inspired by high school heartbreak.

When: 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Feb. 16


Cost, info: $17.50 to $40. Material is recommended for those 17 and older. No dogs.