Top 9 Weekend Events: Eels, Dodgeballs, Belly Dancers & More!

Think of this weekend as a test-run for spring

The weather warms up and there’s plenty to do on this weekend that might serve as a test-run for spring.


Musician Mark Oliver Everett —better known by his slippery musical moniker —is back with a new stage show and new album, Wonderful, Glorious. (Friday, February 15; Fonda Theatre)

EXPERIENCE: Palm Springs Modernism Week

The weeklong celebration includes walking tours of celebrity homes, a slide show by Charles Phoenix, a vintage clothing retrospective, a vintage trailer, martinis, and all manner of events celebrating the modernist style that arose in the 1950s. (Thursday, February 14 – Sunday, February 24)

LISTEN: Soundgarden

Until they self-destructed in 1997, grunge kings Soundgarden were the loudest and most powerful players on the Seattle scene. It took 13 years to reunite the band’s original lineup, but the result is as fiery as it was in the flannel years. (Friday, February 15; The Wiltern)

WATCH: Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition

Bellylicious is the new bootylicious. Enjoy the ancient and sacred art of shaking one’s moneymaker at this event, which includes workshops, master classes, demonstrations, and a competition. (Friday, February 15 – Sunday, February 17; Long Beach Convention Center)

LAUGH: Dirty Laundry Lit—Love Sucks

Making heartbreak hilarious may seem impossible, but for the performers in this reading series, hosted by Saturday Night Live joke writer Jeff Eyres, true tales of love gone wrong seem less awful in front of a laughing audience. (Saturday, February 16; The Virgil)

RUN: Third Annual Valentine’s Dodgeball Tournament

This one shold get you through the post-V-Day slump. Mobilize a team of 12, settle on a theme, fork over $20 (for a good cause — kids’ programming at the Eagle Rock Yacht Club), and battle it out for some sweet prizes. And that’s before the afterparty at Verdugo Bar. (Sunday, February 17; Glassell Park Recreation Center)

EXPERIENCE: The Great Los Angeles Air Raid of 1942

Head to San Pedro for a recreation of the night during WWII when nervous Angelenos thought they spotted Japanese attack planes off the coast. Was it a military maneuver? UFOs? All in their minds? You be the judge. (Saturday, February 16; Fort MacArthur Museum)

WATCH: Harlem Globetrotters

At least when the Globetrotters miss a crucial three-pointer, there’s something amusing about it — not that they ever lose. America’s basketball team brings its signature spins, twirls, and moves to the Southland. And for the first time ever, fans get to decide the rules of the game. (Saturday, February 16; Honda Center)

RUN: Rock ’n’ Roll Pasadena Half Marathon

Running 13 miles isn’t so bad when live bands kick out jams along the route. That’s the idea behind this micro marathon, which rewards the swift with more musical moments than an iPod Shuffle. (Sunday, February 17; Pasadena)