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Weekend Alibi: Harlem Globetrotters, Palm Springs Modernism Week and Downton finale bash!

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The Season 2 finale of Downton Abbey airs on PBS Masterpiece Classics this Sunday, Feb. 19. Why not throw a viewing party in that grand tradition? Photograph Nick Briggs. +44(0)20.

Meghan McCarty is back with some ideas for your Presidents' Day weekend: The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will play a trio of games in Southern California, Palm Springs Modernism Week gets into full mid-century swing and the PBS costume drama par excellence – Downton Abbey – closes out its second season this Sunday night. Throw a Downton-themed bash!

Harlem Globetrotters

Saturday in Anaheim, Sunday at Staples Center downtown L.A. and Monday in Ontario
Check the website for times and tickets

Palm Springs Modernism Week

When: Feb. 16 - 26, 2012
Check the website for a detailed listing of events, films and tours

Downton Abbey Season 2 Finale Bash

When: Sunday at 9 pm, check local listings

If you want to throw a Downton Abbey finale-viewing bash, check Pamela Foster's "Downton Abbey Cooks" blog for Edwardian serving suggestions and recipes, like raspberry pudding, wine jelly and chateau potatoes.

For drinks, Foster suggests a nice Pims Cup, a popular British holiday cocktail.

Or, you can follow the butler Mr. Carson's instructions for the wine list and serve two white wines, the first a light one to match the fish, the second a heavier white Burgundy to match the soup, and finally, a well-aired claret (that's what the Brits call red Bordeaux) with the main courses.

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