What: Modernism Week
Where: Palm Springs
When: Feb. 15-25
Admission: Individual events range from free to $150. Some events are sold out.
Modernism Week’s signature February festival will take place February 15-25, 2018, highlighting midcentury modern architecture, art, interior and landscape design, and vintage culture in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. For the thirteenth year, the annual 11-day festival will feature a wide array of events including the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, tours of iconic homes in more than 23 neighborhoods (including the Signature Home Tour on both weekends), architectural walking, biking and double-decker bus tours, tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, classic cars, garden tours, a vintage travel trailer exhibition, nightly parties and a special series of talks about Frank Lloyd Wright, Preservation, and Legendary Women of Design.
All events are open to the public and tickets go on sale November 1, 2017 at 12 p.m. PST at modernismweek.com. Attendees will be able to preview the events on the website without making purchases starting October 25. A portion of ticket proceeds benefit Modernism Week (a non-profit organization) and other local preservation, neighborhood and community groups. As additional events are finalized they will be added for sale on the website on the first of each month.
“Modernism Week continues to expand the scope and reach of our events and programming,” said William Kopelk, Modernism Week Board Chairman. “This year, we will continue that trend by offering new events and educational opportunities while still featuring the beloved favorites that our audience anticipates. We will offer a compelling combination of educational talks and film screenings, exciting tours, and activities throughout the Coachella Valley and beyond. Our returning Modernism Week attendees will be thrilled with the selection of appealing new programs.
One of the highlights of the first weekend includes the annual Modernism Week Opening Night Party on Thursday, February 15, presented by Ferguson Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Gallery. This chic red carpet affair will be teeming with vintage style and authentic swagger as attendees channel their inner Marilyn, Sammy or Hefner, for a night of entertainment, high style and glamour. The popular event will take place at the 1962 Indian Canyons Golf Resort, designed by Donald Wexler and Richard Harrison. The Canyon Country Club, as it was originally known, has a legendary history as a favorite spot of Hollywood icons including Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Walt Disney and Dean Martin. For the Opening Party, the club will recall the famous “After Dark” television series and be transformed into a swinging club reminiscent of fabulous cocktail parties from the 1960s. This spectacular evening will be over the top with expansive indoor and outdoor lounges, abundant and decadent hors d’oeuvres provided by Lulu California Bistro, and an open bar that offers specialty Rat Pack-era cocktails featuring Hendrick’s Gin. Attendees will dance the night away to the tunes of retro performer DJ Baz and a swinging show by The Dreamboats, an upbeat retro Rock & Roll group, back by popular demand, courtesy of Corian Design.