This is one date you won’t want to forget, so just in case, put it on your calendar: High Noon PST, Saturday, November 1, 2014. That’s the time the tickets for the 10th Annual Greater Palm Springs Modernism Week will go on sale. Yes, even though this event doesn’t take place until February 12 – 22, 2015, it’s prudent to put all else aside on that aforementioned morning and click on the website at www.modernismweek.com and book your tickets before they are gone.
Modernism Week—which you may remember started as a mere three-day weekend a decade ago—has grown into one of the most internationally recognized architecture and design festivals in the world with more than 180 events. Guests from near and far flock to the Palm Springs Valley to take advantage of the myriad home, garden, and double-decker bus tours; lectures; music, fashion, and art gallery shows; and of course, parties…lots and lots of parties! (My favorite parties often include cocktails at sunset, and every year there are ample opportunities to indulge in just that.)
This year’s kickoff weekend will include a keynote address by internationally acclaimed fashion designer, book publisher, and prolific photographer Todd Oldham. And new for 2015, attendees will get a chance to hang out and be social with like-minded “modernistas” with the introduction of Modernism Week CAMP (Community and Meeting Place). This centrally located complex on Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs will be the headquarters for tours and events, and will include curated pop-ups and image galleries, a social media coffee bar, live music and DJs, daily films and programs, and private events. CAMP will be open to the public for a nominal charge ($30 for all ten days, $20 for five days), and I, for one, am excited to have a place to sip a coffee or nibble on a light lunch or snack in between tours and varied other happenings. And be on the lookout for the debut of “Desert Modernists — The Architects Who Envisioned Midcentury Modern Palm Springs,” a 144-page commemorative book focused on the elite group of architects who shaped the genre of “Desert Modern” architecture in Palm Springs, highlighting notable architects Richard Neutra, Albert Frey, William Krisel, E. Stewart Williams, Donald Wexler, and Hugh Kaptur, among others.
Celebrity chef-curated dinners in private iconic homes, live bands at spiffy venues, and “Modernism Week After Dark’s” nightly affairs at super-stylish music clubs, hotels, and special venues throughout the valley will keep Modernism Week visitors and locals busy day and night for the entire ten-day stint. Since all the action takes place just a stone’s throw from my abode in Rancho Mirage (where tours of Sunnylands will again take place www.sunnylands.org), I’ll be there, likely decked out in a Trina Turk frock, ready to be as modern as I can possibly be!