One of the Palm Springs Valley’s most interesting annual events is upon us, and I couldn’t be more excited about it all! Modernism Week 2014 takes place from February 13 – 23 at many venues throughout the area, including some great events and tours happening in my hometown of Rancho Mirage.
A lecture that particularly stood out for me is The City of Rancho Mirage Historic Preservation Commission’s speakers series with Lance O’Donnell, one of the valley’s leading local architects speaking on “Sustaining Modern Architecture.” Lance—who designed the gorgeous “Glass & Steel Gilbert – Troost Residence” of my good friends Brett and Glenn—is Platinum Certified under the United States Green Building Council’s LEED rating system, and is an expert in the field of sustainable building. His talk will take place on Tuesday, February 18 at the Rancho Mirage Library on Highway 111. And it’s free! Tours of the Annenberg’s Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage will also be available, although some have had to be cancelled due to the upcoming visit of President Barack Obama.
While many of the Modernism Week events sold out months ago—yes, this extravaganza, which brings about 50,000 people to the area, is THAT popular!—there are still plenty of tickets available, including many more free events. The eleven-day “week” kicks off with an opening night party called “Mambo Madness” at Palm Springs Caliente Tropics, where Latin Mambo-inspired attire is highly recommended! And the 14th Annual Modernism Show at the Palm Springs Convention Center from the 14th – 16th is always fun and inspirational. But that’s just the beginning. House tours. Garden tours. Lectures. Double-decker bus tours. Illuminated architectural highlights throughout Palm Springs. Parties. Cocktails. I could go on and on and on. There are more than 400 available event and tour timeslots (for some 178 individual events and tours). Check out the website for the very latest availability, and have yourself a very modern week! www.modernismweek.com