Palm Springs Modernism Week schedule announced

Modernism Week coming up in February

Palm Springs - Palm Springs Modernism Week on Thursday announced its February schedule of more than 100 events.

Modernism Week is scheduled for Feb. 13-23 and celebrates the popular design aesthetic from the 1950s and 1960s. Tickets will go on sale Oct. 1 at 12 p.m. at www.modernismweek.com, according to organizers.

``Modernism Week is one of the country's most popular annual events for architects, designers, collectors and modernism aficionados,'' board chairman Chris Mobley said. ``It's a great opportunity to share the cool, iconic, modern design aesthetic of Palm Springs with visitors from around the world.''

Some new things and special events this year include:
   -- Debut of a film on architect and Palm Springs resident Hugh Kaptur, who designed more than 200 local residences and 40 commercial projects. Kaptur also will receive a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars;
   -- ``Sunset Tour of Illuminated Modern,'' a free nightly exhibit along Palm Canyon Drive illuminating contemporary and mid-century buildings designed by desert architects;
   ``Modernism Week After Dark,'' nightly events including cocktail parties
and live music.

Other events include home tours, lectures, the popular double-decker
architectural bus tours, Modernism Show, walking and bike tours, tours of the
Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage and a vintage travel trailer exhibit, according to organizers.

Modernism Week will end with a talk given by designer Trina Turk, who will speak about ``Sunnylands Chic'' about the style of Leonore Annenberg and the Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands. Turk is known for her Palm Springs-inspired designs.

``Fall Season Kick-Off'' Modernism Week events will be held Oct. 11-14,
aimed at priming the pump for the main event in February.

For more information or tickets, visit the website or call (760) 799-9477.

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