Archive for the ‘Palm Springs Travel’ Category

Palm Springs Mayor Recognizes John Murasky for Artwork Contributions

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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Last Wednesday night at the regular session of the Palm Springs City Council, The Paul Kaplan Group’s John Murasky was given a certificate of appreciation by Mayor Steve Pougnet for his artwork contribution to promote Village Fest. John’s artwork appears on the latest poster promoting the weekly Thursday night event on Palm Canyon Drive.

Murasky studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where he received a degree in illustration. From there he went on to a career creating and animating motion graphics for television working at ABC, FOX, and CBS. Murasky created promotional graphics for various television shows including The X-Files, The Simpsons, Twin Peaks, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Survivor.

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John has always loved to draw. Growing up, he loved Hanna Barbera cartoons, Harvey comics, and Disney animated films and those continue to influence him. Murasky said that another influence was the advertising of his childhood. Murasky’s artwork is available at select Palm Springs stores.

As the Murasky poster illustrates, every Thursday evening, Downtown Palm Springs transforms into the Palm Springs VillageFest. At the VillageFest, visitors experience a diverse array of artists, artisans, entertainers, and purveyors of fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, jewelry, snacks and sweets in addition to all the great shops, restaurants, clubs, and entertainment venues located along World Famous Palm Canyon Drive.

The Paul Kaplan Group is a boutique real estate firm specializing in architectural homes, vacation properties, and condos in the Palm Springs area. The Paul Kaplan Group can be reached at (760) 459-1396 or via their website at www.PaulKaplanGroup.com.

Palm Springs Approves Plans for $80 Million Hotel/Retail Project

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Is this the return of Port Lawrence? At last night’s city council meeting plans were approved for the construction of an $80 Million hotel and mixed retail project on the corner of Alejo Road and North Palm Canyon. This was once the site of the ambitious Port Lawrence project which succumbed to the most recent recession.

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The original Port Lawrence design included 118 residences but no hotel project.

In a report in today’s Desert Sun, developer Lawrence Rael states that the project is a honeycomb of retail, commercial, parking and 150-room hotel plugged into a four-story complex with a maximum height of 51 feet. Real stated in that article that the hotel’s brand will be announced in a week or two and that construction could begin as soon as October or November. “The brand is fully involved in the design and the changes,” said Rael in the Desert Sun article.

The original plans revealed back in 2007 included 118 residences in a three story modern building. Those plans included retail usage as well but no hotel. There were six distinct residence styles planned: Studio Lofts, Studio/Den Lofts, Live/Work Lofts, Duplex Loft Homes, Grand Gallery Lofts, and Penthouses.   Prices advertised at the time ranged from $600,000 - $2,000,000. Current plans do not include downtown residences.

The Paul Kaplan Group is a boutique real estate firm specializing in luxury modern and architectural homes, vacation properties, and condos in the Palm Springs, California, area.

Food Tours on Palm Canyon Drive and other Upcoming Tasty Events

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Palm Springs Real Estate

A three-hour tasting tour with stops at six different locations along Palm Canyon Drive may be just the way to familiarize (or re-familiarize yourself) with Downtown Palm Springs. Desert Tasty Tours offers the experience once per day from 11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. daily, Tuesday through Saturday, from now until the end of May.

Although you will enjoy a smorgasbord of samples and appetizers along the walk, the tour also incorporates city history, local culture, and Hollywood ancestry. It’s a learning experience, a hike, and lunch all rolled into one. For more information visit the tour website at www.deserttastytours.com.

The Saguaro introduces “A Taste of Saguaro” on Saturday night from 6:00 to 8:00. Chef Garces and his culinary team will conduct a cooking demonstration in the Agave Ballroom at the Saguaro followed by a reception with featured food and drinks from Tinto and El Jefe. The price includes welcome reception with Spanish cava, demonstration and tasting, wines, sangria and margaritas. $25 per person. Jose Garces’ “The Latin Road Home” cookbook will be available to be autographed and may be purchased for $25. Reservations can be made by calling Simona Mitroi at the Saguaro, (760) 969-6481.

In preparation for the soon-to-be-released cookbook, A Taste of Sunnylands, the Rancho Mirage estate will be hosting Sunnylands Cuisine: Revisited for Today’s Palate on Tuesday, March 25, from 7:00 to 9:00p.m. Local chefs will be taking pages from the upcoming cookbook and creating samples. It’s a great way to combine dinner and a tour of the legendary mid-century modern property. Preregistration is required. Visit www.sunnylands.org or contact 760-202-2222 or [email protected] for more information. $55.

As you can tell, we love desert area events that focus on food. The Paul Kaplan Group is a boutique real estate firm specializing in luxury modern and architectural homes, vacation properties, and condos in the Palm Springs, California, area.

 

The Hollywood Reporter and the Celebrity-Infused Palm Springs Real Estate Market

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

First of all, I think every real estate agent and home seller in the greater Palm Springs real estate market owes Alexandria Abramian of The Hollywood Reporter a giant, sincere thank you. Let us here at The Paul Kaplan Group be the first to say it, tweet it, publicize it, and put out there on the internet. Thank you Alexandria Abramian! Thank you Hollywood Reporter! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter

Alexandria Abramian

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock or on a cruise to the Galapagos, I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Leonardo DiCaprio purchased the Dinah Shore house in Old Las Palmas for $5.2 million. Every gossip, entertainment, business, desert-area, and real estate website posted the story almost simultaneously. It was a DiCaprio frenzy as every form of media reported the sale of an iconic architectural property to a buzz-worthy celebrity. However, most websites and publications moved on. As quickly as the sale was reported the story died except for a few plagiarized email blasts and blog posts from local real estate agents.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Palm Springs Home in Old Las Palmas

But it seems as if Palm Springs has a real estate cheerleader in Alexandria Abramian. Not only did she write the most impressive article of all regarding DiCaprio’s purchase but she continued covering the Palm Springs real estate market. Since that original DiCaprio article she has followed up with three more articles on desert area real estate with emphasis on our celebrity draw. And now we hear Anne Hathaway is looking for a desert getaway. Could Ms. Hathaway have been influenced by Abramian’s articles? It’s very likely. I can only wonder what other celebrities are valiantly searching the internet for available desert properties in an effort to keep up. It’s very likely since a few well-known names have popped up in our database as of late.

Her follow up article, Leonardo DiCaprio Leads a Boom in Palm Springs Real Estate, is purely free real estate marketing for everyone in the desert. Not only does she cover the virtues of being a celebrity desert-area homeowner, but she practically begs everyone in Hollywood to get out here now and buy. Thank you Alexandria Abramian. Thank you Hollywood Reporter.

Abramian’s other current articles include a feature on Suzanne Somer’s Palm Springs retreat as well as an article on the exclusive Bighorn Country Club. I can only hope she is planning more.

Thank you Alexandria from the bottom of my heart. We here in the desert real estate profession could not have asked for a better gift. If you find yourself in the area, please stop by our office, say hi, and pick up a souvenir pen, key chain, and t-shirt. It’s our gift in return.

The Paul Kaplan Group is a boutique real estate firm specializing in architectural homes, vacation properties, and condos in the Palm Springs area.

Dogs rule the catwalk in upcoming fashion shows

Monday, March 10th, 2014

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Fashion, glamour, and dogs are in the spotlight in two separate, upcoming events this March. Both benefit local pet services and charitable organizations.

Le Chien is a Palm Springs Life event for El Paseo Fashion Week 2014 and this year’s theme is Famous Dogs of Hollywood. On Sunday, March 16th at 5:00pm, cocktails, a silent auction, music, and entertainment precede a canine fashion show featuring donors and their four-legged friends in fashions inspired by “Famous Dogs of Hollywood.” Collections by renowned doggie designers liven up the runway and put our famous canines in the spotlight. A live auction completes the evening. The show benefits the Humane Society of the Desert. Hors d’oeuvres provided courtesy of Mitch’s on El Paseo Restaurant.

The Diamonds Arf a Dog’s Best Friend Pageant takes place Saturday, March 22nd, at 1:00pm at the Palm Canyon Theatre. A benefit for Loving All Animals, Bella de Ball will host this fashion and talent show combination as one dog will be crowned Palm Springs’ most talented. Tickets are $25 or V.I.P. seating with voting privileges can be purchased for $40. More information is available on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PalmCanyonTheatre/app_408442289204862.

The Paul Kaplan Group is a boutique real estate firm specializing in architectural homes, vacation properties, and condos in the Palm Springs area.

Native Film Fest returns to Palm Springs for 13th season

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Agua Caliente Film Fest 2014 – #UW0126-1 from FNX First Nations Experience on Vimeo.

As a signature program of the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, the Native Film Fest returns to Palm Springs today for its 13th season and runs through Saturday, March 8th. The festival presents the best in films by, about, and starring Native Americans and other Indigenous peoples from around the world. Screenings are followed by informative Q&A sessions with filmmakers, directors, and actors in attendance. All screenings are at Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. 

Opening the festival on Tuesday evening is Views on Native Film – a free lecture by Nancy Marie Mithlo, Ph.D. native Film Fest(Chiricahua Apache), Associate Professor of Art History and American Indian Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison.  In fall 2014, Dr. Mithlo will be Chair of American Indian Studies at Autry National Center in Los Angeles.  Her lecture is entitled, Can You Hear Me?: Silence as an Indigenous Representational Strategy in Film.

Richard M. Milanovich, the late Chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, was a lover of film and, each year, attended Native Film Fest. The Richard M. Milanovich Award for Distinguished Contributions to Indigenous Film established in his name honors those who have distinguished themselves by their meritorious work in Indigenous film.  The 2014 Award will be presented to Tantoo Cardinal on Saturday evening at the 8:00 screening. 

An accomplished and celebrated actress, Tantoo Cardinal has advanced Aboriginal performing arts throughout the world, blazing a trail in an industry where few roles for Aboriginal women previously existed.  Among her 80-plus credits are Dances with Wolves, Black Robe, Smoke Signals, and North of 60.  Acting and speaking are only two of the many ways she contributes to society, dedicating her life to ensuring Aboriginal people, their cultures, and the historic and current issues impacting their communities are fairly represented throughout the arts. In 2010, Ms. Cardinal was inducted as a Member into the Order of Canada for her outstanding contributions.

Don’t miss this much-awaited version of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope translated into the Navajo language with English subtitles. The film will be shown on Saturday, March 8 at the 8:00 p.m. Native Film Fest screening at Camelot Theatres. This is a free screening. No tickets required. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Paul Kaplan Group is a boutique real estate firm specializing in architectural homes, vacation properties, and condos in the Palm Springs area.

Join Matthew Reader at The Modernism Week Vintage Travel Trailer Show

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Vintage Travel Trailer Show
Matthew Reader of The Paul Kaplan Group is preparing his Airstream travel trailer for the Modernism Week Vintage Travel Trailer Show set for this Saturday and Sunday in the Hilton Palm Springs Parking lot at 400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way. It seems as if vintage travel trailers are all the rage at Modernism Week! Visit Matthew and one of his travel trailers along with this incredible collection of authentic and beautifully restored trailers in a festive, outdoor showplace located directly behind the Hilton Palm Springs. Bring the whole family to tour the interiors of these amazing, one-of-a-kind vintage travel trailers. Owners from across the West will be on hand to talk about their trailer’s history, restoration and travels. The show will also feature a variety of booths with a fun mix of gifts, art, and products for sale that relate to the Vintage Trailer lifestyle. Ticket prices are $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for students, and children under 12 are free. The show runs 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. on Saturday and from 10:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. on Sunday.

Vintage Travel Trailer Show

Modernism Yard Sale – Shop ’til You Drop!!

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Next Saturday, October 12 from 8am to 12pm, celebrate with the Paul Kaplan Group and Modern Bear at our second Modernism Yard Sale

Modernism Yard Sale

Modernism Yard Sale

Modernism Week returns to Palm Springs October 11-14 for a Kick-off Weekend of double-decker bus and walking tours, parties and our Modernism Yard Sale. Our first Modernism Yard Sale last Feb. left people clamoring for more so we’re here to oblige.

 

We are full and excited by our fabulous vendors selling Mid-Century modern pieces. Here’s a taste to whet your appetite.

 

  • Jacques Caussin: Kosta Boda decorative glass and French ’50s ceramics 
  • Tayva Martinez: Knoll & Heywood Wakefield furniture, vintage textiles and dinnerware from Homer Laughlin, Red Wing and Syracuse.
  • BoulevardShop at 800 N Palm Canyon Drive, fantastic Milo Baughman Sofa and chairs at the sale
  • Deja Vu Vintage FineryShop at 664 n Palm Canyon Drive, at the sale great men’s and women’s one of a kind vintage at sale prices!
  • Vintage Americano: Classic vintage jeans, wall sculpture by Curtis Jere, Mid-Century West German vases.
  • Kristi Yelich: Phyllis Morris end tables, vintage bar ware and ’60s casual wear
  • GoModRetro: Furniture dealers from Huntington Beach, Danish modern Sofas, Chairs and end tables, Mid-Century decor
  • Jim at Kimoclutter: American Martinsville dining set, Brown Jordan “Regent Alumicane” patio furniture, and a large Redwood slab desk.
  • Swank Interiors: Shop at 462 S Palm Canyon Dr, vintage tea carts, Mid-Century wall art, and decorative glass and bar ware at the sale
  • Celia Mason: ’70s Haeger Pottery, Raymor Pottery, vintage jewelry, Mid-Century art and textiles.
  • Tricia Jurovic & Tina Kastelan: vintage Knoll pieces.

Modernism Yard Sale October 12

Modernism Yard Sale is hosted by the Paul Kaplan Group and Modern Bear

 

Tasty Treats and maybe some Tall Tales to share with friends. We’ll see you there!

More details on the sale’s Facebook page, click here or here for the Desert Sun coverage of the sale.

Questions? Contact Chris Bale: 323-632-1701

Check out the Modernism Week site for information on all the weekend’s events.

We have some exciting new Mid-Century modern listings at the Paul Kaplan Group. See them here at PaulKaplanGroup.com

Gary Johns, Paul Kaplan and the 1960's "Canned Ham" for sale

Gary Johns, Paul Kaplan and the 1960′s “Canned Ham” for sale

Don’t forget Gary Johns’ popular talk “Lost, Saved & Endangered: Modernist Architecture in Palm Springs” on Sunday, October 12 at 10 at the Palm Springs Women’s Club  - it’s free with prior reservation - details here. We’ll be there!!

     ––Tracy Merrigan

Save the Date Modernism Yard Sale October 12, 2013

Sunday, August 18th, 2013
Judi Perry and Dominique Vythelingum at the Modernism Yard Sale

Judi Perry and Dominique Vythelingum at the February Modernism Yard Sale

Modernism Week returns to Palm Springs this October 11-14 for a Kick-off Weekend of double-decker bus and walking tours, parties and our Modernism Yard Sale. Our first Modernism Yard Sale last Feb. left people clamoring for more so we’re here to oblige.

 

SAVE the DATE Modernism Yard Sale for Fall Fun and Fabulous Shopping!!

Celebrate with the Paul Kaplan Group at our second Modernism Yard Sale

 

Saturday, October 12  8am to 12pm

hosted by the Paul Kaplan Group and Modern Bear

Modernism Yard Sale October 12

Modernism Yard Sale October 12

Tasty Treats and maybe some Tall Tales to share with friends.

More details on the sale’s Facebook page, click here.

Want to sell stuff at our Modernism Week Yard Sale?  Contact Chris Bale: 323-632-1701

We’ll see you there!

Check out the Modernism Week site for information on all the weekend’s events.

We have some exciting new mid-century modern listings at the Paul Kaplan Group. See them here at PaulKaplanGroup.com

Gary Johns, Paul Kaplan and the 1960's "Canned Ham" for sale

Gary Johns, Paul Kaplan and the 1960′s “Canned Ham” for sale at our February sale.

Don’t forget Gary Johns’ popular talk “Lost, Saved & Endangered: Modernist Architecture in Palm Springs” on Sunday, October 12 at 10 at the Palm Springs Women’s Club  - it’s free with prior reservation – details here. We’ll be there!!

     ––Tracy Merrigan

Modernism Week- Palm Springs- Tickets still available

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Are you planning to visit Palm Springs this February for Modernism Week? All of us at The Paul Kaplan Group have already purchased our tickets.  Although many of the events and tours are sold out, I looked and there are still a variety of tickets available.

What is Modernism Week?  Palm Springs Modernism Week is an exciting 11-day celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture and culture, Feb. 14 to the 24th. This design aesthetic originated in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, and was typified by clean, simple lines which came to define desert modernism. The Palm Springs Modernism Week is filled with a variety of events including architectural tours, films, lectures, an architectural symposium, educational events, and chic, fun parties in cool mid-century modern homes that draws thousands of visitors from all over the world.

The Paul Kaplan Group is sponsoring a number of events and tours, as well as our Modernism Garage Sale on Feb.  24th.  I’ve scanned through the event lists, and of what is still available, here’s what I would suggest:

13th Annual Modernism Show Preview Reception, and show the following days.
Marrakesh Country Club Designer Showcase
Expo Tent and Prefab Showcase
Charles Phoenix Retro Slide Show
The Silver Factory Party
A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living
Royal Hawaiian Estates Home Tour
Fashion Forward: A Vintage Clothing Retrospective
Palm Springs Modern Committee Iconic Home tour – William Krisel Twin Palms
Tony Duquette – Wild Child of Hollywood Design
Mid-Century Moderns: The Homes That Define Palm Springs – 2012
Vintage Car Show
A Mad Men Evening – the Architecture and Design Council’s Annual Fundraiser
Frank Sinatra’s “Twin Palms” Estate Tour
Symposium and Tour: The Public and the Modern House – All Day
Modernism Garage Sale

For more information and to purchase tickets for the Palm Springs Modernism Week,

CLICK HERE.   

The Paul Kaplan Group will also have a booth at the Modernism Show, held Feb. 15-17th.  If you’d like more information on real estate, drop me an email or text, or come by our booth for more info.  You can live out your own modernism life in Palm Springs!

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