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Its Biker Weekend in Palm Springs, but why not ride your hog up to the Palm Springs high desert for the 2012 Hwy 62 Art Tours?
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ART TOURS
Conceived in 2001 as a festival for all the arts, with 24 participating artists, the Hwy 62 Art Tours now features close to 200, including those working in music, literary, performance and visual arts.
“Open Studios” are still the main feature. A steadily growing number of artists open their homes and studios to an ever-expanding public. Each reflects the unlikely growth of the arts in this remote Palm Springs high desert community.
Along with the growing Art Tours, this past decade has seen the rise of a thriving arts community, where cultural events occur year-round. Hwy 62 Art Tours is the premiere arts event of the year in this unique place, when the local community welcomes the world to have a look.
For more information visit: http://www.hwy62arttours.com/
The Paul Kaplan Group, Inc. is in the planning stages of opening a satelite Real Estate office in the high desert (Pioneer Town). While touring art, if you fall in love with the beauty of the high desert and see yourself wanting a home there, please give us a call! We’re excited to introduce our clients to this unique Southern California environment! 760-285-8559.
There’s always something exciting going on in Palm Springs….
Do you love film? Check out the 18th annual Short Fest in Palm Springs, America’s largest and best festival featuring award-winning films, tributes, nightly receptions and more- The week long celebration features the best new short films from around the world, featuring over 320 new films.
When: June 19-25, 2012
Where: Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs
More info and tickets at 760-778-8979
Palm Springs Modernism Week- Event highlights-
The offerings this year of mid-century themed events, forums, and general fun activities in Palm Springs for Modernism Week is rich and abundant, as usual. To further spice up this year many new retail design-focused mod style storefronts have opened their doors with enticing objects! They further excite and entreat strolling on Palm Canyon in the famed Uptown District, to make this perhaps an even more exciting year for modernism enthusiasts who also like to do a bit of mod-shopping between films and forums. The Palm Springs Uptown District now looks the perfect stage for Mod and is!
The Paul Kaplan Group just received the schedule of films and forums being presented by our friends at Design Onscreen 4th Annual Archituree and Design Film Series. A variety of subjects will be covered, relating to general architecture, cultural interest and abundant offerings for mid-century aficionados, as part of the celebration of Modernism Week, February 19th to the 22nd.
Where to begin, in some cases, it’s a who’s who of the protean influencers with something extra on top, as in, let’s have lunch with Donald Wexler the ultra-innovative designer (pioneer in the use of steel) and the director, Jake Gorst of the film being presented, “Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler.” Take a stroll on Palm Canyon Boulevard in the Uptown District, and then take in the film “with gorgeous cinematography”, “Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island” heralding and highlighting the influence of the post-war greats (Albert Frey, Frank Lloyd Wright, Philip Johnson, to name a few) focused on Long Island, New York’s architectural gems. THEN, top this off with a reception at TRIO with the director.
For Alexander construction fans, make space in your calendar to view the film and the rare opportunity to have lunch with William Krisel “who brought modernism to the masses”. The documentary will be of particular interest to any who are not in-depth familiar with his 1930’s roots in China or critical review commentaries by his peer group.
If you’re interested in socio/cultural complexities of designing and building massive public projects, take in the film “Bird’s Nest” a Palm Springs premiere on the design and construction of Beijing’s 100,000 seat National Stadium. Also insightful culturally, is the film “Unfinished Spaces” which portrays three ambitious young architects against the backdrop of Castro’s early regime, an artistic peak, then languishing; but promises a full circle closure to a new peak attained in our current time. We are inspired by happy endings.
Another Palm Springs premiere, “John Portman: A Life of Building”, “an intimate portrait”, who can resist! There are another dozen, all of equal merit or interest to us; we will make more room on our calendar!
We look forward to seeing you at these events. Tickets sell out quickly so best to plan in advance if you would like to attend any of these offerings.
DESIGN ONSCREEN & Palm Springs Modernism Week
Mid-century Modern Fans: Here’s a new event being offered this year at the annual Palm Springs Modernism Week celebration, coming up in February:
This walking tour departs at 10 a.m. from the Union Bank Palm Springs at 500 S. Indian Canyon Drive Palm Springs, and lasts approximately 1 hour. Covers the area south of Baristo Rd bordered by Indian Canyon Drive and S. Palm Canyon Drive and examines the history of the development and design of the area, including banks designed by E. Stewart Williams and Gruen & Associates.
Enjoy refreshments provided by Espresso Cielo and free admission to the McCallum Adobe and Cornelia White House.
For tickets, go to www.ModernismWeek.com
The Paul Kaplan Group is happy to announce another epicurean event in Palm Springs- this one sounds fun and great to see some creative minds at work bring innovative events to Palm Springs.
Circle the date and bring your appetite! Over 40 of Southern California’s most unique and skilled chefs will be setting up in the parking area of the Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs this coming February 4th.
PBS TV Host and “Minister of Culinary Awareness” Cliff Young (of the “Out To Eat” show) is organizing the inaugural “Palm Springs Food Truck Festival” at the Spa Resort Casino in Downtown Palm Springs. It all happens on Saturday, February 4th.
Cliff says, “This is not your typical food truck festival, this event will offer cutting-edge culinary flavors from chefs who want to take your palette on a journey you won’t soon forget. We are creating an unbelievable festival of haute cuisine you don’t want to miss.”
For more info on the Palm Springs Food Truck Festival, click the attached link:
Palm Springs International ShortFest is renowned worldwide for the extraordinary community of filmmakers it attracts, and for the quality and scope of its programming. ShortFest 2011 will present more than 300 short films from over 40 countries. The ShortFest Film Market will make available over 2,700 films to film buyers, industry representatives and the press.
Join e festival, June 21-27, 2011, in the magnificent setting of Palm Springs for the best selection of short films and the most exciting lineup of seminars, special presentations and receptions at the largest event of its kind in the country!
CLICK HERE for more information.
A vintage photo compilation of a look back on Palm Springs throughout the decades.
Discover the Backstreet Art District in Palm Springs, claimed to be the “coolest, hippest art destination in the desert.”Stroll through a dozen artist-owned galleries and working studios featuring exciting collections of original, contemporary art by nationally and internationally recognized artists including paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics as well as performing arts.
Experience the thrill of interacting with working artists, engaged in creating new works of art or recently commissioned pieces.
ART WALKS are held the first Wednesday of every month during evening hours.
Wednesday, June 1st — 1st Wednesday Art Walk 6-9 PM
Enjoy art, refreshments and other surprises!