Archive for the ‘Palm Springs Entertainment’ Category

Goodbye Norma Jean: Palm Springs bids farewell to Forever Marilyn

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Palm Springs Modern Real Estate

Parting is such sweet sorrow but the time has come to say goodbye to the Forever Marilyn Statue in downtown Palm Springs. She’s been here almost two years and has been delighting tourists and locals alike since her arrival. Forever Marilyn quickly became an icon in the downtown environment.

However, before she’s disassembled into six pieces and shipped off to New Jersey, the city of Palm Springs, which never seems to shy away from a good cocktail party, will be hosting a farewell party for the 34,000-pound, 26-foot statue this coming Thursday night during the weekly Village Fest.

Created by artist Seward Johnson, an heir to the Johnson & Johnson legacy, the Forever Marilyn is slated to join about 150 other works by the artist in a 42-acre New Jersey park for a show set to run through the end of September. The statue originally debuted in Chicago in 2011, but her move to Palm Springs created a much bigger reception. The statue, made of stainless steel and aluminum, pays tribute to Monroe’s famous scene from the 1955 comedy “The Seven-Year Itch” in which her dress billows up as she stands over a New York City subway grate.

The goodbye party for the Forever Marilyn sculpture is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday,  March 27, during the weekly VillageFest at Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way. A giant goodbye card to sign, cupcakes and music from Monroe films will be provided. The Desert Winds Freedom Band and the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus will entertain the crowd and it has been announced that Carol Channing, the original Lorelei Lee in the Broadway production of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”, will also be in attendance according to P.S. Resorts, a nonprofit started by local hoteliers to promote Palm Springs tourism.

We here at The Paul Kaplan Group will be sad to see her go but we encourage everyone to share memories and photos on the official Forever Marilyn Facebook page. Photos can also be broadcast via Twitter, @PS4everMarilyn, Pinterest, @PS4everMarilyn, and Instagram, @PS4everMarilyn.

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

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 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.


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.

The Modernism Yard Sale

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Paul Kaplan Modern Real Estate Group

The Paul Kaplan Group and ModernBear welcome you once again to the annual Modernism Yard Sale, a celebration of mid-century modern collectables in conjunction with Modernism Week. On Sunday, February 23, from 8:00 to 12:00pm, local and out-of-area vendors specializing in mid-century items, along with area homeowners that have cleaned out their closets, will be selling unique modern wares and tchotchkes. Attendees of the first Modernism Yard sale during Modernism Week 2013, found jewelry, vintage dishware, doll houses, clothing, significant pieces of home furnishings, and even a 1960s “Canned Ham” trailer for sale.

This time there will be even more vendors and fun, so come on by and enjoy a morning of hunting for mid-century treasures; and don’t forget to stop by the Paul Kaplan Group /ModernBear booth for a complimentary donut. Coffee from Koffi will be available.

Palm Springs 75!! Happy Birthday & Congratulations!!!

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Palm Springs 75 Palm Springs 75, today is the birthday celebration for our beloved city of Palm Springs. 75 years of a sun-filled and fun lifestyle that is a hallmark of our city. We love all of Palm Springs’ history but here at the Paul Kaplan Group we celebrate our mid-century past and the architecture that has made Palm Springs famous.

Palm Springs 75

The Alexanders by James R. Harlan

Join us for the free city birthday party at the O’Donnell Golf Course from 3 to 9 pm today for food, fireworks and festivities. We are celebrating all the decades of our history and the Paul Kaplan Group is helping celebrate the Alexanders. Look for the Alexander banners and come by to say hello.


Enjoy the Palm Springs 75 celebration and don’t miss the fireworks!!

Here are a few Alexander Construction Co. homes to get you in the mood to celebrate, for more call Paul at 760-459-1396 or visit our website

–Tracy Merrigan

Don’t Miss our Modernism Week Yard Sale, Sunday Feb 24

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Food, Fun and Fabulous Shopping!!

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

Sunday, February 24  8am to 1pm

hosted by the Paul Kaplan Group and Modern Bear

Paul Kaplan Group Modernism Week Yard Sale

Paul Kaplan Group Modernism Week Yard Sale

Tasty Treats and maybe some Tall Tales to share with friends

Want to sell stuff at our Modernism Week Yard Sale?

For Booth Info, Email Chris Bale at: [email protected]
We’ll see you there!

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

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

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,


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!

Where to eat in the Palm Springs area??

Monday, November 12th, 2012
Palm Springs has some amazing restaurants!  But every now and then we like to venture eastward in the Coachella Valley-  A recent Facebook survey asking for recommendations “down valley” (anything east of Palm Springs) resulted in the following:
We’re looking to explore down valley…. What’s your favorite Coachella Valley restaurant, NOT in Palm Springs?

Palm Springs Modernism Week

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

The Paul Kaplan Group is once again, proud to be an annual  sponsor of Modernism Week 2013.  One of my favorite events during Palm Springs Modernism Week, is the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation’s annual Retro Martini party. This year it is being held at the Abernathy House, designed by William Cody, 1962,  and recently renovated and restored. There are a limited amount of tickets available and it always sells out! So plan accordingly and I hope to see you there!
For tickets visit the Preservation’s website at

Modernism Week 2013 is February 14th – 24th

Modernism Week is an exciting 11-day celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture and culture in Palm Springs, California. This design aesthetic originated in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, and was typified by clean, simple lines which came to define desert modernism.

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. Tickets for Modernism Week 2013 are currently on sale!  Click here for more info. 
We look forward to seeing you this year at all the events!  And stop by during the Modernism Show on Feb. 15-17th at our Paul Kaplan Group booth to get more info on Real Estate and various Modernism events.

365 Days in Palm Springs – The Palm Springs International Shortfest

Monday, June 11th, 2012

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