Archive for the ‘Things to do in Palm Springs’ Category

Private Zen: A Backyard Bathhouse

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014


Californians are known for their desire for privacy and here in Palm Springs, we aren’t any different. Small fortunes are spent to create backyard paradises and to subsequently construct huge walls, fences, or privacy hedges to block the world from looking in. Whether it be a lush garden, sparking pool, or fully-stocked koi pond, in essence, we are all looking for the perfect private zen space.

For Paul Kaplan Group Agent Kris Rain, personal zen means escape from the work-day world. It means escape from an always-on-the-go job. So whenever possible, Kris escapes to her private zen space: A custom built backyard bathhouse.

When Kris came across a vintage claw foot tub (an extreme rarity in the desert), she decided to put it to good use. She immediately called her contractor and began work on a detached bath conveniently located just steps outside her back door. Of course, the bath tub is the focal point of the room.


Lots of windows and a rustic feel make the tiny structure warm and comfortable. According to Kris, the best way to utilize the tub is to be surrounded by candles. “I created the bath house as a sanctuary where I can go to be nurtured and recharged, its a place to go to count my blessings. I always walk out feeling as if I have just been hugged,” Kris said.

If you have a personal space for private zen then we here at The Paul Kaplan Group would love to hear about it and maybe we could even share the idea on our blog. If you would like more info on how to create your own backyard bathhouse, then contact Kris Rain at The Paul Kaplan Group.

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

Palm Springs Mayor Recognizes John Murasky for Artwork Contributions

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Palm Springs Real Estate

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.


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

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.


Dogs rule the catwalk in upcoming fashion shows

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Paul Kaplan Modern Palm Springs Real Estate Group

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:

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.

Palm Springs Modernism Week comes to a close with successful Modernism Yard Sale

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Paul Kaplan Group Modernism Yard Sale

Crowds began showing up early and racking up the bargains this past Sunday as The Paul Kaplan Group along with Modern Bear sponsored the Modernism Yard Sale as a free Modernism Week event. Although the sale did not begin until 8:00 a.m., anxious buyers begin lining the perimeter up to an hour early in hopes of grabbing some good mid-century and modern deals. Everyone was offered free donuts and Koffi supplied free coffee for the duration of the sale.

Goods ranged from original art, books, records, furniture, and slightly experienced mid-century household items. Vendors came from as far away as Indiana and Arizona as well as all over Southern California. A photo booth was on hand to capture the moment as customers found the items they could not pass up.

The Modernism Yard Sale will return next October. Sign up for email notification on The Paul Kaplan Group website: As an official Modernism Week sponsor, The Paul Kaplan Group was also a sponsor of many of the events including the “A Taste of the Leisure Life” tour, the 6th annual Racquet Club Estates Home Tour and Reception, and the El Rancho Vista Estates Home Tour in addition to the Modernism Yard Sale.

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Paul Kaplan Group sponsors Modernism Week Racquet Club Estates Tour

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Racquet Club Estates Open House

The Paul Kaplan Group is once again sponsoring the annual Racquet Club Estates Tour as part of Modernism Week in Palm Springs. For the sixth year, this tour will showcase the mid-century modern beauty of seven unique Alexander and Meiselman homes built in the late 1950s and early 1960s. There will also be a collection of classic cars parked at each home and a catered reception with a celebrity guest speaker following the tour.

The tour will include Alexander homes designed by respected architect William Krisel, which exude the mid-century modern vernacular found in the soaring wafer-thin rooflines, clerestory windows, and open floor plan; an historic Alexander “Steel House” designed by respected architect Donald Wexler epitomizing the mid-century modern era and made with innovative construction material and method of assembly; and Meiselman homes capturing modern styling with post and beam technique, clerestory windows, tongue and groove ceilings and walls of glass.

All tour participants will receive a descriptive souvenir guidebook and are invited to a catered reception following the tour from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Although this tour has been sold out, The Paul Kaplan Group is holding many of their listings in the Racquet Club Estates community open for those unable to get tickets. A complete list of open houses can be found at

Hosts with the Most! The Paul Kaplan Group is an official sponsor of Modernism Week and many associated events

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Paul Kaplan Group Modernism Week

As annual sponsors of Modernism Week, we do a whole lot more than hold open houses from our extensive Mid-Century Modern Real Estate Inventory. We like to support our community and be actively involved when events like this take place. We enjoy a good mixer so we throw parties and since we also love a good bargain, we host the Modernism Yard Sale. In fact, Modernism Week is a very busy time for our group. The events we are sponsoring or hosting during this year’s Modernism Week include:


The Modernism Show & Sale

Friday 2/14 – Monday 2/17

Palm Springs Convention Center


Palm Springs Life “Modern on the Market” Tour & Open Houses

Saturday 2/15, 10am – 4pm

688 E Spencer Drive

216 N Monterey Road

2475 N Avenida Caballeros

980 Garden Road

3390 E Paseo Barbara


Weekend Open Houses

275 E Canyon Vista, Palm Springs – Saturday 2/15, 11am – 1:30pm

3030 N. De Anza Road, Palm Springs – Sunday 2/16, 11:30am – 2:30pm

566 E. Lindsey Drive, Palm Springs – Sunday 2/16, 12pm – 1pm

197 W. Via Lola #3, Palm Springs – Sunday 2/16, 11am – 1pm

1780 N. Whitewater Club, Palm Springs – Sunday 2/16, 11am – 1pm


The Desert Lounge Tour

Sunday 2/16, Monday 2/17, & Saturday 2/22


Vintage Cheese Party & Open House

Tuesday 2/18, 5:00 – 7:00pm

216 N. Monterey Avenue, Palm Springs


Sponsor of “A Taste of the Leisure Life” Tour

Tuesday 2/18


See our trailer at The Vintage Travel Trailer Show

Saturday 2/22 & Sunday 2/23


Sponsor of the 6th Annual Racquet Club Estates Home Tour and Reception

Saturday 2/22


Sponsor of the El Rancho Vista Estates Home Tour

Sunday 2/23


Sponsor of Modernism Yard Sale (now with a Photo Booth!)

Sunday 2/23, 8am – 12pm

In the Paul Kaplan Group Parking Lot

1701 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs


Come see us at one of the many Modernism Week events and tours or sign up for email notifications on our website, Don’t forget to buy a Palm Springs Modernism T-shirt! Five different styles to choose from and available on our online retail outlet: Click Here!

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

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