Archive for the ‘365 days in Palm Springs’ Category

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

Modernism Week in Palm Springs

Thursday, February 28th, 2013


Modernism Week Meet-Up

It’s been a busy week for the Paul Kaplan Group in Palm Springs at Modernism Week. We love modernism, supporting our community & taking care of our clients. So we’ve been busy entertaining, volunteering, participating and of course showing property.


This is some of what our group has been up to during Modernism Week.

Modernism Week at the Paul Kaplan Group in Palm Springs

Modernism Week at the Paul Kaplan Group in Palm Springs

















Check out the Desert Sun article on our Modernism Yard Sale.

Call us at 760-459-1396

Visit us at 1701 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA  92262

––Tracy Merrigan


Mid-Century Modern Racquet Club, William Cody & Philip A. Shipley what a Weekend Combo!

Monday, December 31st, 2012

This lecture and tour by the Palm Springs Art Museum about the Mid-Century Modern Racquet Club Garden Villas is a great opportunity this coming weekend to get a peek at the villas designed by William Cody and built by Paul Trousdale. Originally part of the famous Racquet Club, the villas were intended to give guests privacy but easy access to resort activities.

A Desert Oasis at the Mid-Century Modern Racquet Club Garden Villas

Lushly landscaped by Philip A. Shipley, landscape architect to celebrities such as Walt Disney, Frank Sinatra and Steven Spielberg, the complex boasts a babbling brook, amazing views, beautiful pool and mature plantings that have created an oasis in the desert at the Mid-Century Modern Racquet Club Garden Villas.

Constructing California – The Legacy of Paul Trousdale
Saturday, January 5, 2013
10 a.m.
Lecture Hall, Palm Springs Art Museum

Author and historian Steven M. Price (the forthcoming “Over The Top – the Architectural History of Trousdale Estates”) takes a look at the history and accomplishments of famed builder/developer Paul Whitney Trousdale, from his post-war housing developments by the hundreds, landmark retail and commercial innovations throughout the American West, and culminating in his crowning achievement, the haven of “mid-century marvelous” known as Trousdale Estates, in Beverly Hills.


The one hour lecture will be followed by a one hour site visit to the William Cody-designed/Trousdale built Racquet Club Garden Villas, which will feature several units ranging from a museum quality studio suite to Paul Trousdale’s own two-bedroom villa with private pool.


Tickets remain but are selling fast.  Tickets are $25, including the site visit and can be purchased by contacting the Box Office at 760-325-4490.  For additional information please contact Paul Ortega, at 760-322-4818.

Museum WIREFRAME logo


For more pictures click here, or for more information on the Racquet Club Garden Villas visit or call Paul at 760-459-1396.

––Tracy Merrigan

Art comes to the Palm Springs High Desert- HWY 62 Art Tour

Friday, October 19th, 2012

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?



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.

For the tenth anniversary, Art Tours organizers have put together an ambitious program to showcase a variety of the arts in the Morongo Basin.

“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:

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.

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


Modernism Week Events coming to Palm Springs

Monday, February 6th, 2012

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.

Donald Wexler

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.

William Krisel

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

   2012 Architecture and Design Film Series February 19-22

Palm Springs Jetset Style: Midcentury Fashion Show during Modernism Week

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Déjà Vu Vintage Finery will celebrate its grand opening by hosting a fashion show on February 16, 2012 to kick off The Palm Springs Modernism Week. The theme is “Jet Set Style-Mid Century Fashion,” with looks inspired by early historic Palm Springs hotspots such as the Racquet Club, The Chi Chi Club and other haunts of Palm Springs illustrious star-studded past. The evening features a silent auction of vintage clothing, purses, and accessories .  A pop-up store at The Ace Hotel will make many of our fabulous designer fashions available throughout the weekend. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation.

The event will take place at The Ace Hotel & Swim Club at 701 East Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs 2/16/2011 at 7:00PM.
Tickets are $20.00 and available for purchase on the website or by calling Déjà Vu Vintage Finery 760.699.5365

Palm Springs Modernism Week- Highlights

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

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:

The Marriage of Commerce and Creativity:
Modernism in Banking
Palm Springs Historical Society Walking Tour

February 16.

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

Palm Springs Food Truck Festival – Feb. 4

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

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:

365 Days in Palm Springs- Gallery opening celebrating Hollywood Cinema

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

One of my favorite Palm Springs’ galleries, Stephen Archdeacon Gallery, is presenting a collection of photos featuring images from the Hollywood studio archives.  A great celebration that conincides with the Palm Springs International Film Festival.  Here’s the info:

Coinciding with the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Stephen Archdeacon Gallery will present a selection of limited edition, archival photography from the 1950’s through the 1970’s of Hollywood Cinema. A selection of images from curator and archivist Howard Askenase will be featured, including: a Warner Brothers Studio still of James Dean from ‘REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE’ and a 20th Century Fox Studio still of Marilyn Monroe from ‘GENTLEMAN PREFER BLONDES’, along with an image portrait of Clint Eastwood from ‘HANG ‘EM HIGH’, a beefcake shot of Steve McQueen, and a busty Elizabeth Taylor together with costar Marlon Brando from ‘REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE’ among many others.

Terry Hastings is a Palm Springs artist who will be unveiling a portraiture series of RuPaul’s Drag Race Winner: Bebe Zahara Benet that are based on classic Hollywood starlets.

Documenting the trip between Hollywood and Palm Springs, Eric Nash will have new drawings on view. Collected by contemporary Hollywood players, Nash can be found in the homes of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Jerry and Linda Bruckheimer, Orlando Bloom, Hillary Duff, Mena Suvari, and entertainment attorney Jacob Bloom in addition to many others.

A portion of the proceeds from silent auction items at this evening event will go to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Riverside County which provides thousands of advocates to children who have been removed from their families because of abuse and neglect. CASA of Riverside County has been a pioneer in developing programming catered to LGBTQ foster youth.

Saturday, January 7, 6-9pm 

Please register for this event Click Here     

Stephen Archdeacon Gallery      


865 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262