Don't Miss the Last Few Weeks of Desert X—Closing April 30, 2017

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Doug Atiken’s Mirage House, 2017. Photo: Lance Gerber

Seen Desert X yet? If not, what are you waiting for? You have till April 30, 2017 to see what all the fuss is about. The Instagram-worthy (check out #desertx and #desertx2017) site-specific exhibit has already attracted tens of thousands of visitors this spring—alleviate your FOMO go check it out!

An exciting new art project of the Desert Biennial, a nonprofit steering committee and charitable organization that promotes art and the environment in the Coachella Valley, Desert Xwhich opened Feb. 25, 2017, features indoor and outdoor installations across the valley and its striking desert landscape with 18 works by established and emerging artists. Projects “will amplify and articulate global and local issues that may range from climate change to starry skies from tribal culture and immigration to tourism, gaming and golf,” says the project’s website.

Steven Nash, former executive director of the Palm Spring Art Museum, and Beth Rudin DeWoody, art collector and president of the Rudin Family Foundations, are two of the visionaries behind the project. Neville Wakefield serves as the artistic director.

When asked about the show, Wakefield commented: “Artists from different parts of the world will be invited to make work that responds to the unique conditions of Palm Springs and the surrounding Coachella Valley. The desert of Desert X is the blank canvas upon which contemporary artists—like the writers, architects, musicians and others before them—will be invited to project their vision and to create from the extraordinary natural and social history around them objects and experiences that reflect upon the matchless spectacle of the geologic epic, the radical abstraction of the surroundings and the singular incursions of man into the seemingly barren landscape. Unique in that it takes the landscape itself as its exhibition space, Desert X will offer the opportunity to explore both the familiar and the unknown through the eyes of others. If the desert is indeed God without man, then Desert X is art without constraint.”

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Phillip K. Smith III’s The Circle of Land and Sky, 2017. Photo: Lance Gerber

Desert X will stretch across locations within the 45 miles between the San Bernardino Mountains and the Salton Sea—a shallow, saline rift lake located directly on the San Andreas Fault, predominantly in California’s Imperial and Coachella Valleys. The exhibit is free. For more information, please visit: https://www.desertx.org/news/

Can’t make this year? There’s a good chance Desert X 2.0 will be back in 2019. The Desert Sun has reported that Susan Davis, founder and board president of Desert X, announced at a party for founding members Saturday that the board would begin fundraising for another Desert X event, slated to begin in February 2019.

About Desert X: Desert X is produced by Desert Biennial, a not-for-profit 501©(3) charitable organization founded in 2015 to bring the finest international artists to the Coachella Valley to create art, engage viewers, and focus attention on the valley’s environment—its natural wonders as well as socio-political-economic issues that make it vibrant, curious, and exciting.

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How To Do Palm Springs In One Day

I’m happy to present a fun and fabulous guest post on Palm Springs by travel blogger Mary Zakheim. Whether you live in Palm Springs year round, seasonally, or are planning your next visit, her ideas on how do to Palm Springs in one day are inspired and belong on everyone’s Palm Springs’ bucket list! XOKate
Is it possible to not feel glam gallivanting about through Palm Springs? This past week, my friend and I decided to put this question to the test. Though we ate the equivalent of an entire cake for breakfast, sweat through all our fancy clothes and got hopelessly lost on the […]

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Fashion Week El Paseo™ Announces 2017 Schedule—Not to Be Missed!

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The 2017 schedule has been announced for the El Paseo Jewelers’ 12th annual Fashion Week El Paseo™, presented by Franklin Loan Center, taking place March 18-25, 2017 at The Gardens on El Paseo in Palm Desert, California.  This premier eight-day fashion and lifestyle extravaganza — the largest of its kind on the West Coast — will showcase a star-studded line-up of top U.S. and international designers.

“Fashion Week El Paseo is a renowned fashion and lifestyle event featuring the industry’s most promising stars from across the country and worldwide,” said Susan Stein, fashion editor of Palm Springs Life and creative producer, Fashion Week El Paseo. “More than 13,000 attendees return […]

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Palm Springs: A Modern Mecca for Art, Architecture & Design!

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Palm Springs just keeps getting better. It truly has become a modern mecca for art, architecture, and design—not to mention fabulous hotels, resorts, and fine dining. I had the pleasure of spending President’s Day weekend in the desert with friends at the intersection of the apex of Modernism Week and Art Palm Springs.

This year’s Palm Springs Modernism Week ran from February 16 – 26th, and was yet another huge success! The mission of Modernism Week is to celebrate and foster appreciation of midcentury architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as […]

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Gala Event for the L-Fund supports the Lesbian Community Throughout the Year

The L-Fund 3rd Annual Gumbo Gala at the Palm Springs Pavilion will be held on Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. The gala event will raise much needed funds to support the lesbian community throughout the year.

The L-Fund is the Coachella Valley’s only organization to provide support for lesbians experiencing a one-time financial crisis. Established in 2012 to assist lesbians with funding due to financial crises, the L-Fund works with immediate needs for medication, medical emergencies, rent, air conditioning, etc. with funds available from 24 to 48 hours from the time of the request. Requests are typically from […]

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SELECTS gives a new perspective to this year's ART PALM SPRINGS

Art and design enthusiasts from around the world will descend on Palm Springs this Presidents Day weekend. One of the major draws for art collectors, museum curators and art tastemakers is Art Palm Springs.  The show has grown to become one of the top art fairs on the West Coast. Artists and galleries from around the globe, including Venezuela, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom, and coast to coast from the U.S. are drawn to the show, and 2017 will be no exception with a record 70 galleries and over 300 artists.

New this year, producers of Art Palm Springs announced the […]

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Get Excited for Palm Springs Modernism Week—Here's What's On Deck!

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Modernism Week’s signature February festival will take place February 16-26, 2017, highlighting midcentury modern architecture, art, interior and landscape design, and vintage culture in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. For the twelfth year, the annual 11-day festival will feature a wide array of events including the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, tours of iconic homes in more than 25 neighborhoods including the Signature Home Tour on both weekends, architectural walking, biking and double-decker bus tours, a world-class series of film screenings and informative talks, tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, a Palm Springs Walk of Stars dedication for John […]

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Remarkable Women Making a Difference in Greater Palm Springs: The 2017 “Women Who Rule” Award Honorees

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The Women Leaders Forum of the Coachella Valley (WLF) is proud to announce the honorees for its 5th Annual “Women Who Rule” Awards Luncheon and Scholarship Fundraiser presented by Desert Regional Medical Center. Susie Harvey, Jan Salta, Dr. Sharon Brown-Welty, and Melissa Neiderman will be honored for their extraordinary community leadership, public service, commitment to education and visionary entrepreneurship on Friday, February 3, 2017 at Agua Caliente Resort Spa (32250 Bob Hope Drive).

This spectacular valley-wide celebration pays tribute to women achieving the highest level of success and those making a difference in […]

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Kate's Top Picks for Ringing in the New Year in Palm Springs!

It seems New Year’s Eve is either one’s favorite—the sparkly dresses, the planning, the sense of anticipation that anything (or anyone!) might be possible in the new year, or least favorite holiday—”Amateur night,” it’s often called. Either way, I’ve put together a list that’s sure to elevate the evening from naughty to nice (or the other way around, if you like). Whether this is your first New Year’s Eve in Palm Springs, or your sixth, sixteen, or sixtieth, there’s something in Greater Palm Springs for everyone. Here are a few of my favorites.

And, if you happen to snap some sparkly selfies or groupies (is that […]

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Make This Season Bright: A Guide to a Palm Springs-style Holiday!

Spending the holidays in Palm Springs? Whether resident or visitor—there’s sure to be no coal in your stocking this year. There’s nothing like the clear, starry skies of a Palm Springs December night, and the days are picture perfect—sunny and bright with impossibly blue skies cradling the stark and steep expanse of the San Jacinto mountains—the perfect climate to enjoy all your favorite outdoor activities: golf, tennis, swimming, hiking, cycling, hot air ballooning, horseback riding, shopping, dining, tours, and so much more. Greater Palm Springs offers a wealth of activities and events to entertain you day and night during this holiday season…from farmer’s markets […]

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