Palm Springs Spotlight: Modernism Week Announces Local Contributions

You’ve heard of Modernism Week. You’ve probably even attended a grand event or two. But did you know that this annual festival also gives back on a grand scale? Modernism Week recently announced that it contributed significant funds to local Coachella Valley neighborhood organizations, local and statewide preservation organizations, and awarded two new scholarships for aspiring architectural students.

An 11-day festival celebrating midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture in the greater Palm Springs area, Modernism Week is hugely popular with architects, designers, collectors, and modernism aficionados from around the world. During its signature annual February event in 2016, more than 77,500 […]

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Comic Con Comes to Palm Springs This August!

COMIC CON PALM SPRINGS brings the very first comic con to the desert. The three days of festivities arrives in August, featuring signature events, special guests, and an unparalleled list of artists. The inaugural event kicks off Thursday night, August 25th with a private VIP party and begins officially on Friday with events through the close of Sunday evening.

“We’ve spent years working on this event to create the very best comic con experience we can for fans,” says Christopher Spellman, founder and executive producer of Comic Con Palm Springs, “not only working with talent and exhibitors, but also being passionate fans […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: A Perfect Palm Springs Weekend Escape!

I woke up last weekend and decided I couldn’t take a second longer of gray skies and socked in skylines at the beach. I was weary from working 16 hour days and craving the peace and expanse of the mountains—yearning for unadulterated sunshine to infiltrate my cells and my soul. And so I booked a room at the charming and historic Villa Royale Inn, a Tuscan-style boutique hotel in the south end of Palm Springs—adjacent to the historic Deepwell neighborhood, right across from the ACE Hotel. Then, Murphy in tow (yes, Villa Royale is dog friendly!), hopped in my car […]

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It’s Hot Outside, But It’s Cool at Palm Springs Art Museum This Summer!

With a New Film Series, a New Exhibition and Museum Art Camp, the Palm Springs Art Museum is the place to be this summer!

You might think the desert dies down during the heat of summer, but not so at the Palm Springs Art Museum. The Galen and the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert kicks off Summer Museum Art Camp along with new summer hours, and the Edward Harris Pavilion at the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center debuts a new exhibition, First Hand: Architects, Artists, and Designers from the L.J. Cella Collection. […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: Palm Springs—Home Away from Home?

The iconic “Poolside Gossip” | Photo: Slim Aarons

There is probably no American city more uniquely suited for renting a private home in order to immerse oneself in the local lifestyle than Palm Springs. Since the 1940s, this desert oasis has served as a top destination where people can experience a home away from home—relaxing beneath a canopy of palm trees and sunshine, against the backdrop of Palm Springs’ majestic mountains and iconic architecture.

Rewind back to the city’s early days and the majority of people you met on the street were part time residents or visiting for the weekend.  Many homeowners […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: Our Top Ten List to Prepare Your Home for Time Away

This week, Kate Buckley is delighted to feature a guest post by Leslie Spoor, President of Executive Errands®, a Lifestyle Management company servicing the Coachella Valley since 2006.  Since creating Executive Errands®, Leslie has become a Certified Concierge Specialist (CCS); earned the 2012 Concierge Member of the Year award from the International Concierge and Lifestyle Management Association, and was appointed to the Board of Directors of the ICLMA in 2013.

Can you believe it’s already May? As we prepare for the long hot summer, many people are planning to leave for six months while others are going for a month, or just a week or […]

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The 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival - A Retrospective

Missed this year’s Coachella? Or went to a weekend (or both!) and want to relive the memories? For this PalmSprings.com Spotlight, I’ve put together a retrospective on the event, including a #Coachella2016 gallery for your viewing pleasure! XOKate

This year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival took place April 15 – 17 and April 22 – 24 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Along with headliners Guns N’ Roses (staging a highly publicized reunion—the first show for the band since 1993 with co-founders Axl Rose and Slash), LCD Soundsystem, and Calvin Harris, 160 artists performed across multiple stages at this year’s event, now in its 17th year (Coachella […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Designer Troy Bankord

With almost 30 years of experience in the environmental design industry, Troy Bankord is well regarded for his excellence in landscape and interior design, consultation, and project installations. His expertise has resulted in the development of some of the most unique and imaginative properties in not only Palm Springs, but Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Long Beach, Las Vegas, the Midwest, and across Southwest. Troy is known for his dramatic, organically-continuous indoor and outdoor living spaces. And is a hell of a lot of fun. He divides his time between Palm Springs and Phoenix.

Kate Buckley: Troy, you’re a well-regarded landscape & interior designer whose […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: Fashion Week El Paseo Returns to Palm Springs

This week, Kate Buckley is delighted to feature a guest post by the iconic Susan Stein, Fashion Editor, Palm Springs Life Magazine and creative producer/director, Fashion Week El Paseo. 

It’s that time of year again! From April 2-9, 2016, thousands of people will come to our community from near and far for the 11th annual Fashion Week El Paseo™ 2016, taking place at The Gardens on El Paseo at 73545 El Paseo in Palm Desert.  As many of you know, Fashion Week El Paseo is the premier Greater Palm Springs fashion event – one of the largest of its kind on the West Coast […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Bruce Bibby of Ted Casablanca Gallery

Bruce Bibby, aka Ted Casablanca, is a widely acclaimed, former Hollywood journalist, who, for two decades wrote about sensational, often prurient, Hollywood goings-on. His undergraduate degree is in sculpture from CalArts, after which he left to pursue a long and highly successful career in Hollywood and New York publishing—but he’s always remained an artist. Last spring he returned to art, where he finds stronger voices—more daring than in journalism.

Bruce recently completed a book, all true, about some of the hottest celebrity shenanigans you can imagine (or can’t); he also makes and sells art from some of the most inspiring artists he’s […]

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