Fall Modernism Events

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Mod After DarkMod After Dark – Modernism Week After-Party at Mr. Lyons

DATE: Friday, October 9, 2015

TIME: 9PM – Midnight

WHERE: Mr. Lyons, 233 E. Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

COST: Free with Cash Bar

MORE: Get cozy in the swanky lounge at Mr. Lyons and have a Moscow Mule on us, sponsored in part by Palm Springs Style. Established in 1945 as Lyons English Grill, Mr. Lyons – the newest offering from F-10, the owners of Cheeky’s and Birba – evokes the old Hollywood glamour for which Palm Springs is famous. Enjoy a timeless experience savoring truly classic cocktails and sampling the laid-back lounge menu.


James Schnepf 1“Palm Springs Modern Living” – Book Signing with Author and Photographer James Schnepf

DATE: Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10, 2015

TIME: Friday 7PM – 8PM; Saturday 11AM – Noon

WHERE: Modernism Show & Sale – Booth #400A Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs CA 92262

COST: Free with admission to the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale

MORE: James Schnepf, gifted photographer and author of Palm Springs Modern Living, spent four years filling this book with captivating photos and stories that document the unparalleled collection of Midcentury Modern architecture and fascinating people found in Palm Springs. More than fifty modernists, artists and architects were interviewed, including such luminaries as Donald Wexler, William Krisel, and Hugh Kaptur. Their stories and anecdotes are a perfect complement to Schnepf’s vivid photography.

Meet the author at the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, Booth #400A. For show details and a list of exhibitors visit palmspringsmodernism.com.


Peter Moruzzi“Palm Springs Paradise” – Vintage Photographs from America’s Desert Playground

DATE: Saturday, October 10, 2015

TIME: 1PM – 2PM

WHERE: Modernism Show & Sale – Booth #400A Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs CA 92262

COST: Free with admission to the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale

MORE: From its earliest days as a desert oasis to its midcentury heyday as a getaway for the rich and famous, Palm Springs’ relaxed ambiance and unique residents and visitors have provided countless fascinating photographic subjects. Historian Peter Moruzzi’s new book features more than two hundred vintage photographs, only a fraction of which have ever been seen by the public. Subjects include early Palm Springs, the fabulous El Mirador, celebrities, architecture both refined and zany, Sinatra and the Rat Pack, and the irreverent people who make the desert so much fun.

Peter Moruzzi is the author of the best-selling book “Palm Springs Holiday: A Vintage Tour from Palm Springs to the Salton Sea.” His new “Palm Springs Paradise” is a lively companion to the original book.

Meet the author at the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, Booth #400A. For show details and a list of exhibitors visit palmspringsmodernism.com.


Pools PatiosPads, Pools & Patios – The 2nd Annual ONE-PS Neighborhood Home Tour

DATE: Saturday, October 10, 2015

TIME: 10AM – 2PM (Check-in 9AM – Noon)

CHECK-IN: CVEP, 3111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs CA 92262

COST: $65 admission

MORE: This citywide excursion is a self-guided trip back to a time when pads were cool, pools were cooler, and patios were the center of our social universe. With a souvenir guidebook as your escort, drive at your own pace and tour the most captivating interpretations of desert modernism in Palm Springs. One or two homes will be open for touring in many neighborhoods.

All net proceeds will benefit ONE-PS, an all-volunteer community service committee comprised of 39 certified neighborhood organizations.


Danny Heller“Welcome To My World” – The Midcentury Modern art of Danny Heller

DATE: Saturday, October 10, 2015

TIME: 6:30PM – 7:45PM

WHERE: Hotel Lautner, 67710 San Antonio St, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240

COST: $35 admission

MORE: During a 45-minute presentation, fine artist Danny Heller will showcase his photo-realistic paintings of the iconic architecture of Palm Springs, explaining how architects such as William Krisel, Donald Wexler and E. Stewart Williams influenced his work. See notable homes including Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms Estate and the Edris house, and discover through this artist’s eyes why Palm Springs is the Mecca of modernism!

A portion of the proceeds will benefit The John Lautner Foundation.


Kurt Cyr“Martini Madness” at the Hotel Lautner with special guest Kurt Cyr of ModEats

DATE: Sunday, October 11, 2015

TIME: 6PM – 7:30PM

WHERE: Hotel Lautner, 67710 San Antonio St, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240

COST: $50 admission

MORE: Bringing his witty perspective to the “King of the Cocktail” – the beloved Martini – Kurt Cyr will weave through the history of how this drink, in an impossibly imbalanced glass, became the icon of everything that is cool. His show is the perfect concoction of humor, a dash of dry wit, and a whole lot of laughter. Includes a 45-minute presentation, one signature martini, a rollicking Q&A, and a tour of Hotel Lautner. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The John Lautner Foundation.


SinatraFrank Sinatra’s “Twin Palms” Estate Tour

DATE: Sunday, October 11, 2015

TIMES: 1PM, 1:45PM, 2:30PM & 3:15PM

WHERE: 1145 East Via Colusa, Palm Springs, CA 92262

COST: $40 admission

MORE: Tour Frank Sinatra’s beautiful “Twin Palms” estate, designed in 1947 by modernist architect E. Stewart Williams. With the help of Palm Springs Preservation Foundation (PSPF), the home was designated a Class 1 Historic Site by the City of Palm Springs in March 2011 and has been described as “great midcentury design combined with Hollywood lore.” The self-guided 45-minute tour will include a brief talk about the architecture and history of the house by a PSPF board member. No children or pets.


Palm Springs Paradise – Entertaining Slide Talk with Vintage Photos

DATE: Sunday, October 11, 2015

TIME: 2PM – 3PM

WHERE: Palm Springs Women’s Club, 314 S. Cahuilla Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262

COST: $10 admission

MORE: Join Peter Moruzzi, Palm Springs Modern Committee’s founding president, for a photographic journey of Palm Springs through time. Moruzzi will present an eclectic selection of fabulous vintage photos from his new book Palm Springs Paradise, of which only a fraction have ever been seen before. Subjects include early Palm Springs, the fabulous El Mirador, celebrities, architecture both refined and zany, Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, and the irreverent people who make the desert so much fun.


Paul PospesilMidcentury Palm Springs Through the Lens of Paul Pospesil

Photo by Paul Pospesil courtesy Palm Springs Historical Society. All rights reserved.

DATE: Sunday, October 11, 2015

TIME: 6:30PM – 8:15PM

WHERE: Los Compadres Clubhouse, 1849 S. El Cielo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92264

COST: $40 admission

MORE: View wildly fun photos of Palm Springs in the ‘50s and ‘60s through the lens of local photographer Paul Pospesil. Join Palm Springs Historical Society Associate Curator/Collections Manager Nicolette Wenzell for a presentation and slideshow at historic Los Compadres Clubhouse. Images from Pospesil’s long career will be showcased, including photos of local events, locations, personalities, and mid-20th century lifestyles and design. A no host bar will offer specialty tiki drinks at 1960’s prices.


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