Modernism Week Round-Up of Free Events


As Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson put it, “the best things in life are free.”  We agree.  That’s why we’ve pulled together this handy round-up of Modernism Week events that are free and open to the public.  For the impulse visitor who may not have bought their tickets in advance or the modernist on a tight budget, this is a listing of events that will leave you feeling culturally enriched without taxing your wallet.  No tickets necessary.  Just come out and enjoy the show, as it were.


A. Quincy Jones Star Dedication
Just as Hollywood has its walk of stars, Palm Springs boasts their own public sidewalk commemoration dedicated to notable people who have contributed to the City in their own way.  Join officials, architecture aficionados, and fans as they pay tribute to architect A. Quincy Jones as a star is added in his name.  Following the dedication, attendees will be offered a sneak peek at the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Architecture and Design Center, Edward Harris Pavilion, followed by a reception at the Palm Springs Historical Society. The cost to participate on this guided design walkabout of Palm Springs? Nothing.
[Friday, Feb. 15 – 2pm to 3:30pm, Meet at 300 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264]

Stamberg Aferiat Architecture Q&A and Book Signing
Join renowned architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat for a book signing of their Rizzoli-published monograph “Stamberg Aferiat Architecture.”  World renowned for their colorful approach to architecture, they will be on hand to sign books, answer questions, and give tours of the amazing grounds at The Saguaro.
[Friday, Feb. 15 – 5pm to 7pm, The Saguaro Hotel, 1800 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264]

m modern Gallery
Join m modern Gallery for their annual Opening Reception for Modernism Week 2013 for Retro a Rama. An Art exhibition with: Shag, Tim Biskup, Glenn Barr, Chris Reccordi, Lynne Naylor, BECCA and Phillip Lumbang, RAD, Aaron Marshall, Kevin Kidney and Jody Dailey, Basko and STONE.  Live entertainment by the Martini Kings!
[Friday, Feb. 15 – 8pm to 11pm, m modern Gallery, 2500 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262]

BluHomes Open House
Tour Southern California’s first Blu home, located in the beautiful starkness of the Mojave Desert.  Special thanks to the Disney family for opening their home to visitors.
[Feb. 17, 23, and 24 – 12pm to 4pm, shuttle service departing from The Sportsman’s Club, 6225 Sunburst Avenue, Joshua Tree, CA 92252.  Parking is NOT permitted at the house so TAKE THE SHUTTLE.  Free admission but RSVP HERE.

Vintage Car Show
If it has four wheels and fins, you’ll see it at the Vintage Car Show hosted outside the Convention Center on the last day of the Modernism Show.  Over 65 vintage automobiles will be on display for residents and guests of Modernism Week. Enjoy viewing cars from the 1930s through 1987 at this casual afternoon event. Chat with the car owners and share your passion for vintage automobiles with other enthusiasts.
[Monday, Feb. 18 – 12pm to 3pm, Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262]




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