Off the Beaten Path: 11 Unique Modernism Week Events

Mix it up and try something new during Modernism Week! The 2019 program expands to include workshops, musical performances, fashion shows, and more.

We can never get enough of the great tours, talks, shows, and parties featured during Modernism Week, but we do love changing things up from time to time. This year, let loose and enjoy some other events off the beaten path!


2-Day Intense Photography Workshop with Photographer Andrew Pielage
Are you a curious beginner photographer? If you rely on “auto-mode” and would like to hone your camera skills to the next level, join professional photographer, Andrew Pielage, for his Introduction to Photography Workshop. The desert landscape and iconic architecture of Palm Springs will be your backdrop as you discover the power of the lens in this personalized workshop. $395. February 21, 2019, 9:00 a.m. Tickets available here.

Live Performances

The Princes of Kings Road: An Evening of Theater
Based on the true story of two giants of architecture, “The Princes of Kings Road” brings the story of Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler’s dramatic relationship to life on the theater stage. Award winning director Tom Lazarus and producer/playwright Stevie Stern present this must-see play for the first time during Modernism Week. $45-$65. February 16-18, 2019, 7:00 p.m. Tickets available here.

An Afternoon of Jazz at the Modernist Loretta Young Estate
Back by popular demand, Canadian jazz cellist Kye Marshall will return to Modernism Week to perform at the Loretta Young Estate in the historic Deepwell neighborhood. The concert will be followed by a catered reception with hosted wine, champagne and hors d’oeuvres, and include a meet and greet with the artists. $125.  February 17, 2019, 3:00 p.m. Tickets available here.

The Music of Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Van Heusen Featuring AJ Lambert
Feeling an evening of great music? Then you’re in for a treat because AJ Lambert, granddaughter of Frank Sinatra and daughter of Nancy Sinatra, returns for one-night-only special performance of the music of Jimmy Van Heusen. $65, $95 (1.5 hrs). February 19, 2019, 7:00 p.m. Tickets available here.

Hollywood Revisited: A Glamorous Musical Theater Extravaganza
Back by popular demand, Hollywood Revisited is back with an all new show! Get ready to see new amazing costumes, along with several of the biggest hits from last year. $50-$70. February 20, 2019, 6:00 p.m. Tickets available here.


Green Gables’ Poolside Fashion Show – The Best of MCM Style
Join us at H3K Design’s Modernism Week Featured Home: Green Gables for an evening of fashion, cocktails and appetizers. The poolside fashion show is produced and commentated by Palm Springs’ own fashion guru, William Miller. $125. February 21, 2019, 5:00 p.m. Tickets available here.

Stepping into the Past Fashion Show
Love vintage couture? Then this is an experience you don’t want to miss! Mitchells Palm Springs presents a vintage fashion show at its finest at the historic Temple Isaiah.  $45. February 17, 2019, 1:00 p.m. Tickets available here.


Exhibition: The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley
Dan Kiley (1912-2004) was one of the nation’s most important post-war landscape architects, and he worked with architects like Eero Saarinen, Louis Kahn and I.M. Pei, to create modernist design icons. Discover his legacy during a special exhibition organized by The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF). Free. February 20-23, 2019, times vary. Tickets are not required for this event. Exhibition details here.

Exhibition: The Midcentury Modern Campus of UC Riverside
UC Riverside was the first University of California campus to be planned using modernist design principles and vocabulary. This exhibition is organized by the University of California, Riverside: Palm Desert Center; UCR ARTS/California Museum of Photography; Office of Planning, Design and Construction. Free. February 21-23, 2019, times vary. Tickets are not required for this event. Exhibition details here.

Where Midcentury and New Century Collide 

Tour the Restored 1937 Grace Miller House by Richard Neutra
Richard Neutra originally designed a custom home on a budget of $5000 for socialite Grace Miller. This was the first of 3 residences Neutra designed in the Palm Springs area, but over the years it became severely deteriorated. Fortunately, a sympathetic owner restored the home, even building an addition that Neutra designed in 1938 but never constructed. Don’t miss a chance to see the joint vision of Neutra and Miller finally realized, 82 years later! $65-$100. February 22, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tickets available here.

Historic Home Tour of the 1925 Thomas O’Donnell House
Ojo Del Desierto, or Eye of the Desert, was built in 1925 for wealthy oil-magnate Thomas O’Donnell by famed hotelier Nellie Coffman of the Desert Inn. One of the oldest extant buildings in Palm Springs, the house was incredibly modern for its time. Today, the historic property has been meticulously restored and boasts an exquisite view of the desert landscape. $50. February 19-22, 2019, times vary. Tickets available here.

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