By LISA BOONE The LA Times
No city quite embodies the allure of Midcentury Modern design quite like Palm Springs. Last year, an estimated 126,000 visitors flocked to the desert for Modernism Week, the annual 11-day festival devoted to Modernist design and historic preservation. There is a downside to its popularity: Many of this year’s events, running Feb. 14-24, have sold out. If you have tickets to the double-deck architectural bus tours, day trips to Desert X or tours of Frank Sinatra’s "Twin Palms" estate, consider yourself lucky.
Here are some worthwhile events with ticket availability at press time. Please note that some events have age restrictions.
1. The Modernism Week Show House: The Christopher Kennedy Compound
In what has become an annual event, Palm Springs interior designer Christopher Kennedy invites a group of 14 interior decorators to transform a drab 1962 property in Indian Canyons into a modern show house. Participants include Kerry Green, Joe Lucas, Lori Paranjape, Celerie Kemble, Brian Paquette, Keith Fortner, Jeff Schlarb, Michael Berman, Lisa McDennon, Josh Greene, Michelle Boudreau, Chris Barrett, Gordon Kurtis, and, of course, Kennedy. Feb. 16-24. $40.