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Modernism Week festivities! One of the most popular Palm Springs events of the year, highlighting mid-century modern architecture,

art, interior and landscape design, vintage couture, the food, the lifestyle, the music, parties, receptions and more returnsFebruary 13 through 23. Dozens and dozens of events are held throughout the area including bus tours, home tours, presenta-

tions, fashion shows, book signings and fabulous others. Opening night party isSpace Modyssey 2020, launch into outer space at this wild event.Nancy Sinatra appears at the historic Plaza Theatre for a fundraising eventSunday, February 16. Of particular interest to me onWednesday, February 19 isMizell at Modernism Week: Bingo A Go

Go! This bingo party evening, benefiting the Mizell Center’s Meals-on-Wheels program, features yours truly calling the numbers at The Bank, built in 1955 as the Coachella Valley Savings and Loan, and now repurposed as a special event space maintaining its original pizazz. A very special car show reception (with vehicles from the ‘50s and ‘60s) and screening of the movie, It’s A

Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) at Palm Springs Cultural Center,Tuesday, February 18. TwoWalk of the Stars unveiling and dedication ceremonies will be held during Modernism week. On

Friday, February 14, the mid-century modern family, The Alexander Family, will be honored with a star at 300 South Palm Canyon at the Palm Springs Art Museum, Architecture and Design Center. Purveyors of mid-century modern lifestyle and homes, George, Mildred, Robert and Helene Alexander were two generations who helped create the Palm Springs image and style we know and love today. OnThursday, February 20, legendary designer Pierre Cardin will be honored with a star with the location to be announced.modernismweek.comand

Center stage highlights! Musical Theatre University and Acqua California Bistro present a dinner-theatre experienceMonday,

February 3 and 10, with MTU alumni and Broadway veteran Sal Mistretta for the longest running musical in the world,The The newAsiaSF Palm Springs is scheduled to open in February with a dinner theatre and cabaret

featuring transgender entertainers. Electricity, a romantic love story, comedy/drama by Terry Ray, playsTuesdays at Oscar’s. The fourth annualPalm Springs Craft Cocktail Week championship isWednesday, February 5 at

Moxie. Up to 10 of the valley’s bartenders will compete live for the coveted championship, as well as the audience choice award. This benefits Desert AIDS Project and The LGBT Community Center of the Desert. TheWaring International Piano Competition presents its annual fundraising gala,Paris at Midnight,

An Evening of Music & Ooh La La! honoring Jan and Brian Harnik,Saturday, February 29 at Westin Mission Hills in Rancho EveryThursday at Copa Nightclub,The Mod Squad Variety Show (Jeff Stewart, Francesca Amari and

Wayne Abravanel) entertains, followed by theLipstick Drag Cabaret Show. February 6 welcomes Sassy Ross, Marina Mac, Jesse Jones, Charles Herrera;February 13 features Sheena Wolfe, Candace Camera, Marina Mac, Sassy Ross;February 20 with Keisha D, Sassy Ross, Sheena Wolfe, Marina Mac;February 27 includes Carol Kamenis, Marina Mac, Sassy Ross, Candace Camera.

Salute to Black History Month! Gospel Feston Sunday, February 9 at James O Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center. The 33rd annual

adult basketball tournamentSaturday, February 22 at Demuth Community Center. Black History Parade and Town Fair with entertainment, cultural booths and vendors,Saturday,

February 29 in downtown Palm The Rancho Mirage Cultural Commission presents LP and the Vinyl: Celebrating Black History through Jazz onWednesday, February 19.

Other February fun! Rancho Mirage Wine and Food Festival is

February 28 and 29 at Rancho Mirage Com- munity Park. The Palm Springs Cultural Center clothing

swap held during the Farmers Market is Saturday, February 29. Legendary celebrity photographerMichael

Childers opens a new exhibit featuring 40 classic images of rock, pop, disco and music legends Saturday, February 29 at Palm Springs Cultural Center. The exhibitRockin’ Hollywood spans 40 years and includes Elton John, Rod Stewart, Cher, Bette Midler, Ringo Starr and John Travolta. The opening night reception includes actress/singer Beverly D’Angelo moderating and encouraging Childers to spill the beans and dish the dirt on the photo CVAC Open Studios isSunday, February 16 and

Sunday, March 22. Explore the painters, jewelers, mixed media artists metal artists, kiln and glass- blowing artists. BNP Paribas Open andThe Gardens on El

Paseo host a garden partyFriday, February 21 at The Gardens. Live music and entertainment, food, drink, games, giveaways and more. This is not a ticketed event. Also at The Gardens, the 22nd annual concert seriesFebruary1 (Finesse, benefitting Guide Dogs of the Desert),February 8 (Slim Man, benefiting American Cancer Society),February 15 (Eevaan Tre’, benefitting Friends of the Desert Mountains),February 22 (Marisa Corvo, benefiting The Bianca Rae Foundation),February 29 (Jordan Sherman Band, benefiting American Red Cross). Tickets for these one-hour concerts on the center lawn in front of Saks may be purchased the day of the

Save the date! BNP Paribas Open Tennis, Indian Wells Tennis

Garden, largest WTA and ATP Tour combined two-week event in the world, takes placeMarch 9 through 22. The annualCathedral City LGBT Days returns

March 27 through 29. ANA Inspiration LPGA Golf is happening on

April 2 through 5 at Mission Hills Country Club. The Dinah takes over Palm SpringsApril 1

through White Party 2020 takes placeApril 24 through

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