February 2012

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Sofia’s Rainbow — Nitt Witt Hill
Editor's Letter February 2012

Editor's Letter February 2012

New Heights This Season
Eleven days of Modernism Week, a new international fine art fair, an important exhibition of photography, and an elite automobile show and auction make this the busiest February in years.
STYLE - Enduring Love

STYLE - Enduring Love

El Paseo Jewelry’s owner lives the life he was born into — surrounded by diamonds
It’s tempting to say that every day is Valentine’s Day at El Paseo Jewelry. “I sell happy things to happy people. I sell a girl’s best friend,” says the proprietor, who boasts the largest collection of diamonds in Palm Desert.
L.A. Woman

L.A. Woman

Artist Judy Chicago returns to Southern California to overdue fanfare.
Just when she thought California art history had forgotten about her, Judy Chicago — a pioneer in feminist art and education — has returned to Southern California, including an evening in Palm Springs, to enjoy the recognition that eluded her for decades.
Déjà New

Déjà New

Hipsters, Hollywood types, and architecture buffs are checking into the only hotel designed by John Lautner — in Desert Hot Springs
Most people don’t realize they’re familiar with the architecture of John Lautner. If you’ve seen Die Hard, Pulp Fiction, The Big Lebowski, Lethal Weapon 2, or Charlie’s Angels, you’ve seen a piece of Lautner architecture.
From Broadway to Las Palmas and Back

From Broadway to Las Palmas and Back

From his vantage point in Palm Springs, lyricist David Zippel finds inspiration to honor his Broadway mentor, Cy Coleman
On Feb. 8, Zippel will direct Cy Coleman’s Broadway at McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, in honor of his longtime mentor and collaborator.
Let the Sun Shine In

Let the Sun Shine In

Uptown Palm Springs embodies the spirit of a modernist village.
Take a step back in time while glimpsing the future along the hippest, most mod half-mile strip in the desert. Spend the day — and evening — in Palm Springs’ Uptown Design District savoring great food, fashion, art, and design.
Replaying the Classics

Replaying the Classics

Owners and architects restore modern houses with state-of-the-art amenities
Architecture enthusiasts recognize the good bones of structures built in the desert in the 1950s and 1960s — even when the structures have lost their luster cosmetically or been misguidedly altered.
psst! Intelligencer

psst! Intelligencer

Share the Love, Modernism Week, and Canine Facials...
WINE - 'The Vines Started to Smile'

WINE - 'The Vines Started to Smile'

Famed winemaker Mike Grgich spreads cheer while wintering in the desert.
Making friends is so important to Mike Grgich that he promotes this philosophy to his tasting room staff: “Friendship first, then tasting wine — and possibly selling wine.”
The Lost Krisel

The Lost Krisel

After a neighbor’s sharp eye pegs a south Palm Desert house as a design by William Krisel, the architect recalls drawing the plans for the property, which is on the market again.
A Space for Design

A Space for Design

In a coup for architecture and design enthusiasts, Palm Springs Art Museum is transforming a midcentury modern classic into a destination to celebrate the masters
“The building’s elegant simplicity has always lifted my spirit far above the level of mere daily existence,” wrote Erik J. Williams about his father’s iconic edifice at the southeast corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Baristo Road in downtown Palm Springs.
WEALTH - A Prescription for Profits

WEALTH - A Prescription for Profits

Dynamic healthcare issues create new and niche investment opportunities
The dynamics of rising medical costs, expiring drug patents, and health insurance play into investment strategies.
The Funny Face of Chicano Art

The Funny Face of Chicano Art

Actor Cheech Marin uses his celebrity muscle to champion an unrecognized school of Mexican-American artists.
Cheech Marin has since amassed more than 400 works of art and counting. “It’s something that’s very immediate and visceral when I choose artwork.”
Horoscopes - February 2012

Horoscopes - February 2012

Turn Vision Into Practical Concepts
Planets dance this month. Possibilities abound for unexpected alliances, and dreams morph into fiscal realities.
CAMEO - What Defines a Modern Man, Jacques Caussin?

CAMEO - What Defines a Modern Man, Jacques Caussin?

Jacques Caussin was living in Detroit when he brought a modernism show to Palm Springs in 2001.
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