February Hot Picks

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Have a Fun Date

Race on a camel, sample sweets, ride a Ferris wheel and other carnival offerings, explore gem stones, marvel at monster trucks, and experience an Arabian Nights pageant at the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival Feb. 17-26 in Indio. Log on to www.datefest.org for more information.

Ride for Charity

Spin your way into serving others in need at Tour de Palm Springs on Feb. 11. Now in its 14th year, the popular event draws thousands of people from around Southern California at all levels of cycling experience. Choose from a variety of themed courses, from a half mile to 100 miles in length. Try a Ride to the Stars, Museum Ride, Desert Scape Ride, or others. Experience the beauty of the Coachella Valley while benefi ting local nonprofi ts. Visit www.tourdepalmsprings.com for registration and additional information.

Express Your Mod! — Feb. 16-26

One of the desert’s most popular events, Modernism Week is a 10-day celebration of cool from Feb. 16 to 26. Modernism reflects a popular design aesthetic originating in the 1950s and ’60s characterized by clean lines and elegant simplicity that redefined forms of art, architecture, and design. Held in various venues throughout the city, the week offers more than 75 entertaining and educational events, including the Modernism Show, tours, films, lectures, swank parties, art exhibitions, music, food, and more. Many events are free to the public. Visit www.modernismweek.com for more information.

A World of Art in Palm Springs — Feb. 17-19

Fifty galleries will exhibit about $200 million worth of art at the inaugural Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Feb. 17-19 at Palm Springs Convention Center. The openingnight event (Feb. 16) benefits Palm Springs Art Museum and honors artist Judy Chicago. Palm Springs Life offers an opportunity to meet actor/art collector Cheech Marin at the magazine’s party in the fair’s VIP Lounge on Feb. 17. Other programs include The Big Picture: Paintings from Southern California, 1960-1980, an exhibition in conjunction with the Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time. Visit www.palmspringsfineartfair.com to request an invitation to the Palm Springs Life event or for general information.

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