I always thought Modernism Week was a strange name for something so seemingly retrospective, but in 2018, movie theatres are shutting down and converting back into live theatres, so you never know when stuff is gonna reverse course on you. You will know, however, when and where some of the events may be this weekend that we here thought might interest you. It comes out in the wash.

17th Annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale



The 17th Annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale will feature 85 premier national and international dealers offering furniture, decorative and fine arts representing all design movements of the 20th century.

An opening night Preview Gala benefiting Modernism Week will be held from 6:00 PM  to 9:00 PM on Friday. Preview tickets are $75 in advance and include a show catalog. Weekend show hours are 10am to 6pm on Saturday, 10am to 5pm on Sunday and 10am to 4pm on Monday. Weekend admission is $20 and good for return entry and catalog.


New This Year! Palm Springs Modern Design Expo

ExpoThe First Annual Palm Springs Modern Design Expo will be introduced over the first weekend of Modernism Week and run concurrently with the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale. The Palm Springs Modern Design Expo will feature 40 exhibitors presenting the newest and hippest elements for modern living including dynamic and energy-efficient building materials, innovative home appliances, smart home technology and security, hand-crafted furniture and design accessories, contemporary art and photography, and much more.

The Expo is created by the same team that has produced the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale for the past 17 years. Weekend show hours are 10am to 6pm on Saturday, 10am to 5pm on Sunday and 10am to 4pm on Monday. Weekend admission is $20 and includes admission to both the Modernism Show and the Modern Design Expo. Tickets can be purchased online below or at the door.

Mizell Presents Martinis on the Mountain for Modernism Week


Martinis on the Mountain

In celebration of Modernism Week, Mizell Senior Center hosts Martinis on the Mountain at the historic O'Donnell House.  As a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels, this event features live music, complimentary martinis and appetizers, and the best views of the Coachella Valley. Tickets are still available for the Monday night event, but Sunday is sold out.


Her HRC Holds 2nd Annual Palm Springs Event


Human Rights Campaign Palm Springs holds the 2nd annual Her HRC event on Saturday, February 17th from 2-4pm. The mission of Her HRC events is to gather women to celebrate and build a greater sense of community, while learning about the importance of engaging in the LGBTQ civil rights movement. This amazing desert event will be held at a beautiful private residence in Old Las Palmas, featuring special performances by stand-up comic Julie Goldman and musical artist Sean Wiggins, catering by Lynn Hammond, and Libations from Pacific Wine & Spirits, Leslie Barclay. Last year, the Palm Springs chapter received the Her HRC of the Year Award for the event, so this year will certainly be one not to miss.

While this is a Her HRC event, all HRC events are open to all guests, regardless of gender identity or expression, so invite your LGBTQ and ally friends!

L-Fund Holds 4th Annual Gala and Fundraiser

L Fund GalaWhen the Her HRC event is done, join L Fund for their 4th Annual Gala and Fundraiser at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa on Saturday the 17th from 5-9pm. This year Jewel Thais-Williams is the recipient of the L-Fund's Bobreta Franklin Community Service Award. She is one of the first to open a housing facility for women with AIDS and their children, open "Imani Unidos" food pantry, and own a disco for LGBT people, that provided a haven for thousands from homophobia in our broader society.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Elaine Gibbs and her 5-piece Women's Band. They will play musical stylings sure to inspire your dancing feet.


Rancho Mirage Wine & Food Festival ($10 Off Promo Code!)


Gay Desert Guide Readers can get $10 Off tickets by using GDGWine as the promo code!!!

The Rancho Mirage Wine and Food Festival (RMWFF) is a true wine connoisseurs delight. The RMWFF is about people coming together to celebrate a shared passion; a love for great wine and mouth-watering gourmet food. Join on February 17, 2018 to experience the Coachella Valley’s premiere wine event. Come sip, swirl and savor a selection of over 200 handcrafted wines from top tier wineries.
The Rancho Mirage Wine and Food Festival also offers a fantastic variety of delicious culinary delights from our wonderful local restaurants. To add fun and excitement to the event, a steady stream of live, upbeat musical entertainment will be provided so guests can relax or dance the afternoon away. Your all inclusive General Admission and VIP ticket includes an elegant crystal souvenir wine glass and unlimited tastes of award winning wines, and a dizzying variety of gourmet appetizers, along with tasty cheeses, artisan breads, and olive oils.

The Rancho Mirage Wine and Food Festival is also an event that supports our local charities. When you place your bid at our Rancho Mirage Silent Auction, 100% of proceeds will help the Desert AIDS Project (@DAP)

Buy tickets and enter promo code GDGWine for $10 off!

Laurel Foundation Eat Drink Do Good Wine Tasting Event

The Laurel Foundation’s 5th Annual Wine Tasting Benefit will bring together 20 plus wineries and spirit companies from across California and beyond. Held Sunday, February 18th, at a stunning 1920’s Spanish estate in Old Las Palmas, the early event for VIPS (2-3pm) will feature scrumptious nosh (passed) and the glamourous spinnings of an incredible DJ. Sommeliers and wine stewards will be present educate guests on the tastings, and America's Got Talent artist Brian Justin Crum will be performing one of his incredible hits.

The main event (3-7pm) will be filled with the classic sounds of a summer Sunday from our DJ while guests taste wonderful selections from 15 or more California wineries (and beyond) … including a boutique collection of international offerings. Additionally, there will be an impressive range of other spirits, non-alcoholic beverages and light food available as attendees stroll through the historic house and gardens. Sommeliers and wine stewards will be present to educate guests on the tastings, and an incredible Silent and Live Auction will round out this afternoon in the sun! A Sunday filled with caftans and cocktails … what could be better?





Join TRUNKS bar, in Cathedral City, where prices are low and spirits are high, for happy hour Monday-Friday. From $5 shots to $2.50 beers they’ve got something suitable for everybody’s taste buds! This weekends festivities include Country Night on Saturday, and Liquid Disco T Dance on Sunday featuring DJ Galaxy! Don’t miss out on the fun!


Trio on Palm Canyon offers $3.00 well drinks, $3.00 wines, $8.00 premium and $ 5.00 bar bites in the bar and on the patio every day of the week! A Happy Hour deal that can’t be beat!  Plus, they’re offering an EXTRA day of Brunch-a-Go-Go this weekend ! Trio will open at 10am Monday, Feb 19 for Presidents' Day Brunch-a-Go-Go, and have Bottomless Mimosas, Specialty Bloodies and Delicious Brunch Goodies ready for you!


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