Modernism Week for Newbies

The out-sized Palm Springs to-do doesn't have to overwhelm.

WHERE/HOW TO JUMP IN: If you've ever been to a friend's pad, or a posh hotel, and there's a pool on the grounds, and you're sent inside to change, and then you return to the pool's edge, there's the whole vital matter of figuring out where to slip into all of that beautiful blue water. Do you shimmy into the deep end? Go down the side ladder? Or, like many do, do you use the steps in the shallow end? Figuring out how to best enter a pretty pool is an apt comparison to make to Modernism Week in Palm Springs. Well, it is at least a thematic comparison: Pools of the mid-century sort are a common sight during the week-plus event, which takes in many of the desert region's most important and gorgeous homes and buildings (and their respective swimming pools, too, of course). So how do you take a dip, if not into the proverbial pool then the Feb. 12 through 22 mega-gathering of mid-century mavens?

THERE'S A PAGE FOR THAT: Modernism Week has posted a "For Newbies" guide to the many (many many) happenings going down around the P.S. and beyond during the middle-of-February confab. Shopping the Modernism Show & Sale at the convention center, taking a Premiere Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour, and calling upon the 2015 Show House are fine starters for the first-timer, per the Modernism Week people. Plus? The newbie site has the connection to the free happenings -- there are a few, yep yep -- and the films and the always-forever-retro-popular Vintage Trailer Show. Doing Modernism Week doesn't have to overwhelm, and you don't have to do it all -- even a long-timer can't manage that. And while the choices of events are plentiful, there are a few must-do-this-firsts. They're here, so take the plunge via this page. (And you should always enter every swimming pool via the shallow end stairs -- just a tip. Far safer, and you can enter as slowly as you like, movie god- or goddess-style.)

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