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Palm Springs Pop Culture

Before you go, there’s no better way to get into a Palm Springs mood than by renting the 1963 hit movie, “Palm Springs Weekend,” starring Connie Stevens and Troy Donahue. Of course, anything with a Rat Pack cast fills the bill, like the original 1960 “Ocean’s Eleven” or “Robin and the 7 Hoods” from 1964. If you want to go back further, download “Palm Springs,” a 1936 romantic comedy with David Niven. For an architectural angle, watch the 2010 documentary, “Desert Utopia: Mid-century Architecture in Palm Springs.” Prefer a good book? “Palm Springs: First Hundred Years,” by former Palm Springs Mayor Frank M. Bogert, takes you back to the bleak 1880 desert days, while “Portrait of Palm Springs features full-color photographs of modern landscapes, towns and people by Tom Brewster. To brush up on the Hollywood era, read “Palm Springs Holiday,” with photos, postcard pictures and histories; delve into the best of mid-century architecture with “Julius Schulman: Palm Springs,” or explore the contemporary fantasy of Palm Springs in the “Shag, Ltd.: Fine Art Limited Editions: A Catalogue Raisonne,” featuring the art of Shag, a/k/a artist Josh Agle. Music-wise, any or all of the mid-century classics by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. or Peggy Lee, or instrumentals by Louis Armstrong will set a Palm Springs tone. Or get kitschy and download “Palm Springs Jump” by Keely Smith.