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If Alison King refers to you as a MoPho, know that offense is not intended. It's the Modern Phoenix founder's shorthand for fellow Phoenicians who are crazy for Midcentury Modern architecture.

And those folks will turn out in abundance for this year's Modern Phoenix Week.

The design-focused celebration gets going on Saturday, March 29, with a 1 p.m. tour ($19.56) of Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 East Main Street, led by concierge Ace Bailey. The following Saturday, April 5, promises a Modern Marketplace at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, jam-packed with lectures, pop-up shops, and plenty of time to rub elbows with fellow Haver, Beadle, and Drake aficionados. Paolo Soleri: Citizen of the Planet will premiere that afternoon at 2:30 p.m.

The modernist event schedule wraps with Sunday, April 6's Modern Phoenix Home Tour, which features homes in Arcadia and sold out long ago. Better luck next time, MoPhos. For a full rundown of events, visit While admission to the marketplace is free, other special event and tour prices vary. Tickets are available via and by calling 480-499-8587.

Sat., March 29, 1 p.m., 2014


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