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TED@Palm Springs: Sneak peek at the Riviera resort

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Just returned from a visit to the amazing TED@Palm Springs venue, where I’ll be playing host along with the famous Rives as my co-host and wingman. It is being held at the iconic Riviera resort, playground to the stars — including Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Elvis, the King himself. Many of them performed on what will soon be the TED@Palm Springs stage.

The Riviera has just about finished a top-to-bottom renovation, and we got a sneak preview of what to expect in February. Frankly, there’s no way to accurately describe its beauty in words (and if you’re coming, we want you to feel as awestruck as we did), so you’re going to have to trust us: it will rock. Imagine over-the-top high style from the Rat Pack era, mixed with modern gorgeousness. And there’s a massive pool surrounded by fire pits and cabanas for end-of-the-day fun. I put a few snapshots up on Flickr.

We’re planning a gorgeous, loungey Steelcase buildout, where we can watch the speakers simulcast live from TED in Long Beach in comfort and style. And Rives, Jill Sobule and a few TED surprises will usher in a new era of talent from the recently refreshed stage. We’ve got so many great things in store there, and that’s on top of the truly remarkable lineup of speakers we have for TED2009: The Great Unveiling.

If you’re not already signed up, there are still a few spots available, but we expect them to go fast. For more information, and to apply, click here >>

In the words of Rives: ring-a-ding!