Palm Springs plans events in run-up to Modernism Week

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The run-up to Palm Springs Modernism Week will include walking, biking and bus tours of the region's architectural gems, cocktail parties, a lecture and a ``yard sale,'' the executive director announced today.

``Fall Season Kick-Off'' events, scheduled Oct. 11-14, are aimed at priming the pump for the main event in February. Reservations are required, and a full schedule of events is posted at www.modernismweek.com.

Modernism Week is scheduled Feb. 13-23 and celebrates the popular design aesthetic from the 1950s and 1960s.

The fall kick-off starts Oct. 11 with a double-decker bus tour, one of Modernism Week's calling cards.

The Modernism Yard Sale on Oct. 12 will feature vendors that specialize in mid-century items and local homeowners who have ``cleaned out their closets,'' event spokesman Tim O'Bayley said.

On Oct. 12, 13 and 14, people can take bike and walking tours of Mid-Century buildings, inns, celebrity homes and houses designed by well-known architects.

For more information or tickets, visit the website or call (760) 799-9477.

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