A tourist looks up the skirt of a massive Marilyn Monroe statue in downtown Palm Springs, Calif.
Modernism Week kicks off this Thursday in Palm Springs. The 10-day celebration of mid-century architecture and design features more than 100 events from home tours to a vintage travel trailer exhibition.
Our friend Charles Phoenix is a part of the festivities with a slide show celebrating Palms Springs wackier attractions. But he's got a list of great, unusual things you can see and do once you arrive.
"They have cactus, cactus, cactus EVERYWHERE!" says Phoenix. "The Cactorium is off the charts. It's basically a 1940's Quonset hut that is full of cactus."
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"It's still like super-fun scary," says Phoenix. "It's one of those moments where you go, like, 'Are we going to die, here?'"
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"I'm very, very excited because Palm Springs is getting a new tiki bar," says Phoenix. "It's an offshoot of the Tonga Hut, which is in North Hollywood. I believe they're opening the night of the 15th."
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