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LAist has been too busy bombarding you with other notable happenings to give our readers the proper heads-up that the Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee 20th Anniversary event deserves. This is coming up next weekend, so get your tickets ASAP. (Order form here.)

The ModCom 20th Anniversary Tour, billed as "20/20/20" 20 Years, 20 Sites, 20 Bucks, offers two days of tour itineraries with so many treats that LAist is already stressed about seeing them all. It’s not everyday that the Ray and Charles Eames House and Studio (Case Study House #8), Crestwood Hills development in Brentwood, Richard and Dion Neutra’s VDL Research House II, and homes in the Mar Vista Tract by Gregory Ain are accessible to any architectural lookey-loo with 30 bucks to spare (20 for Conservancy members). Granted some stops are always open, but that Pann’s Coffee Shop breakfast combo will taste so much better in the service of fueling up for a whole day savoring LA’s modern treasures. Fans of vernacular buildings, formal residential architecture, industrial buildings, innovative commercial design, recreational architecture, and as much as we hate to use this term—kitsch lovers—will all be happy campers.

As if the plethora of sites isn’t enough, the ModCom organizers have tossed in a couple extra bonuses. Renowned LA-based architectural photographer Julius Shulman will be signing books at his own home and studio designed by Raphel Soriano in 1950, and Shag, the painter/illustrator/artist/interpreter of so many cool things So Cali and Mid-century, has created a limited edition print just for the occasion.

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Unfortunately, the trek from Hollywood to Downey to Pacific Palisades to Sherman Oaks and back again might send you back to the gas pump. Nonetheless, defenders of public transit and non-combustible engine transportation (see recent LAist comment boards) will have to temporarily give up the good fight and embrace the private automobile for the weekend. Given the extent of the route, you might wanna carpool with friends in possession of a hybrid or, at the very least, ditch the SUV.