This weekend, as always, there’s lots to do in the Los Angeles area. Here are several ideas, easily accessible by Metro bus and rail. Click here for a system map.
Monday, January 16th, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, celebrating the life and work of the American civil rights leader. The annual Kingdom Day Parade kicks off around 10 a.m. on Monday at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd and Western Avenue and heads west along Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. The parade ends at Leimert Park where there will be food booths and entertainment. (Bus 40, 42 or 207 to Western Ave & W Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd). For details on the bus lines impacted by the parade click here: Jan. 16 South LA: 2012 Kingdom Day Parade.
Also this weekend and running through Monday, Photo LA is back at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Photo LA is a special annual event for photography buffs and ordinary folks who like to look at the work of talented photographers. (Metro Rapid 733 or 720 to downtown Santa Monica).
On Saturday and Sunday, head to the Long Beach Convention Center for the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show. With rock climbing, a zipline, a scuba pool, live music and more there is something for everyone at the show which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7–$10 and free for those under 17. (Metro Blue Line to 1st Street Station, Long Beach)
Tonight (Friday) M83 (Anthony Gonzalez) brings his electro-pop sound to Club Nokia. Big Black Delta opens the show. (Red and Purple Lines to 7th Street / Metro Center Station or Blue Line to Pico station)
Friday and Saturday, catch Shen Yun Performing Arts performing an evening of Chinese music and dance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Also at the Music Center, Fela! is at the Ahmanson Theatre through January 22nd. Fela! marries the music of the legendary Nigerian musician and the dance of Tony Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones. (Red and Purple line to Civic Center or Bus 70 to the Music Center).