Happy Friday Source readers and mass transit riders!
On the horizon: Chinese New Year, Superbowl Sunday, and a host of other cultural, comedic, and sporting events happening across the city. It’s looking like a busy weekend ahead, and Metro can get you to the heart of the action with ease.
Below, our weekly list of transit-adjacent fun for this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Metro Presents free salsa music at Union Station. LA Picante will perform inside the gorgeous, art deco-style Fred Harvey Room (usually closed to the the public) from 6 – 8 p.m. and there will be a mini-dance lesson at 6:45 p.m. If you get hungry for salsa you can eat, El Pueblo de Los Angeles is just across Alameda Street with numerous eateries to cure your craving. (Metro Gold, Red, Purple, or Silver Line, or various downtown buses, to Union Station).
The L.A. Lakers take on the Charlotte Bobcats at the Staples Center. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.; ticket prices vary. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station.)
Baraka and Samsara at the Egyptian Theatre. Shot in 25 countries and five continents, these meditative, visually-awesome, 70 mm films by director/cinematographer Ron Fricke were made for the big screen. Baraka starts at 7:30 p.m.; tickets range from $7 – $11. A discussion with producer Mark Magidson will occur between movies. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Rapid 780 or Bus 156/656 to Hollywood/Highland, or Bus 212/312, 217, or 222 to Hollywood/Las Palmas.)
The L.A. Kings take on the Philadelphia Flyers, and the L.A. Clippers play the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center. Puck drops at 1:00 p.m. Clippers take on the Jazz at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Metro riders can save 10% on official merchandise at the L.A. Clippers Team Store and the L.A. Kings Team Store with valid TAP card. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station.)
John Oliver visits L.A. If you miss him on the Daily Show, catch the British comedian’s standup routine at 8 p.m. at the Wiltern Theater. Ticket prices vary. (Metro Purple Line or Metro Rapid 720, 757, or 710 to Wilshire/Western Station.)
Go Metro on Superbowl Sunday. If you’re watching the Superbowl out on the town, Metro is a safe, hassle-free alternative to driving.
Secret Stairs of the Hollywood Hills. Get some exercise before you start in on the Superbowl chips n’ dip–best selling author and city stair aficionado Charles Flemming will lead a free tour of the secret stairs of the Hollywood Hills, including Hollywood history, celebrity homes, and a visit to the bat cave. Meet at the Ferndell entrance to Griffith Park at 10 a.m. and be back around noon. The walk is approximately three miles. (Metro Red Line or Rapid 757 to Hollywood/Western Station, walk north on Western to Ferndell – be warned: it’s uphill – or catch Metro Bus 207 at Hollywood/Western and take it one stop to Western/Franklin. From there it’s about a six minute walk north on Western to Ferndell.)
Fútbol: The Beautiful Game at LACMA. If “football” to you means Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain, you’ll want to check out the opening day of LACMA’s new exhibit examining soccer and its significance to people around the world on the eve of the 2014 World Cup. Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Sundays; tickets range from $10 – $15. Metro riders can save $2 on general admission with valid TAP card. (Metro Rapid 720, Bus 20 or DASH Fairfax to Wilshire/Fairfax, or Metro Rapid 780 or Bus 217 to Fairfax/Wilshire.)
Celebrate the Year of the Horse! There are numerous free events happening in Chinatown this Saturday and Sunday for the Lunar New Year. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station or Metro Gold, Red, or Purple Line to Union Station and walk 10 minutes north on Alameda to Chinatown.)
L.A. Art Book Fair at the MOCA Geffen Contemporary. Browse or shop artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 250 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers. Entry to the fair is free. Hours are Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 12 – 6 p.m. Metro riders can receive 2-for-1 admission to MOCA with valid TAP card if you want to check out the museum too. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, or Metro Bus 30, 330 or 40 to 1st/San Pedro.)