Go Metro Weekends, March 14 − 16

TAP and Save 50% on screenings, panel discussions, and Q&A with the cast and creative team of your favorite show at PaleyFest 2014. Image curtsey of the Paley Center for Media.

TAP and save 50% on screenings, panel discussions, and Q&A with the cast and creative team of your favorite show at PaleyFest 2014…including the Mad Men cast! Image courtesy of the Paley Center for Media.

Happy Friday Source readers and mass transit riders! Still not sure of your plans for this weekend? Chose from our list of events and take your weekend from good to great.

You know the drill: half of the following activities are free to attend, and all are easily accessible via Metro Bus or Rail. At some events, score an exclusive Destination Discount simply by showing your valid TAP card!

Friday

ArtNight Pasadena. 6-10 p.m., FREE. Participating museums and cultural centers keep their doors open late for an evening of art, music, and entertainment. Metro riders with valid TAP cards receive special perks/discounts from many ArtNight venues. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station or various Metro buses serving Old Pasadena.)

Horrible Movie Night at Meltdown Comic’s Nerdist Showroom. 9 p.m., $8 in advance or $10 at the door. This month’s movie is Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1984) hosted by John Mathot (Disney’s Phineas & Ferb) and Susan Wright (The Because Show podcast). There will also be standup comedy, free popcorn, and lots of yelling at the screen (viewers win prizes for the best roasts). Your TAP card saves you 10% on Meltdown Purchases. (Metro Bus 2/302 to Sunset/Gardner or Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, then walk approximately 20 minutes south on Highland, west on Sunset to Meltdown Comics.)

Saturday

L.A. Kings v. Anaheim Ducks at the Staples Center. 7:30 p.m., ticket prices vary. As always, save 10% on official merchandise at the L.A. Kings Team Store with valid TAP card. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station.)

Family St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Old Pasadena. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., FREE. Stop by One Colorado for kid-friendly St. Patty’s festivities including crafts, Irish dance performances and lessons, and live Celtic music. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station or various Metro buses serving Old Pasadena.)

LAUSD Arts Fest in Grand Park. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., FREE. Grand Park hosts the LAUSD Arts Fest, which will feature live stages with student performances, an artist market, a “screening room” featuring student short films, a creativity zone and more. Proceeds benefit the art programs of individual schools or the instructional needs of the LAUSD Arts Program. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station or various Metro buses serving Hill St.)

Lucha Reyes street dedication ceremony. Starts at 1 p.m., FREE. Celebrate Lucha Reyes by enjoying a free Mariachi concert at Mariachi Plaza. (Metro Gold Line to Mariachi Plaza Station.)

Sunday

L.A. Clippers v. Cleveland Cavaliers. 6:30 p.m., ticket prices vary. All-Stars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul lead the red hot Clippers against Kyrie Irvin and the Cavaliers! Show your TAP card for 15% off your purchase at the L.A. Clippers Team Store. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station.)

Fridamania Festival at MOLAA. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., FREE. The Museum of Latin America Art is celebrating women creatives and kicking off their newest exhibit Frida Kahlo, Her Photos, with the Fridamania Women’s Day Celebration. There will be live music and folklorico, curator-lead tours of the exhibit, displays by local women artists, craft vendors, foodtrucks, a Frida Kahlo look-alike contest, and more. (Metro Blue Line to 5th Street Station then walk 12 minutes east on 6th Street to MOLAA.)

Western Music Association monthly jam at the Autry National Center. 12 – 3 p.m., free with price of admission. Join musicians and cowboy poets as they perform stories and songs of the romantic Old West, contemporary music of the American West, and songs of the open range and the American cowboy. Don’t leave without taking in Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork, the museum’s newest exhibit, opening Saturday, March 15. (Metro Bus 96 to Autry National Center.)

All Weekend

Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre. Friday – Sunday, ticket prices vary. Support LGBT POC filmmakers and their stories. Program includes documentaries, feature films, and shorts. (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.)

Architecture and Design Film Festival at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Friday – Sunday, tickets are sold for themed “programs” of 90 minutes consisting of 1-3 films. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, Metro Bus 40, 83, or Rapid 728 to Spring/5th, or various other downtown L.A. buses.)

Center Theatre Group presents Harmony, a new musical by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, at L.A. Music Center. Shows run March 4 through April 13, ticket prices vary. Save 10% on tickets with valid TAP card.

The Paley Center for Media presents PaleyFest at the Dolby Theatre. Event runs March 13 through 28, ticket prices vary. This interactive pop culture event takes place over two weeks and connects fans with the casts and creators of their favorite TV series. Tickets are a whopping 50% off with valid TAP card at the box office or exclusive Metro promo code online.

Finally, if you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Hollywood this weekend or Monday, the Metro Red Line is a safe alternative to driving that’s traffic-proof and parking free!

8 replies

  1. Metro, I have an issue with these discount offers from TAP cards.

    What’s stopping from anyone in LA from buying a TAP card, and getting to these places without ever using Metro and abusing the discount offer by just showing their TAP card?

    It’s not like these offers have anyway of knowing if one really did use Metro to get there. They don’t have portable TAP card readers to verify that you did “Go Metro” to these venues. A TAP cardholder could’ve easily driven a car, took a bicycle, or walked to these venues without ever stepping foot onto Metro, show their TAP card, and get the discount.

    Basically, all it becomes then is a discount card that anyone in LA can buy for $1.

    So psst…people of LA, whether you ride Metro or not: get a TAP card, it costs a $1, there’s no way of knowing when it expires as it’s not written on the card itself, and show it everywhere you go to get a discount because they’re not going to know if you took Metro to get there anyway.

    Your government at work.

    • Hey Your,

      Your concerns are valid, but the point of this program – which does not cost Metro anything, in case that worries you – is to associate Metro with fun businesses and events, and to reward our riders while educating the public to the many places transit can take you.

      Thank you,

      Anna Chen
      Writer, The Source

  2. Your, you worry too much. Go to the discounted events, relax and appreciate what Anna complied for you!
    BTW, thanks to the Metro I used a free shuttle to go to marathon hassle-free from Culver to SM beach.
    Cheers~

  3. Paul,

    Sure I will. But I just won’t use Metro to get there, I’m going to drive there instead. And I’ll still get the discount for showing my expired TAP card.

    Now, that being said and putting what I just said in mind, HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL AS A TRANSIT RIDER that car drivers can simply get the same discount for just showing their TAP card with no way of these venues knowing or verifying that people will get a discount for just showing a TAP card whether or not you used public transit or not?

    The whole point about TAP Destination Discount as it should be, is to REWARD PUBLIC TRANSIT RIDERS with discounts to go to these events. But what Anna just verified is that ANYONE with a TAP card is rewarded with a discount WHETHER THEY USED METRO OR NOT.

    That being said, you still ride public transit and get a discount by showing your TAP card. I can drive there and still get a discount by showing my TAP card. So what’s the point of this program?

  4. It’s no different than a coupon in the newspaper or in the free circulars in your mailbox or a discount given to Auto Club members (which, in a similar fashion, have no way of checking validity for the hotel or restaurant giving a “show your card and save” discount). The point is marketing, not to have businesses enforce that they boarded a bus to get there instead of walking.

  5. The point of this program is to show you that it’s easy to just take the metro. Not everyone knows how close the metro can take you to certain events that are out there. Sure you can drive there and waste your money on gas. But anyone who is smart will choose the cheaper way of transportation. Plus you don’t have to worry about parking, traffic, paying attention to the road, etc.

  6. Khaleesi,

    But going Metro may not necessarily be the cheapest way to get there either. In the end, it depends on how much money are a person is willing to spend to get there.

    If you live less than 5 miles from these venues and many do in this densely populated city, it will start to become a choice of spending $3.00 roundtrip (going up to $5.00 roundtrip with talks of fare hikes) on public transit or deciding you will be better off just bicycling to get there for free. A 100 mpg or hybrid electric moped will come out cheaper and faster than taking the bus too.

    When you consider it that way, the Metro Destination Discount does have a problem without any verification going on. As a bicyclist and a moped rider, I can simply buy a Metro TAP card for a $1 and get discounts every time without ever riding Metro or putting any sort of money or pass into TAP.

    It’s like saying “when you buy this plastic card for a buck, you’ll get discounts forever.” Doesn’t really end up rewarding Metro riders at all if there is no verification or check going on if anyone can use.