Go Metro Weekends, Oct 10 – 12

Bjork, Banh Mi, ballet… I’m starting to sense a theme this weekend…


Today at Grand Central Market: it’s Banh Mi Day! Participating vendors will sell their own take on the beloved Vietnamese sandwich–how about a smoked pork belly banh mi from Horse Thief BBQ, or an Asian omelet banh mi from EggS***? It all leads up to a free food tasting and recipe showcase with Andrea Nguyen, author of The Banh Mi Handbook, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, Metro Rapid 745 to Broadway/3rd, or various buses serving Hill Street or Broadway.)

ArtNight Pasadena returns for its fall 2014 iteration. Over 20 of Pasadena’s best art and cultural institutions will keep their doors open late for an evening of free exhibits, music, and entertainment. Go Metro and get great perks with valid TAP card. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station or various buses serving Old Pasadena.)

And now for a bit of shameless self promotion: Lily Allen brings her cheeky brand of British electro hip-hop pop to the Palladium this Friday at 7 p.m. If you’re planning on going, why not avoid the whole parking-in-Hollywood-on-a-weekend headache and take the Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station instead?


Grab your TAP card and lace up your running shoes this Saturday for the Boyle Heights 5K Run/Walk and the Munchkin Half-Mile! The race begins at Mariachi Plaza, continues down 1st Street to Lorena, then loops back. It’s $25 for adults and $10 for those 13 and under. Race-day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. with the Munchkin run starting at 8 a.m. and the run/walk beginning at 8:45 a.m. (Metro Gold Line to Mariachi Plaza Station or Bus 30 to 1st St/Mariachi Plaza.)

Metro riders save 20% on tickets to the Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner at REDCAT. Various artists led by Jace Clayton perform newly-arranged versions of songs by the mercurial and politically-bold songwriter. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station.)

All Weekend

The Downtown Independent Theater and Cinema is screening Bjork’s Biophilia, her latest concert film, all weekend. Tickets are $11.24 after an online fee. Click here for specific times. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square or Little Tokyo/Arts District Stations.)

The Australian Ballet presents Swan Lake at the Dorthy Chandler Pavilion this weekend, and Metro riders can save 20% on select seats to the 1:30 p.m. Saturday matinee. Here’s to being cultured and transit-savvy! (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station.)

The first-ever Highland Park Independent Film Festival is happening now through October 11 at…the Highland Theatre of course! Catch short programs and feature films throughout the afternoon and evening. Ticket prices vary. (Metro Gold Line to Highland Park Station, Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/Avenue 54.)