Go Metro Weekends, Dec. 12 to 14

Rehearsal for Navidad en Whittier via the Danza Floricanto/USA Facebook page.

Rehearsal for Navidad en Whittier via the Danza Floricanto/USA Facebook page.

Time for the weekly weekend round-up! Whether you’re looking to start the holiday early or escape the seasonal celebrations, here are some great, transit-adjacent events happening across L.A. this weekend.


This Friday through Sunday is the last weekend for Metro riders to save 10% on tickets to Luna Gale at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Veteran social worker Caroline is determined to do what it takes to save baby Luna Gale, but the path ahead is shadowed by hidden motives, long held secrets and moral ambiguity. Friday’s performance starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $55 or call the box office the day of for a chance to win $25 “hot tix.” Check out a preview of the show here. (Metro Expo Line to Culver City Station, Metro Bus 33 Venice Boulevard/Hughes or Culver City Bus 1 to Washington Boulevard/Hughes.)


The Northeast L.A. Bicycle Friendly Business District and C.I.C.L.E. are hosting a ride to promote shopping by bike in NELA and beyond this holiday season. Meet at Highland Park Gold Line Station at 9:30 a.m. for a short info session on two-wheeled shopping. Next, you’ll be escorted to shops on York and Colorado Boulevards. The day finishes around 1 p.m. with a dedication ceremony for the new bike corral at Colorado Blvd. and Caspar Avenue. The ride is free to attend, bring your own bike! (Metro Gold Line to Highland Park Station or Metro Bus 81 or 256 to Figueroa/Avenue 57.)

Get carried away by the music, moves, and colors of Folklorico! Danza Floricanto/USA–the oldest existing professional Mexican folk dance troupe in SoCal–performs Navidad en Whittier at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children, students and seniors. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. (Metro Bus 207 to Philadelphia/Painter.)


The Annenberg Space for Photography’s new exhibition Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change looks at various responses to sea level rise in some of the world’s richest and poorest coastal communities. Catch this promising exhibit on Sunday to avoid Saturday’s opening-day crowds. On top of their consistently provocative shows, we love the Annenberg because admission is always free! The exhibit will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Metro Rapid 728 or 704 to Avenue of the Stars/Santa Monica Boulevard or Metro Bus 28 or 16/316 to Avenue of the Stars/Constellation.)

Northeast L.A. bicycle shop The Flying Pigeon is hosting a Kiddie Bike Rally in Sycamore Grove Park this Sunday. Join in the fun with your little one(s) from noon to 4 p.m. The event’s Facebook page has more details. (Metro Gold Line to Southwest Museum Station or Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/Sycamore Grove Park.)

All Weekend

You know you're intrigued... image via Automata Arts

You know you’re intrigued… image via Automata Arts

The Renegade Craft Fair, L.A.’s Mecca for craft and DIY lovers, returns for its holiday iteration this weekend at Grand Park. Open both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the market is free to attend and features over 250 vendors, workshops, food trucks and a free photo booth! (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, or numerous Metro buses serving the park.)

After visiting the craft fair, keep the quirky going with a visit to Automata Gallery for the Sparkleblob Christmas puppet show. Now in its seventh year, this silly, satirical show is an L.A. alterna-Christmas staple and fun the whole family can enjoy! This year, “Silver Lake’s Most Well-Adjusted Family” decides to celebrate the holidays in PigBear National Forest. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students/members. Show runs Thursday-Sunday, this week and the next. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station.)

Finally, before I sign off, here’s a little extra to help you navigate Metro: