Go Metro Weekends, April 17 – 19

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The Magic Castle Swap meet this Saturday offers new and used items for all ages and levels–as well as the opportunity to check out the normally members-only club. Photo by Andy Castro via Flickr/CC.

 

Friday

It’s your last chance to solve a crime at the Egyptian Theatre’s 17th-Annual Festival of Film Noir. Step back in time to the days of hard-boiled antiheroes, femmes fatales and double-crossings galore–all in glorious, gritty, black and white. Catch the final films of this year’s program this Friday, Saturday or Sunday night. Tickets are $11 general admission, or $9 for seniors and students with valid ID. (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.)

Saturday

If you’ve always wanted to visit the Magic Castle but haven’t networked with any magicians, now’s your chance to visit the famous members-only club! The Magic Castle Swap Meet is happening this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring dozens of vendors with new and used items for performers of all skill levels. Admission for non-members is just $8! The Magic Castle is located at 7001 Franklin Avenue. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, then walk 8 minutes west on Hollywood Boulevard and north on N. Orange Drive.)

Not going to Coachella this weekend but still want to enjoy good music and festival vibes? Brokechella is taking place this Saturday from 3 p.m. to midnight at 590 South Santa Fe Ave in downtown L.A. There will be food trucks, games, artists and bands across four stages, all for a modest $25. Go Metro and knock $5 off admission with valid TAP card.

What’s better than a picnic? There’s only one thing I can think of, and that’s Grand Park’s GIANT picnicDTLA happening this Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. For all the info on going Metro (including secret SWAG exclusively for Metro riders), click here.

Sunday

Goodwill, the Mecca for lovers of fashion and a bargain, is hosting a hundred year anniversary vintage sale this Sunday at their new L.A. flagship store in Atwater Village. The organization promises “clothing collected by Goodwill Southern California over almost 100 years… a once in a lifetime, one day opportunity to purchase Victorian and hand-beaded dresses from the early 1900s, frocks from the 50s, designer and one-of-a-kind knits from the 70s and much more.” There will also be “nearly 700 stunning hats and menswear” for the fellas. The sale lasts from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and entrance is free. The Goodwill flagship is located at 3150 North San Fernando Road. (Metro Rapid 794 or bus 94, 603 or 90/91 to Fletcher Drive/San Fernando Road.)

All Weekend

If you’re headed to USC this weekend for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, this is just a friendly reminder to consider going Metro. Pros include: no traffic or parking, and you can crack open your new books on your ride home! Use the Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station, or there’s DASH F, plus the free Festival Shuttle bus running from Union Station Patsaouras Bus Plaza to the USC campus during festival hours. For more info on going Metro, check out our Source article on the festival.

The Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre Company is visiting the Music Center this weekend, and Metro riders with valid TAP cards receive 10% off select seats. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station.)

Finally, who says you have to choose between cars and tains? This weekend, Go Metro to the Toyota Grand Prix in Long Beach to avoid traffic and pricey event parking. Just be aware that Willowbrook/Rose Parks and 103rd Street/Watts Towers Station will be closed this weekend for upgrade work, which means bus shuttles will replace rail service between Firestone and Compton Station. (Metro Blue Line to 1st Street Station.)