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Anna Chen is a transit lifestyle writer for The Source. She gets around town by train mostly, bus sometimes, and feet always. Chat with her or follow her Metro adventures on Twitter/Instagram @metrolosangeles.

Reminder: free Day of the Dead Metro Art Tour this Sunday

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Don’t miss the special Día de los Muertos themed art tour this Sunday, Nov. 2. The free tour will explore artworks along the Metro Gold Line through the lens of artist Consuelo Flores. Participants are encouraged to dress in Calavera attire!

The tour will depart at 4:30 p.m. from the Metro Gold Line East L.A. Civic Center Station and end at 6 p.m. at Self Help Graphics’ 41st Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration in Boyle Heights near Pico/Aliso Station. TAP card holders will be able to save 10 percent on artwork at the event. [NOTE: Sunday is the end of Daylight Saving Time, which means clocks will be "falling" back one hour at 2 a.m. Make sure all your clocks are updated...wouldn't want to show up for the tour an hour early!]

The tour is approximately 90 percent walking. There are elevators and escalators in all of the stations and only Mariachi Station is underground.

City of La Cañada Flintridge held sound wall dedication ceremony

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The City of La Cañada Flintridge held a sound wall dedication ceremony yesterday to celebrate the completion of three sound wall segments in the Arroyo Verdugo subregion along the I-210 freeway. The project cost $4.813 million and 95 percent of the funding was provided by Measure R. The sound walls will provide noise mitigation to nearby residents along the I-210.

The three sound wall segments are located:

  • South of I-210 – Foothill Boulevard eastbound on-ramp to Berkshire Place eastbound off-ramp
  • North of I-210 — Berkshire Place westbound on-ramp to Foothill Boulevard westbound off-ramp
  • Between Indiana Avenue and Union Street along the south side of Curran Street

Expo Line Construction Notice: Full closures of Barrington Avenue between Olympic and Tennessee

Two full weekend closures will be required in order to complete track work and roadway improvements on Barrington Avenue for the Expo Line project. Here’s the construction notice from the Expo Line Construction Authority, the independent agency building the six-mile project between Culver City and downtown Santa Monica.

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Metro Presents: Invisible Cities to perform acoustic opera at Union Station

Invisible Cities opera took place at Union Station in 2013. Photo courtesy of Alissa Walker.

Invisible Cities opera took place at Union Station in 2013. Photo courtesy of Alissa Walker.

Last year, Invisible Cities performed a haunting “silent” opera at Union Station. This Wednesday, Metro Presents brings you a free acoustic concert performance of the award-winning opera in the Union Station Historic Ticketing Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. and seating is first come, first served. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Use the Trip Planner for routes and connections. Car and bicycle parking are also available on site.

Your Friday Send-off: Taylor Swift – Out of the Woods

After having Shake It Off shoved in my face from every corner of the TV, radio and internet, I was ready to write-off Taylor Swift’s upcoming new album. The single is catchy, but pedestrian. However, if Out of the Woods is the song that is supposed to embody the spirit of the album, I might give it a chance after all. (Although I can’t say I like Welcome to New York much either…but I could just be biased against songs about NYC. L.A. all the way!)

If enjoying music on bus or train, please remember to use your headphones. And if you want to tell me what I “should” be listening to, let me know in the comments or tweet me at @metrolosangeles!

Metro Presents: Neptune Winds in Union Station Waiting Room this Friday

Photo courtesy of Neptune Winds.

Photo courtesy of Neptune Winds.

Start your weekend with some classical, contemporary and popular music in the Union Station Waiting Room. Neptune Winds of the Colburn Conservatory of Music will be performing on Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. as part of Metro Presents. Drop by and enjoy the tunes!

Comic fans unite! Go Metro to Stan Lee’s Comikaze and save on admission

Above is the official teaser trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron (also known as “Tony, what have you done now?!?”). And of course, you can’t mention the Avengers without also talking about Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, Los Angeles’ first and only large-scale, multi-media pop culture convention. The expo will take place Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Go Metro to Comikaze and save 10 percent on admission! Just show your valid TAP card at the ticketing booths, or use the exclusive promo code if purchasing tickets online.

To get to the L.A. Convention Center, take the Metro Blue or Expo Line to Pico Station. You can also take the Metro Silver Line to Flower/Pico or Figueroa/Pico. And if you see any great cosplayers on bus or train, ask for a photo and share with us on Twitter or Instagram.

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