Your Friday Send-off: Jimmy Eat World – 23

Jimmy Eat World’s 10 year anniversary tour for Futures hits downtown Los Angeles this Sunday…the album came out when I was in college, which probably gives you an idea of how old I am. If you’re heading to the concert at Club Nokia, consider going Metro–I am!

Take the Red or Purple Line to 7th Street/Metro Center and walk a few blocks south on Figueroa Street. You might be surprised at how much nicer the walk is now compared to even just one year ago. (Figat7th has a lot to do with this.) For those who want to walk less, take the Blue or Expo Line to Pico Station. The Silver Line also stops near LA LIVE on Figueroa and Flower.

Here’s one of my favorite songs from Futures to get you ready for the weekend. As always, 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!

P.S. Bonus track after the jump. The guitar riffs in 23 are great, but the lyrics in Kill still get me every time.

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For those going Metro to the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval

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Another reminder for those attending Halloween events throughout Los Angeles County: as per usual on the weekends, Metro Rail and the Orange Line and Silver Line will be running until 2 a.m. both Friday and Saturday night. Maps and timetables are here. Please consider taking transit, a taxi, ride-sharing or using a designated driver if you plan on celebrating (or over-celebrating) the holiday/weekend.

Specific line-by-line detour info is here for the WeHo Halloween Carnaval. Please note that you can use all the above buses to reach the Carnaval, although there is some walking involved between bus stops and the Carnaval.

If you are taking the 4 Bus or 704 Bus that runs on Santa Monica Boulevard, the eastbound detour begins at Santa Monica Boulevard and Beverly Drive — a half-mile walk to the beginning of the Carnaval. The westbound detour begins at Santa Monica and Fairfax — a .7-mile walk to the start of the Carnaval.

The city of West Hollywood is also running its trolley on the east side of the closures — the trolley will get you close to the start of the Carnaval.

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Go Metro Weekends, October 31 to November 2

Besides heading to these Día de los Muertos celebrations, here are some other events to go Metro to this weekend.

Friday

Now in its fifteenth year, Opening Night: The Improvised Musical will be held at the iO West Theatre in Hollywood at 9 p.m. Sit back and watch some of the best local comedians bring their A-game as they make up the entire performance on the spot! The Broadway-style musical is a 21-years-and-older event with tickets only $10. Make reservations or arrive early as seats will fill quickly. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station and head west on Hollywood Boulevard.)

Saturday

The fifth annual El Sereno Día de los Muertos is happening this Saturday with free activities for the whole family to enjoy. The event runs from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. with poetry readings, crafts, live music and an altar walk. (DASH El Sereno to Huntington/Pueblo or Metro Bus 78/79 to Huntington/Portola.)

Check out the world’s best horses during the Breeder’s Cup championship races at Santa Anita Park. This will be a star-studded event, so ladies and gentlemen should come dressed to impress! Admission starts at $10, races begin at 3 p.m. (Metro Bus 78/79 to Huntington/Centennial.)

Sunday

Head to the Natural History Museum Spider Pavilion for a special outdoor exhibit on some of the most exotic and dangerous spider species in the world. This is a perfect event to add to the family’s Halloween festivities. And don’t worry, the eight-legged creatures will be under careful supervision. The spider display is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Timed tickets are required. Adult admission for both museum and pavilion is $17, show your TAP card to save! (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station.)

All Weekend

Going to the first-ever Hello Kitty Con in Little Tokyo? Go Metro so you won’t have to spend hours searching for parking! (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station)

Treat yourself to fine dining this weekend at the Traxx Restaurant in Union Station. The restaurant is known for its classic American cuisine and art deco interior design. Go Metro and save 10% on your meal after 5 p.m. (Metro Gold, Red, Purple or Silver Line to Union Station.)

Want to get the most out of Metro? Here’s some more information.

Photos from last night’s Invisible Cities’ performance

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There was a huge crowd on hand for Wednesday night’s “Invisible Cities” performance in Los Angeles Union Station’s historic ticketing hall brought to you by the Metro Presents series. Thank you very much to The Industry for their hard work putting on the concert and for everyone who attended!

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.

Zocalo Public Square event Monday: are trains the future of L.A.?

Our friends at Zocalo Public Square have been all over transportation issues this year. That trend continues Monday night at Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles (317 S. Broadway). Here’s the description from Zocalo:

For a century, the hearts of Angelenos have belonged to cars and to flying machines, not trains–even though we never would have become a city without the railroad, and couldn’t survive as a global trade center without the rail links to our seaports. But today, in a potentially historic shift, Southern California governments are betting billions that trains can win us over. Five rail lines are under construction right now in L.A., part of a 30-year wave of projects that could give Southern California the most highly developed rail system in the country, save New York. But will we go along for the ride? Only a small percentage of us use the Metro rail regularly, and California’s high-speed rail project is unpopular in L.A. Will we change our ways and depend on trains daily–and embrace development around rail networks? What is it about rail that captures people’s hearts–and why has L.A. remained immune to this almost universally beloved mode of transport? Journalist and Chapman University English scholar Tom Zoellner, author of Train, and UCLA and UC Berkeley legal, business, and environmental scholar Ethan Elkind, author of Railtown, visit Zócalo to discuss the past and future of trains here, and whether Los Angeles will finally fall for rail.

 

Sounds intriguing. BTW, I’ll be recording a podcast with Ethan Elkind that we’ll have on the Source soon talking about transit past, present and future in our region.

More info on registering to attend the event at the Zocalo website. Grand Central Market is a short walk from the Red/Purple Line’s Pershing Square Station and numerous Metro Bus lines, as shown on the map below. All Metro maps and timetables are here.

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Shoe shine stand opens in Union Station

The first shoe shine stand at Union Station in decades opened Monday, as the stand’s attendant Marco Ramirez and his team began working their magic earlier this morning. Among the stand’s first customers were Metro Board Member and L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Metro CEO Art Leahy.

The shoe shine stand is located at the west end of the Union Station passageway near the Famima convenience store. It will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A shine costs six dollars. Customers will be seated in a beautiful four-seat historic replica of an early 20th century shoe shine stand while their scuffed and dull shoes are buffed, brushed, polished and rejuvenated.

The opening of the shoe shine stand is emblematic of the revitalization of Union Station as a major transit hub, and is one of a growing number of amenities for the 60,000 commuters that travel through the station each day.

Most recently, T&Y Bakery opened near the Amtrak ticketing area. The Metro Board of Directors has also approved leases for Café Crepe, two food and beverage kiosks in the East Portal, and a gastropub in the Fred Harvey Room that will be managed by downtown restauranteurs Cedd Moses and Eric Needleman.

Mr. Ramirez, a U.S. Army veteran, has shined shoes at the Los Angeles Athletic Club in downtown Los Angeles for 31 years and also manages the shoe shine stand at the U.S. Bank Building. He will run the stand in Union Station along with his colleagues Filemon Ruano, Kevin Dixon and David Trejo.