Go Metro Weekends, July 25 – 27

#TransitBros having a stare down! Credit: Jon Ross Alexander/Metro

#TransitBros staring each other down! Jon Ross Alexander/Metro

Friday

The FIGat7th Concert Series rolls on with The Internet with BJ the Chicago Kid. This free concert and street festival takes place at FIGat7th, starting at 7 p.m. (Metro Red/Purple or Blue/Expo Line to 7th/Metro Center Station)

Saturday

Head to National Dance Day at Grand Park! Join hundreds of fellow dancers in grooving to your heart’s content. You can learn the routines here, and don’t forget to pick up a free pair of ‘peace’ sunglasses!  The event is free to the public. Dancing starts at 10 a.m. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station)

The WALL farmers’ market takes place this Saturday–and every Saturday thereafter–from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s free to the public, so bring the whole family and explore! Show your valid TAP card at The WALL Information Booth and receive free entrance to The Original LA Flower Market and a free rose while supplies last. ( Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station and walk towards 7th and Wall Street, or Metro Bus 68 to 6th/Los Angeles. Free bike valet also available)

Sunday

Check out the Super Duper Yard Sale happening at  HM157 in Lincoln Heights. Here’s your chance to own a piece of history! There will be some neat items with starting prices of just $1. The yard sale is free to attend and takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Metro Bus 45 to Broadway/Eastlake. Please board bus with Lincoln Heights headsign)

Cafe Crepe coming to Union Station

The Metro Board earlier today approved a lease agreement with Cafe Crepe to take over the former Union Bagel space in Union Station (the Metro staff report is above). This is the space directly across from Traxx that has been vacant for quite some time.

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This is not a small space. There will be interior seating and this should be a very nice spot for bus and train travelers to stop and grab a meal at pretty agreeable prices.

Check out Cafe Crepe’s menu here — they already have locations in Santa Monica, Vancouver (B.C.) and Toronto and the plan is to be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Union Station location. The word ‘crepe’ may be in the name, but there’s a variety of things on the menu including burgers, salads, other sandwiches and desserts.

When will it open? The short answer: it’s going to be a while. The space has to be completely renovated and equipped — and all the necessary permits must be obtained from the city of Los Angeles. We’ll provide updates as the work proceeds!

Peace, love and the Hollywood Bowl at Grand Park on National Dance Day

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Grand Park and the Hollywood Bowl are teaming up to celebrate National Dance Day this Saturday, July 26. Head to Grand Park for some ’60s peace, love and rock ‘n’ roll from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Make sure to go Metro so you can get properly accessorized! Show your TAP card at the Grand Park info booth and receive a free pair of psychedelic sunglasses while supplies last.

To get to Grand Park, take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Grand Park/Civic Center Station. Use Trip Planner for more routes and options.

peaceOnce you’ve got your sunglasses, wear them to see Hair at the Hollywood Bowl. There are performances on August 1, 2 and 3. Take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station or Universal City/Studio City Station and take the free shuttle up to the Bowl.

Go Metro to The WALL farmers’ market and get into the Original L.A. Flower Market free

Starting July 26, Wall Street in downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District will be closed to traffic on Saturdays for The WALL, a farmers’ market for flower lovers and foodies. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free to the public, so bring the whole family and explore! There will be fresh food and live music.

Show your valid TAP card at The WALL Information Booth and receive free entrance to The Original LA Flower Market and a free rose while supplies last.

The WALL takes place at 755 Wall Street. Take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station and walk towards 7th and Wall Street, or take Metro Bus 68 to 6th and Los Angeles Street. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner. Let’s Ride L.A. will also provide free bike valet!

Free shuttle to HARD Summer for Metro riders

artworkHARD Summer is back August 2 and 3 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. both days. The two-day festival is taking place at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte and boasts more than fifty live performances and world class DJ sets including Jack U, A$AP Mob, Axwell, and Flosstraddamus performing on five stages. And taking Metro is still the best way to get to HARD Summer! HARD Summer is providing free shuttles to connect Metro riders to the concert.

To get there: hop on the Metro Gold Line to Atlantic Station in East LA and get a free shuttle ride to the concert. Shuttles will be located directly across the street from Atlantic Station, at the intersection of Pomona and Beverly Boulevards. Shuttles to HARD Summer will be running from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

After the concert: follow the festival exit signs to Rosemead Boulevard. The free shuttles will be located just south of the main entrance and will return you to Atlantic Station. Return shuttles will be running from 8 p.m. through 12 a.m. The last shuttle back to Atlantic Station leaves at midnight, so it’s best that you get in line immediately after the concert ends so you don’t miss the last train from Atlantic Station or any connections thereafter. Metro operates late-night rail service until 2 a.m. on Saturdays; rail service on Sundays ends around 1 a.m.

Tips for riding:

  • The Gold Line ride between Union Station and Atlantic Station takes less than 30 minutes.
  • Use Trip Planner for more routes and connections.
  • Regular Metro Rail fares apply: $1.50 per line / $5 Day Pass (good till 3 a.m.).
  • Each person must have his/her own TAP card. (No sharing of TAP cards)
  • Avoid long return lines at TAP Vending Machines by loading your round trip fare in advance online or on your way in.

Go Metro to REDCAT’s NOW Festival and save 20 percent on tickets

REDCAT’s New Original Works Festival celebrates Los Angeles’ vibrant and growing community of stage artists. Starting this Wednesday, July 24, until Saturday, August 9, the festival will showcase eight brand new works by Los Angeles’ most innovative dance, theater, music and multimedia performing artists. Go Metro to NOW Fest and save 20 percent on individual show tickets.

To redeem your Destination Discount, simply present your valid TAP card at the box office. Tickets for all NOW Fest performances are $20 general admission, $16 for students and REDCAT members and $14 for CalArts students, faculty, and staff. To check out the NOW Fest program and get specific performance date and times, click here.

REDCAT is located at 631 W. Second Street in downtown Los Angeles. Take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station or any Metro Rapid or local bus serving Grand Avenue, Olive or First Street.

Go Metro Weekends, July 18 − 20

Friday

Go Metro to the Masters of Ceremony Hip Hop Reunion tour, in L.A. this Friday for one night only at the Nokia Theatre at LA LIVE. The show features DMX, EPMD, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie, Naughty by Nature, and many more. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; ticket prices vary. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station, or Metro Red Line to 7th Street/Metro Center.)

From 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. it’s another Fusion Friday at the USC Pacific Asia Museum! Enjoy live DJs spinning in the courtyard, beverages for purchase, and a selection of food trucks in the parking lot. This month’s performance includes Korean drumming and gongs, a samurai reenactment, and a raffle for $100 to the museum store. Cocktail attire is encouraged. The event is free for members and $15 for everyone else. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station then walk 9 minutes south on Arroyo Parkway and east on Union Street, or various Metro and Pasadena buses serving Colorado/Los Robles.)

Saturday

Meet at SunCafe in Studio City this Saturday morning for a raw foods cooking class with head chef Ron Russell. Class lasts from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and is $25. (Metro Red Line to Universal City/Studio City Station then walk 9 minutes west on Campo De Cahuenga and east on Ventura Boulevard, Metro Rapid 750 to Ventura/Vineland, or Metro Bus 155 or 156 to Ventura/Fruitland.)

It’s a famous film locations of L.A. tour…on two wheels! Metro sponsors “Action! Close up on Downtown L.A.’s Film History,” a free bike expedition led by Downtown Film Festival L.A. and CICLE. Visit notable downtown film landmarks and finish at Angel City Brewery for a screening of American Cycle, part of the film fest’s closing night. The ride is about 7 miles and moves at a leisurely pace. To join, meet at the park at 1st and San Pedro Street at 5:30 p.m. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Metro Rapid 701 to Judge John Aiso/Temple, Metro Bus 30/330 and 40 to 1st/San Pedro.)

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Go Metro to DreamWorks Animation in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl and get free tote bag

If you’re a fan of DreamWorks Animation movies–How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, Shrek, just to name a few–you won’t want to miss the studio’s 20th anniversary celebration at the Hollywood Bowl on July 18 and 19. Jack Black hosts both nights, and you’ll be able to experience film highlights on the Bowl’s big screen, with scores conducted by Thomas Wilkins and performed live by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

The concerts start at 8 p.m. both nights. Ticket prices vary. Special to Metro riders: show your valid TAP card at the Hollywood Bowl gift shop and receive a free Hollywood Bowl tote bag while supplies last!

The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 N. Highland Avenue in the Hollywood Hills. Take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station or Universal City/Studio City Station and take the shuttle up to the Bowl. Shuttle is free if you show your TAP card. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Metro Presents: contemporary jazz by Mark de Clive-Lowe at Union Station July 31

Don’t miss the next Metro Presents event: jazz and dancing with Mark De Clive-Lowe and his musicians at Los Angeles Union Station on Thursday, July 31. The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. inside the Fred Harvey Room and will be free to the public. Make sure to bring your dancing shoes!

The performance is part of Metro Presents, the agency’s ongoing program of arts and cultural events at the iconic station. It is presented in partnership with Mercado La Paloma. Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Use Trip Planner for routes and connections. Car and bicycle parking are also available on site.

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Go Metro Weekends, July 11 − 13

Friday

Join Dance Downtown from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. this Friday and be the star of your very own Bollywood routine! Enjoy a short dance lesson followed by spirited dancing and live DJing throughout the night. The evening is free and no experience is required. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station or various Metro Rapid and Local buses serving Grand Avenue, Hill, Temple, or 1st Streets).

The Natural History Museum is hosting Summer Nights in the Garden this Friday from 5 p.m. to  9 p.m. The event is free with reservations and features guided tours of the botanical garden, music, performances, botanical inspired drinks, food trucks, and a tutorial on pickling by food writer/cooking instructor Emily Ho. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station, Metro Silver Line to Harbor Transitway/37th or Metro bus 81 or 550 to Figueroa/Exposition).

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai screens for free this Friday at the Inglewood Public Library as a part of a summer movie series co-organized by LACMA and the Inglewood Art + Film Lab. Take Metro bus 115 to Manchster/Grevillea to catch this genre-bending thriller starring Forest Whitaker.

Saturday

Take the Metro Gold Line to the Colorado Street Bridge Party – a celebration of Pasadena’s most iconic span hosted on the bridge itself! Dance, eat, take in the views and receive a free artist’s poster with valid TAP. We’ve got the details here.

If you’re going to the LA Garagiste Festival at Union Station — and are planning on making the most of it — Metro is a great option! The Gold, Red/Purple, and Silver Lines can get you there and back, not to mention the plethora of Rapid and Local buses serving Patsaouras Plaza.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds rock the Theatre at Ace Hotel with Warpaint at 8 p.m. this Saturday. Ticket prices vary. (Metro Blue Line to Pico Station or Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square or 7th/Metro and walk to Broadway/9th).

Sunday

Sundays mean free salsa dancing at Pershing Square this summer! If you missed the Bollywood fun on Friday, this is one more chance to get your groove on before the weekend’s through. Salsa Caliente provides the soundtrack from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square or various Rapid and Local buses serving Pershing Square).

All Weekend

Romantics and lovers of musicals take note: It’s the last weekend to catch Ghost The Musical at the Pantages. Go Metro and receive 45 percent on select seats with valid TAP card. Show times are Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and; Sunday 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Don’t forget the tissues. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station or Rapid 780 or bus 180/181, 212/312, 217, or 222 to Argyle/Hollywood).

Because Ghost only made you misty-eyed, this Thursday through Sunday, the National Ballet of Canada presents a brand new vision of Romeo and Juliet at the LA Music Center. Ticket prices vary, but Metro riders save 20 percent on select seats and performances with a valid TAP card.