Go Metro Weekends, October 24 – 26

Gorgeous photo "Dia de los Muertos 2007 #22" by Daniel Ivan via Flickr/CC.

Gorgeous photo “Dia de los Muertos 2007 #22″ by Daniel Ivan via Flickr/CC.

Happy Friday, Source readers and mass transit riders! You probably already know Metro can get you to tons of great events across our fair City of Angels with ease. And this weekend, with Halloween and Dia de los Muertos around the corner, our buses and trains can also take you from the land of the living, to the land of the dead, or, the living-dead. Read on, if you dare…

Friday

Honor your departed with creativity at The Museum of Latin American Art’s Dia de Los Muertos altar making class this Friday from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Participants bring $9, a photo of the loved one(s) to be honored and a box out of which to build the altar — the rest is provided by the museum. Only 30 spaces are available, so be sure to register ahead of time! (Metro Blue Line to 5th Street Station, then walk about 12 minutes east on 6th Street and north on Alamitos Avenue, or hop aboard various Long Beach Transit buses to 7th/Alamitos.)

Join residents of Boyle Heights and Little Tokyo for Beats & Bridges, a block party spanning the 1st Street Bridge. Enjoy music, storytelling, performances and altares from artists on both sides of the river, followed by a Halloween dance party. Event runs from 7 p.m. through midnight and is free to attend. (Metro Gold Line to Mariachi Plaza Station, or Metro Bus 30/330 to 1st/Boyle.)

Saturday

Take advantage of the L.A. Law Library’s Free Public Legal Services Fair this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair includes over 50 legal aid organizations, government agencies, social services and community-based groups to provide free services, information and classes for the public. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, or various Metro buses serving Broadway, Temple, 1st or Hill Streets.)

If you’re attending the Music and Comedy Festival Supreme at the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall, consider going Metro! Metro Expo Line Jefferson/USC Station and Metro Silver Line 23rd Street Station both put you steps away from the side-splitting action.

Grand Park and East L.A-based Self Help Graphics & Art welcome visitors to La Noche de Ofrenda this Saturday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. in Grand Park. The free event will unveil 50 altares by Los Angeles artists and feature music, poetry and traditional Aztecan, Oaxacan and Michoacán dance performances. Show your valid TAP card at the Grand Park booth and receive an admission pass for a future visit to the Museum of Latin American Art. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, or various Metro buses serving Grand Avenue, Hill, Temple, or 1st Streets.)

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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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Go Metro to LA Dance Project and you could save on meals in DTLA’s Historic Core

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L.A. Dance Project returns to its home of choice, The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, for three performances this fall. The program features a new work by Benjamin Millepied with music by Phillip Glass, and there are shows on Friday, Oct. 24, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26.

Plan a night on the town by combining dinner with a show. You’ll be able to save on meals with your TAP card at the following venues near the theatre:

  • Umami Burger – Receive free Thin Fries or Sweet Potato Fries with purchase of a burger
  • Terroni – Save 10% on your bill
  • Peking Tavern – Save 15% on your bill

To get to Ace Hotel, take Metro Bus 30/33035/38 or 40 to Broadway/Olympic. You can also take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, then walk four short blocks south on Broadway.

Go Metro to Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Halloween Half Marathon & 5k

Rock out at the world’s largest Halloween Half Marathon and 5K!

Want to get a head start on your Halloween festivities? Wear your favorite costume this Sunday, October 26 and run in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon and 5k. Those with valid TAP cards can save $10 on registration when using promo code LAMETRO14 online.

Participants will run a loop cruise at 7:30 a.m. starting and ending at L.A. LIVE in Downtown L.A. Live bands and cheer teams will be encouraging runners at every mile! Bring your friends and celebrate your accomplishments at the free finish line concert and festival. To get to L.A. LIVE, take the Metro Expo or Blue Line to Pico Station and walk toward Figueroa Street.

For the costume contest, staff members will select finalists in the categories best overall, best rock star, best superhero, scariest and most original costume. Winners will be announced at the end for a chance to win awesome prizes!

Go Metro to Lit Crawl LA: NoHo this Wednesday night

Photos from last year's LA Lit Crawl: NoHo by Rosalind Helfand.

Photos from last year’s Lit Crawl LA: NoHo by Rosalind Helfand.

The second-ever Lit Crawl LA: NoHo returns this Wednesday evening, Oct. 22, from 7 p.m. to midnight–and getting there via Metro is as easy as A-B-C!

Over 170 writers, literary organizations, and series will offer free readings and cultural events at 30 venues along Lankershim and Magnolia Boulevards. Each Lit Crawl location is within walking distance of the other, and of course, the entire NoHo Arts District is reachable by Metro Red Line, Orange Line, or bus. Simply hop on the Red or Orange Line to North Hollywood Station, or bus lines 152/353, 156/656, or 183 to Lankershim/Chandler.

Lit Crawl LA is organized into three 45-minute phases. At each phase, visitors chose from a diverse program of 10 to 12 events. The night ends with a “speakeasy” party at the Federal Bar at 10 p.m. All events are free to attend, however, food and drink are not included. That’s where Metro can help again: present your valid TAP card at the Federal Bar or Bow and Truss restaurant and save 10% and 15% on food, respectively. Just keep in mind that Metro Rail and Orange Line close around midnight Sunday through Thursday.

CYPHER students to demostrate health and climate solutions at Sustainable Earth Decathlon

photo by Saad Faruque via Flickr/CC

photo by Saad Faruque via Flickr/CC

Multiple college students from CYPHER, a youth organization promoting environmental readiness, will demonstrate strategies to build human health and discuss climate change solutions during the 2014 Sustainable Earth Decathlon (SED 2014).

Support the youth and their ideas Saturday, October 25 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Metro’s Gateway Building in Downtown L.A. Go Metro and take the Metro Red, Purple, Gold or Silver Line to Union Station, and walk towards the East Portal up to Pastsaouras Bus Plaza. Show your valid TAP card at the registration table and save $5 on admission.

SED2014 will also feature the 1st Annual Global Health Symposium on Youth Engagement with prominent policy and research leaders such as Senator Kevin de Leon, Wm. Jahmal Miller, Deputy Director of CDPH-Office of Health Equity to name a few.

Get to Día de los Muertos celebrations around Los Angeles with Metro

Check out these fun Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations via Metro and get special deals with your TAP card.

Self Help Graphics & Art’s 41st Annual Día de los Muertos Exhibition will be held at LURNCorazon del Pueblo, Hardware Studio, and Casa 0101 from Oct. 23 through Nov. 29. On Sunday, Nov. 2, their Día de los Muertos celebration is also the end point of the Metro Art Day of the Dead tour. Show your valid TAP card and save 10% on art purchases during the events. (Metro Gold Line to Pico/Aliso Station)

Grand Park will have Día de los Muertos altars on display from Oct. 25 through Nov. 2. Drop by noche de ofrenda (night of offerings) on Oct. 25 and receive a free admission pass for a future visit to the Museum of Latin American Art at the Grand Park booth by showing your TAP card. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station)

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