Mayor Villaraigosa with some student volunteers at last year’s Green Festival in Los Angeles. Photo by Carla Finnerman
Green Festival is coming to the L.A. Convention Center next weekend to show Angelenos the latest and greatest in sustainable products. The event features over 300 eco-friendly businesses, renowned speakers, workshops, yoga classes and more.
Go Metro to Green Festival and get a free 1-day pass. Just show your valid TAP card at the box office for a free ticket. Those with a Metro employee ID or L.A. County employee ID can also get a free ticket. In addition, the first 200 people to present a TAP card or L.A. County employee ID at the festival store can also get a 50% discount on Green Festival T-shirts.
Green Festival will be on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Regular admission is $10 for one day and $20 for the whole weekend if purchased online, or $15 and $25 at the door. Discounted admission is available to seniors over 65 and students with student IDs.
Free admission is also offered to those who bike to the event and park with the bike valet. If you live too far away to bike all the way to the convention center, let Metro take you part way there. Bikes are welcome on all Metro buses and trains.
The L.A. Convention Center is located near the Pico Station off the Blue and Expo lines. The Metro Silver Line also stops in front of the convention center. Check Trip Planner for more routes and connections.
Don’t miss AFI FEST, going on now until Nov. 8. This film fest brings you the best of this year’s cinema, from studio blockbusters to indie hits. Film tickets are free and are needed to get into the movie of your choice. A full schedule of events is online. Register online and reserve your tickets now, or try your luck at the door by lining up for RUSH tickets. Films and activities will be taking place around Hollywood: Hollywood&Highland (Chinese 6 Theatres located on level 3), Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Egyptian Theatre and Roosevelt Hotel.
Metro is also offering exclusive discounts to those attending AFI. Show your valid TAP card and AFI badge or ticket to get discounts at 10 different locations, including Pig n’ Whistle and Coffee Bean. (Metro Red Line or Rapid 780 to Hollywood/Highland)
Imagine this greeting you after a long day at work! Photo from Pasadena Symphony and POPS Official Facebook
The Pasadena Symphony Association will be breaking down the barriers between musicians, concert halls, and the public with a new free performance series – Random Acts of Music.
The first events in this ongoing series of public performances take place this evening. Members of the Pasadena Symphony will be performing at both the Gold Line Memorial Park Station and Del Mar Station between 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for the rush hour crowd. They will also be handing out coupons to Metro riders for their upcoming performance on Sunday, November 3.
Future performances will take place across Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley throughout the year in public locations to engage new audiences with classical music. The Pasadena Symphony is easily reached by the Gold Line Memorial Park Station.
Recent Spanish Cinema XVIII Oct. 11-14, 2012
Show your valid TAP card at the Egyptian Theatre box office and receive $1 off admission.
For details on the Destination Discount, click here.
ArtNight in Pasadena, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012
Show your valid TAP card to receive special discounts on store merchandise and memberships at the Pasadena Museum of History, the Pacific Asia Museum and many other venues.
For details on the Destination Discount, click here.
San Fernando Valley Tennis Day, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012
Show your valid TAP card at the registration table to receive a Metro Welcome Package that includes an insulated tote, sunglasses, a children’s book, and a promotional tennis ball. You must pre-register to receive package, while supplies last.
For details on the Destination Discount, click here.
Photo from IndieCade Facebook Page
If you’ve ever wanted to go to an international festival of independent games – you know, the stuff not on XBOX or made by Hasbro – here’s your chance. IndieCade comes to Culver City and brings with it interactive games from all over the world, live music, giveaways, family friendly activities and more.
The whole event takes place from October 4 – 7, but only Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7 are open to the public. Saturday is Festival Day, which runs from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. On Sunday, aspiring game developers should go to GameU to learn some tricks of the trade. GameU starts at 10 a.m. and panels run until 6 p.m.
Go Metro to either of these IndieCade events and get 50% off tickets. That means Festival Day is $10 and GameU is just $60. Show your TAP card at the door or enter “metro2indiecade” if purchasing tickets online to receive the discount.
IndieCade is located at 9300 Culver Blvd., next to The Culver Studios and Culver Hotel. Take Expo Line to Culver City Station, shuttles will be available to take you downtown from the station. Culver City Bus 1 to Washington/Cardiff is another option. Check Trip Planner for connections.
Social Media Week Los Angeles started yesterday in Hollywood (who else went? wasn’t it just thrilling?), but tonight’s event takes place in downtown LA at Club Nokia.
Go see Janelle Monáe’s free concert at 7:30 p.m. To get your ticket to the show, click here and tell Nokia and SMWLA which song you think belongs on the ultimate “Social Playlist” that will be played by a DJ at the show. Remember to enter your information, and you’re on the list.
Go Metro and get a VIP Pit Pass. Just show your TAP card at the door to receive the pass. The offer is only good for the first 25 registered attendees to show up, so get there early. The Blue and Expo line’s Pico station is a short walk from L.A. Live and Club Nokia.
Autumn Lights at Pershing Square. Photo by johnwilliamsphd via Flickr
Fans of 3D movies won’t want to miss the 3D Film Festival taking place all weekend at L.A. LIVE. The event celebrates 3D filmmakers and content creators from around the world. Catch the 3DFF Horror Show Double Feature on Friday night at Regal Cinemas. Piranha 3DD shows at 10 p.m. and Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation begins at 12 a.m. With Metro running late on weekends, you’ll have plenty of time to catch your bus or train after the gore-fest. Tickets for single movies are $10, show your TAP card at the box office and get 50% off admission. Single-day passes and general admission badges for the whole weekend are also available. (Expo or Blue Line to Pico Station, Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/11th)
Plenty of football is happening this Saturday. After their devastating loss to Stanford last week, USC takes on Cal at the Coliseum at 3 p.m. and undefeated UCLA goes head to head with Oregon State at the Rose Bowl at 12:30 p.m. Metro will be running enhanced service on the Gold Line to accommodate fans going to either game (or both!). Extra service will also be added to the other rail lines. To avoid waiting in long post-game lines at the ticket machines, get a day pass or load up your TAP with cash before heading out. Free shuttles to the Rose Bowl are a short walk from the Memorial Park Station and the Coliseum is well served by the Expo Line.
With the weather cooling off slightly, it’s time to start thinking about autumn, and Autumn Lights LA is a great place to start. Local and international artists will show off their light installations at Pershing Square on Saturday. Go and enjoy live music, interactive blacklight live painting, photo booths and more. The event lights up at 6 p.m. and is open to all. (Red or Purple line to Pershing Square Station, Metro Bus 14 to Olive/5th)
Swing by University High School for ZAMFEST on Sunday. Plenty of kid friendly activities will be offered, so go have fun and get creative. General admission tickets are $8, children 3 and under are free. ZAMFEST lasts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Santa Monica BBB 2 to Westgate Nb/Texas Ns, check Trip Planner for connections)
These days practically everyone uses social media, but are you using it to its full potential? Find out the latest trends and how to make the most of social media at Social Media Week Los Angeles (SMWLA), taking place September 24 – 28 in Hollywood.
Check out the schedule of events to see which panels might tickle your fancy. Nearly all the events are free to attend, but if you want unlimited access to all events – including the opening reception and invite-only closing party – get the Premium Pass. Metro riders get a 15% discount when buying the pass.
For transit enthusiasts, Monday, September 24 might be the best day to attend. Metro’s own Lan-Chi Lam will be speaking at A City of Angels panel at 10:30 a.m. on how Metro has adopted social media. Former Source blogger and future urban planning mogul Carter Rubin will be at Nobody Walks in L.A. at 2:30 p.m. to discuss how social media helps connect people to local communities and city services (like public transportation).
SMWLA takes place in Hollywood at both the Egyptian Theatre, located at 6712 Hollywood Blvd., and io/LA, located at 7083 Hollywood Blvd. The easiest way to get to both places is by taking the Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station. Metro Bus 217 is another way to go; stop at Hollywood/La Brea for io/LA or Hollywood/Las Palmas for the Egyptian. Use Trip Planner to find the best route.
This is a screen grab of the new Destination Discounts interactive map to help find good deals during Carmageddon weekend. Click above to go to the map.
As many of you surely know by now, Metro and many local officials are begging you not to drive during the weekend of Sept. 29-30, when the 405 freeway will be closed between the 10 and 101. The reason: the demolition of the north side of the Mulholland Drive bridge is demolished.
Not driving, however, doesn't mean staying at home. More than 300 discounts will be available that weekend at museums, restaurants and other venues for people who take Metro buses and trains. Show your paper ticket or TAP card at the venues to get the discount.
Metro has also created a nifty interactive map to help you find discounts both in your neighborhood and across the city.
Here's the news release from Metro:
OFFICIALS ENCOURAGE PUBLIC TO EAT, SHOP AND PLAY LOCALLY DURING CARMAGEDDON II, OFFER NEARLY 300 CARMAGEDDON SPECIALS
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Autority (Metro) has partnered with almost 300 L.A. County restaurants, businesses, venues and tourist destinations to offer discounted “Carmageddon II” specials as part of its ongoing campaign to encourage the public to “Eat, Shop and Play Locally” September 29-30.
The destination discounts are Metro’s latest effort to cajole motorists out of their cars during the final demolition of the Mulholland Bridge in the Sepulveda Pass, when the I-405 freeway will be closed between the I-10 and U.S. 101 all weekend.
Apple pie! Get a taste at the Good Food Pie Contest at LACMA this weekend. Photo by Melanie Lukesh via Flickr
This Friday, go Greek at the L.A. Greek Fest. The festival lasts all weekend at the Saint Sophia Cathedral, but everyone gets in free on Friday evening (5 – 11 p.m.). Adult admission is $3 on Saturday (1 – 11 p.m.) and Sunday (12 – 10 p.m.), go Metro and get a discount. There will be music, dancing, shows, games and of course food! And don’t miss celebrity guests Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. (Metro Bus 30 to Normandie/Pico or Metro Rapid 733 to Normandie/Venice)
Visit the land of Oz on Saturday in Culver City. The Helms Bakery Sunset Cinema series continues with The Wizard of Oz, screening for free on Helms Walk. The movie starts around 7:15 p.m. and there are plenty of restaurants nearby (like Father’s Office!) so you can dine before or after the film. (Metro Expo Line to Culver City Station or Metro Bus 33 to Venice/Helms)
Lovers of pie, get thee to LACMA this Saturday for the Good Food Pie Contest. The event lasts from 2 to 4 p.m. and will serve up pies from five categories, one of which is Metropolis II (pies inspired by an art installation? I can’t wait!). The event is free to attend. If you want a taste of pie, get there early – you can get a free pie tasting ticket from the KCRW welcome table in Hancock Park just north of the Ahmanson Building, but tickets are limited to number of pie entries and are first come first served. Oh, and if you wear an apron to the event, you’ll get free admission to the LACMA galleries. (Metro Bus 20 to Wilshire/Ogden)
If you’re in the West L.A.area anyway, you might want to check out Flash Festival at The Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits. Chalk Repertory Theatre will be performing site-specific, 10-minute plays starts at 8 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Shows are technically free, but there is a $15 suggested donation and reservations are highly recommended. (Metro Bus 20 to Wilshire/Curson)