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)
Long Beach Funkfest 2011. Photo from LB Funkfest official Facebook
This Friday, get your hula on at the East L.A. Civic Center amphitheatre. The Kilohana Performing Arts Company will be there to teach the art of hula during this week’s J.A.M. Session. The free dance lesson starts at 6 p.m. and is open to all ages. A free outdoor movie screening follows at 8:30 p.m. (Metro Gold Line to East L.A. Civic Center Station, Metro Bus 258 to Mednik/3rd)
The Long Beach Funkfest takes place on Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. The free event features dancers, vendors, a kids’ zone and live performances. Learn how to sustain your future through funk and enjoy a day out with the family. Go Metro and receive a 10% discount on festival merchandise. The festival takes place on the intersection of Pine and East Broadway in downtown Long Beach. (Metro Blue Line to Long Beach Transit Mall Station, check Trip Planner for connections to Long Beach Transit buses)
This year’s Grand Performances are winding down, so make sure to catch a show before they close up shop. This Sunday, visit California Plaza and to see The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs on stage at 8 p.m. The “monologue” will be read by Chinese, Mexican, Korean and Japanese American performers, emphasizing the influence of one man on the global marketplace. The event is free, and free bike valet is offered for those who ride to attend. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, exit 4th/Hill, Metro Bus 84 to 4th/Hill)
Celebrate Tanabata in Little Tokyo! Photo by waltarrrrr via Flickr Creative Commons
It’s going to be another scorching weekend! If all you want to do is sit and chill under the blast of AC, go check out DocuWeeks, which starts this Friday at Laemmle NoHo 7. You’ll get to stay cool and come away feeling more worldly and educated. Screenings start at noon and continue throughout the day, check DocuWeek’s website for a full listing of titles and schedule. Ticket prices range from $8 to $11. The theatrical documentary showcase will screen 28 outstanding films from all over the world over the next three weeks. (Metro Red Line to North Hollywood Station, Metro Bus 152 to Lankershim/Chandler)
Celebrate the joyous reunion of two star-crossed lovers at Tanabata Festival this Friday in Little Tokyo. Head to the Japanese National American Museum plaza for fun, food and cultural performances. The opening ceremony is at 5 p.m. on Friday, and events continue on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Metro Bus 40 to Judge John Aiso/1st)
Catch Alice in Wonderland on the big screen this Saturday at Expo Park once the sun – and the heat – has gone down. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., performances by Glen Iris and The Rebel Light begin at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:30 p.m. And of course, there will be food trucks hanging around to keep you fed. General admission is $10, but if you go Metro you’ll get $3 off! (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station, Metro Bus 102 to Exposition/University)
Want to take your kids to a fun, educational and air conditioned event? Go to the Natural History Museum this Saturday, August 11 and celebrate BIG BIG Dinosaur Day.
The event kicks off the start of DINOSAUR TRAIN’s BIG BIG Dinosaur Week on PBS Kids. You’ll get to meet Buddy the T. Rex, explore the NHM’s Dinosaur Hall, watch the premiere of a BIG BIG Dinosaurs episode and see series creator Craig Bartlett and his band perform songs from the show live.
The day starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Go Metro and get a discount on admission. The Natural History Museum is right next to the Expo/Vermont Station off the Expo Line, so hop on board and go have an adventure!
Catch MANDRILL this Saturday at the Ford Amphitheatre. Photo from MANDRILL’s Official Facebook
Pixar in Concert rocks the Hollywood Bowl on Friday! Listen to all your favorite songs from your favorite Pixar movies (yeah right, like you can really choose just one favorite Pixar movie) performed live. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $11 (plus fees). (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland, transfer to free Bowl Shuttle, Metro Bus 156 to Highland/Odin, Metro Bus 222 to Odin/Fairfield)
Go to Leimert Plaza Park on Saturday for a little taste of New Orleans. The 7th Annual New Orleans Cultural Festival features dancing, soul food, Creole/Cajun cuisine, arts and crafts vendors and more. The Mardi Gras Parade is at noon, but the event starts at 11 a.m. and lasts until 6 p.m. Admission is free, and if you go Metro you will receive free Mardi Gras beads. Just show your valid TAP card at the New Orleans Cultural Festival booth. (Metro Bus 40 to Martin Luther King Jr/Sutro)
This excited little boy was the first kid (of many) to enjoy the new interactive splash pad at Grand Park. Photo by Anna Chen/Metro
REDCAT’s New Original Works Festival is back, and week one features programs by Opera Povera, Poor Dog Group and Susan Simpson. Head out this Friday and catch some great theatre performances. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex and general admission tickets are $18. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center Station, Metro Bus 70 or 96 to Grand/2nd)
If you haven’t heard about Metro’s expanded late-night service yet…read about it now, and then start taking advantage of it! Go ahead and take Metro to Chinatown Summer Nights, you can stay the entire time and not worry about missing the last train home. With food, music, dancing and more, there will be plenty to keep you occupied. The first of three Summer Nights is this Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight and it’s absolutely free. Go Metro and receive a free souvenir at the info booth in Central Plaza while supplies last. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station, Metro Bus 45 to Broadway & Chinatown)
Historic Core Farmer’s Market. Photo by Shannon V. via Yelp.
The circus comes to the city as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents DRAGONS at the Staples Center. DRAGONS celebrates the Year of the Dragon with a blend of mythic dragon lore and authentic circus feats. There are shows on Friday at noon and on Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Go Metro or Metrolink to “the greatest show on earth” and save $8 on regular admission. Use the promo code TRAIN* if buying tickets online. (Metro Blue or Expo Line to Pico Station, Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/12th. Metrolink connects to Metro through Union Station)
This week’s Eat|See|Hear movie is Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, and it’s taking place on Saturday at Bloch Field in San Pedro. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and tickets start at $10. For $20 you can guarantee yourself the best seat in the house even while arriving fashionably late. Max and the Moon will be performing at 7 p.m. and some of the food trucks attending the event include Rebel Bite, Fatmobile and Sweet E’s. (Metro Bus 246 or 450 to Pacific/15th, walk 4 blocks west to the field or Metro Bus 450 to Harbor Beacon Park Ride and transfer to Red Car to Port O’Call Station)
Photo from Grand Performances Flickr.
Now that Culver City Station is open, take the Expo Line to The Jazz Bakery, currently holding court at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Go enjoy some amazing, innovative jazz. Friday’s performance stars Mary Stallings while Saturday features Dori Caymmi. General admission tickets are $30 and $25 respectively. Both shows start at 8 p.m. (Metro Expo Line to Culver City Station, walk about 15 minutes southwest on Washington or transfer to Culver City Bus 1.)
Grand Performances are back at the California Plaza and kicks off with some dirty dancing this Friday. Dance along to the cult classic film at this free event. Pre-show salsa lessons start at 7:45 p.m. and professional dancers will be performing on stage as well. Don’t miss the special appearance by Kenny Ortega, the original choreographer of Dirty Dancing. Take Metro to Grand Performances and receive a free fountain drink from Starry Kitchen or Johnnie’s NY Pizza. (Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, Angels Flight to the top of Bunker Hill, Metro Bus 14 to Grand/3rd.)
The Look East: Korean Film Festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Check their schedule of events for screening times. On Saturday at 1 p.m. Byung-hun Lee and Sung-ki Ahn will become the first Asian actors to cast their hand and footprints outside of the theatre. Go Metro to the film fest and get 15% off tickets. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Bus 212 to Hollywood/Orange.)
And for a peaceful start to your weekend, check out this gorgeous video showing the various forms of transit in Tokyo by Pat Leezy.
Photo courtesy of Hollywood Fringe Festival
Celebrate theatre, dance, art, comedy, film, cabaret and much more at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, which continues until June 24.
With more than 200 different shows scheduled at the Fringe Central Mainstage at Open Fist Theatre and dozens of other venues in Hollywood, you’ll find yourself entertained for days. The Fringe provides a framework for producers to present an incredible variety of work in an accessible and festive environment and is dedicated to creating a forum for local, national and international artists.
Go Metro and receive $2 off a Fringe Button when purchasing tickets at the Open Fist Theatre box office. A Fringe Button gets you $1 off every Fringe show and additional discounts around Hollywood.
The Hollywood Fringe Fest is easily reached from both the Red Line’s Hollywood/Vine Station or Hollywood/Highland Station. For the best bus route or connections, check the Trip Planner.
The early bird gets the free sandwich! Diners enjoying their free #19 at Langer's. Photo: Anna Chen/Metro
Reminder: Langer’s 65th anniversary celebration is this Friday and Saturday. Find a seat in the restaurant on Friday and get a free hot pastrami sandwich. The same goes for Saturday, except make sure to Go Metro to enter in the hourly drawings for $100 Langer’s gift certificates. Langer’s Deli is open on Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Drawings on Saturday start at 9 a.m. (Metro Red or Purple Line to Westlake/MacArthur Park Station, Metro Bus 51 to Alvarado/7th.)
The line outside Langer's Deli. 7th Street is closed to accomodate more people. Photo: Anna Chen/Metro
Get out and move on Saturday with Let’s Move California!: Fitness Feria. The free event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools. Learn about nutrition, get free health screenings and participate in fun sports activities led by the L.A. Sparks, L.A. Galaxy and Crossfit. Go Metro and get a free raffle ticket for a chance to win some great prizes. (Metro Red or Purple Line to Wilshire/Vermont Station, Metro Bus 66 to 8th/Catalina.)
Pasadena is hosting two great events this weekend. Make Music Pasadena is on Saturday, with over 150 performances throughout Downtown Pasadena. All ages are welcome and admission is free. Visit their website for the full line up and schedule of performances. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. and lasts until 11 p.m. Visit the Luckman booth at 1 E. Colorado Blvd. and show your valid Metro Pass or Rail ticket to receive a 20% savings pass for tickets to see Lila Downs in September, plus get free tickets to another upcoming show at the Luckman. (Metro Gold Line to Del Mar Station, Memorial Park Station or Lake Station. The Pasadena ARTS Bus 10 runs throughout the area.)