Go Metro Weekends Feb 28 − Mar 2

"The Agility and Audacity of Juanito Apinani in the Ring at Madrid," Francisco Goya, plate 20 of The Bullfight series.

“The Agility and Audacity of Juanito Apinani in the Ring at Madrid,” by Francisco Goya, print 20 of The Bullfight series. Unflinching Vision: Goya’s Rare Prints is at the Norton Simon for one final weekend. Get there on Metro Gold Line.

We made it to Friday Source Readers!

Whether your plans involve sports, arts and culture, delicious food, good music, Oscar glory, or letting loose for Carnival, Metro can get you there without the hassles of traffic, parking, or a trip to the pump. So have fun and Go Metro this weekend! Just remember the Red Line Hollywood/Highland Station will be closed this Sunday; trains will be bypassing the station due to Oscar event security. (We still love you little gold guy!)

Friday

You’ve seen the Best Picture nominees, now’s your chance to see the Oscar-nominated, live-action and animated short films of 2014 at the Egyptian Theatre. Live-action films begin at 7:30 p.m., animated at 9:30 p.m. Tickets range from $7-11. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Rapid 780 or Bus 156/656 to Hollywood/Highland, or Bus 212/312, 217, or 222 to Hollywood/Las Palmas.)

Join 94.7 The WAVE’s Smooth Night Out at the Nokia Theatre. Concert lineup includes Toni Braxton, Eric Benet, and SWV. Shows starts 7:30 p.m., tickets start at $49. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station.)

Saturday

Rain or shine, the Chinese American Museum presents the 13th Annual Lantern Festival at El Pueblo de Los Angeles, featuring performers, lion dancers, martial artists, entertainers, arts and crafts specialists, museum tours, and food trucks offering Chinese and Taiwanese snacks and beverages. The festival lasts from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. and is free to all. Save 10% on museum memberships and/or your museum store purchase with valid TAP card. (Metro Red/Purple/Gold Line to Union Station, Metro Bus 96 to Spring/Cesar Chavez.)

In the world of L.A. sports, the Kings take on the Carolina Hurricanes at 1 p.m. while the Clippers play the New Orleans Pelicans at 7:30 p.m. at the Staples Center. Ticket prices vary. As always, save 10% on official merchandise at the L.A. Clippers Team Store and the L.A. Kings Team Store with valid TAP card. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station.)

Celebrate the beginning of Carnival in Brazil and around the world at The 14th Annual Brazilian Carnaval party at Club Nokia. This year’s celebration is futbol themed in honor of the 2014 World Cup! Party from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., all ages welcome, tickets range from $45-67 (if bought online in advance). (Metro Red/Purple Line to 7th/Metro, Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station, Metro Silver Line to Figueroa/12th.)

The Wild Honey Orchestra Beatles Tribute at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre is not your average Beatles tribute. That’s because the “orchestra” is made up of power-pop potentates, including The Bangles, Matthew Sweet, Denny Laine, Jody Stephens, The Muffs, Colin Hay, The Three O’Clock, Louise Goffin, Tommy Keene, Keith Allison, John Wicks, Rob Laufer, Darian Sahanaja, Kristian Hoffman and others, who will perform full-length renditions of Revolver and Abbey Road. Show starts 8 p.m., tickets start at $25. (Metro Purple Line to Wilshire/Western Station and walk about 20 minutes west on Wilshire Blvd., Metro Bus 20 to Wilshire/Lucerne, or Metro Rapid 720 to Wilshire/Crenshaw and walk about 10 minutes west on Wilshire.)

Sunday

Dress to impress and celebrate the Academy Awards in style at the first ever Oscar-viewing party: “Hollywood’s Biggest Night” at the Million Dollar Theatre. Event starts 4 p.m., tickets are $20 – pre-order tickets online to ensure a spot! (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, or various downtown Metro Rapid and local buses.)

Yemen Blues plays the Sephardic Music Festival at Cal State LA’s Luckman Fine Arts Complex. Fronted by acclaimed vocalist Ravid Kahalani, the group performs the music of Yemen and West Africa with funk, mambo, soul, and ancient chanting styles. Performance begins 7 p.m., tickets start at $15, but Metro riders can save 20% with valid TAP card. (Metro Silver Line to Cal State LA Busway Station.)

All Weekend

It’s the last weekend to see Unflinching Vision: Goya’s Rare Prints at the Norton Simon Museum. Go see why historians call him the world’s first truly modern artist. Exhibition hours are 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., general admission is $10, seniors $7, students free. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station.)

Happy Anna Howard Shaw Day…now show how you LoveMetroLA!

Whether you hope to find love while Speed Dating on the Red Line or you’ve already got your Valentine’s weekend planned, you can all participate in the LoveMetroLA Instagram Photo Contest!


Participate in LoveMetroLA Instagram photo contest for a chance to win great prizes from some of Metro’s Destination Discounts partners! The contest will be open from 8 a.m. today to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16. Here’s how to play:

  1. Follow @metrolosangeles on Instagram
  2. Take a selfie of you + your Val/Pal/Galentine on a Metro bus, train or station
  3. Post it to your Instagram (make sure your profile is public!)
  4. Tag @metrolosangeles and #LoveMetroLA

Multiple submissions are allowed. Contest closes at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16; submissions posted after 8 p.m. will not be accepted.

A total of five winners – first through fifth place – will be selected by a panel ofMetro employee judges. Photos will be judged on the following criteria: inclusion of Metro space (showing the bus, train or station), composition, and application of LoveMetroLA theme. Please be mindful of Metro’s customer code of conductand photo guidelines.

Winners will be announced the week following the contest. For the official contest rules, click here.

PRIZES

  • Grand Prize: Two (2) tickets to Paul Taylor Dance Company performance at The Music Center for either April 11, 12 OR 13, valued at $250.
  • 1st Runner Up: Two (2) Amtrak tickets from Los Angeles to either San Diego OR Santa Barbara, valued at $184 and $152 respectively.
  • 2nd Runner Up: Two (2) VIP tickets to Angel City Derby Girls, valued at $47.
  • 3rd Runner Up: $22 gift certificate to Primera Taza Coffee House.
  • 4th Runner Up: $15 gift certificate to Flour+Tea.

A little “Subway Love” before sunrise, sunset and midnight

Valentine’s Day is two days away and while many are preparing with cards, chocolates, and various singing stuffed animals, Metro is getting psyched with a review of some of transit’s most romantic moments.

Today, a reminder that Before Sunrise, Sunset, and Midnight, there was a train ride:

Have your own “meet cute” moment this Friday by participating in Speed Dating on the Red Line. If you’ve already got a Valentine, enter the LoveMetroLA Instagram photo contest for a chance to win some great prizes and/or check out our Destination Discounts page with Valentine’s picks exclusively for Metro lovers.

Though your love will likely be unimpressed by a repeat of the “time travel” analogy (can any of us really top Ethan Hawke in smoothness?), the quirky cuteness of “Subway Love” by 70s Dutch boy band The Shorts is sure to put a smile on their face. We can’t stop singing…

500 Days of Transit

While some people prep for Valentine’s Day with heart, doilies, and an avalanche of pink and red, we here at Metro are counting down the days with our favorite romantic moments on transit.

Today’s entry: Tom and Summer’s chance encounter as their train speeds into the sunset in 500 Days of Summer. I think we can all agree on the train’s clear advantage over cars when it comes to cuddling…

Bus riders, we haven’t forgotten you, and neither has Wes Anderson in this sweet reunion scene from The Royal Tenenbaums:

Whether you believe love is a matter of fate or coincidence, you can have your own “meet cute” moment by participating in Speed Dating on the Metro Red Line this Friday lunch hour. If you’ve already got a Valentine, enter the LoveMetroLA Instagram photo contest for a chance to win some great prizes, or check out our Destination Discounts page with Valentine’s picks exclusively for Metro lovers.

Join Mike the Poet for a free Valentine’s evening art tour on the Gold Line


This Valentine’s Day, take a sunset art tour and fall in love with Metro. The free one night only tour looks at artworks in the Metro system through the lens of poet Mike Sonksen, also known as Mike the Poet, a third-generation Los Angeles native who is known for his poetry performances, writings and unique city tours blending poetry and history.

General Information

The tour takes place on Friday, Feb.14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tour will depart from the information booth at the Alameda Street entrance to Union Station at 5:30 p.m.

The tour ends at Kings Row Gastropub in Old Pasadena at 7 p.m. Tour participants can save $5 on their meal there by showing their valid TAP card to the cashier.

The tour is approximately 90% walking. There are elevators and escalators in all of the stations.

Public restrooms are available at Union Station.

Here’s your 12 Days of Metro roundup

First off, congrats to our final winner from Day 12 who made it to the California Science Center:

She’ll receive two tickets to the California Science Center IMAX theatre! In addition, she can save 10% at the ExploraStore gift shop with her TAP card – and so can you! (With your own TAP card, I mean. Please don’t take someone else’s.)

A huge thank you to everyone who participated over the past two weeks. If you’d like to see some of the awesome entries, browse the #tapandsave tag on Instagram. We’ll also be using that tag to point out other destinations where you can use your TAP card to save money.

Also, a big thank you to those who just followed along for the ride – I know many of you wanted to participate but couldn’t for various reasons…don’t worry, you will have other opportunities. And if you have any comments or suggestions about future transit contests, drop a line below in the comments or talk to us on Twitter or Instagram.

This is it, this is the end…Day 12 of the “12 Days of Metro”


Well here you go, the last and most final clue of the “12 Days of Metro”…

Just a little place where you can examine things out of this “stratos”-sphere!

Here’s how to play.

1. Follow @metrolosangeles on Instagram
2. Solve the daily riddle
3. Take a photo of your TAP card at that location
4. Post it to your Instagram (make sure your profile is public!)
5. Tag @metrolosangeles and #tapandsave

Submissions showing the correct location will be entered to win the daily prize. Contest closes at 6 p.m. Today’s prize is valued at $17. For official contest rules, click here. Winners are chosen at random.

Here’s the Day 11 winner, Instagram user @caraanmarc! He schlepped out to the North Hollywood Federal Bar and will receive a $25 gift card to eat there!

And of course, all Metro riders can save 10% when dining there just by showing their TAP card.

It’s 11 lords a-leaping to dine at this NoHo establishment


Here we are, the penultimate day…Day 11!

“Bank” on getting a good meal and drink in this historic NoHo building.

Here’s how to play.

1. Follow @metrolosangeles on Instagram
2. Solve the daily riddle
3. Take a photo of your TAP card at that location
4. Post it to your Instagram (make sure your profile is public!)
5. Tag @metrolosangeles and #tapandsave

Submissions showing the correct location will be entered to win the daily prize. Contest closes at 6 p.m. Today’s prize is valued at $25. For official contest rules, click here. Winners are chosen at random.

Here we are at Day 10


And then there were 3 left. The clue for Day 10:

The place where you can dine with a royal pig in Old Pasadena.

Here’s how to play.

1. Follow @metrolosangeles on Instagram
2. Solve the daily riddle
3. Take a photo of your TAP card at that location
4. Post it to your Instagram (make sure your profile is public!)
5. Tag @metrolosangeles and #tapandsave

Submissions showing the correct location will be entered to win the daily prize. Contest closes at 6 p.m. Today’s prize is valued at $25. For official contest rules, click here. Winners are chosen at random.

Here’s the winner of Day 9, Instagram user fredfreddyyoung, who took a photo of Bow &Truss with TAP card. He’ll receive a $25 gift card to the restaurant!

And all Metro riders can receive 15% off at Bow & Truss by showing their TAP cards when paying the check.

Feeling fine on Day 9


Here’s your clue for Day 9:

The paella at this NoHo restaurant is un-bow-lievable.

Here’s how to play.

1. Follow @metrolosangeles on Instagram
2. Solve the daily riddle
3. Take a photo of your TAP card at that location
4. Post it to your Instagram (make sure your profile is public!)
5. Tag @metrolosangeles and #tapandsave

Submissions showing the correct location will be entered to win the daily prize. Contest closes at 6 p.m. Today’s prize is valued at $25. For official contest rules, click here. Winners are chosen at random.

As for the winner of Day 8, congrats to Instagram user guapippi! She’s got her pups showing off her TAP card in front of the LA Clippers TEAM LA Store, and she’ll receive a warm and fuzzy Clippers robe valued at $30.

If you’re thinking about picking up some Clippers official merch at the Team LA Store, you can save with Metro! Show your TAP card to the cashier or use the promo code METRO10 online to receive 10% off upon checkout.