Go Metro to KTOWN Night at Levitt Pavilion and save on tasty Korean BBQ

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This Friday, August 8, Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles at MacArthur Park hosts KTOWN Night featuring Mike B. as part of their free summer concert series. The event also includes KRNFX and DJ Zo.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m., come early to grab dinner at the Kogi BBQ food truck. Show your valid TAP card to the food truck cashier and save 10% on your bill! The concert begins at 8 p.m.

To get to Levitt Pavilion, take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Westlake/MacArthur Park Station. Use Trip Planner for more routes and connections.

P.S. If you are attending that other hallyu event at the L.A. Coliseum over the weekend, the Expo Line might come in handy!

New “CicLAvia Explores” program connects audiences to local communities; first event is Thursday night

Heads up, people: the first event is this Thursday evening, a panel discussion on the new streets of L.A. in DTLA — event description and RSVP info is below. Here is the news release from our friends at CicLAvia:

New “CicLAvia Explores” Program Engages and Connects Audiences to

Los Angeles County Communities Throughout the Year

First Event is August 7 With Two Additional Events Planned for September

LOS ANGELES – CicLAvia is thrilled to announce the launch of “CicLAvia Explores,” a new program designed to connect Angelenos with communities in Los Angeles County through a range of engaging activities held separately from CicLAvia car-free event days. The Explores program kicks off August 7 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. with the New Streets of LA discussion featuring transportation leaders and advocates, held in partnership with the Levi’s Commuter Workspace at 157 W. Fifth St. in downtown LA (see full details below).

When people hear the word, “CicLAvia,” they tend to think of car-free streets filled with people biking, walking, running and skating. But CicLAvia’s mission is also to engage with people to positively transform their relationship with their communities and with each other. CicLAvia Explores extends the spirit of CicLAvia in between its signature large-scale, car-free events with a series of smaller activities in areas where CicLAvia routes have traveled, will travel to and to vibrant communities that have yet to experience a CicLAvia route.

 “After every CicLAvia we hear from people who rave about discovering a new restaurant or store, coming across a historic building or beautiful park, or simply liking the ‘feel’ of a neighborhood they’ve discovered on the route,” said Executive Director Aaron Paley. “CicLAvia Explores gives us another platform for that level of community engagement. The programs will allow our audience to have a glimpse of new routes, stay connected to previous CicLAvia streets and discover other neighborhoods.”

The Explores program, which features a new play on CicLAvia’s logo, provides opportunities to delve deeper into the sights, sounds, tastes, design and heritage of communities in a more intimate manner than on CicLAvia days. The program will offer gatherings, discussions and activities highlighting the food, culture and architecture of selected neighborhoods. CicLAvia will partner with local leaders, businesses and organizations for these events to give participants an insider’s glimpse of the community. The organization will also work with the office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and with city council offices to highlight the city’s Great Streets initiatives.

CicLAvia Explores year-round activities will typically be held 4-6 weeks in advance of a car-free event to give the audience a preview of what they will find on CicLAvia day. Additionally, CicLAvia Explores provides the opportunity to revisit previous routes and go into new communities that have yet to experience a CicLAvia route, demonstrating that the organization is committed to connecting with local communities outside of a car-free event.

Each CicLAvia Explores activity will be unique to the community where it is held. Some events will be free while others will have a cost. Planned events include:

August 7 (7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.)The New Streets of LA – A panel discussion followed by music, food and drinks held in partnership with Levi’s Commuter Workspace (a pop-up destination at 157 W. Fifth St.), near October’s Heart of LA route. LA’s leading transportation experts, activists and innovators will talk about the future of LA’s streets that keep LA vibrant, safe and open. The panel will feature Mayor Garcetti’s selection for General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Seleta Reynolds, as well as Los Angeles Walks executive director and founder Deborah Murphy, LA County Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Jen Klausner, City of LA Transportation Commissioner Tafarai Bayne and Metro Transportation Planning Manager Avital Shavit.

RSVP at http://levis-commuter.ticketleap.com/august7/details. Event is 21+.

September 7 (2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.; 6:00 p.m. movie screening) – CicLAvia Explores Broadway – A day for CicLAvia fans to enjoy the revived Broadway Theater District, which is part of the October 5 Heart of LA route. Activities include free walking tours of the Broadway Theater District with CicLAvia Executive Director Aaron Paley (2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.), and an open house of the Million Dollar Theater (courtesy of LA Historic Theater Foundation) from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. The day will conclude with a ticketed screening of David Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive” in the Million Dollar Theater at 6:00 p.m. with a portion of the ticket proceeds going to CicLAvia. Visitors can also enjoy the myriad of food choices at Grand Central Market throughout the day, as well as concessions from the market for the movie that evening. Tour reservations and movie tickets will be made available in the coming weeks.

September 14 – Melting Pot Tours will lead A Taste of East LA – a culinary journey which will take participants to several restaurants on or near the Heart of LA route that highlight the cuisine of East LA. The cost is $25 and includes a CicLAvia TAP card. A portion of the proceeds will go to CicLAvia. Tickets will be available for purchase online starting August 13.

For information about the CicLAvia Explores program and events, please visit http://www.ciclavia.org/explores.

The October 5 CicLAvia – Heart of LA is sponsored by Metro, a proud partner of open streets events throughout Los Angeles County.

For a download of the CicLAvia Explores logo, click here.

About CicLAvia CicLAvia is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. CicLAvia catalyzes vibrant public spaces, active transportation and good health through car-free streets.  CicLAvia engages with people to transform our relationship with our communities and with each other. With the full support of Metro, local governments, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles City Council, Police Department, Fire Department, Department of Transportation, the Department of Public Works, the Department of Water and Power, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Department of Cultural Affairs, CicLAvia is an innovative model for creating new public space and enriching civic life.

CicLAvia Partners include Metro, the City of Los Angeles, the Wasserman Foundation and an Anonymous benefactor.

Go Metro Weekends, Aug 1-3

Shhh...don't wake the subway cars! Jon Ross Alexander/Metro

Shhh…don’t wake the subway cars! Jon Ross Alexander/Metro

Friday

Head out to the Parish Room of the House of Blues for the First Friday comedy show. This month, the series celebrates its first anniversary. As always, the show is free to attend though tickets are required to get in. There’s also a dress code: no shorts. Seating starts at 7 p.m. (Metro Bus 2 to Sunset/Kings)

Saturday

Street Food Cinema continues this weekend at Exposition Park. Check out Dazed and Confused while enjoying dishes from some of L.A.’s hottest food trucks! Doors open at 5:30 p.m., the band Speardane goes on at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:30 p.m. General admission is $12. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station)

Sunday

Free Shakespeare Festival at Griffith Park: To attend or not to attend? That is the question, and the answer is yes. This Sunday, check out the revision on the classic comedy Twelfth Night. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. (Metro Red Line to Vermont/Sunset Station, then hop on the DASH Observatory Shuttle to Griffith Park)

ShopWalk DTLA makes its return this Sunday! Taking over the Downtown Historic Core, bask in the summer weather and enjoy a day of shopping, good food and lots of fun. Show your TAP card for some free swag and discounts at participating businesses! (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station or Blue/Expo Line to 7th/Metro Center Station)

Asi Es! takes place on Sunday with live music and poetry readings at the MCAU in Glendale. The event lasts from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $10 at the door. (Metro Bus 10/48 to Temple/Glendale, then walk south on Glendale Avenue)

All Weekend

Just a quick reminder: Free Shuttles to and from HARD Summer will be in service from the Gold Line Atlantic Station. Metro Rail will also run late-night service on Sunday. (Metro Gold Line to Atlantic Station)

The 21st annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival is taking place at Rainbow Lagoon Park in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday and Sunday from noon to 11 p.m. and noon to 10 p.m., respectively. Come get your fill of crawfish, live sports and plenty of entertainment! One-day admission is $13 if you purchase in advance online or $15 at the door. (Metro Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach Station, then walk south on Pine Avenue or hop on the free Passport Shuttle)

Take Metro Gold Line + the Parsons’ shuttle to see Jay-Z and Bey at the Rose Bowl this weekend

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Jay-Z and Beyonce are performing at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena this Saturday and Sunday, August 2 and 3, as part of their “On the Run” tour. And to those of you lucky enough to have tickets to the sold-out show, this is just a friendly reminder that you can go Metro to the concert!

To get to the show, take the Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station in Old Pasadena and complete your trip with a shuttle ride to the stadium.

Shuttles to the Rose Bowl will depart approximately every 5 minutes from the Parson’s parking lot at the corner of Union/De Lacey Street, four blocks southwest of the station. Shuttles will run from 2 p.m. through show time. Return trips from the stadium to Old Pasadena will run until 90 minutes after the concert ends. The cost of a round-trip shuttle ride is $10 per person.

A final FYI for Gold Line customers attending “On the Run” or HARD Summer this weekend: load your return fare in advance. Purchasing a $5 Day Pass (good through 3 a.m.) or loading an extra $1.50 on your TAP card at your departure station will save you from long lines at the TAP vending machines on your way home.

Metro hopes all concert-goers have a great time this weekend. We’ll see you on the Metro Gold Line, thanks for riding!

Metro Presents is one year old!

Metro Presents—Metro’s program of free arts and cultural events at the iconic Union Station—turns one year old this month! Everyone is invited to experience this stunningly beautiful LA landmark through art, architecture, music, dance and more.

In the coming days and weeks we’ll bring you some tremendous talent, including contemporary jazz by Mark de Clive-Lowe’s CHURCH TONIGHT (7-9pm, Fred Harvey Room), and swing and ragtime by The California Feetwarmers on Friday 8/8 (4-6pm, Waiting Room). And hey, why not come via train, bus or bike? You can even pick up a commemorative Union Station 75th anniversary TAP card!

From music and dance to film screenings and beyond, Metro Presents programs were conceived as a way to creatively activate the station for existing customers, and also as a way to encourage people to try out transit.

We’re so thankful to all the awesome artists, musicians and organizations we’ve had the pleasure of working with* (scroll down for full list). See photos below for a sampling of events we hosted with them over the past year……..

Our very first event took place in the historic ticketing hall—a screening of the neo-noir “Chinatown,” a partnership with the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles.  Photo: LA Observed

Our very first event took place in the historic ticketing hall—a screening of the neo-noir “Chinatown,” a partnership with the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles. Photo: LA Observed

G.G. NineNet filled the grand waiting room space with jazz

G.G. NineNet filled the grand waiting room space with jazz

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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 and will also run late-night rail service on Sunday for HARD Summer.

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.

ShopWalk DTLA with Metro and save at participating businesses

ShopWalk DTLA, a day of sales, discounts, and in-store events at local businesses, returns to Downtown L.A.’s Historic Core on Sunday, August 3. Shop, eat, and play at some of L.A.’s best boutiques and restaurants while exploring the neighborhood. Getting there is a breeze with Metro–just take the Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station or take the Metro Blue or Expo Line to 7th St/Metro Center Station.

Plus, Metro riders can save at participating ShopWalk DTLA businesses! Show your valid TAP card at the following locations to receive discounts on August 3:

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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!