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…


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.)


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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Go Metro Weekends, Oct 17 – 19

Fresh fruits, veggies and more at this weekend’s Los Angeles Farmers Market!


Run for your life this Friday at Haunted Hollywood Sports at the Hollywood Sports Park in Bellflower. From 8 p.m. to midnight, you’ll get a chance to escape from the creepiest ghouls and goblins in Southern California. $30 admission will get you into three interactive mazes, a pop-up nightclub and two scare zones. For those who get away, a $10 ticket is the reward–and you can use it to pay for the privilege of shooting zombies with a paintball gun. The ticket box opens at 7:30 p.m. Gate open at 8 p.m. Don’t miss out on the spooky adventure! (Metro Bus 266 to Lakewood/Somerset or Metro Bus 127 to Somerset/Touchwood.)

Witness the rhythmic sounds of tap in a live performance from the Los Angeles based touring company, Rhapsody In Taps. The annual children’s show is free to the public and will be held at the Aratani Theatre from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Watch nine tap dancers and the six jazz musicians who accompany them showcase the rich heritage of jazz and choreographed performance. The show is designed for 4th through 8th grade students. Seats must be reserved prior to attending. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.)


Enjoy your Saturday morning with the family picking fresh fruit and veggies at The Wall – Food, Flowers, & Farmers Market located at 755 Wall Street in the Fashion District at 10:30 a.m. The event provides inexpensive food grown from some of California’s smaller farms. Show your valid TAP card and receive free admission to the Original LA Flower Market and a rose from a farmer. (Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station and walk 4 blocks toward 7th Street, or Metro Bus 68 to 6th/Los Angeles.)

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Go Metro Weekends, Oct 10 – 12

Bjork, Banh Mi, ballet… I’m starting to sense a theme this weekend…


Today at Grand Central Market: it’s Banh Mi Day! Participating vendors will sell their own take on the beloved Vietnamese sandwich–how about a smoked pork belly banh mi from Horse Thief BBQ, or an Asian omelet banh mi from EggS***? It all leads up to a free food tasting and recipe showcase with Andrea Nguyen, author of The Banh Mi Handbook, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, Metro Rapid 745 to Broadway/3rd, or various buses serving Hill Street or Broadway.)

ArtNight Pasadena returns for its fall 2014 iteration. Over 20 of Pasadena’s best art and cultural institutions will keep their doors open late for an evening of free exhibits, music, and entertainment. Go Metro and get great perks with valid TAP card. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station or various buses serving Old Pasadena.)

And now for a bit of shameless self promotion: Lily Allen brings her cheeky brand of British electro hip-hop pop to the Palladium this Friday at 7 p.m. If you’re planning on going, why not avoid the whole parking-in-Hollywood-on-a-weekend headache and take the Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station instead?


Grab your TAP card and lace up your running shoes this Saturday for the Boyle Heights 5K Run/Walk and the Munchkin Half-Mile! The race begins at Mariachi Plaza, continues down 1st Street to Lorena, then loops back. It’s $25 for adults and $10 for those 13 and under. Race-day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. with the Munchkin run starting at 8 a.m. and the run/walk beginning at 8:45 a.m. (Metro Gold Line to Mariachi Plaza Station or Bus 30 to 1st St/Mariachi Plaza.)

Metro riders save 20% on tickets to the Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner at REDCAT. Various artists led by Jace Clayton perform newly-arranged versions of songs by the mercurial and politically-bold songwriter. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station.)

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The Downtown Independent Theater and Cinema is screening Bjork’s Biophilia, her latest concert film, all weekend. Tickets are $11.24 after an online fee. Click here for specific times. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square or Little Tokyo/Arts District Stations.)

The Australian Ballet presents Swan Lake at the Dorthy Chandler Pavilion this weekend, and Metro riders can save 20% on select seats to the 1:30 p.m. Saturday matinee. Here’s to being cultured and transit-savvy! (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station.)

The first-ever Highland Park Independent Film Festival is happening now through October 11 at…the Highland Theatre of course! Catch short programs and feature films throughout the afternoon and evening. Ticket prices vary. (Metro Gold Line to Highland Park Station, Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/Avenue 54.)

Dodger Stadium Express will run from Union Station and Harbor Gateway for the playoffs


After thumping and humiliating the Giants last Wednesday night, the Dodgers are National League West champions and owners of the second seed in the NL. They’ll open the playoffs at home this Friday, Oct. 3, at 3:37 p.m. against the St. Louis Cardinals followed by Game 2 on Saturday night at 6:37 p.m.

Game 1 features a match of the very best pitcher in the majors, the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, versus a top-five pitcher in Adam Wainwright. Should be a great game.

With huge crowds expected for the playoffs, the Dodger Stadium Express will be running to the ballpark from two locations: Union Station and Harbor Gateway Transit Center (731 W. 182nd Street, Gardena, CA) along with stops at Rosecrans Station, Harbor Freeway Station (for those transferring to/from the Green Line), Manchester Station and Slauson Station — all in the median of the 110 freeway (see above map). Those with tickets to the game ride for free. The new Harbor Gateway service is funded with revenues from the Metro ExpressLanes on the 110 freeway.

Please note that service from Harbor Gateway begins for the playoffs. For this weekend’s home games against the Colorado Rockies, Dodger Stadium Express service will only be from Union Station. 

Union Station is served by many Metro and municipal bus lines and Metro Rail’s Red, Purple and Gold lines, as well as Metrolink and Amtrak. Parking is available for $6.


Harbor Gateway Transit Center is also served by several Metro bus lines, the Metro Silver Line and Torrance Transit. Free parking is available although may be limited if the lot fills.


Dodger Stadium Express details for the playoffs:

From Union Station:

  • Board at Bus Bay 3 of the Patsaouras Bus Plaza.
  • Service leaves Union Station every 10 minutes, starting 90 minutes before game time through the 3rd inning for all home games.
  • You can exit inside Dodger Stadium at one of two stops – behind Center Field and at the Top Deck. Service will pick up at the same stops after the game.
  • Return service runs until 45 minutes after the final out.

From Harbor Gateway Transit Center:

  • Board at Bay 9.
  • Buses run every 15 minutes starting 2 hours before game time, with the last bus leaving at game time.
  • You’ll be dropped off behind Right Field. Service back to Harbor Gateway Transit Center will pick up at the same stop after the game.
  • Return service ends 45 minutes after the final out.

Game Day Tips:

  • Your Dodger ticket is good for the Dodger Stadium Express fare*; otherwise, regular Metro fares apply.
  • Arrive early; crowds are heaviest near game time.


Go Metro to the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture this weekend in Grand Park

Are you walking, biking, or skating CicLAvia this Sunday? Rest your weary legs in Grand Park, home to our favorite hot pink benches, spectacular Downtown views, and this weekend–the Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture!

Presented by Grand Park and FilAM Arts, the 23rd Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture will run this Saturday, October 4 from 12 – 8 p.m., and this Sunday, October 5 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The celebration is free to attend and features an array of Filipino and Asian cuisine, live entertainment from top Filipino American performers, shopping, story telling, and traditional dances and martial arts.

Go Metro to Grand Park by hoping aboard the Red or Purple Line, or one of many Rapid and Local buses serving Grand Avenue, Hill, 1st or Temple Streets. You’ll not only save on gas, parking, and stress, but festival attendees with valid TAP cards save 10% at participating vendors of food merchandise, and more!

Go Metro Weekends, Sept 26 – 28

Feast of San Gennaro!

Feast of San Gennaro is happening this weekend, don’t miss the cheesy, tomato sauced goodness! Photo: Feast of LA Official Facebook


From the mystical land of Shaolin…or rather Staten Island, New York, come the Wu Tang Clan. They’ll be performing their first show in the newly renovated Forum! They’re also bringing a few special guests along with them. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. with tickets still on sale starting at $36. (Metro Bus 115 or 212 to Manchester/Prairie)


Famed British artist D* Face will be unveiling his newest project, Scars and Stripes, at PMM Art Projects. The exhibit touches on the American Dream and its connection to artists we have lost such as Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix. The free showing starts at 6:30 p.m. (Metro Bus 14 to Beverly/Robertson or 16 to 3rd/Sherbourne)

The Long Beach Folk Revival takes place at Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach this Saturday. See this previous post for event, Blue Line construction and discount info!


Former Watts Tower Art Center director Mark Steven Greenfield brings together some of his most cherished work from the last four decades with the “Lookin’ Back in Front of Me: Selected Works from Mark Steven Greenfield” exhibit at the California African American Museum. Exhibit starts at 2 p.m and is free to attend. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station)

While you’re in the area, be sure to check out Cine Sin Frontreas at the Ray Stark located at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. See highlights from the esteemed Moriella International Festival and enjoy a Q&A with Yolanda Cruz. Admission is free but you’ll still need a ticket. The festival takes place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station)

All Weekend

Circus Vargas will be in town starting this weekend! They’ll be here until October 20 so don’t miss your chance to save $10 off bleacher or arena tickets. (Performance locations vary so it’s best to use Trip Planner to find routes and connections)

The 13th Annual Galbani Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro LA takes over Hollywood once again. Try some amazing Italian food, enjoy great music and great family fun. The fest runs Friday from 5 p.m to midnight, Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Be sure to show your TAP card to save $1 on admission. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station)

Metrolink runs USC Football Express from The OC for Saturday’s game versus Beavers

USC fans hope the Beavers don't chop down what's left of their college football playoff hopes after the devastating Stanford loss. Photo by Mark Round, via Flickr creative commons.

USC (2-1) fans hope the Beavers (3-0) don’t chop down what’s left of their college football playoff hopes after the devastating loss to Boston College earlier this season. Photo by Mark Round, via Flickr creative commons.

Here’s the news release from Metrolink:

USC Football Express to take fans from Orange County to Los Angeles

Fans can save time and money by taking Metrolink Sept. 27 to Oregon State game

LOS ANGELES – Football fans are encouraged to ride the USC Football Express to and from Los Angeles Union Station for the Saturday, Sept. 27 game between No. 18 USC and the undefeated Oregon State Beavers at 7:30 p.m.

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is funding the special Metrolink train service to and from the Saturday night game. Orange County Line train 6507 will depart Oceanside at 3:15 p.m., making 11 convenient station stops before a 5:25 p.m. Union Station arrival.

Metrolink riders can purchase the always low-priced $10 Weekend Day Pass, which allows passengers to ride anytime, anywhere system-wide on either Saturday or Sunday.

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