Dinner and a free movie at Union Station this Saturday

Another lovely photo of the old ticketing concourse at LAUS. Photo: Rennett Stowe via Flickr Creative Commons

Another lovely photo of the old ticketing concourse at LAUS. Photo: Rennett Stowe via Flickr Creative Commons

The old ticketing concourse at Union Station is usually off-limits to the public, but it will be open this Saturday, July 20 for a free screening of Chinatown, hosted by Metro and Downtown Film Festival L.A. You’ll be able to soak in the glamorous beauty of historic Union Station while watching a movie that’s quintessentially L.A.

The screening is free but reservations are a must, and the event is currently at capacity. If you’re dying to see the movie but couldn’t RSVP in time, don’t worry. Head over to the real Chinatown for Chinatown Summer Nights, a free event that features food, music, local artists and more. It takes place the same evening from 5 p.m. to midnight.

Chinatown is accessible from Union Station off the Gold Line – or if you feel like getting some exercise, you could walk. It’s about a 10-minute walk heading north on Alameda. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Doors for the movie screening open at 8 p.m. Food is allowed and Chinatown Summer Nights is also your best option for dinner. There will be plenty of food trucks around for you to load up on, and if you show your TAP card at the info booth you’ll get a free gift.

Another dining option is Traxx Restaurant at Union Station.

This screening launches Metro Art’s new program of arts and cultural events planned for the iconic Union Station in anticipation of its 75th anniversary celebration next year.

Go Metro Weekends, July 12 – 14

Catch the circus at Staples Center and get discounted tickets with Metro! Photo: Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Official Facebook

Catch the circus at Staples Center and get discounted tickets with Metro! Photo: Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Official Facebook

Check out the Los Angeles that could have been at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum. The exhibition Never Built: Los Angeles opens this weekend and features a collection of spectacular projects that only saw the drawing board. The museum is open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m on Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $10. Show your TAP card at the front desk to receive $5 off tickets. (Metro Rapid 720 to Wilshire/Fairfax)

The circus is back in town! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey present Built To Amaze! taking place at Staples Center this weekend. Shows are on Friday at 12 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Go Metro and save $8 on tickets. The exclusive Metro discount is also valid for other performances, visit the Ringling Bros. page to find out more information. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station, Metro Silver Line to Figueroa/12th)

Head to Levitt Pavilion Pasadena to rock out under the stars. Free concerts take place at 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday and at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Check out their calendar page to see which bands are playing. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station, Metro Bus 267 to Walnut/Raymond)

Last chance to get tickets to American Ballet Theatre with Metro discount

Photo: American Ballet Theatre Official Facebook

Photo: American Ballet Theatre Official Facebook

The American Ballet Theatre opens at the Music Center this Thursday. Then starting Friday, they will be performing Le Corsaire, the classic Russian tale first performed in 1856, and it’s a performance you won’t want to miss!

Go Metro to save 30% on tickets. Just show  your TAP card at the box office or use the code 22466 if purchasing tickets online. Today is the last chance to cash in on this exclusive discount!

The discount applies to tickets purchased for the following performances:

Friday, July 12 , 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 13, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

The Music Center is located near the Metro Red/Purple Line Civic Center Station. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Go Metro Weekends, Fourth of July

Warm summer evening and an outdoor movie. Photo from Eat|See|Hear Official Facebook

Warm summer evening and an outdoor movie. Photo from Eat|See|Hear Official Facebook

A quick heads up: Metro Bus and Rail will be operating on a Sunday/holiday schedule for the Fourth of July on Thursday.

Don’t forget, the inaugural Metro Art Moves summer tour is set for this Thursday. Grab a snack from QdobaTossed or Boba 7 – use your TAP card to get a discount! – then meet up at 7th/Metro at 5:30 p.m. The free tour ends about an hour and a half later at Grand Park’s 4th of July Block Party, where you can use your TAP card again to get free sunglasses and then enjoy fireworks over the City of L.A. (Metro Expo/Blue/Red/Purple Line to 7th/Metro)

Speaking of fireworks, Concerts on the Green is holding a July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza at Warner Park on Thursday. A concert, featuring the Los Angeles Pierce Symphonic Winds, begins at 6 p.m. and fireworks are scheduled to go off around 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. (Metro Orange Line to Warner Center Transit Hub, Metro Bus 150/240 to Topanga Canyon/Marylee)

Want to see an outdoor movie instead of fireworks? Eat See Hear is showing Stripes at the L.A. State Historic Park on Saturday, July 6. There will be food trucks and live music at the event. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie begins around 8:30 p.m. Show your TAP card at the entrance to get a $2 discount on an individual pass. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

And for more movies, check out the Old Pasadena Film Festival, a free four-week movie screening series that kicks off this weekend. Head to Pasadena’s Central Park on Friday and scare yourself cold with The Ring, or watch the Robert Redford version of The Great Gatsby at One Colorado Courtyard on Saturday. Both outdoor movies start at 8:30 p.m. (Metro Gold Line to Del Mar Station or Metro Bus 260 to Fair Oaks/Del Mar for Central Park, Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station or Metro Bus 180 to Colorado/Fair Oaks for One Colorado Courtyard)

Anime Expo is back in town, taking place at the L.A. Convention Center from Thursday through Sunday. Things get going around 9 a.m. each day and most panels/showings end around midnight. The only exception is Sunday, where the closing ceremony is set to start at 5 p.m. A one-day pass is $40, but if you’re only interested in checking out the exhibition hall, it’s $20. (Metro Expo/Blue Line to Pico Station, Metro Silver Line to Figueroa/Pico, or walk from 7th/Metro)

A reminder: Long Beach Funk Fest is happening on Saturday, read this previous post to find out details and how to score some discounts.

And a final reminder for those heading to the Gold Cup game on Sunday: take the Gold Line!

Go Metro Weekends, June 28 – 30

Go Metro to see ModRock and get a discount on tickets! Photo: ModRock Official Facebook

Go Metro to see ModRock and get a discount on tickets! Photo: ModRock Official Facebook

Fashion lovers, make sure to check out the Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Travel & Fashion exhibition at FIDM. See vintage travel wear from the beginning of the 20th century through the 1960s. The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday and is open to the public. (Metro Bus 14 to Grand/9th)

Reminder: C.I.C.L.E.’s Bike Path Beach Bash ride is this Saturday. The ride leaves from the La Cienega/Jefferson Expo Line Station at 11 a.m.

If you’re looking to ride a helicopter this weekend, head to the American Heroes Air Show on Saturday. Show your TAP card at the STAR Helicopters booth to receive 5% off a helicopter ride. The air show takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hansen Dam Sports Complex and is free to attend. (Metro Bus 233 to Terra Bella St./Foothill Blvd.)

Don’t miss the Leimert Park Book Fair this Saturday, taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be book signings, celebrity readings, writing workshops and more. The book fair is free to the public. (Metro Bus 102 to 43rd/Degnan)

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Summer ArtsFest 2013 is finally here!

Photo: Cathy Cole via Flickr Creative Commons

Photo: Cathy Cole via Flickr Creative Commons

Enjoy local art, movie nights, interactive dance and music sessions? Then the East L.A. ArtsFest 2013 is the place for you this summer! Located at the East Los Angeles Civic Center, Metro provides easy access to this cultural destination via the Gold Line Eastside Extension.

Kicking off at 3 p.m. on June 30, the audience will jam out to music by performers ready to add pep to your step. Then later in the night, a spectacular fireworks show will commence at 9:15 p.m.

Want to take a look at local East L.A. art? The artwalk features local artists and artisans sharing their work with the public. There will also be live concerts for the audience to enjoy while looking at the art. The artwalk and concert series will be held on June 30, July 20, and August 3.

On July 5 and August 2, the Ford Theatres will offer J.A.M. sessions where the audience is invited to dance to the beat or play to the rhythm of salsa music and drum lines. All levels and skills are welcome at these free interactive events. If you have a kid who loves to dance, a youth dance workshop will be held at the Heidi Duckler Dance Studio on July 19 at 11:30 a.m. and a youth performance at 2:30 p.m. Also in the studio, a performance with award-winning musicians Don Preston and Andrea Centazzo will take place at 7 p.m. on August 10.

Various movies in the park will be shown on Fridays at sundown beginning June 28 through August 23. And a farmer’s market will take place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., bringing fresh fruits and vegetables.

The East L.A. Artsfest will conclude on Saturday, September 7, with an all-day celebration starting with a Family Fishing Derby at 7 a.m. and East L.A. Bike Ride at 10 a.m. Those who want to participate in this activity can register that day at 8:30 a.m. The artwalk and concert series finale and Taste of East Los Angeles will begin following the bike ride.

Any day at  ArtsFest 2013 is a day to remember and best of all, it’s free! To plan your best trip, visit Metro’s Trip Planner.

Go Metro Weekends, June 21 – 23

Make Music Los Angeles is back this Friday with an eleven hour celebration of musical creativity that will take place throughout the entire county of Los Angeles. Many of the city sidewalks, parks, community gardens, street corners and schoolyards will become the backdrop or stage for free concerts. To celebrate, you can score some sweet deals at the following locations on June 21 with your TAP card.

Papa John’s Pizza – multiple locations, use Trip Planner to find routes and connections
Alegria on Sunset – Metro Bus 2/302 to Sunset/Hollywood (Head here to listen to the Chris Ho Band play any time between noon and 10 p.m. on Friday)
ChimMaya – Metro Rapid 762 to Atlantic/Pomona
African Red Tea – online store, use promo code UN15% to save

Head to Long Beach for the Bayou and Blues Festival this weekend. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Enjoy culture music, cuisine and dance. General admission is $30 at the door, show your TAP card to receive $5 off. (Metro Blue Line to Long Beach Transit Mall, transfer to a Passport bus to Shoreline/Village)

Saturday is Men’s Health Awareness Day at USC. The free health fair lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature live music, a classic car show, children’s activities and more. Show your TAP card at the event information booth to receive a free raffle ticket for some great prizes! (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC, Metro Bus 204 to Vermont/37th)