Go Metro Weekends, Dec 14 – 16

Go Metro Weekends (December 13, 2012)

Disney on Ice! Photo via jp_42 from Flickr Creative Commons

This Saturday and Sunday is East L.A. on Ice, taking place from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. both days at the EastL.A.CivicCenter. The free event features live music, snow, artwalk boutiques, free ice skating for kids and more. The tree lighting ceremony takes place at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15. (Metro Gold Line to East L.A. Civic Center Station)

Take advantage of Metro’s Destination Discounts to see Disney on Ice at the Staples Center this weekend. Shows are at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and at 11:30 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Present your TAP card at the box office to receive $5 off tickets or get the discount online by using the code TRAIN. The discount also applies to Disney on Ice shows at the Honda Center, Citizens Business Bank Arena (both served by Metrolink) and Long Beach Arena (Metro Blue Line). (Metro Expo/Blue Line to Pico Station or Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/12th for Staples Center)

Go Metro Weekends, Dec 7 – 9

Santa Monica Bike Festival

Check out this bike at the Santa Monica Bike Festival! Photo via Santa Monica Bike Festival Official Facebook

If you like movies set in Los Angeles, don’t miss California Solo at the Landmark Nuart on Friday. Actor Robert Carlyle and director Marshall Lewy will be there after the 7:30 p.m. show for a Q&A session. General tickets are $10.50. (Santa Monica BBB 1 or Metro Bus 4 to Santa Monica/Sawtelle)

This Saturday is the annual Winter Festival at Pershing Square. The free event features community youth performances, a train ride, craft booths, tasty holiday treats and more. The outdoor ice rink will be open all day for skaters. The Winter Festival lasts from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, Metro Bus 14 to Olive/5th)

The Santa Monica Bike Festival takes place this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and features a bike check-up, bike swap, food trucks and more. And of course, free bike valet is offered. Drop by the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to celebrate biking! (Santa Monica BBB 2, 3 or 4 to 4th/Civic Center, check Trip Planner for Metro connections)

Join artist Nikki Pressley on Saturday at the California African American Museum for a workshop on miniature dioramas. The free workshop takes place from 2 – 3:30 p.m. and RSVPs are preferred. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station, Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/State)

On Saturday and Sunday, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel at LA LIVE will be hosting Children’s Holiday Tea at the Top. Take in the view from Wolfgang Puck’s WP24 restaurant while enjoying holiday tea and treats. Each adult and child will receive a gift bag. Holiday Tea is at 3:30 p.m. and reservations are recommended. Prices are $65 per adult and $55 per child. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station, Metro Bus 28 to Olympic/Georgia)

Go Metro Weekends, Nov 30 – Dec 2

Jakarta at night. Get a taste of it at the Enjoy Jakarta Festival this Sunday. Photo by kaybee07 via Flickr Creative Commons

The LA Auto Show is now in town at the LA Convention Center. Go and check out the fun, fancy cars of the future. General admission tickets are $12. The show is open on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Metro Expo/Blue Line to Pico Station, Metro Silver Line, Bus 30 or 81 to Figueroa/Pico)

Get started on holiday shopping at Unique LA, taking place this weekend at the California Market Center in the Fashion District. Meet and buy from over 350 local designers and artists, attend free DIY craft workshops and snack on unique treats. Tickets are $10 and gets you in for both Saturday and Sunday. Unique LA will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. (Metro Bus 66 to Main/9th)

Get a taste of Indonesia at the Enjoy Jakarta Festival this Sunday. The free event takes place at Hollywood & Highland Center from noon to 5 p.m. and features Indonesian food tasting, music, dance performances and more. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station)

Go Metro Weekends, Nov 16 – 18

Don’t miss the Holiday Toy Express at Union Station tonight. The train pulls in to platform 7 at 5:45 p.m. Bring an unwrapped toy to donate if you can, and everyone is welcome to come enjoy the holiday performance.

Visit Cleopatra before she leaves forever! The exhibition at the California Science Center is in its final weeks, so make sure to go and get your fix of Egypt’s most famous queen sooner rather than later. General admission tickets are $19.75, go Metro and get $5 off exhibition-only tickets or $7 off combination tickets (exhibition and IMAX movie). The Science Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station, Metro Silver Line to Exposition/Figueroa)

Think you can walk from downtown L.A.to Santa Monica? Give it a shot this Saturday with The Great Los Angeles Walk 2012. The 17-mile route starts in front of the Walt Disney Concert Hall at 9 a.m. and traverses West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Century City before ending near the Santa Monica Pier. RSVPs are nice but not necessary, and you don’t have to walk the whole way if you don’t feel up to it – walk as little or as much as you like. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center Station to get to Walt Disney Concert Hall. If you complete the walk, ride the Metro Rapid 733 back to downtown L.A. or hop on the Metro Rapid 720 to Wilshire/Western Station, then take the Purple Line back to Civic Center Station)

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Go Metro Weekends, Nov 10 – 11

A hint to help you get started on the LA Metro Art Adventure…detail of Intolerable Beauty by Chris Jordan, on view at Wilshire/Normandie Station.

How well do you know Metro art? Challenge yourself (and your closest friend) on Saturday by joining in on the LA Metro Art Adventure. Hunt for clues through Metro’s system and discover art you may not have noticed before. The race begins at 10 a.m. and will last about 3 hours. Winners get a shiny medal and bragging rights! Starting location might be Pershing Square (Metro Red/Purple Line, Metro Bus 14) – make sure to confirm this after you register. Registration is $35 per person (open until 5 p.m. today), and you’ll also need to get a $5 Metro Day Pass.

If you can’t make this one, there are other Metro-able races in Hollywood, Chinatown, Little Tokyo,Culver City and Old Pasadena.

Also on Saturday are the Git-Hoan Dancers at the Keck Children’s Amphitheatre in the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Watch them perform with stunning, hand-carved masks. There will be two performances: 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Both performances are free to attend. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center Station, Metro Bus 14/37 to 1st/Grand)

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Go Metro Weekends, Nov. 2 – 4


Don’t miss AFI FEST, going on now until Nov. 8. This film fest brings you the best of this year’s cinema, from studio blockbusters to indie hits. Film tickets are free and are needed to get into the movie of your choice. A full schedule of events is online. Register online and reserve your tickets now, or try your luck at the door by lining up for RUSH tickets. Films and activities will be taking place around Hollywood: Hollywood&Highland (Chinese 6 Theatres located on level 3), Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Egyptian Theatre and Roosevelt Hotel.

 Metro is also offering exclusive discounts to those attending AFI. Show your valid TAP card and AFI badge or ticket to get discounts at 10 different locations, including Pig n’ Whistle and Coffee Bean. (Metro Red Line or Rapid 780 to Hollywood/Highland)

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Go Metro Weekends, Oct 26 – 28

LA Plaza preparations for Day of the Dead. Photo from LA Plaza Official Facebook

It’s the weekend before Halloween! Get in the mood with Ghostbusters, screening at the Egyptian Theatre this Friday. The movie starts at 7:30 p.m. and general admission is $11. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland, Metro Bus 222 to Hollywood/Las Palmas)

Can we get the Cookie Monster in the house? For Your Art (6020 Wilshire Blvd.) presents Artists’ Books and Cookies on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Each hour will feature a different locally famous cookie – while supplies last – selected by food writer Krista Simmons. While noshing on the delicious baked goods, enjoy presentations on artists’ books. The art tasting is free to attend. (Metro Rapid 780 or 720 to Wilshire/Fairfax)

If you haven’t seen Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog…well, why haven’t you? Go enrich your life at the movie’s charity screening, also showing seasons of The Guild and Husbands, at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre this Saturday. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and will also get you a Dr. Horrible swag bag. Proceeds will go towards Best Friends Animal Society, and there will also be an on-site canned food drive. (Metro Red Line to Vermont/Sunset)

Celebrate the Day of the Dead at LA Plaza on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The event includes music, dance and hands-on workshops and is free to attend. LA Plaza is near Union Staion. (Metro Rapid 728 or Bus 96 to Spring/Cesar Chavez)

Go Metro Weekends, Oct 12 – 14

If you run in to Woody at Union Station, you’ll know it’s time for Ben&Jerry’s! Photo by Kim Upton

Don’t forget to swing by Ben&Jerry’s at Union Station tonight or tomorrow evening. Go between the hours of 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and score some free scoops.

Afterwards, head into Pasadena for the Old Town Haunt. Descend into the basement of the historic Union Savings Bank Building (20 N. Raymond Ave.) and prepare for a scare! The Old Town Haunt is open from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. General admission is $15 and a portion of the proceeds goes to charity. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station)

This Saturday is Endeavour’s big move. Get to Expo Park early to stake out your viewing spot! Metro will be running enhanced rail service on the Gold, Red, Purple and Expo lines from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. to accomodate shuttle fans.

Attend the Taste of Italy on Saturday at the Italian American Museum in downtown L.A. Enjoy Italian cuisine and live performances. General admission is $50 online, $60 at the door and gets you 10 tasting tickets. The event starts at 5 p.m. (Metro Gold, Red or Purple Line to Union Station, Metro Bus 40 to Alameda/Los Angeles)

Not enough terror this weekend? Drop by Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios. This Sunday is one of the Killer Deal Nights, buy tickets online and save $15. Horror Night starts at 7 p.m. (Metro Red Line to Universal City Station, Metro Bus 224 to Lankershim/Universal Hollywood, transfer to free shuttle)

Go Metro Weekends, Oct 5 – 7


Halloween is in the air, and what’s Halloween without some haunted houses? The Blumhouse of Horrors is open this Friday and every Thursday to Saturday until Halloween at the Variety Arts Theatre (940 S. Figueroa). The haunted downtown L.A. theatre opens at 6 p.m. and tickets are $35 at the door. (Metro Bus 28, 81 or 460 to Figueroa/Olympic, Metro Blue or Expo Line to Pico Station, walk approx. 3 blocks north on Figueroa)

Don’t miss the Eagle Rock Music Festival this Saturday. Taking place at the Center of the Arts Eagle Rock from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., the festival features 11 stages, over 70 bands and DJs, food trucks and more. Though technically free, a $10 donation would be appreciated for each adult guest. All donations go to support community art programs. Go Metro and save $1 on an official Eagle Rock Music Festival T-shirt. Just show your TAP card at the Decomp Clothing Booth. (Metro Bus 81, 84, 180 or Metro Rapid 780 to Colorado/Eagle Rock)

Also on Saturday is A Taste of Dance at the Music Center. Learn a variety of dance styles at just $1 a lesson. Go Metro and your first lesson is free. Just show your TAP card upon check-in. A Taste of Dance runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. After some dancing, head down the street to Grand Park and join the Grand Park Downtown Block Party, celebrating the final opening of the whole park. From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. enjoy live music, performances and great food. The block party is free to all. (Metro Red or Purple Line to Civic Center Station for both Music Center and Grand Park. Metro Bus 4 to Temple/Grand for Music Center, Metro Bus 10, 81 or 94 to Hill/Temple for Grand Park performance lawn)

Sunday is CicLAvia. This year’s route has hubs at Chinatown (Gold Line), MacArthur Park (Red or Purple Line), Grand Park, Expo Park (Expo Line) and Mariachi Plaza at Boyle Heights (Gold Line). The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free for all to attend. Metro will be running increased rail service with extra train cars to accommodate bike riders.

Reminder: West Valley bike ride tomorrow a.m.; good Carmageddon counter-programming

 “This ride is welcomed by Metro’s Media Relations, and Metro’s Bike Program whose mission is to make bicycling

more viable in L. A. County.  Since Metro is asking people not to drive, it is a perfect opportunity to bike instead!”


The West Valley Ride

Lead By:  Jesse Fuller and Matt Weintraub

Saturday, September 29, 2012

9:30 am until 12:30 pm

Metro Orange Line Chatsworth Station

San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, CA 

Route 1 – 12.5 miles along Orange Line Bike Path (beginning-intermediate):


Route 2 – 34 miles showing off some of the new bike lanes

in the West Valley (intermediate-advanced):


We leave Chatsworth Station at 10am.

We will be visiting the Japanese Gardens at Balboa Park by 12noon

(free admission for riders I hear).

Facebook Event Page:


If there is any further information you need about the ride, please let me know.

Jesse Fuller |  jeshii@gmail.com  |  (818) 264-4647