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


Go Metro Weekends, Carmageddon II style


Here we go, folks. Carmageddon II is hours away, and if you’re adamant about not staying home all weekend, sipping cold drinks by the pool, go Metro to check out these fine Destination Discounts locations that are offering extra special deals just for this weekend.

Buca di Beppo at Universal City Walk is offering 20% off meals if you show the Metro-exclusive coupon. Enjoy great Italian food and do some shopping while you’re in the area. (Red Line or Metro Rapid 750 to Universal City Station, transfer to free shuttle)

In Hollywood, IRIS from Cirque du Soleil is offering certain tickets for just $40.50 if you reference code METROB at the box office. After the show, pop by Madame Tussauds and get 40.5% off admission if you mention “Carmageddon” at the box office. Schmooze with the crème de la crème of wax celebrities. (Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Bus 217 to Hollywood/Highland)

The downtown LA location of Qdoba Mexican Grill will give you 15% off your bill this weekend if you show your TAP card. Have a burrito or two…or three! (Red, Purple, Blue or Expo Line to 7th/Metro)

Present your TAP card at the box office and save 50% off adult admission at the Natural History Museum. Visit the recently opened Spider Pavilion if you feel like getting touchy feely with some creepy crawlies. Adult tickets are $3 and the discount does not apply at the Pavilion. (Expo Line to Expo Park/USC, Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/State)

If none of the Carmageddon discounts strike your fancy, there are plenty of other ongoing discounts you can take advantage of by going Metro, like the LA Zoo (Metro Bus 96 to Zoo/Western Heritage).

Getting around Carmageddon — how to reach this weekend's events on transit

One big difference between Carmageddon II and the original: there are several big events around town this weekend that were scheduled before the 405 closure was on the docket.

I know there will be the temptation to drive to the events. But we also remind you that all the following events are accessible via Metro buses, trains or other shuttles.

The Metro Rail and busway map is above. And here’s a map of the entire Metro system. Single rides are $1.50 and day passes $5. In order to board Metro trains, you will need to purchase a Metro TAP card at a ticket machine — it costs $1 — and then load either single fares ($1.50), day pass ($5) or a variety of cash amounts on the card. The cards are reloadable and last for three years.

Don Giovanni at the Los Angeles Opera at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Friday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. The Red and Purple Line subway Civic Center station is one block from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion — and a nice stroll through the new Grand Park. Plus you get points for taking the subway to the opera.

Herbalife Triathlon Los Angeles, Sunday morning, Santa Monica to downtown Los Angeles. The Expo Line’s Culver City Station is adjacent to the Venice Boulevard section of the bike route. The running race part of the course in downtown Los Angeles is easy to reach via the Red/Purple Line subway, the Expo Line and Blue Line.

West Hollywood Book Fair, Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library and West Hollywood Park at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. From the fair’s website:

Complimentary shuttles will run between Plummer Park and the West Hollywood Library from 9:30a-6:30p
Shuttles will depart every 15 minutes and will pickup or drop off at all MTA stops along Santa Monica Blvd between Plummer Park and San Vicente.

Please be aware of the continuous construction and closures on various Los Angeles freeways and the surrounding areas during this time and allow extra commuting time. Thank you.

Plummer Park can be reached from the 4 or 704 buses that run along Santa Monica Boule vard between downtown L.A. and Santa Monica. The 4/704 also stops at the Red Line subway’s Vermont/Santa Monica station. Here’s the timetable for the 4 and for the 704.

Los Angeles Dodgers versus Rockies, Friday 7:10 p.m., Saturday 6:10 p.m. and Sunday 1:10 p.m. The Dodger Stadium Express shuttle runs between Union Station and the stadium and is free to those holding tickets to the game. All the details are here. Union Station is easy to reach via Metrolink, the Red/Purple Line subway, the Gold Line and Silver Line.

The Go-Gos (Saturday night) and Wilco (Sunday night), Hollywood Bowl. The Bowl offers park-and-ride shuttles from locations across Los Angeles County, including Westwood, Santa Monica, Westchester and Culver City on the Westside. Here’s info on the shuttles and departure times for the Go-Gos and here’s the info for the Wilco show. The Red Line station at Hollywood/Highland is about a .9-mile wlk to the Bowl. The Hollywood Bowl shuttle also serves the Hollywood/Highland Station and the Universal City station.

Go Metro Weekends, Sept 21 to 23

Autumn Lights at Pershing Square. Photo by johnwilliamsphd via Flickr

Fans of 3D movies won’t want to miss the 3D Film Festival taking place all weekend at L.A. LIVE. The event celebrates 3D filmmakers and content creators from around the world. Catch the 3DFF Horror Show Double Feature on Friday night at Regal Cinemas. Piranha 3DD shows at 10 p.m. and Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation begins at 12 a.m. With Metro running late on weekends, you’ll have plenty of time to catch your bus or train after the gore-fest. Tickets for single movies are $10, show your TAP card at the box office and get 50% off admission. Single-day passes and general admission badges for the whole weekend are also available. (Expo or Blue Line to Pico Station, Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/11th)

Plenty of football is happening this Saturday. After their devastating loss to Stanford last week, USC takes on Cal at the Coliseum at 3 p.m. and undefeated UCLA goes head to head with Oregon State at the Rose Bowl at 12:30 p.m. Metro will be running enhanced service on the Gold Line to accommodate fans going to either game (or both!). Extra service will also be added to the other rail lines. To avoid waiting in long post-game lines at the ticket machines, get a day pass or load up your TAP with cash before heading out. Free shuttles to the Rose Bowl are a short walk from the Memorial Park Station and the Coliseum is well served by the Expo Line.

With the weather cooling off slightly, it’s time to start thinking about autumn, and Autumn Lights LA is a great place to start. Local and international artists will show off their light installations at Pershing Square on Saturday. Go and enjoy live music, interactive blacklight live painting, photo booths and more. The event lights up at 6 p.m. and is open to all. (Red or Purple line to Pershing Square Station, Metro Bus 14 to Olive/5th)

Swing by University High School for ZAMFEST on Sunday. Plenty of kid friendly activities will be offered, so go have fun and get creative. General admission tickets are $8, children 3 and under are free. ZAMFEST lasts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Santa Monica BBB 2 to Westgate Nb/Texas Ns, check Trip Planner for connections)

Go Metro Weekends, Sept 14 – 16


Celebrate bicycles at Tour de Fat! From Tour de Fat Official Facebook page

Start the weekend with some laughter at the Orpheum Theatre. Aziz Ansari, star of TV show Parks and Recreation, will be there to tickle your funny bone. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets range from $25 – $45. (Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, walk four blocks south on Broadway, Metro Bus 30 or 40 to Broadway/8th)

On Saturday, give up driving for riding at the L.A. stop of Tour de Fat. The bicycle celebration takes place at the Los Angeles State Historic Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes live performances, a bike parade, food, general merriment and good times. It’s free to attend, but you do need to register if you want to participate in the bike parade. Bikes are allowed on all Metro buses and trains, so if it’s a little far for you to bike all the way to the park, let Metro get you part way there. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station, Metro Bus 76 to Chinatown Station)

Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo takes over the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend. Over 200 vendors will be on site for all comic book, pop culture and gaming enthusiasts. Go meet Felicia Day, Norman Reedus and other celebrities, or participate in the zombie apocalypse (finally, all my training will pay off!) Tickets are required for the zombie apocalypse and start at $30. A one-day pass to the expo starts at $20. Comikaze goes from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. (Metro Blue or Expo Line to Pico Station, Metro Bus 30 or 81 to Figueroa/Pico)

On Sunday, take the family to the Japanese American National Museum and enjoy Umai 2012. Nine participating restaurants, including Torihei and Meiji Tofu, will be serving up delicious dishes, and the event includes entertainment for all. Tickets for adults are $25 online and $30 at the door. Entry also includes vouchers for all nine restaurants as well as admission to the museum. (Metro Bus 30 or 40 to Judge John Aiso/1st, Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station)