Go Metro Weekends, Aug 17 – 19

Long Beach Funkfest 2011. Photo from LB Funkfest official Facebook

This Friday, get your hula on at the East L.A. Civic Center amphitheatre. The Kilohana Performing Arts Company will be there to teach the art of hula during this week’s J.A.M. Session. The free dance lesson starts at 6 p.m. and is open to all ages. A free outdoor movie screening follows at 8:30 p.m. (Metro Gold Line to East L.A. Civic Center Station, Metro Bus 258 to Mednik/3rd)

The Long Beach Funkfest takes place on Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. The free event features dancers, vendors, a kids’ zone and live performances. Learn how to sustain your future through funk and enjoy a day out with the family. Go Metro and receive a 10% discount on festival merchandise. The festival takes place on the intersection of Pine and East Broadway in downtown Long Beach. (Metro Blue Line to Long Beach Transit Mall Station, check Trip Planner for connections to Long Beach Transit buses)

This year’s Grand Performances are winding down, so make sure to catch a show before they close up shop. This Sunday, visit California Plaza and to see The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs on stage at 8 p.m. The “monologue” will be read by Chinese, Mexican, Korean and Japanese American performers, emphasizing the influence of one man on the global marketplace. The event is free, and free bike valet is offered for those who ride to attend. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, exit 4th/Hill, Metro Bus 84 to 4th/Hill)

Go Metro Weekends, Aug 10 – 12

Celebrate Tanabata in Little Tokyo! Photo by waltarrrrr via Flickr Creative Commons

It’s going to be another scorching weekend! If all you want to do is sit and chill under the blast of AC, go check out DocuWeeks, which starts this Friday at Laemmle NoHo 7. You’ll get to stay cool and come away feeling more worldly and educated. Screenings start at noon and continue throughout the day, check DocuWeek’s website for a full listing of titles and schedule. Ticket prices range from $8 to $11. The theatrical documentary showcase will screen 28 outstanding films from all over the world over the next three weeks. (Metro Red Line to North Hollywood Station, Metro Bus 152 to Lankershim/Chandler)

Celebrate the joyous reunion of two star-crossed lovers at Tanabata Festival this Friday in Little Tokyo. Head to the Japanese National American Museum plaza for fun, food and cultural performances. The opening ceremony is at 5 p.m. on Friday, and events continue on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Metro Bus 40 to Judge John Aiso/1st)

Catch Alice in Wonderland on the big screen this Saturday at Expo Park once the sun – and the heat – has gone down. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., performances by Glen Iris and The Rebel Light begin at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:30 p.m. And of course, there will be food trucks hanging around to keep you fed. General admission is $10, but if you go Metro you’ll get $3 off! (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station, Metro Bus 102 to Exposition/University)

Go Metro Weekends, Aug 3 – 5

Catch MANDRILL this Saturday at the Ford Amphitheatre. Photo from MANDRILL’s Official Facebook

Pixar in Concert rocks the Hollywood Bowl on Friday! Listen to all your favorite songs from your favorite Pixar movies (yeah right, like you can really choose just one favorite Pixar movie) performed live. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $11 (plus fees). (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland, transfer to free Bowl Shuttle, Metro Bus 156 to Highland/Odin, Metro Bus 222 to Odin/Fairfield)

Go to Leimert Plaza Park on Saturday for a little taste of New Orleans. The 7th Annual New Orleans Cultural Festival features dancing, soul food, Creole/Cajun cuisine, arts and crafts vendors and more. The Mardi Gras Parade is at noon, but the event starts at 11 a.m. and lasts until 6 p.m. Admission is free, and if you go Metro you will receive free Mardi Gras beads. Just show your valid TAP card at the New Orleans Cultural Festival booth. (Metro Bus 40 to Martin Luther King Jr/Sutro)

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Video: Metro launches late-night service on weekends

Video from news conference today at the Metro Gold Line Memorial Park Station in Pasadena: Los Angeles County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair Michael D. Antonovich today joined Pasadena Councilman Chris Holden, Santa Monica City Council member Pam O’Connor, Pasadena and Hollywood business leaders and workers, and Metro CEO Art Leahy in promoting expanded late-night Metro Rail service on all Metro Rail lines and the Metro Orange Line starting tonight.

On Friday and Saturday nights all Metro Rail lines – Red, Purple, Blue, Gold, Green and Expo – will operate until 2 a.m. The Metro Orange Line busway will run until 2:40 a.m. to accommodate the transfer of riders from the Metro Red Line at the North Hollywood station. Depending on the line, service is being extended from 1 to 2 hours. The expanded service will promote more local business activity along the transit alignments and offer residents and workers the option to go out and use public transit late on weekend nights.

  • Video by Mario Noriega

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Go Metro Weekends, July 27 – 29

This excited little boy was the first kid (of many) to enjoy the new interactive splash pad at Grand Park. Photo by Anna Chen/Metro

REDCAT’s New Original Works Festival is back, and week one features programs by Opera Povera, Poor Dog Group and Susan Simpson. Head out this Friday and catch some great theatre performances. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex and general admission tickets are $18. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center Station, Metro Bus 70 or 96 to Grand/2nd)

If you haven’t heard about Metro’s expanded late-night service yet…read about it now, and then start taking advantage of it! Go ahead and take Metro to Chinatown Summer Nights, you can stay the entire time and not worry about missing the last train home. With food, music, dancing and more, there will be plenty to keep you occupied. The first of three Summer Nights is this Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight and it’s absolutely free. Go Metro and receive a free souvenir at the info booth in Central Plaza while supplies last. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station, Metro Bus 45 to Broadway & Chinatown)

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You wanted it, you got it: Late night Metro Rail and Orange Line service begins tonight!

Metro Board Chairman and County Supervisor Mike Antonovich talks about Metro’s new late night service at a press event this morning at the Gold Line’s Memorial Park station in Pasadena. Photo: Steve Hymon/Metro.

There was a media event in Pasadena this morning to remind everyone that late night weekend service until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights begins tonight.

“The new late night service on Metro Rail and the Orange Line is a win-win situation for everyone in Los Angeles County,” said Metro Board Chair and County Supervisor Mike Antonovich. “Businesses will be able to reach a new range of clientele. More people can go out to eat, drink and have fun on weekends without worrying about a midnight curfew, and more workers now have the option of taking that later shift and can rest assured they’re going to have a safe, reliable way to make it home. Los Angeles County residents will benefit from the connections to the rail system, and people from the San Fernando Valley will be able to travel to other destinations in the county such as Pasadena, Long Beach, Norwalk or Culver City late at night.”

At the event, Antonovich also added that “long range we do have a vision…we want to continue this momentum.” In particular, he said Metro needs to keep focusing on connecting to popular destinations — such as the region’s airports.

Metro CEO Art Leahy said that ridership will be evaluated after six months to determine whether late night service will be added every night of the week. Metro is currently evaluating the possibility of late night service on the Silver Line and is also working with Metrolink on the possibility of extending their service to connect with Metro Rail and the Orange Line.

Here are the times that the last trains and buses will be leaving stations tonight and here is a link to all Metro timetables:

RED LINE

The last train departing Union Station will be at 2:12 a.m.

The last train departing North Hollywood will be at 1:56 a.m.

PURPLE LINE

The last trains departing Union Station will be at 2:02 a.m.

The last trains departing Wilshire/Western will be at 2:03 a.m.

GOLD LINE

The last train departing Atlantic will be at 1:43 a.m.

The last train departing Sierra Madre Villa will be at 1:39 a.m.

EXPO LINE

The last train departing 7th/Metro Center will be at 2:12 a.m.

The last train departing Culver City will be at 1:49 a.m.

BLUE LINE

The last train departing Long Beach to downtown L.A. will be 12:58 a.m.

The last train departing 7th/Metro will be 2:07 a.m.

Service between the Long Beach Transit Mall and Wardlaw will continue past 12:58 a.m. with the last train leaving the Transit Mall at 3:07 a.m.

GREEN LINE

The last train departing Redondo Beach will be 1:58 a.m.

The last train departing Norwalk will be at 2:09 a.m.

ORANGE LINE

The last bus departing North Hollywood will be at 2:53 a.m.

The last bus departing Chatsworth will be at 1:50 a.m.

Timetables with late night hours are posted

The new late night timetable for the Red Line!

As some people in the Twitterverse discovered yesterday — thanks Carter! :) — the new timetables for Metro Rail and the Orange Line have been posted and they include the new late-night hours scheduled to begin this Friday night/Saturday morning.

Metro is extending the hours for Metro Rail service until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. In some cases, the last trains don’t roll until after 2 a.m. — for example, the last Expo Line train leaving 7th/Metro Center for Culver City departs at 2:12 a.m.

If you want to check the new timetables, the links are posted below.

Blue Line

Red Line / Purple Line

Green Line

Gold Line

Expo Line

Orange Line

Go Metro Weekends, July 20 – 22

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The Dark Knight Rises has already been promoted for Friday (will it take over the spot Marvel’s Avengers occupies in my heart? We’ll see!), so I’m just going to start with Saturday.

Relax and enjoy a free outdoor concert at Pershing Square on Saturday night. The FIXX with special guest Modern English grace the stage at 8 p.m. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, Metro Bus 14 to Olive/5th, Metro Bus 18 to 5th/Hill)

This Saturday, Eat|See|Hear moves to the North Hollywood Recreation Center. Nightmare and the Cat goes on at 7 p.m. and Tommy Boy shows at 8 p.m. Some of the attending food trucks include Dosa Truck and Ta Bom! Tickets start at $10. (Metro Red Line or Orange Line to North Hollywood Station, walk one block west on Chandler Blvd., Metro Bus 156 to Chandler/Tujunga)

If you’re determined the brave the mid-afternoon heat, head to BloomfestLA in the downtown Arts District (area by Wurstkuche restaurant). There will be music, food trucks, a beer garden and street art. Best of all, BloomfestLA is free to attend. The event lasts from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and offers a free bike valet. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, walk two blocks south on Alameda)

If you have any energy left for Sunday, go to Pasadena for the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia. Even if you’re not riding in the long-distance bike event – although you can if you’d like, registration the day of is $170 – you can go cheer on the riders and enjoy the expo of bike gear and of course, Italian food. The bike ride starts at 7 a.m. and the expo opens at 9 a.m. at Pasadena City Hall. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station, walk two blocks east on Holly St., Pasadena ARTS Bus 40 to Marengo/Holly)

Reminder: more Metrolink weekend service between L.A. Union Station and Oceanside

A Metrolink train in San Clemente. Photo by Loco Steve, via Flickr creative commons.

With the hot weather, here’s a reminder that Metrolink is running more trains this summer on its Orange County line between Los Angeles Union Station and Oceanside. The second-to-last stop is literally right next to the beach in San Clemente.

Click here for train schedules.

There’s also increased service between the Inland Empire and Orange County.

Here’s the news release from Metrolink that was issued earlier this month:

LOS ANGELES – Metrolink launched an additional round-trip from Riverside to Laguna Niguel and back on the Inland Empire-Orange County line, today. Also, a pair of additional trains began operation between Laguna Niguel and Fullerton on the Orange County Line.

Starting Saturday (July 8), Metrolink will add four round-trip trains on its Orange County Line between Los Angeles Union Station and Oceanside on the weekends. This allows riders from across Southern California to take advantage of the $10 Weekend Pass to visit destinations in Orange County such as Disneyland and the many beautiful beaches.

 

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Go Metro Weekends, July 13 – 15

Historic Core Farmer’s Market. Photo by Shannon V. via Yelp.

The circus comes to the city as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents DRAGONS at the Staples Center. DRAGONS celebrates the Year of the Dragon with a blend of mythic dragon lore and authentic circus feats. There are shows on Friday at noon and on Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Go Metro or Metrolink to “the greatest show on earth” and save $8 on regular admission. Use the promo code TRAIN* if buying tickets online. (Metro Blue or Expo Line to Pico Station, Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/12th. Metrolink connects to Metro through Union Station)

This week’s Eat|See|Hear movie is Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, and it’s taking place on Saturday at Bloch Field in San Pedro. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and tickets start at $10. For $20 you can guarantee yourself the best seat in the house even while arriving fashionably late. Max and the Moon will be performing at 7 p.m. and some of the food trucks attending the event include Rebel Bite, Fatmobile and Sweet E’s. (Metro Bus 246 or 450 to Pacific/15th, walk 4 blocks west to the field or Metro Bus 450 to Harbor Beacon Park Ride and transfer to Red Car to Port O’Call Station)

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