Go Metrolink to Angels versus Dodgers this weekend

Metrolink passengers, of course, can take the Dodger Stadium Express bus from Union Station to Dodger Stadium, meaning no hassles with parking.

The Dodgers are actually 2-0 already this season but return home from Australia for a pair of exhibition games against the Angels before resuming their regular season next Sunday night at San Diego. I know. Weird way for Major League Baseball to treat the fans that support the Dodgers and Diamondbacks on a regular basis.

In any event, there is extra Metrolink service to the Angels games this week, which usually draw big crowds. At the media event for the Dodger Stadium Express earlier, Dodgers officials said they’ve already sold three million tickets for the upcoming season. Big crowds mean big traffic in the stadium parking lot.

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Go Metro Weekends, March 21 – 23


This weekend, there are a ton of events for you to enjoy on this first weekend of spring!

Friday

The Fabulous Forum (formerly The Great Western Forum) is making a stellar return to its glory days with great acts to celebrate its grand re-opening. The celebration continues tonight with Kings of Leon! The show starts at 8 p.m and tickets range from $29.50 – $69.50 (Metro Bus 115 or 212 to Manchester/Prairie)

Saturday

Head out to Nucleus in Alhambra for the kickoff reception for The Art of Mr. Peabody and Sherman. The event starts at 3 p.m. with a panel discussion, followed by a Q and A session, then closes out with a book signing. Tickets are $5 or free with purchase of The Art of Mr. Peabody and Sherman book. (Metro Bus 78 to Main/Stonenam)

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Go Metro Weekends, March 14 − 16

TAP and Save 50% on screenings, panel discussions, and Q&A with the cast and creative team of your favorite show at PaleyFest 2014. Image curtsey of the Paley Center for Media.

TAP and save 50% on screenings, panel discussions, and Q&A with the cast and creative team of your favorite show at PaleyFest 2014…including the Mad Men cast! Image courtesy of the Paley Center for Media.

Happy Friday Source readers and mass transit riders! Still not sure of your plans for this weekend? Chose from our list of events and take your weekend from good to great.

You know the drill: half of the following activities are free to attend, and all are easily accessible via Metro Bus or Rail. At some events, score an exclusive Destination Discount simply by showing your valid TAP card!

Friday

ArtNight Pasadena. 6-10 p.m., FREE. Participating museums and cultural centers keep their doors open late for an evening of art, music, and entertainment. Metro riders with valid TAP cards receive special perks/discounts from many ArtNight venues. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station or various Metro buses serving Old Pasadena.)

Horrible Movie Night at Meltdown Comic’s Nerdist Showroom. 9 p.m., $8 in advance or $10 at the door. This month’s movie is Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1984) hosted by John Mathot (Disney’s Phineas & Ferb) and Susan Wright (The Because Show podcast). There will also be standup comedy, free popcorn, and lots of yelling at the screen (viewers win prizes for the best roasts). Your TAP card saves you 10% on Meltdown Purchases. (Metro Bus 2/302 to Sunset/Gardner or Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, then walk approximately 20 minutes south on Highland, west on Sunset to Meltdown Comics.)

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Go Metro Weekends, March 7-9

Welcome to Go Metro Weekends where we try to keep your weekends, wallets and bellies full! There are quite a few free events this weekend so you can keep some change in your pocket!

Friday

Head down to Abbott Kinney’s First Friday for a free performing arts show showcasing Women’s History Month at the Electric Lounge. “High Voltage” will include Genevieve Carson, Angelina Labate’s and Honey Almazar. Performances kick off at 7 p.m. (Metro Rapid 733 to Venice/Abbott Kinney, Bus 33 also runs 24 hours.)

Saturday

Saturday also happens to be International Women’s Day. Head out and enjoy Rock, Rap and Speakout vs Poverty, Prisons and War. The free event takes place at  2 p.m. at MacArthur Park. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Westlake/MacArthur Park Station)

Former Jamie Foxx Show star Garrett Morris is hosting a comedy and Blues show in Leimert Park! Stop by the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. (Metro Bus 40 to Crenshaw/Homeland)

Sunday

Hear ye, hear ye, your reminder that Daylight Saving Time starts! Make sure to turn that clock forward!

The L.A. Marathon is this Sunday! There are plenty of spots to view the race and Metro can definitely assist . Check here for bus detours and more information regarding the free shuttle that will run between the Culver City Expo Line Station and Santa Monica.

All Weekend

The Return of It Came From Venice! art show will be running until March 15. On Saturday, there will be poetry and dance at Sponto Gallery starting at 6 p.m. Admission is free! (Metro Rapid 733 to Main/Marine)

Go Metro Weekends Feb 28 − Mar 2

"The Agility and Audacity of Juanito Apinani in the Ring at Madrid," Francisco Goya, plate 20 of The Bullfight series.

“The Agility and Audacity of Juanito Apinani in the Ring at Madrid,” by Francisco Goya, print 20 of The Bullfight series. Unflinching Vision: Goya’s Rare Prints is at the Norton Simon for one final weekend. Get there on Metro Gold Line.

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Whether your plans involve sports, arts and culture, delicious food, good music, Oscar glory, or letting loose for Carnival, Metro can get you there without the hassles of traffic, parking, or a trip to the pump. So have fun and Go Metro this weekend! Just remember the Red Line Hollywood/Highland Station will be closed this Sunday; trains will be bypassing the station due to Oscar event security. (We still love you little gold guy!)

Friday

You’ve seen the Best Picture nominees, now’s your chance to see the Oscar-nominated, live-action and animated short films of 2014 at the Egyptian Theatre. Live-action films begin at 7:30 p.m., animated at 9:30 p.m. Tickets range from $7-11. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Rapid 780 or Bus 156/656 to Hollywood/Highland, or Bus 212/312, 217, or 222 to Hollywood/Las Palmas.)

Join 94.7 The WAVE’s Smooth Night Out at the Nokia Theatre. Concert lineup includes Toni Braxton, Eric Benet, and SWV. Shows starts 7:30 p.m., tickets start at $49. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station.)

Saturday

Rain or shine, the Chinese American Museum presents the 13th Annual Lantern Festival at El Pueblo de Los Angeles, featuring performers, lion dancers, martial artists, entertainers, arts and crafts specialists, museum tours, and food trucks offering Chinese and Taiwanese snacks and beverages. The festival lasts from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. and is free to all. Save 10% on museum memberships and/or your museum store purchase with valid TAP card. (Metro Red/Purple/Gold Line to Union Station, Metro Bus 96 to Spring/Cesar Chavez.)

In the world of L.A. sports, the Kings take on the Carolina Hurricanes at 1 p.m. while the Clippers play the New Orleans Pelicans at 7:30 p.m. at the Staples Center. Ticket prices vary. As always, save 10% on official merchandise at the L.A. Clippers Team Store and the L.A. Kings Team Store with valid TAP card. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station.)

Celebrate the beginning of Carnival in Brazil and around the world at The 14th Annual Brazilian Carnaval party at Club Nokia. This year’s celebration is futbol themed in honor of the 2014 World Cup! Party from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., all ages welcome, tickets range from $45-67 (if bought online in advance). (Metro Red/Purple Line to 7th/Metro, Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station, Metro Silver Line to Figueroa/12th.)

The Wild Honey Orchestra Beatles Tribute at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre is not your average Beatles tribute. That’s because the “orchestra” is made up of power-pop potentates, including The Bangles, Matthew Sweet, Denny Laine, Jody Stephens, The Muffs, Colin Hay, The Three O’Clock, Louise Goffin, Tommy Keene, Keith Allison, John Wicks, Rob Laufer, Darian Sahanaja, Kristian Hoffman and others, who will perform full-length renditions of Revolver and Abbey Road. Show starts 8 p.m., tickets start at $25. (Metro Purple Line to Wilshire/Western Station and walk about 20 minutes west on Wilshire Blvd., Metro Bus 20 to Wilshire/Lucerne, or Metro Rapid 720 to Wilshire/Crenshaw and walk about 10 minutes west on Wilshire.)

Sunday

Dress to impress and celebrate the Academy Awards in style at the first ever Oscar-viewing party: “Hollywood’s Biggest Night” at the Million Dollar Theatre. Event starts 4 p.m., tickets are $20 – pre-order tickets online to ensure a spot! (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, or various downtown Metro Rapid and local buses.)

Yemen Blues plays the Sephardic Music Festival at Cal State LA’s Luckman Fine Arts Complex. Fronted by acclaimed vocalist Ravid Kahalani, the group performs the music of Yemen and West Africa with funk, mambo, soul, and ancient chanting styles. Performance begins 7 p.m., tickets start at $15, but Metro riders can save 20% with valid TAP card. (Metro Silver Line to Cal State LA Busway Station.)

All Weekend

It’s the last weekend to see Unflinching Vision: Goya’s Rare Prints at the Norton Simon Museum. Go see why historians call him the world’s first truly modern artist. Exhibition hours are 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., general admission is $10, seniors $7, students free. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station.)

Go Metro Weekends, Feb. 21 – 23

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From last year’s Firecracker 5/10K in Chinatown. Don’t miss out on this great event! Photo: experienceLA

Welcome to another edition of Go Metro Weekends, where as always we try to keep your bellies, wallets and weekends full.

Friday

MADTv Stand Up will be taking place at I.O West! Some of the show’s alums will be hitting the stage at 8 p.m. to perform original stand up sets. Tickets start at $10. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station, walk a block and a half west on Hollywood Blvd.)

Old school hip hop fans rejoice! Big Daddy Kane will be live at House Of Blues Sunset and he’s bring some friends along. Show starts at 10 p.m. and is 18+. Tickets are $30. (Metro Bus 2 to Sunset/Kings)

Saturday

The Kibbutz Dance Company will be performing at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex located at Cal State LA. Use your TAP card to save 20% on tickets! Show starts at 8 p.m  with tickets ranging from $44 to $64.50 (Metro Silver Line to Cal State LA Station)

International Space Station Day is taking place at the California Science Center. The event is free and you can use your TAP Card to receive $2 off adult tickets to IMAX showings! The Science Center is open daily from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station)

Sunday

Crossoads Kitchen hosts chef Adam Fleischman of Umami Burger for Sunday Supper. There are three seatings: 5, 7 and 9 p.m. The menu is $45 per person. Reservations are recommended. (Metro Bus 10 to Melrose/Harper)

The USC School of Cinematic Arts is hosting a “Freaks and Greeks” series retrospective. This week, they’re up to episodes 5-9. Admission is free and open to the public. There’s also going to be a panel discussion with some of the cast and crew, and free refreshments! The event takes place in the Eileen Norris Cinematic theater in Frank Sinatra Hall at 2 p.m. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station)

Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall  2 p.mFree admission (Expo Line to USC/Expo Park)

All Weekend

What better way to get out of the house and get active than the annual Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K! The 5K takes place both Saturday and Sunday. Register online and save $3 on registration when you enter the promotional code GOMETRO. Registered participants who show their valid TAP card can receive free bag check-in service.(Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

Go Metro Weekends, Feb 14 − 16

This weekend, so much is happening around Los Angeles that the question really isn’t “What to do this weekend?” but “How to do it all?” or, more realistically, “What to leave OFF the list?”

Japan's remote Koi-Yamagata station, recently redesigned in the name of love

Japan’s remote Koi-Yamagata station, recently redesigned in the name of love

Some questions you won’t have to ask: “How am I getting there?” and “How much time will I spend driving around in circles looking for parking until I completely lose it?” If you’re going to any of the following events, Metro’s got you covered. No circling. We promise.

Friday

Grand Park’s Gotta Funky Sole: Lover’s Edition. Friday from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. Saturday, FREE. Whether out on a date or out with friends, dancing is a great bet for a happy Valentine’s Day. Enjoy live and DJed funk and soul music, and bring some cash for food trucks, flowers, sweets, or drinks. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, or Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.)

Casablanca at the Egyptian Theatre. Movie starts 7:30 p.m., tickets $7-11. Catch this oft-quoted, classic film that speaks to the lovestruck and lovelorn alike on the big screen. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Rapid 780 or Bus 156/656 to Hollywood/Highland, or Bus 212/312, 217, or 222 to Hollywood/Las Palmas.)

David Leibman, John Beasley, Dave Robaire, and Jonathan Pinson at the Blue Whale live jazz + art space. Music starts 9 p.m., $20. This quartet of contemporary jazz masters in the Blue Whale’s intimate bar/lounge will give you that tingle down your spine only great jazz can produce. Tickets are first come first served, and doors open at 8 p.m., so arrive early to ensure a spot–especially given this Friday is Valentine’s Day! (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.)

Valentine’s Day Special at NerdMelt Showroom, Meltdown Comics. Event begins 7:45 p.m., $8 in advance, $10 at door. This outrageous storytelling show will feature tales by Andy Dick, Guy Branum, Alice Wetterlund, Lauren Ashley Bishop, Bryan Cook, and Ian Karmel. Free drinks and Valentine’s Day mixer after event. Plus, your TAP card saves you 10% on store purchases! (Metro Bus 2/302 to Sunset/Gardner, or walk approximately 20 minutes from Metro Red Line Hollywood/Highland Station.)

Saturday

“Ride for Love” with the East Side Riders Bike Club, supported by Metro and C.I.C.L.E. Ride meets 9:30 a.m., FREE. Meet at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee center (10950 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles); the ride will leave promptly at 10 a.m. (Metro Blue Line to 103rd Street/Watts Towers Station, Metro Green Line to Avalon Station, or Metro Bus 53, 55, 117, 120, 202, 355, or Dash Watts.)

Sunday

L.A. Zine Fest 2014 at Helms Bakery. Event from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., FREE. Get a free Zine when you show your TAP card at the information table while supplies last. (Metro Expo Line to Culver City Station, then walk approximately seven minutes east on Venice Blvd.)

Tom Zoellner signs and discusses Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World–From the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief at Book Soup. Event begins 4 p.m., FREE. “From the frigid trans-Siberian railroad to the antiquated Indian Railways to the futuristic MagLev trains, Train presents both an entertaining history of railway travel around the world while offering a serious and impassioned case for the future of train travel.”–Yup, we like! (Metro Bus 2/302, 30/330, or 105 to San Vicente/Sunset, or Metro Bus 4 to Santa Monica/Hancock, then walk approximately eight minutes north on Hancock and three minutes west on Holloway Drive to Sunset Blvd.)

Harlem Globetrotters “Fans Rule” Tour at the Staples Center. Performances at 12:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Show your valid TAP card or use promo code METRO when purchasing tickets online and save $5. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station.)

All Weekend

Thomas Woodruff “Legends of the Mysterious Rocks” at Mark Moore Gallery. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. both days, FREE. This Friday and Saturday are the last days to see new paintings by this amazing New York-based artist known for his scientific precision and fantastical storytelling. Woodruff’s website gives a taste of his exquisite style and magical subject matter, but don’t miss it in person! (Metro Expo Line to La Cienega/Jefferson Station, then walk approximately 12 minutes north on Fairfax to W. Washington Blvd.)

Pasadena International Film Festival. If you’re planning on attending the festival this weekend, why not Go Metro and save on parking? For information about films, venues, and tickets check out the festival website. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station.)

Big Screen Olympic coverage at the Paley Center for Media. Do the Sochi games currently have you glued to the T.V.? Watch the 2104 Winter Olympics larger than life at the Paley Center for Media. Coverage starts at 12 p.m. on various days through Sun, Feb. 23. Free with general admission ticket. (Metro Rapid 704, Metro Bus 4 or 14/37 to Santa Monica/Canon, Metro Bus 16/316 to S. Santa Monica/Canon, or Metro Rapid 720 to Wilshire/Beverly and walk northwest about 8 minutes to destination.)

“James Brown: Get on the Good Foot, a Celebration in Dance” at the L.A. Music Center. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday – Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Show your valid TAP card and save 20% on select seats. You can also purchase your tickets online and use promo code 23713. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station.)