Go Metro Weekends, April 11 − 13

Folks heading towards Festival of Books

The Expo Line is going to see a lot of action this weekend – make sure to load your TAP card before starting your trip to avoid long lines at the TAP vending machines!

Another week done, another exciting addition of Go Metro Weekends awaits! But before we get to it, just another reminder that Patsaouras Plaza will be closed this weekend, so plan ahead if you’re making connections at Union Station–buses will be picking up at Cesar Chavez/Alameda. And a second reminder: due to many popular, Metro-accessible events taking place this weekend, we recommend you load your TAP card with cash fare/passes before starting your trip!

Friday

Reward yourself for getting through the week with the best comfort food there is: a big bowl of ramen from any of Little Tokyo’s many great noodle joints. Then amble over to the nearby Blue Whale Live Jazz + Art Space on 2nd/Los Angeles, where you can further relax with a live jazz performance. Tonight’s show starts at 9 p.m. and features jazz trio The North. Tickets are $15 at the door, must be 21+. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.)

Saturday

If you’re attending the free K-Pop Festival at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum today, there’s no question: Metro Expo Line is the way to go. (Metro Expo Line to Expo/Vermont or Expo Park/USC stations.)

Also off the Metro Expo Line: L.A. sports! It’s a double header at the Staples Center this Saturday. The Clippers take on the Sacramento Kings at 12:30 p.m., and our own L.A. Kings face the Ducks at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. As always, score 10% off official merch at the Clippers and Kings team stores with valid TAP card. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station.)

Composer and producer Karsh Kale presents Classical Science Fiction, a new groundbreaking work of classical Indian fusion and electronica at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at 8 p.m. Metro riders save 20% on tickets. Pre-discount prices are $30-40 for adults, and $20 for students with ID. (Metro Silver Line to Cal State LA.)

Sunday

Catch two Angel City Derby Girls matinee games starting at 1 p.m. at the Culver City Veterans Auditorium, and get $5 off your ticket by showing your TAP card. (Metro Expo Line to Culver City Station and then walk west on Culver Blvd, or catch any Culver Blvd or Venice Blvd bus west to Overland Ave.)

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Go Metro Weekends, April 4 – 6


Friday

It’s Friday…so treat yourself to something sweet at Sweet Town! Try traditional Chinese sweet soups, contemporary sorbet and gelato desserts, fruity smoothies and all kinds of boba drinks. Best of all, get 10% off your bill with your TAP card. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station, Metro Bus 81 or 96 to Hill/Alpine)

Saturday

Taco lovers, here we go! Grand Park hosts Taco Madness from noon to sunset. The free event features music, live art and of course, TACOS. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, various buses stopping on Hill, Broadway and Spring)

Sunday

Thai Town USA hosts Thai New Year Festival this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be food, music and other cultural performances. Make sure to get your fill of sticky mango rice! The event is free and open to the public. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Western Station, Metro Bus 207 to Western/Hollywood)

Don’t forget to leave your cars at home for CicLAvia! Here’s the previous post on bus detours and rail service. And here’s how to save on official CicLAvia T-shirts with your TAP card.

All Weekend

Drop by the Chinese American Museum to check out L.A. Heat: Taste Changing Condiments. Could be a real eye-opener for Siracha fans! Plus, you can save 10% at the museum store with your TAP card. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. Suggested admission is $3 for adults. (Metro Red, Purple or Gold Line to Union Station)

See A Song at Twilight at the Pasadena Playhouse. There are performances at 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets start at $50, and Metro riders can save 20% on admission. (Metro Bus 180 to Colorado/Madison)

Go Metro Weekends, March 28 − 30

Attend the Downtown Book Fest in the lovely Grand Park this Saturday (image via Creative Commons).

Attend the Downtown Book Fest in the lovely Grand Park this Saturday (image via Creative Commons).

Welcome to the latest edition of Go Metro Weekends!

Buses and trains are for so much more than your weekday commute. This Friday-Sunday, let Metro take you beyond your workday routine to fun, informative, and inspiring events across the City of Angels. Here are a few ideas to get you going.

Friday

Kick off the weekend with Amoeba Record’s free, live DJ series: Rotations. This Friday, DJ Paul V (of Dragstrip 66 and Indie 103.1 fame) guest spins starting at 8 p.m. Browse or shop to your heart’s content and save $3 off purchases over $5 with your TAP card. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station, Metro Rapid 780 to Hollywood/Vine, Metro Bus 2/302 to Sunset/Ivar.)

Saturday

Calling all bookworms: the Grand Park Book Fest takes place this Saturday from 12-5 p.m.! The event is free to attend, and with valid TAP card, save 10% on purchases at the Writ Large pop-up shop (representing local authors and presses including Red Hen Press) or The Library Store on Wheels. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, or numerous Metro buses stopping at the park on Grand, Hill, Broadway and Spring.)

Audrey and Agent Cooper put their heads together in Twin Peaks.

Remember Source Readers: “The owls are not what they seem…” (image via Creative commons)

Starting at 12:15 p.m., the Paley Center for Media presents a marathon screening of David Lynch’s cult-favorite series Twin Peaks. The screening is free with price of admission. (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.)

Cheer on the L.A. Kings as they face off against the Winnipeg Jets at the Staples Center. Puck drops at 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary, but all Metro riders save 10% on official merchandise at the team store. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station.)

Sunday

Long Beach’s first-ever Restaurant Week begins this Sunday and runs through Saturday, April 5. For a list of participating venues, prices, and hours, visit the Eat LBC website. (Metro Blue Line to various Downtown Long Beach stations.)

All Weekend

Get experimental at LACMA this Friday and Saturday with The Least Important Things, Emily Mast’s procession of theatrical vignettes based on the work of Spanish Poet Joan Brossa. The performances unfold throughout LACMA’s campus and are free if you pick up a timed ticket an hour before the show. Then, if you haven’t already, check out the much-lauded James Turrell Retrospective before it leaves L.A. in just two weeks! LACMA is open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. (Metro Rapid 720, Bus 20 or DASH Fairfax to Wilshire/Fairfax, Metro Rapid 780 or Bus 217 to Fairfax/Wilshire.)

Rock out with Neil Young at the Dolby Theater this Friday or Saturday at 8 p.m. Ticket prices vary. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Rapid 780, Metro Bus 212/312, 156/656, 217, or 222 to Hollywood/Highland.)

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)