Go Metro Weekends: Jan 10-12


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Staples Center looking gorgeous as usual. Photo by Al Pavangkanan via Wikimedia Commons

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

Friday

Another chapter in the Hallway Series rivalry will be written as the Chris Paul-less Clippers host the Kobe Bryant-less Lakers on Friday at 7:30 p.m. If you’re a Clipper fan (like myself), go ahead and grab some gear from the team store and get 10% off with your TAP card. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station, Metro Silver Line to Figueroa/12th)

Saturday

2012 Kites Festival 12The Network of Indian Professionals will be hosting its annual Kites Festival in the City of Long Beach from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event will take place at Ocean Blvd and 54th Place on the beach. All are welcome and kites will be sold to anybody interested in participating! There will be an Indian food truck and vendor booths at the festival as well. (Metro Blue Line to 1st Street Station and connect with Long Beach Transit Bus 121)

The Kings in action recently as seen from the nosebleeds at Staples. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

The Kings in action recently as seen from the nosebleeds at Staples. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

The Los Angeles Kings, with goalie Jonathan Quick back in the lineup, host the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center. Because of realignment, this is the Red Wings’ only trip to L.A. in 2014 — unless the Kings and Red Wings should meet in the Stanley Cup Finals. Quick and Kings captain Dustin Brown will be playing for the United States at the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month. The Red Wings are sending 10 players to Sochi, including goalie Jimmy Howard who will also be wearing a USA jersey. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station, or walk from 7th/Metro Center Station)

In addition, artist Christine Nguyen will be on hand to sign Metro Long Beach posters at Stearn’s Champions Park. (Long Beach Transit Bus 112)

Sunday

The City of Pasadena kicks off its third annual Cheeseburger Week this Sunday! Head out on a Cheeseburger Crawl – there’s one that starts at Haven Gastro Pub and ends at Slater’s 50/50 that sounds pretty delicious and transit friendly. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station, Metro Bus 180 to Colorado/De Lacey)

Also, there’s the reenactment of the signing of The Articles of Capitulation at Campo De Cahuenga. Festivities start at 1 p.m. (Metro Red Line to Universal City/Studio City Station)

All Weekend

The Los Angeles Philharmonic performs Dvorak’s “New World” symphony at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The video above shows Gustav Dudamel conducting the symphony for Pope Benedict in 2011. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, Metro Bus 96 to Grand/2nd)

Go Metro Weekends, Jan 3 − 5

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Go Metro to The Egyptian Theatre for a Back to the Future triple feature this Saturday. (That’s movies I, II, and III in one marathon screening!)

After a brief holiday hiatus, Go Metro Weekends is back! And boy do we have some awesome events and activities for you.

It’s the first week of a brand-new year, dear readers, so let’s get out there and make it count. And If you splurged too much during the holidays–on gifts for others of course–never fear, most of the following suggestions are free.

Friday:

Celebrate the first Friday of the month in Venice or Long Beach with free “First Friday” community events at Abbot Kinney Boulevard from 6 -10 p.m. and Bixby Knolls  from 6:30 -10:30 p.m. Local art, food, merchandise, performances, and people-watching abound. (For Abbot Kinney: Metro Rapid 733 or Bus 33 to Abbot Kinney/Venice. For Bixby Knolls: Metro Blue Line to Artesia Station, then LB Transit Bus 61 to Atlantic/Carson. *Note: LB Transit does not accept TAP, so be sure to purchase a transfer ticket at Metro TAP Vending Machines before exiting Artesia Station.)

Shake those post-holiday blues with lots of laughs. This Friday, go Metro to see Sarah Silverman, Pete Holmes, Todd Glass, and Kumail Nanjiani in the Peachy Keen Comedy Show at 8 p.m. at West Hollywood’s Bar Lubitsch. The show is free but also 21+ only. (Metro Rapid 704 to Santa Monica/Gardner or Bus 4 to Santa Monica/Spaulding.)

Saturday:

Catch Back to the Future I, II, and III, on the big screen at The Egyptian Theatre this Saturday starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $7 – $11. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station.)

The L.A. Kings take on the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Staples Center. if you’re going to the game, go Metro and save 10% on official Kings merchandise at the Team L.A. Store. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station.)

Sunday:

Explore Echo Park on foot and meet other Angelenos at this Sunday’s Secret Stair Walk. The free walking tour is about 2.5 miles, 1.25 hours, and is led by Charles Flemming, best selling author and aficionado of secret stairs. Meet in front of Fix Coffee, 2100 Echo Park Avenue, at 10 a.m. (DASH Pico Union/Echo Park to Echo Park/Baxter.)

For the kiddies, the Japanese American National Museum is celebrating the Year of the Horse with the free 2014 Oshogatsu Family Festival. The event takes place on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The list of activities includes learning to make Onigiri rice balls, observing world-renowned candy artist Shan Ichiyanagi make his specialty horse candy, and the giddy-up horse bouncy house. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station or Metro Bus 30, 330 or 40 to 1st/San Pedro.)

All Weekend:

Art lovers: this is the last weekend to catch Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California Collections at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Tickets range from $5 – $7, and admission is free the first Friday of every month from 12 – 5 p.m. – that’s today! (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station.)

Reminder: free rides on New Year’s Eve and all-night service in effect!

Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

As you plan your holiday, here’s what Metro is up to so you can factor us into your celebrations. In keeping with tradition, Metro will offer free rides on New Year’s Eve, with the goal of reducing traffic congestion and providing safe transportation for those staying out extra late.

No fare will be charged on Metro Rail and Bus lines from 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, until 2 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1. Please note: free fares will only apply until 2 a.m. Those boarding buses and trains after 2 a.m. will need to TAP to ride. Fare is $1.50 per direction per line or $5.00 for a Day Pass.

As for bus and train schedules:

On Dec. 31: Metro buses and trains will follow their regular weekday schedules.

On New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31-Jan. 1): Metro will provide all-night service on the Red, Purple, Blue, Expo, Green, Gold, Orange and Silver Lines in addition to bus lines which normally operate late-night owl service. Trains will run at 20-minute intervals from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m.

On New Year’s Day: Metro buses and trains will follow Sunday/Holiday schedules.

The only exception is the Metro Gold Line, which will run longer trains at more frequent intervals between Union Station and Pasadena for those going to the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl game (Here is more information on getting to the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game and to see the floats after the parade).

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Additionally, numerous Metro bus lines along the Rose Parade route will be detoured or split into two segments at Colorado Boulevard until streets are reopened.

Please refer to individual timetables for the exact hours of holiday service on our various bus lines, and note that some bus lines do not run at all during Sundays/Holidays. Also note that from 7 p.m. Dec. 31 thru 3 a.m. Jan. 1, the Downtown Long Beach Station will be closed due to a New Year’s Eve celebration on Pine Avenue.

As a result, Blue Line will operate modified service during this time: trains will run every 20 minutes between 7th Street/Metro Center and 1st Street Station, while a shuttle train will run evekry 20 minutes between Anaheim Street Station and Pacific Avenue Station. Please see this service advisory for more info.

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Long Beach Transit Mall will be closed from 7pm Dec 31st thru 3am Jan 1st due to a special event.  As a result, Blue Line will operate modified service during this time. – See more at: http://www.metro.net/service/advisories/update/special/26/#sthash.zRYmJmih.dpuf
Long Beach Transit Mall will be closed from 7pm Dec 31st thru 3am Jan 1st due to a special event.  As a result, Blue Line will operate modified service during this time. – See more at: http://www.metro.net/service/advisories/update/special/26/#sthash.zRYmJmih.dpuf

Metro thanks our customers for their patronage and patience this year, and hopes our service helps make your holiday a little brighter.

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with Metro

Art of Transit: All are welcome to ride Metro, alive, dead and undead alike!

This weekend, go Metro to the following festivities to receive special discounts, gifts and more.

El Pueblo Historical Monument, Oct. 25 – Nov. 3
Starting Friday, Oct. 25, El Pueblo will begin free festivities with food, live entertainment, altars and family activities. Experience nightly Novenarios, a pre-Columbian procession and blessing on Olvera Street, and don’t miss the exhibit in the historic Pico House that examines the celebration of Dia de los Muertos. Go Metro and save 15% on purchases at El Pueblo’s visitor center in the Avila Adobe. (El Pueblo is located across Alameda Street from Union Station, or take Metro Rapid 728 to Spring/Cesar Chavez)

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Oct. 27 & Nov. 2
Free events take place on Sunday, Oct. 27 and on Saturday, Nov. 2. Participate in altar installation, watch theatrical performances and more. Show your valid TAP card at the admissions desk between 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on either day and receive a bilingual tamale recipe book while supplies last. On Nov. 2, present your TAP card at La Tienda between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. and save 20% on purchases. (LA Plaza is located across Alameda Street from Union Station, or take Metro Rapid 728 to Spring/Cesar Chavez)

Dia de los Muertos at East L.A. Civic Center, Nov. 2
On Sunday, Nov. 2 visit East L.A. Civic Center for fun, free family activities and cultural celebrations. There will be live music, dancing and a colorful marketplace from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Present your TAP card at the East L.A. Chamber of Commerce booth to receive a free coupon booklet while supplies last. (Metro Gold Line to East L.A. Civic Center Station, Metro Bus 258 to Mednik/3rd)

Grand Park’s Downtown Dia de los Muertos, Nov. 2
On Sunday, Nov. 2 celebrate at Grand Park with food trucks, free face painting, awesome bands and more. Bike parking will also be available. Show your TAP card at the Grand Park info tent and receive a free stem of marigolds while supplies last. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station)

Go Metro to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Boyle Heights on Saturday

Self Help Graphics & Art’s 40th annual Día de los Muertos celebration takes place this Saturday at 1300 East 1st Street in Boyle Heights. The free event takes place from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and includes the traditional ceremonial blessing, food and craft vendors, face painting, children’s workshops and more. Calaca attire is encouraged!

There will be no on-site parking, so the best way to get to the festivities is via the Metro Gold Line to Pico/Aliso Station or Metro Bus 30/330 to 1st/Utah. Use Trip Planner for more routes and connections.

Don’t miss Downtown Flea this Sunday

Downtown Flea July 28th from DTFlea on Vimeo.

Besides the Friday performance of Atabey at Union Station this evening and Dia de los Muertos events getting underway this weekend, Downtown Flea is also taking place this Sunday in downtown’s Historic Core. Shop for unique vintage collectibles and enjoy various dishes from local food vendors at this block party flea market. The event takes place from noon to 6 p.m. General admission is $5.

Go Metro to get 2-for-1 admission. Just show your TAP card at the ticket booth and you’ll receive one free admission when you purchase a regular priced admission.

DT Flea takes place at 246 South Spring Street. Take the Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station or Metro Bus 92 to Spring/2nd. Use Trip Planner to find more routes and connections.

Go Metro Weekends, Oct 18 – 20

Saturday: go Metro to Taste of Soul.

Also, one last reminder for the Sunday Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal ride!

The Sherman Oaks Street Fair takes place on Sunday on Ventura between Van Nuys and Kester. The free festivities last from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and include music, food and great family friendly activities. Go Metro for a chance to win a $100 gift card from Whole Foods and many other great prizes! Present your valid TAP card at the Chamber Booth located at Ventura/Cedros and get a free raffle ticket. (Metro Bus 240 to Ventura/Van Nuys)

Anyone heading to the Edward Sharpe Big Top this weekend? With shows Thursday through Sunday, the unique music and performing arts festival takes place under a big top circus tent at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. Shows begin at 8 p.m. each day, with an additional Sunday show taking place at noon. General admission starts at $60. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

Saturday marks the opening night of Invisible Cities at Union Station. The premiere performance is currently at capacity, but check their calendar to see if there’s another date you can make. Enjoy a brand new opera while experiencing the station in a completely new way. Tickets start at $45 for the 10 p.m. performances, and there are also two $25 Tuesdays. (Metro Gold, Red or Purple Line to Union Station, check Trip Planner for Metrolink and bus connections)