Go Metro Weekends, Jan 31 − Feb 2

Happy Friday Source readers and mass transit riders!

On the horizon: Chinese New Year, Superbowl Sunday, and a host of other cultural, comedic, and sporting events happening across the city. It’s looking like a busy weekend ahead, and Metro can get you to the heart of the action with ease.

Below, our weekly list of transit-adjacent fun for this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Friday

Metro Presents free salsa music at Union Station. LA Picante will perform inside the gorgeous, art deco-style Fred Harvey Room (usually closed to the the public) from 6 – 8 p.m. and there will be a mini-dance lesson at 6:45 p.m. If you get hungry for salsa you can eat, El Pueblo de Los Angeles is just across Alameda Street with numerous eateries to cure your craving. (Metro Gold, Red, Purple, or Silver Line, or various downtown buses, to Union Station).

The L.A. Lakers take on the Charlotte Bobcats at the Staples Center. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.; ticket prices vary. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station.)

Saturday

Baraka and Samsara at the Egyptian Theatre. Shot in 25 countries and five continents, these meditative, visually-awesome, 70 mm films by director/cinematographer Ron Fricke were made for the big screen. Baraka starts at 7:30 p.m.; tickets range from $7 – $11. A discussion with producer Mark Magidson will occur between movies. (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.)

The L.A. Kings take on the Philadelphia Flyers, and the L.A. Clippers play the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center. Puck drops at 1:00 p.m. Clippers take on the Jazz at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Metro riders can 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.)

John Oliver visits L.A. If you miss him on the Daily Show, catch the British comedian’s standup routine at 8 p.m. at the Wiltern Theater. Ticket prices vary. (Metro Purple Line or Metro Rapid 720, 757, or 710 to Wilshire/Western Station.)

Sunday

Go Metro on Superbowl Sunday. If you’re watching the Superbowl out on the town, Metro is a safe, hassle-free alternative to driving.

Secret Stairs of the Hollywood Hills. Get some exercise before you start in on the Superbowl chips n’ dip–best selling author and city stair aficionado Charles Flemming will lead a free tour of the secret stairs of the Hollywood Hills, including Hollywood history, celebrity homes, and a visit to the bat cave. Meet at the Ferndell entrance to Griffith Park at 10 a.m. and be back around noon. The walk is approximately three miles. (Metro Red Line or Rapid 757 to Hollywood/Western Station, walk north on Western to Ferndell – be warned: it’s uphill – or catch Metro Bus 207 at Hollywood/Western and take it one stop to Western/Franklin. From there it’s about a six minute walk north on Western to Ferndell.)

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game at LACMA. If “football” to you means Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain, you’ll want to check out the opening day of LACMA’s new exhibit examining soccer and its significance to people around the world on the eve of the 2014 World Cup. Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Sundays; tickets range from $10 – $15. Metro riders can save $2 on general admission with valid TAP card. (Metro Rapid 720, Bus 20 or DASH Fairfax to Wilshire/Fairfax, or Metro Rapid 780 or Bus 217 to Fairfax/Wilshire.)

All weekend

Celebrate the Year of the Horse! There are numerous free events happening in Chinatown this Saturday and Sunday for the Lunar New Year. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station or Metro Gold, Red, or Purple Line to Union Station and walk 10 minutes north on Alameda to Chinatown.)

L.A. Art Book Fair at the MOCA Geffen Contemporary. Browse or shop artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 250 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers. Entry to the fair is free. Hours are Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 12 – 6 p.m. Metro riders can receive 2-for-1 admission to MOCA with valid TAP card if you want to check out the museum too. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, or Metro Bus 30, 330 or 40 to 1st/San Pedro.)

Go Metro Weekends, Jan 24 – 26

Go Metro to see Air Supply on Saturday and get a free autographed poster! Details below. Photo: Denise Truscello, courtesy of Air Supply

Go Metro to see Air Supply on Saturday and get a free autographed poster! Details below. Photo: Denise Truscello, courtesy of Air Supply

Friday

Cowabunga, dude! The Nuart Theater will be showing a special screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at 11:59 p.m. General admission is $11. (Metro Bus 4 to Santa Monica/Sawtelle – and no worries about getting out late, Bus 4 runs 24 hours.)

Saturday

See Air Supply live in concert at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center at a one-night-only event! The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $49.50. Go Metro to get a free autographed Air Supply poster while supplies last. Just show your TAP card at the box office between 7 – 8 p.m. (Metro Bus 78/79 to Huntington/Holly.)

For museum goers, Saturday will be the 9th annual Museums Free-For-All, and 20 museums around SoCal will offer free admission for the day. Check out this previous post for recommendations on transit friendly museums.

The Los Angeles Kings take on the red hot Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium to kick off the NHL’s Stadium Series. Game starts at 6:30 p.m. The Stadium Express will be on hand to take you to Dodger Stadium from Union Station. (Connect at Union Station via the Metro Gold/Red/Purple Line, Metrolink or bus.)

Sunday

The Union Pacific Big Boy 4014 begins the first leg of its trip to Wyoming early Sunday morning. If you want to get a photo with the giant locomotive, head to the Metrolink Covina Station between 7 – 8 a.m.

Come out to play with dinosaurs! Head down to Angel City Brewery in the Arts District to check out the unique prehistoric playground. The event takes place from 6 – 11 p.m. and is only open to those aged 18 and up. Tickets are $15 at the door, but you can save $1 with your valid TAP card. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.)

All Weekend

If you haven’t had a chance to check out dineLA restaurant week yet, get on it! Enjoy prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at participating restaurants all around the county through Jan. 31. One restaurant worth checking out is Amalfi, located at 143 N. La Brea Ave. Amalfi is open for dinner at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Their dineLA menu is $35. (Metro Bus 212 to La Brea/1st.)

The LA Fit Expo is taking place this weekend at the L.A. Convention Center. The expo will be open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. General admission is $20 for one day and $30 for the weekend…but is there really a price on your health? Plus fitness celebs like Jillian Michaels will be in attendance. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station, Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/Pico.)

Go Metro Weekends, Jan 17 − 19

This weekend, let Metro take you beyond your weekday commute to fun, informative, and inspiring events across the city.

Friday

Kick off the weekend with great music at Amoeba Records this Friday. Guest DJ JUN will be spinning vinyl for free starting at 8 p.m. Browse or shop to your heart’s content and save $3 off any purchase over $5 with your TAP card. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine, Metro Rapid 780 to Hollywood/Vine, Metro Bus 2/302 to Sunset/Ivar.)

Saturday

Join C.I.C.L.E.’s Tweed, Moxie, and Mustaches free group bike ride on Saturday and enjoy 10% off your bill at Cafe de Leche – the ride’s final stop – with your TAP card. Gather at the Gold Line Highland Park Station at 10:30 a.m. for an 11 a.m. departure. The route is less than 10 miles. (Metro Gold Line to Highland Park Station, Metro Bus 83 to Monte Vista/Ave 56, or 81 to Figueroa/Ave 57.)

The USC Pacific Asia Museum hosts a free Lunar New Year Festival on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Click here for the full itinerary. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station or Metro Bus 267/264 or 687/686 to Los Robles/Union.)

Sunday

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the California African American Museum. Pillars of Peace, From Jail to Justice, will include screenings of Dr. King’s speeches as well as Mandela’s speech made during his appearance at the L.A. Coliseum in 1990. The program will also include music, dance, and theater. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station or Metro Bus 81, 200, 442, or 550 to Figueroa/State.)

All Weekend

The 16th Annual Los Angeles Times Travel Show takes place Saturday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day. Tickets are $10 per day, but you can save $3 by showing your valid TAP card at the box office. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station or Metro Silver Line, Metro Bus 81, or 460 to L.A. Convention Center.)

The L.A. Art Show is also at the Convention Center Friday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Save $10 on one-day admission with your TAP card – that’s a 75% discount! In addition, a free shuttle will be transporting visitors between the Convention Center and LA Mart, where photo l.a., the 23rd Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition, is taking place.

The Kirk Douglas Theatre presents “I’ll Go On” by the Center Theatre Group with various showings Friday – Sunday. Based on three novels by famed existentialist Samuel Beckett, the play makes its debut in Los Angeles after more than 25 years. Metro riders can save 10% on tickets with valid TAP card. (Metro Expo Line to Culver City Station, Metro Rapid 733 to Venice/Bagley, Metro Bus 33 to Venice/Hughes.)

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)