Your Friday send-off: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

Photo: Steve Hymon/Metro

Photo: Steve Hymon/Metro

A shortened work week always feels longer, for some reason. But it’s Friday, and here’s your Friday send-off: High Dive from L.A. native Andrew McMahon’s new album Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.

If enjoying such sounds on bus or train, please remember to use your headphones. And if you have transit playlist song recs, leave them in the comments or tweet them at us! Awesome tracks (as deemed by yours truly) will be shared in future posts.

Go Metro Weekends, September 5 – 7

The Culver Hotel hosts image by Eli Pousson/Flickr CC

When the Culver Hotel opened in 1924, local papers called the six-story building the “Culver skyscraper.” This weekend, you can Go Metro to the hotel’s Prohibition Ball (and much more). Image by Eli Pousson/Flickr CC.


This Friday at Dodger Stadium is the first-ever Dodgers Koreatown Night! Purchase tickets for the all-you-can-eat section and you’ll not only get to enjoy unlimited Dodger dogs, popcorn, peanuts, and nachos, you’ll also receive a free Hyun-Jin Ryu bobblehead and a special K-town Black Card (good for discounts at various K-town hotspots.) Hip-hop rapper and Koreatown native Dumbfoundead will throw the night’s first pitch against the Diamondbacks at 7:10 p.m. And if you miss this game, there are a few left in the season…and you can save money on tickets to them with your TAP card! (Metro Red/Purple, Gold or Silver Line, or various buses, to Union Station, then hop aboard the Dodger Stadium Express.)

Simmer down at the end of another week with live jazz at the Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Jamire Williams performs from 9 p.m. to midnight, giving you plenty of time to snag sushi or ramen beforehand. Tickets are $15, and you must be 21 or older. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.)


Street Food Cinema presents Pineapple Express in Exposition Park at 8:30 p.m. Arrive as early as 5:30 p.m. for live music by Cashew & Cleary and dinner at a plethora of food trucks. Tickets range from $12 to $17. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station, Metro Silver Line to 37th St/USC, or Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/Exposition.)

Headed to the Prohibition Ball at the Culver Hotel? Ditch the jalopy for a safe, easy ride with Metro! Culver City Station is a 10 minute walk from the party, and service runs until 2 a.m. on Saturday. 1920s attire is required, and tickets are $90.

Malaysian-born songstress and DTLA resident Yuna performs for free this Saturday evening at the California Plaza as part of Grand Performance’s summer concert series. We’re digging her take on Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You.” The show starts at 8 p.m., grab dinner at Noe Restaurant or Johnny’s Pizza beforehand and save some money with your TAP card. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station or various Metro buses serving Grand, Figueroa, Temple or 1st.)


Celebrate Mexican Independence at the “oldest and largest Hispanic parade in the country,” followed by a family-friendly day of culture, entertainment and fun at the East LA Parade and Festival this Sunday. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. while the festival runs from noon to 6 p.m. Make sure to have your TAP card handy for a chance to win tickets to a major theme park. (Metro Gold Line to East LA Civic Center Station.)

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Celebrate Latino Heritage Month LA with Metro and save at various destinations

An eastbound Gold Line train heads toward its East L.A. terminus on a recent evening. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

An eastbound Gold Line train heads toward its East L.A. terminus. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Experience Latino Heritage Month LA by taking advantage of the first ever Latino Heritage Month Metro discounts program. From September 1 through October 31, those who show their TAP cards at participating Latino and Latino-themed businesses near Metro stops and stations can enjoy discounts! To see all the participating businesses and discounts being offered, click here. Need help deciding on where to go first? Here are a few recommendations:

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This Sunday: CicLAvia explores Broadway and so should you

CicLAvia-Explores-logoIn anticipation of the October 5 CicLAvia – Heart of LA, CicLAvia will explore one of downtown Los Angeles’ historic neighborhoods on Sunday, September 7. Join CicLAvia for a day of food, free tours and a screening of the movie Mulholland Drive in the Broadway Theater District. The day on Broadway runs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the movie screening starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are required for the movie, the cost is $10.

Another thing we love about Tacos Tumbras a Tomas? The liberal use of avocado. Photo by Matthew Kridler/Metro

Just one of the many delicious food items you can enjoy at Grand Central Market. Photo by Matthew Kridler/Metro


Grab lunch at Grand Central Market before exploring Broadway! From tacos to sticky rice, pizzas to ice cream, the market has something for everyone to enjoy. Show your valid TAP card and provide your email address at the information desk located on the Hill Street side of the market and receive a $2 off token to be redeemed at any food and non-alcoholic drink vendor in the market. This offer is only valid on September 7.

To reach Grand Central Market, take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station and exit towards 4th Street. For more routes and connections, use the Trip Planner.

Metro Presents: Ethio Cali-style jazz at Union Station on September 12

Ethio Cali, a Los Angeles based Ethio-jazz band, will perform at Union Station on Friday, September 12. The performance will take place from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Fred Harvey Room.

The band will perform two 45-minute sets starting at 8:15 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. DJ Jeremy Sole of KCRW/theLIFT will open for the band. The performance is free to the public and dancing will be welcome.

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Metro Gold Line speeds UCLA fans to the Rose Bowl

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The Rose Bowl in Pasadena is expected to be sold out on Saturday, September 6, 2014 as UCLA plays its first home football game of the season at 7 p.m. against the University of Memphis and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) encourages fans to avoid traffic congestion and take the Metro Gold Line to the game.

Gold Line service is scheduled every 7-10 minutes before and after the game. Fans can exit the Gold Line at the Memorial Park Station and walk four blocks west on Holly Street to catch a free shuttle to the Rose Bowl that departs from the Parsons Corporation parking lot at Raymond Avenue. Alternatively, it is a 1.5 mile walk (about 25 minutes) to the Rose Bowl.

“Traditionally, the Rose Bowl has been a car-oriented destination but more and more fans are discovering the convenience of riding the Metro Gold Line to the games,” Metro CEO Art Leahy said. “Metro customers not only get quick and safe transport, they won’t have to sit in snarling traffic and pay $25 to park their cars.”

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Thanks for riding Metro to Made in America

A big thank you to everyone who took Metro to Made in America! Thousands traveled via Metro to the two-day festival, and from some of the tweets we received, many took the event as an opportunity to try Metro for the first time. I hope you all enjoyed the journey and ride with Metro again.