Metro Art Moves: Fall Art Tour Nov. 7

tour_nov_sourceOn Thursday Metro continues its free art tours, Metro Art Moves. The tours pair local artists with docent guides, who share stories about the artworks and lead activities to heighten tour-goer engagement, demystifying the Metro system along the way.

Meet promptly at 5:30 p.m. at the Union Station information kiosk, just inside the Alameda Street entrance.

The guided, artist-led tour will lead to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), which offers free admission on Thursday evenings.

Want to grab a snack before Metro Art Moves, or feeling a little hungry afterward? Show your TAP card and take advantage of special Metro Destination Discounts at locations near the tour route:

Union Station
Traxx Restaurant at Union Station

7thStreet/Metro Center Station
• Casey’s Irish Pub
• Boba 7
• Qdoba
• Tossed

Pershing Square Station
Noé Restaurant & Bar at the Omni Hotel

Check out MOCA’s new permanent collection on view starting Oct. 5 and receive a 2-for-1 discount when you show your valid TAP card at the box office.

General Information
Fall tours take place on the first Thursday of October and November from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Tours begin at Union Station and end just north of Pershing Square Station at MOCA.

Tours have limited capacity.

The tours are approximately 90% walking; there are elevators and escalators in all of the stations.

Restrooms are available at Union Station and at MOCA.

Metro Art Moves Tours

Metro Art Moves tours are designed to attract new riders through arts-based transit experiences. The tours highlight Metro’s diverse collection of artworks, heighten the passenger experience in fun and engaging ways to boost public perceptions about transit, promote rider etiquette and offer opportunities for discovery.

Metro Art Program

Metro Art implements the agency’s percent for art program, manages the care and maintenance of the system’s existing artworks and directs a volunteer docent council. From rail and bus stations to construction fences and poetry cards, art creates a sense of place and engages transit riders.

Since 1989, Metro has commissioned artists to incorporate artworks into a wide array of transportation projects throughout Los Angeles County. The agency has received numerous design and artistic excellence awards, and is renowned for its approaches to integrating art into the transit experience, and for engaging artists at all levels of their careers.

Docent-guided tours are offered the first Saturday and Sunday of every month. Tours for groups of fifteen or more are also available by special arrangement. For more information visit metro.net/art and click on Art Tours or call (213) 922-4ART.

Ready or not, here comes Santa Claus…save on grandstand seating with Metro

Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving…and the Hollywood Christmas Parade, which takes place Sunday, December 1 this year. The parade will start in front of the TCL Chinese Theatres and travel east on Hollywood Boulevard, south on Vine Street and west on Sunset Boulevard before returning to the starting point. Festivities begin at 5 p.m.

Free curbside seating is available along most the parade route, and the easiest way to get to the parade is on the Metro Red Line. Both Hollywood/Highland Station and Hollywood/Vine Station will put you right along the parade route.

But if you want to watch the pre-parade performances and not worry about getting crowded out, you can buy grandstand tickets. Single-seat tickets start at $45, and you can get a $5 discount with Metro. Just use the code “Santa” when purchasing tickets.

The exclusive discount is part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program and cannot be combined with any other offers. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

Bus detours for the parade will be in effect in the vicinity of Hollywood Boulevard due to set-up and tear down of grandstands as well as during the parade. More details will be posted as we get closer to the parade date. For information on bus detours, check Metro’s Service Advisories or follow Metro on Twitter @metrolosangeles and @metroLAalerts.

Friday Five: Halloween Insta-roundup

Welcome to Friday Five, a weekly roundup of five transit pics we’re loving on Instagram. Want to be featured? Tag @MetroLosAngeles on Instagram to get our attention and follow us for more fun transit photos. This week’s edition features some great costumes as seen on transit.

Getting fancy on the Red Line…every time the subway horn sounds, an angel gets its wings.

By day, just another rush hour commuter. By night, breaking bad?

Can you imagine how much gas it takes to run the Death Star? Even Darth Vader rides transit every now and then to save.

From our friends in the OC, it’s the great pumpkin bus, Charlie Brown.

And finally, with Dia de los Muertos coming up this weekend…

Bonus pic behind the jump!
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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.

Go Metro to AFI FEST and receive exclusive special offers at nearby destinations

AFI FEST film festival takes place in Hollywood Thursday, Nov. 7 through Thursday, Nov. 14. The festival will showcase the best independent films of the year and is the only film festival of international stature free to the public. Films will be shown at the TCL Chinese Theatres, Chinese 6, the Egyptian Theatre, and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, all locations that are mere steps from the Metro Red Line Hollywood/Highland Station.

Go Metro to AFI Fest so you won’t have to pay for parking or slog through traffic. And while you have your TAP card handy, you’ll be able to cash in on exclusive discounts at nearby destinations. Show your valid TAP card to receive special offers at:

Auntie Anne’s Soft Prezels 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Save 20% on food
Woodfire BBQ 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Save 10% on food
Suntaco 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Save 10% on food
Hollywood Pizzeria Express 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Save 10% on food
Hollywood Mongolian Grill 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Save 10% on food
Loteria Grill 6627 Hollywood Blvd. Save 15-20% on food
Chado Tea Room 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Save 15% on food
Cantaloop 7095 Hollywood Blvd. Save 15% on food
Green Earth Café 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Save 10% on food
Pink Pepper 1638 N. La Brea Ave. Save 10% on food
Johnny Rockets 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Save 10% on food
Pig N’ Whistle 6714 Hollywood Blvd. Save 10% on food
Mel’s Drive In 1650 N. Highland Ave. Save 10% on food
Madame Tussauds Hollywood 6933 Hollywood Blvd. Save 25% on admission for up to 6 guests

The exclusive discounts cannot be combined with any other offers. Offers are only valid through the duration of AFI FEST. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

Free theatrical magic show, The Magic of Smoke and Mirrors, at Union Station on Weds, Oct 30

Photo courtesy of Road Theatre

Photo courtesy of Road Theatre

Metro Presents: The Magic of Smoke and Mirrors at historic Union Station on Wednesday, October 30. The theatrical magic show will take place inside the former Fred Harvey Restaurant, a dramatic space that is usually closed to the public.

The performance presents highlights from Smoke and Mirrors, the critically acclaimed show extended due to popular demand at the Road Theatre in North Hollywood. ‘What are you afraid of,’ is the question posed by the production, all in the spirit of Halloween.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Doors open at 7 p.m. – seating is first come, first served
Pre-show at 7:30 p.m., Show begins at 8 p.m.
Union Station Fred Harvey Room
No food or beverages allowed inside (bottled water ok)

Former Fred Harvey Restaurant at Union Station. Courtesy of Hollywood Locations Company

Former Fred Harvey Restaurant at Union Station. Courtesy of Hollywood Locations Company

Show your valid Metro TAP card at check-in for access to preferential seating. Feel like dinner and a show? Show your valid Metro TAP card at Traxx Restaurant at Union Station and receive a 10 percent discount on your dinner bill. Guests are encouraged to make reservations at 213.625.1999 or www.urbanspoon.com. For more Destination Discounts click here.

The performance continues Metro Presents, Metro’s newly launched program of arts and cultural programs at Union Station. All events are free and open to the public. For more information on upcoming Metro Presents events, check Union Station’s events page.

Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Use the Trip Planner at metro.net for routes and connections. Car and bicycle parking are also available on site.

Metro gets a nice cameo in new Alternative Travel Project video on getting around L.A. sans personal car

This video has been making the rounds since being posted earlier this month. It’s the work of the Alternative Travel Project, a group which advocates for — as the name implies — travel by transit, bike and foot. On the local front, the actress Stana Katic has been giving the group a helping hand and the group has been involved in pushing CicLAvia.

It’s a great video with Metro playing a supporting role — and it shows that cars are hardly the only travel choice in So Cal. Share it please.

Puerto Rican ‘Bomba’ music and dance at Union Station on Friday, Oct 25

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Photo courtesy of ATABEY

Metro Presents: Puerto Rican Bomba music and dance by Atabey at historic Union Station this Friday, October 25. The group will appear in the South Patio and their performance will coincide with the Friday afternoon rush hour.

Atabey 
Friday, October 25, 2013
Two 45-minute sets beginning at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. 
Union Station South Patio

The performance is a continuance Metro Presents, Metro’s newly launched program of arts and cultural programs at Union Station. All events are free and open to the public. For more information on upcoming Metro Presents events, check Union Station’s events page.

Thousands of miles away from Puerto Rico, Atabey has been maintaining and promoting Bomba dancing, drumming and singing in Los Angeles since 2008. Atabey is one of the many names used by the indigenous people of Puerto Rico, the Tainos, for the deity of fertility and renewal.

Bomba music is a tradition that was developed in Puerto Rico by Africans who worked on sugar cane plantations. “Bomba is freedom and structure, community and ancestry, sensuality and modesty, ego and humility, tradition and innovation,” says band director Hector Rivera. “Hundreds of years later, Bomba is still alive and thriving all the way in Los Angeles, California!”

Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Use the Trip Planner at metro.net for routes and connections. Car and bicycle parking are also available on site.

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.