Go Metro and Save at Taste of Italy in Downtown L.A. Oct 12

Celebrate Italian American culture and cuisine at Taste of Italy, an evening of premier gastronomy, music, and entertainment hosted by the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles and Italy America Chamber of Commerce.

The event takes place Saturday, Oct. 12, from 5 – 10 p.m. Located at the historic Pico House in El Pueblo de Los Angeles, the 5th-annual Taste of Italy will feature over 50 Italian and Italian American restaurants from the Southern California region, as well as dozens of wineries and purveyors of culinary specialties. (Did we mention there will also be food?)

Go Metro and receive $5 off general admission. To receive the discount, present your valid TAP card, Metro Employee ID, or L.A. County employee ID at the event check-in. Fill your stomach and your wallet by going Metro!

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—now that’s amore!

For rail service to Taste of Italy, take the Metro Red, Purple, or Gold Line to Union Station. To arrive by bus, take Metro Line 70 or 76 to Spring/Cesar E Chavez, the Metro Silver Line, or any line serving Union Station. El Pueblo de Los Angeles is located at 424 N. Main St., across Alameda Street from Union Station.

To plan your route, use the Trip Planner…and buen provecho!

Go Metro to L.A. Kings season opener and Dodgers playoffs!

Above: the Kings practice in September at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, adjacent to the Green Line's Mariposa station. The above drill is harder than it looks. Trust me.

In two hours or so, the Dodgers kick off their National League divisional series at Atlanta while the Kings start their season against the Minnesota Wild.

Both teams come home at the start of next week. The Dodgers host the Braves for Game 3 on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Chavez Ravine with Game 4 on Monday (the time hasn't been announced yet). The Kings' home opener against the New York Rangers is Monday night at 7:30 p.m.

Both games are transit accessible. The Dodger Stadium Express provides free bus service for ticket holders between Los Angeles Union Station and Dodgers Stadium. And Staples Center is easy to reach via the Blue and Expo Lines' Pico station as well as the Silver Line bus.

Blue Line timetable and map

Expo Line timetable and map

Silver Line timetable and map

Timetables for all Metro bus and rail lines


Metro Art Moves: New fall art tour series begins TONIGHT

tour_at_unionstation_smTonight Metro continues its free art tours, Metro Art Moves, featuring a new fall series in downtown LA and a new starting location: Union Station. 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:

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.

Metro + Art + CicLAvia in the “Heart of L.A.”

Westlake/MacArthur Park Station, MacArthur Park, Urban Oasis (detail),  Sonia Romero, Artist. Photo: Metro Creative Services.

One of 13 ceramic mosaic tile artworks by Sonia Romero. The mosaics are located on two facing mezzanine walls at Westlake/MacArthur Park Station. Photo: Metro Creative Services.

This Sunday, when you’re walking, cycling or skating your way through the streets at CicLAvia, enrich your mind, ears and eyeballs with art, special events and activities along the way!

The 7.5-mile Heart of L.A. route connects with eight Metro Rail stations, each featuring artwork created specifically for the site. (See map with Metro stations here. Explore Metro Art here.)

Pedestrian Zones at the north, south, east, west and middle of the route present a variety of creative offerings to those moving at a leisurely pace—and four of the five zones are conveniently served by Metro stations.

Take Metro to CicLAvia via the Expo, Red, Purple, Blue or Gold Line and explore L.A.’s unique artistic landscape along the way!

Traveling east to west from Mariachi Plaza to MacArthur Park, and north to south from Chinatown to the African American Firefighter Museum, here is a tiny selection of art, events and activities in and around Metro stations and CicLAvia hubs touching (or very close to!) the route. For many more details and a full schedule of activities, click here.

EAST TO WEST

Mariachi Plaza Station (CicLAvia Hub)
Zumbathon
DJs playing music

Little Tokyo/Arts District Station
Taiko performers

Civic Center/Grand Park Station (CicLAvia Hub)
The Music Center’s Lines + Lanes program featuring art-making, games and DJ music

Civic Center/Grand Park Station, Faith Ringgold, Artist. Photo: Metro Creative Services

One of 52 smalti (glass) mosaic artworks by Faith Ringgold. The mosaics are located across four mezzanine walls at Civic Center/Grand Park Station. Photo: Metro Creative Services

Pershing Square Station

Pershing Square Station, Antonakos, Artist. Photo: Metro Creative Services.

On of 12 neon sculptures by Stephen Antonakos at Pershing Square Station. Photo: Metro Creative Services.

7th Street/Metro Center Station

7th Street/Metro Center Station, Joyce Kozloff, Artist. Photo: Metro Creative Services.

Detail, one of two ceramic tile murals by Joyce Kozloff. The artworks are located on the mezzanine level at 7th Street/Metro Center Station. Photo: Metro Creative Services.

Westlake/MacArthur Park Station (CicLAvia Hub)
Photo Booth
Climbing Wall
Free coffee samples

Westlake/MacArthur Park Station, MacArthur Park, Urban Oasis, Sonia Romero, Artist. Photo: Metro Creative Services.

Seven of 13 ceramic mosaic tile artworks by Sonia Romero. The mosaics are located on two facing mezzanine walls at Westlake/MacArthur Park Station. Photo: Metro Creative Services.

NORTH TO SOUTH

Chinatown Station (CicLAvia Hub)
Live music throughout the day
Ping pong
Ticketed walking tour led by Charles Phoenix

An I-Ching based compass and granite dial on the mezzanine, by Chusien Chang at Chinatown Station. Photo: Metro Creative Services.

An I-Ching based compass and granite dial on the mezzanine, by Chusien Chang at Chinatown Station. Other components of the artwork are located at street level. Photo: Metro Creative Services.

African American Firefighter Museum (CicLAvia Hub)
Tours of the museum
Music all day

Go Metro to ArtNight Pasadena and get free (or close to free) things in the process

ArtNight Pasadena is an evening filled with music, arts and entertainment at 17 of Pasadena’s most notable and iconic arts and cultural institutions on October 11 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Best of all, this entirely free event is easily accessible from the Metro Gold Line.

ArtNight Pasadena is also a Destination Discount, which means those who show their TAP card, Metro Employee ID or LA County employee ID will receive exclusive special offers at:

•  Armory Center for the Arts: 145 N. Raymond Avenue. Accessible via Memorial Park Gold Line Station. Receive a free catalogue, “Art through Pasadena.”

Boston Court: 70 North Mentor Avenue. Accessible via Lake Av Gold Line Station or Metro Bus lines 256 or 485 to Lake/Union. Get a $5 discount on any general admission ticket purchased through their website using the code METRO.

MUSE/IQUE: 750 East Green Street. Accessible via Metro Bus 485 to Lake/Green. Get 50% off tickets to their Uncorked series.

One Colorado: 24 East Union Street. Accessible via Memorial Park Gold Line Station and/or Metro Line 256. Goorin Brothers Hats offers a 15% discount on all merchandise sold on ArtNight at their Pasadena location.

Pacific Asia Museum: 46 North Los Robles Avenue. Accessible via Memorial Park Gold Line Station and/or Metro Bus 180, 181, 256, 267, 686, 687 or 780 to Los Robles/Union or Los Robles/Colorado. Receive a 20% discount on museum memberships.

Pasadena Museum of California Art: 490 East Union Street. Accessible via Memorial Park Gold Line Station and/or Metro Bus 180, 181, 256, 267, 686, 687 or 780 to Los Robles/Union or Los Robles/Colorado. Get a free exhibition poster.

Pasadena Museum of History: 470 West Walnut Street. Accessible via Memorial Park Gold Line Station and/or Metro Bus 180, 181, 256, 267, 686, 687 or 780 to Los Robles/Walnut, Walnut/Garfield or Los Robles/Colorado. Receive one complimentary admission pass to return to the museum at a later date and tour the recently re-opened Fenyes Mansion

Side Street Projects: 730 North Fair Oaks Avenue. Accessible via the Del Mar Gold Line Station and/or Metro Bus 260 or 267 to Fair Oaks/Orange Grove. Get a free membership or receive 20% off an on-site class.

Remember that when using Metro Express Line 485, the fare may differ depending on where you catch it at. To plan your fun filled evening, use the Trip Planner on metro.net or call 323.GO.METRO.

Blue Line Farmers’ Market continues to grow

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Even though the Blue Line Farmers’ Market is still fairly new, it’s proving to be a huge success. With more and more people heading over, the market has grown and now has even more to offer!

From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., there will be live, healthy cooking demonstrations every 20 minutes. This week features 5-star Chef Anna (The Seed Lady of Watts) making her famous Collard Green Tacos.

Market-goers will also be able to enter in a raffle to win products and services from the Blue Line Farmers’ Market, and starting this month, sign up at the market to get organic food delivered to your home!

The Blue Line Farmers’ Market takes place every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., rain or shine. Go Metro and save 10% on your purchase. Just show your valid TAP card to any market vendor to receive the discount.

To get to the Blue Line Farmers’ Market, take the Blue Line to Compton Station or Metro Bus 202 to Willowbrook/Compton. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Go Metro to save 15% on CicLAvia memorabilia

Photo: CicLAvia Official Facebook

Photo: CicLAvia Official Facebook

The next CicLAvia takes place Sunday, October 6, with the route exploring DTLA. The event is free to the public and lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Go Metro to save on CicLAvia T-shirts and collectibles. Just show your valid TAP card at the Mariachi Plaza Hub merchandise tent to receive a 15% discount on CicLAvia gear. Discount is only applicable at the Mariachi Plaza Hub.

This 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.

Bicycles are allowed on all Metro buses and trains. Check metro.net/bikes for rules and safety guidelines.

Destination Discount: TAP at a participating Yogurtland and get 3 free oz.

Metro riders will now be able to enjoy more tasty froyo for less. Show your TAP card to the cashier at the following Yogurtland locations to receive 3 ounces off your purchase:

  • Yogurtland Miracle Mile: 310 S. La Brea Ave., Sun-Thur 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. // Fri-Sat 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. (Metro Bus 16, 212 to 3rd/La Brea)
  • Yogurtland Santa Monica Promenade: 304 Santa Monica Blvd., Sun-Thurs 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. // Fri-Sat 10 a.m. – 1 a.m. (Metro Rapid 704 to 4th/Santa Monica)
  • Yogurtland Carson: 20700 Avalon Blvd., Sun-Fri 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. // Sat 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. (Metro Bus 205 to Del Amo/Leapwood)
  • Yogurtland Burbank Media Center: 304 N. San Fernando Blvd., Sun-Thurs 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. // Fri-Sat 11 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. (Metro Bus 292 to Magnolia/San Fernando)
  • Yogurtland Ladera Heights: 5375-B W. Centinela Ave., Sun-Thurs 10:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. // Fri-Sat 10:30 a.m. – 12 a.m. (Metro Bus 110, 217 to Centinela/Alvern)

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.

So go forth and conquer Yogurtland! What’s your favorite flavor combo? (I personally enjoy a trio of pistachio, green tea and something tart.)

Heart of L.A. CicLAvia Destination Discounts

“Heart of L.A.”, the next installment of CicLAvia, takes place on Sunday, October 6. The route revisits DTLA, and many of Metro’s Destination Discount partners are located along the way. So start planning your CicLAvia Sunday and make sure to have your TAP card handy so you can save at the following DTLA locations:

MOCA Grand Ave – Pop by MOCA Grand Ave and get 2-for-1 on admission with TAP. Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Casey’s Irish Pub – Stop by to refuel for the ride home and show your TAP card to save 15% on your bill. Casey’s is open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.

Noe’s Restaurant & Bar at the Omni Los Angeles – Worn out from bike riding but not ready to head home? Extend your Sunday at Noe’s, where you can save 15% on your bill by showing your TAP card. Open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

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Always on the lookout for Union Station on TV

Being a semi-dedicated TV watcher, it’s sort of a hobby of mine to spot L.A. locations in various shows. And for shows that are supposed to be set in L.A., I always try to verify its accuracy to see if Metro appears in any scenes. People may not always take the subway, but I just won’t believe it’s L.A. if there’s not a Metro bus in the background somewhere at some point!

Last week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot episode put the spotlight on Union Station. Check out the clip below to see the East Portal get its 15 minutes of fame. You can watch the full episode for shots of the Gateway building. And hey, they actually called the station by its correct name! (Unlike in S.W.A.T. where they called 7th/Metro Figueroa Station…)