Go Metro Weekends, Oct 10 – 12

Bjork, Banh Mi, ballet… I’m starting to sense a theme this weekend…

Friday

Today at Grand Central Market: it’s Banh Mi Day! Participating vendors will sell their own take on the beloved Vietnamese sandwich–how about a smoked pork belly banh mi from Horse Thief BBQ, or an Asian omelet banh mi from EggS***? It all leads up to a free food tasting and recipe showcase with Andrea Nguyen, author of The Banh Mi Handbook, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, Metro Rapid 745 to Broadway/3rd, or various buses serving Hill Street or Broadway.)

ArtNight Pasadena returns for its fall 2014 iteration. Over 20 of Pasadena’s best art and cultural institutions will keep their doors open late for an evening of free exhibits, music, and entertainment. Go Metro and get great perks with valid TAP card. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station or various buses serving Old Pasadena.)

And now for a bit of shameless self promotion: Lily Allen brings her cheeky brand of British electro hip-hop pop to the Palladium this Friday at 7 p.m. If you’re planning on going, why not avoid the whole parking-in-Hollywood-on-a-weekend headache and take the Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station instead?

Saturday

Grab your TAP card and lace up your running shoes this Saturday for the Boyle Heights 5K Run/Walk and the Munchkin Half-Mile! The race begins at Mariachi Plaza, continues down 1st Street to Lorena, then loops back. It’s $25 for adults and $10 for those 13 and under. Race-day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. with the Munchkin run starting at 8 a.m. and the run/walk beginning at 8:45 a.m. (Metro Gold Line to Mariachi Plaza Station or Bus 30 to 1st St/Mariachi Plaza.)

Metro riders save 20% on tickets to the Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner at REDCAT. Various artists led by Jace Clayton perform newly-arranged versions of songs by the mercurial and politically-bold songwriter. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station.)

All Weekend

The Downtown Independent Theater and Cinema is screening Bjork’s Biophilia, her latest concert film, all weekend. Tickets are $11.24 after an online fee. Click here for specific times. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square or Little Tokyo/Arts District Stations.)

The Australian Ballet presents Swan Lake at the Dorthy Chandler Pavilion this weekend, and Metro riders can save 20% on select seats to the 1:30 p.m. Saturday matinee. Here’s to being cultured and transit-savvy! (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station.)

The first-ever Highland Park Independent Film Festival is happening now through October 11 at…the Highland Theatre of course! Catch short programs and feature films throughout the afternoon and evening. Ticket prices vary. (Metro Gold Line to Highland Park Station, Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/Avenue 54.)

Why You Share the Ride: bike to rail equals time to read

During Rideshare Week, we’ll be featuring stories submitted by real commuters talking about why they share the ride. Join the conversation and let us know why you share the ride! Tweet us @metrolosangeles using the hashtag #RideshareLA. And don’t forget to pledge online for a chance to win some awesome prizes.

The following rideshare story comes to us from Bond Harper, who commutes from Culver City to Universal City.

BondHarper“I ride my bike to the Culver City Metro Station and take the train to Universal City. I love the consistency of my commute times compared to driving (you never know how traffic will be!). I’ve also realized that I can read a book a week on the train, so I’ve had fun catching up on novels and learning new things with non-fiction. It is so easy to hop off in Hollywood or downtown to meet someone for dinner or attend an event.”

 

Go Metro and save at Taste of Italy this Saturday

The 6th annual Taste of Italy takes place this Saturday, October 11 in Pueblo de Los Angeles in Downtown L.A. Hosted by the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, it’s an evening of Italian culture, entertainment, and of course, food that is easily accessible via Metro Bus or Rail.

Guests will enjoy premier gastronomy from more than 50 Italian and Italian American restaurants, dozens of wineries, and purveyors of culinary specialties. Plus, the celebration takes place at the scenic and historic Pico House–one of the last remaining buildings from the days of Los Angeles’ once sprawling and bustling Little Italy. (Don’t believe we ever had a Little Italy? Click here.)

Go Metro to Taste of Italy! Take the Red, Purple, or Gold Line to Union Station. There’s also Bus 70 or 76 to Spring/Cesar E Chavez, the Silver Line, and a plethora of buses serving Patsaouras Bus Plaza. El Pueblo de Los Angeles is located at 424 N. Main Street, across Alameda Street from Union Station.

Best of all, Taste of Italy is a Destination Discount! This means Metro riders with valid TAP cards will receive $5 off general admission or a premium ticket at event check-in. Now that’s amore!

Look awesome in a Metro Beanie when the cold weather finally gets here

It’s still fairly mild out, but temperatures will really dip any day now…and when they do, you’ll want a Metro Beanie so you can look good while keeping your head warm.

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The Metro Beanie is available now at the online Metro Store for $9.65.

Why You Share the Ride: riding the rails means a little time to exercise

During Rideshare Week, we’ll be featuring stories submitted by real commuters talking about why they share the ride. Join the conversation and let us know why you share the ride! Tweet us @metrolosangeles using the hashtag #RideshareLA. And don’t forget to pledge online for a chance to win some awesome prizes.

The following rideshare story comes to us from Windy Smith, who commutes via the Metro Gold Line and Metro Red Line.

Me  G Metro photo“Well for starters, I now ride Metro Rail! I began riding on June 23, 2014 and I absolutely LOVE IT! It helps me and my family a GREAT DEAL. I am a single parent and riding the metro saves me money on gas, parking, wear and tear on my vehicle and travel time–especially in traffic. Some of the activities I do while commuting are reading and listening to my music in peace, which I am unable to do if I am driving my car.

Another reason why I enjoy using Metro is because it’s very convenient. The Gold Line station is one block from my home and it takes me to Union Station where I board the Red Line. The subway drops me off directly behind my place of employment–I couldn’t ask for anything better. Also, with my busy schedule I hardly get the chance to exercise regularly, but I must say I am able to get my daily walk during my commute to and from work by riding Metro. I am very happy with this switch and I recommend that everyone GO METRO! Thank You.”

ArtNight Pasadena returns this Friday with s.w.a.g for Metro riders

Visitors pose with Picasso's portrait of Marie Therese at the Norton Simon Museum, one of many Pasadena museums, galleries, and cultural institutions open late on ArtNight. Image by Glenn Zucman via Flickr/CC

Visitors pose with Picasso’s portrait of Marie Therese at the Norton Simon Museum, one of many Pasadena arts and cultural institutions open late on ArtNight. Image by Glenn Zucman via Flickr/CC.

This Friday, October 10, more than 20 of Pasadena’s arts and cultural institutions will stay open late for ArtNight Pasadena, an evening of free exhibits, music, and entertainment that happens only twice a year!

This time around, we can’t wait to see the USC Pacific Asia Museum’s collection of modern Chinese art, the Armory Center’s exhibit on “wrong” points of view, the fourth biennial of San Gabriel Valley scenes at the Pasadena Museum of History, and much more. For a full list of participating ArtNight venues, click here.

Besides being fun and free, ArtNight Pasadena is totally transit accessible. Take the Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station or one of Metro’s many Rapid and Local buses serving Old Pasadena. There’s also Pasadena ARTS Route 10, which runs along Colorado Boulevard and Green Street until 10 p.m. Free ArtNight shuttles will loop throughout the evening with stops at each venue, so driving and parking won’t be necessary at all!

Plus, ArtNight Pasadena is a Destination Discount, which means those who present their valid TAP cards will receive cool art freebies/deals at:

  • Armory Center for the Arts - free catalogue for “The Fifth Wall” exhibition
  • Light Bringer Project – free Doo Dah Parade T-Shirt in available sizes
  • MUSE/IQUE - free Muse/Ique T-shirt
  • Offramp Gallery - free Offramp book bag
  • Pasadena Museum of California Art – Save 25% on a PMCA membership or a Mark Ryden Wondertoonel exhibition poster

So: lovers of art, Pasadena, and free things, go enjoy ArtNight Pasadena! And if you’re planning on arriving via our buses or trains–thanks for going Metro.

Need assistance? Try the Metro customer service center at Wilshire/Vermont Station

Photos: Anna Chen/Metro

In late June 2014, the Wilshire/La Brea Customer Service Center relocated to Wilshire/Vermont due to forthcoming Purple Line Extension construction. Since the July 1 of the Wilshire/Vermont Customer Service Center opening, Metro staff has assisted approximately 16,000 people.

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Metro customer service centers offer a variety of services to Metro riders. You can get timetables, plan your trip, provide feedback and purchase TAP cards–which you’ll need in order to take advantage of the free 2-hour transfers. It’s also the place to submit applications for reduced fare TAP cards, such as Senior or Student TAP cards.

The Wilshire/Vermont Customer Service Center is located at 3183 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 174, just around the corner from the Red and Purple Line Wilshire/Vermont Station entrance. It’s also served by numerous Metro and municipal buses that stop at the plaza. The service center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To see the locations of other Metro customer service centers, click here.