If you didn't Go Metro to Jack White at Mariachi Plaza this afternoon, here are a few pics

[UPDATED Aug 13, 4:00pm] Two videos added after the jump. Enjoy!

Much to everyone’s surprise, Jack White played an impromptu 20-minute show at Mariachi Plaza — above the Gold Line station — on this sweltering Friday afternoon. Here are some pics, courtesy of Mark Clifford:

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Go Metro to live music: Fun.

Fun – “Some Nights”

Go Metro to see one of the summer’s hottest bands, Fun., performing live at the historic Wiltern Theatre on three consecutive nights beginning Friday, August 17th! It’s the perfect event to use Metro — the Wiltern is across the street from the Wilshire/Western Purple Line station and adjacent to the Metro Rapid 720 stop.

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Go Metro Weekends, Aug 10 – 12

Celebrate Tanabata in Little Tokyo! Photo by waltarrrrr via Flickr Creative Commons

It’s going to be another scorching weekend! If all you want to do is sit and chill under the blast of AC, go check out DocuWeeks, which starts this Friday at Laemmle NoHo 7. You’ll get to stay cool and come away feeling more worldly and educated. Screenings start at noon and continue throughout the day, check DocuWeek’s website for a full listing of titles and schedule. Ticket prices range from $8 to $11. The theatrical documentary showcase will screen 28 outstanding films from all over the world over the next three weeks. (Metro Red Line to North Hollywood Station, Metro Bus 152 to Lankershim/Chandler)

Celebrate the joyous reunion of two star-crossed lovers at Tanabata Festival this Friday in Little Tokyo. Head to the Japanese National American Museum plaza for fun, food and cultural performances. The opening ceremony is at 5 p.m. on Friday, and events continue on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Metro Bus 40 to Judge John Aiso/1st)

Catch Alice in Wonderland on the big screen this Saturday at Expo Park once the sun – and the heat – has gone down. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., performances by Glen Iris and The Rebel Light begin at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:30 p.m. And of course, there will be food trucks hanging around to keep you fed. General admission is $10, but if you go Metro you’ll get $3 off! (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station, Metro Bus 102 to Exposition/University)

Horses and Metrolink trains, oh my

Starting this week, you might see some horses on Metrolink trains. A new train car decorated with a vinyl display of six thoroughbred horses will be traveling across the Metrolink system. The newly-wrapped car is a result of a partnership between Metrolink and Breeders’ Cup Ltd. to promote the return of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships to Santa Anita Park and encourage the use of public transportation to go to the event on November 2 and 3.

The Breeders’ Cup wrapped passenger car will appear on trains on the San Bernardino, Burbank-Bob Hope Airport and Orange County lines. For details on Metrolink schedules and connections to other transit systems the weekend of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, visit Metrolink’s website after October 10.

Metrolink connects with Metro Rail at Union Station, and many Metrolink stations are also served by Metro buses.

Date set for Space Shuttle Endeavour arrival at California Science Center … just steps from Expo

Space Shuttle Endeavour/Kennedy Image Gallery via Flickr

We finally have a date for arrival and transfer of Space Shuttle Endeavour to the California Science Center, just steps from the Expo Park/USC station.

Endeavour will be flown in to LAX Sept. 20, weather permitting, on top of a NASA Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier. It then will be transferred to a United Airlines hangar where it will stay until final preparations are made for its move on the morning of Oct. 12. The move to the Science Center will take two days, as the 58-foot-tall shuttle is transported under raised transmissions lines and across the 405 Freeway to Inglewood City Hall for an official launch ceremony Oct. 13. It then will be transported to the intersection of Martin Luther King and Crenshaw boulevards for a celebration of Mission 26. The shuttle is expected to reach the California Science Center in Exposition Park that evening.

The route can be accessed on the California Science Center’s website.The public is invited to serve as volunteers along the route. Those interested can sign up on the website as well.

Paris to Metro customers: stop acting like animals!

One of the more common gripes I often hear about Metro isn't directly related to Metro. Rather, it's a complaint about other Metro customers and their sometimes annoying or — let's face it — odd behavior.

Of course, it's hardly a complaint unique to Metro. Take, for example, Paris. As this great post in the Atlantic Cities notes, a recent survey of passengers on the Paris Metro reported seeing behavior that was either in direction violation of transit rules or was, at the best, unseemly and/or rude.

So the folks who run the Paris system have come up with an ad campaign that uses posters to urge their customers not to act like animals. Seriously. The above poster caption translates to “when it's at 86 decibels, it's no longer a secret.” In other words, don't squawk like a chicken.

The rest of the posters are in the Atlantic Cities post. Funny thing is that none of them deal with what I consider the most annoying behavior — the dreaded loud music from MP3 players, sometimes with headphones, sometimes not.

If you're curious about the L.A. Metro's code of conduct, here it is. Happy reading!


Metro converting ticket machines to TAP only

As some Purple and Red Line riders have noticed in recent days, Metro is in the process of converting ticket machines at stations to TAP only. That means that all paper tickets will disappear except for Metro to Muni transfers.

The conversion has taken place at ten subway stations and will continue in coming weeks to include all Metro Rail stations, as well as the Orange Line and any other Metro ticket vending machines in the area.

The bottom line: If you don’t currently have a TAP card, you will need one in order to pay fares at Metro Rail and Orange Line stations. (Please see below for more information for Metrolink riders).The ticket machines are being converted to TAP as a prelude to locking the turnstiles at some Metro Rail stations. The first gates are expected to be locked later in 2012.


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All aboard Expo for the dinosaur train

Want to take your kids to a fun, educational and air conditioned event? Go to the Natural History Museum this Saturday, August 11 and celebrate BIG BIG Dinosaur Day.

The event kicks off the start of DINOSAUR TRAIN’s BIG BIG Dinosaur Week on PBS Kids. You’ll get to meet Buddy the T. Rex, explore the NHM’s Dinosaur Hall, watch the premiere of a BIG BIG Dinosaurs episode and see series creator Craig Bartlett and his band perform songs from the show live.

The day starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Go Metro and get a discount on admission. The Natural History Museum is right next to the Expo/Vermont Station off the Expo Line, so hop on board and go have an adventure!

The art of transit

photo by Warren Morse

We see lots of photos of cars and buses, trains and trucks but not so many of ducks … especially not riding motorcycles. But in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — actually, all over Vietnam — motorcycles are the transit of the people and in the cities bike traffic jams look like Sunset Boulevard during rush hour. From families of four on a single cycle to huge stand-up freezers propped precariously, motorcycles carry anything that needs transporting. This photo was taken out of a car window with a Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS,with a 6.2 – 18.6mm zoom.

To submit a photo for the Art of Transit, post it to Metro’s Flickr group, email it to sourcemetro@gmail.com or Tweet it to @metrolosangeles with an #artoftransit hashtag. Many of the photos we’ve featured can be seen in these galleries on Flickr.

Go Metro Weekends, Aug 3 – 5

Catch MANDRILL this Saturday at the Ford Amphitheatre. Photo from MANDRILL’s Official Facebook

Pixar in Concert rocks the Hollywood Bowl on Friday! Listen to all your favorite songs from your favorite Pixar movies (yeah right, like you can really choose just one favorite Pixar movie) performed live. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $11 (plus fees). (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland, transfer to free Bowl Shuttle, Metro Bus 156 to Highland/Odin, Metro Bus 222 to Odin/Fairfield)

Go to Leimert Plaza Park on Saturday for a little taste of New Orleans. The 7th Annual New Orleans Cultural Festival features dancing, soul food, Creole/Cajun cuisine, arts and crafts vendors and more. The Mardi Gras Parade is at noon, but the event starts at 11 a.m. and lasts until 6 p.m. Admission is free, and if you go Metro you will receive free Mardi Gras beads. Just show your valid TAP card at the New Orleans Cultural Festival booth. (Metro Bus 40 to Martin Luther King Jr/Sutro)

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