Destination Discount: go Metro to X Games and receive a free poster

Photo: X Games

Photo: X Games

The world’s best are taking over Los Angeles one last time at X Games, don’t miss your chance to watch them live. The competition starts on Thursday, August 1 and continue through Sunday, August 4 with events at STAPLES Center, L.A. Live and the Irwindale Event Center. Competition event tickets range from $10 – $45. Check here for the full schedule of events.

Go Metro to get a free gift. Show your TAP card at the guest services booth at L.A. Live and you’ll receive a limited edition X Games LA 2013 poster. The exclusive souvenir is part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

To get to STAPLES Center, take the Blue or Expo Line to Pico Station. You can also walk from 7th/Metro or take the Silver Line into downtown. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Destination Discount: score discounted tickets to Dodger games with Metro

Dodger games are a great way to spend a summer night. Photo by Chloe Rodriguez/Metro.

Dodger games are a great way to spend a summer night. Photo by Chloe Rodriguez/Metro.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been heating up summer with a hot streak, winning 26 of 32 games, sending them from last place in the West to first place. Needless to say, they are killing it this season. Instead of watching them beat another team from your T.V., experience the game live at Chavez Ravine with the help of Metro.

Fans can save up to $20 on tickets to select Dodger games with a valid TAP card. The exclusive discount is part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

This summer’s select games are the following:

Date Time Opponent Promotion
Fri, Aug 9 7:10 pm Dodgers vs Tampa Bay Rays Friday Night Fireworks
Sun, Aug 11 TBD Dodgers vs Tampa Bay Rays Kids Back to School Backpack, Kids Run the Bases, Viva Los Dodgers
Mon, Aug 12 7:10 pm Dodgers vs New York Mets
Wed, Aug 14 7:10 pm Dodgers vs New York Mets
Mon, Aug 26 7:10 pm Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs
Wed, Aug 28 12:10 pm Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs
Fri, Aug 30 7:10 pm Dodgers vs San Diego Padres Friday Night Fireworks
Sun, Sep 1 1:10 pm Dodgers vs San Diego Padres Kids Run the Bases, Viva Los Dodgers
Tue, Sep 10 7:10 pm Dodgers vs Arizona Diamondbacks
Wed, Sep 11 7:10 pm Dodgers vs Arizona Diamondbacks
Sun, Sep 15 TBD Dodgers vs San Francisco Giants Kids Run the Bases
Fri, Sep 27 7:10 pm Dodgers vs Colorado Rockies Friday Night Fireworks
Sun, Sep 29 1:10 pm Dodgers vs Colorado Rockies Fan Appreciation Day, Kids Run the Bases

Another way to save is by taking the Dodger Stadium Express, a shuttle going directly to Dodger Stadium from Union Station. Also, there are available bike racks at the stadium, but make sure to bring locks and lights for evening games.

To plan the route that’s best for you, use the Trip Planner.

Go blue!

Ride Dodger Stadium Express to International Champions Cup

Photo: L.A. Galaxy Official Facebook

Photo: L.A. Galaxy Official Facebook

Matches 5 and 6 of the International Champions Cup 2013 will take place at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, August 3. Head out to support the reigning MLS Cup champion L.A. Galaxy. You’ll also be able to watch Real Madrid, Everton and Juventus at the double header.

Match 5 starts at 5 p.m. and match 6 begins at 7:30 p.m. The Dodger Stadium Express will be running to get soccer fans to the game. The shuttle bus leaves from Bay 3 at Union Station Patsaouras Plaza. Service will begin approximately 90 minutes before the first game and will run until 45 minutes after the second game ends. Rides are free to those who have tickets to the game.

To connect with the Dodger Stadium Express, take the Metro Gold, Red or Purple Line. There are also numerous bus options, use Trip Planner to find the best routes and connections.

Go Metro Weekends, July 26 – 27

Two Grand Performances are taking place this weekend. The Gypsy Allstars perform on Friday at noon, and Chico Trulillo and Las Cafeteras take the stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Both performances are free. Dine at the nearby Noe Restaurant and Bar before or after the performances and save 15% on your bill with your TAP card. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, exit towards 4th/Hill)

Check out the Los Angeles that could have been at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum. The exhibition Never Built: Los Angeles features a collection of spectacular projects that only saw the drawing board. The museum is open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m on Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $10. Show your TAP card at the front desk to receive $5 off tickets. (Metro Rapid 720 to Wilshire/Fairfax)

Catch Monty Python and the Holy Grail at L.A. Historic State Park this Saturday with Street Food Cinema. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie starts at sundown. Go Metro to save $3 on admission.  (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

Join dance storytellers Sheetal Gandhi and Shyamala Moorty at Ford Theatres on Saturday. The performance begins at 10 a.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, children 12 and under are free. Interested in other performances at Ford? Go Metro to save 20% on tickets. (Metro Red Line to Universal City Station, transfer to free Ford Shuttle)

Don’t miss the grand opening of the Downtown Flea this Sunday. The event will combine a food festival, block party and flea market all in one! Downtown Flea will take place in downtown’s Historic Core (246 South Spring Street) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $5, get a second admission free by showing your TAP card at the ticket booth. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, Metro Bus 92 to Spring/2nd)

Lunch trip recommendation: LADWP museum

Photos: Anna Chen/Metro

Have you ever wondered how Los Angeles gets its water? Learn all about it at the LADWP museum in the John Ferraro Building. The tiny museum has some interesting displays and is the perfect size to explore during lunch time. This year LADWP is also celebrating the L.A. Aqueduct’s centennial, so it’s a great time to brush up on William Mulholland lore.

To get to the museum, take the Red/Purple Line to Civic Center Station and walk northwest through Grand Park, or take Metro Bus 60 to Hope/Temple. The John Ferraro Building is located behind the Music Center and it’s hard to miss – it’s surrounded by water. The LADWP museum is open during business hours and is free to visit, just sign in with security.

As for lunch, grab something tasty from the Farmer’s Market at Grand Park (if you happen to go on a Tuesday that is), check out Tutti Frutti or First & Hope American Bistro just a half block southwest, or brown bag it and enjoy lunch on one of the many benches outside the John Ferraro Building.

When a beetle bumps into a train; help The Source identify this insect!

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I was riding the Gold Line home last Thursday, my head resting comfortably against the window when something big and green and black bumped into the window as we pulled into Del Mar station. That certainly woke me up. I thought it was either a mutant bee or perhaps a locust or cicada, neither of which I could recall ever encountering in Southern California.

Then yesterday I’m walking my dog in Memorial Park in Pasadena — next door to the Gold Line tracks — and I come upon this lil’ dude who looks suspiciously like the thing that buzzed my train. When I got too close, the thing took off and buzzed around, so it can definitely fly.

Here’s my question for any transit-oriented entomologists out there: What the heck is it? Is this thing a native? Some quick googling leads me to think it may be a rose chafer, which is apparently common in Europe but present throughout the U.S. Is this correct, people?

UPDATE: Metro’s Twitter followers believe this is a Green June beetle, which is a native to the eastern U.S.

UPDATE #2: Strong evidence is emerging this is not a Green June beetle, but a Figeater beetle. From Ralph on our comment board: “Cotinis nitida (Green June Beetle) is not found west of Texas (other than a single report in Az.), however, Cotinis mutabilis (Figeater Beetle) is known to range in the Southwestern US & Mexico. I have seen them in my yard as well, feeding on our, (you guessed it) Fig Tree. I’m not sure whether the measurements are on body only or include leg length, but some in our yard are definetely longer than the 23 mm listed for C. nitida, again making the case for this being a C. mutabilis.”

Go Metro Weekends, July 19 – 21

What do cows have to do with changing L.A.? Go to the NHM and find out! Photo: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

What do cows have to do with changing L.A.? Go to the NHM and find out! Photo: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

The Natural History Museum recently opened their new exhibition Becoming Los Angeles, which chronicles how people and the land have affected each other over 500 years and transformed L.A. into the city we know today. Show your TAP card at the box office to save $1.25 on adult admission. The NHM is open 7 days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station, Metro Bus 102 to Expo/Watt Way)

The Renegade Craft Fair is taking place this Saturday and Sunday at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. There will be food, workshops and more than 250 indie crafters such as Cotton & Flax. The fair will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days and is free to the public. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

Eat See Hear is showing Coming to America at Santa Monica High School on Saturday. The screening will take place in the Memorial Greek Theatre, enter on 4th Street via the walkway between the track and DoubleTree Hotel. There will also be food trucks and music, as always. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:30 p.m. Go Metro to save $2 on admission. (Metro Bus 534 to Olympic/5th, Big Blue Bus 3 to 4th/Civic Center)

Chinatown Summer Nights is taking place on Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight. Go celebrate the 75th anniversary of Chinatown with food, music and more! Show your TAP card at the info booth to get a free gift. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

Don’t forget about the bike ride to see Mucca Pazza for free. It leaves from Expo Park/USC Station on Saturday at 7 p.m. for Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park. Dine at La Fonda Supper Club on the day of the ride and save 20% on your bill with your TAP card.

Also, a final reminder for the free Chinatown screening at Union Station this Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Seating for the movie is first come, first served with proof of RSVP confirmation. Your TAP card will get you preferential seating while they’re available.