Check out LAX’s first art walk and live performance Everywhere Nowhere

Cynthia Minet's "Packing (Caravan)" at LAX. Photo: PanicStudio LA

Cynthia Minet’s “Packing (Caravan)” at LAX. Photo: PanicStudio LA

If you haven’t found an excuse to visit the newly renovated LAX yet, here’s a good one. LAWA is presenting the first-ever art walk next weekend, with a live performance taking place at 7:30 p.m. both nights. The event is free and open to the public. To get to LAX via Metro, take the Green Line to Aviation Station and hop on the free shuttle, or Metro Bus 40, 102 to the LAX Transit Center.

Here’s the press release from LAWA with more details on the event:

For the first time, the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Art Program will present an original performance work at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), entitled Everywhere Nowhere. Directed and choreographed by Sarah Elgart, with an original score composed by Yuval Ron, Everywhere Nowhere is a site-specific, multi-sensory spectacle of movement, media, and color. It was commissioned as part of the Influx: Art at LAX, an ongoing public art festival featuring the work of 45 Los Angeles-based artists and 11 original, site-specific installations located throughout LAX. Prior to the performance of Everywhere Nowhere, LAX is hosting its first-ever Art Walk, inviting the public to take self-guided tours of the various Influx installations located in the airport’s public spaces.

WHAT: First-ever Art Walk at LAX, followed by world premier of Everywhere Nowhere, a site-specific, multi-sensory spectacle of movement, sound, and color, directed by Sarah Elgart and featuring an original musical score by composer Yuval Ron, projections by director Kevin Kerslake and artist Stephen Glassman, and costume design by Swinda Reichelt.

WHEN: Saturday, September 28 and Sunday,  September 29

Art Walk, self-guided tours of Influx: 5 – 7 p.m.

Everywhere Nowhere, live performance: 7:30 – 9 p.m.

WHERE: Influx Art Walk: Maps for self-guided tours will be available at the Art Walk Welcome Table at the Terminal 1 Arrivals level, as well as online. Influx installations are located throughout LAX.

Everywhere Nowhere performance: the outdoor courtyard located on the Arrivals level in between Terminals 1 and 2 at LAX.

INFO: Both the Influx Art Walk and the live performance of Everywhere Nowhere are free and open to the public. For more information, visit: http://www.lawa.org/welcome_lax.aspx?id=1602 or send an email to art@lawa.org. .

Go Metro Weekends, Sept 20 – 22

A truly alternative mode of transportation. Photo courtesy of AltCar Expo

A truly alternative mode of transportation. Photo courtesy of AltCar Expo

Final reminder for Alfred Hitchcock at Union Station – Strangers on a Train screens tonight at 8 p.m. in the North Patio.

The AltCar Expo takes place this Friday and Saturday at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Go check out the latest in alternative tech vehicles! The expo lasts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and is free to attend. Show your TAP card at the AltCar info booth and receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a free Nissan LEAF rental. (Metro Bus 534 to Olympic/5th)

Don’t miss Made in LA Ride III on Saturday – the weather promises to be perfect for a leisurely bicycle ride! Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. The ride leaves at 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. (Metro Gold Line Lincoln/Cypress Station and Metro Bus 90/91, 94, 794, 84/68, 251, 751)

This Sunday is International Car Free Day! Walk, bike or take transit on Sunday and help reduce congestion and help the environment.

Sherman Oaks and Studio City are celebrating Car Free Sunday with community events and promotions. Head to a free yoga class at Lululemon at 9:30 a.m. (12199 Ventura, take Metro Bus 150/240 to Ventura/Vantage) or check out the Studio City Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Metro Bus 230 to Ventura/Laurel Canyon). Wear blue to receive special promotions from many other local businesses.

P.S. Brought to our notice by commentor LAofAnaheim: Red Bull FlugTug is happening this Saturday, get there via the Downtown Long Beach Blue Line Station. The gates open at 11 a.m. and flights happen between 1 p.m. through 3:30 p.m. Totally free to stop by and watch the awesomeness!

Reminder: movie + you at Union Station this Friday

If you weren’t able to make it out to the Chinatown screening in July, here’s your next chance to watch a movie at Union Station! Metro and Echo Park Film Center will be screening a classic Alfred Hitchcock film (did you guess Strangers on a Train? Because you were right!) this Friday.

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Event Details
Friday, September 20
Screening begins at 8:00 p.m. (doors open 7:00 p.m.)
Union Station North Patio

The event is free to the public. Seating is limited and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests may bring chairs, blankets and picnics, but no alcoholic beverages are allowed.

Show your valid Metro TAP card at check-in for access to preferential seating. Feel like dinner and a movie? Show your valid Metro TAP card at Traxx Restaurant at Union Station and receive a 10% discount on your dinner bill. Guests are encouraged to make reservations at 213.625.1999 or online.

Reach Union Station via Metro Bus or Metro Rail on the Red, Purple or Gold Line. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner. Bike parking is also available on site.

Transit Reader: what are you reading?

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Paper books are great, but they can really weigh you down! (Plus you can pop an e-reader in a Ziplock bag to safely read when traveling in the rain.)

Are you an avid transit reader? Do you whip out a well worn paperback the minute you step foot on bus or train? Or do you prefer the Kindle/Nook/tablet – lighter to carry, and no one can tell what you’re reading (is it romance? It’s okay if it’s romance, says the person who recently finished The Governess Affair).

What am I reading now? Night Shift, a short story collection by Stephen King. (And if anyone wants to discuss his Dark Tower series, I’m game. Blaine is a pain, right?) I’ve found that short stories are great for reading on buses or trains. You can usually finish a few of them before reaching your destination and not get upset that you have to stop just as the chapter’s getting good. Plus, Stephen King books read like eating candy – easy to digest horror candy. I try to leave the books that require me to do some research or deep thinking for at-home reading.

But perhaps you like philosophical contemplation during your morning commute. Maybe you like reading comics, or self-help magazines, or books on the Vietnam War. What are YOU reading now? Tell us in the comments and check back for more recommendations!

Chat with the volunteers at the Union Station information booth

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Many of you are probably familiar with the Metro Customer Center at Union Station’s East Portal, but did you know there’s also an information booth at the other end of the station? The info booth, located just outside the old ticketing concourse, is part of the original Union Station and is staffed by 14 L.A. Tourism and Convention Board volunteers. The booth is staffed 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is a great resource for everyone visiting Union Station.

The volunteers play a vital role for those who pass through Union Station. They help up to 5,000 people a month, whether it’s navigating the station and the rest of the city, or just recommending things to do in L.A. The volunteers go through orientation and training, but many of them have lived in L.A. for years and already have extensive knowledge of the city.

Info booth volunteer Don Young chats with passerby. Photo: Anna Chen/Metro

Info booth volunteer Don Young chats with passerby. Photo: Anna Chen/Metro

One volunteer, Don Young, has been working at Union Station since 1996, which means he’s seen and heard a lot at this historic site. Ten years ago he was lucky enough to meet one of the Harvey Girls who had worked at L.A. Union Station’s Harvey House Restaurant. She showed him the old dormitory adjacent to the restaurant – an area not open to the general public and most people don’t even know exist!

Young also remembers visiting Union Station when he was much, much younger. The biggest impression it made on him was that the waiting area was integrated – not the case at the time in his hometown, Oklahoma City.

According to Young, the three most asked questions at the info booth are 1. Where is the restroom? 2. How do you get to Olvera Street? and 3. Is there a McDonald’s here? Which means there should really be a McDonald’s at Union Station!

Young is clearly dedicated to helping all who drop by the info booth, often stepping out of the booth to walk travelers around the station if they seem especially lost. He works shifts Wednesday through Sunday and welcomes anyone who’d like to drop by and learn more about Union Station.

Info booth volunteer Mark Ferem helps some travelers find their way. Photo: Anna Chen/Metro

Info booth volunteer Mark Ferem helps some travelers find their way. Photo: Anna Chen/Metro

Another volunteer, Mark Ferem, previously worked at the Downtown BID and knows plenty of interesting factoids about Los Angeles. “I love L.A. I was born and raised here, I’m an L.A. native!”

Ferem loves sharing his knowledge with others and helping them maximize their time when visiting L.A. so they can love the city as he does, and those that he’s helped clearly appreciate him – many make it a point to visit the info booth a second time just to thank him for his assistance. For Ferem, the reward is in seeing visitors embrace and enjoy their journey.

Ferem has met and helped numerous tourists visiting L.A., and recently he’s seen an uptick in locals coming to explore Union Station and rediscover the city via Metro. “It’s so great to see Union Station become a destination, and people are so excited to take transit.” Ferem volunteers at the booth on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays, so if you see him around, don’t be shy and say hi!

City officials celebrate Blue Line Farmers’ Market at ribbon cutting event

Photos courtesy of City of Compton

The official ribbon cutting of the Blue Line Farmers’ Market took place this past Wednesday. Major Aja Brown and Compton City Council are fighting back and providing the City of Compton with fresh fruits and vegetables to combat the city’s designation as a ‘Food Desert.’

According to the USDA, the City of Compton meets the criteria of a ‘Food Desert’ because more than 15% of its residents are 1 ½ mile or more from a grocery store. The city’s new Blue Line Farmers’ Market was developed by the Mayor and City Council, in partnership with Metro, to allow residents and riders access to healthy, organic fruits and vegetables.

“The Blue Line Farmers’ Market will not only provide healthy food options for residents of the Compton community, but the market will be accessible to the over 90,000 daily Metro Blue Line riders…” states Mayor Brown.

The Blue Line Farmers’ Market takes place every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. To get there, take the Blue Line to Compton Station or Metro Bus 202 to Willowbrook/Compton. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner. Go Metro and save 10% on your purchase. Just show your valid TAP card to any market vendor to receive the discount!

 

Let’s do liquid lunch … near Metro

Dr. J juice drink. Photo from Dr. J's official Facebook

Dr. J’s juice drink. Photo from Dr. J’s official Facebook page

It’s fashion week in New York and even if you’re not interested in finding out what the hot color combos are this season, you really should take pride in the fact that New York is once again copying L.A. style.

The hot trend at fashion week this year isn’t skirt lengths. It’s liquid lunch juice concoctions that serve the dual purpose of filling fasting fashionistas (so glad we don’t have to say that out loud) and helping them stay slim and, well, cleansed. It is, at least, better than smoking.

In New York, models in sky-high heels are trotting around town in search of the latest in juice concoctions and the chosen color is green. Marie Claire – a fashion and style magazine — has even hired a truck to show up outside popular runway events. But juicing is nothing new in California. Jamba Juice and Robeks started here decades ago. And every day we find new juice joints — and new combos — near Metro stations and stops.

In downtown L.A., juice joints abound. A quick walk from the Red and Purple Line Pershing Square Station (unless you’re in heels) is a place called Dr. J’s (334 S. Main St.) that serves a variety of juice blends in fashionable jars. Among them is the Skin Beautifier of apple, carrot, celery, cucumber, the Immunity Builder of banana, cabbage, carrot, dandelion greens and the Green Energizer, which is avocado, banana, baby bok choy and baby spinach. Drinks run between $7 and $8.50.

But do juice drinks have to be green to be good for us? Can a pink juice be healthy and delicious? Do Ben & Jerry’s smoothies count? You tell us.

Ben & Jerry's smoothies. Photo by Anna Chen

Ben & Jerry’s smoothies. Photo by Anna Chen

A few other juice suggestions along Metro:

Liquid Juice Bar on Melrose, a block west of Crescent Heights (Metro Local Line 10)

Pressed Juicery on Ventura in Studio City, between Coldwater and Valley Vista Blvd. (Metro Rapid 750 or Metro Local 150)

The Punchbowl, 4645 Melbourne Ave. (Red Line Vermont/Sunset Station)

So where do you like to juice? Send your suggestions for great juice bars near Metro (put Ride & Dine in the subject field) to sourcemetro@gmail.com and we’ll post them on our beautiful Ride & Dine map.