Major national artist project and concert at Union Station

Rendering of Station to Station train by Doug Aitken. Work in progress. © 2013 Doug Aitken

Rendering of Station to Station train by Doug Aitken. Work in progress. © 2013 Doug Aitken

A major project by renowned Los Angeles artist Doug Aitken will appear next month at Union Station.

Described as “a liquid platform for artistic experimentation,” Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening will connect artists, musicians and cultural icons with diverse communities for a series of interventions and site-specific happenings.

Over the course of three weeks in September, a train will travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific, making nine stops along the way in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico, Arizona and California, each time for a one-night only live event.

The project stops at Union Station on Thursday, September 26 and will feature a concert with performances by Beck, Dan Deacon, Sun Araw & The Congos, No Age, and others to be announced.

The $25 concert tickets will go on sale here on Friday, August 9, at noon.

The following activities will be accessible for free, outside the ticketed concert event:

1–Five Nomadic Sculptures created by Kenneth Anger, Urs Fisher, Liz Glynn, Carsten Höller, and Ernesto Neto. The artists were asked to envision a yurt (a portable tent-like dwelling traditionally used by nomads in Central Asia). The Nomadic Sculptures include Höller’s yurt pierced with holes that visitors can throw Frisbees through and Glynn’s creation of the universe that will evolve at each stop.

2–Two yurts designed as intimate gallery-like settings where local artists will be designing and crafting new products in real time. Artists featured include Folk Fibers, Cobra Boots, Chimayo, and Junkyard Jeans.

3–A food yurt featuring a selection of slow food produce.

Visit Station to Station for more information about the project.

Unless you’re already on the Station to Station train, Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Visit the Trip Planner at for routes and connections. Bicycle parking is also available on site.

Go Metro for fresh farmers’ market fare

Fresh fruits and veggies, international snacks and great food! Photo: brad.coy via Flickr Creative Commons

Fresh fruits and veggies, international snacks and great food at the Original Farmers Market. Photo: brad.coy via Flickr Creative Commons

Farmers’ markets bring fresh, local and often organic produce to communities across L.A. County. They’re also a great place to find fun food vendors and best of all, it’s free if you just want to wander around and browse. Many of them are within reach by Metro, and here are a few recommendations.

  • Santa Monica hosts a few farmers’ markets throughout the week. The one on Saturday takes place on Arizona Avenue at 3rd Street from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Metro Rapid 704,720 or Big Blue Bus 1, 4, 10 to Santa Monica/3rd)
  • Culver City hosts a farmers’ market on Main Street between Venice and Culver every Tuesday from 3 – 7 p.m. (Metro Rapid 733 to Venice/Bagley, Metro Expo Line to Culver City Station, Culver City Bus 1 to Culver/Main)
  • Long Beach hosts a farmers’ market on 1st Street between Elm and Linden every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Metro Blue Line to 1st Street Station, Long Beach Transit 151 to Elm/1st)
  • The Hollywood Farmers’ Market takes place on Ivar Avenue between Hollywood and Sunset every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station)
  • There’s a farmers’ market in Larchmont Village on Larchmont Boulevard between Beverly and 1st Street every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Metro Bus 14/37 to Beverly/Larchmont)
  • Century City hosts a farmers’ market where Avenue of the Stars meets Santa Monica Boulevard every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Metro Rapid 728 to Ave. of Stars/Santa Monica)
  • There’s a farmers’ market at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Metro Bus 105 or Metro Rapid 710 to Martin Luther King Jr./Crenshaw)
  • The Watts Healthy Farmers’ Market takes place at Ted Watkins Park every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Metro Bus 53 to 103rd/Central, Metro Blue Line to 103rd Street Station)
  • South Pasadena hosts a farmers’ market on Meridian Avenue at El Centro every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Metro Gold Line to South Pasadena Station)
  • The East L.A. Farmers’ Market takes place at Belvedere Park every Thursday from 2 – 8 p.m. (Metro Gold Line to East L.A. Civic Center Station)
  • DTLA hosts a a few farmers’ markets throughout the week. My personal picks are the Grand Park Farmers’ Market, every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center Station), and the one at Figat7th, every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Metro Blue/Expo/Red/Purple Line to 7th/Metro Station)
  • Last but definitely not least, the Original Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax is open 7 days a week. (Metro Rapid 780, Bus 217, 16 to Fairfax/3rd)

Recommend any that I may have missed in the comments. And make sure to bring your reusable tote bags when shopping, it will make getting all those groceries home a lot easier.

GG NineNet jazz band to perform at Union Station August 16

Photo: GG NineNet Official Facebook

Photo: GG NineNet Official Facebook

GG NineNet jazz band will hold a free performance at Union Station on Friday, August 16, 2013. The performance is part of Metro’s new program of arts and cultural events for the iconic station in anticipation of its 75th anniversary celebration in 2014.

The group will appear in the main concourse waiting room and coincide with Friday rush hour.

Event Details:
Friday, August 16, 2013
Two 45-minute sets beginning at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. 
Union Station Main Concourse Waiting Room
800 North Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The performance is open and free to the public. Get to Union Station via Metro Bus and Rail, Metrolink or Amtrak. Bicycle parking is also available on site. For routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

“We’re so excited to infuse live jazz music through the corridors of Union Station. Their sound is certain to be a classy complement to the grandeur of Union Station,” said Maya Emsden, Metro Deputy Executive Officer, Creative Services. “We hope it will be a pleasantly surprising treat to the ears of unsuspecting transit customers.”

Destination Discounts: go Metro to the L.A. Taco Festival and receive a free drink

Pig out on some tasty tacos. Photo: L.A. Taco Festival.

Pig out on some tasty tacos. Photo: L.A. Taco Festival.

Boyle Heights is a landmark for producing some of the best tacos Los Angeles has to offer and experience it all at the 2nd Annual L.A. Taco Festival. On Saturday, August 17 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., this free community event will offer every kind of taco your little heart desires, from birria to carne asada to shrimp, as well as live Mariachi music and arts and crafts.

Taking place at Mariachi Plaza Station, the Metro Gold Line takes hungry passengers directly to the festival. Bring an appetite and a valid TAP card to the event and receive a free drink while supplies last. The exclusive offer 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 plan the route that’s best for you, use the Trip Planner.

Go Metro Weekends: Friendship Day

The crew of "Trio Los Machos" is ready to entertain! Photo: Casa 0101 Official Facebook

The crew of “Trio Los Machos” is ready to perform! Catch them this weekend, get a discount on tickets with your TAP card. Photo: Casa 0101 Official Facebook

This Sunday is National Friendship Day, so grab your pals and take them out for some fun – and with Metro, nobody has to be the driver. The fun doesn’t have to be limited to Sunday either!

Friday, visit Figat7th to catch Jose James and Carolyn Malachi perform. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. The concert is free to attend. Need dinner? The Taste food court is located on the ground floor of Figat7th and home to Saffron, Juicy Lucy, The Melt and more. (Metro Red/Purple/Blue/Expo Line to 7th/Metro, exit towards Figueroa)

If you love tasty Asian street food and bustling nightlife, head to the 626 Night Market taking place this weekend at the Paddock Gardens at Santa Anita Race Track. The night market is open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday. Admission costs $2 if you enter before 6 p.m. and $3 if you enter after. (Metro Bus 78/29 to Huntington/Holly)

On Sunday, check out the block party at the California African American Museum. Make sure to bring your dancing shoes! The event takes place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and it’s free to attend. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station)

Also on Sunday is the Old Pasadena Farmer’s Market on Holly Street at Fair Oaks Avenue. The farmer’s market takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to the public. This Sunday only, the first 250 attendees will receive a free canvas recycled bag. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station, Metro Bus 267/264 to Walnut/Raymond)

Catch a performance of Trios Los Machos at Casa 0101 this weekend. There are showings on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. Tickets are approximately $20, go Metro to save $2 on admission. (Metro Gold Line to Soto Station, Metro Bus 30 to 1st/Cummings)

If you’re heading to HARD Summer, go Metro! Rides are free for those with tickets to the show, and Metro will be extending rail service for the event. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

And don’t miss out on getting a free poster at X Games with your TAP card! (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station)

Destination Discount: go Metro to save on L.A. Sparks tickets

Photo: Jorge Cruz

Photo: Jorge Cruz

The Los Angeles Sparks are gearing up to bring home another WNBA Championship and there are only a few home games at STAPLES Center left this season. Don’t miss out on the excitement, get your tickets now – and go Metro to save.

Present your valid TAP card at the box office to save 25% on weekday games and 20% on weekend games. 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.

STAPLES Center is served by Pico Station off the Blue and Expo Line. You can also take the Silver Line to Figueroa/12th or walk from 7th/Metro. Use Trip Planner to find more routes and connections.

Influx: Art at LAX

As part of its expansion and renovation, LAX is dramatically increasing the reach of its public art program and making the airport a destination in and of itself. Influx: Art at LAX, the airport’s first-ever public art festival, opened in June and will run through the end of 2013. Presented in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Influx features 11 original, temporary art installations located throughout LAX with new installations in Terminals 1, 2, 3, Tom Bradley International Terminal, 6, 7, and 8.

Some of the installations are on view for ticketed passengers only, so if you’re traveling through LAX, don’t miss the opportunity to check them out!

Get to LAX via Flyaway, which connects with the rest of the Metro system at Expo/La Brea and Union Station, or with the Metro Green Line to Aviation Station. Once the Crenshaw/LAX Line is built, it’ll be even easier to get to LAX – and it’ll be exciting to see what the new and improved LAX will look like by then.