Go Metro Weekends, July 12 – 14

Catch the circus at Staples Center and get discounted tickets with Metro! Photo: Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Official Facebook

Catch the circus at Staples Center and get discounted tickets with Metro! Photo: Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Official Facebook

Check out the Los Angeles that could have been at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum. The exhibition Never Built: Los Angeles opens this weekend and 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)

The circus is back in town! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey present Built To Amaze! taking place at Staples Center this weekend. Shows are on Friday at 12 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Go Metro and save $8 on tickets. The exclusive Metro discount is also valid for other performances, visit the Ringling Bros. page to find out more information. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station, Metro Silver Line to Figueroa/12th)

Head to Levitt Pavilion Pasadena to rock out under the stars. Free concerts take place at 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday and at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Check out their calendar page to see which bands are playing. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station, Metro Bus 267 to Walnut/Raymond)

For Bastille Day, Vive la Nutella

Salade Nicoise

Salade Nicoise. Photos by Kim Upton/Metro

Sunday is Bastille Day and even if Les Miserables wasn’t your pick for best picture (too much singing), with July 4 just behind us we can certainly appreciate the celebration of freedom. Then, too, it’s a holiday for parades and eating. Nothing wrong with that.

So the question is, where can we go to celebrate? What French restaurants are near Metro (not the Paris Metro). Are they good? Are they expensive?

Here’s a quick list of a few in downtown L.A. near transit: Chaya Downtown (Red and Purples lines Pershing Square Station), Café Pinot at the library (Red and Purples lines Pershing Square Station), Patina at Disney Hall (Red and Purple lines Civic Center Station). These places are on the pricey side, although worth it if you have the money.

But if you want a crepe filled with Nutella (Paris street food) or an American salade nicoise with tuna salad rather than tuna and no nicoise olives and (importantly) if you want your lunch to cost less than $10, there’s a sweet little place called Groundfloor Café at 433 S. Spring … two blocks east of the Pershing Square Station. They have good baguettes filled with such things as brie and apples, pate and traditional ham and cheese. They serve a variety of coffees and espressos. Don’t forget the Nutella peanut butter smoothie. It’s not French but who cares?

Other French suggestions? Email us at sourcemetro@gmail.com and we’ll put them on our Ride & Dine map. Add Ride & Dine to the subject field so we know it’s you.

Groundfloor Cafe

Groundfloor Cafe

Free screening of Oscar-winning film ‘Chinatown’ inside Metro’s historic Union Station on Saturday, July 20

Soak up the old timey atmosphere while watching an old timey movie! Photo: JulieandSteve via Flickr Creative Commons

Soak up the old timey atmosphere while watching an old timey movie! Photo: JulieandSteve via Flickr Creative Commons

Metro, in partnership with Downtown Film Festival L.A., will screen Chinatown at historic Union Station in a free-to-the public program on the evening of Saturday, July 20th. The classic neo-noir film starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway is based on the Oscar-winning screenplay by Robert Towne and directed by Roman Polanski. The program marks the Closing Night Film of the 2013 Downtown Film Festival L.A., held July 10 – 20 in venues throughout downtown L.A.

Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, Chinatown has been hailed as among the greatest films of all time and one of the defining movies about Los Angeles since it was first released in 1974 by Paramount Pictures.

The public screening of Chinatown as the Closing Night Film of Downtown Film Festival L.A. launches Metro’s new program of arts and cultural events planned for the iconic Union Station in anticipation of its 75th anniversary celebration next year.

The event is free to the public but reservations are essential. Advance tickets may be reserved at http://www.dffla.com.

Guests are welcome to bring picnics, but no alcoholic beverages are allowed.

Show your Metro TAP card at check-in and get access to preferential seating and receive one free beverage (while supplies last).

The film was selected in part to coincide with Chinatown Summer Nights in Los Angeles, occurring the same evening just a Metro stop away on the Gold Line. Show your valid TAP card, Metro employee ID, or LA County employee ID at the event and receive a free gift (while supplies last). Learn more at http://chinatownsummernights.com.

Film Screening Details:

Saturday, July 20
Screening begins 8:30 p.m. (doors open 8:00 p.m.)
Union Station Old Ticket Concourse
800 North Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Program is free but advance tickets must be reserved at http://www.dffla.com.

Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Visit the Trip Planner metro.net for more routes and connections. Car and bicycle parking are also available on site.

Last chance to get tickets to American Ballet Theatre with Metro discount

Photo: American Ballet Theatre Official Facebook

Photo: American Ballet Theatre Official Facebook

The American Ballet Theatre opens at the Music Center this Thursday. Then starting Friday, they will be performing Le Corsaire, the classic Russian tale first performed in 1856, and it’s a performance you won’t want to miss!

Go Metro to save 30% on tickets. Just show  your TAP card at the box office or use the code 22466 if purchasing tickets online. Today is the last chance to cash in on this exclusive discount!

The discount applies to tickets purchased for the following performances:

Friday, July 12 , 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 13, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

The Music Center is located near the Metro Red/Purple Line Civic Center Station. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

The art of transit

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Photo by Anna Chen/Metro

Steve Hymon will be back soon, and with him Twitter Tuesdays. In the meantime, enjoy some transit art.

This downtown bus stop bench now features the Hulk! Guess where it’s located and you’ll win Internet kudos.

The answer and more information on the bus bench art project after the jump.

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Go Metro Weekends, Fourth of July

Warm summer evening and an outdoor movie. Photo from Eat|See|Hear Official Facebook

Warm summer evening and an outdoor movie. Photo from Eat|See|Hear Official Facebook

A quick heads up: Metro Bus and Rail will be operating on a Sunday/holiday schedule for the Fourth of July on Thursday.

Don’t forget, the inaugural Metro Art Moves summer tour is set for this Thursday. Grab a snack from QdobaTossed or Boba 7 – use your TAP card to get a discount! – then meet up at 7th/Metro at 5:30 p.m. The free tour ends about an hour and a half later at Grand Park’s 4th of July Block Party, where you can use your TAP card again to get free sunglasses and then enjoy fireworks over the City of L.A. (Metro Expo/Blue/Red/Purple Line to 7th/Metro)

Speaking of fireworks, Concerts on the Green is holding a July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza at Warner Park on Thursday. A concert, featuring the Los Angeles Pierce Symphonic Winds, begins at 6 p.m. and fireworks are scheduled to go off around 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. (Metro Orange Line to Warner Center Transit Hub, Metro Bus 150/240 to Topanga Canyon/Marylee)

Want to see an outdoor movie instead of fireworks? Eat See Hear is showing Stripes at the L.A. State Historic Park on Saturday, July 6. There will be food trucks and live music at the event. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie begins around 8:30 p.m. Show your TAP card at the entrance to get a $2 discount on an individual pass. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

And for more movies, check out the Old Pasadena Film Festival, a free four-week movie screening series that kicks off this weekend. Head to Pasadena’s Central Park on Friday and scare yourself cold with The Ring, or watch the Robert Redford version of The Great Gatsby at One Colorado Courtyard on Saturday. Both outdoor movies start at 8:30 p.m. (Metro Gold Line to Del Mar Station or Metro Bus 260 to Fair Oaks/Del Mar for Central Park, Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station or Metro Bus 180 to Colorado/Fair Oaks for One Colorado Courtyard)

Anime Expo is back in town, taking place at the L.A. Convention Center from Thursday through Sunday. Things get going around 9 a.m. each day and most panels/showings end around midnight. The only exception is Sunday, where the closing ceremony is set to start at 5 p.m. A one-day pass is $40, but if you’re only interested in checking out the exhibition hall, it’s $20. (Metro Expo/Blue Line to Pico Station, Metro Silver Line to Figueroa/Pico, or walk from 7th/Metro)

A reminder: Long Beach Funk Fest is happening on Saturday, read this previous post to find out details and how to score some discounts.

And a final reminder for those heading to the Gold Cup game on Sunday: take the Gold Line!

Go Metro for fun Fourth of July festivities

Photo by Kr!sh Subramaniam/Flickr Creative Commons

Amazing fireworks in Los Angeles on 4th of July. Photo by Kr!sh Subramaniam/Flickr Creative Commons

It’s time to get patriotic and enjoy some barbeque, fireworks, and whole lot of red, white, and blue. The Fourth of July is right around the corner and Metro provides Angelenos an easy way to get to celebrations of the nation’s 237th birthday.

Take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station to join in on the 4th of July Block Party at Grand Park. Starting at 3 p.m., you can feast on All-American food from burger and ice cream food trucks and enjoy live music for free. Need some shades to view the fireworks? Go Metro and receive a free pair of sunglasses by showing your TAP card at the information booth.

Iconic singer and songwriter Josh Groban joins the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl for a three-day celebration. This festivity offers a marvelous outdoor setting for good old-fashioned music and spectacular fireworks. Take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland and you can transfer to the Bowl Shuttle free with a valid Metro TAP card.

Also by this weekend, Metro’s Expo and Gold Lines will be improved to run every 10 minutes after 7 p.m. To plan your route for Fourth of July festivities, use the Metro Trip Planner.

Where will you be celebrating July 4th this year? Leave a comment!