"Play Me, I'm Yours" now at Union Station

A passing commuter decides to give the new piano at Union Station a whirl just minutes after it was installed.

Turning your life into an impromptu musical has just gotten easier. Thirty pianos – one of which is located inside Union Station by the Starbucks - are decorated by local artists and community arts organizations. The pianos have just been placed throughout neighborhoods of L.A. County as part of the “Play Me, I’m Yours” installation presented by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

The piano at Union Station is designed by the Los Angeles Music and Art School and hosted by Metro. All 30 pianos are free for everyone to play and enjoy, so if you’re passing through Union Station take some time to give the piano a little love.

Play Me, I’m Yours” launched today with a simultaneous play-in of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I Preludes at all 30 pianos. The performer at Union Station was Raymond Lowe, who was extremely well received by the crowd of travelers that gathered to watch the event. Immediately after Lowe finished his performance, others jumped in for the chance to play. Check out the YouTube video Metro staff made of the performance at the top of the post.

The "Play Me" piano was intalled Wednesday afternoon at Union Station.

The “Play Me, I’m Yours” installation by artist Luke Jerram is a celebration of pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane’s 15th anniversary as LACO music director. Los Angeles is the 23rd city to host the art project. “Play Me, I’m Yours” began in London in 2008 and has since spread to over 20 cities around the world, including Cincinnati, New York, Barcelona and Sydney.

The 30 pianos will be in town for just three weeks, so take some time and try to visit each one! Go to the L.A. “Play Me, I’m Yours” website for photos, videos, a list of the piano designers/decoraters and a map of where all the pianos are located. Many are located close to Metro bus stops and stations, such as the ones at El Pueblo (Union Station), L.A. Live (7th/Metro or Pico Station) and Santa Monica Pier (Rapid Bus 720 to 4th/Colorado).

Go Dodger Stadium Express to opening day

Photo by kla4067, via Flickr creative commons

Here’s the news release:

Metro will again offer Dodger Stadium Express bus service from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles to Dodger Stadium throughout the regular 2012 baseball season under a grant approved by the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC).

The Dodgers opening day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates is Tuesday, April 10 beginning at 1:10 p.m.

“Once again, The Dodger Stadium Express comes through for fans,” said Metro Board Chairman and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “Through a generous grant, the MSRC will allow ticketed fans to ride free from Union Station to Dodger Stadium with the purchase of a Dodgers game ticket.”

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The art of transit

 

photo by Carlos Felipe Pardo, via Flickr creative commons

Interesting view of bus rapid transit in Pereira, Colombia — there are even turnstiles to get to the loading platform for the ‘Megabus.’ Here’s some more info about the project.

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, April 6-8

Photo used with permission from The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Start Passover Friday at Rosa Mexicano and their fantastic Mexican Passover dinner. Bringing a new twist to traditional Seder specialties, chef Jonathan Waxman has created a menu that is kosher, unique and tasty. Some dishes include Huachinango “gefilte fish,” traditional red snapper dumplings served with pickled vegetables and jalapenos, and tacos de tinga de res – savory pulled beef brisket mixed with jicama and carrots and cooked in Tecate beer. Mexican Passover is available at Rosa Mexicano from April 6 to April 13 at both the L.A. Live and Hollywood location. (To L.A. Live restaurant: Metro Blue Line to Pico Station. To Hollywood restaurant: Metro Bus 2 to Sunset/Sunset Plaza, walk half a block northeast on Sunset.)

On Saturday, take the family to Olvera Street for the Blessing of the Animals. The event takes place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at El Pueblo Historical Monument, with the procession on Olvera Street commencing at 2 p.m. There will be musical entertainment, free pony rides and a petting zoo. Celebrated every Saturday before Easter for over 80 years, the Blessing of the Animals serves now as recognition of the services animals provide for humans. Olvera Street is located across the street from Union Station, which is served by Metrolink, Amtrak, Metro Gold Line, Red Line, Purple Line and a multitude of buses. Check Trip Planner to find the best route.

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The art of transit

photo by Steve Hymon/Metro

I had been wanting to photograph a Gold Line train on the 1st Street Bridge with a rising full moon in the background. So I gave it a shot — pun intended — and came up with this. Not horrible, not great. It’s probably worth another try when the full moon rises when it’s dark out — the moon rose about 6:40 p.m. on Thursday, a good half-hour before sunset. There’s always next month…

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.

The art of transit

photo by Andrea Cline, via Twitter

Nice and colorful iPhone photo of the North Hollywood Red Line station.

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.

The art of transit

photo by Steve Hymon/Metro

This isn’t exactly a secret spot, but I had never visited the old Pacific Electric streetcar right-of-way in Silver Lake. About .8 miles of the old alignment still exists on open property between the 2 freeway and Fletcher Avenue — various developers have had no luck developing the land over the years. A good write-up of the hike along with a very cool historic photo of the old tracks can be found at Modern Hiker.

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.

The art of transit

photo by megachannel, via Instagram

Nice shot of the Green Line’s Hawthorne Station along the 105 freeway, taken with the popular iPhone app.

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, March 30 – April 1

For those of you not “prepping” for the first ever L.A. Beerathon this Saturday – which is no longer a Beerathon but more a city-wide bar crawl, check out the event’s Facebook for a map of venues with special food and drink offers – get out and enjoy some of the history and culture Los Angeles has to offer.

Photo by k12istina15 via Flickr

One last reminder: Thai New Year Festival is this Sunday. There will be food, dancing, crafts and a parade, and if you show your valid Metro pass or ticket at the event booth you’ll get a free Thai umbrella. The festival is free and lasts from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Western Station.)

The South Pasadena Library is holding a free, public discussion to celebrate the life of civil rights leader César Chavez on March 30. The event will take place at the community room, which is one block from the library, and starts at 6 p.m. Victor Griego, Jr., who is a founding member of the César E. Chavez Foundation, is the guest speaker and will be moderating. The documentary “Fighting for Our Lives” also will be shown at the event, and there will be refreshments. No reservations are required. (Metro Gold Line to Mission Station or Metro Bus 176 to Mission/Meridian, walk three blocks east to 1115 El Centro Street.)

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