Go Metro Weekends, Aug 17 – 19

Long Beach Funkfest 2011. Photo from LB Funkfest official Facebook

This Friday, get your hula on at the East L.A. Civic Center amphitheatre. The Kilohana Performing Arts Company will be there to teach the art of hula during this week’s J.A.M. Session. The free dance lesson starts at 6 p.m. and is open to all ages. A free outdoor movie screening follows at 8:30 p.m. (Metro Gold Line to East L.A. Civic Center Station, Metro Bus 258 to Mednik/3rd)

The Long Beach Funkfest takes place on Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. The free event features dancers, vendors, a kids’ zone and live performances. Learn how to sustain your future through funk and enjoy a day out with the family. Go Metro and receive a 10% discount on festival merchandise. The festival takes place on the intersection of Pine and East Broadway in downtown Long Beach. (Metro Blue Line to Long Beach Transit Mall Station, check Trip Planner for connections to Long Beach Transit buses)

This year’s Grand Performances are winding down, so make sure to catch a show before they close up shop. This Sunday, visit California Plaza and to see The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs on stage at 8 p.m. The “monologue” will be read by Chinese, Mexican, Korean and Japanese American performers, emphasizing the influence of one man on the global marketplace. The event is free, and free bike valet is offered for those who ride to attend. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, exit 4th/Hill, Metro Bus 84 to 4th/Hill)

The art of transit

photo by the U.K. Department of Culture, Media and Sport, via Flickr creative commons

Nice photo of a slice of the record crowds that used public transit in London during the recent Olympic Games. And here’s our recent post about how an expanded transit system could serve a future Olympics in the Los Angeles region.

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.

Silver Line late-night service starts Friday, Aug. 17

Photo by Waltarrrr, via Flickr creative commons.

When Metro rolled out expanded late-night service on Metro Rail and the Orange Line last month, many of you wondered “what about the Silver Line?” Well wonder no more good readers, late-night weekend service for the Silver Line begins this Friday.

On Friday and Saturday nights, the Silver Line will run past 2 a.m. The last bus from Artesia Transit Center departs at 1:56 a.m. and the last bus from El Monte Bus Station departs at 2 a.m. The schedule of additional trips can be seen here.

Metro added extended service to the Silver Line due to the jump in late-night ridership since Metro Rail and the Orange Line began operating until 2 a.m. Keep these numbers up and we may one day end up with late-night service seven days a week!

The art of transit

photo by Simon Plestenjak, via Flickr creative commons

The Metro in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival last year.

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.

If you didn't Go Metro to Jack White at Mariachi Plaza this afternoon, here are a few pics

[UPDATED Aug 13, 4:00pm] Two videos added after the jump. Enjoy!

Much to everyone’s surprise, Jack White played an impromptu 20-minute show at Mariachi Plaza — above the Gold Line station — on this sweltering Friday afternoon. Here are some pics, courtesy of Mark Clifford:

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Go Metro to live music: Fun.

Fun – “Some Nights”

Go Metro to see one of the summer’s hottest bands, Fun., performing live at the historic Wiltern Theatre on three consecutive nights beginning Friday, August 17th! It’s the perfect event to use Metro — the Wiltern is across the street from the Wilshire/Western Purple Line station and adjacent to the Metro Rapid 720 stop.

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Go Metro Weekends, Aug 10 – 12

Celebrate Tanabata in Little Tokyo! Photo by waltarrrrr via Flickr Creative Commons

It’s going to be another scorching weekend! If all you want to do is sit and chill under the blast of AC, go check out DocuWeeks, which starts this Friday at Laemmle NoHo 7. You’ll get to stay cool and come away feeling more worldly and educated. Screenings start at noon and continue throughout the day, check DocuWeek’s website for a full listing of titles and schedule. Ticket prices range from $8 to $11. The theatrical documentary showcase will screen 28 outstanding films from all over the world over the next three weeks. (Metro Red Line to North Hollywood Station, Metro Bus 152 to Lankershim/Chandler)

Celebrate the joyous reunion of two star-crossed lovers at Tanabata Festival this Friday in Little Tokyo. Head to the Japanese National American Museum plaza for fun, food and cultural performances. The opening ceremony is at 5 p.m. on Friday, and events continue on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Metro Bus 40 to Judge John Aiso/1st)

Catch Alice in Wonderland on the big screen this Saturday at Expo Park once the sun – and the heat – has gone down. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., performances by Glen Iris and The Rebel Light begin at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:30 p.m. And of course, there will be food trucks hanging around to keep you fed. General admission is $10, but if you go Metro you’ll get $3 off! (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station, Metro Bus 102 to Exposition/University)

Horses and Metrolink trains, oh my

Starting this week, you might see some horses on Metrolink trains. A new train car decorated with a vinyl display of six thoroughbred horses will be traveling across the Metrolink system. The newly-wrapped car is a result of a partnership between Metrolink and Breeders’ Cup Ltd. to promote the return of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships to Santa Anita Park and encourage the use of public transportation to go to the event on November 2 and 3.

The Breeders’ Cup wrapped passenger car will appear on trains on the San Bernardino, Burbank-Bob Hope Airport and Orange County lines. For details on Metrolink schedules and connections to other transit systems the weekend of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, visit Metrolink’s website after October 10.

Metrolink connects with Metro Rail at Union Station, and many Metrolink stations are also served by Metro buses.

Date set for Space Shuttle Endeavour arrival at California Science Center … just steps from Expo

Space Shuttle Endeavour/Kennedy Image Gallery via Flickr

We finally have a date for arrival and transfer of Space Shuttle Endeavour to the California Science Center, just steps from the Expo Park/USC station.

Endeavour will be flown in to LAX Sept. 20, weather permitting, on top of a NASA Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier. It then will be transferred to a United Airlines hangar where it will stay until final preparations are made for its move on the morning of Oct. 12. The move to the Science Center will take two days, as the 58-foot-tall shuttle is transported under raised transmissions lines and across the 405 Freeway to Inglewood City Hall for an official launch ceremony Oct. 13. It then will be transported to the intersection of Martin Luther King and Crenshaw boulevards for a celebration of Mission 26. The shuttle is expected to reach the California Science Center in Exposition Park that evening.

The route can be accessed on the California Science Center’s website.The public is invited to serve as volunteers along the route. Those interested can sign up on the website as well.

Paris to Metro customers: stop acting like animals!

One of the more common gripes I often hear about Metro isn't directly related to Metro. Rather, it's a complaint about other Metro customers and their sometimes annoying or — let's face it — odd behavior.

Of course, it's hardly a complaint unique to Metro. Take, for example, Paris. As this great post in the Atlantic Cities notes, a recent survey of passengers on the Paris Metro reported seeing behavior that was either in direction violation of transit rules or was, at the best, unseemly and/or rude.

So the folks who run the Paris system have come up with an ad campaign that uses posters to urge their customers not to act like animals. Seriously. The above poster caption translates to “when it's at 86 decibels, it's no longer a secret.” In other words, don't squawk like a chicken.

The rest of the posters are in the Atlantic Cities post. Funny thing is that none of them deal with what I consider the most annoying behavior — the dreaded loud music from MP3 players, sometimes with headphones, sometimes not.

If you're curious about the L.A. Metro's code of conduct, here it is. Happy reading!