Go Metro to X Games and Anime Expo

And that’s just a few of the attendees at AX! Photo via Anime Expo Facebook

This year, Anime Expo and the X Games - both events that bring thousands to downtown Los Angeles – overlap for three days. Anime Expo takes place June 29 to July 2 at the L.A. Convention Center and the X Games take place June 29 to July 1 at L.A. LIVE and Staples Center. This means there will be tons of cosplayers, skaters, bikers and fans of all ages converging in downtown this upcoming weekend, not to mention street closures around the L.A. LIVE area to accomodate the outdoor ramps and bleachers.

Grab some big air right next door to AX. Photo via X Games Facebook.

To avoid traffic and parking frustration, why not take public transportation to both events? Plus, if you go Metro to the X Games you can pick up a free tote bag from the NAVY booth.

• The new Expo Line runs from Culver City to 7th/Metro Center at the intersection of Figueroa and 7th streets, with a stop at Pico — two short blocks from the L.A. Convention Center, L.A. LIVE and Staples Center. There is free parking available at the Metro garage at La Cienega/Jefferson, Crenshaw station and at the Culver City Station, as well as many paid parking options at Exposition Park.

• The Red Line subway runs from North Hollywood to Union Station. There is free parking at the North Hollywood Station, Universal City Station and numerous paid parking lots around stations in Hollywood. There is also paid parking at Union Station — it’s $6 for the day.

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photo by Carter Rubin/Metro, via Flickr creative commons

Nice photo of the maintenance yards in downtown Los Angeles for the Red/Purple line subway. The L.A. River is to the right of the yards — one of the bridges over the river is in the top right of the frame — and Metro’s headquarters is in the distance. The photo was taken with the Instagram app for iPhone.

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.

Cheap and tasty eats on the Expo Line from the 99 Cent Chef

Blogger Billy Vasquez — aka the 99 Cent Chef — has a great review of all the delicious and cheap food you can find within walking distance of the Expo Line. It’s a handy guide for those thinking of going Metro to explore some of the newest neighborhoods to have a Metro Rail station.

Here’s Vasquez’s video recap — a montage of scenes from the train ride and the tasty eats that he tracks down.

I’d like to echo the India Sweets & Spices recommendation. It’s some of the tastiest Indian food in L.A., period. Plus you can stuff yourself for about $8! Be sure to try the samosas.

H/T to Culver City Patch.

Go Metro Weekends, June 22-24

Photo from Grand Performances Flickr.

Now that Culver City Station is open, take the Expo Line to The Jazz Bakery, currently holding court at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Go enjoy some amazing, innovative jazz.  Friday’s performance stars Mary Stallings while Saturday features Dori Caymmi. General admission tickets are $30 and $25 respectively. Both shows start at 8 p.m. (Metro Expo Line to Culver City Station, walk about 15 minutes southwest on Washington or transfer to Culver City Bus 1.)

Grand Performances are back at the California Plaza and kicks off with some dirty dancing this Friday. Dance along to the cult classic film at this free event. Pre-show salsa lessons start at 7:45 p.m. and professional dancers will be performing on stage as well. Don’t miss the special appearance by Kenny Ortega, the original choreographer of Dirty Dancing. Take Metro to Grand Performances and receive a free fountain drink from Starry Kitchen or Johnnie’s NY Pizza. (Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, Angels Flight to the top of Bunker Hill, Metro Bus 14 to Grand/3rd.)

The Look East: Korean Film Festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Check their schedule of events for screening times. On Saturday at 1 p.m. Byung-hun Lee and Sung-ki Ahn will become the first Asian actors to cast their hand and footprints outside of the theatre. Go Metro to the film fest and get 15% off tickets. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Bus 212 to Hollywood/Orange.)

And for a peaceful start to your weekend, check out this gorgeous video showing the various forms of transit in Tokyo by Pat Leezy.

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photo by smrtmnky, via Twitter

The actor Mark Wahlberg waves at passengers on the Metro 212 bus as it rolls past the premiere of “Ted” in Hollywood on Thursday.

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 to the Hollywood Fringe Festival

Photo courtesy of Hollywood Fringe Festival

Celebrate theatre, dance, art, comedy, film, cabaret and much more at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, which continues until June 24.

With more than 200 different shows scheduled at the Fringe Central Mainstage at Open Fist Theatre and dozens of other venues in Hollywood, you’ll find yourself entertained for days. The Fringe provides a framework for producers to present an incredible variety of work in an accessible and festive environment and is dedicated to creating a forum for local, national and international artists.

Go Metro and receive $2 off a Fringe Button when purchasing tickets at the Open Fist Theatre box office. A Fringe Button gets you $1 off every Fringe show and additional discounts around Hollywood.

The Hollywood Fringe Fest is easily reached from both the Red Line’s Hollywood/Vine Station or Hollywood/Highland Station. For the best bus route or connections, check the Trip Planner.

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photo by Queens Surface 295, via Flickr creative commons

Good shot of a rainbow neatly placed behind an A train on Rockaway Boulevard in Brooklyn earlier this 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.

Go Metro to live music: honeyhoney

honeyhoney – “Little Toy Gun”

With a half-dozen stages set up for Make Music Pasadena 2012 within walking distance of the the Del Mar and Memorial Park Gold Line stations, it doesn’t get any easier to Go Metro this weekend to enjoy a piece of what summer is all about: outdoor shows. Though there are a host of artists and stages worth visiting throughout the day Saturday, when the clock strikes 6 p.m., make sure you’re in front of the Levitt Pavilion to check out honeyhoney.

Their sound is often described as a mix of soul, rock, folk, jazz and country, among others, but since I’m not one to split hairs, I’ll just define their sound as “great tunes” and call it a day. The band was formed in 2006 by Suzanne Santo, an actress and solo performer at the time, and Ben Jaffe, who was recording music for TV and film. After meeting through a mutual friend, the duo cultivated their creative chemistry for a few years and then released “Loose Boots EP” in 2008, which was followed by their first full-length album entitled “First Rodeo” that same year. After three years of performing and writing, they most recently released their second full-length studio effort “Billy Jack” just last fall.

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photo by Jeff Sirkin, via Facebook

Nice phone photo of Union Terminal, the rail station in Cincinnati that was built in 1933 and which now houses several museums. The Amtrak train between Washington and Chicago also stops there. The place was pretty much empty when I was growing up in Cincy and it’s nice to see it being used again — although the interstate system and air travel pretty much guarantees that the Ohio River Valley will no longer bustle with rail travel as it once did.

Here’s another cool pic:

photo: Cincinnati Museum Center

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, June 15-17

The early bird gets the free sandwich! Diners enjoying their free #19 at Langer's. Photo: Anna Chen/Metro

Reminder: Langer’s 65th anniversary celebration is this Friday and Saturday. Find a seat in the restaurant on Friday and get a free hot pastrami sandwich. The same goes for Saturday, except make sure to Go Metro to enter in the hourly drawings for $100 Langer’s gift certificates. Langer’s Deli is open on Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Drawings on Saturday start at 9 a.m. (Metro Red or Purple Line to Westlake/MacArthur Park Station, Metro Bus 51 to Alvarado/7th.)

The line outside Langer's Deli. 7th Street is closed to accomodate more people. Photo: Anna Chen/Metro

Get out and move on Saturday with Let’s Move California!: Fitness Feria. The free event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools. Learn about nutrition, get free health screenings and participate in fun sports activities led by the L.A. Sparks, L.A. Galaxy and Crossfit. Go Metro and get a free raffle ticket for a chance to win some great prizes. (Metro Red or Purple Line to Wilshire/Vermont Station, Metro Bus 66 to 8th/Catalina.)

Pasadena is hosting two great events this weekend. Make Music Pasadena is on Saturday, with over 150 performances throughout Downtown Pasadena. All ages are welcome and admission is free. Visit their website for the full line up and schedule of performances. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. and lasts until 11 p.m. Visit the Luckman booth at 1 E. Colorado Blvd. and show your valid Metro Pass or Rail ticket to receive a 20% savings pass for tickets to see Lila Downs in September, plus get free tickets to another upcoming show at the Luckman. (Metro Gold Line to Del Mar Station, Memorial Park Station or Lake Station. The Pasadena ARTS Bus 10 runs throughout the area.)

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