Go Metro Weekends, March 16-18

Photo from Casey's Irish Pub Facebook Page.

Get ready to party this weekend. St. Patrick’s Day is Saturday and that’s just one of many events in the area.

Escape on Friday to the all-new Infusion Lounge at Universal CityWalk. Happy hour runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and special guest DJ HEM will be providing the dance beats. The lounge enforces a dress code so wear something nice. By the way, if you visit CityWalk on Saturday you’ll be able to meet Dr. Seuss’ Lorax! (Metro Red Line to Universal City Station or Metro Bus 156 to Cahuenga/Universal Studios and take the free shuttle up to CityWalk.)

For those of you who want nothing more from this Saturday other than green beer, you have plenty of options to get it from. Discover L.A.has put together a St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl with Metro guide, featuring some of L.A.’s best Irish pubs that are accessible by Metro. My personal pick is Casey’s Irish Pub. The festivities, which takes over two city blocks, start at 6 a.m. and features live music and great food until 2 a.m. The outdoor area will be tented so there’s no need to worry about bad weather. Admission is free. Don’t get there too late or you’ll be waiting in line for awhile. (Metro Red/Purple Line to 7th/Metro Station, walk east down 7th Street and turn left on Grand. Metro Bus 14, 96 to Grand/6th.)

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photo by NedSMI.ru, via English Russia

Great photo essay at the English Russia website on the new Metro system in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Click above to see the full photo essay.

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

An Expo Line test train perched on the La Cienega station structure, taken a couple of weeks ago. The photo was taken with a Nikon 5100 DSLR and I gave the photo a color boost in iPhoto.

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.

Destinations Discounts

The latest are below and here’s the list of the many businesses that provide discounts to those with Metro tickets and passes.

CITIES RESTAURANT

Cities Restaurant in East LA makes hosting a special event look easy. This means you don’t have to worry about where to have your next special gathering.  From birthdays to graduations to business meetings, Cities Restaurant is the perfect crowd-pleaser. Stop by and experience delicious food, cool ambiance, a lively bar, and the fresh flavors of the ever changing menu. Cities Restaurant is proud to present Jazz Night every Saturday night from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Show your valid Metro pass or Metro Rail ticket to the server and save 20% off entire bill (excluding alcoholic beverages).

For more info visit citiesflavor.com

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photo by David C. Cook, via Flickr creative commons

The photo was taken in 1969. Go ahead and guess the location of this bus stop. Answer after the jump. Hint: It was not taken in North America.

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.

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Go Metro Weekends, March 9-11

The star this weekend is once again Pasadena. Head to ArtNight on Friday and enjoy a free evening of art, music and entertainment. Twelve of Pasadena’s most prominent arts and cultural institutions will open their doors from 6 to 10 p.m. ArtNight also features pop-up galleries, paint-spewing army ducks and food trucks, including ice cream sandwich truck Cool Haus (try the balsamic fig & mascarpone ice cream with an oatmeal cookie, weird but delicious!). Free shuttles will loop the area throughout the evening with stops at each venue, and a bike tour is available as well. Show your valid Metro ticket or pass at participating venues and receive special discounts, including 10 percent off store merchandise at the Pasadena Museum of California Art or 10 percent off exhibition catalogs at the Armory Center for the Arts. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station, depending on which venue you’d like to visit first different buses will serve your needs, check Metro Trip Planner.)

If you’re into acoustic music, visit the Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday. String Theory, an all day acoustic music event, starts at 11 a.m. The event features musicians and dancers who put on a unique show using invented instruments and large-scale performance installations. Over 30 artists and special guests will be taking the stage. (Metro Red Line to Pershing Square Station, walk east on 5th St. to Spring St. Metro Bus Lines 16, 55, 62 to 5th/Spring.)

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photo by James Scott, via Flickr creative commons

Nice shot taken in late February in the Southwark part of London. The photo was taken with a Nikon D90 with a shutter speed of one-tenth of a second to capture the movement of the bus.

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 oriol52, via Twitter

Nicely composed and processed photo of steam engines at the Catalonia Railway Museum in Vilanova, Spain.

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.

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photo by Steve Hymon/Metro

An Expo Line test train at the 23rd Street station last Thursday evening. I shot the photo with a Nikon D5100 and processed it in Apple’s iPhoto program.

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.