Making transportation GOOD again

Does trying to get around L.A. send your stress level through the roof? Take a deep breath and head over to Hub LA next Thursday, May 30 for some creative solutions that might make transit more enjoyable for you. The event is hosted by GOOD and is open to all.

The gathering starts at 6:45 p.m. with an ice cream social. Then there will be a screening of How’s My Driving, followed by a group discussion that will last until 9 p.m.

Getting to Hub LA is easy: walk over from the Gold Line Little Tokyo/Arts District Station or give bicycle riding a chance. Hub LA is located at 830 Traction Ave. #3a.

Go Metro Weekends, May 17 – 19

Don't miss Bike Night! Photo from Hammer Museum Official Facebook.

Don’t miss Bike Night! Photo from Hammer Museum Official Facebook.

Get out and about with your bike this weekend and take advantage of some special Metro discounts! Just mention “Bike Week” to save.

Tonight is Bike Night at the Hammer Museum. Celebrate all things bicycle, have your portrait taken with your faithful two-wheeled ride and enjoy plenty of other free activities. The Hammer’s North entrance on Lindbrook Drive will be wide open to bicyclists who want to ride right in and park at our guarded racks (but please bring a lock). Bike Night will take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Feel like checking out the museum on another day? Go Metro and save $5 on admission. (Metro Rapid 720 or 761 to Wilshire/Westwood)

For great food and drink, head to Pasadena and enjoy the collaborative efforts of Kings Row Gastropub and Congregation Ale House this weekend. The two restaurants are teaming up to bring you some great pub dishes and prizes. Flash your TAP card to save some cash at Kings Row (offer excludes special promotions). The festival of drinks ends this Sunday, so get while the going is good. Both restaurants are open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and until midnight on Sunday. (Metro Gold Line to Del Mar Station, Metro Rapid 780 and Bus 256 also serve the area, check Trip Planner for routes)

Bike to Long Beach to check out the new June Keyes Penguin Habitat at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Make sure to print out a coupon to save $2 on adult admission and $1 on child’s admission (valid this weekend only). The Aquarium is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. (Metro Blue Line to Long Beach Transit Mall)

Finally, this is the only weekend Hola Mexico Festival is in town, so squeeze in a film or two (between Star Trek: Into Darkness, who’s ready for Spock?).

Go Metro to Taste of Hawthorne

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The Taste of Hawthorne food and music festival is happening this Sunday, May 19. Don’t miss the headlining performance of Grammy Award winning band Ozomalti at the Music FEEDS Stage. The Taste will be at the Hawthorne Airport from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is open to the public.

Go Metro to get a free souvenir and the opportunity to win a two-night stay in Palm Springs! Simply present your valid TAP card at the main entrance information tent. Souvenirs are available while supplies last, so claim yours early.

The Taste can be reached from the Green Line Crenshaw Station or by Metro Bus 210 to Crenshaw/Northrop. Check Trip Planner for more routes and connections.

Food, film, music…Hola Mexico!

Hola Mexico Festival returns to Los Angeles tomorrow, May 15, through May 22 with the best in Mexican films, food and music. Films will be showing at Regal Cinemas at LA LIVE, the Los Angeles Theatre and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Go Metro to any of the participating venues and save $1 on movie admission, just show your valid TAP card at the box office.

To get to the Los Angeles Theatre, take the Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station or Bus 30, 40 or 45 to Broadway/6th.

To get to Regal at LA LIVE, take the Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station, walk from 7th/Metro or take the Silver Line to Figueroa/11th.

To get to LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, walk from Union Station. Use Trip Planner to find routes and connections .

Meet Me @Metro IV: Bringing it Home to Watts

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The fourth annual Meet Me @Metro, an event that combines public transit with theatre, will be heading back to the Metro Blue Line on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. Join the Watts Village Theater Company for theatrical presentations of original poetry exploring the subjective theme of “home” with musical accompaniment.

“Scattered Joy” will be performed at 103rd Street Station and “Under the 105” will be performed at Willowbrook Station. Both shows will take place simultaneously at 12 p.m. and 1 p.m., allowing audiences to see both performance pieces. The shows will range in length from 25 to 30 minutes, and there will be a 30-minute window afterward to allow for travel between venues. Guests can hop on the Blue Line or walk between stations. Audiodescription and interpretation will be provided for the Sunday performances.

Tickets are $25 for the performances on Saturday and pay-what-you-will on Sunday. Children of all ages are welcome to attend. To find more routes and connections to the event, use Trip Planner.

Go Metro Weekends, May 10 – 12

Grab a last minute gift for mom – or better yet, take mom to pick out something nice – at Unique LA this weekend. The spring show is taking place at the California Market Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Shop directly from over 350 designers and artists and support the local community. Admission for the whole weekend costs $10. (Metro Bus 66 to Main/9th)

Catch Scooby-Doo LIVE! at the Dolby Theatre this Sunday; it’s the show’s only stop in Southern California. Tickets start at $25. The musical mystery goes on at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. (Metro Red Line or Metro Rapid 780 to Hollywood/Highland)

CHESS the musical begins its run at East West Players this week. Showtime is 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets start at $51, go Metro to save $10 on admission. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Metro Bus 40 to Judge John Aiso/1st)

Celebrate National Train Day at Union Station on May 11

Don't miss the Chuggington Kids Depot at L.A. Union Station this Saturday!

Don’t miss the Chuggington Kids Depot at L.A. Union Station this Saturday!

Amtrak will host the sixth annual National Train Day this Saturday at L.A. Union Station from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The family friendly event is free to the public.

Drop by to tour luxurious historic rail cars, freight trains and more. There will be live entertainment and giveaways, plus interactive and educational exhibits for all ages.

Metrolink offers weekend service to Union Station on the Antelope Valley, Orange County and San Bernardino lines. You can also get to Union Station on the Metro Gold, Red and Purple lines, as well as a multitude of buses. Use Trip Planner for routes and connections.