The art of transit

Photo by New York MTA, via Flickr creative commons

Not a super clear photo, but pretty interesting nonetheless of work last month on the future 72nd Street station for New York’s new 2nd Avenue subway line.

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 2-4

It’s been a pretty cold week by Angeleno standards, but it’s supposed to warm up this weekend. This is good news for those who believe in weather forecasts and want to get out and about.

If you haven’t gone to see “Three Year Swim Club” yet, you should! The play, put on by East West Players at the David Henry Hwang Theatre, has been getting great reviews. “Three Year Swim Club” is inspired by the true life story of Soichi Sakamoto, an assistant coach of the U.S. Olympic Swim Team from 1952 to 1956. The Friday night showing starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available online or can be purchased two hours before show time at the box office. Check the website for pricing and see if you qualify for any discounts. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Metro Bus Lines 30, 42 to Judge John Aiso/1st St. The theatre is at 120 Judge John Aiso.) Continue reading

The art of transit

photo by Carter Rubin/Metro

The green blur of L.A. Country Club seen from a 720 Rapid on Wilshire Boulevard. The photo was taken with an 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.

The art of transit

photo by dle_wynpa, via Flickr creative commons

That’s the New York subway’s Stillwell Avenue station in Coney Island, taken earlier this week with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS.

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 DennisM2, via Flickr creative commons

Here’s the description of this photo from Holland in the Netherlands on Flickr:

Bus stop Rietwijkeroordweg, which is situated on the northeastern side of Bosrandweg (road, N231), right on the border between Aalsmeer and Amstelveen municipalities. The poster advertises the state lottery’s 30 million end-of-year prize.

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 Marco Bonito, via Flickr creative commons

Nice Instagram photo taken in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The tilt-shift effect works pretty well, although not as toy-like as some train photos I’ve seen on Flickr. Check out the tilt-shift miniature fakes group in Flickr — especially this pic.

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 Expo to USC

Once the Expo Line opens, the University of Southern California is going to be extremely easy to reach with three stations in the immediate area: Jefferson/USC, Expo Park/USC and Expo/Vermont. This is great news for students, but what about the people who aren’t there for class?

Outside of USC student center. Photo by Alan Levine, via Flickr Creative Commons

Movie buffs can visit the campus for its Hollywood connections. Many films have been shot on location at USC, including The Graduate, Forrest Gump, Legally Blonde and The Social Network. Plenty of TV shows have also been shot on campus, such as House, M.D., CSI: NY and The Office. Visit USC’s website to see a more comprehensive list of what’s been filmed there and get the details on exact locations.

Consider going to a concert, a lecture or the museum while at USC. The USC Thornton School of Music presents more than 500 concerts every year, while the School of Theatre puts on plays in a wide range of genres. There are also film screenings and library events, many of which are open to the public and exhibitions put on by the Fisher Museum of Art. Visit USC’s events page to get a better idea of what’s happening on campus.

Of course, if you’re a sports fan there are always games to attend. Football at the Coliseum is the biggest draw, but there are plenty of other sporting events. Catch a basketball or volleyball game at the Galen Center, USC’s home arena at Figueroa and Jefferson. Galen Center also plays host to a variety of events, from the occasional Los Angeles Lakers practice to Nickelodeon’s Annual Kids’ Choice Awards, which is taking place at the end of March. And, if you’re at USC just for the sake of being at USC, take a walking tour. Both group tours and self-guided tours are available.

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Go Metro Weekends, February 24-26

It’s Oscar weekend, and if you’re like me, you’ll probably be avoiding Hollywood like the plague. For those of you not busy watching all those Oscar-nominated movies before Sunday, here are a few activities around town.

Inside of The Last Bookstore, from their Facebook page

The Last Bookstore, a used book buyer/seller located in downtown’s Historic Core, is hosting The Rattling Wall, a semi-annual literary journal. The Rattling Wall will be presenting the second issue of their lit mag and will have some of the authors on hand to read their essays, poems and short fiction. A signing will follow, and then feel free to browse the bookstore. Make sure to check out the record section or grab a coffee from the café. This Friday night event is free and starts at 7 p.m. (Metro Red Line to Pershing Square Station, walk east on 5th St. to Spring St. Metro Bus Lines 16, 55, 62 to 5th/Spring.)

Put on your glitter, feathers and dancing shoes for the Brazilian Carnaval Exotica on Saturday. Turning Club Nokia into a multi-level dance floor, the event features an all-star Brazilian Carnaval band, samba and capoeira dancers, Brazilian food and drink and a 200-piece drum corp. Attendees will also have the chance to enter a drawing for a free trip to Brazil. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $75 at the door. Check online to see if cheaper pre-sale tickets are still available. (Metro Blue Line to Pico Station, Metro Bus Line 81, 460 to Figueroa/11th.)

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Joe Linton: Interview with an artist in transit

Over the past year or so, I’ve gotten to know Joe Linton as an advocate for biking, walking and transit in L.A. through our work together on the board of the Southern California Streets Initiative, the non-profit publisher of LA Streetsblog. But there’s another side to Joe beyond advocate — that of writer and graphic artist.

Joe recently offered — and I gladly accepted — to share with The Source some of his drawings of life in transit, as well as his thoughts about the process and the meaning behind his work. Below is a selection of Joe’s extensive sketches along with a brief interview we conducted over email.

Northbound 266 from Long Beach to Pasadena. July 2, 1994. All sketches by Joe Linton.

Carter Rubin: What is it about people riding transit that you find particularly interesting as a subject?

Joe Linton: I tend to enjoy drawing people. When I ride transit, I have time on my hands (both on-board and when waiting) and the person across from me is generally holding relatively still, so it’s an opportunity to draw from a live model.

Generally I think that green transportation stuff — whether bus, bike, rail, pedestrian, CicLAvia, etc. — is more about bringing people together than it is about the infrastructure itself. Transit makes common public space where people come together, where we look each other in the eyes, and acknowledge each other’s humanity.

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Go Metro to live music: Foxy Shazam

With a long President’s Day weekend ahead for many of us, why not take advantage of the extra night by going Metro to live music? Consider taking Metro to the House of Blues – Sunset on Sunday night to see the reunion tour of British glam-rock band The Darkness (of “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” fame). Not a huge fan of The Darkness? That’s okay, because the band you really need to see, Foxy Shazam, goes on just before them.

Though Foxy’s sound was amorphous and hard to categorize throughout their early years, it’s easier to pin them in the glam rock genre on their latest album “The Church of Rock and Roll” released in January. With a lead singer that sounds a lot like Freddie Mercury and who claims influences by Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Elton John and Iggy Pop, you’re bound for some interesting things. But the best reason to check out Foxy Shazam this Sunday night is simply that the band’s music is best experienced through their entertaining, and sometimes bizarre, live performances. You won’t get that with iTunes.

 

“Oh Lord” (2010) by Foxy Shazam

The show begins at 7 PM at the House of Blues – Sunset. The complete lineup is Crown Jewel Defense, Foxy Shazam and The Darkness.

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