Go Metro Weekends, Sept 26 – 28

Feast of San Gennaro!

Feast of San Gennaro is happening this weekend, don’t miss the cheesy, tomato sauced goodness! Photo: Feast of LA Official Facebook

Friday

From the mystical land of Shaolin…or rather Staten Island, New York, come the Wu Tang Clan. They’ll be performing their first show in the newly renovated Forum! They’re also bringing a few special guests along with them. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. with tickets still on sale starting at $36. (Metro Bus 115 or 212 to Manchester/Prairie)

Saturday

Famed British artist D* Face will be unveiling his newest project, Scars and Stripes, at PMM Art Projects. The exhibit touches on the American Dream and its connection to artists we have lost such as Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix. The free showing starts at 6:30 p.m. (Metro Bus 14 to Beverly/Robertson or 16 to 3rd/Sherbourne)

The Long Beach Folk Revival takes place at Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach this Saturday. See this previous post for event, Blue Line construction and discount info!

Sunday

Former Watts Tower Art Center director Mark Steven Greenfield brings together some of his most cherished work from the last four decades with the “Lookin’ Back in Front of Me: Selected Works from Mark Steven Greenfield” exhibit at the California African American Museum. Exhibit starts at 2 p.m and is free to attend. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station)

While you’re in the area, be sure to check out Cine Sin Frontreas at the Ray Stark located at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. See highlights from the esteemed Moriella International Festival and enjoy a Q&A with Yolanda Cruz. Admission is free but you’ll still need a ticket. The festival takes place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station)

All Weekend

Circus Vargas will be in town starting this weekend! They’ll be here until October 20 so don’t miss your chance to save $10 off bleacher or arena tickets. (Performance locations vary so it’s best to use Trip Planner to find routes and connections)

The 13th Annual Galbani Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro LA takes over Hollywood once again. Try some amazing Italian food, enjoy great music and great family fun. The fest runs Friday from 5 p.m to midnight, Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Be sure to show your TAP card to save $1 on admission. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station)

Follow these swans to Swan Lake at the Music Center Oct. 9-12

In 1966, the Music Center presented Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn with The Australian Ballet on the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage. Now, in celebration of the Music Center’s 50th Anniversary, Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center is bringing Swan Lake and the legendary dance company back for a special engagement from October 9 through Oct. 12.

Getting to the Music Center via Metro is easy…so easy even swans can do it. The video below features four local ballet students performing the iconic ‘Four Little Swans’ dance at Los Angeles Union Station.

The dancers in the video are Michelle Lemburg, Bella Hoy, Jolie Moray and Katie Brady. In addition to studying ballet, Michelle, Jolie and Katie have also participated in the Music Center Spotlight Awards program, a scholarship program recognizing exceptional high school students in the performing arts. More photos of the lovely dancers at Union Station can be found at Metro’s Flickr page!

Go Metro to Swan Lake and save 20 percent on select seats for the matinee performance on October 11 at 1:30 p.m. Just show your valid TAP card at the box office, or use Metro’s exclusive promo code if purchasing tickets online. To get to the Music Center, use the Red/Purple Line Civic Center/Grand Park Station. There are also numerous buses that serve the Music Center on Hope Street and Grand Avenue. For more routes and connections, use the Metro Trip Planner or Google Transit.

Listen to Metro’s Social Media Week panel on how Metro uses social media to connect with riders

First, a big thank you to our panelists and everyone who attended yesterday’s “Metro Moves Forward: Engaging Customers of Public Transportation in L.A.” event at Union Station. The presentation and panel discussion were part of Social Media Week.

Above is the 49-minute panel discussion. I accidentally deleted a few seconds at the beginning (blame Garageband please!) in which my colleague Anna Chen introduces herself and explains how she landed her gig at Metro. The panelists are frequent Metro riders who also often write about transit and their experiences on Metro:

Alissa Walker is the Urbanism Editor at Gizmodo where she writes about cities, architecture, transportation, and technology and she blogs at awalkerinla.com. She is on the steering committee of Los Angeles Walks and relishes life in Los Angeles without a car. Follow her at @awalkerinLA. And you may want to read (or re-read) her great #lahaters series in which Alissa exposes the dumb stereotypes that media-types like to write, rinse and repeat about Los Angeles and the surrounding area.

Gann Matsuda covers the Los Angeles Kings and the National Hockey League at Frozenroyalty.net and uses the Expo Line to travel to and from Staples Center. He is also a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Follow him at @frozenroyalty. Check out his recent series on how Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi built a team that has won the Stanley Cup twice in the past three seasons (part one and part two). Short answer: draft young talent and develop them, something I think works at non-sports organizations, too.

Steven White is the Content and Media Manager for Bounce AEG. He manages digital media and social media projects for live events. A graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Steve lives in Downtown Los Angeles and regularly rides Metro for all of his transportation needs. Follow him at @stevenmwhite. Steve provided valuable input to Metro’s TAP team earlier this year when they were designing new screen prompts for the agency’s ticket machines (the prompts are due to debut later this year, btw).

Photos by Steve Hymon/Metro. If you need a Metro-related pic to use on the web, these are available for download at a variety of sizes at our Flickr page — along with a variety of other images.

Want a Get Out of Traffic License? Here’s where to get one during Rideshare Week

15335552785_37c5eb67b2_nDo you avoid driving solo to work? Have you made a commitment to share the ride whenever you can? If so, come out and get your very own Get Out of Traffic License!

During California Rideshare Week, Oct. 6 – 10, Metro will be issuing Get Out of Traffic Licenses to commuters who qualify* at four Metro stations and at the Civic Center Clean Air/Rideshare Fair. To receive a Get Out of Traffic License, be ready to take a photo at any of the following locations:

  • Monday, Oct. 6 from 8 – 10 a.m. at Union Station East Portal
  • Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 8 -9 a.m. at Culver City Station
  • Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 8 – 9 a.m. at North Hollywood Station
  • Thursday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Civic Center Clean Air/Rideshare Fair at Los Angeles Grand Park
  • Friday, Oct. 10 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at El Monte Station

*If you’ve ever tried (or are going to try) carpooling, vanpooling, taking transit, walking or bicycling to work, you qualify!

Metro will also be giving out Rideshare Week goodie bags at the listed locations. Goodie bags include a reusable tote bag, buttons, and more. Bags will be handed out each day on a first come, first served basis until supplies run out.

Here are a few Golden Pylon Award winners and their licenses!

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During Rideshare Week, commuters also will have a chance to win great prizes by pledging to share the ride online at metro.net/rideshareweek. Pledging to rideshare even just one day out of the week will enter you in the raffle. Prizes include gift cards and tablets, among other items. Continue reading

Metrolink runs USC Football Express from The OC for Saturday’s game versus Beavers

USC fans hope the Beavers don't chop down what's left of their college football playoff hopes after the devastating Stanford loss. Photo by Mark Round, via Flickr creative commons.

USC (2-1) fans hope the Beavers (3-0) don’t chop down what’s left of their college football playoff hopes after the devastating loss to Boston College earlier this season. Photo by Mark Round, via Flickr creative commons.

Here’s the news release from Metrolink:

USC Football Express to take fans from Orange County to Los Angeles

Fans can save time and money by taking Metrolink Sept. 27 to Oregon State game

LOS ANGELES – Football fans are encouraged to ride the USC Football Express to and from Los Angeles Union Station for the Saturday, Sept. 27 game between No. 18 USC and the undefeated Oregon State Beavers at 7:30 p.m.

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is funding the special Metrolink train service to and from the Saturday night game. Orange County Line train 6507 will depart Oceanside at 3:15 p.m., making 11 convenient station stops before a 5:25 p.m. Union Station arrival.

Metrolink riders can purchase the always low-priced $10 Weekend Day Pass, which allows passengers to ride anytime, anywhere system-wide on either Saturday or Sunday.

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Go Metro to the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival and save $3 on admission

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The second annual Long Beach Folk Revival Festival takes place on Saturday, September 27 from 11 a.m. through 10 p.m. at Rainbow Lagoon Park. Festival goers will have a gaggle of events to participate in including a pie eating contest and the instrument petting zoo!

Be sure to show your valid TAP card at the box office on the day of the festival and save $3 off of regular $20 admission!

Keep in mind the current Blue Line construction as you plan your trip to the festival. Take the Metro Blue Line to Anaheim Street Station and transfer to the free bus shuttle that will take you to Pacific and Ocean in Downtown Long Beach. From there, it’s a short walk down South Pine Avenue until you reach Shoreline Drive. Or you can hop on one of the Passport Buses to complete your trip. For more routes and connections, use the Trip Planner.

New episode of Metro Motion: L.A. Mayor Garcetti shares his vision for better mobility

In the newest edition of Metro Motion, Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti explains why he thinks a regional approach to traffic management and business is the best way to lead us into a more mobile and prosperous future.

In another segment, we explore a neighborhood rich in culture and history along the Crenshaw/LAX light-rail line, which is now under construction. Leimert Park was designed as a model community and a center of African American art, music and culture. The artistic center has held and residents still celebrate what has made the neighborhood community strong and distinct.

Also join us for a taste of the Taste of Soul, the family food and entertainment festival (this year, Saturday, Oct. 18) in the neighborhood surrounding Crenshaw and Exposition boulevards, where the food is delicious and the welcome warm. Hear what inspired entrepreneur Danny Bakewell Sr. to begin the Taste of Soul, sample some of the best food L.A. has to offer and go away inspired to dine along the line. What do you do on the way to work?

Find out what three creative Angelenos do with the free time they earn away from the drivers’ seat. And then consider making a pledge to give up four wheels in a segment celebrating Rideshare Week, Oct. 6-10.

And finally, Metro Motion’s favorite two wheeler takes us on a tour of the beautiful Long Beach coastline. Find out what to do, where to go and how to pedal the LB coast, even if you don’t have a bike. For these stories and more go to metro.net/metromotion. Metro Motion is co-produced with Santa Monica City TV. It runs quaterly on cable stations throughout L.A. County.