Go Metro Weekends, Oct 31 – Nov 2

Besides heading to these Día de los Muertos celebrations, here are some other events to go Metro to this weekend.

Friday

Now in its fifteenth year, Opening Night: The Improvised Musical will be held at the iO West Theatre in Hollywood at 9 p.m. Sit back and watch some of the best local comedians bring their A-game as they make up the entire performance on the spot! The Broadway-style musical is a 21 years and older event with tickets for only $10. Make reservations or arrive early as seats will fill quickly. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station and head west on Hollywood Boulevard.)

Saturday

The fifth annual El Sereno Día de los Muertos is happening this Saturday with free activities for the whole family to enjoy. The event runs from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. with poetry readings, crafts, live music and an altar walk. (DASH El Sereno to Huntington/Pueblo or Metro Bus 78/79 to Huntington/Portola.)

Check out the world’s best horses during the Breeder’s Cup championship races at Santa Anita Park. This will be a star-studded event, so ladies and gentlemen should come dressed to impress! Admission starts at $10, races begin at 3 p.m. (Metro Bus 78/79 to Huntington/Centennial.)

Sunday

Head to the Natural History Museum Spider Pavilion for a special outdoor exhibit on some of the most exotic and dangerous spider species in the world. This is a perfect event to add to the family’s Halloween festivities. And don’t worry, the eight-legged creatures will be under careful supervision. The spider display is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Timed tickets are required. Adult admission for both museum and pavilion is $17, show your TAP card to save! (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station.)

All Weekend

Going to the first-ever Hello Kitty Con in Little Tokyo? Go Metro so you won’t have to spend hours searching for parking! (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station)

Treat yourself to fine dining this weekend at the Traxx Restaurant in Union Station. The restaurant is known for its classic American cuisine and art deco interior design. Go Metro and save 10% on your meal after 5 p.m. (Metro Gold, Red, Purple or Silver Line to Union Station.)

Want to get the most out of Metro? Here’s some more information.

Reminder: free Day of the Dead Metro Art Tour this Sunday

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Don’t miss the special Día de los Muertos themed art tour this Sunday, Nov. 2. The free tour will explore artworks along the Metro Gold Line through the lens of artist Consuelo Flores. Participants are encouraged to dress in Calavera attire!

The tour will depart at 4:30 p.m. from the Metro Gold Line East L.A. Civic Center Station and end at 6 p.m. at Self Help Graphics’ 41st Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration in Boyle Heights near Pico/Aliso Station. TAP card holders will be able to save 10 percent on artwork at the event. [NOTE: Sunday is the end of Daylight Saving Time, which means clocks will be "falling" back one hour at 2 a.m. Make sure all your clocks are updated...wouldn't want to show up for the tour an hour early!]

The tour is approximately 90 percent walking. There are elevators and escalators in all of the stations and only Mariachi Station is underground.

Comic fans unite! Go Metro to Stan Lee’s Comikaze and save on admission

Above is the official teaser trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron (also known as “Tony, what have you done now?!?”). And of course, you can’t mention the Avengers without also talking about Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, Los Angeles’ first and only large-scale, multi-media pop culture convention. The expo will take place Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Go Metro to Comikaze and save 10 percent on admission! Just show your valid TAP card at the ticketing booths, or use the exclusive promo code if purchasing tickets online.

To get to the L.A. Convention Center, take the Metro Blue or Expo Line to Pico Station. You can also take the Metro Silver Line to Flower/Pico or Figueroa/Pico. And if you see any great cosplayers on bus or train, ask for a photo and share with us on Twitter or Instagram.

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Go Metro to LA Dance Project and you could save on meals in DTLA’s Historic Core

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L.A. Dance Project returns to its home of choice, The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, for three performances this fall. The program features a new work by Benjamin Millepied with music by Phillip Glass, and there are shows on Friday, Oct. 24, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26.

Plan a night on the town by combining dinner with a show. You’ll be able to save on meals with your TAP card at the following venues near the theatre:

  • Umami Burger – Receive free Thin Fries or Sweet Potato Fries with purchase of a burger
  • Terroni – Save 10% on your bill
  • Peking Tavern – Save 15% on your bill

To get to Ace Hotel, take Metro Bus 30/33035/38 or 40 to Broadway/Olympic. You can also take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, then walk four short blocks south on Broadway.

Go Metro to Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Halloween Half Marathon & 5k

Rock out at the world’s largest Halloween Half Marathon and 5K!

Want to get a head start on your Halloween festivities? Wear your favorite costume this Sunday, October 26 and run in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon and 5k. Those with valid TAP cards can save $10 on registration when using promo code LAMETRO14 online.

Participants will run a loop cruise at 7:30 a.m. starting and ending at L.A. LIVE in Downtown L.A. Live bands and cheer teams will be encouraging runners at every mile! Bring your friends and celebrate your accomplishments at the free finish line concert and festival. To get to L.A. LIVE, take the Metro Expo or Blue Line to Pico Station and walk toward Figueroa Street.

For the costume contest, staff members will select finalists in the categories best overall, best rock star, best superhero, scariest and most original costume. Winners will be announced at the end for a chance to win awesome prizes!

Go Metro to Lit Crawl LA: NoHo this Wednesday night

Photos from last year's LA Lit Crawl: NoHo by Rosalind Helfand.

Photos from last year’s Lit Crawl LA: NoHo by Rosalind Helfand.

The second-ever Lit Crawl LA: NoHo returns this Wednesday evening, Oct. 22, from 7 p.m. to midnight–and getting there via Metro is as easy as A-B-C!

Over 170 writers, literary organizations, and series will offer free readings and cultural events at 30 venues along Lankershim and Magnolia Boulevards. Each Lit Crawl location is within walking distance of the other, and of course, the entire NoHo Arts District is reachable by Metro Red Line, Orange Line, or bus. Simply hop on the Red or Orange Line to North Hollywood Station, or bus lines 152/353, 156/656, or 183 to Lankershim/Chandler.

Lit Crawl LA is organized into three 45-minute phases. At each phase, visitors chose from a diverse program of 10 to 12 events. The night ends with a “speakeasy” party at the Federal Bar at 10 p.m. All events are free to attend, however, food and drink are not included. That’s where Metro can help again: present your valid TAP card at the Federal Bar or Bow and Truss restaurant and save 10% and 15% on food, respectively. Just keep in mind that Metro Rail and Orange Line close around midnight Sunday through Thursday.

CYPHER students to demostrate health and climate solutions at Sustainable Earth Decathlon

photo by Saad Faruque via Flickr/CC

photo by Saad Faruque via Flickr/CC

Multiple college students from CYPHER, a youth organization promoting environmental readiness, will demonstrate strategies to build human health and discuss climate change solutions during the 2014 Sustainable Earth Decathlon (SED 2014).

Support the youth and their ideas Saturday, October 25 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Metro’s Gateway Building in Downtown L.A. Go Metro and take the Metro Red, Purple, Gold or Silver Line to Union Station, and walk towards the East Portal up to Pastsaouras Bus Plaza. Show your valid TAP card at the registration table and save $5 on admission.

SED2014 will also feature the 1st Annual Global Health Symposium on Youth Engagement with prominent policy and research leaders such as Senator Kevin de Leon, Wm. Jahmal Miller, Deputy Director of CDPH-Office of Health Equity to name a few.