TAP to get a free drink at the KTOWN Night Market this weekend

Get ready for the KTOWN Night Market on Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19, at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Koreatown. Enjoy free live performances at the Kollaboration Stage, join the K-Pop Experience, or mingle at K-Pop Fan Club Meet Up.

The outdoor event will feature more than 100 food and merchandise booths. Drop by the Seoul Sausage Company booth and show your valid TAP card to receive a free soda beverage with your food purchase.

The KTOWN Night Market starts at 4 p.m. on Friday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Both nights end at midnight and the event is free and open to the public. Get there via the Metro Purple Line to Wilshire/Normandie Station or the Red/Purple Line to Wilshire/Vermont Station. Metro Bus 20 also stops right in front of the night market at Wilshire/Alexandria.

To get an idea of what kind of food you can expect, watch the video after the jump. Warning: it contains graphic scenes of delicious food preparation and enjoyment.

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Go Metro Weekends, April 11 − 13

Folks heading towards Festival of Books

The Expo Line is going to see a lot of action this weekend – make sure to load your TAP card before starting your trip to avoid long lines at the TAP vending machines!

Another week done, another exciting addition of Go Metro Weekends awaits! But before we get to it, just another reminder that Patsaouras Plaza will be closed this weekend, so plan ahead if you’re making connections at Union Station–buses will be picking up at Cesar Chavez/Alameda. And a second reminder: due to many popular, Metro-accessible events taking place this weekend, we recommend you load your TAP card with cash fare/passes before starting your trip!

Friday

Reward yourself for getting through the week with the best comfort food there is: a big bowl of ramen from any of Little Tokyo’s many great noodle joints. Then amble over to the nearby Blue Whale Live Jazz + Art Space on 2nd/Los Angeles, where you can further relax with a live jazz performance. Tonight’s show starts at 9 p.m. and features jazz trio The North. Tickets are $15 at the door, must be 21+. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.)

Saturday

If you’re attending the free K-Pop Festival at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum today, there’s no question: Metro Expo Line is the way to go. (Metro Expo Line to Expo/Vermont or Expo Park/USC stations.)

Also off the Metro Expo Line: L.A. sports! It’s a double header at the Staples Center this Saturday. The Clippers take on the Sacramento Kings at 12:30 p.m., and our own L.A. Kings face the Ducks at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. As always, score 10% off official merch at the Clippers and Kings team stores with valid TAP card. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station.)

Composer and producer Karsh Kale presents Classical Science Fiction, a new groundbreaking work of classical Indian fusion and electronica at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at 8 p.m. Metro riders save 20% on tickets. Pre-discount prices are $30-40 for adults, and $20 for students with ID. (Metro Silver Line to Cal State LA.)

Sunday

Catch two Angel City Derby Girls matinee games starting at 1 p.m. at the Culver City Veterans Auditorium, and get $5 off your ticket by showing your TAP card. (Metro Expo Line to Culver City Station and then walk west on Culver Blvd, or catch any Culver Blvd or Venice Blvd bus west to Overland Ave.)

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Don’t miss free art tour on the Metro Gold Line Saturday, April 26

In honor of Earth Day, take a ride on the Metro Gold Line and explore public art and neighborhood history with Fallen Fruit on Saturday, April 26. The free, three-hour event begins with a street-side lemonade stand at the entrance to historic Union Station and ends with an installation of self-portraits, created by participants, at the Armory Center for the Arts in Old Pasadena.

Meet up on Saturday, April 26 at 11:00 a.m. outside the Alameda Street entrance to Union Station. Participants will receive TAP cards loaded with a day pass. The group will depart via the Gold Line at noon, and the event will conclude at Memorial Park Station/Armory Center for the Arts at 2 p.m. Participants who show their valid TAP card will receive a free copy of the Armory’s Art Throughout Pasadena, an exhibition catalogue produced by the Armory that documents several recent projects, including Fallen Fruit’s collaborative art work, “Public Fruit Jam.”

The tour is approximately 90% walking. There are elevators and escalators in all of the stations. Public restrooms are available at Union Station and the Armory Center for the Arts.

RSVPs are not required by are highly recommended.

Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young) is an art collaboration that uses fruit as a common denominator to change the way people view the world. The collaboration began by mapping fruit trees growing on or over public property in Los Angeles, then expanded to include various public projects and site-specific installations including  communal jam-making and Nocturnal Fruit Forages. It was originally conceived in 2004 by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young. Since 2013, David and Austin have continued the collaborative work.

“Inspire Your Fire” at the Festival of Books and save 10% on official merchandise with Metro

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From 2013 Festival of Books. Photo: Anna Chen/Metro

The L.A. Times Festival of Books takes over USC this weekend with music, food, films, books, books and more books! The event is free to attend; hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Getting to the Festival of Books without driving is a snap. Metro has three rail stations that serve the USC area off the Expo Line: Jefferson/USC, Expo Park/USC and Expo/Vermont. Both the Blue and Expo lines will see enhanced service during event hours to accommodate attendees. The Metro Silver Line also drops off at 37th/USC, and another option for those starting their trips from DTLA is the DASH F.

Due to the Patsaouras Plaza closure this weekend, the free Festival Shuttle Bus will be picking up passengers from Union Station at Cesar Chavez/Alameda. Connect with the shuttle via the Gold, Purple or Red Line. Signage will be placed around Union Station directing festival attendees to the shuttle stop.

As an added bonus, those who go Metro can save 10% on official FOB merchandise! Show your valid TAP card wherever festival merchandise is sold and save on your total purchase.

Go Metro to CicLAvia on April 6 and save 15% on official T-shirts

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Enjoy a car-free day on Wilshire Boulevard at CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard this Sunday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wilshire Blvd. will be closed to car traffic between Downtown L.A. and Fairfax Avenue for pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy.

Getting to CicLAvia is easy via Metro Rail — there are four Red or Purple Line stations along or very close to Wilshire (7th/Metro Center, Westlake/MacArthur Park, Wilshire/Normandie, Wilshire/Western) and both the Blue Line and Expo Line also serve 7th/Metro Center. Riders can also transfer to the Red/Purple Line at Union Station from the Gold Line — or ride deeper into downtown via city streets and bike lanes. Bicyclists who want to get to CicLAvia by Metro should review Metro’s bike rules.

Metrolink will have two Bike Cars on select Antelope Valley, San Bernardino and Orange County Line trains. Take Metrolink to Union Station and transfer to the Metro Red/Purple Line, or ride your bike directly from Union Station to Wilshire (click for Downtown Los Angeles bike map).

The best part about going Metro to CicLAvia? Saving money on merch! Just show your valid TAP card at the MacArthur Park hub to save 15% on CicLAvia T-shirts.

Finally, if you’re heading to CicLAvia, drop by and visit Metro’s booth and mock subway car — look for it near LACMA. Metro staff will be there with plenty of information about Metro’s current bus and rail offerings as well as the Purple Line Extension project. It is also the gathering point for all Metro employees participating in the CicLAvia Challenge! Be there at 9 a.m. for the team photo.

Get ready for Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s April 8

Mark your calendars, ice cream lovers, Ben&Jerry’s Free Cone Day is coming up next Tuesday! And the best place to get some free ice cream? Right here at Los Angeles Union Station.

And if your free cone isn’t enough to satisfy, take advantage of the Union Station Ben&Jerry’s TAP card Tuesday. Just show your TAP card to the cashier on any Tuesday and save 10% on all scoops, milkshakes, smoothies, and sundaes.

The ways to Union Station are many! You can get here by train, bus, bike or foot. Check Trip Planner for routes and connections.

Go Metro Weekends, April 4 – 6


Friday

It’s Friday…so treat yourself to something sweet at Sweet Town! Try traditional Chinese sweet soups, contemporary sorbet and gelato desserts, fruity smoothies and all kinds of boba drinks. Best of all, get 10% off your bill with your TAP card. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station, Metro Bus 81 or 96 to Hill/Alpine)

Saturday

Taco lovers, here we go! Grand Park hosts Taco Madness from noon to sunset. The free event features music, live art and of course, TACOS. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, various buses stopping on Hill, Broadway and Spring)

Sunday

Thai Town USA hosts Thai New Year Festival this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be food, music and other cultural performances. Make sure to get your fill of sticky mango rice! The event is free and open to the public. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Western Station, Metro Bus 207 to Western/Hollywood)

Don’t forget to leave your cars at home for CicLAvia! Here’s the previous post on bus detours and rail service. And here’s how to save on official CicLAvia T-shirts with your TAP card.

All Weekend

Drop by the Chinese American Museum to check out L.A. Heat: Taste Changing Condiments. Could be a real eye-opener for Siracha fans! Plus, you can save 10% at the museum store with your TAP card. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. Suggested admission is $3 for adults. (Metro Red, Purple or Gold Line to Union Station)

See A Song at Twilight at the Pasadena Playhouse. There are performances at 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets start at $50, and Metro riders can save 20% on admission. (Metro Bus 180 to Colorado/Madison)

Go Green, Go Metro to L.A. Clippers games during NBA Green Week

Fans of the L.A. Clippers can support their team by taking public transportation to any of the three Clippers home games during NBA Green Week on April 3, 6 or 9. Riding the bus or train can help you greatly reduce your carbon footprint…and as an added bonus, every time you share on Twitter how you go Metro with the hashtag #NBAGreen, the NBA and Sprint will plant another tree with the Arbor Day Foundation.

Metro and Metrolink will also be handing out “Go Green” gift bags at the Wednesday, April 9 Clippers game. Just drop by the Metro/Metrolink table inside Staples Center and show your TAP card or Metrolink pass to receive a free gift bag! (Availalble while supplies last.)

And as always, Metro riders can save 10% on merchandise and gear at the Clippers Team LA Store.

To get to the Staples Center, take the Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station, walk from 7th/Metro, hop on the Metro Silver Line or take various Metro buses. Use Trip Planner for more routes and connections.

Go Metro Weekends, March 28 − 30

Attend the Downtown Book Fest in the lovely Grand Park this Saturday (image via Creative Commons).

Attend the Downtown Book Fest in the lovely Grand Park this Saturday (image via Creative Commons).

Welcome to the latest edition of Go Metro Weekends!

Buses and trains are for so much more than your weekday commute. This Friday-Sunday, let Metro take you beyond your workday routine to fun, informative, and inspiring events across the City of Angels. Here are a few ideas to get you going.

Friday

Kick off the weekend with Amoeba Record’s free, live DJ series: Rotations. This Friday, DJ Paul V (of Dragstrip 66 and Indie 103.1 fame) guest spins starting at 8 p.m. Browse or shop to your heart’s content and save $3 off purchases over $5 with your TAP card. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station, Metro Rapid 780 to Hollywood/Vine, Metro Bus 2/302 to Sunset/Ivar.)

Saturday

Calling all bookworms: the Grand Park Book Fest takes place this Saturday from 12-5 p.m.! The event is free to attend, and with valid TAP card, save 10% on purchases at the Writ Large pop-up shop (representing local authors and presses including Red Hen Press) or The Library Store on Wheels. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, or numerous Metro buses stopping at the park on Grand, Hill, Broadway and Spring.)

Audrey and Agent Cooper put their heads together in Twin Peaks.

Remember Source Readers: “The owls are not what they seem…” (image via Creative commons)

Starting at 12:15 p.m., the Paley Center for Media presents a marathon screening of David Lynch’s cult-favorite series Twin Peaks. The screening is free with price of admission. (Metro Rapid 704, Metro Bus 4 or 14/37 to Santa Monica/Canon, Metro Bus 16/316 to S. Santa Monica/Canon, or Metro Rapid 720 to Wilshire/Beverly and walk northwest about 8 minutes to destination.)

Cheer on the L.A. Kings as they face off against the Winnipeg Jets at the Staples Center. Puck drops at 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary, but all Metro riders save 10% on official merchandise at the team store. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station.)

Sunday

Long Beach’s first-ever Restaurant Week begins this Sunday and runs through Saturday, April 5. For a list of participating venues, prices, and hours, visit the Eat LBC website. (Metro Blue Line to various Downtown Long Beach stations.)

All Weekend

Get experimental at LACMA this Friday and Saturday with The Least Important Things, Emily Mast’s procession of theatrical vignettes based on the work of Spanish Poet Joan Brossa. The performances unfold throughout LACMA’s campus and are free if you pick up a timed ticket an hour before the show. Then, if you haven’t already, check out the much-lauded James Turrell Retrospective before it leaves L.A. in just two weeks! LACMA is open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. (Metro Rapid 720, Bus 20 or DASH Fairfax to Wilshire/Fairfax, Metro Rapid 780 or Bus 217 to Fairfax/Wilshire.)

Rock out with Neil Young at the Dolby Theater this Friday or Saturday at 8 p.m. Ticket prices vary. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Rapid 780, Metro Bus 212/312, 156/656, 217, or 222 to Hollywood/Highland.)

Go Metro to get 10% off books at Grand Park’s Downtown Bookfest

Grand Park’s annual Downtown Bookfest comes to town Saturday, March 29 from 12 – 5 p.m. Experience the largest coalition of Los Angeles-based presses and publishers along with readings, music and more! The event is free and open to the public.

Show your valid TAP card to any cashier at the Writ Large pop-up shop (representing local authors and presses including Red Hen Press) or The Library Store on Wheels and save 10% on your purchase.

Get to Grand Park via the Metro Red/Purple Line Civic Center/Grand Park Station. Numerous buses also stop at the park on Grand, Hill, Broadway and Spring. Use Trip Planner for more routes and connections.