Zocalo Public Square event Monday: are trains the future of L.A.?

Our friends at Zocalo Public Square have been all over transportation issues this year. That trend continues Monday night at Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles (317 S. Broadway). Here’s the description from Zocalo:

For a century, the hearts of Angelenos have belonged to cars and to flying machines, not trains–even though we never would have become a city without the railroad, and couldn’t survive as a global trade center without the rail links to our seaports. But today, in a potentially historic shift, Southern California governments are betting billions that trains can win us over. Five rail lines are under construction right now in L.A., part of a 30-year wave of projects that could give Southern California the most highly developed rail system in the country, save New York. But will we go along for the ride? Only a small percentage of us use the Metro rail regularly, and California’s high-speed rail project is unpopular in L.A. Will we change our ways and depend on trains daily–and embrace development around rail networks? What is it about rail that captures people’s hearts–and why has L.A. remained immune to this almost universally beloved mode of transport? Journalist and Chapman University English scholar Tom Zoellner, author of Train, and UCLA and UC Berkeley legal, business, and environmental scholar Ethan Elkind, author of Railtown, visit Zócalo to discuss the past and future of trains here, and whether Los Angeles will finally fall for rail.

 

Sounds intriguing. BTW, I’ll be recording a podcast with Ethan Elkind that we’ll have on the Source soon talking about transit past, present and future in our region.

More info on registering to attend the event at the Zocalo website. Grand Central Market is a short walk from the Red/Purple Line’s Pershing Square Station and numerous Metro Bus lines, as shown on the map below. All Metro maps and timetables are here.

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Metro Presents: Invisible Cities to perform acoustic opera at Union Station

Invisible Cities opera took place at Union Station in 2013. Photo courtesy of Alissa Walker.

Invisible Cities opera took place at Union Station in 2013. Photo courtesy of Alissa Walker.

Last year, Invisible Cities performed a haunting “silent” opera at Union Station. This Wednesday, Metro Presents brings you a free acoustic concert performance of the award-winning opera in the Union Station Historic Ticketing Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. and seating is first come, first served. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Use the Trip Planner for routes and connections. Car and bicycle parking are also available on site.

Photos: Neptune Winds brings their music to Union Station

Photos by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Photos by Steve Hymon/Metro.

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Metro would like to thank Neptune Winds of the Colburn Conservatory of Music for playing in Union Station during the afternoon rush hour on Friday as part of the ongoing Metro Presents series. We hope everyone enjoyed the music! Click above to see larger versions of the photos.

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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.

And finally…

New Metro video: TAP the target, sings Steps of Doe

And here is the second of the trio of new videos from Metro’s marketing team, this one featuring the L.A.-based folk duo Steps of Doe with instructions for reloading your TAP card at ticket machines.

The new videos are intended as a fun way to help folks learn to ride the Metro system and remind everyone that taking transit can be fun and/or interesting. Please feel free to share/comment/review on social media using the hashtag #metrorocks. Metro is on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The first video, which debuted last week, featured Galactic Flo promoting Metro’s and Google’s trip planner.

One other note: the musicians who appear in the videos (and the firm that made them, Conceptive, Inc.) are entirely local. If you’re a musician and would like to share your song about local transit, you can email us here.

The Metro Trip Planner is on the metro.net homepage. If you prefer, Google Maps can also be used to plan transit trips.

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.

Get to Día de los Muertos celebrations around Los Angeles with Metro

Check out these fun Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations via Metro and get special deals with your TAP card.

Self Help Graphics & Art’s 41st Annual Día de los Muertos Exhibition will be held at LURNCorazon del Pueblo, Hardware Studio, and Casa 0101 from Oct. 23 through Nov. 29. On Sunday, Nov. 2, their Día de los Muertos celebration is also the end point of the Metro Art Day of the Dead tour. Show your valid TAP card and save 10% on art purchases during the events. (Metro Gold Line to Pico/Aliso Station)

Grand Park will have Día de los Muertos altars on display from Oct. 25 through Nov. 2. Drop by noche de ofrenda (night of offerings) on Oct. 25 and receive a free admission pass for a future visit to the Museum of Latin American Art at the Grand Park booth by showing your TAP card. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station)

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