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)

East LA Civic Center will host Día de los Muertos festivities on Nov. 1 and 2. Activities include an altar decorating contest, live entertainment, food vendors and more. Show your valid TAP card at the Parks and Recreation booth and receive a free fan. Metro riders can also receive a free drink with purchase at SoCal Burgers Chill & Grill Restaurant on Nov. 2. (Metro Gold Line to East LA Civic Center Station)

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Eat Shop Play Crenshaw at Taste of Soul

The 9th Annual Taste of Soul Family Festival continues until 7 p.m. tonight. While you’re there, make sure to stop in at Metro’s Eat Shop Play Crenshaw pavilion to grab some shade and check out the offerings of local businesses affected by the LAX/Crenshaw Line construction.

See the brief video below for some of the sights and sounds from earlier this afternoon:

The event began at 10 a.m. and is being held on Crenshaw Boulevard between Stocker Street and Rodeo Road, a short walk south from the Expo/Crenshaw Station on the Metro Expo Line.

Metro to launch Eat Shop Play Crenshaw campaign at Taste of Soul

Metro will launch the Eat Shop Play Crenshaw campaign at tomorrow’s Taste of Soul, a free, family-friendly event on Crenshaw Boulevard between Stocker Street and Rodeo Road. Eat Shop Play Crenshaw will encourage the public to take a pledge to support local businesses.

Go Metro to the soul food, live entertainment and great shopping at Taste of Soul via the Metro Expo Line. The festival is accessible from the Expo/Crenshaw Station. And make sure to visit Metro’s Eat Shop Play Crenshaw pavilion, where businesses impacted by Crenshaw/LAX Line construction will be highlighted. Taste of Soul will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Here’s the press release from Metro:

L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board 1st Vice Chair Mark Ridley-Thomas, Metro Board member Jackie Dupont-Walker, Metro CEO Art Leahy and Taste of Soul Founder Danny Bakewell Sr. today encouraged the public to Go Metro to the Taste of Soul festival this Saturday, Oct. 18, using the Metro rail and Metro bus system. The Metro Rail Expo Line Expo/Crenshaw Station is within sight and scent of the festival’s savory delights.

At the festival, Metro will unveil a new campaign called Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw where the public will be encouraged to take a pledge to support local businesses. The campaign will launch at the Taste of Soul in Metro’s Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw pavilion, located at Crenshaw Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard where merchants from the Crenshaw District who are impacted by construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project will be highlighted.

“Every year, this event grows in size and popularity, building new and stronger bonds within the community. The Taste of Soul encourages hundreds and thousands of SoCal residents to support small businesses that truly are the backbone of our local economy and promotes public transit ridership to improve traffic flow,” said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti.

“Taste of Soul provides an opportunity to celebrate the rich culture and diversity in the Crenshaw District and I am pleased that this year Metro will celebrate many of the local businesses on the Boulevard who have bravely endured the challenges associated with construction of the Crenshaw Line,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “This event kicks off our campaign to celebrate and help these businesses through our “Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw Campaign”.

“We all know that once the Crenshaw/LAX Project is completed, the light-rail line is going to benefit our community, in a big way, but right now it is hard on the local shops and stores,” said Metro Board member Dupont-Walker. “It’s particularly hard on the small businesses that traditionally operate on small margins. These are the mom and pop places we can turn to for the sorts of goods and services chain stores can no longer provide. It’s often where we find great deals and personal service.”

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New Metro video: just click and go, says Galactic Flo

One of our enduring pet peeves at The Source is the misbegotten idea that government should be boring, dry, complicated, bureaucratic, technical and always play it ultra-safe when communicating with the public.

In that spirit, Metro’s marketing team recently put their collective heads together to produce a trio of new videos that certainly aren’t boring and/or bureaucratic. Rather, the videos are intended as a fun way to help folks learn to ride the system and remind everyone that taking transit can be fun and interesting.

The first of the new videos features hip hop duo Galactic Flo planning a transit trip and is posted above. We’ll post the other two in the next few days. Please feel free to share/comment/review on social media using the hashtag #metrorocks. Metro is on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

One other note: the musicians who appear in the videos (and the firm that made them) 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.

Here’s a taste of the Taste of Soul this Saturday

Grab your TAP card and your appetite and head over to the Taste of Soul festival this Saturday. You’ll be joining more than 300,000 others so go early and eat often. And for a truly enjoyable experience you absolutely must take Metro. (Think about the traffic 300,000 diners will generate.)

For a taste of the Taste of Soul, check out the video above that drops by three participating restaurants: delicious Harold and Belle’s, Mel’s (melt in your mouth!) Fish Shack and lovely Chef Marilyn’s Soul Food. And hear how the Taste of Soul began, from founder Danny Bakewell Sr.

So hop on the Expo Line to the Expo/Crenshaw Station and walk and eat your way south. You’ll be happy for the exercise.

Why You Share the Ride: bike to rail equals time to read

During Rideshare Week, we’ll be featuring stories submitted by real commuters talking about why they share the ride. Join the conversation and let us know why you share the ride! Tweet us @metrolosangeles using the hashtag #RideshareLA. And don’t forget to pledge online for a chance to win some awesome prizes.

The following rideshare story comes to us from Bond Harper, who commutes from Culver City to Universal City.

BondHarper“I ride my bike to the Culver City Metro Station and take the train to Universal City. I love the consistency of my commute times compared to driving (you never know how traffic will be!). I’ve also realized that I can read a book a week on the train, so I’ve had fun catching up on novels and learning new things with non-fiction. It is so easy to hop off in Hollywood or downtown to meet someone for dinner or attend an event.”