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…

Go Metro Weekends, Jan 17 − 19

This weekend, let Metro take you beyond your weekday commute to fun, informative, and inspiring events across the city.

Friday

Kick off the weekend with great music at Amoeba Records this Friday. Guest DJ JUN will be spinning vinyl for free starting at 8 p.m. Browse or shop to your heart’s content and save $3 off any purchase over $5 with your TAP card. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine, Metro Rapid 780 to Hollywood/Vine, Metro Bus 2/302 to Sunset/Ivar.)

Saturday

Join C.I.C.L.E.’s Tweed, Moxie, and Mustaches free group bike ride on Saturday and enjoy 10% off your bill at Cafe de Leche – the ride’s final stop – with your TAP card. Gather at the Gold Line Highland Park Station at 10:30 a.m. for an 11 a.m. departure. The route is less than 10 miles. (Metro Gold Line to Highland Park Station, Metro Bus 83 to Monte Vista/Ave 56, or 81 to Figueroa/Ave 57.)

The USC Pacific Asia Museum hosts a free Lunar New Year Festival on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Click here for the full itinerary. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station or Metro Bus 267/264 or 687/686 to Los Robles/Union.)

Sunday

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the California African American Museum. Pillars of Peace, From Jail to Justice, will include screenings of Dr. King’s speeches as well as Mandela’s speech made during his appearance at the L.A. Coliseum in 1990. The program will also include music, dance, and theater. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station or Metro Bus 81, 200, 442, or 550 to Figueroa/State.)

All Weekend

The 16th Annual Los Angeles Times Travel Show takes place Saturday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day. Tickets are $10 per day, but you can save $3 by showing your valid TAP card at the box office. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station or Metro Silver Line, Metro Bus 81, or 460 to L.A. Convention Center.)

The L.A. Art Show is also at the Convention Center Friday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Save $10 on one-day admission with your TAP card – that’s a 75% discount! In addition, a free shuttle will be transporting visitors between the Convention Center and LA Mart, where photo l.a., the 23rd Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition, is taking place.

The Kirk Douglas Theatre presents “I’ll Go On” by the Center Theatre Group with various showings Friday – Sunday. Based on three novels by famed existentialist Samuel Beckett, the play makes its debut in Los Angeles after more than 25 years. Metro riders can save 10% on tickets with valid TAP card. (Metro Expo Line to Culver City Station, Metro Rapid 733 to Venice/Bagley, Metro Bus 33 to Venice/Hughes.)

Go Metro Weekends, Fourth of July

Warm summer evening and an outdoor movie. Photo from Eat|See|Hear Official Facebook

Warm summer evening and an outdoor movie. Photo from Eat|See|Hear Official Facebook

A quick heads up: Metro Bus and Rail will be operating on a Sunday/holiday schedule for the Fourth of July on Thursday.

Don’t forget, the inaugural Metro Art Moves summer tour is set for this Thursday. Grab a snack from QdobaTossed or Boba 7 – use your TAP card to get a discount! – then meet up at 7th/Metro at 5:30 p.m. The free tour ends about an hour and a half later at Grand Park’s 4th of July Block Party, where you can use your TAP card again to get free sunglasses and then enjoy fireworks over the City of L.A. (Metro Expo/Blue/Red/Purple Line to 7th/Metro)

Speaking of fireworks, Concerts on the Green is holding a July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza at Warner Park on Thursday. A concert, featuring the Los Angeles Pierce Symphonic Winds, begins at 6 p.m. and fireworks are scheduled to go off around 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. (Metro Orange Line to Warner Center Transit Hub, Metro Bus 150/240 to Topanga Canyon/Marylee)

Want to see an outdoor movie instead of fireworks? Eat See Hear is showing Stripes at the L.A. State Historic Park on Saturday, July 6. There will be food trucks and live music at the event. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie begins around 8:30 p.m. Show your TAP card at the entrance to get a $2 discount on an individual pass. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

And for more movies, check out the Old Pasadena Film Festival, a free four-week movie screening series that kicks off this weekend. Head to Pasadena’s Central Park on Friday and scare yourself cold with The Ring, or watch the Robert Redford version of The Great Gatsby at One Colorado Courtyard on Saturday. Both outdoor movies start at 8:30 p.m. (Metro Gold Line to Del Mar Station or Metro Bus 260 to Fair Oaks/Del Mar for Central Park, Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station or Metro Bus 180 to Colorado/Fair Oaks for One Colorado Courtyard)

Anime Expo is back in town, taking place at the L.A. Convention Center from Thursday through Sunday. Things get going around 9 a.m. each day and most panels/showings end around midnight. The only exception is Sunday, where the closing ceremony is set to start at 5 p.m. A one-day pass is $40, but if you’re only interested in checking out the exhibition hall, it’s $20. (Metro Expo/Blue Line to Pico Station, Metro Silver Line to Figueroa/Pico, or walk from 7th/Metro)

A reminder: Long Beach Funk Fest is happening on Saturday, read this previous post to find out details and how to score some discounts.

And a final reminder for those heading to the Gold Cup game on Sunday: take the Gold Line!

Go Metro to LA Times Travel Show and save $3 on tickets

Photo from LA Times Travel Show Official Facebook

Photo from LA Times Travel Show Official Facebook

Don’t miss L.A.’s biggest and best travel event at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The L.A. Times Travel Show takes place on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23 and 24 from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. both days. Attendees will be able to get travel tips, learn about exciting destinations, enter in trip giveaways and more.

Go Metro and receive a $3 discount on general admission. Present a valid TAP card or L.A.County employee ID at the box office the day of the event to get the discount.

The L.A. Convention Center can be reached from Pico Station off the Metro Blue or Expo lines, as well as by the Metro Silver Line and numerous other Metro buses. For more route options and connections, use Trip Planner.

Go Metro Weekends, Nov 30 – Dec 2

Jakarta at night. Get a taste of it at the Enjoy Jakarta Festival this Sunday. Photo by kaybee07 via Flickr Creative Commons

The LA Auto Show is now in town at the LA Convention Center. Go and check out the fun, fancy cars of the future. General admission tickets are $12. The show is open on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Metro Expo/Blue Line to Pico Station, Metro Silver Line, Bus 30 or 81 to Figueroa/Pico)

Get started on holiday shopping at Unique LA, taking place this weekend at the California Market Center in the Fashion District. Meet and buy from over 350 local designers and artists, attend free DIY craft workshops and snack on unique treats. Tickets are $10 and gets you in for both Saturday and Sunday. Unique LA will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. (Metro Bus 66 to Main/9th)

Get a taste of Indonesia at the Enjoy Jakarta Festival this Sunday. The free event takes place at Hollywood & Highland Center from noon to 5 p.m. and features Indonesian food tasting, music, dance performances and more. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station)

Go Metro to get green

Mayor Villaraigosa with some student volunteers at last year’s Green Festival in Los Angeles. Photo by Carla Finnerman

Green Festival is coming to the L.A. Convention Center next weekend to show Angelenos the latest and greatest in sustainable products. The event features over 300 eco-friendly businesses, renowned speakers, workshops, yoga classes and more.

Go Metro to Green Festival and get a free 1-day pass. Just show your valid TAP card at the box office for a free ticket. Those with a Metro employee ID or L.A. County employee ID can also get a free ticket. In addition, the first 200 people to present a TAP card or L.A. County employee ID at the festival store can also get a 50% discount on Green Festival T-shirts.

Green Festival will be on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Regular admission is $10 for one day and $20 for the whole weekend if purchased online, or $15 and $25 at the door. Discounted admission is available to seniors over 65 and students with student IDs.

Free admission is also offered to those who bike to the event and park with the bike valet. If you live too far away to bike all the way to the convention center, let Metro take you part way there. Bikes are welcome on all Metro buses and trains.

The L.A. Convention Center is located near the Pico Station off the Blue and Expo lines. The Metro Silver Line also stops in front of the convention center. Check Trip Planner for more routes and connections.

Go Metro Weekends, Sept 14 – 16

 

Celebrate bicycles at Tour de Fat! From Tour de Fat Official Facebook page

Start the weekend with some laughter at the Orpheum Theatre. Aziz Ansari, star of TV show Parks and Recreation, will be there to tickle your funny bone. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets range from $25 – $45. (Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, walk four blocks south on Broadway, Metro Bus 30 or 40 to Broadway/8th)

On Saturday, give up driving for riding at the L.A. stop of Tour de Fat. The bicycle celebration takes place at the Los Angeles State Historic Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes live performances, a bike parade, food, general merriment and good times. It’s free to attend, but you do need to register if you want to participate in the bike parade. Bikes are allowed on all Metro buses and trains, so if it’s a little far for you to bike all the way to the park, let Metro get you part way there. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station, Metro Bus 76 to Chinatown Station)

Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo takes over the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend. Over 200 vendors will be on site for all comic book, pop culture and gaming enthusiasts. Go meet Felicia Day, Norman Reedus and other celebrities, or participate in the zombie apocalypse (finally, all my training will pay off!) Tickets are required for the zombie apocalypse and start at $30. A one-day pass to the expo starts at $20. Comikaze goes from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. (Metro Blue or Expo Line to Pico Station, Metro Bus 30 or 81 to Figueroa/Pico)

On Sunday, take the family to the Japanese American National Museum and enjoy Umai 2012. Nine participating restaurants, including Torihei and Meiji Tofu, will be serving up delicious dishes, and the event includes entertainment for all. Tickets for adults are $25 online and $30 at the door. Entry also includes vouchers for all nine restaurants as well as admission to the museum. (Metro Bus 30 or 40 to Judge John Aiso/1st, Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station)