Happy Friday, Source readers and mass transit riders! You probably already know Metro can get you to tons of great events across our fair City of Angels with ease. And this weekend, with Halloween and Dia de los Muertos around the corner, our buses and trains can also take you from the land of the living, to the land of the dead, or, the living-dead. Read on, if you dare…
Honor your departed with creativity at The Museum of Latin American Art’s Dia de Los Muertos altar making class this Friday from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Participants bring $9, a photo of the loved one(s) to be honored and a box out of which to build the altar — the rest is provided by the museum. Only 30 spaces are available, so be sure to register ahead of time! (Metro Blue Line to 5th Street Station, then walk about 12 minutes east on 6th Street and north on Alamitos Avenue, or hop aboard various Long Beach Transit buses to 7th/Alamitos.)
Join residents of Boyle Heights and Little Tokyo for Beats & Bridges, a block party spanning the 1st Street Bridge. Enjoy music, storytelling, performances and altares from artists on both sides of the river, followed by a Halloween dance party. Event runs from 7 p.m. through midnight and is free to attend. (Metro Gold Line to Mariachi Plaza Station, or Metro Bus 30/330 to 1st/Boyle.)
Take advantage of the L.A. Law Library’s Free Public Legal Services Fair this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair includes over 50 legal aid organizations, government agencies, social services and community-based groups to provide free services, information and classes for the public. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, or various Metro buses serving Broadway, Temple, 1st or Hill Streets.)
If you’re attending the Music and Comedy Festival Supreme at the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall, consider going Metro! Metro Expo Line Jefferson/USC Station and Metro Silver Line 23rd Street Station both put you steps away from the side-splitting action.
Grand Park and East L.A-based Self Help Graphics & Art welcome visitors to La Noche de Ofrenda this Saturday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. in Grand Park. The free event will unveil 50 altares by Los Angeles artists and feature music, poetry and traditional Aztecan, Oaxacan and Michoacán dance performances. Show your valid TAP card at the Grand Park booth and receive an admission pass for a future visit to the Museum of Latin American Art. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, or various Metro buses serving Grand Avenue, Hill, Temple, or 1st Streets.)
For those on their way to the KCRW Halloween Masquerade at the Park Plaza Hotel: if you’ve never worn a costume on public transit, here’s your opportunity! The Metro Red/Purple Line Westlake/MacArthur Park Station is a 10-minute walk from the party and open late until 2 a.m. Saturday nights…
Dr Strangelove (a favorite of yours truly) is screening at the Egyptian Theatre this Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $11 general admission, $9 seniors/students. See you there! (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Rapid 780 or Bus 156/656 to Hollywood/Highland, or Bus 212/312, 217, or 222 to Hollywood/Las Palmas.)
Don’t forget, if you’re heading to the Rock’n’Roll Halloween Half-Marathon, make sure to Go Metro!
The Broken Bells are playing the Orpheum Theatre this Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Ticket prices vary, as do your options for arriving via mass transit! Metro Red/Purple Line 7th St/Metro Center Station and Blue/Expo Line Pico Station are both a 10 minute-walk away. There’s also a plethora of Metro buses serving Broadway/8th.
Long Beach gets zombified this weekend as the Zombie Walk descends on Rainbow Lagoon. This three-day long event is for zombies and horror-lovers of all ages, and includes dancing, costume contests, horror vendors, makeup artists, classic zombie films, live music, food trucks and more. At $15, tickets are a scary good deal! (Metro Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach Station, then walk 10 minutes south on Pine Avenue or take the free passport shuttle to Pine/Convention Center.)
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