More to be thankful for?

Metrolink’s Weekend Pass will be good two days longer this week only: from 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Four full days and a smidge of a fifth, all for $10. Details are here. Trains will operate on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving and then back to full service Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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  • John Clifford

    Sounds like a real deal. Now if I could only figure how to use it to get to the Alex Theater for the 3-Stooges program.

    • davidallen909

      I recommend http://www.metro.net‘s trip planner function. I looked up your trip just to see how complicated it would be to get to the Alex.

      It tells me that from Union Station you could take the subway to the Civic Center, then at 12:49 p.m. take the Metro Local Line 92 bus to the Alex, disembarking at 1:26 p.m., giving you plenty of time to find a good seat for the 2 p.m. show. (All transfers are free with your Metrolink pass.) A bus returns at 4:45 (among other times) and puts you back at Union Station at 5:31.

      On the other hand, you could drive the whole thing in an hour.

      When you’re at the Alex, don’t forget to visit Brand Books and Book Fellows, two excellent used bookstores virtually across Brand from each other, in the same block as the Alex!

  • DebB

    Since you’re the expert, I’ve been wanting to ask for advice on
    places to see in LA. My family is arriving today for the Thanksgiving
    weekend, and one of our ideas of things to do is to take the train to
    Union Station, wander Olvera Street and have lunch. I’m wondering where
    else we could wander that would not be too far, so we might still be back here for dinner?

    • davidallen909

      Wandering downtown is always a good bet. You can get to Disney Hall, the Cathedral and the new Grand Park easily (although the park and Disney require walking uphill a couple of blocks). There’s a neat hidden plaza on a terrace around Disney Hall, reachable by stairs along 1st or Grand, behind a gate that ought to be unlocked. Well worth checking out. Chinatown is also near Olvera Street.

      If you have more time, you can get to Hollywood via subway; that takes about 20 minutes. Just allow plenty of time to catch your train home so you don’t stress.

      • Andy Sze

        Disney Hall is an amazing piece of architecture. I’m always mixed about Chinatown. C-town is a bastion of the old chinese immigrated from the 1960s and earlier who have been unable to change as modern Asia has, however, parts of Chinatown are evolving into hipster hangouts which has breathed new life in the aging neighborhood. There are so many Viet down there i could almost be renamed Little Saigon #2.

      • SAWZ

        I don’t know if Central Library is open this weekend or not–I think the tour is a must for first-time visitors. They are usually at 12:30 p.m

        Another must for first-timers is Olvera St. After that, its, “old hat”. Then go over to Phillipe to eat–the food is better there than at Olvera St–and its cheaper.

    • Andy Sze

      DebB, check out the Bradbury Building on Broadway across from Grand Central market. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradbury_Building. Also since it is a Friday, go to city hall and go up the observation deck on teh 22nd floor. 360 view.