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Upcoming Events

Metro Art Presents: Joey Dosik

Metro Art Presents: Joey Dosik

Join Metro Art as we welcome Joey Dosik for a soundsation free performance in Union Station!

Union Station Waiting Room Friday, January 27, 2017 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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Joey Dosik is a singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist / producer with a voice that you may not expect to come out of that body. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Joey continues to be a part of the recent musical renaissance in the City of Angels. As a teenager he absorbed the Jazz tradition of Leimert Park while listening to the radio and his parents' Carole King records. After several years of touring as a pianist with other artists, he settled down in LA to focus on songwriting and collaboration with such artists as Vulfpeck, Miguel Atwood Ferguson and Mocky. Dosik recently released his "Game Winner EP" in June of 2016 — It was made in 2015 while recovering from a basketball related left knee injury. Upcoming is a full length album, "Inside Voice", which he co-produced with Mocky (Feist, Jamie Lidell), due for release in 2017.

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Metro Art Presents: Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble (VOCE)

Metro Art Presents: Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble (VOCE)

Metro Art presents the sounds of the Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble (VOCE) in Union Station's Historic Ticketing Hall!

Friday February 3, 2017 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Union Station Historic Ticketing Hall

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VOCE (Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble) was formed in Boston in 2015, and is now based in Los Angeles. VOCE’s provocative arrangements integrate elements of three traditions: western classical forms, jazz improvisation, and folk elements from different lands. The compositions range from darkly epic and driving, to playful and contemplative, varying in length from vignettes to longer suites.

Featuring: Vardan Ovsepian - piano, Ross Garren - harmonica, Luis Mascaro - violin, Yu-Ting Wu - violin, Lauren Baba - viola, Miguel Atwood Ferguson - viola, Artyom Manukyan - cello, April Guthrie - cello, Eric Sittner - bass, Gavin Salmon - drums, Diego Alvares - percussion

Listen: Vardan Ovsepian's Website Youtube 1 Youtube 2 Youtube 3

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Previous Events

A Night in the Seraglio

A Night in the Seraglio

LA OPERA TAKES OVER UNION STATION FOR AN EXPERIENTIAL POP-UP EVENT!

Tuesday, January 17, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Union Station Waiting Room

Union Station and the LA Opera Present “A Night in the Seraglio." Join us for a Sneak Peak of Mozart’s Comedic Opera The Abduction from the Seraglio on Tuesday, January 17, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, as LA Opera takes over Union Station for an experiential pop-up event! This free event is open to the public and will see the Union Station Waiting Room transformed into a Roaring Twenties jazz club, featuring live jazz, 20’s era dancers, and LA Opera singers performing pieces from the upcoming show. Don’t miss this one-night-only special event in an unforgettable setting!

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Metro Art Presents: Thalma & Laércio de Freitas

Metro Art Presents: Thalma & Laércio de Freitas

Metro Art Los Angeles is pleased to present the musical stylings of Thalma & Laércio de Freitas performing together during a free nightime concert in Union Station!

Union Station Historic Ticketing Hall Friday, January 13, 2017 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

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This special performance will be the U.S. debut for the elder de Freitas.

Acclaimed Brazilian arranger, composer, pianist, and conductor Laércio de Freitas studied piano from the age of five. Since 1966, he has enjoyed an international career giving concerts in Europe, Asia and Mexico. In the late 60s, he replaced the musician Luiz Eça, in the group Tamba 4, and has accompanied renowned artists such as Ivan Lins, Maria Bethânia, Marcos Valle, Wilson Simonal, Nancy Wilson, The Supremes, Clara Nunes, Emílio Santiago and many others. Laércio made arrangements for the LP "Quem é Quem", recorded by João Donato, in 1973.

Living in Los Angeles since 2012, Thalma de Freitas, who carries the moniker “maestro’s daughter,” made her professional debut in a Brazilian production of Hair in 1992. De Freitas has starred in numerous Brazilian television shows and released her debut self-titled solo album in 2004. In addition to serving as the vocalist in the carioca big band Orquestra Imperial, her songwriting and vision have led to a wide variety of collaborations with both contemporary and legendary musicians, such as João Donato, Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Céu, Quantic, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Kamasi Washington.

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Holiday TrainFest and Toy Drive

Holiday TrainFest and Toy Drive

SHARE IN THE THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS AT THIS FREE, FAMILY EVENT SUPPORTING TOYS FOR TOTS AND FEATURING A HISTORIC STEAM LOCOMOTIVE, RAIL CAR DISPLAY AND VISITS WITH SANTA.

Saturday, December 17th, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Track 14

Santa will trade in his sleigh and eight tiny reindeer for vintage rail cars and a 874,346-pound steam locomotive decked out for the holidays at the first-ever Holiday TrainFest and Toy Drive at Los Angeles Union Station.

The free, family-friendly event will take place at the Station on Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Track 14

Staff will be on hand to collect donations of new, unwrapped toys in support of Toys for Tots, and new socks to assist the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

Attendees will be able to: • See the historic Santa Fe 3751 steam locomotive up close • Tour vintage rail cars from the 1940s and 1950s decorated for the holidays • Explore Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® and Metrolink rail equipment • Enjoy holiday refreshments • Meet local police and firefighters, and • Visit with Santa Claus

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Cocoa Concert Series

Cocoa Concert Series

UNION STATION HOSTS FIRST EVER “COCOA CONCERT” SERIES FEATURING ACCLAIMED L.A. SALSA BAND LA PICANTE

DUE TO RAIN, THE CONCERT HAS BEEN MOVED INDOORS TO THE TICKET CONCOURSE

Fridays, December 23rd, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Union Station Ticket Councourse.

This Christmas season, Union Station’s majestic south patio will be transformed into a hub of holiday entertainment with three distinctive and diverse “Cocoa Concerts".

From 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Fridays December 16th and 23rd, Angelenos can enjoy a festive, family-friendly holiday celebration featuring free concerts, a “Cocoa Bar” with Elftenders, an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” contest, holiday crafts and cookie decorating, a Naughty & Nice photo booth and selfies with the most popular guy in Tinsel Town (SANTA).

The Remaining Cocoa Concert Series features:

Friday, December 23rd – A Very Salsa Christmas with La Picante**

Guest are invited to wear their most colorful, cleaver, kitschy and itchy Christmas jumper and vie for the title of “Downtown’s Ugliest Christmas Sweater.” Santa, the king of “dated duds,” to moderate the contest and dole out prizes.

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Cameras and Dancers

Cameras and Dancers

Sunday, December 4, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

WE'RE PARTNERING WITH THE ANNENBERG SPACE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY FOR AN INCREDIBLE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP.

The choreographer, director and social influencer Jacob Jonas will host an intensive hands-on workshop for photographers to create visual content using stunning dance performances in Union Station! As Jacob’s photography students capture the power of dance, you can get involved too by snapping a photo on your phone and tagging it on Instagram with @annenbergspace and #CamerasAndDancers.

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Metro Art Presents Film Noir at Union Station |

Metro Art Presents Film Noir at Union Station | "Too Late For Tears" (1949)

Friday, December 2, 8:00pm – 9:30pm (doors at 7:15), Historic Ticketing Hall

A cold-blooded housewife is determined to keep an ill-gotten satchel of cash by any means necessary. One of the best noirs of the classic era, long believed lost but now restored by the Film Noir Foundation and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Union Station not only appears in the film; it figures prominently in the story. Starring Lizabeth Scott, Dan Duryea, Arthur Kennedy Don Defore and Kristine Miller.

We are pleased to welcome Richard Duryea, son of Dan Duryea, to introduce the film alongside Alan K. Rode, writer, historian, film programmer and film noir expert.

All films in the series feature scenes shot at Union Station.

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Union Station Tree Lighting and Cocoa Concert

Union Station Tree Lighting and Cocoa Concert

Union Station will summon the sounds of Christmas begining at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 1st with the Annual Tree Lighting on the station’s South Patio, accompanied by an extraordinary collaboration from the renowned All-American Boys Chorus and L.A’s Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra

Guest can enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, cookies, pastries and a cotton candy bar.

Southern California Fire Fighters’ “Spark of Love Toy Drive” also pulls into the station with its annual holiday campaign to collect new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for under-served children and teens. LAFD’s finest will be on hand during the event to accept donations.

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Metro Art Presents Tres Souls

Metro Art Presents Tres Souls

Friday, Novemeber 18, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Union Station Waiting Room

Formed in 2010 by Roberto Carlos,Tres Souls is a three piece band that relives the sounds and songs of the 1940s-1950s, Mexico's golden era of "trio romantico" music. Adding a fresh sound and bilingual repertoire, Tres Souls creates an environment of celebration and appreciation of the musical richness of Latin America.

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Green Bowl 2go Anniversary Special

Green Bowl 2go Anniversary Special

GREEN BOWL 2go Marks Its One Year Anniversary on Tuesday, November 15 with a Special Offer: Buy Any Salad/Wrap and Get a Second for Half Off All Day.

The inventive eatery was launched one year ago to meet the need for a healthy and convenient culinary alternative for time-strapped commuters and travelers at Union Station.

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Veterans Day Sock Drive + Push-Up Event

Veterans Day Sock Drive + Push-Up Event

Thursday, November 10, 6:00am - 6:00pm, Union Station East

Show your support for Veterans at Union Station! Donate a new pair of white socks for homeless Vets and do a push-up or two to honor all Vets.

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Metro Art Presents Film Noir at Union Station |

Metro Art Presents Film Noir at Union Station | "CRISS CROSS" 1949

Friday, November 4, 8:00pm - 9:00pm, Union Station Historic Ticketing Hall

FREE admission. Seating is first-come, first-served.

When he died in 1947, producer Mark Hellinger had just begun pre-production on this crime-ridden love story that was supposed to be the L.A-based bookend to his New York policier hit The Naked City (1948). Thanks to the brilliant work of director Siodmak, CRISS CROSS remains perhaps the most darkly poetic rendering of amour fou in film noir. Burt Lancaster and Dan Duryea plot a daring heist, while vying for the sensual Yvonne DeCarlo. Union Station and Bunker Hill locations abound and don’t miss a young Tony Curtis burning up the floor of a downtown nightclub!

All films in the series feature scenes shot at Union Station.

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Metro Art Presents The Makers | Artist Conversation #3 Roy Dowell, June Edmonds And Michael Massenburg

Metro Art Presents The Makers | Artist Conversation #3 Roy Dowell, June Edmonds And Michael Massenburg

Thursday, October 20, 7:00 - 8:30pm, Union Station Historic Ticketing Hall

As Metro grows, so does its art collection. Metro artists play a major role in placemaking, helping to define Los Angeles neighborhoods through artworks that are thoughtfully integrated within stations, on trains and buses throughout greater LA. The event is hosted in conjunction with an exhibition at Union Station, The Makers, featuring portraits by artist Todd Gray. This special series of conversations provides a unique opportunity to learn about the people behind the 150+ artworks in the fast-growing Metro system. Hear their stories and learn about their concepts and processes.

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Metro Art Presents Film Noir at Union Station |

Metro Art Presents Film Noir at Union Station | "Union Station" (1950)

Friday, October 7, 8:00pm – 9:30pm (doors at 7:30), Historic Ticketing Hall

The first in our Film Noir at Union Station series in collaboration with the Film Noir Foundation, we are pleased to present "UNION STATION” (1950, Paramount, 80 min. Dir. Rudolph Mate). This taut thriller features plenty of memorable set piece scenes filmed inside Los Angeles’ historic Union Station and other L.A. locations that double for the film’s Chicago setting. William Holden and Barry Fitzgerald star as the dogged cops who must flush out the psychopathic kidnapper (Lyle Bettger) of a young blind girl without causing a rush-hour panic. Also starring Nancy Olson and Jan Sterling.

All films in the series feature scenes shot at Union Station.

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Metro Art Presents Mahan Esfahani

Metro Art Presents Mahan Esfahani

Sunday, October 2, 3:00-5:00pm, Historic Ticketing Hall

We are pleased to collaborate with LA Chamber Orchestra to host a new series of chamber music concerts at Union Station.

Our first presentation features Mahan Esfahani, who has ushered the harpsichord into the mainstream, performing in leading venues with major orchestras across Europe and the Far East. He studied musicology and history at Stanford University and completed his studies with the celebrated Zuzana Ružicková in Prague. He was the BBC New Generation Artist from 2008-10, was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society "Instrumentalist of the Year," and Gramophone "Artist of the Year" two years running, and performed the first harpsichord recital in the history of the BBC Proms. In 2016-17 Esfahani was appointed LA Chamber Orchestra's first ever Baroque Conversations Artistic Partner for the next three seasons. Esfahani recently signed with Deutsche Grammophon, releasing Time Present and Time Past to critical acclaim. His recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations comes out August 2016.

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Metro Art Presents The Makers | Artist Conversation #2 Carmen Argote, Martin Durazo And Jessica Polzin Mccoy

Metro Art Presents The Makers | Artist Conversation #2 Carmen Argote, Martin Durazo And Jessica Polzin Mccoy

Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 - 8:30pm, Union Station Historic Ticketing Hall

As Metro grows, so does its art collection. Metro artists play a major role in placemaking, helping to define Los Angeles neighborhoods through artworks that are thoughtfully integrated within stations, on trains and buses throughout greater LA. The event is hosted in conjunction with an exhibition at Union Station, The Makers, featuring portraits by artist Todd Gray. This special series of conversations provides a unique opportunity to learn about the people behind the 150+ artworks in the fast-growing Metro system. Hear their stories and learn about their concepts and processes.

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Metro Art Presents Among Us

Metro Art Presents Among Us

Monday, September 19 and Tuesday, September 20, 9:00am – 9:40am, Historic Ticketing Hall

We are pleased to collaborate with the Live Arts Exchange (LAX) Festival and Los Angeles Performance Practice to host Among Us, directed by Marike Splint. Among Us is an immersive sound experience about the human instinct to belong, about the tension between the individual and the community, and about what you are willing to give up to not be alone.

This performance is an experience in two parts bookending your day. In the morning, you’ll meet at Union Station, where you are challenged to look at your surroundings in a different way. You’ll meet again the same day at dusk. Part II begins at 5:30pm, within two miles of Union Station, in a secret location to be announced. Through a game of observation, dilemmas and choosing sides, your personal boundaries are questioned, and hidden social structures are gradually revealed.

The September 19 & 20 presentations are free. Click here for information about additional performance dates: Sept. 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, & Oct 1, 2.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an intimate program with limited space. RSVP is required to participate. To reserve your spot, email info@losangelesperformancepractice.org (up to 2 RSVPs accepted per email). Your RSVP will be confirmed in the order it is received.

Live Arts Exchange 2016 creates space for and draws attention to contemporary performance emerging out of Los Angeles. The LAX Festival is produced by Los Angeles Performance Practice.

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METRO ART PRESENTS KALEIDOSCOPE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

METRO ART PRESENTS KALEIDOSCOPE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Friday, September 16, 9:30pm - 12:30am, Union Station Historic Ticketing Hall

When was the last time you attended a classical music concert that went past midnight and felt more like a party? Don’t miss this special late night concert with Kaleidoscope, LA’s award winning conductorless orchestra! The program features the exciting world premiere of Mosaic by Charles Peck, Beethoven Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”, and an after party with DJ GAL mixing electronic music and dancing!

  • 9:00 – Doors open
  • 9:30 – Pre-concert talk with KUSC’s Rich Capparela
  • 10:00 – Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra
  • 11:00 – DJ GAL

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Metro Art Presents INGA

Metro Art Presents INGA

Friday, September 2, 4:00 - 6:00pm, Union Station Waiting Room

INGA is: a band. . . not jazz. . . poetry-in-motion. . . freedom of thought and expression. . . beauty beyond language. . . music for living. . .uncontainable. . .

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Metro Art Presents The Makers | Artist Conversation #1 Todd Gray, Ken Gonzales-Day and Phung Huynh

Metro Art Presents The Makers | Artist Conversation #1 Todd Gray, Ken Gonzales-Day and Phung Huynh

Thursday, August 25, 7:00 - 8:30pm, Union Station Historic Ticketing Hall

As Metro grows, so does its art collection. Metro artists play a major role in placemaking, helping to define Los Angeles neighborhoods through artworks that are thoughtfully integrated within stations, on trains and buses throughout greater LA. The event is hosted in conjunction with an exhibition at Union Station, The Makers: featuring portraits by artist Todd Gray. This special series of conversations provides a unique opportunity to learn about the people behind the 150+ artworks in the fast-growing Metro system. Hear their stories and learn about their concepts and processes.

*Special exhibition preview (6:30-6:40pm) - Prior to the Artist Conversation Todd Gray will provide an introduction to the exhibition, then guests may view it at their own pace (meet between Tracks 10A & 11A promptly at 6:30pm)

Upcoming artist conversations: September 21 & October 20. Stay tuned!

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Metro Art Presents Capoeira Exchange

Metro Art Presents Capoeira Exchange

Sunday, August 21, 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Union Station Historic Ticketing Hall

We're thrilled to host another Capoeira Exchange, bringing together the capoeira community to play, share and exchange knowledge of this beautiful Afro-Brazilian art form with the public. Capoeira is a martial art form incorporating dance, song, music and oral history. At Union Station, Muito Tempo and Saracuru will initiate a roda a circle formed by capoeiristas and musicians, and into which two capoeiristas enter to play the "game."

Audience participation is encouraged!

  • 12:45pm Meet in front of Starbucks, then a procession through the waiting room
  • 1:00 - 1:30pm Classes for beginners and separate warm-ups for the more experienced
  • 1:30 - 4:00pm Roda

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Metro Art Moves Art & Architecture Tour Of Union Station

Metro Art Moves Art & Architecture Tour Of Union Station

Sunday, August 14, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Meet at Union Station Information Kiosk, inside Alameda Street entrance

Led by Metro Art Docents, the free tour covers Union Station art, architecture and spaces not generally open to the public, including the Historic Ticketing Hall. Additionally, the tour explores artworks located in the Gold Line portal and inside the Metro Gateway Headquarters Building. Reservations are not required.

Metro Art Moves tours highlight Metro's diverse collection of artworks, heighten the passenger experience in fun and engaging ways to boost public perceptions about transit, promote rider etiquette and offer opportunities for discovery.

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Metro Art Presents The Floor + The Open Floor Society

Metro Art Presents The Floor + The Open Floor Society

Sunday, August 14, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
(Doors at 12:30pm + Dance Workshops begin at 1:00) Union Station Historic Ticketing Hall

Join us for the last in our summer series with The Floor Improv! Together with instructors from The Open Floor Society we invite Metro riders and the L.A. community of ALL AGES to learn a few steps of multiple styles of dance and movement, then to join us for the THE FLOOR Improv jam! This time we'll learn samba, Polynesian dance and more!

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Cabinet Of Curiosities

Cabinet Of Curiosities

Original Installation of LA Artists Runs August 6 - 31

Cabinet of Curiosities is a stunning and imaginative exhibition of Los Angeles-based artists featuring a series of mysterious worlds that are viewed through peepholes.

Curated by Carl Berg, the exhibit showcases original works from artists Tanya Brodsky, David DiMichele, Ashley Hagen, Noel Korten, Keith Lord, Cecilia Miniucchi and Andre Yi.

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Live Nations Ones To Watch Concert Series

Live Nations Ones To Watch Concert Series

Saturday Evenings, July – September, 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Live Nation’s Ones To Watch & KROQ Locals Only Presents Summer Concerts At Union Station

Eight weekends of free open air concerts featuring some of music’s newest stars under the stars in the station’s famed South Patio.

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