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Dapper Day: Sunday's railway rendezvous for the festooned city buff

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Photo by Steven Vance via Flickr Creative Commons

Don your dazzling duds and prepare to be debonair because railLA is hosting Dapper Day on the Subway this Sunday, April 29.

A flash mob for the flashy, this romantic railway rendezvous elevates the roaming riffraff of a themed mob into a well-dressed horde of history buffs.

The all-day jaunt is a "whistle stop" adventure through Los Angeles where the crush of commuting makes way for subway elegance.

According to the organizers the event is "part performance art, part cultural experiment," and an attempt to recapture "the lost luxury and convenience of rail travel."

Prettied participants will congregate at 9:30 a.m. by the upstairs platform at the Hollywood/Vine subway station. High life hijinks will ensue following a brief, pre-boarding celebration.

The tour event is free but a $5 Metro Day Pass is required to ride the rails. Bringing cash is advised for optional admissions at some of the stops along the way. Locations and activities include Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House, Barnsdall Art Park, Union Station, Olvera Street, Heritage Day, Angels Flight and others.


Lil' Wayne on the train: Commuters caught in cultural experiment learn 'How to Love' on the subway

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Screenshot: The Love Project launches a Lil Wayne sing-along on a Los Angeles subway.

Local commuters were a captive audience earlier this month when a Los Angeles-based cultural experiment took to the Metro in a coordinated effort to answer the question, "What the hell is love anyway?" 

The Love Project, launched by local advertising agency Muse Communications, wants to get "to the heart of what love really means," and they're doing it by asking a lot of people a lot of questions, and by performing Lil Wayne songs on public transportation.

Jo Muse, chairman and chief creative officer at Muse Communications, explained The Love Project in a press release as "a way to explore culture and share it with a broader audience," He went on to describe the experiment as an opportunity to "create something completely independent of client work." 

The project's collection of video interviews take on "dating, religion, family, race, sex, heartbreak, divorce and sustaining a healthy marriage" with questions like "How did you know you were in love?", "What would you NOT do for love?" and "Are human beings capable of unconditional love?"