Metro rolls out entertainment for Gold Line riders this weekend

Gold Line station at Pico/Aliso.
Gold Line station at Pico/Aliso.
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People who ride the Metro Gold Line this weekend will be able to check out some dancing and singing along their route, courtesy of South Los Angeles actors, musicians and even a few puppets.

Think of it as a kind of traveling show on light rail.

The Watts Village Theatre Company is one of several arts groups will perform at four historic Gold Line stops, starting at downtown Los Angeles' Union Station.

From the event's web site:

This hands-on artistic expedition will search out culturally significant sites around the Metro rail system and create “artistic excavations” that will allow audience members to discover and learn about Los Angeles’ rich and diverse artistic history in an active and participatory manner.

The audience members will be led by a “Musical Archaeologist” who will guide the audience to the discovery of different performing treasures. All the performing solo artists and companies along the route will play the role of “Site Stewards” by safeguarding the truth of each site's history. The overall concept is to create a site-specific artistic extravaganza that highlights Los Angeles’ rich cultural and artistic wealth. Performances will take place on and around the Metro Gold Rail Line. This project’s route was selected specifically because it will make it possible to highlight the many artistic contributions made to Los Angeles’ cultural identity by Native American, Asian American and Latino/Hispanic/Chicana/o communities.

Tickets for the special performances are $20; they include the price of a Metro Day Pass. For passengers on tighter budgets, entertainers are offering pay-what-you-can shows.

It’s likely that audiences will participate, not just watch. Troupe members are encouraging riders to wear comfortable clothes and carry drinking water.

Metro riders will get a good long show as they roll to each segment of performances. Now in its third year, the “Meet Me at Metro” program has a three-hour-plus running time.

You can catch the event next weekend, too. For specific times, head to www.meetmeatmetro.com.