Paint the town.
The Affordable Art Fair
What: The celebrated fair makes its West Coast debut with works starting at $100, local and international exhibitors, printmaking workshops, and a slew of discussions for seasoned collectors and novices alike.
Why: It’s time to upgrade your college dorm room posters.
When: Thurs., noon-9 p.m.; Fri., noon-8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1005 Chick Hearn Ct., Downtown.
Pacific Standard Time Festival
What: Eleven days of gratis performances and large-scale installations inspired by artists working in L.A. between 1945 and 1980. Don’t miss a performance of Judy Chicago’s Disappearing Environments (it involves 25 tons of dry ice and an airplane hangar).
Why: Nightly after-parties produced by Liz Glynn with surprise performances and booze-fueled art talk in Hollywood.
When: Thru Jan. 29. See the full schedule online at pacificstandardtimefestival.org.
Where: Various locations across L.A.
The Mahler Project
What: Along with two orchestras, Dudamel conducts Gustav Mahler’s nine symphonies in three weeks to honor the 100th anniversary of the legendary Austrian composer’s death.
Why: Early birds catch the gratis preconcert talk with leading Mahler scholars.
When: Thru Feb. 5. See the schedule online at laphil.com.
Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., b/t W. First & Second Sts., Downtown (323-850-2000); Shrine Auditorium, 665 W. Jefferson Blvd., b/t S. Figueroa & S. Hoover Sts. (213-748-5116). Tickets ($30-$170) online at ticketmaster.com.
Cafe Livre’s Tea and Coffee Garden
What: Sample exotic tea flights, tea-infused nibbles (smoked duck rillettes, almond cigars), and Asian-inspired sandwiches and salads at Farid Zadi’s new French fusion cafe.
Why: Get schooled in the art of tea parties at Saturday’s grand opening, noon-6 p.m.
When: Opens Sat. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 9626 Venice Blvd., b/t Watseka & Cardiff Aves., Culver City (310-842-9078).
Meat 101 at Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse
What: Sink your teeth into the downtown steakhouse’s delectable monthly meat classes, where you’ll taste and learn about different cuts while sipping on a perfectly paired beer, wine, or whiskey.
Why: Get wild this week with a crash course in game birds (partridge, pheasant, squab).
When: Thru Nov. 16. Starts Fri., 8 p.m.
Where: 330 S. Hope St., b/t W. Third & W. Fourth Sts., Downtown. For tickets ($40-$60), call 213-680-0330.
Art: Johnny Taylor, Eleven Cassettes / Courtesy of Affordable Art Fair