The Weekend Guide

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Paint the town.

The Affordable Art Fair
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
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).
Nightly after-parties produced by Liz Glynn with surprise performances and booze-fueled art talk in Hollywood.
Thru Jan. 29. See the full schedule online at pacificstandardtimefestival.org.
Various locations across L.A.

The Mahler Project
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
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
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

Cafe Livre
9626 Venice Blvd
bt Watseka & Cardiff Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90232
Nick and Stef's Steakhouse
330 S Hope St
bt W 3rd & W 4th Sts
Los Angeles, CA 90071
The Affordable Art Fair
1005 Chick Hearn Ct
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Shrine Auditorium
665 W Jefferson Blvd
bt S Figueroa & S Hoover Sts
Los Angeles, CA 90007
111 S Grand Ave
bt W 1st & W 2nd Sts
Los Angeles, CA 90012