12 Things to do in L.A. This Weekend

Teatime with Jane Austen, surfboard art, experimental ballet, and a visit from the godmother of punk

ART: L.A. Art Book Fair
More than 250 publishers set up shop at the Little Tokyo museum, flaunting everything from zines and glossy coffee-table books to vintage tomes and stories by indie authors. More information (January 30-February 1; Geffen Contemporary at MOCA)

DANCE: The Dance Process: Making Ballet Contemporary
Dance critic Sasha Anawalt, author of The Joffrey Ballet: Robert Joffrey and the Making of an American Dance Company, examines the intersection of classical ballet and contemporary choreography. The discussion touches on the upcoming February 7 performance of Restless Creature, which features Wendy Whelan, who recently retired from the New York City Ballet. More information (January 29; Carpenter Performing Arts Center)

ART: Art Los Angeles Contemporary
Galleries from around the world are presented alongside local exhibitors such as Honor Fraser and Christopher Grimes in a 40,000-square-foot space in Santa Monica. More information (January 30-February 1; 021 Airport Avenue , Santa Monica)

MUSIC: Sam Smith
It’s been quite a career rise for the velvet-voiced Brit. Twenty-two-year-old Smith broke out in 2012 when he was featured in Disclosure’s hit, “Latch.” In 2013, Smith recorded his number-one single, “Stay,” and now he’s up for a slew of Grammys. More information (January 29-February 30; The Forum) 

ART: Paramount Ranch Art Fair
Artistic outliers and edgy galleries take over the faux-western town in the San Fernando Valley for a less formal alternative to “white cube” shows. More information (January 31-February 1; Paramount Ranch) 

COMEDY: Tig Notaro
Finding the humor in hardship, the comedian has earned praise from the likes of Louis C.K. and Sarah Silverman. A contributor to This American Life, she’s the subject of Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro, a documentary set to air on Showtime later this year. More information (January 30; Regent Theater)

MUSIC: Patti Smith
Between her stints as a poet, a photographer, an author, and a mom, Smith keeps the flame of the New York punk scene burning. More information (January 30; Ace Hotel)

ART: Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East
This is the first of a two-part program that features works by such artists as Shirin Neshat, Susan Hefuna, and Lalla Essaydi. More information (February 1; LACMA) 

CELEBRATE: Jane Austen Evening
The Society for Manners & Merriment stages a civilized affair with high tea, English country-dances, and a discussion of all things Austen. While period costumes are mandatory, marrying John Willoughby is not advised. More information (January 31; Pasadena Masonic Hall)

ART: Ancient Colombia: A Journey Through the Cauca Valley
The exhibition traces the voyage of 16th-century conquistador Pedro Cieza de Léon, who traveled through Colombia by way of the Cauca River Valley. More information (January 31; LACMA)

MUSIC: Dave & Phil Alvin
The Alvin brothers are known to have a rocky relationship. One thing they can agree on is the music of Big Bill Broonzy, a 1920s blues songwriter who influenced Phil’s singing style in the Blasters. This year’s SXSW saw the debut of songs from Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy, which was released in June. More information (January 31; The Troubadour) 

ART: Convergence
A special one-night pop-up exhibit, Convergence features the collaborative work of surfer Rob Machado and L.A.-based artist Sage Vaughn. The exhibit, held in Flood Magazine’s gallery space, will include several limited-edition surfboards and large-scale photographs. All proceeds will go toward raising funds for clean water. More information (January 29; Flood Magazine Gallery)