Grand National Roadster Show The 61st annual Grand National Roadster Show will feature more than 500 custom cars, trucks and motorcycles competing for awards, plus cars owned by Tim Allen of “Home Improvement,” Chip Foose of “Overhaulin’ ” and James Hetfield of Metallica, celebrity appearances and live music. This is one of the longest-running indoor car shows in the world. Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. Hours vary. Fri.-Sun. $20. (877) 763-7469. www.rodshows.com.
Patti Smith Smith is as defined by her music and poetry as she is by her friendships, many of them nurtured within the storied walls of the Chelsea Hotel. Her latest book, “Just Kids,” documents the bond that she had with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. She’ll read an excerpt from the memoir at Skylight Books. 5 p.m. Sat. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 660-1175
Art Los Angeles Contemporary More than 55 notable galleries from around the world will showcase some of their best artists at Pacific Design Center’s Art Los Angeles Contemporary fair, so it’s the perfect way to tap into cutting-edge global art trends. Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. Today to Sun. Hours and ticket prices vary. (323) 851-7530. www.artlosangelesfair .com.
James Welling: Glass House The Los Angeles artist’s exhibition features new photographs from his “Glass House” series and a video installation, “Sun Pavilion.” Taken over three years at the iconic Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Conn., the luminous images were made with color filters attached to a digital camera. Regen Projects II, 9016 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. Opening today 6-8 p.m. Runs through March 6, Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (310) 276-5424. www.regenprojects.com.