OC Fair This year's fair kicks off 23 days' worth of family entertainment with the theme "Let's Eat!" Entertainment includes rides, exhibits, animals, music and action sports as well as the popular Pacific Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series, the Action Sports Arena, a heat-combating Ice Museum and, of course, plenty of festive food. The O.C. Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 10 a.m. to midnight Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, noon to midnight Saturdays and Sundays. (714) 708-1500. http://www.ocfair.com.
At the Roman Table: A Culinary Adventure Enjoy a dinner inspired by ancient Roman recipes and learn about culinary pleasures in the time of Caesar. Food historian Andrew Dalby speaks about the nature of power dining in ancient Rome, identifying great wines, local produce and luxuries that made up a fashionable dinner 2,000 years ago. The Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. 7-10 p.m. $75 includes lecture, four-course dinner served family style and wine. (310) 440-7300. http://www.getty.edu.
Coop The L.A.-based pop artist shows off his devilish playthings in the exhibition "Idle Hands," a collection of bold, pulp-inspired drawings and paintings of curvaceous androids and slinky superheroes. A book of the same name is forthcoming from Baby Tattoo Press. The exhibition closes Aug. 3. Corey Helford Gallery, 8522 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Opening reception 7-10 p.m. Friday and noon-6 p.m. Saturday. Free. (310) 287-2340. http://www.coreyhelfordgallery.com.