The Cultural Agenda: Jim Henson's Fantastic World, The Iron Lady, and New Year's Eve plans

The Details-approved concerts, movies, and events coming at you in the next seven days.



Museums and Art

Jim Henson's Fantastic World at the Museum of Moving Image, New York City
A collection of photographs, sketches, film clips, and puppets (including Miss Piggy, Kermit, and Bert and Ernie) provide insight on the imagination of the Muppet mastermind.
Through March 4.

Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro: Are We There Yet? at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC
The Australian natives create an installation specifically for the Washington, DC gallery from mass-produced household products—specifically commonly-used food items and toys. These materials are repurposed to create a visual essay on the role of consumerism in American history during the latter half of the 20th century into the 21st.
Through March 11.

Modern Antiquity: Picasso, de Chirico, Léger, ad Picabia in the Presence of the Antique at the Getty Villa at J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
The works of these four modern artists are placed alongside classic pieces, creating a conversation between the ancient works and the avant garde modern pieces for which these four artists are best known.
Through January 16.

Bill Owens: Ordinary Folks at the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose
Photographer Bill Owens renders himself an anthropologist studying the life and culture of 1970s middle-class America in this series.
Through February 5.

Karsten Lund: Strange Weather, Vague Suspicions at Peregrine Program, Chicago
Using back issues of Life magazine as his medium, Lund creates a series of chaotic collages and drawings that questions the lasting impact of images.
Through January 22, by appointment.


Movies and Television

Meryl Streep stars as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, opening December 30 (just in time to score another Oscar nomination).

A Brooklyn teenager faces alienation as she struggles with her sexual identity in the critically acclaimed Sundance short Pariah, opening December 28 in limited release.

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve (now hosted by Ryan Seacrest) celebrates its 40th edition with live performances from 2011 pop idols including Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, and Florence and the Machine.


Music and Events

If camping out in Times Square (or in front of your television) to watch the ball drop on New Year's isn't your thing, check out one of these events.

Patti Smith performs at New York's Bowery Ballroom Thursday, December 29 through Saturday, December 31.

Headliner Santigold leads the annual San Francisco-based electronic festival Sea of Dreams on New Year's Eve.

Gogol Bordello performs at New York's Terminal 5 on Friday, December 30 and Saturday, December 31.

Brooklyn-based duo Matt and Kim play a New Year's Eve show at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom.

Skrillex, the most recognizable face in dubstep, is joined by 50 other DJs for a New Year's celebration at The Rave in Milwaukee.

Jenny and Johnny (the current moniker of former Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis and singer-songwriter Jonathan Rice) are joined by Cults for a New Year's Eve show at The Standard in Los Angeles.

—Maggie Mallon




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