The Cultural Agenda: Isaac Layman's "Paradise" and the Portlandia tour

The Details-approved concerts, movies, and events coming your way this week.

The Details-approved concerts, movies, and events coming your way this week.

Art and Museums

Isaac Layman, "Paradise" at the Frye Art Museum, Seattle (through January 22)

Using large-scale photographs—featuring materials from his own home—Layman configures visual representations of everyday malaise and the dreams of escape and utopia such feelings spawn.

"Unlikely Friends: James Brooks and Dan Flavin" at Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York City (through February 18)

Friends and colleagues Brooks and Flavin collaborated and curated this exhibit, combining Brooks' paper and canvas works with Flavin's eccentric fluorescent-light fixtures.

"New Photographers" at Danziger Gallery, New York City (through February 25)

Works from Chris Levine, Yuji Obata, Scheltens & Abbeness, Patrick Smith, and Tereza Vlckova are on display in this showcase of new photographic talent.

"Light Years: Conceptual Art and the Photograph, 1964-1977" at the Art Institute of Chicago (through March 11)

A catalog of images highlights the use of photography as a medium to create avant-garde works.

Live performances and large-scale outdoor projects are the focus of the Performance and Public Art Festival, the latest installment in the Pacific Standard Time series. The 11-day festival kicks off on January 19 and features reimaginings and recommissionings of previous performances and displays, as well as newly commissioned works.

"Brazil in the Sixties" at 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco (opening January 19)

Life magazine photographer Peter Solmssen spent five years in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Salvador in the 1960s and—through a series of photographs and film strips—captured the distinct personalities of these three cities.

Music and Events

The Portlandia tour nears the end, as Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein appear at the Echoplex in Los Angeles on January 17, the Hideout in Chicago on January 18, the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on January 20, and the Bowery Ballroom in New York City on January 21.

Chairlift perform at the Mondrian in Los Angeles on January 17.

Wu-Tang Clan perform at The Grove of Anaheim on January 18. The hip-hop collective will also play at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on January 21.

Cults perform at Webster Hall in New York City on January 19.

Former Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum performs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music January 19-21.

Akron/Family play at the Hideout in Chicago on January 17. They will also perform at 285 Kent Ave in Brooklyn on January 21.

STS9 and RJD2 perform at the Congress Theater in Chicago on January 20.

The Kills perform on January 20 at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago.

Theophilus London performs at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre on January 22.

Movies and Television

The third season of the critically acclaimed contemporary western Justified premieres on FX on January 17.

Kate Beckinsale reprises her role as Selene in Underworld Awakening, the latest installment of the Underworld series, opening nationwide on January 20.

Ralph Fiennes, Jessica Chastain, Gerard Butler, and Vanessa Redgrave star in a film adaptation of Shakespeare's Coriolanus, opening January 20.

—Maggie Mallon

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