The Cultural Agenda: Otherworldliness, Tomorrow Never Knows, and 30 Rock Returns to Prime Time

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

"Otherworldliness" at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York City (through January 21)

A collection of Surrealist and magic-realist paintings by various artists illustrates the limitations of reality and the intangible realm of emotions and the unconscious mind.

"Write Now: Artists and Letterforms" at Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago (through April 29)

Forty artists (primarily Chicago-based) demonstrate the importance of the written word throughpainting, sculpture, video, and print.

"Mark Handforth: Rolling Stop" at Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (through February 19)

A series of sculptures and installations exaggerates and enhances ubiquitous city-life artifacts (street lamps, road signs, clothes hangers).

"Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings" at the Gagosian Galleries (through February 18)

Opening January 12, this worldwide exhibition—on display at all 11 of Gagosian's international galleries—brings together 25 years of paintings by famed colorist Damien Hirst.

Music and Events

The Tomorrow Never Knows Festival, an annual showcases up-and-coming local and national indie talent. Running January 11-15, this year's edition includes performances from the Walkmen, Chairlift, and Theophilus London.

The 21st annual photography showcase Photo L.A., celebrating the role of photography in fine arts, will be held January 12-16 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

M83 perform at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on January 12 and 13.

For any aspiring cartoonists who have submitted an entry to the New Yorker caption contest and been rejected: See a panel of New Yorker cartoonists as they discuss their own rejections and the latest cartoon anthology The Best of the Rejection Collection at Strand Book Store in New York City on January 12.

Stepkids perform at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on January 14.

Girls and Real Estate play at New York City's Terminal 5 on January 14.

The 11th annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival runs through January 15. Check out a full schedule of performers here.

Movies and TV

30 Rock returns for its Season 6 premiere on January 12 on NBC.

Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, and Giovanni Ribisi star in crime drama Contraband, opening nationwide on January 13.

Michael Biehn, Rosanna Arquette, and Lauren German star as survivors of a nuclear attack on New York City in the post-apocalyptic thriller The Divide, opening in limited release on January 13.

—Maggie Mallon

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