The Cultural Agenda: Portlandia, Jillian Mayer's Love Trip, and Winter Jazzfest

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

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

Museums and Art

Vivian Maier at Steven Kasher Gallery, New York (through February 25)

While working as a nanny in New York City, Vivian Maier secretly took over 100,000 street photographs that are now the subject of this posthumous collection.

David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy at the Whitney Museum, New York (through January 8)

Sculptor David Smith's experimentation with geometric abstraction is the focus of this collection, now entering its final week on display. After January 8, Cubes and Anarchy will move to the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH.

28 at 28 at NextSpace Culver City, Los Angeles (through January 22)

Los Angeles-based photographer Sam Comen—best known for his eccentric celebrity portraits (subjects include Justin Bieber, Adam Lambert, Paris Hilton, and Michael Cera)—focuses his lens on twenty-eight 28-year-olds and their day-to-day lives on the West Coast. This is one in an ongoing series of photographs capturing the daily routines of Comen's peers (other installments include 29 at 29 and 30 at 30).

Love Trip at World Class Boxing, Miami (through February 2012)

Jillian Mayer's latest multimedia collection delves into the hyperreality of love and relationships, examining the blurred line between what's real and what's simulated in the media.

Houdini: Art and Magic at Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco (through January 16)

A collection of photographs, posters, film clips, and other memorabilia celebrate the legacy of the famed escape artist and chart his continued influence on contemporary society.

Movies and Television

After spending twenty years as a roadie with Blue Oyster Cult, Jimmy Testagross (Ron Eldard) is broke and desperate enough to move back in with his mother in Roadie, opening January 6 in limited release.

Quirky Oregon-based sketch comedyPortlandia returns for its second season on IFC on Friday, January 6.

David Cross's brainchild The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret also returns for its second season on IFC on January 6.

Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, and Ben Schwartz star as ruthless corporate sharks in House of Lies, premiering on Showtime on January 8.

Music and Events

Didn't party enough on New Year's Eve? Then start 2012 with Deadmau5 at the XS Nightclub in Las Vegas.

Le Poisson Rouge in New York is home to Winter Jazzfest 2012, running January 6 and 7. This year's edition of the annual festival will feature more than sixty performers showcasing the best of New York's live jazz scene.

Rising comedienneAmy Schumer performs for three nights (January 6 through 8) at Carolines on Broadway in New York.

Wu-Tang Clan performs at the Congress Theater in Chicago on January 8.

—Maggie Mallon

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