The Cultural Agenda: The Clock, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and Eva Hesse

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.

Monday, December 19

Now playing at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Christian Marclay's The Clock is a visual collage of time. Marclay's film is composed of clips of watches, clock towers, sundials, and countdowns, all synchronized to coordinate with each minute of the day. The film screens during museum hours and runs through December 31.

Aunt Martha join Matisyahu at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg for the first night of the reggae artist's annual Festival of Light.

Tuesday, December 20

"In Focus: Los Angeles, 1945–1980," the latest exhibit in the "Pacific Standard Time" series, opens today at the Getty Center in Los Angles. The collection of photographs showcases works by artists defined by their association with L.A. The collection runs through May 6 and features works by Man Ray, John Divola, Jo Ann Callis, and Robert Cumming.

Wednesday, December 21

Andrew Bird turns the atrium of Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art into his own sound stage in a live performance coordinating with their "Sonic Arboretum" exhibit.

Details' December/January cover star Jeremy Renner and Tom Cruise star in Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol, opening today nationwide.

Daniel Craig stars as a journalist aided in his search for a missing woman by a young computer hacker (played by Rooney Mara) in the film adaptation of Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, opening today.

Thursday, December 22

In an exhibit at the Myra Galleries in Miami, Russian artist Milani renders celebrity icons—including the Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, and Audrey Hepburn—in velvet screens embellished with Swarovski crystals. The collection explores pop idolatry and society's fascination with celebrity culture.

Andrew Bird gives an encore performance at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art.

Matisyahu brings the Festival of Light to New York City's Webster Hall.

Friday, December 23

"Eva Hesse Spectres 1960", on view through January 8 at the Brooklyn Museum, compiles a series of the sculptor's early oil paintings. The evocative works incorporate elements of the artist's world, as well as her own perception of self.

Saturday, December 24

"You Look Familiar," presented by the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, is a series of photographs investigating how people share experiences and involve themselves with others. The collection is on display at San Francisco's City Hall through January 6.

Sunday, December 25

A 9-year-old searches for the final message left for him by his father (a victim of the September 11 attacks) in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. The film stars Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock and opens in limited release today.

—Maggie Mallon

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