The Cultural Agenda: Tom Petty, Picasso, and the Politics of Ryan Gosling and George Clooney

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


Ambient indie rockers Explosions in the Sky and The Antlers team up to play the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey.


Beirut performs at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.

Portishead play the Hammerstein in New York City.

"Picasso's Drawings, 1890-1921: Reinventing Tradition" opens at the Frick Collection. The exhibit, running through January 8, features sketches completed over a 30-year span—from his early art-school training to his experimentation with cubism.


Day 1 of Petty Fest—a festival, as its name suggests, celebrating the music of Tom Petty—commences at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Expected guest performers include Norah Jones, Ryan Miller of Guster, Tad Kubler of the Hold Steady, and Josh Lattanzi of the Lemonheads.

Swedish indie rockers Peter Bjorn and John play the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.

James Blake and Chairlift team up for an electro-synth double feature at New York's Webster Hall.


The Smashing Pumpkins perform at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.

Day 2 of Petty Fest continues at the Bowery Ballroom.


Indie pop rocker Jens Lekman plays the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn.

Ryan Gosling stars as an idealistic press secretary who's exposed to the darker side of politics while under the tutelage of a rogue presidential candidate (played by George Clooney) in The Ides of March. Opens nationwide.


The Pains of Being Pure at Heart perform at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.

CSS, Young Liars, Yellow Dogs, are among the acts scheduled to perform at the Culture Collide Block Party in Los Angeles.


The Culture Collide Block Party in Los Angeles features another performance from CSS, as well as a set from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

— Maggie Mallon

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