1. Watch Legion
Haunted from the inside.
Noah Hawley (Fargo) is the showrunner on this adaptation of Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz’s X-Men variant about an institutionalized man (Dan Stevens) who begins to suspect that the images and voices he thought he was hallucinating might be real. Hawley never takes the expected route into anything, so this one is sure to be fascinating. —Matt Zoller Seitz
FX, February 8.
2. See Kate Gilmore and Karen Heagle’s Beat
Women’s anger unleashed.
The gallery presents a great show of two excellent emerging artists: Karen Heagle summons her inner Ovid, giving us a scary menagerie of birds tearing at flesh, while Kate Gilmore provides the backbeat in red cube sculptures that performers will soon tear apart. —Jerry Saltz
On Stellar Rays, 1 Rivington, through February 19.
3. Watch The Films of Stanley Kubrick
See them with fresh eyes.
To accompany the release S Is for Stanley — a documentary on Kubrick’s longtime assistant, former race-car driver Emilio D’Alessandro — the IFC Center celebrates Kubrick with a 14-film retrospective that includes such great early works as the tricky noir The Killing and the stunning anti-war film Paths of Glory. —David Edelstein
IFC Center, through February 2.
4. Go to War Is Hell
Pro patria mori.
Just in time for Trump, the Sheen Center’s “War Is Hell” festival begins with Macbeth (through February 12). Next up: Bill Cain’s 9 Circles, about an Iraq War vet charged with atrocities (February 21 through March 19); Luft Gangster (March 31 through April 23); Arian Moayed in a post–World War I Hamlet (May 4 through June 4); and Death Comes for the War Poets, a “verse tapestry” centered on Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen (June 9 through 24). —Jesse Green
The Sheen Center, through June 24.
5. See Rusalka
Dvorák’s fairy tale.
This work of moonlit magic about the dangers of wanting to be human returns to the Met in a new staging by Mary Zimmerman. The company has been cultivating soprano Kristine Opolais since her 2013 debut and now presents her with the diva’s crowning honor, a production built around her gifts. —Justin Davidson
Metropolitan Opera, Opens February 2.
6. See Sunset Boulevard
As if we never said good-bye.
Based on the classic Billy Wilder film (and some classic snippets of Puccini), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicalization of Sunset Boulevard, with words by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, was a hit on Broadway in 1994. Now Glenn Close reprises her Tony-winning role as Norma Desmond in this fully staged revival featuring a 40-piece onstage orchestra. Possibly unjustifiable, for sure unmissable. —J.G.
Palace Theatre; previews begin February 2.
7. Hear Isaac Mizrahi
The fashion designer debuts his new show Does This Song Make Me Look Fat? at the Carlyle. Expect jazz standards, showbiz tales, and a special something if you’re lucky: Mizrahi promises to regift items he’s collected from swag bags and enthusiastic fans.
Café Carlyle, January 31 to February 11.
8. See Cate Le Bon
Songs for dark nights.
Early on, this Welsh songwriter stuck to the road map laid down by Television’s winding guitar work. Touring behind her fourth record with a petit symphony of instruments, singing of pet death and family holidays like Crab Day, Le Bon is now within her own captivatingly odd territory.
Bowery Ballroom, January 26.
9. Read Human Acts
Han Kang’s new book, translated by Deborah Smith, depicts the fallout of the massacre and torture of dissidents under South Korea’s 1980s dictatorship. The long wake of the killings plays out across the testimonies of survivors as well as the dead, in scenarios both gorily real and beautifully surreal. —Boris Kachka
10. See Isaiah Rashad
Coming out of the fog.
Rashad, a young gem of a Tennessee native, brings a suave southern tempo to Top Dawg Entertainment, the California record label known for its biting lyricism. Now that he’s kicked an addiction to alcohol and Xanax, his bars are confident, sharp, and “clean as Tide.”
Highline Ballroom, January 31.
11. Go to Late Night at the Blue Note
Music for the witching hour.
The 23-year-old Jamaican vocalist and saxophonist Masego plays a late-night set as part of this after-hours monthly series created to showcase young popular musicians who have been influenced by jazz.
The Blue Note, January 28.
12. Watch 24: Legacy
The clock is ticking.
Tracking a terrorist plot in real time has a certain built-in tension, but this sequel would be suspenseful even without that framework. With a wary Miranda Otto coming in to shake up the Counter Terrorist Unit, who needs Jack Bauer?
Fox, February 5.
13. See Julie Byrne
Folk from within.
In her hauntingly spare, primarily guitar-driven folk (and on her new album, Not Even Happiness), Julie Byrne turns cavernous spaces intimate with her knack for the personal.
Rough Trade, January 27.
14. Listen to Culture
Fresh beats from down South.
The Atlanta rap trio Migos mixes sex, drugs, and slapstick on its sophomore studio album, whose sleek, sultry lead single, “Bad and Boujee,” recently earned trap scribes Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset their first No. 1 single on the Billboard “Hot 100” chart. —Craig Jenkins
Quality Control Music, January 27.
15. Watch Superior Donuts
Model of the form.
You might not think you’re in the mood for a sitcom about a doughnut shop, but take a closer look at this one: It’s based on the darkly funny play by Tracy Letts (Killer Joe); the cast includes Judd Hirsch and Jermaine Fowler, and the pilot is directed by James Burrows, who directed 237 episodes of Cheers. —M.Z.S.
CBS, February 2.
16. Hear La Serenissima: Music and Art From the Venetian Republic
A series of dazzling variety.
As 21st-century Venice loses population, the Italian government and Carnegie Hall try to restore the city’s luster abroad with a festival of concerts recalling its glittering history, beginning with Jordi Savall’s survey of a thousand years of Venetian music. —J.D.
Carnegie Hall, February 3 through 21.
17. See Carl D’Alvia; Endless
From some magical, mystical garden of unseen shapes all covered in surfaces that imitate tree trunks, animal fur, and feathers, sculptor-magician extraordinaire Carl D’Alvia’s double show is a tour de force, using simulated wood grain cast in resin, returning us to a golden age of heroic sculpture. One series of box shapes bisects the length of the gallery; a second show gives us his incredible wild imagination of form. —J.S.
Nathalie Karg, 291 Grand St., and Regina Rex, 221 Madison Ave., through February 19.
18. Hear Kremerata Baltica
The 69-year-old Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer returns with his band of young acolytes for “Russia: Masks & Faces,” a program that pairs Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky with contemporary composers, the Estonian Arvo Pärt and the Ukrainian Valentin Silvestrov. —J.D.
92nd St. Y, February 2.
19. Read Finks: How the CIA Tricked the World’s Best Writers
Enlarging the story of the Cold War.
The agency’s infiltration of America’s cultural institutions (especially The Paris Review) has been documented before but not this thoroughly or colorfully — thanks to Joel Whitney’s reporting as well as the wit of his subjects, who knew how to write a letter. —B.K.
20. Watch Split
M. Night Shyamalan’s latest, featuring James McAvoy suffering from dissociative identity disorder, isn’t meant to make you feel good — its ideas about mental illness are designed to be troubling and divisive. But within that, there’s a message of hope about human potential that resonates.
In theaters now.
21. & 22. See Last Work and Watch Mr. Gaga
The man behind the movements.
The Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin has achieved what most dancemakers only dream of: He’s known for the propulsive movement language he created, Gaga, more than for his own persona. But Naharin is himself a fascinating figure, as Tomer Heymann’s new documentary reveals. Get to know Naharin, then see his thrillingly adventurous Batsheva Dance Company.
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, February 1 to 4. In theaters February 1.
23. Hear Beloved Friend — Tchaikovsky and His World
A celebration of subtlety.
If there’s one composer who doesn’t need a rediscovery, it’s Tchaikovsky. But Russian conductor Semyon Bychkov has a mission: to rescue him from his popularity. With the New York Philharmonic, Bychkov will present Tchaikovsky as a master of detail and depth. —J.D.
Multiple locations, January 24 through February 11.
24. Watch The Magicians
Growing up is a fantasy.
Rather like its lead character, Quentin Coldwater, this adaptation of Lev Grossman’s book series can be annoying, brilliant, and oddly compelling, as season two explores the consequences of quick fixes and dangerous deals. Plus: orgies.
Syfy, January 25.
25. Listen to After the Party
The Menzingers’ heartbreaking fifth album features 13 songs about couples entering their 30s while struggling to keep life exciting and romance warm as youth begins to fade. —C.J.
Epitaph, February 3.