Take a break from the news and visit a crazy fantasy world, in which childish people with incredible power can be given control of an entire nation. The Syfy television show “The Magicians,” brings its world of Fillion to life for the next nine days with the “Hall of Magic,” a series of room filled with illusions and levitation.
2–10 pm at William Vale Retail Center (55 Wythe Ave. between N. 12th and N. 13th streets in Williamsburg, www.hallo
After trying your hand at magic, see how a real wizard does it in “The Tempest,” Shakespeare’s play about a magician who rules a mysterious island. This all-female production, set in a women’s prison, stars the amazing Harriet Walter as the wizard Prospero.
2 pm and 7:30 pm at St. Ann’s Warehouse [45 Water St. at New Dock Street in Dumbo, (718) 834–8794], www.stann
Let’s face it: 2017 isn’t working out. Instead, we should switch to the lunar calendar and welcome the Year of the Rooster along with the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, which will use music, dancing dragons, and fancy outfits to celebrate the new year and explain the zodiac that guides it.
3 pm Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College [2900 Campus Rd. between Hillel Place and Avenue H in Midwood, (718) 951–4500], www.brook
An impressive array of artists will play secret chords tonight at “Sincerely, L. Cohen,” a tribute to recently departed folk icon Leonard Cohen. Saying goodbye will be Lucy Wainwright Roche (pictured), Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, Okkervil River’s Will Sheff, Deer Tick’s Ian O’Neil, and many more.
7 pm at Music Hall of Williamsburg [66 N. Sixth St. between Kent and Wythe avenues in Williamsburg, (718) 486–5400, www.music
The second-greatest prank the Devil ever pulled is the Black Metal Dialogues, a fabled email exchange between fictional Satanic rockers Witch Taint and an unsuspecting Norwegian record label. Comedian Dave Hill, who started it all, will read from the exchange live, then perform as Witch Taint for the first time tonight.
8 pm at Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave. between Box and Clay streets in Greenpoint, www.saint