movies… At this late date, the USSR launching of Sputnik may seem more quaint than earth-shaking. But at the time, it was seen as an existential threat. Sputnik Mania, a documentary written and directed by David Hoffman, narrated by Liev Schreiber, captures the zeitgeist. It opens tomorrow at the IFC. Note that the director will be on hand at several shows this weekend (details here), and the IFC will have a real Sputnik satellite on view in the lobby, Friday-Sunday.
wine… At the newcomer Terroir, 413 E. 12th [1st/A] 646.602.1300, they're serving nibbles from Marco Canora, but the star is necessarily Paul Grieco's wine selections. We want to call your attention to their funny placeholder website, but especially to the video option, in which Grieco, inside the then-unfinished space, talks about what terroir actually is. It's the hippest mini-course around.
art… At the Black and White Gallery, 636 W. 28th [11th/12th] 212.244.3007, a new show opens tonight called Mating Season. The paintings by Astoria resident Asja Jung are a series of cross-species considerations—apes with strikingly human affects, set among incongruous backgrounds, suggesting a previously undiscovered design aesthetic or perhaps an evolutionary crossroads.
classical… At ever-satisfying Bargemusic on Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday at 4pm, on the chamber music rotation: Schubert, Brahms, and the New York premiere of Michael Hersch's Sonata No. 2 for Unaccompanied Cello.
shopping… From March 17th through the end of the month, Chelsee Eyes, 20 W. 20th [5th/6th] 212.242.4823, is having a sale on designer eyewear and sunglasses, prescription lenses, and accessories. Frames from Mikli, Prada, Lafont and others, normally $150-$650, will be $45-$400. Weekdays, 10-5, evenings and Saturdays by appointment. No cc.
talk… At Parsons, 55 W. 13th [5th/6th] tonight, 6:30-8pm, Steven Berlin Johnson gives a talk on business strategy. We think Johnson is a particularly interesting writer: his latest book, The Ghost Map, is a fascinating look at the cholera outbreak of 1854 in London. He's written the somewhat controversial Everything Bad is Good for You and Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life .
heads up … Whatever the public art impresarios at Creative Time come up with, count us in. The latest is the presentation of Matthew Buckingham's 40-minute film Muhheakantuck - Everything has a Name. It's about the violent clash between the Dutch colonists and the native Lenape people over the colonization of the land along the Lower Hudson River Valley. But this being Creative Time, it's not just a screening. It's a screening aboard a NY Water Taxi. Dates are March 28-30 and April 4-6, 7pm and 8pm. The event is free, but you need to reserve (the first two days are already sold out).