Friday, January 23
Wine shop Italian Wine Merchants in Union Square specializes in finding hard-to-find wines. They also love to spread the word about the wines they love. Their sit-down "winemaker dinners" offer oenophiles the opportunity to meet outstanding winemakers and drink their wines while eating great food. In their next installment, Emmanuel Cruse, estate owner of Château d'Issan, Margaux-Grand Cru Classé, and their own Bordeaux expert, Certified Wine Educator Robin Kelley O'Connor will present eight vintages of wine from the famed Margaux estate throughout a five-course dinner. 108 E. 16th St., Union Square. From 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., $195 per person. Bookings essential.
Opening Friday at the Morgan Library & Museum is “Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation,” a thematically and chronologically-arranged exhibition featuring the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s renowned collection of American historical documents. Focusing on Abraham Lincoln’s mastery of language and how his words changed the course of history, the exhibition includes photographic portraits and books owned and used by Lincoln. 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. 225 Madison Ave. at 36th St., Midtown. $18.
Saturday, January 24
NYC Parks Winter Jam is a free winter sports festival for New Yorkers of all ages in Central Park. Representatives from upstate New York skiing and snowboarding resort Gore Mountain will blow lots of fresh snow across Central Park, providing the perfect cover for snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding as well as sledding and kicksledding. Equipment is being provided at no cost, but you’re also welcome to bring your own gear. While heavy rain or snow is predicted for Saturday, the event will take place rain or shine. From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. — get there early for the most fun. Lines for some popular activities may close early. Central Park, Manhattan, Bandshell Area. Enter at 72nd Street. Free.
The New York Boat Show is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year at the huge Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. There will be kayaks, sailboats, yachts. If it floats, you’ll probably find it here. Also on display will be a vast array of marine technologies and accessories. Compare brands, talk to the experts and get ready for your spring and summer adventures. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 655 W. 34th St., Chelsea. $15 free for 15 and under with a paid adult admission.
Sunday, January 25
To be modern is to be unconventional, outrageous, and sometimes, even bad. In conjunction with the exhibition "Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye," this Gallery Session, “Making “Music” Modern: Rock, Punk, and Other Abominations” celebrates the interdependence of design movements of the 1960s and 1970s and radical forms of popular music, like rock and punk. The Philip Johnson Architecture and Design Galleries, third floor, MoMA, 1:30 p.m. 11 W. 53rd St., Midtown. $25.
One of New York City’s more unusual art installations is Walter De Maria’s The New York Earth Room, a 22-inch-deep layer of dirt spread across a 3,600-square-foot gallery space in the middle of Soho. De Maria originally created three Earth Rooms. The first two, which no longer exist, were created in Germany (1968 and 1974) with the New York interior earth sculpture installed in 1977. Although the soil has been specially treated so that nothing can grow in it, museum curators who regularly water the dirt find mushrooms sprouting on occasion. De Maria died in 2013. Wednesday to Sunday from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m., (closed from 3 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.) at 141 Wooster St., between Prince St. and Houston St., SoHo. Free.