The life of Abraham Lincoln and his connection to Idaho are the subjects of two exhibits sponsored by the Idaho Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. The traveling exhibit makes its debut in Boise with a grand opening hosted by the commission and Lt. Gov. Jim Risch. This is the first time in 150 years that copies of some of the documents related to the establishment of Idaho as a territory will be seen inside the state, along with six display cases of original artifacts relating Lincoln to Idaho. The well-guarded national archives were pried open, and copies of the velum sheepskin documents were made specifically for the exhibit. Spectators will be able to feast their eyes on 23 panels that depict Lincoln's connection to Idaho, including a copy of the Idaho Territory Act created in 1863 and signed by Lincoln. Included in the exhibit is a copy of the last handwritten letter Lincoln wrote before his assassination, appointing an Idaho Supreme Court justice.
7 p.m., $20 donation per person is requested, Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Dr., Boise, 208-334-2120, LincolnBicentennial.Idaho.gov.
Big Blue and Bald
The Blue Man Group is back to rock Boise with the "How to Be a Megastar Tour 2.1." With all the components for an arena-style rock concert experience, the group started by penning a "tongue-in-cheek" manual on how to be a rock star listing all the prerequisites: big sunglasses, a big ego and a little pocket pup to complete the look and feel. The latest offering for audiences includes an eight-piece band and San Francisco-based multimedia artist Mike Relm spinning, scratching and mixing music and video.
The Stealth Profession
The work of engineers is often a mystery to people. Boise State's Discover Engineering event is a free, event-filled family day meant to provide an introduction to engineering. Ride a Segway, operate a robot and make a special chemical concoction. Experience what it's like to work in the field by participating in hands-on activities such as building rockets, designing bridges and transmitting radio waves. Visitors will also have the chance to experience a wind tunnel, learn about clean rooms and space exploration through high-altitude ballooning.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., FREE, Boise State College of Engineering, 1375 University Dr. 208-426-4432, Coen.BoiseState.edu/DiscoverEngineering.
Choose to Do So
Test your tenacity at the all-ages New Year's Resolution Concert, a chance for folks to absorb a bunch of good information on volunteering while enjoying live music by local bands. Community non profits will present materials giving students an opportunity to "resolve to get involved." High school clubs along with human rights groups will be on hand representing the Veterans for Peace, Idaho Peace Coalition and Amnesty International, to name a few. The night will feature music by headliners The Drip Drip Drop, along with Thank You Vonnegut, Bearfoot, Hill Folk Noir and Neo Tundra Cowboy. For more information, contact Fonda Portales, ACLU of Idaho director of development, 208-344-9750, Ext. 204.
6:30 p.m., $5, The Venue, 521 W. Broad St. BoiseVenue.com.
Tickle the Ivories, Dig the Jazz
Two very different concerts on the same day give music lovers the freedom to choose or the chance to take in both shows. The American Piano Duo performs the program, "By Special Arrangement," featuring works originally written for another medium and arranged for two pianos. The piano men, Boise State music professor Del Parkinson and Jeffrey Shumway, head of keyboard studies at Brigham Young University, have been performing music together since 1984. The repertoire includes Cuban Overture by Gershwin, Nocturnes by Debussy and Three Songs by Rachmaninoff.
4 p.m., $5 general, $3 seniors, free to students of all ages and Boise State faculty and staff, Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Campus Lane, Boise State campus.
The Boise Jazz Society presents The Hoenig Pilc Project, featuring pianist Jean Michel Pilc, percussionist Ari Hoenig and bassist Hans Glawischnig at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy. All three men who make up this jazz trio are composers well-known for venturing into uncharted territories. As an added bonus, attend a free Boise Community Jazz Symposium before the concert in the lobby at 4 p.m.
7:30 p.m., $35 non-Boise Jazz Society members, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-426-3498, BoiseState.edu/Music/BJS/index.html.