Whether your idea of a good time on New Year's Eve involves walking the red carpet, witnessing a sword fight or catching a living legend in the act, you'll find it happening in and around downtown. In addition to the blinged-out dance parties and live music events going on that night, these little gems stood out from the crowd:
The Linen Building is rolling out the red carpet for your very special entrance into Mission: Hollywood, a swanky soiree complete with paparazzi flashing your pic as you make your way inside. Glam it up for this one. 10 p.m.-3 a.m., $15 pre-sale, $20 door. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., fullfrontalassault.net for tickets.
Or go country at the Bouquet. Legendary crooner Pinto Bennett and The Famous Motel Cowboys take it down a notch. Pull up a bar stool, grab a beer and maybe a shot of whiskey, and ring in the new year with a little down-home jam session with the boys. 8 p.m., $15. The Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St., 208-345-6605, thebouquet.net.
The words "barn dance" don't usually conjure up images of sword fighting and acrobats, but then, Invaders of the Heart Post Apocalyptic Renegade Circus are not the ones usually hosting the dance. They are this time though, and Hillfolk Noir is helping out with the dance tunes after the show. 10 p.m., starts at $10 on a sliding scale. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297.
And last but not least, how appropriate is it that Barbacoa is celebrating its re-opening almost one year to the day that a fire destroyed the East Boise hot spot? If you've been eagerly waiting for it to happen, the pricey admission will be well worth it. Your ticket includes one drink, appetizers and a party worthy of ushering in the New Year--and era. 5 p.m.-2 a.m., $50. Barbacoa, 276 Bob White Court, 208-338-5000, barbacoa-boise.com.