BAM Control to Major Toms: take your protein pills and put your helmets on for Boise Art Museum's daylong tour of the Red Planet.
From noon-4 p.m. Saturday, July 27, BAM hosts some Martian madness for all ages, with a hands-on workshop creating sculptures for a Martian landscape diorama, a reading of sci-fi stories, an artist's demo on how to make outer space props from household objects, and other interactive space activities with the Discovery Center of Idaho.
That evening, beam yourself up to Mars and Stars, an adults-only event featuring live Martian-inspired music from Radio Boise DJs Matt Daley and Matt Jones, arcade games courtesy of Space Bar and sci-fi themed photo opportunities. Take a telescope to BAM's Sculpture Garden for some stargazing—and maybe even spot a UFO or two. Make sure to take advantage of the supplied aluminum foil hats to stop the little green men from knowing what you sample at the cash bar.
And it's not just fun and games; the event benefits BAM's education programs.
While there, be sure to check out the Mars Revisited exhibit by renowned collaborative artists Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick. The multi-genre installation uses Idaho's own Craters of the Moon as a Martian backdrop.
Martian Madness is free for BAM members, or included with the price of admission for other earthlings. Mars and Stars costs $10 for members or $15 for the public.