"Looking at Lincoln" Exhibit • Alive After Five • Greg Brown at Nampa Civic Center • Idaho Botanical Garden Great Garden Escape Concert Series • Bars & Stripes Alleycat Race • Annual Brundage Mountain 

Wednesday 5

"Looking at Lincoln" Political Cartoon Exhibit

We all have an idea of what function a political cartoon serves: with a few well-chosen words and a (usually) scathing caricature, these cartoons serve up an issue of the day for the public's shredding pleasure.

These days, more often than not, the drawing is of so-so draftsmanship. There was a time when political cartoonists could actually draw, too. It's Abraham Lincoln who gets the scrutiny at the "Looking at Lincoln: Political Cartoons from the Civil War Era" exhibit, which is making stops at several locales around the Valley.

Created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (their collection contains over 60,000 documents detailing the political and social history of the United States) and made possible by the Idaho Humanities Council, the exhibition explores the Civil War and slavery through political cartoons that appeared at the time in newspapers.

"Through programs like our scholarly fellowships and our Gilder Lehrman History Scholars program, we bring history students and scholars to New York and into contact with the documents and images that tell the story of American history," says Eric Sharfstein of the institute. "Just as important, through traveling exhibitions, we send reproductions of those very same documents and images across the country, where they can be viewed by students, teachers, and history fans at their local school, library or historic site."

The "Looking at Lincoln" exhibition has four parts: an introduction, a section on the 1860 election, a section on the Emancipation Proclamation, and a post Emancipation Proclamation section looking at its legacy. Besides materials from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, some of the prints on display are on loan from the Library of Congress.

The exhibition will be at the following locations:

July 5-8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., the Idaho Black History Museum, 508 Julia Davis Dr.

July 9-14, 6-10 p.m., Langroise Center at Albertson College, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell.

July 14-27, Mon.-Thur. 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Rd.

For more information, visit the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History on the Web at www.gilderlehrman.org, or contact the Idaho Humanities Council at 345-5346.

Alive After Five

This week, the Alive After Five mojo comes courtesy of Hot Buttered Rum. The band mixes rock-n-roll, reggae and acoustic singer/songwriter influences to come up with their signature sound. The group's music festival credits include Telluride Bluegrass, Newport Folk, South By Southwest ... and now, Alive After Five. They've played with the likes of Phil Lesh, Ben Harper, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Chris Thile, Bela Fleck, Peter Rowan, Billy Nershi and Mike Marshall.

To learn all about the group and to hear some tunes off their new album, Well-Oiled Machine, visit www.hotbutteredrum.net.

5-8 p.m. FREE. Grove Plaza, downtown Boise.

Thursday 6

Greg Brown at Nampa Civic Center

Greg Brown is bringing his roots/folk/Americana music to one lucky audience at the Nampa Civic Center. (If you're wondering why he won't be gracing the Egyptian Theatre, read the news short on page 8.)

Brown comes by his musical pedigree in a folky way, with a banjo-picking grandad, an electric guitar-weilding mama and a holy-rolling preacher daddy out of Iowa's gospel country. A noted musician and songwriter in his own right, Brown has toured the United States, recorded over a dozen albums, and his songs have been performed by musicians from Willie Nelson to Carlos Santana to Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Brown will be joined by guitarist Jason Wilber (who plays guitar for John Prine). Doors open at 7 p.m. and there will be beer and wine available.

8 p.m. $26 advance, $28 at the door. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 468-5500, www.nampaciviccenter.com.

Idaho Botanical Garden Great Garden Escape Concert Series

The folks at the Idaho Botanical Gardens have the line-ups that keep people coming back week after week, and this week is no exception. The StratO'Loungers, Boise's All Star Blues Band will be in the house, cats, playing smooth blues.

6:30-9:30 p.m. $9, $7 IBG members. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., Boise, 343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org.

Saturday 8

Bars & Stripes Alleycat Race

If you don't know what an alleycat race is, go grab last week's issue of BW and read Rachael Daigle's piece. Go on, we'll wait. Up to speed now? Good.

Now grab a ten-spot, come by the BW offices (523 Broad St., y'know) and preregister for this kick-ass beers 'n' bikes bike race. Even if you don't win, anything with "beer" in the description and a cool T-shirt promised can't be all bad. Tune-up your bike, make like Puck and join the Bars and Stripes race. Do it for us. Do it for America.

3 p.m. $10 registration, FREE to watch, $10 to race (includes T-shirt). Race begins at Boise Weekly, 523 Broad St., 344-2055. More information at www.northstarcourier.com.

Saturday 8-Sunday 9

15th Annual Brundage Mountain Bike Festival

The Brundage Bomber Downhill mountain bike race is held in conjunction with the Brundage Mountain Festival. Saturday's race is a 10-and-a-half-mile loop with big climbs and descents, with the last four-and-a-half miles of the loop all downhill. The Brundage Bomber Downhill is on Sunday, and the one-and-a-half-mile Hidden Valley course descends 1,500 vertical feet. The Brundage Mountain Festival itself features music, crafts, food and fun.

For more information or to register for the races, visit www.wildrockies.com.

July 8-9. Brundage Mountain Resort, Brundage Mountain, McCall.

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