1. Lincoln artifacts will accompany the opening of Steven Spielberg’s film, “Lincoln,” starring Daniel Day Lewis and Sally Field, in the Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St., in the University Plaza, Amherst. On display in the lobby will be an Abraham Lincoln Life Mask and Hands, created two days after he was nominated for president in 1860, and a campaign ribbon bearing a likeness of Lincoln taken from a photograph by Matthew Brady on the day he made his famous Cooper Union Speech earlier that year.
2. Parking at the VA Western New York Healthcare System’s hospital at 3435 Bailey Ave. is getting easier, starting today. A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. will officially open a new $7.1 million three-story parking garage with four vehicle lanes, two of them covered, for pick-up and drop-off of patients. There are spaces for 386 cars and vans.
3. Dr. Howard K. Koh, the U.S. assistant secretary of health, comes to the University at Buffalo today to talk about a little-noticed aspect of the Affordable Care Act – its programs and initiatives that focus on prevention. He gives the J. Warren Perry Lecture for the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions at 3:30 p.m. in 190 Kapoor Hall on the South Campus. His talk, “Promoting Public Health in the Era of Health Reform,” is free and open to the public.
4. A new volunteer group called Young Professionals, formed to help the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System, holds its first fundraising event from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. in the Grand Marquis Ballroom in the newly renovated Hotel @ the Lafayette, right next door to the Central Library on Lafayette Square. With the theme of “What’s Black and White and Read All Over?,” the evening will include food, drinks, a wine wall and complimentary photo booth snapshots. Emcee is WGR Radio’s Jeremy White. Donation is $75 and includes valet parking, food and an open bar.
5. Aspiring entrepreneurs will bring their innovative schemes to Medaille College this weekend for Buffalo’s first Startup Weekend, a 54-hour marathon in which ideas will go from concept to the launch pad. It begins at 8:30 p.m. with 60-second pitches of plans to a panel of experts, who pick the best of them, then assemble groups to formulate them and develop business models under the guidance of mentors. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. Pre-registration is required. Tickets are $50, $25 for students. For information and tickets, visit www.buffalostartupweekend.org.
6. One of the problems faced by developmentally disabled adults when they own their own homes is keeping them repaired, since many are on limited budgets. Helping them out is a new program called Stable Homes, designed by Heart of the City Neighborhoods and Learning Disabilities of Western New York, which provides financial support for renovations. Details will be announced today in a press conference attended by State Sen. Mark Grisanti, Assemblyman Sean Ryan and officials of the two agencies at a home at 173 Riverside Ave., which was fixed up under a pilot project for the program.
7. The Chicago-based Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra doesn’t merely replay the venerated rock band’s songs, it recreates entire set lists from different points in Dead history, varying its instrumentation and lineup accordingly. Since no two Grateful Dead concerts were alike, neither are DSO dates. Fans can expect something different each night when the group sets up for a two-night stand today and Saturday in the Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. Day-of-show tickets are $28, with a limited number of two-night tickets offered at $40. Doors open at 8.