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Obama for America Staff Ball Right Now Featuring Jay-Z

It's a good day to be an Obama staffer. After a long campaign and transition, about 10,000 staff have been invited to the D.C. Amory for a private party featuring rap superstar Jay-Z. The event, called the Obama for America...

By David A Nakamura | January 21, 2009; 08:10 PM ET | Comments (2)

Celebrity Spotings: Fox, Carey, Ali and More

4: 25 p.m. (6th and C) -- Michael J. Fox talks to folks around the corner from the Newseum. 11: 15 a.m. (Portajohns)-- Near the Capitol No celebrity treatment for Halle Berry and her ex-husband Eric Benet who waited in...

By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 04:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

Seen in the Crowd: Michelle Rhee and Kevin Johnson

D.C. Public School Chancellor Michelle Rhee and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson are very close friends. Rhee and the former Phoenix Suns star, were spotted among those at the mall, reports Post reporter Michael Birnbaum, who took this photo:...

By David A Nakamura | January 20, 2009; 03:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Byrd, Kennedy Leave Lunch for Medical Reasons

Early reports say that Sens. Byrd and Kennedy left the Obama Congressional luncheon for medical reasons. Before being taken from the room, Kennedy had begun shaking and convulsing, according to Senate staffer in the luncheon, and appeared to be having...

By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 02:53 PM ET | Comments (3)

Civil War Era Unit Gathers for Parade, Pictures

(U Street) -- Twenty black men dressed in Civil War era Union blues huddled to stay warm as they awaited a bus that would take them to the parade staging area. They are part of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer...

By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Video: Celebrating at The Root Inaugural Ball

Inauguration Watch checked out the inaugural ball scene last night at an event hosted by The Root (the on-line magazine owned by The Washington Post Company) at the National Museum of American History. Biz Markie was the D.J., while Henry...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 19, 2009; 01:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pilot Who Landed Plane on Hudson Will Be at Inauguration

The mayor of Danville, Calif., says town resident US Airways pilot Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger and his family are going to the presidential inauguration, the Associated Press Reports. Mayor Newell Arnerich said the town is also planning a welcome home...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 18, 2009; 08:57 PM ET | Comments (1)

Kanye West, Kid Rock, Fallout Boy to Headline Youth Inaugural Ball

Barack Obama's official ball for young people, ages 18-35, will have plenty of top-notch musical talent. The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced today the Kanye West, Kir Rock and Fallout Boy will headline the Youth Inaugural Ball on Tuesday at the...

By David A Nakamura | January 18, 2009; 09:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration Watch Video: Springsteen Warms up the Crowd

He was barely visible on the stage in front of the Lincoln Memorial today, a distant image who was noticeable mostly for the bright red scarf he was wearing. But when he strummed the guitar and led a chorus...

By David A Nakamura | January 17, 2009; 05:37 PM ET | Comments (2)

Concert Rehearsal on Mall Now

The A-list musical acts that will perform Sunday in Barack Obama's free welcome concert on the Mall, including Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce and Stevie Wonder, are reportedly rehearsing now at the Lincoln Memorial....

By David A Nakamura | January 17, 2009; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugurating a Weekend of Celebrations

Last night was the first night of what for many will be a five-night weekend of celebrations in the D.C. area. So what was going on? Here's a report from The Sleuth: The Sleuth eased into a five-night spree of...

By Washington Post Editors | January 17, 2009; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Beyonce to Sing Etta James's 'At Last' for First Dance

This bulletin just in from the Associated Press about Beyonce, who we told you will sing for the Obamas' First Dance at the Neighborhood Ball Tuesday night. Beyonce has revealed the song she plans to serenade the Obamas with in...

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 05:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sources: Beyonce to Perform Song for Obamas' First Dance

Setup has begun for the Neighborhood Ball in Ballroom D at the Washington Convention Center. Inauguration Watch was told by a solid source today that Barack Obama has selected Beyonce to sing the song for the traditional First Dance, with...

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 02:03 PM ET | Comments (2)

Republicans John Warner, Chuck Hagel, Lindsey Graham to Appear at Bi-Partisan Dinners

Barack Obama will try to begin making good on his pledge to bridge the ideological divide with a series of bi-partisan dinners Monday honoring Vice President-elect Joe Biden, Colin Powell and former rival John McCain. Today, Obama announced that a...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 07:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

Stan Lee Explains Why Obama is in Spider-Man

We told you last week that Barack Obama will make his debut in Spider-Man. So how why did creator Stan Lee decide to bring the President-elect into Spidey's world? The Post's Michael Cavna asked him that very question in an...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Musical Talent Announced for Neighborhood, Kids' Inaugural Balls

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has announced the musical lineups for the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball on Jan. 20 at the Washington Convention Center and the Kids Inaugural Concert on Jan. 19 at the Verizon Center: Musical performers scheduled for the Neighborhood...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 03:30 PM ET | Comments (4)

Obama's Sunday Inauguration Concert to Begin at 2 p.m.

We told you earlier about the musicians who will headline Barack Obama's welcome concert on Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial. Now we're hearing the concert will begin at 2 p.m. It will be broadcast on HBO on tape delay from...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 05:23 PM ET | Comments (6)

Celeb Ogling for the D.C. Novice

The Going Out Gurus' Fritz Hahn provides a rundown of what likely will be the most star-infested hot spots during the inauguration rush. Cafe Milano "D.C.'s culinary equivalent of a red carpet," according to the Post's Reliable Source column, is...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 12, 2009; 04:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

It's Official: Bruce Springsteen to Headline Obama's Sunday Concert

As The Post's Lena H. Sun first reported last week, Bruce Springsteen will be among the headliners at Obama's welcome concert on the National Mall on Sunday. The event will be from 7 p.m to 9 p.m near the Lincoln...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 02:24 PM ET | Comments (17)

'Renegade' Advice for Obama

In his early 1980s dancefloor hit "Renegades of Funk," hip-hop legend Afrika Bambaataa said men such as Chief Sitting Bull and Martin Luther King, Jr., were renegades -- or, as he put it, “people with their own philosophy; they change...

By Washington Post Editors | January 12, 2009; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration Entertainment Roundup

The Lou Gossett Jr.-Purple Ball falling-out that Inauguration Watch reported this morning appears to have been short-lived, The Reliable Source says: By mid-afternoon, a rep for party organizer Asal Masomi was insisting that Gossett back on board. "All disagreements ......

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 9, 2009; 05:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Sleuthing' Oprah's Party Plans

What will media megastar Oprah Winfrey be doing after Obama's inauguration? According to a report from Mary Ann Akers at The Sleuth: She's widely expected to attend The Root Inaugural Ball, being co-hosted by her dear friend, Henry Louis "Skip"...

By Washington Post Editors | January 8, 2009; 04:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jay-Z Tix at Warner Theatre = Expensive

Inauguration Watch posted the notice yesterday that Jay-Z will be performing at Warner Theatre Jan. 19. But we didn't have information about ticket prices. Now we do, according to some sources who tried to get tickets. They're going for $375...

By David A Nakamura | January 7, 2009; 02:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

Sources: Springsteen to Perform at Inaugural Welcome Event

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has been mum, but sources tell the Post's Lena Sun that Bruce Springsteen will perform at Barack Obama's inauguration week welcome event Jan. 18 on the National Mall. The event will be on the steps of...

By David A Nakamura | January 6, 2009; 06:02 PM ET | Comments (19)

Obama Raises $27 Million for Inaugural

The Associated Press reports today that the candidate who dynamited fundraising records during the election is still going strong as president elect: The inaugural committee has raised at least $27 million, donor information on its Web site Tuesday showed. Most...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 6, 2009; 02:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Celebrity Inaugural Basketball Game to Feature Clinton Portis, Santana Moss

Washington Redskins' stars Clinton Portis and Santana Moss might have a lot of free time on their hands since the team didn't make the NFL playoffs. But they'll be in action Jan. 17 as part of a celebrity basketball game...

By David A Nakamura | December 30, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Live Chat on Inaugural Balls: Today at 1 p.m.

Have questions about the inaugural balls or the celebrities who might attend them? Log on to chat live with the Washington Post's Reliable Source columnist Roxanne Roberts at 1 p.m. today. Go here for the chat and you can submit...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Oprah Comes Calling

Ceci Aikens was working at William W. Hall Elementary School in Capitol Heights on Wednesday when the phone rang. Stuck in a classroom full of students, she couldn’t answer. But she could get to a computer – and so she...

By Washington Post Editors | December 10, 2008; 07:39 PM ET | Comments (1)

D.C. Mayor Fenty Planning Party Featuring ... Kanye West?

Everyone's trying to line up big names for inauguration week and sources tell Inauguration Watch that D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) is planning an inaugural party for Sunday, Jan. 18, at the D.C. Armory and that hizzoner has invited...

By David A Nakamura | December 10, 2008; 02:32 PM ET | Comments (2)

'Oprah' Taping Tickets All Gone in 105 Minutes

It may go down as one of the hottest tickets of the entire inauguration season. Tickets to Oprah Winfrey's D.C. television taping, scheduled for Monday, Jan. 19, in the Kennedy Center's 2,300-seat Opera House, were available online today -- and...

By Washington Post Editors | December 8, 2008; 03:08 PM ET | Comments (9)

Kanye to Reprise DNC Role at Impact Film Ball

Hip-hop royalty Kanye West is the latest star making inauguration plans, according to The Sleuth: Kanye is a "99.9 percent done deal" to perform at the unofficial ball hosted by the Impact Film Fund, a not-for-profit organization run by the...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 5, 2008; 05:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

Kennedy Center to Host Oprah Taping

Oprah confirmed Wednesday to "Access Hollywood" that she will be producing her show at the Kennedy Center's Opera House on Jan. 19. The Post's Reliable Source first reported on the negotiations Nov. 20. Oprah.com will post information later this week...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 4, 2008; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Celeb Bash Chases Untapped Lobbyist Cash

The Creative Coalition's ball is pricy for those wanting to attend -- and pricier for sponsors, says The Sleuth. Luckily there's a big, untapped pool of potential donors: The dismal economy isn't stopping the Creative Coalition from throwing one of...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 1, 2008; 01:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Officers Vie to Escort VIPs for Inauguration

With all the VIPs expected to attend the inauguration, the competition is on to find military escorts for them, reports the Post's Michael E. Ruane. Ruane writes: It is a once-in-a-lifetime, much-sought-after job, interviewers said, especially this time, for the...

By David A Nakamura | November 24, 2008; 07:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: The Creative Coalition's Gala Inaugural Ball

What: Creative Coalition's Gala Inaugural Ball Who: The Creative Coalition, a non-profit social and political advocacy oganization that works on behalf of the entertainment industry. Founded in 1989 by Alec Baldwin, Christopher Reeve, Susan Sarandon and other entertainment figures, the...

By Washington Post Editors | November 21, 2008; 09:59 AM ET | Comments (2)

 
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