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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)

Video: Western States Ball

Play Video VIDEO | Western States Ball Inauguration Watch checked out one of Obama's 10 official inaugural balls last night to get a first-hand view of what these galas are all about. We prepared by listening to inaugural ball...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 21, 2009; 02:08 PM ET | Comments (2)

For All the Party People

Update: 11:25 p.m.: Check out Inaugural fashion photos and see who showed up where in the District. You can also share your own celebratory photos for other readers to see. Original Post: Now that the swearing-in and parade are over,...

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 11:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Celebrations Hit District Streets

The inaugural celebration spilled out into the streets of Washington last night, as revelers braved freezing temperatures to toast President Barack Obama and swap stories about how they spent the historic day. Those without tickets to black tie affairs turned...

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 20, 2009; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (8)

American Music Ball Canceled

The American Music Ball has been cancelled, according to a rep for the Marriott Wardman Park hotel where it was to have been hosted. However, some of its big-name entertainers will find a home at another struggling inaugural fete --...

By David A Nakamura | January 20, 2009; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (1)

Inaugural Ball Ticket Price Slash

With so many inaugural balls, this was bound to happen. The People's Inaugural Ball The People’s Inaugural Ball, which is tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Hotel (1000 H Street NW), has slashed ticket prices to $250, a...

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 04:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tips on Inauguration Travel and Fashion

Post reporters Eric Weiss and Lena Sun took questions earlier today about the gridlock from Sunday's "We Are One" concert and tomorrow's transportation nightmare. Some excerpts follow: Washington, D.C.: Can you confirm that there will be no street parking from...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 19, 2009; 03:16 PM ET | Comments (1)

Answers on Inauguration Access and Banned Items

Post reporter David Nakamura and former Secret Service agent Joseph Funk today hosted online discussions in which they answered readers questions about how to navigate and be comfortable at tomorrow's events. Here are some excerpts: From Post inauguration reporter David...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 19, 2009; 02:52 PM ET | Comments (1)

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)

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)

Clarification: Celebrating a Journey Inaugural Ball to Start at 8 p.m.

Inauguration Watch was contacted by the organizers of the "Celebrating a Journey Inaugural Ball," who said their event was listed with the wrong starting time in a Washington Post weekend section. The correct time is Monday from 8 p.m. to...

By David A Nakamura | January 17, 2009; 10:24 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)

Readers Share Survival Tips

Post reporters aren't the only people with experience attending inaugurations. Many longtime Washingtonians and area visitors who have braved the elements and the crowds over the years responded to our call for advice on navigating an inauguration. Here are some...

By Washington Post Editors | January 16, 2009; 04:23 PM ET | Comments (4)

Ticket Pickup Begins at Convention Center, Then Bogs Down and Is Postponed

The line to pickup tickets at the Convention Center today. The Presidential Inaugural Committee and Ticketmaster began hand-issuing inauguration, parade and ball tickets at the Washington Convention Center, at 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, this morning. While Inauguration Watch...

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (7)

Official Inaugural Ball Menus: Italian Chicken Roulade; Tortellini with Roasted Organic Tomato Cream Sauce

Greg Sharpe was hired as the executive chef at the Washington Convention Center shortly before George W. Bush's second inauguration. So he's had some practice with this. But Sharpe is under the gun to prepare a meal for 42,000 ball-goers...

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 03:10 PM ET | Comments (3)

42,000 Expected at Convention Center for Official Inaugural Balls

The cavernous Ballroom B, site of the Western Ball. Inauguration Watch was given a behind-the-scenes tour of preparation at the Washington Convention Center, where six official inaugural balls will be held Tuesday night. Officials from the Convention Center Authority said...

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 02:45 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)

Inaugural Ball Watch: T.I., Fall Out Boy, Young Jeezy at Mayor Fenty's Inaugural Celebration

What: D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's Inaugural Celebration, benefitting D.C. Public Education Fund Who: Fall Out Boy, featuring performance by T.I. and Young Jeezy When: Sunday, 7 p.m. Where: 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW Tickets: We are hearing it...

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 09:15 AM ET | Comments (2)

D.C. Mayor: I May Stop by Neighborhood Ball

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) dropped by the Washington Post newsroom this evening, about two hours after Barack Obama left, to appear on Washington Post Live, a sports-related television show on Comcast. Fenty was asked about his plans for...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 05:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

Talent Lineup Released for Official Balls

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has released the lineup of musical acts for Barack Obama's official inaugural balls Jan. 20. Here's the list: President Obama Home States Ball Common Jack Johnson Don Cagen Orchestra Vice President Biden Home States Ball Maroon...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 02:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Neighborhood Ball Likely Sold Out

We're hearing reports that tickets to the Neighborhood Ball, featuring a bevy of big-name musical stars, quietly went on sale this afternoon to the general public for $25 apiece--with a maximum purchase of four tickets. But they appear to already...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 06:53 PM ET | Comments (104)

Inaugural Committee Gives 1,000 Free Tickets to Local Groups for Neighborhood Ball, Kids' Concert

The Presidential Inaugural Committee is distributing the first tickets for the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball Jan. 20 at the Washington Convention Center. That event will feature performances by Beyonce Knowles, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill, JAY-Z, Alicia Keys, Shakira...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 03:41 PM ET | Comments (3)

Tickets Hard to Come By for Kids' Concert

Looking to see Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, et al at the Verizon Center Monday? Won't be easy to get one of the 20,000-or-so seats, reports the Post's Richard Leiby. The inaugural committee is handling ticket distribution, and "they have told...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (4)

Welcome Concert Begins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Doors Open at 8 a.m.

Barack Obama's free concert at the Lincoln Memorial will begin at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, and people will be allowed to begin gathering at 8 a.m. that morning, the Presidential Inaugural Committee said today. The event features a wide array of...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 08:06 AM ET | Comments (7)

After-Party Watch: Welcome to 1600 Hosted by Spike Lee

Who: Hosted by Spike Lee, presented by Mike Muse, Unik, and Pantera Sarah; featuring will.i.am as special guest DJ; with sounds by Music Maestros: DJ M.O.S and DJ mOma Where: Josephine's, 1008 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington DC When: Tuesday, Jan....

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 06:07 PM ET | Comments (1)

Tickets to Obama's Official Regional Inaugural Balls Available for $150

We've heard reports that people are buying tickets to Barack Obama's seven official regional inaugural balls for the face value of $150 apiece. Last week, we reported that the Presidential Inaugural Committee was selling tickets to the seven balls for...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (54)

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)

Inaugural Ball Watch: HBCU Gala

What: Historically Black Colleges and Universities Inaugural Gala Who: Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the United Negro College Fund and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education When: Jan. 19 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Where: National Postal...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 02:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Muhammad Ali to Appear at Kentucky's Bluegrass Ball

Organizers of the Bluegrass Ball on Monday at the Marriott Wardman Hotel 2660 Woodley Road, N.W., said today that Muhammad Ali will apear at their event in celebration of his 67th birthday. The ball is being staged by the Kentucky...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 02:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: The All Pro & All Stars Inaugural Celebration

Who: Redskins running back Clinton Portis, Wizards forward Antwan Jamison When: Jan. 17, 9 p.m. until 4 a.m. Where: Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington D.C. Tickets: $100; $200 for VIP; order tickets here. Why You Want to Attend:...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 01:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Catfight: Lou Gossett Jr. Pulls Out of Purple Ball

Actor Lou Gossett Jr. and his Eracism Foundation were one of the first groups to announce plans for an inaugural ball, the Purple Ball we told you about back in November. But what a difference two months makes. Now Gossett...

By David A Nakamura | January 9, 2009; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Get Your Official Inaugural Ball Ticket Here (And Parade Tickets, Too)

We've been following the saga of how to order tickets to official Barack Obama inaugural balls, and now comes word that they are available on the Presidential Inaugural Committee Web site for a minimum donation of $500. The tickets are...

By David A Nakamura | January 9, 2009; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (22)

Inaugural Ball Watch: African American Church Inaugural Ball

When: Jan. 18 Where: Grand Hyatt Washington; 1000 H Street Northwest Washington, DC Tickets: $500 VIP tickets ($250 tickets are sold out); see Web site for details; proceeds benefit The Balm in Gilead, which provides health education and services through...

By David A Nakamura | January 9, 2009; 05:00 AM 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)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Celebrating a Journey Gala

Who: The gala’s "Mistress of Ceremony" will be the actress, director and producer Mary Major. When: Jan. 19th Where: DC Galleria, 1155 21st Street NW, Washington, D.C. Tickets: $200 (general admission), $300 (VIP reception0, $500 (meet host Idris Elba, open...

By David A Nakamura | January 8, 2009; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Local Inaugural Celebrations Will Also Be Fundraisers

Washingtonpost.com's D.C. Wire and Maryland Moment blogs posted some new information about chances for residents of the two jurisdictions to celebrate Obama's election. For Marylanders, the official party is sold out, but a fundraiser this Friday offers an alternative. The...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 8, 2009; 11:06 AM ET | Comments (1)

Inaugural Ball and Event Cheat Sheet?

There have been so many announcements of inaugural balls, parties and events that it's difficult to keep track of everything that's going on. That hasn't stopped some from trying. Qorvis Communications, a D.C.-based corporate communications firm, has compiled a "working...

By David A Nakamura | January 8, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

PIC Spokesman: Inaugural Ball/Parade Ticketing Not Complete

A spokesman for the Presidential Inaugural Committee confirmed an Inauguration Watch report that some supporters of Barack Obama have been offered tickets to the inaugural balls, parade and swearing-in ceremony. But spokesman Kevin Griffis stressed that the ticketing has not...

By David A Nakamura | January 7, 2009; 04:25 PM ET | Comments (6)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Latino Inaugural Gala

Who: Sponsored by national Latino organizations including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI), the Democratic National Committee Hispanic Caucus, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the National Association of Latino Elected and...

By David A Nakamura | January 7, 2009; 02:47 PM ET | Comments (1)

Are Inaugural Ball/Parade Tickets Available -- For the Lucky Few?

Everyone's been waiting for the word on how to buy tickets to the official inaugural balls and the parade--but so far the Presidential Inaugural Committee has not issued any instructions on when they'll be available and how to buy them....

By David A Nakamura | January 7, 2009; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (16)

Inaugural Ball Watch: African Diaspora Inaugural Ball

Who: African Diaspora for Change, in partnership with Africa Aspire and The National Peace Corps Association. When: Jan. 18, 7 p.m. until midnight Where: Harman Center for the Arts, 6th and F Streets NW Tickets: ranging from $150 to $500,...

By David A Nakamura | January 6, 2009; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Will Attend D.C., Regional, Youth Balls

UPDATE: Phone number for ticket information added below. The presidential inaugural committee today announced the full slate of official inaugural balls -- all of which the new president will attend-- and there's one in there for every American. The slate...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 6, 2009; 09:34 AM ET | Comments (18)

Inaugural Ball Watch: D.C. Presidential Inaugural Gala

Who: District of Columbia Presidential Inaugural Committee When: Jan. 19, 8 p.m. until midnight Where: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE Tickets: $244.51 call 202-363-9164 for more information...

By David A Nakamura | January 5, 2009; 02:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama to Host Neighborhood Inaugural Ball

President-elect Barack Obama's planning committee announced today that he will hold a Neighborhood Inaugural Ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Jan. 20, with tickets either free or at a low price. This will be one of the 10...

By David A Nakamura | January 5, 2009; 09:14 AM ET | Comments (6)

Inauguration News Roundup: Wireless Capacity, Security, Boring Inaugural Balls

We're just about two weeks out from the big day, the holidays are over and President-elect Barack Obama has arrived in Washington. Expect a lot of inauguration-related news daily and check back here at Inauguration Watch frequently as the clock...

By David A Nakamura | January 5, 2009; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Scalpers Making Killing on Ball Tickets

While Congress has had some success on getting online ticket brokers to delist swearing-in tickets (although they weren't able to make selling the tickets a crime), a lucrative market remains for tickets to inaugural balls -- including at least one...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 2, 2009; 04:08 PM ET | Comments (1)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Maryland's Bash

What: Maryland Inaugural Ball Who: Maryland Democratic Party When: Jan. 18, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Where: The Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington D.C. Tickets: $125 Why You Want to Attend: Award-winning tap dancer Savion Glover will perform,...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 30, 2008; 05:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Children's Inaugural Ball

What: Children's Inaugural Ball Who: The Every Child Matters Education Fund When: Jan. 18, noon to 5 p.m. Where: Historical Society of Washington, 801 K Street NW, Washington DC Tickets: Free Why You Want to Attend: Live music and entertainment,...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 30, 2008; 12:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nebraska Society to Hold Inauguration Brunch

Who: Nebraska Society When: Jan. 19, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Where: Columbus Club, Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington D.C. Tickets: $45 available to society members through Jan. 1. Others can buy tickets after that date on a...

By David A Nakamura | December 29, 2008; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Virginia Ball and Calvert County Ball

Two more inaugural ball announcements crossed our desk: What: Virginia Inaugural Ball Who: Virginia Democratic Party and Arlington Democrats When: Jan. 19, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Where: Westin Arlington Gateway, 801 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203 Tickets: TBA...

By David A Nakamura | December 23, 2008; 02:48 PM ET | Comments (1)

Send Us Your Inaugural Ball Memories

The Washington Post is collecting stories from attendees of past presidential inaugural balls. If you went to a ball before 1989 and have memories (pleasant or otherwise) to share, please e-mail Post reporter Monica Hesse or call 202-334-4831....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 23, 2008; 02:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Lincoln 2.0 Ball

Who: Produced by The American Experience Foundation, in partnership with Destination DC, the official convention and tourism corporation for the nation’s capital When: Jan.18, 8 p.m. Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Sts. NW, Washington, D.C. Tickets: $375...

By David A Nakamura | December 22, 2008; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

It's Official: Rihanna to Perform at Charity Inaugural Ball

Pop superstar Rihanna will be performing in Washington on inauguration day. Feeding America and the Recording Industry Association of America are teaming up for a joint inaugural ball for charity and announced today that the "Umbrella"-singer will be the headliner....

By David A Nakamura | December 19, 2008; 03:29 PM ET | Comments (3)

Official Inaugural Balls = No Fun?

So you're going to buy a new gown or tux, spend a small fortune on a couple inaugural ball tickets and then pay more for alcohol once you're inside the venue of one of the growing number of the official...

By David A Nakamura | December 19, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Heroes Red, White & Blue Ball

Who: Citizens Helping Heroes, Inc. When: Jan. 20; cocktails 6 p.m., tribute concert/performance produced by Nile Rodgers at 8 p.m., after party 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. featuring disco/R & B band CHIC Where: Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW,...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 05:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

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)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Ancestors Dream Inaugural Ball; Inaugural D.C. Ball; Big Shoulders Ball

Three new ball listings crossed our desk today: What: Ancestors Dream Inaugural Ball Who: Prince George's County (Md.) presidential inaugural committee When: Jan. 20, 8 p.m. Where: Gaylord National Resort, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745 Tickets: $200; see...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: 2009 Florida Inaugural Celebration

Who: The Florida Congressional Delegation When: Jan. 20, 7 p.m. to midnight Where: National Museum of the American Indian, 4th St. and Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. Tickets: $200; for more information call (703) 905-9838 or email FL_Inaugural@hayespr.com (net proceeds...

By David A Nakamura | December 16, 2008; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Peace Ball

Who: Harry Belafonte, Busboys and Poets & the Smithsonian National Postal Museum When: Jan. 20, 7 p.m. to midnight Where: Smithsonian Institution National Postal Museum Tickets: $165 (sold out) Why: From the Web site: "We have invited peacemakers from all...

By David A Nakamura | December 16, 2008; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Sikh Inaugural Ball

Who: Sikh Community Center When: Jan. 20 Where: Ascot, I-The Indian Experience, 1708 L St., NW, Washington, DC Tickets: General Admission: $150; VIP: $250. Fore more information see the Web site. Why You Should Attend: From the Web site: "Meet...

By David A Nakamura | December 15, 2008; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

People's Inaugural: Popular Name

Of the people, by the people, for the people. When it comes to inaugural events, "people" is a popular name. There's the People's Inaugural Gala, four days of activities being organized by local business leaders and politically active residents, including...

By David A Nakamura | December 15, 2008; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Arab American 2009 Inaugural Celebration

Who: Arab American Institute When: Jan 19, 7 p.m to 11 p.m. Where: 2401 M Street, NW Washington, DC Tickets: $100.00; see Web site for more information Why You Want to Attend: From the press release, "Join the "Decent"...

By David A Nakamura | December 15, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Hip-Hop Ball

Who: Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, hosted by Russell Simmons, Ll Cool J and T.I. When: Jan. 19, 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. Where: Harman Center for the Arts, 610 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. Tickets: $1,000 general admission; $2,500 VIP;...

By David A Nakamura | December 12, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The New Green Party

The Green Party is making an impact on the Democrats' big day. No, not that Green Party. We're talking about the Green Inaugural Ball. * The catch-phrase for the big event: Maximum Celebration, Minimal Impact. The draw: organic food, recyclable...

By David A Nakamura | December 12, 2008; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Black McDonald's Operators Association Ball

Who: Baltimore Washington Black McDonald's Operators Association When: Jan. 20, 8 p.m. to midnight Where: City Club at Franklin Square in Washington, D.C.; 1300 I St. NW Tickets: $200 per person, see Web site for more details Why You Want...

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 03:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Simon Cowell's Il Divo to Perform at Inaugural Purple Ball; Sting at Creative Coalition Ball

More headliners are committing to inauguration week performances: Il Divo, the international operatic pop group created by American Idol judge Simon Cowell, will appear at Louis Gossett Jr.'s Inaugural Purple Ball. The ball will be Jan. 20 at the Fairmont...

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

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)

Sources: 10 Official Inaugural Balls and 45 Unofficial Ones

At a briefing this morning by Destination DC, a tourism organization, officials said that the Presidential Inaugural Commitee is planning on announcing 10 official inaugural balls. They also said they have a list of 45 unofficial inaugural balls so far....

By David A Nakamura | December 8, 2008; 02:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Aloha Ball

What: Aloha Inaugural Ball (this is separate from and unaffiliated with the Hawaii State Society Inaugural Ball) Who: Obama volunteers When: Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Where: Wardman Park Marriott, 2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, D.C. Tickets: $300...

By David A Nakamura | December 8, 2008; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

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)

Inaugural Ball Watch: D.C.'s 51st State Inaugural Ball

The D.C. government is throwing its own inaugural ball and the ultra, super-fancy, ritzy location is ... city hall! Lest anyone suggest D.C. pols aren't of the people, council member Harry Thomas Jr. tells Inauguration Watch that the city's party...

By David A Nakamura | December 5, 2008; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live Chat With the 'Benefactor of the Ball'

Yesterday The Post's Michael Ruane told the story of Earl Stafford, the Virginia businessman who spent $1 million to establish an inaugural ball for the disadvantaged in downtown D.C. If you've got a question for Stafford, today is your lucky...

By Washington Post Editors | December 5, 2008; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Stafford 'People's Inaugural' Gets Big Response

The Stafford Foundation officially launched its million-dollar project yesterday morning to bring scores of disadvantaged people to Barack Obama’s inauguration next month. Amid what organizers said was a deluge of phone calls and emails from potential supporters, volunteers and participants,...

By Marcia Davis | December 4, 2008; 07:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

The $1 Million Man

Here's the story of a high roller who's making sure that the inauguration will be enjoyed by some folks without as much in the bank. From The Post's Michael Ruane: It was billed as the biggest, most eye-popping of the...

By Washington Post Editors | December 4, 2008; 09:23 AM ET | Comments (1)

Inaugural Ball Watch: American Music Inaugural Ball

What: American Music Inaugural Ball Who: Dionne Warwick will host When: Jan. 20; there will be two balls--the Legends Ball from 8:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and the Urban Ball from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Where: Wardman Park Marriott,...

By David A Nakamura | December 4, 2008; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Inaugural Ball Watch

What: African Inaugural Ball Who: Sponsored by the African Foundation, open to the public When: Jan. 18, 7 p.m. until midnight Where: Silver Spring Hilton, 8727 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Maryland Tickets: Starting at $150 apiece. See Web site for...

By David A Nakamura | December 3, 2008; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (1)

Party Planners See New Events, a Bit Less Glitz

Special Events magazine takes a look at inauguration parties in its latest issue, and finds that economic woes will result in higher turnover in ball hosts, and a lower-key tone overall: As for private events, the dour economic outlook is...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 3, 2008; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Human Rights Campaign Aims for Blockbuster Ball

A group of gay rights groups led by the Human Rights Campaign is trying to put together a blockbuster inaugural get-together, reports The Sleuth: The party, being organized by a large coalition of gay-rights groups led by the Human Rights...

By Washington Post Editors | November 26, 2008; 03:20 PM ET | Comments (3)

Inaugural Ball Watch

A flurry of new inaugural ball announcements came across our desk. MTV and ServiceNation's "Be the Change" Inaugural Ball Date: Jan. 20 Place: The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Other Details: TBA The President's Ball Date: January 20...

By David A Nakamura | November 26, 2008; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Young & Powerful

What: Young & Powerful Group Black Tie Affair Who: Y & P is a civic association with chapters in seven cities When: Events from Jan. 17-20; Black Tie Affair is Jan. 19 Where:Black Tie Affair is at the L'Enfant Plaza...

By David A Nakamura | November 25, 2008; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

GWU Expands Its Ball

George Washington University's inaugural ball has been a hot ticket -- it's sold more than 4,000 tickets, and the waiting list is more than 1,500 long, according to an article in The Hatchet. But GWU has managed to find room...

By Washington Post Editors | November 24, 2008; 09:03 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)

Inaugural Ball Watch: The Purple Ball, Featuring Lou Gossett Jr.

What: Inaugural Purple Ball Who: Eracism Foundation to end racism, founded by actor Lou Gossett Jr. Host committee includes: Amy Brenneman , Ashley Judd , Brad Silberling , Josh Lucas , Kate Walsh and Patricia Arquette. When: Jan. 20 Where:...

By David A Nakamura | November 20, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Oprah-tunities Ahead?

Not only is Oprah Winfrey looking into doing several days of television shows from Washington around the inaguration, writes the Reliable Source blog, but she may be looking into a ball of her own: ...event planners who say they're working...

By Washington Post Editors | November 20, 2008; 09:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Historical Society: Don't Call Us About Inaugural Ball

Last week, Inauguration Watch posted an item about plans for a People's Party inaugural ball at the old City Museum site downtown. We told you that the three-day celebration from Jan. 16-18 was being planned by a conglomeration of grass...

By David A Nakamura | November 19, 2008; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Pearl Gala

Who: Sponsor is Asian Americans for Obama; gala open to everyone When: Monday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m. to midnight Where: Mandarin Oriental hotel, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. What: Dinner, auction, party; also includes admission to a morning conference...

By David A Nakamura | November 17, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Star DJ ZTrip to Appear at Inaugural Event?

President-elect Barack Obama has promised to bring change to Washington, and he might already be making good on the promise, at least on the party circuit. A Washington Post spy was at the ZTrip concert at the Rock and Roll...

By David A Nakamura | November 16, 2008; 03:52 PM ET | Comments (2)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Ilinois Gala

A U.S. president or president-elect has never attended the Illinois State Society Presidential Inaugural Gala since the group upgraded its inaugural reception to a ball, starting in 1989 with the first Bush. But the society, which now has one of...

By David A Nakamura | November 14, 2008; 01:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

Inaugural Ball Watch: The People's Party

Bringing you the latest on inauguration celebrations. Don’t think you’ll be able to score -- or afford -- a ticket to one of the fancy inaugural balls? Never fear. A number of grassroots groups are planning more affordable, less ostentatious...

By David A Nakamura | November 13, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Montana: First in Inaugural Partying?

Over at our Sleuth blog, Mary Ann Akers has identified the would-be hosts of the inauguration season's first major throw-down: Everyone wants a piece of the Barack Obama inaugural action. And since Montanans love to party, it's no surprise they're...

By Washington Post Editors | November 12, 2008; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

State Societies Handling Inaugural Balls

People keep asking Inauguration Watch whether it's too early to get tickets to the inaugural balls. Easy answer: no. If you want to be sure to get in somewhere, you better get moving. As we reported Monday, the Hawaii ball...

By David A Nakamura | November 12, 2008; 11:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Volcanoes? Waterfalls? Hawaii Party Planners Thinking Big

As the Post's Nikita Stewart reports, Hawaii's first-ever inaugural ball is one of the hottest tickets in town. Already, Micah Kohono Mossman, 26, and Tom Penland, 61, the co-organizers of the Aloha State bash, have sold out their 750 tickets....

By David A Nakamura | November 10, 2008; 09:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hawaii's First-Ever Ball Sells Out

Will Obama be there? Nobody knows for sure, but that didn't hurt demand for Hawaii's first-ever inaugural ball. Here's the story from The Post's Nikita Stewart: Micah Kohono Mossman fears he is the most despised man in Washington right now....

By Washington Post Editors | November 10, 2008; 01:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Three Burning Questions

Three questions we keep hearing are: How do I get tickets to the inauguration? How much of the parade will I be able to see? And, finally: How do I get tickets to an inaugural ball? Over at the Going...

By Washington Post Editors | November 10, 2008; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

 
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