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Inaugural Ball Central -- Read About Them All Here

Two big wrapups of the inaugural balls, official and unofficial:

Parties in Power: At 10 Inaugural Balls, the Obama Glow Steps Forward
By Manuel Roig-Franzia

"We are neighborhood people." So says Barack Obama.
Some neighborhood.
Jay-Z and Will.I.Am in the house. Denzel Washington doing the intros.
Oh, and that new president to say "Hey" to, looking sleek in a black tux, even if that white tie was cocked a bit off-center.
In Mr. Obama's neighborhood last night, Mary J. Blige couldn't stop the tears up onstage. Stevie Wonder was on the keyboard. And when the new president mixed with the crowd, ABC -- the only people with live cameras in the room -- cut to commercial.

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Almost Famous: Yes They Can Party, Too: Non-Official Balls Offer Brushes With Fame (And Famous-Looking)
By Libby Copeland

Everybody wanted a piece of the glow at the various unofficial balls going on around the District last night. Even ordinary guests felt a little like celebrities in their special clothes, gawking at the famous people and the famous-looking, seeing fame in everyone around them.
At the Creative Coalition Inaugural Ball, a cameraman yells out, "Madonna!" and everybody turns, only it is a labor-union benefits manager named Madonna Brennan, of Gambrills, Md., who got a ticket with her husband, Bob. But what the heck: Bob and Madonna can be celebrities, too, on this night. D.C feels like a celebrity town, a place where everybody wants to be. And here to prove it: Anne Hathaway on the red carpet.

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By The Reliable Source  |  January 21, 2009; 1:21 PM ET
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