Weekend Round Up January 17, 2013: Inaugural Edition

President Barack Obama taking the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2009.
President Barack Obama taking the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2009.

This list of events and inaugural balls, official or otherwise. There are only two official balls, the fewest since the Eisenhower Administration. There will, though, be plenty of events in Georgetown this weekend. Information compiled from news reports, press releases, news wires, websites and e-mails; visit the event’s website for more details.

Saturday, Jan. 19, National Day of Service

On Jan. 21, we will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day (MLK Day), a national holiday during which we honor the legacy of the civil rights leader Dr. King through a day of service and volunteering. This year, MLK Day commemorations will coincide with the 57th Presidential Inauguration. President Barack Obama is asking all citizens to join him in participating in a National Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 19. President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden will take part in service projects in D.C. area on Jan. 19 as part of the National Day of Service. Check for projects around your neighborhood -- http://action.2013pic.org/service.

First-term Retrospective Third Annual Cartoonist Exhibit, presented by Art Soiree Production, Malmaison Restaurant, 3401 Water St., NW.; 8 p.m., $20 (live music by Suspicious Package) -- www.TheArt Soiree.com.

Moving America Forward Gala, hosted by Friends of Friends, Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place, 3000 K St. NW; tickets, $150 and up -- TonyandJoes.com.

The Generation Now Party, hosted by OurTime.org, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets, NW; 8 p.m., $150 (John Legend, Jessica Alba and others) -- ourtime.org; tickets

The Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball, hosted by the Texas State Society, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Md.; 6 p.m., $250 (Asleep at the Wheel, Josh Abbott Band, Mark Chesnutt, Jack Ingram, Charley Pride and others) -- Texasstatesociety.org.

The Bluegrass Ball, hosted by the Kentucky State Society, Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road, NW; $250 (with chef Edward Lee) -- Kentuckysociety.org.

Chefs Ball, Art and Soul, Liaison Capitol Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave., NW; chefs Art Smith and Wes Morton will co-chair; 10:30 p.m., $75 --artandsouldc.com.

Disability Community Inaugural Ball, hosted by Disability Power & Pride and the American Association of People with Disabilities; the National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW; 7 p.m., $100 -- MyPowerandPride.org.

Florida Inaugural "Sunshine and Stars" Ball, hosted by the Florida State Society, Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. 1301 Constitution Ave., NW; $200 (with dinner, $500) --www.floridainauguralball.com.

Illinois State Society Inaugural Gala, Marriott Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St., NW; 8:30 p.m., $260 -- Illinoisstatesociety.org.

Indiaspora Inaugural Ball, Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Ave., SW; black tie or Indian formal attire; $250 -- Indiaspora.org/inauguration

Jamaican Inaugural Ball, National Education Association Building, 1201 16th St., NW; 8 p.m., $125 -- Jamaicaninauguralball.wordpress.com/

National Bar Association Inaugural Legacy Ball, National Air and Space Museum, 600 Independence Ave., SW; 7 p.m., $300 -- Nationalbar.org

Sunday, Jan. 20, Formal Swearing-in

As required by the Constitution, the president and vice president will be officially sworn in at noon Sunday, Jan. 20, at the White House. Later on Sunday, there will also be a private reception at the White House.

Navajo Nation Inaugural Reception, Navajo Nation Washington Office, 750 First St., NE; 5 p.m. -- www.nnwo.org

Presidential Pearl Gala, hosted by Strategic Alliances USA, Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Ave., SW; 6 p.m., $250 (Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus) -- www.PearlGala2013.com

Virginia Inaugural Ball, hosted by the Democratic Party of Virginia and the Arlington County Democratic Committee, Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel, 801 North Glebe Road, Arlington, Va.; 7 p.m. (Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Terry McAuliffe, a candidate for governor)

American Inaugural Benefit Gala, hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Presidential Inaugural Committee, Josephine Butler Parks Center, 2437 15th St., NW; 7 p.m., $100 -- musliminauguralgala. eventbrite.com

Georgia State Society Inaugural Gala, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave., NW; 7 p.m., $150 -- www.georgiastatesociety.org

Garden State Inaugural Gala, sponsored by the New Jersey State Society and N.J. companies, unions and associations, Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave., NW (portions of ticket price go to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy); 7:30 p.m., $225 -- www.njss.org

Maryland Democratic Party Inaugural Gala, Gaylord National Hotel, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, Md.; 8 p.m., $225 -- www.mddems.org/inaugural

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Inaugural Ball, the Sphinx Club at Franklin Square, 1315 K St., NW; 8 p.m., $250 -- www.hbcugala.com

Arkansas State Society of Washington, D.C., Inaugural Gala, sponsored by James Lee Witt Associates, Tyson, Walmart, Entergy, Baxter, Alltel and Windstream Communications, National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW, 13th floor; 8 p.m., $150 to $200 -- www.arkansas-state-society.org

Rhythm and Blues Reloaded Inaugural Ball, hosted by DEC support Consulting Inc., George, 3251 Prospect St., NW; $75 -- www.randbreloaded.com

Green Inaugural Ball, Newseum, 5554 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 7 p.m., $400 to $1,000 -- www.nwf.org/2013-Green-Inaugural-Ball.aspx.

African American Church Inaugural Ball, Washington Grand Hyatt, 1000 H St., NW; 7 p.m., $300 -- www.aacib.com.

All American Inaugural Ball, Hyatt Regency, Capitol Hill. 400 New Jersey Ave., NW; 9 p.m., $175 -- allamericanball.com.

American Indian Inaugural Ball, hosted by the American Indian Society of Washington, Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Va.; 6 p.m., $140 -- www.aisball2013.com.

The Dream Moving Foward Inaugural Gala, presented by the Sovereignty Group, Howard Theatre, 620 T St., NW (Patti Labelle, Angela Bassett, Cicely Tyson, Hill Harper, Dick Gregory, Omarosa Manigault, Rock Newman and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts); 7:30 p.m., $200 -- http://thesovgroup.com.

Latino Inaugural, Kennedy Center, 2700 F St., NW (Raúl Esparza, José Feliciano, Juan Diego Flórez, Melanie Griffith, George Lopez, Mario Lopez, Rita Moreno, Chita Rivera, Robert Rodriguez and Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner); 7 p.m., Opera House, $300, Eisenhower Theater, $150 -- Latinoinaugural2013.org.

The Peace Ball: Voices of Hope and Resistance, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater,1101 6th St., SW (Amy Goodman, Katrina vanden Heuval, Ralph Nader, Alice Walker, Van Jones, Nicole Lee, Avis Jones-DeWeever, Julian Bond and Marian Wright Edelman); $135.

Pennsylvania Society Inaugural Gala, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society of Washington, the Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd St., NW -- www.pastatesociety.com/

Monday, Jan. 21, Inauguration Day/MLK Day

President Obama and Vice President Biden will attend services at St. John's Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets, NW. Later, the president and vice president will arrive at the U.S. Capitol to take the public oath of office on the west steps of the Capitol. (Obama and Biden will already have been formally sworn-in at a private ceremony on Jan. 20). After the ceremony and inaugural address, there is a lunch for the president and vice president with members of the Congress in Statuary Hall. After that begins the Inaugural Parade on Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House reviewing stands -- the president leading the way. That evening, the Obamas and the Bidens will attend the two official Inaugural Balls at the Washington Convention Center. (In January 2009, there were 10 official balls).

The Inaugural Ball “will bring all participants under one roof, but will span throughout the Washington Convention Center itself and will offer general and VIP options for donors,” according to the Presidential Inaugural Committee. All tickets are taken.

Commander in Chief's Ball, Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW; free for all guests -- active duty and reserve servicemembers, Medal of Honor recipients and others.

Native Nations Inaugural Ball, National Museum of the American Indian. Fourth Street & Independence Avenue, SW; 7 p.m., $1,000 (includes morning inaugural viewing reception) -- nmai.si.edu/inauguralball/

Tennessee State Society Inaugural Ball, the Sphinx Club, 1315 K St., NW; 8 p.m., $160 -- www.tnstatesociety.org/events.cfm](http://www.tnstatesociety.org/events.cfm)

George Washington University Inaugural Ball, Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St., NW; 8 p.m., $100 to $150 -- inauguralball.gwu.edu/

Ambassadors Inaugural Ball, "Promoting International Peace, Unity & Diplomacy," co-hosted by more than 30 ambassadors, including those of Botswana, Cyprus, Denmark, Guyana, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Morocco, Oman, Trinidad and Tobago, Carnegie Library, Mount Vernon Square, 801 K St., NW; 7 p.m., $250 -- www.ambassadorsinauguralball.com.

Environmental and Clean Energy Inaugural Ball, hosted by the the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, Sequoia Restaurant, 3000 K St., NW (Washington Harbour); 8 p.m., $200 (Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will attend.) -- www.environmentalball.org.

The Creative Coalition Inaugural Ball and Benefit, Harman Center for the Arts, 610 F St., NW; 9 p.m. (Co-hosts include Tim Daly, Kirsten Dunst, Ashley Greene, Chelsea Handler, Connie Britton, Paula Abdul, Alfre Woodard, Omar Epps, Marlon Wayans, David Arquette, Richard Schiff and Wayne Knight among others.) -- thecreativecoalition.org/

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Jan 18, 2013 at 6:27 AM Mark Rhoads

Most of the state societies of Washington have been in business for more than 120 years since the late 19th Century. State societies are nonpartisan civic an social booster clubs for a state and their bylaws do not permit them to lobby or give any money to a partisan cause or candidate. Before the Truman Inauguration in 1949, there was no "official ball" and all inaugural balls were sponsored by state clubs since 1861.

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Sep 29, 2013 at 2:43 PM Hobo

As the Marxist in Chief and his Puppet Master Valerie Jarrett are salivating with lust to gut America to the bone, America's Ignorant Class wets their pants. I now give America as a democratic Republic less than 2 years to survive. Welcome to the coming MSA (Marxist State of America.)

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