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OurTime.org is hosting the hottest party of the inaugural weekend at one of the most sought after venues in Washington-The Kogod Courtyard at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, right in the epicenter of inaugural weekend festivities.Confirmed guests include bipartisan US Senators, Congressional members, senior White House officials, and some of the biggest names in entertainment. The program will include red carpet arrivals and media interviews, 2-3 major A List performances, a DJ and a mix of celebrity appearances throughout the evening, all honoring the next generation of American voters.

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Inauguration 2013 Unofficial Balls: A Guide To More Inaugural Parties, Fundraisers And More (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post  |  By Brandon Wetherbee Posted: 01/11/2013 12:09 pm EST  |  Updated: 01/11/2013 3:03 pm EST

Inaugural BallsWASHINGTON — The official Inaugural Ball may have sold out, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t enough other unofficial balls, fundraisers and parties to satisfy your celebratory needs.

In addition to the two balls President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend, there around 30 state balls, luncheons and parties. There are also more than 50 unofficial balls, fundraisers, parties and other gatherings scheduled.

Whether you’re interested in spending $1,000 per ticket to support the National Museum of the American Indian or participate in some stretching at the Yoga Ball, there are enough events to keep a social butterfly busy from Jan. 18 through the early hours of Jan. 22.

Click through the slideshow to fill your calendar with Inauguration events of all shapes and sizes …

 

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January 8, 2013

Inaugural balls: Our guide to the official bashes, unofficial parties and too-good-to-be-true pitches

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Inaugural balls: Our guide to the official bashes, unofficial parties and too-good-to-be-true pitches

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Weary ball-goers rest their feet and wait for friends and coats on the steps inside the Convention Center. (Debra G. Lindsey/The Washington Post)

It’s less than two weeks until President Obama’s second inauguration, and would-be Cinderellas are still waiting for an invitation to the ball.

The question, of course, is which ball.

A cottage industry springs up every four years of inaugural-themed parties and promotions. Makes perfect sense, because demand for tickets to the official festivities — the ones the president attends — always exceeds supply. The past decade has seen an explosion of other, self-proclaimed inaugural “balls” — a savvy marketing trick, but confusing for everyone else.

It’s all about managed expectations. Before you pay a small fortune to score a couple of tickets, consult our guide to the balls:

• Official balls : Hosted by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, these are the only parties where the president, first lady and vice president are guaranteed to show up and waltz around the stage.

In past years, there have been a dozen or more official balls. This year, there are only two, both on Monday, Jan. 21 at D.C.’s Convention Center: One for members of the military (tickets are free), and “The Inaugural Ball,” billed as a “unified celebration” for everyone else. The vast majority of these tickets will go to campaign donors, grass-roots volunteers and other supporters lucky enough to get an invitation to buy a ticket (which we’re told haven’t gone out yet). Others include corporate sponsors who, for a donation of $10,000 to $1 million, will get two tickets. There were also a limited number of $60 tickets offered to the general public — but those were snapped up within hours Sunday due to a Ticketmaster computer glitch.

• State Society Balls : Since the official balls are fraught with problems (big crowds, cash bars, little or no food), inaugural veterans have migrated to the parties thrown by states, where guests get food, drink, entertainment and a chance to rub elbows with members of Congress and other actual power players. Two standouts: The Texas Black Tie & Boots Ball (six stages, all-you-can-eat Texas-buffet, open bars), Jan. 19 at the Gaylord National Resort, and Michigan’s dinner dance (valet, dinner, open bar), Jan. 21 at the National Museum of American History.

• The corporate-underwritten bashes : Can there be a big political happening without celebs and free drinks? Of course not, but these are usually invitation-only events, more cocktail-party than “ball” per se. OurTime.org is hosting “The Generation Now” Party with John Legendon Jan. 19; Daily Beast and Credit Suisse are teaming the next day for a brunch at Cafe Milano with Eva Longoria.

• Unofficial balls : Here’s where it gets tricky, so caveat emptor. Obama fever was so high in 2009 that some promoters collected thousands of dollars for “balls” that promised much but delivered little or nothing: The American Music Ball hosted by Dionne Warwick (with George Clinton, Chaka Khan and the Temptations) was canceled the day of— some ticketholders didn’t find out until they arrived for the ball. A “Heroes Red, White & Blue” Ball billed Jamie Foxx and Nas but that original lineup evaporated; they did end up snagging George Clinton after his earlier engagement collapsed, as well as other musicians. The promoter for the Veterans Ball abruptly canceled the event and vanished with the $385 for each ticket.

This time around, there are dozens of independent balls representing various causes (i.e. the Green Ball or Inaugural Brewers Ball) that, at best, could turn out to be a good party — but will definitely not deliver the president or first lady.

Here’s the real ticket: If the list of promised names to a high-priced ball sounds too good to be true — it probably is.

 

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January 15, 2013

John Legend, Common Headlining OurTime.org Gala

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John Legend, Common Headlining OurTime.org Gala

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCJohn LegendCommon and T-Pain are among the celebs who’ll be in Washington D.C. this weekend, just in time for President Barack Obama‘s inauguration ceremony on Monday.  John, Com and T-Pain will be headlining the Generation Now Party, a youth ball hosted by the non-partisan political group OurTime.org.

will.i.am will host the special fundraiser, taking place Saturday in the Kogod Courtyard of the National Portrait Gallery.  The gala will celebrate the impact of young American voters on the most recent presidential election, and raise awareness about issues that young people are facing today.

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January 15, 2013

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John Legend, Common Headlining OurTime.org Gala

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCJohn LegendCommon and T-Pain are among the celebs who’ll be in Washington D.C. this weekend, just in time for President Barack Obama‘s inauguration ceremony on Monday.  John, Com and T-Pain will be headlining the Generation Now Party, a youth ball hosted by the non-partisan political group OurTime.org.

will.i.am will host the special fundraiser, taking place Saturday in the Kogod Courtyard of the National Portrait Gallery.  The gala will celebrate the impact of young American voters on the most recent presidential election, and raise awareness about issues that young people are facing today.

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January 15, 2013

John Legend to do Inaugural Youth Ball

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John, Common, T-Pain will perform at OurTime.org‘s Generation Now party

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John, Common, T-Pain will perform at OurTime.org‘s Inaugural Youth Ball the “Generation Now Party”

Days before President Barack Obama is sworn in for his second term, OurTime.org will bring Hollywood to the District with a night of exciting performances and festivities for its Inaugural Youth Ball.

Grammy Award- winning artists John Legend and Common along with T-Pain will be among the various artists performing at OurTime’s Generation Now Party on January 19. The kick-off event on January, which will be hosted by Will.i.am, celebrates the impact young American voters had on the recent presidential election. The star-studded gala  will be held at the National Portrait Gallery, starting at 8 p.m.

For those not familiar with OurTime.org, it is a non-partisan political engagement organization that aims to empower young Americans in the political process. The Generartion Now party will raise awareness of the issues currently facing the millennial generation and the importance of their ongoing participation in civic life.

For tickets to the Generation Now party and for further information on the event, please visit OurTime.org/inauguration.

—Ashley Wilsom