Heard on the Hill

An Event-ful Inaugural Weekend

Wax figures of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama ride in an open-top bus down F Street Northwest on Thursday, en route to Madame Tussauds wax museum, ahead of this weekend’s inaugural festivities.

There are hundreds of inaugural events taking place this weekend, and while everyone knows about the official balls, here are some of the more fun, quirky goings-on. Some feature mural painting and spitballing big ideas. One involves hip-hop superstar Lupe Fiasco, another the homegrown street artist BORF, who created the poster art for Nevermind the Inauguration. This weekend, belt out patriotic karaoke. Heck, go to a pig roast luau. So spend the next few days seeing the best of our diamond district. Go forth and party!

Saturday, Jan. 19

M Central, Millennial Ideas Forum and Inaugural Millennial Ball 700 H St. NE All day

Chef’s Ball Art and Soul, The Liaison Capitol Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

The Root Inaugural Ball National Museum of American History, Constitution Avenue Northwest between 12th and 14th streets 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Disability Power and Pride Ball National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th floor 7 p.m.-11 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 20

Planned Parenthood/Rock the Vote 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW 6 p.m.-9 p.m. with free entrance to DJ lil’e Dance Party

Congressional Black Caucus Late Night Pre-Inaugural Party Cafe Milano, 3251 Prospect St. NW 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

The Getaway’s Alterna Event The Getaway, 1400 Meridian Place NW 10 p.m.-3 a.m.

M Central Music, Local Music Showcase 700 H St. NE 7 p.m.-?

Latino Inaugural 2013 Ball John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

StartUp Rock On Inaugural Celebration featuring Lupe Fiasco The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW 9 p.m.-?

Yoga Ball 2013 St. Francis Hall, 1340 Quincy St. NE 4 p.m., yoga; 6 p.m., vegetarian dinner; 8 p.m., live music, meditation, kirtan

Nevermind the Inauguration! A Punk-Rock Counter Inaugural Ball & Festival of Resistance The Warehouse Theater, 645 New York Ave. NW 12 p.m.-4 p.m., films and workshops; 6 p.m.-?, music

Monday, Jan. 21

Brightest Young Things Inaugural Spectacular Bohemian Caverns/LIV, 2001 11th St. NW 9 a.m.-4 a.m.

Tiki Pig Roast Luau and Kona Brewery Tap Takeover Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th St. NW 6 p.m.-11 p.m.

Ford Motor Co. Gala Reception Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, 600 Independence Ave. SW 7 p.m.-?

Creative Coalition Inaugural Ball Sidney Harman Hall (Harman Center for the Arts), 610 F St. NW 9 p.m.-?

Human Rights Campaign 2013 Inaugural Ball Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW 8 p.m.-?

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