By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers.
What takes 28 pages and 139 separate spreadsheet boxes to describe President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration? How about the Master Inaugural Events Schedule. Here is Part 2:
Saturday, January 17
— Late night presidential inauguration finance event, TBD.
— The People's Inaugural Ball and Gala and prayer breakfast, Grand Hyatt, 1000 H Street NW.
— The National Congress of Black Women hosts a politics and poetry brunch at the Mansion at 2020 O Street NW. Attire: Casual.
— The People's Inaugural Ball and Gala Women's Leadership Luncheon at the Grand Hyatt. Cost: $150
— The Washington Performance Arts Society hosts a concert featuring Sweet Honey in the Rock at United Christ Church, 4704 14th Street NW. Cost: $12.
— J Star Productions hosts HOPE, or Honoring Our President Elect, Youth Ball at Trinity University, 125 Michigan Avenue NE. Cost: $77.50.
— National Congress of Black Women hosts "The Rebirth of the Cocktail Lounge," at the Mansion to network with "friends new and old over heavy hors d'oeuvres."
— Democratic Black Caucus of Virginia and Virginia Association of Democratic Chairs host the People's Inaugural Gala Celebration at the Grand Hyatt. Cost: $150. It features dancing, wine tasting, and a fashion show.
— National Association of Minority Government Contractors hosts a pre-Inaugural kickoff at Tuscana West, 1350 Eye Street NW. Cost $135 to $200.
— DC Blues Society hosts the "Obamarama Pre-Inaugural Party," at Surf Club Live, 4711 Kenilworth Avenue in Hyattsville, Md. Cost: $10 to $15.
— Black Diamond Affairs hosts "The Dream Realized" Inaugural Ball at Camelot by Martins, 13905 Central Avenue, Upper Marlboro, Md. Cost: $75. Music: the Soul Patrol Band and DJ Money.
— The People's Party Host Committee sponsors "The Change the Game Gala" at Sports Club/LA at the Ritz Carlton, 22nd Street NW. Sports stars are expected to attend.
— National Congress of Black Women hosts "Mix It Up Until the Sun Comes Up" at the Mansion featuring "desserts that will ensure you do not fit in your dress/tux on Tuesday."
— BET Networks hosts the BET Honors at the Warner Theater.
Next up: The events on January 18.