Bay Area Inauguration Events

by Paul Hogarth on January 16, 2009

For those who can’t afford the long and expensive journey to Washington D.C. for Barack Obama’s Inauguration, there are many events (some of them free) on January 20th in San Francisco and Oakland that locals can partake in. The following is a recommended list of festivities:

Inauguration Simulcast at Civic Center: Civic Center Plaza – in front of San Francisco City Hall, 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Join NextArts for the simulcast. No entrance fee, but organizers ask that you bring new socks or underwear as a charitable donation. Items must be new.

Inauguration Viewing at SF Public Library: Koret Auditorium at the Main Library (100 Larkin St at Grove.) Doors open at 8:45 a.m., tickets can be obtained in advance at the General Collections Reference Desk (3rd floor.)

Inauguration West at Metreon: City View Terrace – 4th and Mission, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Presented by 102.9 FM KBLX. A Bay Area celebration for the inauguration of Barack Obama, raising money for local charities. Live video feeds and film clips from Barack Obama: The Man and His Journey. Entertainment includes Morris Day and the Time, DJs, local celebrities and special guests.

Inaugural Ball at Electric Works: Electric Works – 130 8th Street, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Benefiting the San Francisco Food Bank, suggested donation $10. Inauguration speech will be re-broadcast at 7:00p, with dancing from 8:00 p.m. on. Drinks and light hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Formal dress suggested but not required. (Changing rooms and borrowed finery will be available for those coming directly from work.)

Green 960 Inaugural Ball: Yoshi’s San Francisco – 1330 Fillmore (at Eddy), Doors open at 5:00 p.m. – $20. Featuring comedians Will Durst & Johnny Steele with live music by J Thompson with Dave Ellis on Sax and Tommie Bradford on drums.

Inauguration Benefit for Grid Alternatives: Cafe du Nord – Swedish American Hall, 7:00 p.m. – $22 (adv) / $25 (door). Benefit for Grid Alternatives, empowering communities in need by providing renewable energy and energy efficiency services. Food provided by Radio Africa and Kitchen. Rebroadcast of of inauguration at 9:00 p.m., DJs.

Inauguration Party at Elbo Room: Elbo Room – 647 Valencia Street, 9:00 p.m. – Day of show tickets only ($7). Featuring Forro Brazuca and Cullann’s Hounds.

Rock Barack: Paradise Lounge – 1501 Folsom Street. Celebrate on the first day of the Obama Administration, 99-cent drafts, 99-cent well drinks from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. $10 donation at the door, with proceeds going to Glide Foundation of San Francisco.


Green 960 Inauguration Event: Oracle Arena – Oakland, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. With Aimee Allison (host of Comcast Newsmakers), watch the inauguration and speech live on the big screen. Tickets are $5, parking is free.

Inauguration at Speakeasy Theaters: Parkway Speakeasy (Oakland) and Cerrito Speakeasy (El Cerrito); Doors open at 7:00 a.m., watch the ceremony on big screens at both theaters. Brunch menu includes pastries, coffee, mimosas, Bloody Marys and other wine-based cocktail specials. First come, first served, no seat saving.

21 Grand Presents: Moe! Staiano’s Moe!kestra “The End of an Error”: The Uptown – 1928 Telegraph Ave (Oakland); Free, but donations accepted. Commemorates the end of the Bush II Regime with Damon Smith / Kjell Nordeson / Weasel Walter Trio; Jason Hoopes / Andy Strain / Noah Phillips Trio.

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