It’s been eight LONG years. Time to PART-AY!
If you want to celebrate the End to Bush and the Beginning of an Era of Change with Barack Obama, you have plenty of options in the City. This San Francisco Realtor would love to join the festivities, but I’ll be sitting at home, fighting a cold and keeping my germs to myself. I’m considerate like that.
Your 2009 Inauguration options in San Francisco (compiled from About.com):
Inauguration West at Metreon
Metreon – City View Terrace – 4th and Mission
6:00p to 10:00p
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.
Inauguration Simulcast at Civic Center
Civic Center Plaza – In front of San Francisco City Hall
7:00a to 12:00p
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.
YBGF Broadcast of Inauguration
Yerba Buena Gardens Esplanade – Mission Street between 3rd and 4th
8:00a to 2:00p
In partnership with Westfield, Yerba Buena Gardens will broadcast the Inauguration live on two JumboTrons near Mission Street
Inaugural Ball at Electric Works
Electric Works – 130 8th Street
6:00p to 10:00p
Benefiting the San Francisco Food Bank, suggested donation $10. Inauguration speech will be re-broadcast at 7:00p, with dancing from 8:00p 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.)
San Francisco Democratic Party – Inauguration West
The Green Room – War Memorial Opera House – 401 Van Ness Ave
5:30p to 8:30p – $25 / RSVP by ordering tickets using above link
Join the San Francisco Democratic Party, Emerge CA, Good Ol’ Girls, Democracy Action, Democratic electeds, campaign volunteers and Democratic activists for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and music — to celebrate Barack Obama’s Inauguration as President of the United States
Inauguration Viewing at SF Public Library
Koret Auditorium at the Main Library (100 Larkin St at Grove)
Doors open at 8:45a, tickets can be obtained in advance at the General Collections Reference Desk (3rd floor)
Green 960 Inaugural Ball
Yoshi’s San Francisco – 1330 Fillmore (at Eddy)
Doors open at 5:00p – $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
7:00p – $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 9pm, DJs.
Inauguration Party at Elbo Room
Elbo Room – 647 Valencia Street
9:00p – Day of show tickets only ($7)
Featuring Forro Brazuca and Cullann’s Hounds
Paradise Lounge – 1501 Folsom Street
Celebrate on the first day of the Obama Administration, 99-cent drafts, 99-cent well drinks from 6p to 9p. $10 donation at the door, with proceeds going to Glide Foundation of San Francisco.
Inaugural Night Celebration & Art Exhibit
Garage Gallery – 655 Bryant
GarageGallery will be presenting an Obama environment for people to gather and celebrate this momentous occasion. Share a night of celebration and art with your fellow citizens, as we look forward to a future of hope. Experience a multi-media environment of music, Obama’s Inaugural Speech, photography of Obama’s campaign and art inspired by him.
Throw a Shoe at Bush/ To Obama: No War
Justin Herman Plaza – Embarcadero/Market – Jan 17 (12p to 3p), Jan 18 (12p to 3p)
Civic Center – Jan 20 (7a to 12p)
Shoes provided or BYOS, prizes, music. More information at the Courage to Resist website