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JANUARY 18

Finance Welcome Brunch
This official event features performer Yolanda Adams, Carole King, BeBe Winans and the Dartmouth Gospel Choir. More information: www.pic2009.org

We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial, 2:30 pm.
This official inaugural event -- organized by the Presidential Inaugural Committee -- is free, open to the public, and will be broadcast on HBO. Musical performers include Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Bono, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Renee Fleming, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Heather Headley, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, John Mellencamp, Usher, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, will.i.am, and Stevie Wonder. Queen Latifah, Jamie Foxx, Denzel Washington and Martin Luther King III will do readings. More information: www.pic2009.org

A New Birth of Citizenship Inauguration Event
Renaissance Hotel, 8:00 pm.
Hosted by youth voting non-profit Declare Yourself, this inauguration kick-off features Maroon 5, DJ Samantha Ronson, spoken word artists Steve Connell, Sekou (Tha Misfit), Nuttin' But Strings, Jessica Alba and "special guests." More info: Declare Yourself

The Latino Inaugural Gala
Union Station, 7:30 pm
A coalition of Latino political groups including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and Voto Latino have put together a black tie gala that features performances by Marc Anthony, Paulina Rubio, War, Alejandro Sanz, Cucu Diamantes & Yerba Buena, Michael Salgado, Elida Reyna, and Mariachi Los Camperos De Nati Cano. The show also features appearances by Jennifer Lopez, Rosario Dawson, George Lopez, Rosie Perez, Wilmer Valderrama and others. More info: latinoinauguralgala2009.org

Dreams From My Father: American Scholars Inaugural Ball
Four Seasons Hotel, 8:00 pm
This event, co-sponsored by the Hip Hop Caucus, reportedly features Alicia Keys and Macy Gray. More info: americanscholarsball.org

Lincoln 2.0 Inaugural Ball
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8:00 pm
Anita Baker, Keb Mo, John Cruz, Saint Tone and others will perform at this ball, produced by the American Experience Foundation. Procedes from the $350 will benefit the Smithsonian Art Museum and The American Experience Foundation. More info: www.washington.org/lincolnball

The People's Inaugural Gospel Concert
Lincoln Theatre, 2:00 pm
Composer/arranger Richard Smallwood and Vision perform at this Sunday inaugural gospel show. More info: www.peoplesinauguralgala.com

The People's Inaugural Jazz Concert
Lincoln Theatre, 8:00 pm
George Duke and the Washington perform at this Sunday evening jazz show. More info: www.peoplesinauguralgala.com

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