When Barack Obama was declared the winner of the presidential election, New Yorkers danced in the streets. (We can only imagine what they'll do for Bush's last day in office.) Here's where you should be when history gets made.
Mon Jan 12 2009
Photograph: (Yes We Can: Barack Obama’s History-Making Presidential Campaign) Scout Tufankjian, Published By Melcher Media/Powerhouse Books; (Wangechi Mutu) Chris Sanders
“Yes We Can” photo exhibit Relive the Prez-to-be’s historic campaign through the intimate photography of Scout Tufankjian (shown in this article). The Brooklyn photojournalist was shooting Obama before he announced his presidential aspirations, and up through Election Night in Chicago’s Grant Park. If you’ve never teared up while looking at a picture, now’s your chance. FREE The powerHouse Arena, 37 Main St at Water St, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-666-3049). Mon--Fri 10am--7pm; Sat, Sun 11am--7pm. Through Feb 8.
I Have a Beat: Obama Presidential Inauguration Celebration and MLK Jr. National Monument Fund-Raiser Raise hell early (and for a good cause!) with the MySpacers who helped solidify Obama’s campaign. DJ Mannes, Steve Lurkel and Designer Drugs’ Michael Vincent Patrick keep the dance floor burning. Show your mug before 11pm and the Colt 45 is free. Glasslands Gallery, 289 Kent Ave between South 1st and 2nd Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (glasslands.com). Sun 18 9pm--4am, $7--$12. R.S.V.P. to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bon Voyage Bush party and Yes We Can Go to Obama’s Inauguration bus Galapagos has all of its bases covered, whether you want to party at home or on Capitol Hill. Bon Voyage boasts cruise-themed drinks and deck games, and revelers are encouraged to dress up like Love Boat extras; it also benefits Planned Parenthood (take that, Mr. Gag Rule). Afterward, hard-core Obamaites can hitch a ride on a round-trip chartered bus to Washington. As of press time, there were only five spaces left, but organizers may add another coach if interest is strong enough. Worried the bus won’t get near the action? Organizer Katie Wagner seems unfazed: “In that case, we’re gonna go and represent—and have an adventure anyway!” Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main St at Water St, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-222-8500). Party Mon 19 at 7pm, $20. Bus departs Tue 20 at 1am, $73. R.S.V.P. to ppnycaction.org.
Bye George: The End of an Error Hosted by performers Lance Horne and Eva Price, this Dubya send-off features Justin Bond of Kiki & Herb, comics Lea DeLaria and Jessica Kirson, Avenue Q’s Stephanie D’Abruzzo and Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie. Be on the lookout for a shoe toss and a Bush piata. Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St between Astor Pl and E 4th St (212-967-7555). Mon 19 at 7pm, $30.
Harlem screenings The inaugural festivities officially begin at 10am; the Schomburg Center turns on its TVs at 11:30am for the swearing-in ceremony. (The lineup includes performances by Yo-Yo Ma, Aretha Franklin and poet Elizabeth Alexander.) Another uptown option: East Harlem’s La Fonda Boricua dishes up tasty Puerto Rican fare and DJ tunes. (Oh, like you wouldn’t just love to hear a reggaetn cover of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”) FREE Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Ave) at 135th St (212-491-2200). Tue 20 at 11am. FREE La Fonda Boricua Lounge Bar & Restaurant, 172 E 106th St between Lexington and Third Aves (212-410-7292). Tue 20 at 11am.
Even more screenings! City Hall is booked out (more than 2,000 people beat ya to it), so Trinity Church, York College and BAM Rose Cinemas are all opening their doors for live broadcasts. Space is limited. FREE Trinity Wall Street, 89 Broadway at Wall St (212-602-0800). Tue 20 at 11:30am. FREE York College, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd between Archer and Liberty Aves, Jamaica, Queens (718-262-3750). Tue 20 at 11am. FREE BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (718-636-4100). Tue 20 at 11am.
Brooklyn Inaugural Ball: A Benefit for P.S. 261 When the Bell House hosted a party on November 4, 2008, lines wrapped around the block. Here’s hoping we can grab some space at this big O lovefest, featuring a performance by Karen Gibson Roc and a rebroadcasting of the inaugural speech. The Bell House, 149 7th St between Second and Third Aves, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-643-6510). Tue 20 7--11pm, $75.
Goodbye Bush Bash Before heading to Times Square to celebrate the end of Georgie’s reign, hit up this gig, organized via Facebook by students Ian Cioffi and Jon Russo. Perks include Bush-themed drink specials (might we suggest a Whiskey Sour Economy?) and a wall of Bush’s dumbest quotes. Around 10pm, organizers will take the party to Times Square for dancing in the streets. FREE Latitude Bar & Grill, 783 Eighth Ave between 47th and 48th Sts (212-245-3034). Tue 20 at 6pm.
Inaugural Ball at Smack Mellon Join the art crowd for this giddy affair, replete with a buh-bye speech by “Dick Cheney,” performances by Nora York and DJ $mall hange, eats courtesy of Red Hook ball-field vendors and gobs of Obama-themed art. Smack Mellon, 92 Plymouth St at Washington St, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-834-8761). Tue 20 7pm--midnight, $20--$25.
Rockbama!: A Political Party for the People! The lineup for this wallet-friendly, punk-pop dance party includes Twice as Bright, Victor Victor Band and Kissy Kamikaze, and is hosted by comedian Giulio Gallarotti. Between acts, look for a “Bush’s greatest moments” video slide show. Arlene’s Grocery, 95 Stanton St between Ludlow and Orchard Sts (212-995-1652). Tue 20 8pm--midnight, $3--$6. R.S.V.P. to to email@example.com.
The Huffington Post in Residence: The Year Ahead with Arianna Huffington and Bloggers from The Huffington Post Media star Arianna Huffington and guest Huffers Nora Ephron, Erica Jong, Barbara Ehrenreich, Trey Ellis, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran’s Association executive director Paul Rieckhoff discuss and forecast all things socio-political for the new administration. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave at 92nd St (212-415-5500, 92y.org). Wed 21 at 8pm, $27.
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