If youre happy about no more Bush, clap your hands. If youre happy about our first black president, clap your hands. If youre happy and you know it, then your plans will surely show it. And if youre not happy today, well, theres always conservative talk radio. The rest of us? Were calling in patriotic and whoopin it up, starting with a free-and-open-to-the-public Inauguration Celebration at Shadow Theatre Company, which will project all the events and festivities from our nations capital on a big screen inside the theater, 1468 Dayton Street in Aurora, and two more TVs in the lobby. Food and drinks (including a full bar) will be available for purchase starting at 9 a.m.
By late afternoon, well likely be so high on freedom and drunk on democracy that well need a tiny come-down nap before heading to the Oriental Theater for the NW Community Inauguration Party, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a pre-party featuring heavy hors doeuvre, open bar, silent auction and entertainment by a DPS School of the Arts jazz combo. Starting at 7:30 p.m., well revel in the partys patriotic theme as house band The Lovely and Talented backs up more than a dozen of Denvers most spirited musicians performing American-themed pop songs all damn night. Then well go home and sleep, happy to be waking up in a better America.
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The Oriental is at 4335 West 44th Avenue. Tickets for the pre-party are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and include admission to the 7:30 p.m. concert. Concert tickets alone are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Get more information at www.theorientaltheater.com or 303-455-2124, and www.shadowtheatre.com or 720-857-8000.
Tue., Jan. 20, 9 a.m., 2009