President-elect Barack Obama becomes President Barack Obama this coming Tuesday morning. Not many of us have the money or the hotel room in Washington, DC to attend the inaugural festivities. But Seattle has several local alternatives. (And, please, send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll keep adding to the list.)
First, as we've already written, SW is hosting an Inauguration Day party at Spitfire (2219 Fourth Ave., 441-7966, www.spitfireseattle.com) for those 21 and over. Free, with brunch option. And lots of TV screens. Doors open at 8 a.m.
Second, our Laura Onstot recommends Town Hall:
Where to watch, and celebrate, with a few hundred close friends
On Nov. 7, 2000, my friends and I--all having voted in our first presidential race--huddled around the TV to watch the returns for George W. Bush versus Al Gore. For a while, things were up in the air. Then someone said Florida would definitely go to Gore, and I, being an exhausted college sophomore, went to bed. The next morning I woke to world where the Sunshine State was back in play, leading to a fateful Supreme Court decision, two wars (still ongoing)...and so on, and so on. The bums narrowly retained the White House in '04, so the '08 election felt like the first time my vote would really, really count. This past fall, there was no going to bed on election night. Instead I stood arm-in-arm with a total stranger, watery eyes fixed on a jumbo screen, while Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech from Grant Park. This morning offers a similar chance to watch and celebrate the Inauguration Day festivities with like-minded viewers. Just cover your ears when Rick Warren gives the invocation. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 652-4255, www.brownpapertickets. Free (online RSVP recommended). Tues., Jan. 20. 9 a.m. LAURA ONSTOT
Then there's the Paramount Theatre (911 Pine St., 682-1414, www.theparamount.com.) Free, doors open at 7 a.m., big-screen TV broadcast live from DC, snacks and baked goods for sale, plus "the "Obama-Mama," a refreshing grapefruit mimosa." Sounds yummy, and we should note that Town Hall is also selling refresments--though non-alcoholic, so far as we know.
Not free is the Central Cinema (1411 21st Ave., 686-6684, www.central-cinema.com), offering scones and coffee ($10) or a full brunch ($19), beginning at 9 a.m.
So, where are you watching that morning (and partying that night)?
To start the evening list of festivities, Tini Bigs and Hula Hula (both on the corner of Denny and First Ave. N. open their doors at 4 p.m. (no cover, 21 and over), with the former offering a $5 "Obama-tini." Which is a good thing, because the Bloody Mary buzz from that morning should be wearing off around then.