The four-day Inauguration Weekend in DC will be a time for artists to celebrate and share. These events and exhibits are free or cheap.
(Check back frequently for updates)
Update: For college students only — “Refresh the World Symposium,” January 19th, with Spike Lee, Queen Latifah and refreshing media celebs like Rev. Al Sharpton. Howard University’s Cramton Audiorium (2455 Sixth Street, NW). Tickets are free to students at the Cramton box office (202-806-7914). This is presented by Spike Lee, Howard University and “the Pause that Refreshes,” PepsiCo. Dress pretty; you just know Spike will shoot this for a Pepsi commecial [more on this event here].
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities lists some events here.
King Holiday Jazz Jam Session, Rankin Memorial Chapel, Howard University. January 19th, noon to 10PM. Free; a remarkable event. Details here.
The Kennedy Center has a free concert with Aretha and friends at 6PM on January 19th but you need to get tickets in person. The distribution starts at 4PM, the line forms earlier outdoors, on the south side of the Center, adjacent to the South Plaza (wear your woolies). Other free weekend KenCen events are listed here.
SPIN.com has a concert list
Westminster Presbyterian Church (400 I Street SW ) celebrates a decade of Jazz Night in Southwest, 6PM t0 9PM January 16th. 5 bucks. 10 years.
Opening Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial is 2:30 PM onJanuary 19th.Free. Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Bono, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Herbie Hancock, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Usher, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, will.i.am, Stevie Wonder, more. Details here. (wear your woolies).
ManifestHopeDC (3333 M Street, N.W., Georgetown). This is BIG. 100 artists. 10AM to 6PM January 16th though 19th.
Don’t forget the Smithsonian. It’s free. Of Note: The National Museum of the Amerrican Indian offers the free Out of Many: A Multicultural Festival of Music, Dance, and Story from January 17th through 19th.
And don’t forget the Blues. Westminster Presbyterian Church (400 I Street SW ) presents Inaugural Blues. 6PM to 9PM on January 19th. Can’t beat it for 5 bucks.