The upcoming four-day weekend offers something to suit you, whether you’re apolitical or a political junkie. Use our highly scientific matrix to find weekend events that fit both your level of enthusiasm for the transfer of power and your distance from a personal fiscal cliff.
1. The “Politics as UN-usual” exhibit collects interpretations of modern political culture from artists in myriad mediums. Shelley Lowenstein’s “The Haves and Have-Nots,” above, makes its point crystal clear, while “The American Way,” left, by Rosemary Luckett, gets a little more conceptual.
Touchstone Gallery, 901 New York Ave. NW; through Jan. 27, free; 202-347-2787. (McPherson Square)
2.This is a joint inaugural party and fundraiser — your ticket fee goes toward helping blues band Fast Eddie & The Slowpokes travel to a Memphis blues competition.
American Legion Post 41, 905 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring; Sat., 8 p.m., $12-$15. (Silver Spring)
3. BYT’s all-day party starts as a swearing-in viewing and will continue (with dancing and DJs) late into the night.
Bohemian Caverns/LIV/ Tap & Parlour, 2001 11th St. NW; Mon., 10 a.m., $20-$25. (U Street)
4. Michael Beschloss, an Emmy winner and author, will give a lecture on second terms and Obama’s place in history.
Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW; Sun., 10:10 a.m., free.
5. Grab breakfast tacos (two for $5) on your way down to the Mall to see the swearing in; then return to this BBQ joint for live band karaoke Monday evening.
Hill Country, 410 7th St. NW; Mon., breakfast at 8 a.m., karaoke at 7 p.m., 202-556-2050. (Gallery Place)
6. The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage hosts legend Smokey Robinson in a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. Free tickets will be distributed (two per person) starting at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW; Sun., 6 p.m., free tickets required; 202-467-4600. (Foggy Bottom)
7. Maybe you can’t afford a ticket to an inaugural ball, but you can find out all about past celebrations for free on this National Park Service-led walk.
Meet at the Casimir Pulaski statue at Freedom Plaza, Pennsylvania Ave. and 13th St. NW; Sun., 10:30 a.m., free. (Federal Triangle)
8. Wear your best cowboy boots to the Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball, an evening of Texan music, food and an open bar.
Gaylord National Hotel, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, Md.; Sat., 7 p.m., $275.
9. Iowa’s First in the Nation Celebration promises not only an open bar and black-tie crowds but a menu that offers “a twist” on traditional Iowa cuisine. We think that means corn.
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW; Sat., 7:30 p.m., $85. (Metro Center)
10. Busboys and Poets sponsors the Peace Ball, a pacifist extravaganza. In addition to Ralph Nader, activists Angela Davis and Amy Goodman are scheduled to attend, and Sweet Honey in the Rock will perform.
Arena Stage at the Mead Center, 1101 6th St. SW; Sun., 7:30 p.m., sold out. (Waterfront/SEU)
11. Millennial Basecamp, an outpost on H Street NE, will be buzzing all weekend with a curated art exhibition, an “ideas forum” on how young people will change the world and a Monday watch party. Go for Saturday’s Inaugural Millennial Ball, which will feature a host of hip, young things dancing to a DJ set from singer Mayer Hawthorne.
M Central, 700 H St. NE; Sat., 8 p.m., $75.
12. The “I Don’t Have a Super-PAC to Buy Me a Ticket to the Inaugural Ball” ball won’t hit your wallet hard, but attendees are encouraged to wear inaugural ball-worthy outfits to this swing dance evening.
Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Md.; Sat., 8 p.m., $18.
13. The co-executive producers of Jon Stewart’s fake news show will deliver their own political comedy.
Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW; Sat., 7:30 p.m., sold out; 202-408-3100. (Gallery Place)
14. Take a two-mile walking tour through D.C.’s fancy, fashionable Georgetown. Keeping with the presidential theme, you’ll look at some of JFK’s old houses — and recall the campaign of failed presidential candidate (and current senator) John Kerry as you walk by his residence.
Starting point provided upon registration; Sat., 10 a.m., free.
15. Not that you shouldn’t care about the inauguration, but everybody knows “Prisoner of Azkaban” is the best Harry Potter movie.
Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW; Mon., 8 p.m., free; 202-667-7960. (U Street)
16. DJ Doc Rok, the power behind Epic Dance Party, is known for mashing up 50 Cent songs with classic ’50s and ’60s ballads.
Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE; Fri., 11 p.m., free; 202-388-7625.
17. Moby is all over D.C. this weekend, DJ-ing both at U Street Music Hall (with D.C.’s Will Eastman) and at the Peace Ball (No. 10).
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW; Sat., 10 p.m., sold out; 202-588-1880. (U Street)
18. The Inauguration Day cruise is sold out, but you can make reservations for other days this weekend if you’re set on eating brunch or dinner on a boat.
Leaves from Gangplank Marina, 600 Water St. SW; Fri.-Sun., $67-$140. (Waterfront/SEU)
19. Designers for this once-every-four-years fashion show include Jovanna Reyes and Thomas Lavone.
Crystal City Doubletree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington; Sun., 6 p.m., sold out. (Crystal City)
20. The Chef’s Ball starts late to allow people coming from other balls (or just leaving work) to make it their final stop. Some of D.C.’s most celebrated chefs, including Erik Bruner-Yang of Toki Underground, will serve snacks.
Art and Soul, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW; Sat., 11 p.m., sold out. (Union Station)
21. The Washingtonian knows how to throw a (black tie-optional) gala. Hit the open bar and then roam the exhibits to your heart’s content.
National Air and Space Museum, Independence Avenue at 6th Street SW; Sun., 8 p.m., $350, sold out. (L’Enfant Plaza)
22. Supposedly, Led Zeppelin played a concert at the Wheaton Youth Center on Jan. 20, 1969, in front of a group of teenagers. But did it really happen? Jeff Krulik’s documentary investigates.
AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; Sun., 9 p.m., $5; 301-495-6720. (Silver Spring)
23. It’s nice that the Green Inaugural Ball focuses on the environment, but you’re really there to see famous faces. Scheduled to appear: Richard Schiff and Dule Hill (of “The West Wing”), several Redskins players and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; Sun., 7 p.m., $400. (Archives)
24. The Inaugural Brewer’s Ball has next to nothing to do with politics, but there’s no better place for beer enthusiasts. Allagash, Star Hill and Flying Dog have all sent envoys, along with various D.C. breweries.
ChurchKey, 1337 14th St. NW; Mon., 8 p.m., $150; 202-567-2576. (Dupont Circle)