So You Voted for Change

Where can you celebrate history if you’re not in D.C.?

If you were at the Wyclef and Jay-Z Vote for Change concert or the Obama rally in downtown Miami, you know. Obama fever swept the 305 just as it did across the country (apologies to the folks still rockin’ the McCain/Palin stickers on their cars; you make us giggle in traffic every day). And from what we’ve been reading, the main event in Washington is about to be a clusterfuck of monumental proportions. We’re talking car gridlock, people gridlock, and public transportation and bathroom nightmares the likes of which the nation’s capital has never seen. Sorry, Barry — we love ya, but the way this economic downturn is hitting us, we’re better off reveling right here at home. At least the weather will be perfect, right? Lucky Democrats and last-minute bandwagon jumpers, there’s a party for every kind of voter this Tuesday night. You just gotta decide where you want to celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

At the Arsht Center, there’ll be live music by the New World School of the Arts Concert Choir and the Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School Marching Band. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez will give an opening speech, and Barton G. “will sell boxed lunches especially prepared for this momentous occasion.” Fancy! The shindig will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call 305-949-6722 or visit arshtcenter.org. For a lowbrow, people’s-champ sort of affair, head to Churchill’s (5501 NE Second Ave., Miami). The Human Services Coalition (HSC) will celebrate the election of the nation’s first community organizer-in-chief from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ten bucks will get you a champagne toast, and proceeds benefit HSC. Call 305-576-5001, ext. 16, or visit hscdade.org.
Tue., Jan. 20, 2009

 
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