Where To Indulge Your Obama-Mania In Houston

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No one's going to be getting much work done around 11 a.m. Houston time tomorrow.

That, of course, is when John McCain will be sworn in as the nation's first old-white-guy President; assuming you're down from the amazing high of Sunday's Lee Greenwood/Hank Williams Jr. concert at the Mall, you'll want to watch his uplifting Inaugural Speech.

The rest of us in Real World will be watching Obama.

Assuming you didn't make it to DC -- hey, at least you won't be freezing your ass off -- where best to watch the festivities?

There are events all over town, and another round of them come evening, when you can really cut loose (Or drown your sorrows, if you're still mourning the fact that Sarah Palin won't be one elderly heartbeat away from the Oval Office):

The Alamo Drafthouse on Mason Road opens its doors (and, we assume, its bar) at 10 a.m for a viewing party. Admission's free.

The Harris County Democratic Party lists several semi-official events with a partisan tinge:

Watch history unfold as the Harris County Democratic Party and the West Gulf Ports Council host an Inauguration Watch Party Tuesday morning, January 20, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Seafarers International Union Hall, 1221 Pierce Street, Houston, TX 77002. Join union members, local Democrats, and various officeholders as we watch this extraordinary and momentous event - the swearing in of a new Democratic president!

Other local observances of the inauguration include:

Bay Area New Democrats Inauguration Party, 10:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Dimassi's Restaurant, 1039 West Bay Area Blvd @ Gulf Freeway.

Houston Young Leaders Coalition and Informed Voters League of Houston Swearing-in Celebration, 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Wings & Wings Beaucoup Café, 3511 Elgin@Scott.

River Oaks Area Democratic Women (ROADWomen) Inaugural Champagne Celebration, 5:30 p.m. at St. Stephens Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 1805 W. Alabama.

Hmmmm. The Seafarer's Hall or champagne in River Oaks -- take your pick. Or be inclusive and do both.

The Breakfast Klub, one of the city's best down-home eateries, became a semi-official Obama HQ this year, mostly because it was right across the street from the official Obama HQ. Best to call ahead to make sure you can get in.

The Red Cat Jazz Cafe downtown will be broadcasting the event.

That night, things will get a little looser, since people won't have to worry so much about going back to work.

There are big parties at the Hotel Derek and the House of Blues; they'll be Drinking Liberally at Ernie's on Banks; Cafe Adagio is having a party with a $20 entry fee.

There's more, of course. Do a little googling, or if you know of any, feel free to add details in the comments section.

-- Richard Connelly

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