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In case you haven't made your final Inauguration Night plans, be sure to read the fine print on the ticket page for the bash at House of Blues.

"The Inaugural Ball for Barack Obama" is selling entry for $55-$100.

But tucked deep in the details is this disclaimer: "This is a party for the inauguration. President Obama will not be in attendance."

Really? Really? What, he's got something else to do tonight?

We're just trying to imagine the angry customer who shows up -- at a House of Blues -- in Houston -- on Inauguration Night and demands his money back because Obama's not there.

If the new president changes his mind and shows up, we'll be sure to let you know.

-- Richard Connelly

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

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