Feeling a little left out, or maybe just a little left? Still waiting for that invitation to one of the official inaugural balls? As the first President Bush might have put it, "Not going to happen." But you do have several opportunities to dress up and mingle with the winners, protest with the losers or declare yourself middle-of-the-road party wise, if not political party-wise.
The Opportunity Inaugural Ball -- Wednesday at 9; awards ceremony at 9:30; celebration at 11. Republic Gardens, 1335 U St. NW. $150, VIP $250. "A Salute to America's Business Community." Entertainment by rapper Doug E. Fresh and rapper-DJ Biz Markie. 202-232-2710.
American Indian Inaugural Ball -- Thursday from 8 to 1. Marriott Crystal Gateway, 1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington. $100, $125 with brunch, $150 at the door. Presented by the American Indian Society of Washington. 703-719-0898 or e-mail InauguralBall2005@yahoo.com.
eNaugural.com Ball -- Thursday from 9 to 2. Wyndham Washington, 1400 M St. NW. $149, VIP $219. A high-tech inaugural ball with key industry leaders, elected officials and the media, hosted by Mark Bisnow; special guest Buzz Aldrin. Music by Gonzo's Nose, the J. Geils/Gerry Beaudoin Quartet and DJs. Black tie optional. Tickets.com, eNaugural.com or 703-218-6500.
All Night Inaugural/Anti-Inaugural Unity Bash -- Thursday from 8:30 to 2:30. MCCXXIII, 1223 Connecticut Ave. NW. $20. ThingstodoDC.com or 301-519-8030.
Noise Against Fascism -- Thursday at 8. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. Featuring Andrew W.K., Mirror/Dash (with Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth), the Believers, Metalux, Double Leopards, 16 Bitch Pileup, Monotract, Nautical Almanac, To Live and Shave in L.A., Magik Markers, Buzzardstain, Chris Corsano/Paul Flaherty. Also at the Black Cat Backstage: Inaugurate This!, a spoken-word gathering. $10. Featuring Bitch (of Bitch and Animal), Gina Young, Sini Anderson, Athens Boys Choir, Cliterati, Original Woman Nitche Ward, Natalie E. Illum, Grover, J. Scales and MZ. Imani, Sky Bear and Stevie B. 202-667-7960.
Heroes Red, White and Blue Inaugural Ball -- Thursday from 9 to 2. Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW. $350, VIP $1,000. Celebrating and benefiting wounded service members. Featuring Michael Bolton, Nile Rodgers and Chic, R. Lee Ermey. citizenshelpingheroes.org or 202-244-2121.
Free Republic W2 Inaugural Ball -- Thursday from 7 to midnight. Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Cir. NW. $150, $250 at the door if not sold out. A limited number of restricted admissions for children younger than 13 are available for $30. Featuring Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and his rock 'n' roll band, Capitol Offense. Black tie optional. Freerepublic.com, entrepreneursinaugural05.com or 800-960-9696.
Recording Industry Association of America Party -- Thursday from 10 to 3. H20 club, 800 Water St. SW. $1,000. Includes a set by 3 Doors Down. 202-775-0101.
The Ball After the Balls -- Thursday from 10 to 2. The Atrium at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $1,000. Funk-soul diva Macy Gray is the musical headliner for this Creative Coalition event. thecreativecoalition.com or 202-543-9700.
2005 Unity Gala -- Thursday from 8 to 11; reception at 7 p.m. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. $100. Hosted by former Rep. J.C. Watts. Black tie. www.jcwattsfoundation.org or 202-783-2282.
The Not My President Counter-inaugural Punk Rock Show -- Thursday from 7 to 11; Sanctuary Theater/Casa del Pueblo United Methodist Church, 1459 Columbia Rd. NW. $5. With Anti-Flag, Q and Not U, 1905 and Del Cielo. 703-276-9768.
The Counterinaugural Ball -- Thursday from 7 to 2. Dream, 1350 Okie St. NE. $30 to $500. The PAC ReDefeatBush.com will retire the name ReDefeatBush and announce a new identity and a new mission. A dinner buffet and open bar runs from 7 to 9 to be followed by special guests and entertainment. www.counterinauguralball.org or 202-966-0040.
The Entertainment Ball -- Thursday from 9 to 2. Old Post Office Pavilion, 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. $149, VIP $229. Seven party areas, including a main stage with performances by three bands, one of them the aptly titled the Presidents of the United States of America. Black tie optional. Entertainmentball.com, Tickets.com or 866-866-682-4386.
George Washington University Inaugural Ball -- Thursday from 8 to 11. Omni-Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. $75. For students, faculty, alumni and friends of the GWU community. Live entertainment includes King James and the Serfs of Swing, DJ and student groups. www.gwu.edu or 202-994-1600.
-- Richard Harrington