First lady Michelle Obama and President Obama danced at the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball in 2009. We’re looking for the must-hit balls for 2013. (Richard A. Lipski/The Washington Post)

Before the public swearing-in on Jan. 21, the Going Out Guide is seeking the events and parties that readers need to know about. If you’re an organization hosting an event that’s open to the public, send it to Be sure to include the details that count, including dates and times, as well as the price and how to get tickets.

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