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DC Artists Mark Inauguration Day

06:10 AM Wednesday 11/5/08 | |

Thought election-related music news would fade away after Nov. 4? Think again.

At least in Washington, D.C., Inauguration Day (Jan. 20) will be a day of music and art marking the swearing in of the next U.S. president after today's election - but aimed at personal empowerment.

The Black Cat in D.C. will devote all four of its rooms to "Demand In D.C.," headlined by Anti-Flag, United Nations, The A.K.A.s and Ruiner. It will also feature visual and film artists.

Described as a "celebration of people's desire, will and actions evoking change in our lives and the direction of the world," the event will be less about the prez than about artistic agents of change: Artists, photographers, filmmakers and musicians.

"If history has taught us anything, let it be this: We are the writers and shapers of our stories, not presidents, prime ministers, or any politician for that matter," Anti-Flag's Chris #2 said in a statement.

"Regardless of the outcome of this election, it will be up to us, the people, to continue to push for the progression of human and environmental rights. This show is evidence."

In addition to music and art installations, four giant quilts, made from more than 200 band T-shirt designs released to date by Quilts for a Cure, will be auctioned by the cancer research charity.

Demand In D.C. is seeking designers, artists, photographers, filmmakers, sculptors, animators and other artists to participate in the day's events and is accepting applications at DemandinDC@gmail.com.

A final lineup will be announced Jan. 2.

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