"Yes we can" and do have cause to celebrate as Jan. 20 approaches. Damn right. The inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama is what we've all been waiting for (minus all you John McCain voters), so festivities are in order. Simmons Media Group and The Sol Kitchen have planned the Pre-Inauguration Ball at Blue Restaurant & Bar. The event features three bars, two VIP areas, heavy hors d'oeuvres and music from DJ DR. (In addition, lots of other inauguration events are going on around town, so be sure to check out the Listings section for more details). 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Blue Restaurant & Bar, 214 N. Tryon St., Ste. 100. 704-927-2583 www.bluerestaurantandbar.com.