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Aretha Franklin to bring soul to the inauguration

Aretha Franklin, Yo-Yo Ma, the San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus will all be part of the entertainment at Barack Obama's inaugural ceremony.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who heads the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, announced yesterday the program for the 56th presidential inauguration, which will take place at the west front of the Capitol.

The invocation will be offered by The Purpose-Driven Life author Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif.

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens will administer the oath of office to Vice President-elect Joe Biden.

A musical number conducted by John Williams and performed by Itzhak Perlman, Gabriela Montero, Anthony McGill and Ma will be followed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts administering the oath of office to Obama.

The ceremony will close with Obama's address, a poem by Yale professor Elizabeth Alexander, the benediction by the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the playing of the national anthem by the U.S. Navy Band.

Nick at the inauguration

Nickelodeon TV, the children's network, is getting ready to cover its first presidential inauguration.

After an unprecedented 2.2 million people voted in Nick's online election for kids, the network figured there was interest among its audience in the inauguration. Its young reporters, J.J. and Lily Collins, will be in Washington for the Jan. 20 event.

Monroe photos auctioned

A collection of photographs of Marilyn Monroe taken for Vogue magazine the year she died has been auctioned in New York for nearly $150,000.

A spokeswoman for Christie's auction house says the 36 photos taken by Bert Stern sold for $146,500 on Tuesday. The pre-sale estimate was $100,000 to $150,000.

Christie's says the photos from a 1962 shoot were the last professional images taken of Monroe before she died that year of a drug overdose.

All that jazz

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary with performances by Aretha Franklin, the Dave Matthews Band, James Taylor, Wynton Marsalis and dozens of other acts.

"We've got a great party," Jazz Fest producer Quint Davis said as tickets for the 2009 festival went on sale. "We want the world to come."

The outdoor musical event spans seven days over two weekends: April 24 to 26 and April 30 to May 3.

today's birthdays

Television producer Hal Kanter, 90.

Rock musician Keith Richards, 65.

Movie director Steven Spielberg, 62.

Rapper DMX, 38.

Actress Katie Holmes, 30.

Singer Christina Aguilera, 28.

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