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What To Do & See This Week! 10/1/09

Downtown Chapel Hill Events & Sales! 10/01/09

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TODAY - Eat at Firehouse Subs for a Good Cause!
People on Bench
Thursday, October 1
3:00 pm to 10:00 pm
EAT at Firehouse Subs and a portion of the cost of your meal will benefit Project Homeless Connect. PHC is a one-day, one-stop medical and social services fair for the homeless of Orange County, giving 250 guests access to services from doctors, dentists, foot care, and such social services as housing, employment, legal aid, mental health services, and veteran's aid. Firehouse Subs is located at 157 East Franklin Street. For more information on Project Homeless Connect - click here!
Drag Bingo at Nightlight!
Thursday, October 1Bingo
Doors open at 8:30 PM and show starts at 9:30 PM

Join Nightlight Club for  Drag Bingo to benefit Internationalists' Prison Books Collective! $3 cover charge. Nightlight Club is located at 405 1/2 West Rosemary Street. For more information please visit
SandwHich Special Prix Fixe Menu!
October 1 to October 15 Walking on Sidewalk w/ stone wall
SANDWHICH is offering a special prix fixe option - for $9.99, customers receive their choice of sandwich, as well as a choice of small chips or cup of soup, bottled water or house beverage, and an "Antidepressant Chocolate Chip Cookie".  The regular menu is also available. Sandwhich is known for its eclectic combinations of flavors, and for its creative preparation of outstanding, often locally-grown ingredients.  For a tiny, hidden-away spot in Chapel Hill, Sandwhich has earned high praise, both from local and national press, such as Bon Appetit and Vanity Fair.  Located in the Courtyard at 431 West Franklin Street. Visit
Sentinel II sculptureExhibit Opening at the Ackland!
The Guardian and the Avant-Garde, opens to the public this Saturday, October 3. Celebrating the recent acquisition of the sculpture Sentinel II by Seymour Lipton. The whole weekend is filled with great chances to see the exhibition and engage with a world of art and ideas!For more information visit

MEMBERS PREVIEW: Friday, October 2, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Ackland members and their guests are invited to an exclusive preview of the exhibition. Light refreshments and cash bar. RSVP to Kyle Fitch at or 919.843.3676.

Celebrate the opening  by joining Director Emily Kass, Curator of Collections Timothy Riggs, Chief Curator Peter Nisbet, and moderator Amanda Hughes for a discussion of Lipton, the avant-garde, collecting, and the making of an exhibition in Hanes Art Center Auditorium.
Opus by Michael Hollinger!
September 23 to October 11Opus
Talent and temperament collide in a behind-the-scenes look at the world's finest 'fictional' string quartet. The famous ensemble threatens to unravel when its most talented member goes missing and a young woman is hired to take his place. Collaboration with UNC's Department of Music brings wondrous music to enrich the drama of the Mainstage season opener. For more information call the box office at 919-923-8704.Visit  
Low - Rha Goddess at Memorial Hall!
Friday, October 2Walking on Sidewalk w/ stone wall
8:00 pm

Furious, funny, dark and hopeful, Low is an unflinching portrayal of a vibrant young woman's all-too-common journey through the mental health system. A pioneer performance/recording artist, writer, poet and social activist, Rha Goddess is known for her unique blend of soulful melody, spoken word consciousness and hip-hop energy. Visit for more information.
Walking on Sidewalk w/ stone wallExpress Yourself at Kidzu!
Saturday, October 3
10:30 am and 11:30 am
Kidzu Children's Museum's popular family program celebrates the joy of making art. Explore the artistic process and unleash your creative talents at Express Yourself! October 3rd - Finish the Picture: Children will be cutting out a small image from a magazine and creating the rest of the scene! Space is limited, sign up now! Two sessions each week: Saturdays,10:30-11:15 am or 11:30 am-12:15 pm. Cost $2.00/child. Visit  for more information or to sign up.

Weekend Shows at Local 506!

Thursday, October 1 - Twilight Sad, Brakesbrakesbrakes, We were Promised Jetpacks
Friday, October 2 - Wavves, Ganglians, Embarrassing Fruits
Saturday, October 3 -Pico vs. Island Trees, HeyPenny, Death on Two Wheels
Sunday, October 4-Middle Distance Runner, Farewell Flight
Located at 506 West Franklin Street. For more information call 942-5506 or visit  
UNC vs Virginia! Go Heels!
Saturday, October 3
Noon kickoff
Kenan Stadium, UNC Campus
Touch Downtown Chapel Hill encourages football fans to start early and stay late after football games and enjoy downtown Chapel Hill! The banners are up on Franklin Street and tickets are sold out to the UVA game! Don't worry there are still tickets available to other home games! Don't have tickets? There is still plenty to see and do even if you aren't going to the game!  For information on Touch Downtown and UNC football please visit
Football Game Day Shopping at Uniquities!
Uniquities - football display
Uniquities gets into the game day spirit by offering  shoppers refreshments and snacks, a clean restroom and comfortable couches for customers to relax on while their friends and family are shopping! Specializing in emerging to established designer clothing and accessories, Uniquities is the boutique southern women rely on to outfit themselves in the latest fashions. Uniquities is located at 452 West Franklin Street - look for the bright pink awning! For more information visit
Park & Shop at the Museum on Game Day!
The Chapel Hill Museum offers parking (a $10 donation is suggested) on football game days! Don't miss the opportunity to stop by the museum to visit the Meet Me on Franklin Street exhibit and the museum's Gift & Book Shop. The shop is specially decorated in game day blue and white, and features North Carolina and Chapel Hill merchandise guaranteed to delight all Carolina fans! The Chapel Hill Museum is located at  523 E. Franklin Street. For more information call 929-SHOP (7467) or visit
Carolina Moon Cake at Sugarland!
 Sugarland Window
Sugarland brings a new tradition to Franklin Street - the Carolina Moon Cake!  Each week, the cake featurea the opposition's football team mascot displayed for a Carolina Moon Salute from the Carolina Ram in the front window. Don't miss Sugarland's famous Tar Heel Cookies, the beloved Blue & Whites, Carolina Victory Swirl Cupcakes, Carolina Blue Oatmeal Pies, and all the game day treats Sugarland has grown famous for. Come and pick up Tailgate Treats, or Victory Booty to celebrate the victory, or take home to family and friends as souvenirs of the trip to Chapel Hill. Sugarland is located at 140 East Franklin Street. Visit for more information.
Game Day Tailgating at Carolina Inn!
fridays on the front porch bandSaturday, October 3 
Starting three hours before kick off!
Get geared up for the game with live bluegrass music, cool drinks, great food and plenty of Carolina spirit! When it's time to cheer on those Tar Heels, Kenan Stadium is only steps away. The tailgate party opens three hours before kick-off every home football game. The Carolina Crossroads Bar will serve its complete bar menu and offer a southern style buffet along with drink specials - on the porch overlooking the inn's tree-shaded north lawn. No cover charge or reservations required. The Carolina Inn is located at 211 Pittsboro St.  For more information please call 800-962-8519 or visit  
Noodles & Company - Parties on the Patio!
Saturday, October 3People on Bench
Noodles & Company celebrates Tar Heel football with parties on their spacious, outdoor patio after each home game in October. Be a SUPER FAN - bring five friends with you and you eat for FREE! You have to mention that you saw the SUPER FAN deal here at the Downtown Partnerships events calendar or weekly email! Noodles & Company is located 214 West Franklin Street. Visit for more information.
Forty Days to a Personal Revolution!
October 4 - November 15Walking on Sidewalk w/ stone wall

Looking to change your habits and rid your life of "things" that are holding you back? Can you commit to a personal and positive change in your life? Are you up for the challenge? Find your true authentic self and experience your personal revolution. Join the Franklin Street Yoga Center team as you are gently guided through your personal, life- changing transformation. Includes weekly journal writing, group meditation, nutritional guidelines, and individual yoga coaching for maximum results. The cost is $250.Franklin Street Yoga Center is located at 123 West Franklin Street (University Square Shopping Center). For more information call 919-929-0414 or visit  
UNC Journalism Exhibit at Wilson Library!
Consecrated to the Common Good: 100 Years of Journalism Education at UNC
Exhibit Runs Until January 31, 2010
Consecrated to the Common Good
Items related to famous alumni including Charles Kuralt and Jeff MacNelly will be on view in this exhibit. The history of journalism education at UNC will also be told through documents, publications and photographs. The exhibit will run in conjunction with celebrations planned by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.  Call 919-962-1172 for information or  
Laser Light Shows are Back at Morehead!
Friday and Saturday Nightslaser light show
7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Experience your favorite rock music with your eyes as well as your ears! Morehead Planetarium and Science Center hosts five amazing laser shows on Friday and Saturday nights this fall: Laser Classic Rock, 7 p.m.; Laser U2, 8 p.m.; Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, 9 p.m.; Laser Zeppelin, 10 p.m.; Pink Floyd's The Wall, 11 p.m. Each show combines hit music with choreographed multicolor laser imagery for a sensory experience unlike any other! Tickets for each laser show experience are $9.50 per adult, $7.50 per student or Morehead member. Because these are premium shows, discount coupons, passes and "free admission" membership benefits are NOT VALID for laser shows.  Visit for more information.
'Learned in Science, Explored in Art' Exhibit!
September 21 to December 31Ritschel Painting
An Exhibit of Paintings by Wolfgang Ritschel! Ritschel describes his painting style as expressionism influenced by fauvism. The subject matter is mostly landscapes or cityscapes of places he has visited. He captures people living in these locations, with their cultural character and social mores. Ritschel's sculptures deal almost exclusively with medical themes using an unusual medium: leaded stained glass and discarded, mostly stainless steel medical instruments.For more information contact (919) 962-0800 or visit
Celebrate Local Art Downtown at Festifall!
Sunday, October 4 Festifall 2009
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Over 10,000 are expected to convene for the 37th Annual Festifall, an outdoor festival celebrating Chapel Hill's local arts and artisans.  Spend Sunday afternoon with the family on the West End of Franklin Street buying quality art and enjoying live entertainment and art activites for everyone. Don't miss the many delicious cuisines offered by our local restaurants on the West End! Click here to download an Official Festifall Guide!
Swap Meet and Trivia at The Cave!
Walking on Sidewalk w/ stone wall
Swap Meet!
Sunday, October 4 - 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Coinciding with Festifall The Cave is once again hosting a Swap Meet and invites  members & guests to buy, sell, and trade. Bring your stuff (limit 2 boxes), pick a spot, and start wheelin' an' dealin'!
Trivia Night hosted by Misty!
Monday, October 5- 7:00pm

What pro sport did bank robber John Dillinger play? What are your chances of living to 100 years old? How much wood can a woodchuck chuck? What is that funny smell? Find out the answers to these and more at Misty's Trivia!
The Cave is located 452 1/2 West Franklin Street. For more information call 968-9308 or visit
Elaine's on Franklin Wine Dinner!
Monday, October 5
Elaine's is proud to welcome Alberto Cordero di Montezumolo from the Piemonte's esteemed Cordero di Montezumolo Winery for a Piemontese wine dinner.The greeting begins at 6:00 p.m. and will include passed hors d'œuvre while you sip on wine. At 6:30 guests sit down for a four-course piemontese wine dinner featuring the winery's '07 barbera,'01 monfaletto barolo and '03 "enrico VI" barolo. The cost is $79 per person excluding tax and gratuity. Please see the tentative menu below. For reservations, please call G.J. at (919) 960-2770. Visit for more details.
Tunes on Tuesday at La Residence!
Tuesday, October 6People on Bench
Tim Stanbaugh

La Residence will be featuring Live Music on their Patio, Tuesday nights during dinner. Locals can enjoy a delicious meal and live music simultaneously while sitting in comfort on the beautiful patio.  Musical Selections will feature local Bluegrass, Folk, Celtic and other Eclectic bands from around the Triangle. For more information visit  
Beauty for a Cure at Aveda!
Wednesday, OctoberTickled Pink Logo
Visit Aveda for haircuts, express facials, express pedicure, express manicures, neck & shoulder massages - all donations to benefit: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Appointments will be limited, walk-ins will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. For more information visit
West End Valet Parking is FREE! West End Logo
Spend the evening on the West End and take advantage of FREE Valet Parking six nights a week! Monday through Saturday - 5:00pm to 11:00pm. Courtesy Valet Parking is provided to patrons of participating businesses with a validated parking receipt. Downtown visitors enjoying other establishments can also use the valet service for a $5.00 charge. Drop cars off at the Valet Parking stand located in front of the UNC Information Technology building (440 West Franklin Street), near the West End Wine Bar. Parking is always FREE in Downtown Chapel Hill every Sunday!
Participating Businesses:
411 West Italian Cafe                                 Bonne Soiree
Carolina Brewery                                        Elaine's on Franklin
Mediterranean Deli & Catering                    Lantern Restaurant
La Residence Restaurant & Bar                   Mansion 462
Talulla's Restaurant                                    Vespa Restaurant         
West End Wine Bar                                    Cypress on the Hill
Mint Restaurant
Visit the Downtown Calendar of Events to find out about all the exciting events going on in Downtown Chapel Hill everyday!  
Listings include: 
*Art & Culture                           *Meetings
*Food & Drinks                          *UNC Events                                                                          *Sales & Promotions                  *Lectures & Classes
*Special Events                         *LIVE Music & Entertainment
 Does your Downtown Chapel Hill business, agency or organization have something to include on the calendar or in the Weekend Event emails?  Send us an email or add our email to your listserv:
Grinch! The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is charged with leading and managing downtown.  We build human and financial resources through partnership efforts; we market and promote the assets of downtown; we improve the visual appeal of downtown; and we rebuild downtown as a mixed use center of retail, service, professional, governmental, institutional, and residential uses.
 We invite you to come LearnPlayLive! Please contact us at 919-967-9440 or