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What To Do & See This Week! 11/19/09

Downtown Events & Sales! 11/19/09

Downtown Chapel Hill Sales & Events


Ben & Jerry's Tables - Bodford 
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Start the Holidays at Uniquities Open House!
Thursday, November 19Uniquities - store front
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Join Uniquities for fun, festivities, fashion...and more at their Open House on Thursday, November 19 at 5:00 PM. Uniquities is located at 452 West Franklin Street under the pink awning. For more information call 933-4007 or visit
5th Annual Nouveau Beaujolais Night
Thursday, November 19Wine
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Chapel Hill Museum's 5th Annual celebration of Nouveau Beaujolais pairs select wines of all varieties with an array of elegant offerings from the area's finest restaurants; such as; Provence, Elaine's on Franklin, Crook's Corner, Bonne Soiree, La Residence, Il Palio and many more. Enjoy this spirited celebration in an atmosphere filled with French-themed festivity.  Advance tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple and available by phone at (919) 967-1400.  Art From the Heart will also be displayed in advance of the art gala set for February. For more information visit
Beauty Just Got Affordable at Aveda!Aveda Hair Specials
Experience beauty on a budget with Aveda's fantastic quarterly Specials. Haircuts for $15 - Facial or body treatments for 20% off (excludes express services)- Manicure or Pedicure for 20% off.  These offers are valid on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday until December 31st before 5:00 PM. Follow Aveda Chapel Hill on Twitter or  Facebook to receive weekly or daily online-only deals! Aveda is located at 200 West Franklin Street. For more information visit  
Nicholas Nickleby Performance at Playmakers
November 11 to December 20Nicholas Nikleby - by John Gardiner
Buy a ticket for Part I & get 25% off the Part II ticket! The complete Dickens masterpiece comes to life by David Edgar!  Edgar's adaptation takes you on a thrilling ride, with humor, fantastic turns of fate, and the rich, emotional moments that make up life's astounding journey. Spend a day at the theatre on November 21st and December 19th - see both parts the same day and enjoy dinner too! For more information call the box office at 919-923-8704.Visit for ticket information.  Photo by Jon Gardiner.
Foxglow Candles - A Chapel Hill Treasure!   Foxglow Candles
Foxglow Candles are designed to create "scents of place" for True Blue Tar Heel hearts! Created by Chapel Hill's own Missy Julian Fox and daughter Betsy. Foxglow's Chapel Hill Collection includes: Arboretum Honeysuckle & Jasmine, Old Well Azalea, Planetarium Rose, and of course, Carolina Argyle. Visit  Foxglow Candles are also available at Julian's and University Florist on Franklin Street!
Away and Back Again: Community Art Project
Opening Reception - November 19 at 7:00 PMMandala - Global Fed Ex
Exhibition on Display from November 16 to December 18

With the help of Durham recycle artist Bryant Holsenbeck, the community is invited to participate in the creation of a large mandala on the floor of the FedEx Global Education Center. Made from bottle caps and other items collected by the Global Cup CafĂ© (housed within the Global Education Center) and the artist, the mandala will be a large, visible representation of items recycled and those destined for the landfill. Also on display will be window art made by UNC students out of recycled materials. These students collected items during their service and research projects abroad and will turn them into pieces of art. For more information-  All events are free and open to the public. 
Dancing, Crafts & Spanish Storytime at Kidzu! 
 Kidzu - Store front
Salsa Tots   
Friday, November 20 from 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM
Tropical songs and steps set to lively Latin rhythms that parents and kids can both enjoy! This parent-and-tot event is designed for toddlers up to 5 years, but infant siblings (under 12 months) can also participate.
Express Yourself
Saturday, November 21 at 10:30 AM & 11:30 AM
Calling all young artists: create works of art with shaving cream painting! Using shaving cream and food coloring kids will explore color in this light and fluffy medium.
Bilingual (Spanish/English) Storytime
Saturday, November 21 at 2:00pm
Once a month Kidzu hosts a free bilingual storytime filled with interactive and educational activities games & stories and a fun craft project too. Presented in Spanish and English for children ages 2 to 8 with an adult.

Some events may require registration and/or a fee. Kidzu Children's Museum is located at 105 East Franklin Street. Visit for more information.
Family Fun Tours at the Ackland!
Sunday, November 22
1:15 PM
From a thousand year-old Indian sculpture of a dancing elephant to Do-Ho Suh's contemporary sculpture Floor (made for viewers to walk upon), the Ackland is filled with art that will fascinate and inspire even the youngest visitor. Explore these works and more on a Family Fun Tour at the Ackland. These interactive gallery tours are led by Ackland educators and are designed for six- to twelve-year-olds and their families. Family Fun Tours are the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon with your children.
 As always, admission to the Museum is free, with donations encouraged. For more information visit  
Downriver -The  UNC Process Series
Saturday, November 20 & Sunday, November 21Miss River
8:00 PM 
Downriver, a screenplay by Dana Coen, follows 88 year old bluesman Lemonhead Harris as he escapes his flooded home on an inflatable mattress, he rides the swollen Mississippi down through the Delta and into his inglorious past, a journey into the heart of the blues.  Now in its second season, the UNC Process series gives performing artists the opportunity to develop and stage unfinished works, to gain from directorial and audience feedback as the work develops.  All performances in The Process Series are general admission and are free and open to the public. All performances take place in Gerrard Hall on Cameron Avenue. For more information visit
Get Your Hair  Cut for a Good Cause at Syd's!
Sunday, November 22
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Stop by Syd's Hair Shop and get your hair cut - just in time for all those holiday events- and help Syd's raise funds for the North Carolina Food Bank. Also, Syd's Hair Shop will be open every SUNDAY in DECEMBER from noon to 4:00 PM. Parking is always FREE in Downtown Chapel Hill on Sundays! For more information visit  
Cupcake Happy Hour at Bliss Boutique Bakery!
EverydayBliss Cupcake
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Bliss Boutique Bakery is now celebrating Cupcake Happy Hour! All pastries are half off every day from  5:30 PM to 7:30 PM with a limit of six items. Bliss Boutique Bakery  creates and provides wholesome, locally inspired gourmet conceptions for everyone. Pastry artists perform daily to create a unique experience for all. For more information visit

Rock Opera, Trivia, Dancing, Open Mics...and of music everyday Downtown!

LOCAL 506 -
Thursday, Nov. 19 -Melt Banana, Rocket Cottage
Friday, Nov. 20- Heavy Trash, Elliot Brood
Saturday, Nov. 21-Future Islands, Thank You, Height, Lonnie Walker, Brian Corum
Sunday, Nov. 22- 506 Music Trivia Night!
The Cave Logo
Thursday, Nov. 19 - Patrick Dyer Wolf, HWYL w/ James Wallace & The Naked Light Mistake (featuring the Downtown Partnership's Bobby Funk on accordion!)
Friday, Nov. 20- Nikki Meets the Hibachi, Dynamite Brothers w/ Transportation
Saturday, Nov. 21- Pagan Hellcats, Killer Filler w/ The Soulless Dogs
Sunday, Nov. 22- Pariah Piranha, Teruah, Dead Letter
TALULLASTallulas Lantern -
Friday, Nov. 20-Persian Night- Enjoy a night of dancing to the hottest Persian music.Hosted by UNC's Persian Cultural society.
Saturday, Nov. 21-Exploring different flavors of House, Breaks, Drum and Bass, Progressive, and more. This night will be featuring the Sound Cartel DJs Slipstream, Nugz, and Marshall Jones.
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Monday, November 23- Words of Wisdom (WOW) Open Mic.
Featuring a guest artist every week, WOW is one of the hottest spoken word/soul events on the East Coast. The mic is open each night. There are also special events such as "Last Poet Standing" and "Best of the Best" where poets face off individually and in teams sharing their poetry for a fanatic crowd. The show is taped live and streamed on Unheard Radio. Hosted by Church da Poet. Doors at 8pm- Show starts promptly at 8:30-$5 admission.
Friday, November 20 to Sunday, November 22 -Labryinth ROCK-OPERA LABYRINTH, a theatrical production of Jim Henson and David Bowie's 1986 masterwork! Featuring full live music and goblin magic. Dance, Magic, Dance! Dancing following the rock-opera. Doors open at 8:00 PM- show starts at 8:30 PM. Tickets are $10 in advance;$12 at the door.
Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony!
Sunday, November 29Downtown Community Tree
6:00 PM
Join the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership in kicking off the holiday season by celebrating the lighting of the 22' tall Community Tree in the Memorial Garden of University Baptist Church. Enjoy the sounds of the church choir and handbell choir! Don't forget your camera - children can meet Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and have their pictures taken for free! The community tree will stay up through the holiday season. University Baptist Church is located at 100 S. Columbia; at the corner of Columbia Street and Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill. Parking is FREE downtown on Sundays! Visit or contact us at  967-9440 or  with questions. 
FREE Saturday Parking This Holiday Season! 
Parking is always FREE on Sundays in Downtown Chapel Hill, but this holiday season parking will be FREE on Saturdays as well! The Town of Chapel Hill will be offering downtown patrons and visitors FREE parking on Saturdays in December at all municipal lots, the Wallace parking deck, and at on-street meters. At 5:00 PM on Saturdays, the Wallace Deck and Rosemary/Columbia Lot will begin charging at their normal rate.
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 on 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
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. Contact us at 919-967-9440 or or visit