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What To Do & See This Week! 7/23/09

Downtown Events & Sales! July 23 to July 26, 2009

Downtown Chapel Hill Weekend Events

Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership 

Franklin Street - people walking
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Big Ron Hunter with Boo Hanks!
Thursday, July 23
7:00 pm 
~A Music Makers Relief Foundation presentation!
~Locally Grown Concerts now feature a Beer Garden!
~Entertainment from Magic Mike starts at 6pm!
~ Bring a chair!
Events are held on the Wallace Plaza, an urban park atop the Wallace Parking Deck at 150 East Rosemary Street. Our mission is to promote the downtown community by encouraging people and families to come downtown and shop, eat and be local patrons for businesses throughout the downtown district.  Locally GrownLocally Grown Logo NEW is sponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill, The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, Kidzu Children's Museum and WCHL 1360. 
Listen to Big Ron Hunter-
click here!
Listen to Boo Hanks - click here!
For the Locally Grown concert and movie schedule please visit
Jazz Thursdays and Drink Specials!

Roberts At The Franklin is the place to be downtown to enjoy beautiful jazz music on Thursdays performed by The Jim Crisp Trio 7:30pm-10:30pm. Featuring daily drink specials and new summer dessert menu! The Franklin Hotel is located at 311 West Franklin Street. For more information please call 442-9000 or visit   
Roberts Daily Drink Specials:
Mondays-Original and Blue Velvet Mojitos
Tuesdays- All Martinis
Wednesdays-Catena Cabernet, Wente Chardonnay & Dom Beritol Prosecco
Thursdays- All Premium Well Drinks
Fridays- Firefly Cocktails
Saturdays-All Domestic Beers
Sundays- Wines by the glass, Bottles of Wine Half-Price
Take a Shine to Straight at Aveda!
 Aveda- Hair
Join Aveda on Thursday, July 23 to learn about new smooth infusion glossing straightener. The event will feature:
--20% off you next haircut when scheduling a Glossing Straightening Service ($15 service, July 23 only)
-- a goodie bag of samples
--hand & arm rituals and stress-relieving rituals
--makeup touch-ups
Aveda Institute Chapel Hill is located at 200 West Franklin Street. For information visit  
Book Reading & Discussion at Internationalist!
Something's Rising - book cover
Thursday, July 23
7:00 pm

Join Internationalist for a discussion of local Appalachian resistance to mountaintop removal as they read from the inspiring oral history collection "Something's Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal", featuring former Kentucky coal miner Nathan Smith and Lora Smith, a former organizer with Kentuckians For the Commonwealth. The book features oral histories from a diverse group of individuals from Appalachia who are fighting mountaintop removal, an ecologically devastating form of coal mining. Internationalist Books and Community Center is located at 405 West Franklin Street. For more information visit  
Julian's Summer Sale!
Julianstyle Logo
It is that time of year again for the Julian's Summer Sale!  All seasonal merchandise for men and women is on sale - savings up to 50% off on Longchamp, Vineyard Vines, Rag & Bone, Alexander Julian, Bill's Khakis, Seasonal Sport Coats, and more!!  Come in today for the best selection! Julian's is located at 135 East Franklin Street. For more information visit
Double Brew Crew Points at Carolina Brewery! 
 Carolina Brewery- Beer
The Brewery is offering  Double Brew Crew Rewards Points on all food, beverage and merchandise from Tuesday July 21st through Tuesday August 11th.  This special offer includes growlers and kegs too, so make sure to think Carolina Brewery when you plan your end of summer cookouts and parties.

Earn points for every dollar spent; prizes include:
Every 100 POINTS- $20 CREDIT taken off at next visit
First 500 POINTS- Exclusive Brew Crew T-Shirt
First 1000 POINTS- 5 Gallon Keg, choice of beer
First 1500 POINTS- Brewery Sweatshirt
The Carolina Brewery is located at 460 West Franklin Street. For more information visit The Carolina Brewery participates in the FREE West End Valet Parking Service.
Do You Bake Chapel Hill's Best Cupcakes?
The Preservation Society of Chapel Hill invites you to the Horace Williams Memorial Cupcake Festival Friday, August 21, 2009 at 7:00 pm at the Horace Williams House! Enjoy Cupcakes and vote for your favorite in the cupcake challenge! Light refreshments will be served with music, followed by a movie under the stars- Moving Midway: A Southern Plantation in Transit.
Enter the Cupcake Challenge Now!
For contest rules & entry-forms email  or go to  Call 919-942-7818 for more details
Elaine's on Franklin - Stimulus Plan!

--The pre-theater, three-course tasting menu for $35 all night long, every night!
--Authentic Spanish tapas at the bar are always free with each beverage purchased!
Elaine's on Franklin is located at 454 West Franklin Street. For more information or to make reservations please visit Elaine's participates in the FREE West End Valet Parking Service!
Author Reading at William Travis Jewelry!
 Valarie Schwartz Book Cover
Friday, July 24
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Join Valarie Schwartz to discuss her latest book, "Remembering Chapel Hill: The Twentieth Century as We Lived It". Featuring stories of struggle and success from all walks of life, "Remembering Chapel Hill" is a tribute to the twentieth-century citizens who made the town what it is today: 'the Southern part of heaven.' William Travis Jewelry is located at 133 W. Franklin Street (University Square). For information visit  
 Sale on Oil Paints at Studio Supply!
oil paints
Many of  Studio Supply's items are on sale this month. Don't miss out on specials featuring fine quality oil paints. These deals are available only while supplies last, so hurry on down! Studio Supply participates in the 2nd Friday Art Walk- next one will be Friday, August 14th!
--20 % off Grumbacher Pre-Tested Oils- Artists-quality oils combining the finest pigments w/ alki-refined linseed oil.
--30 % off Maimeri Puro Oils- Oil and pure pigment, nothing else. 
--40 % off Maimeri Classico Oils- featuring buttery consistency and no fillers.
Studio Supply is located at 421 W. Franklin Street. For more information visit or find them on facebook.
A Midsummer Night's Dream at Playmakers!
Midsummers Night
July 23 to July 25 - 7:00 pm
July 26 - 2:00 pm

Paul Green Theatre, Center for Dramatic Art PlayMakers and the ArtsCenter present their Summer Youth Conservatory production of William Shakespeare's glorious romantic comedy. When four young lovers run away into an enchanted forest, they wander into a world of mischievous fairies, and neither the humans nor the magical beings they encounter will ever be the same. With broad comedy, high drama, love, heartbreak, music and magic, the Bard's delightful classic is the perfect summertime entertainment. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for children under 18. For more information visit  
Merge Records 20th Anniversary Festival!
Merge XX
Wednesday, July 22 to Sunday, July 26
This week XX Merge celebrates 20 successful years in the music industry with shows in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, as well as community events.  Visit for schedules and ticket information.
Merge at the Movies - hosted by Ackland!
Thursday, July 23 & Friday, July 24
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The Ackland joins Merge Records in celebrating their twentieth anniversary by hosting Merge at the Movies, a two-day series of films either documenting or featuring Merge artists. Held in the Hanes Art Center Auditorium, the movies will be free and the theater is air conditioned! Pick up tickets the day-of at the Ackland front desk; first come-first served. For schedule and details visit  
Zinaz - Clothing Store Hosts DJ Dre!
 zinaz dj
Every Friday 
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

ZINAZ=MENZ+WOMENZ fashion in downtown Chapel Hill. An assortment of kick-back/chic clothing influenced by the musical genres of hip-hop, punk rock, reggae, soul, and electric lounge. Zinaz is located at 400 West Rosemary Street in Rosemary Village. Visit Zinaz on facebook - search "Zinaz clothing store".
Garden Party at Kidzu!
Saturday, July 25
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
You'll Dig all the Fun at this Party! Activities will include flower pot decorating crafts, Bug Bingo and Bug Catch games, and special butterfly treats that should make for a "hoe" lot of fun. Cost is $5/child (Ages 3-8). Space is limited and prepaid registration is required. Call Kidzu Children's Museum at 919-933-1455 to sign-up and visit
Family Fun Tour at the Ackland!
 Ackland Family Tour
Sunday, July 26
1:15 pm

Share your interests in art with a child in these interactive gallery tours designed for 6-12-year-olds and their families. For more information, call Nic Brown at (919) 843-3675 or visit
Magic Monday at Local 506!
Magic Mike
Monday, July 27
9:00 pm to 12:00 am

Magic Monday at Local 506 features the up close and amazing magician Michael Casey (aka Magic Mike).  The night also features Jason Kutchma(of Red Collar), BJ Barham (of American Aquarium), and Matthew Schwartz (of Pacifico). Local 506 is located at 506 West Franklin Street. For more information visit  and

Live Music and Entertainment Every Night! 
Whether you're interested in rock, blues, folk, jazz or alternative music, Downtown Chapel Hill offers an eclectic mix of tunes virtually every night of the year!  Looking for some good dance music, open mics or music trivia nights? Check out some of the local music venues listed below for a constantly changing line-up of bands, DJs, and events. Many downtown restaurants and bars also host live performances and comedians.

Thursday, July 23
- Benji Hughes, Simeon
Friday, July 24 - Max Indian, Ryan Gustafson, The Tomahawks
Saturday, July 25 - Rockin' Ammonia Karaoke
Sunday, July 26 - Mixed Greenz, Sleep Control
 Local 506 is located at 506 West Franklin Street. For more information call 942-5506 or visit  

Thursday, July 23 - Stars Explode w/ The Magic Babies
Friday, July 24 - Tony Williamson Band, Richard Bacchus & the Luckiest Girls w/ The Dialectics & The Strange Attractors
Saturday, July 25 - Gospel Years, Puritan Rodeo w/ Sasha Colette & The Magnolias
Sunday, July 26 - Saint Solitude w / Polynya
 The Cave is located 452 1/2 West Franklin Street. For more information call 968-9308 or visit      

Thursday, July 23 - 919 Noise Showcase
Friday, July 24 - Steampunk Party - Clock Work Ball
Saturday, July 25 - Nightlight Genesis
Nightlight Club is located at 405 1/2 West Rosemary Street. For more information call 960-6101 or visit   
Friday, July 24 - DJ Mojo- International Dance Beats, Reggaeton, Salsa, Club Hits and requests...
Saturday, July 25 - 80's and 90's Night
Talulla's is located at 456 West Franklin Street. For more information call 933-1177 or visit
Museum Exhibit Explores the Natural World!
 wildlife illustration
Wonders of the Natural World: GNSI
Until September 6, 2009
Chapel Hill Museum
This exhibit of mixed media nature illustrations is brought to the museum by the GNSI Carolinas, a chapter of the national Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. Members of the guild include scientific illustrators, botanical and wildlife illustrators, book illustrators, students, and authors.Focusing on the wonders found throughout the natural world that surrounds us, 20 artists will exhibit their varied works, from botanicals to wildlife, in the Museum's West gallery. The museum is located at 523 E. Franklin Street. Parking and admission are free. Donations are always welcomed. Visit for more information.
Photography Exhibit Explores Race & Culture!
kip fulbeck
kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa
July 1, 2009 to October 31, 2009

Artist Kip Fulbeck traveled the country photographing Hapa of all ages and walks of life. Once a derogatory label derived from the Hawaiian word for "half," the word Hapa has been embraced as a term of pride for many whose mixed-race heritage includes Asian or Pacific Rim ancestry. Fulbeck's work seeks to address in words and images the one question that Hapa are frequently asked: What are you?  Visit for more information.
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! Downtown Chapel Hill is a sustainable mixed-use district that builds community as the Center of Education and Life-Long Learning; the Center of Arts, Culture, and Entertainment; and the Center of Urban Living.  
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is charged with leading and managing downtown to attain this vision.  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