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What To Do & See This Week! 6/25/09

Downtown Chapel Hill Weekend Events! June 25 to June 28, 2009

Downtown Chapel Hill Weekend Events

Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership 

CHDP - Amazing Mile
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Free Movies and Kid Friendly Entertainment!
~Movies begin at sundown ~8:30pm.
~ Educational music and dance performances will open before each movie night at 7pm.
~Movie nights also feature free popcorn, children's activities such as face painting and crafts with Kidzu Children's Museum, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and a misting tent. Click here for details!
Thursday, June 25- The Dark Knight
Thursday, July 9 - Madagascar 2
Thursday, July 16 - Princess Bride
Thursday, July 30 - Happy Feet
Thursday, August 6 - Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Thursday, August 13 - Cool Hand Luke 
Free Live Concerts!
Thursday, July 23:Music Maker Relief Foundation presents: Big Ron Hunter with Boo Hanks!
Thursday, August 20:Local 506 presents: Love Language with Lost in the Trees!
 ~Entertainment from Magic Mike starts at 6pm, music starts at 7pm. 
Locally Grown is a nine week series of Live Concerts and Outdoor Movies featuring local entertainers and family friendly activities in Downtown Chapel Hill! Thursdays 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.
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New Specials at Vespa Restaurant! 
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Lunch Special -- $10 for a starter and entree! Every day from 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm!
Thirsty Thursdays @ Vespa-- During late night hours (10PM-2AM),  all drinks at the bar are half price and there is live entertainment by DJ Nyt.
Sunday Wine Specials -- All house wine by the bottle and by the glass is half price for lunch and dinner all day on Sunday!
Vespa is located at 306 West Franklin Street. For more information visit
Fridays on the Front Porch!
 Earth Action Day
Every Friday
5:00 to 8:00 pm
Live bluegrass music creates the perfect atmosphere for kicking back, relaxing and getting a jump on the weekend. The Inn offers its Southern Style Picnic menu with full bar service, and plenty of comfortable seating under the shady oaks and magnolias on the Inn's front lawn. There is no cover charge for the event.  The Carolina Inn is located at 211 Pittsboro St.  For more information please call 800-962-8519 or visit
Internationalist Film Screening! 
What to do in case of fire
Tuesday, June 30
7:00 pm
Join Internationalist for a screening of the 2002 German film "Was tun, wenn's brennt?". Translated as "What To Do In Case of Fire", it tells the humorous and touching story of six former creative anarchists who lived as house squatters in Berlin during its heyday in the 80s when Berlin was still an island in the middle of the former eastern Germany.  Internationalist Books & Community Center is located at 405 W Franklin Street. For more information call 919.942.1740 or visit
Two Great Shows at Mansion 462!
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Rock Camp's Big Finale!
Friday, June 26
7:00 pm
Mansion 462
Many an air guitarist and secret shower singer has fantasized about stepping onto the stage for the first time in front of a crowd. For the participants in the first Matt Vooris Rock Camp that moment has come!The camp is a one week intensive focusing on performance, theory and composition is open to campers ages 7 to 17. In addition to the performance there will be a raffle of music related door prizes and free music lessons. For more information contact Matt Vooris at 862-4017 or visit

Clockwork Ball
The Clockwork Ball!
Friday, June 26
11:00 pm
Mansion 462
The CLOCKWORK BALL is a "Steampunk" event held bi-monthly in the Carrboro/Chapel Hill, NC area with those darling Davenport sisters, Emmett & Klaude. Along with a variety of musical guests, DJs, performers and vendors. They play the 'Music o' Gears' an anachronistic style of music that will make you long for the days gone by. For more information visit

Mansion 462 is located at 462 West Franklin Street. For more information visit
Chapel Hill Comics Book Signing!
Saturday, June 27
1pm until 3pm

Ursula Vernon, creator of the wonderful kids' books DRAGONBREATH, and NURK, among others will be signing copies of DRAGONBREATH, as well as NURK!  Chapel Hill Comics will have copies on hand, so come and get them! Chapel Hill COmics has life-size (over 2 feet tall) Fone Bone plush dolls available now for  $20, or (even better) FREE with the purchase of $50 in kids' graphic novels and books!  Chapel Hill Comics is located at 316 West Franklin Street. For more information please visit  
Now JuneteenthShop Online at Glee Kids!
Glee Kids is now online!  Shop from the cool airconditioned comfort of your home - and you'll never miss out on Glee Kids wonderful array of children's clothing and accessories for ages 0 to 8!Orders can also be called in to the store during store hours. Check out  (click shop online).

Check out the new summer stock - Esme lounge wear available in sizes 2 to 10; Feather Baby, Daily Tea, Splendid and Tea Collection!
Clothing Warehouse Hosts Bowie Cover Band!
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Friday, June 26
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Clothing Warehouse of Chapel Hill is having an "in-store" band play this Friday June 26th from 7-9pm. It is a local band from Chapel Hill that is called Groovatational Pull- a   David Bowie cover band. The show is free and will be a perfect fit with The Clothing Warehouse's vintage vibe. The Clothing Warehouse is located at 109 East Franklin Street. For more information visit  
Walking Food Tour- Downtown Chapel Hill & Carrboro!
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Saturdays at 2:30
Take a leisurely walk through the downtown streets of Chapel Hill & Carrboro and pause numerous times for sample tastings and personal insights from a cross-section of this area's finest and most unique establishments. Tours depart from the Franklin Hotel. Tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance. For more information and details please visit
Rogers Road Exhibit at Wilson Library!
We're All Family Here: Preserving Community Heritage in the Rogers Road Neighborhood of Chapel Hill
Rogers Road Exhibit
June 12 to August 31 
UNC Wilson Library
This exhibit traces the development of the Rogers-Eubanks area from the 1700s to today. In addition to maps and photographs from the North Carolina Collection, the exhibit uses sources from the book "Rogers Road" and photographs donated by neighborhood residents to illustrate the history of this predominantly African-American community from emancipation to the present day.  For more information please visit or contact Linda Jacobson, 919-962-1172,
Help Kidzu Meet the Challenge!
Kidzu needs help by June 30th to qualify for a generous matching donation of up to $10,000! An anonymous donor is providing a 1:1 match, so each donation by June 30 makes twice the difference. Help Kidzu take advantage of this special match!
Kidzu is a great place to play and learn, and a bright spot in our community. Kidzu's attendance is up 30% this year and the museum has received local and national recognition for its work.  Kidzu doors are open to all families, including those in need. Kidzu is an important part of our community, but keeping the museum strong is a challenging task, particularly in the current economy. Kidzu Children's Museum is located 105 East Franklin Street. For more information visit
'Ask the Expert' at Kidzu!

Sunday, June 28th
1:30-4:00 p.m.
Patty Rhodes, Child Care Health/Safety Consultant of the Orange County Health Department will be at Kidzu to answer parents questions about heat exposure, sun exposure, insect bites, water safety, safety during lightning, and more. Don't miss this free Summer Safety event so you and your family can focus on summer fun! Kidzu is located at 105 East Franklin Street. For more information visit  
Elaine's on Franklin June Specials!

--The pre-theater tasting menu for $35 all night long on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays!
--Tapas at the bar are free with each beverage purchased!
--June is Eat Local month and the current all local dish at Elaine's is a black pepper crusted n.c. yellowfin tuna with local potatoes, roasted peppers, sugar snap pea sauce & hollandaise.

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 West End Valet Parking Service!

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, June 25 - Black Hollies, Violet Vector & the Lovely Lovelies, The Huguenots, House DJ Craig Powell
Friday, June 26 - Sunfold, Hammer No More the Fingers, On Photon, Thoughtspeak
Saturday, June 27 - Fake Problems, Kiss Kiss, Resist Not
Sunday, June 28 - Conshafter, 100 Yourktown, The Groves
Local 506 is located at 506 West Franklin Street. For more information call 942-5506 or visit  

Thursday, June 25 - Davis Stillson, Salt To Bitters w/ Twilighter
Friday, June 26 - Joe Romeo & The Orange County Volunteers
Saturday, June 27 - Rev. Brandon Hayes, Mark Holland's Rhythm Force w/ The Houstons
The Cave is located 452 1/2 West Franklin Street. For more information call 968-9308 or visit      

Friday, June 26 - Baker Family Band / Old Folks / Jacqueline Lee
Saturday, June 27 -Cats Cradle Presents......The Wooden Birds / Other Lives
Nightlight Club is located at 405 1/2 West Rosemary Street. For more information call 960-6101 or visit   
Friday, June 26-DJ Mojo- Playing the hottest  International Dance Beats, Reaggeton, Salsa, Club Hits and requests
Saturday, June 27- 80's and 90's Night - Top hits and your favorite club music will be blended with occasional international tunes...
Talulla's is located at 456 West Franklin Street. For more information visit
Preserve Your Sanity!
Preserve Sanity
Every Monday
9:30 am to 11:00 am

The Preservation Society of Chapel Hill is launching a new weekly program, "Preserve Your Sanity".  Parents and children are invited to experience a morning of old fashioned fun on the lawn! Please RSVP to Sandra Rich at 919-969-0018. There is no admission fee!Horace Williams House is located at 610 East Rosemary Street.
Tunes on Tuesday at La Residence!
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Tuesday, June 23
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Chris Blount/Mike Armstrong
La Residence features live music on the Patio, Tuesday nights during dinner.  Enabling locals to enjoy a delicious meal and live music simultaneously while sitting in comfort.  Spring Tuesday Specials include $3 Wine Glasses and  $3 Blue Moon Pints. Come and enjoy seasonal selections from the New Cafe Menu. La Residence is located at 202 West Rosemary Street. For more information call 967-2506 or visit
Franklin Street Guided Walking Tour!

Sundays and Wednesdays
2:00 pm

Take a guided tour of historical Franklin Street as part of the series of  historical walking tours of Chapel Hill entitled, 'Walk This Way! Fact and Folklore Tours of Chapel Hill.'  Tours will  leave from the Horace Williams House at 2 pm; rain or shine. Each tour lasts just over an hour and costs only $5. Horace Williams House is located at 610 E. Rosemary Street.  For more information please call 942-7818 or 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! 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