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What To Do & See This Week! 6/4/09

Downtown Chapel Hill Weekend Events! June 4 to June 7, 2009

Downtown Chapel Hill Weekend Events

Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership 

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Downtown Partnership's Meet & Greet! 
Spanky's Restaurant
Thursday June, 4
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Join the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership in welcoming our new Executive Director, Jim Norton to Downtown Chapel Hill! 
There will be a brief introduction followed by a time to meet Jim and mingle with other members of the community.  There will be light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. Spanky's ( is located at 101 East Franklin Street. 
For more information please contact the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership at 967-9440 or
Chapel Hill 2020: Community Visioning!
Chapel Hill residents are invited to attend community forums, draw on visioning walls, and participate in online surveys as part of "Chapel Hill 2020," a community visioning project scheduled June 1-7. The questions are "What do you value about Chapel Hill now?" and "What are three dreams you have for Chapel Hill in 2020?"
The Town of Chapel Hill project is designed to engage the Chapel Hill community through a range of outreach efforts to both inform and gather public comment on community values and future growth. The information will assist the Sustainable Community Visioning Task Force, a group of volunteer citizens appointed by the Town Council to prepare recommendations on what growth should look like over the next 10 years.

For more information about Chapel Hill 2020, visit the Sustainable Community Visioning Task Force website at  or call the Town of Chapel Hill Planning Department at (919) 968-2728 or
Comedy Night at the Cave with Johnny Cook!
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Friday, June 5
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Join Johnny Cook for comedy night at the Cave. Stay for the late show with Instant Jones with Alcazar Hotel. The Cave is Chapel Hill's oldest tavern and offers live music almost every night.  Early shows begin around 7:30 pm and late shows begin around 10:00 pm.  The Cave is located 452 1/2 West Franklin Street. For more information call 968-9308 or visit 
Specials at Aveda!
Valid until June 30 on
Tuesday-Thursday before 5:00 pm

Aveda's Quarterly Specials are the perfect excuse to pamper yourself!
Hair: Receive a haircut service for $15.
Spa: 20% off any facial or body treatment (excludes express services).
Nails: 20% off any manicure or pedicure.
Aveda is located at 200 West Franklin St.  For more information visit
Fridays on the Front Porch!
 Earth Action Day
Every Friday!
5:00 to 8:00 pm
The Carolina Inn continues the seventh season of its popular end-of-the-workweek celebration called "Fridays on the Front Porch" on this week featuring Mick Mixon and the Franklin Street!

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
Party with a Purpose for Chapel Hill Museum!
Party with a Purpose
Saturday, June 6
7:00 pm
Everybody enjoys a party! Here is an opportunity to do it with a purpose: to support the Chapel Hill Museum's award-winning education programs. Party with a Purpose is a sequence of delectable and entertaining events which run throughout the year. Explore the customs and culture of the Orient. Enjoy a feast, feng shui and a festival of stars. Nancie McDermott, author of a new cookbook, Quick and Easy Chinese, will be there to share cooking tips. Celebrate the Year of the Ox!Cost: $50 - Limited to 40 Guests.

Reservations are accepted in the order of receipt of payment. Call or e-mail the Museum for details and reservations: (919) 967-1400 or
Walking Food Tour- Downtown Chapel Hill & Carrboro!
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Saturdays at 2:30
Explore and discover a culinary and historical perspective of downtown Chapel Hill and Carrboro that only an insider might know! 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. Along the way, the streetscapes and local character will combine to reveal how unique and different each are despite their close proximity. Tours depart from the Franklin Hotel. Tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance. For more information and details please visit
Eduardo Lapetina Paintings Exhibit! Lapetina Art
May 1 to June 11  
8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Mondays - Fridays
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturdays
FedEx Global Education Center

Argentinean abstract artist Eduardo Lapetina uses symbolic shapes and colors to express deep emotions and passions. He applies paint to the canvas by pouring, splashing, dripping and scratching. His pieces, with layer upon layer of paint, create a sensuous and turbulent surface texture that is as vital and complicated as life itself. Lapetina uses color to allure an imaginative and subtle spatial elusiveness. For more information, call Laura Griest at (919) 962-0318 or visit  
Express Yourself! at Kidzu!
Saturday, June 6
10:30 am to 11:15 am
11:30 am to 12:15 pm

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! sessions offered every Saturday. On June 6th - Much more than the News: children
will be using rolled newspaper to form rods that will be used to build a sculptural structure. Space is limited, sign up now!
Cost $2.00/child. Kidzu Children's Museum is located at 105 E. Franklin Street. For more information visit  
Tunes on Tuesday at La Residence!
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Tuesday, June 9
Pinky and Duke
Don't miss this rare appreance in the Triangle!
La Residence features live music on the Patio, Tuesday nights during dinner.  "Tunes on Tuesday" will run throughout the spring and summer months.  Enabling locals to enjoy a delicious meal and live music simultaneously while sitting in comfort.  Musical Selections will feature local Bluegrass, Folk, Celtic and other Eclectic bands around the Triangle on a rotating basis. 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
Local 506 Music Trivia Night! 
Local 506
Sunday, June 7
8:00 pm
Test your skills and musical knowledge at the Local 506 Music Trivia Night! 
Local 506 is located at 506 West Franklin Street. For more information call 942-5506 or visit   
Prison Books Collective at Internationalist!
Every Sunday
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
218 N. Graham Street
The Internationalist sponsors a program that sends free books and literature to people incarcerated in Mississippi and Alabama.  Book-wrapping takes place every Sunday from 1-4pm at 218 N. Graham Street.  To donate books, simply drop them off at the Internationalist.  Books that are in particular need are dictionaries, thesauruses, African-American history, culture, and fiction, self-help, Spanish language, and GED/education.  Paperback only please.  For more information on this program visit  The Internationalist is located at 405 West Franklin Street.  For information call (919) 942-1740 or visit  
Jazz at the Franklin Hotel!
 Franklin Inn
Thursdays: The Jim Crisp Trio; 7:30 pm- 10:30 pm
Second Sundays: Brevan Hampden & Friends; 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Performing mainstream jazz every Thursday, enjoy the sounds of The Jim Crisp Trio! Roberts At The Franklin offers an exclusive wine list, superb cocktail and martini menu, a variety of flights, as well as light fare including appetizers, sandwiches and decadent desserts. The Franklin Hotel is located at 311 West Franklin Street. For more information please call 442-9000 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.'

'A Walk Down Franklin Street,' will be leave from the Horace Williams House every Wednesday and Sunday at 2 pm. Tours are 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  
The Varsity Theatre!Varsity Theatre
The historic Varsity Theatre features first release movies and independent art films, making Downtown Chapel Hill the perfect place for dinner and a movie. The Varsity Theatre is located at 123 East Franklin Street. For more information on movies and show times call 967-8665 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                                   
West End Wine Bar                                    
Three restaurants have recently joined the service!
Cypress on the Hill - 308 West Franklin Street (537-8817) 
Mint - located at 504 West Franklin Street (929-6188)
Vespa Ristorante - located at 306 West Franklin Street (969-6600)
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:

 Forward this email to friends and family and share the news of all the exciting events, sales, exhibits and shows going on in Downtown Chapel Hill!  

Sign up for the Downtown Partnership's monthly e-newsletter, monthly e-calendar of downtown meetings, Weekend Events emails, and updates on the Painted Walls Project!

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