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What To Do & See This Week! 7/16/09

Downtown Events & Sales! July 16 to July 19, 2009

Downtown Chapel Hill Weekend Events

Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership 

CHDP - Amazing Mile
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Princess Bride - Showing at Sundown! LG 2009 Crafts
~Activites start at 7:00 pm.Featuring free popcorn, children's activities, face painting and crafts with Kidzu Children's Museum, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and a misting tent. Click here for details!
Free Live Concert Next Week!
Thursday, July 23
7:00 pm 
Music Maker Relief Foundation presents:
 Big Ron Hunter with Boo Hanks!
~Entertainment from Magic Mike starts at 6pm. Click here for details!
Events 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.
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 and 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
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
Photography Exhibit Explores Race & Culture!
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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.
Zinaz - Clothing Store Hosts DJ Dre!
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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".
Kidzoom Exhibit Expands at Kidzu Museum!
This month Kidzu marks the 1-year anniversary of their first original exhibit, "KidZoom: The Power of Creativity." In honor of the exhibit's anniversary, several of KidZoom's artists have shared new works with Kidzu, which were unveiled this week.   
-Visit 'Henry T. Frog', by illustrator Josh Taylor, as he swings in Kidzu's front window and welcomes visitors.
- Children can pretend to squeeze fresh lemonade, while practicing math skills such as counting, measuring and sorting in Kidzu's new Lemonade Stand created by Elaine O' Neil.

-The Noodle Music Xylophone, by master carpenter Jeff Johnson, invites Kidzu's young composers to create their own songs.

Zoom on in to Kidzu to check out these great new works and many more! For more information please visit  
 Sale on Oil Paints at Studio Supply!
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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.
Author reading at Internationalist Books!
 book-orphans of war
Thursday, July 16
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Join Internationalist for an author reading with Bearta Powell, whose compelling memoir "Orphans of War" provides a gripping autobiographical account of a young life lived in war-torn Lebanon. The story unfolds with the life of the author and the lives of her siblings, who, despite losing their parents at a tender age, they found the courage to live through the perils of war, hunger, abandonment, fear, and hopelessness. For more information 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.
Ackland Museum Upcoming Events! 
Art & Literature in the Galleries 
Thursday, July 16 
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Art & Literature in the Galleries continues this summer with a focus on two exhibitions, Sage in the Bamboo Grove: The Legacy of Sherman E. Lee and Aldwyth: Work v. / Work n. - Collage and Assemblage 1991-2009. This week the discussion is Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl. Registration required. Free to members and high school students and $5 non-members.
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Music in the Galleries
Matthew Chicurel Violin Studio
Sunday, July 19
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
This Sunday's performance features Matthew Chicurel and friends performing an afternoon of mixed chamber music. The performances will include an eclectic selection from several different chamber groups, including the Bar-Hop Quartet, a group featuring professional musicians and their students.
Yoga in the Galleries
Tuesday, July 21
12:00 pm to 1:00 PM
Namasté! Take a break from your day and explore the world of yoga in the beautiful setting of the Ackland! Yoga mats and museum cushions are provided. Sessions led by Joanne Marshall. Beginners are welcome.Registration limited. Free to members and $5 for non-members.
Ackland Musuem is located at 101 S. Columbia Street. The museum is FREE and open Wednesday through Saturday 10AM - 5PM and Sunday 1 - 5PM. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information visit  
Guided Tours at Coker Arboretum!
Every Third Saturday
11:00 am

Meet at the Stone Gathering Circle near the center of the arbor for a tour of the century-old arboretum led by experienced tour guides. Third Saturday of every month, 11 a.m. Free! For more information call 962-0522 or visit  
Meet a Scientist at Morehead!
Saturday, July 18
12:30 pm and 1:30 pm

Join Dr. Duane Deardorff, a UNC physics professor, as he explains the science of everyday objects! He will demonstrate basic laws of physics and relate them to our daily lives.For more information visit

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 16- Reeves Gabrels, Benjomatic
Friday, July 17- Connor Christian & Southern Gothic
Saturday, July 18- Transportation, The Toddlers
Sunday, July 19 - Lions, Grappling Hook
Local 506 is located at 506 West Franklin Street. For more information call 942-5506 or visit  

Thursday, July 16- Wannamaker, Futurebirds w/ the Interns
Friday, July 17- Backyard Tea, Pipe w/ Tinstar
Saturday, July 18- Star JF Radium, Dirty Little Heaters, Chrome, Plated Apostles, The Needles
Sunday, July 19 - Spider Bags w/ Estrogen Highs
The Cave is located 452 1/2 West Franklin Street. For more information call 968-9308 or visit      

Thursday, July 16- The Bachlorettes, 60's Soul Dance Night
Saturday, July 18- Shine river, Ascetic Parade, Dear Cousin Muscle
Sunday, July 19 - Nesey Gallons, Nathan Oliver
Nightlight Club is located at 405 1/2 West Rosemary Street. For more information call 960-6101 or visit   
Saturday, July 18- I-Mambo - Latin Dance party- Reggaeton, Latin Pop, Salsa, Bachata and more...with DJ Carlos.                         
Talulla's is located at 456 West Franklin Street. For more information call 933-1177 or visit
Thursday, July 16- DJ L in Japanese
Friday, July 17- The Fuse Band
Saturday, July 18- Pagan Hellcats, The Straight 8's
Mansion 462 is located at 462 W. Franklin Street. For more information visit
In With the New - Art Exhibit!
Artists Opening Reception
Sunday, July 12
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The Preservation Society of Chapel Hill presents Jeana Eve Klein - In With The New - an art exhibit running from July 12 to July 31. The Horace Williams House is located at 610 East Rosemary Street. Please visit for more information.
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
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.
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