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What To Do & See This Week! 7/30/09

Downtown Events & Sales! July 30 to August 2, 2009

Downtown Chapel Hill Weekend Events

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FREE MOVIE Tonight at Locally Grown!
Happy Feet!
Thursday, July 30
 ~Movies begin at sundown (~8:30 p.m.) on a huge 12' x 7' inflatable movie screen.
~Kids entertainment begins at 7:00 pm.
~Enjoy free popcorn, children's activities such as face painting and crafts with Kidzu Children's Museum, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and a misting tent!
On the Wallace Plaza, 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 Grown is sponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill, The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, Kidzu Children's Museum and WCHL 1360. 
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
See the Carolina Skies at Morehead!
Stars and Moon
Friday, July 31 - 8:00 pm
Saturday, August 1 - 8:00 pm

Explore the heavens as they appear each night above North Carolina! Viewers learn how to identify the planets and stars currently making up the night sky and how to find the cardinal directions using celestial signposts. Viewers are also taken on a guided tour of the constellations and the ancient myths that string together their component stars.

Each presentation is manually controlled by one of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center's trained star projector pilots, the flow of the presentation can be determined by questions fielded from the audience.  For more information visit
Back to School Sale at the Clothing Warehouse!
The Clothing Warehouse is having a "BACK TO SCHOOL SALE." 20% off everything in the store. Also, when you spend $25 you get a free t-shirt of your choice... And with 1300 t-shirts to choose'll find the perfect t-shirt to start the new school year off right!
The clothing Warehouse is located at 109 East Franklin Street. For more information please 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".
Julian's Summer Sale!
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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
Fridays on the Front Porch!
fridays on the front porch band 
Every Friday!
5:00 to 8:00 pm
The Carolina Inn continues its popular end-of-the-work week celebration called "Fridays on the Front Porch"! 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  
Double Brew Crew Points at Carolina Brewery! 
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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!
Locally Grown Menu and Specials!
La Residence Restaurant continues the Locally Grown theme downtown with Chef Justin Pfau offering a nightly two course  special for $25 featuring items obtained from the local farmers' markets and direct from the farms.  Chef Pfau was featured in a recent Chapel Hill Newspaper article for his use of local farmers' products in his menu.  The restaurant grows all of the flowers displayed on the tables and centerpieces in the restaurant and grows a number of its herbs both on site and at the owners and employees gardens. 
Located at 202 West Rosemary Street, La Residence features an air cooled, mosquito free environment for al fresco dining.For more information 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.
Express Yourself! at Kidzu!
Saturday, August 1
10:30 am to 11:15am
11:30 am to 12:15 pm

Calling all budding young artists! Kidzu's popular program celebrates the joy of making art. Explore the artistic process and unleash creative talents. This Saturday kids will be
reusing the clear plastic spoons from Sugarland to discover how different colors are mixed and then using them to make a bas relief picture. Space is limited, sign up now!Cost $2.00/child. Call Kidzu Children's Museum at 933-1455 to sign-up and visit
Walking Food Tour- Downtown Chapel Hill & Carrboro!
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  

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 30
- Destroy All Sweaters, Blue Moon Revue
Friday, July 31- Lady DJ Night
Saturday, August 1- John Nolan, Mansions, Cool Ethan
Local 506 is located at 506 West Franklin Street. For more information call 942-5506 or visit  

2nd Annual Mini Femme Fest at the Cave!
Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1
Femme Fest is two days of entertainment at the Cave, Chapel Hill's oldest music venue, showcasing women in music. A donation will go to the Girls Rock Camp of NC and the Rape Crisis center of Chapel Hill. This year's Femme Fest is hosted by comedienne Michelle Maclay. Don't miss Ashley Chambliss, Taz Halloween with Scarlet Virginia, Ashley Atkins Band, The HWY54 Band with Rebekah Pulley. The Cave is located 452 1/2 West Franklin Street. For more information call 968-9308 or visit
Friday, July 31- Joe Romeo and the Orange County Volunteers, Roadside Graves, The Weather Kings
Saturday, August 1- FrequeNC Records Dance Party!
Nightlight Club is located at 405 1/2 West Rosemary Street. For more information call 960-6101 or visit   
Friday, July 31-MIXER @ TALULLAS-Top hits and favorite club music blended with occasional international tunes.
Talulla's is located at 456 West Franklin Street. For more information call 933-1177 or visit
Yoga in the Galleries at Ackland!
Yoga in the Galleries
Monday, August 3
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. Please wear comfortable clothing that will allow you to stretch. Since the Galleries can be cool, long sleeves are recommended. Sessions led by Joanne Marshall. Beginners are welcome. Registration is limited. Visit for details.
Rogers Road Exhibit at Wilson Library!
We're All Family Here: Preserving Community Heritage in the Rogers Road Neighborhood of Chapel Hill
Exhibit Ends August 31
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
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!
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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.
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