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What To Do & See This Week! 8/13/09

Downtown Events & Sales! Aug 13 to August 16, 2009

Downtown Chapel Hill Weekend Events

Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership 

Rosemary St View from Greenbridge
View of Rosemary St. from Greendbridge. 
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FREE MOVIE Tonight at Locally Grown!
  Cool Hand Luke
Cool Hand Luke
Thursday, August 13
 Movie begins at sundown (~8:30 p.m.) on a huge 12' x 7' inflatable movie screen. 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. 

NEXT WEEK - Don't miss the last Locally Grown concert!
Local 506 Presents: Love Language with Lost in the Trees
Thursday, August 20 - music starts at 7:00 pm 
Starting at 6:00 pm the Locally Grown beer garden with Carolina Brewery beer, food from downtown restaurants, and the talented Magic Mike performing! 
To hear Love Language - click here!
To hear Lost in the Trees - click here!
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
Toots & Magoo is Loco for Locals!
T&M paper
Toots & Magoo offers a year-round discount to locals. If you live in Chapel Hill, you'll recieve 10 % off your purchase.
Browse their unique selection of art, antiques, notebooks, artbooks, papergoods, handbags, shoes and more. Toots & Magoo has something for everyone. Toots & Magoo is located at 142 East Franklin Street. For more information visit  
farmers market produceLa Residence Locally Grown 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.  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  
Cupcake Happy Hour at Bliss Boutique Bakery!
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Bliss Boutique Bakery is now celebrating Cupcake Happy Hour! All pastries are half off every day from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Bliss Boutique Bakery  creates and provides wholesome, locally inspired gourmet conceptions for everyone.  Specializing in the cupcakes that defined your childhood  by pastry artists that perform daily to create a unique experience for all. Bliss is located in the Courtyard on West Franklin Street. For more information 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
2nd Friday Art Walk at Studio Supply! Studio Supply - Neon Sign
Friday, August 14
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Studio Supply is excited to present the work of Neil Hershberger! Barehanded Press will also be in attendance, selling a variety of hand made goodies including t-shirts, bags, and art prints. Patrons will be able to make and trade Artist Trading Cards. Come SEE and MAKE art. As always, Bliss Boutique cupcakes will be available to get your creative juices flowing. Studio Supply is located at 421 W. Franklin Street. For more information visit or find them on facebook.
For more information on the 2ndFriday Artwalk please visit
Art After Dark at the Ackland!
Art After Dark 
Friday, August 14
Music: 5:00-6:00 pm & 7:00-8:30 pm
Out of the Studio Artist Salons: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Gallery Talks: 5:30 and 8:00 pm

During these special evening hours, enjoy a cash bar (beer and wine), light refreshments, and live DJs. The Ackland is pleased to present Carmen Elliott in the series Out of the Studio, an ongoing initiative to make connections between the Ackland and our rich community of contemporary artists. DJ Hdubs will spin a wide selection of funk and soul singles. For more information visit  
Experience Beauty on a Budget at Aveda!
Check out Aveda's Quarterly Specials:
Hair - receive $5 off any highlight or color service.
Spa - purchase one waxing service and receive any additional waxing service of equal or lesser value at 50% off. Both waxing services must be scheduled at the same time.
Nails - receive $5 off a manicure and pedicure combination. 
Offer is valid until September 30, 2009 on Tuesday - Thursday before 5pm and not valid with other offers.
Aveda Institute of Chapel Hill is located at 200 West Franklin Street. Visit  or more information.
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".
Midnight Madden Release Party at Gamestop!
Friday, August 14
10:00 pm - doors open
GameStop will be holding a midnight release party for Madden Football 2010 with a mini tournament and in-store tail gate party with food and drink. GameStop also hosts vide game nights on Mondays at Booglou Green Ultra Lounge. GameStop is located at 100 East Franklin Street. For more information call (919) 929-9108 or 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  
Celebrate Summertime at Crook's Corner!
Crooks Corner Logo
The summer menu at Crook's Corner features what chef Bill Smith calls 'The Return of Ribs'. St. Louis BBQ Ribs so tender, they fall-off-the-bone. Served as a generous portion alongside grilled corn-on-the-cob, bright purple cold slaw and a pineapple wedge, grilled to caramelize the sugars a bit.

The menu features cold salads with vinaigrettes, including a Green Peach Salad; new drinks - the Libba Cotten Sparkler with blackberries picked along the Libba Cotten Bike Trail! The wine list features a great selection of five dry rosé wines all available by the glass and perfect for the season. Crook's Corner is located at 610 West Franklin Street. For more information visit
Coker Arboretum Tours!
Saturday, August 15
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 Planetarium!
Scientist 2
Saturday, August 15
12:30 pm and 1:30 pm
Join Dr. Kerry Bloom, a UNC molecular biologist,
for Morehead's Meet a Scientist program! Meet A Scientist is an opportunity for families to explore the latest scientific discoveries with a different scientist each month! Free. No registration required. 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
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!
Storytelling & Workshops at Kidzu!
Where's Leon? Storytelling Event   
Saturday, August 15
3:00 pm 
Join Durham based author, Jody Cassell, as she makes her book Where's Leon? come alive. Great family fun unfolds as the children join her in creative movements, rhythms and sounds to become part of Lulu's quest for Leon. Twirl, bounce, slip and slip as you stir your imagination and delight your giggles. No registration is required. Event is included with admission or with membership.
Soundscape Adventure Workshop    
Saturday, August 15
Join Jody Cassell as she leads a trip Up The Mountain. Participants create the sound textures of the adventure through the rattle, swish and whirl of household objects, rhythms and voice. A delight for the imagination! Jody is a Durham based artist, storyteller, and author. Fee: $6.00 per child (ages 4-8). Space is limited and prepaid registration is required. Sign up by calling Kidzu at 933-1455.
Kidzu Children's Museum is located at 105 East Franklin Street. For more information visit
Visit the UNC Basketball Museum!
UNC Basketball Museum 
Tuesday - Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturdays 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

The museum is located on the first floor of the Ernie Williamson Athletics Center adjacent to the Smith Center.  The museum chronicles the history of UNC Basketball and includes nearly 500 authentic artifacts, hundreds of photographs, and videos of various players, coaches, championships and historic moments. For more information visit  
Karaoke at Boogalou Green!
Show the world your talent! Boogalou Green Ultralounge hosts karaoke every Sunday night.  Doors open at 7:00 pm and karaoke starts at 9:00 pm. For those 21 and up there is no cover; ages 12-20 with a college ID the cover is $3. Booglaou Green Ultralounge features a comfortable, lounge atmosphere of good people, great sounds from the state-of-the-art sound system, with modern design and cutting edge decor. Boogalou Green Ultralounge is located at 157 East Rosemary 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

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, August
13 - The Low Anthem, Nathan Moore
Friday, August 14 - Calico Haunts, Wild Wild Geese, John Howie, Jr.
Saturday, August 15 - Des Ark, Auxes, Impossible Arms, PROS 7 Cons
Sunday, August 16- 506 Music Trivia Night
Local 506 is located at 506 West Franklin Street. For more information call 942-5506 or visit  

Thursday, August 13 - The Barefoot Movement w/ Keep off the Grass
Friday, August 14 - Adam Sullivan, Simeon, Tin Star, Bringerer
Saturday, August 15 - The Adrian Outfit, Fuse Band, Kenny Roby, Ian Thomas
The Cave is located 452 1/2 West Franklin Street. For more information call 968-9308 or visit
Thursday, August 13 - Embarrassing Fruits, Jason Dove
Friday, August 14 - Suburban Frontier Art Show
Saturday, August 15 - Nathan Oliver, Ghost to Falco, Oblisk
Sunday, August 16 - Sun in the Year of the Pig, Make, The Beatings
Nightlight Club is located at 405 1/2 West Rosemary Street. For more information call 960-6101 or visit   
Friday, August 14- Reverb Electronic Music - Dj Will and guests playing dub, raga, electronic dance
Saturday, August 15- I-Mambo - Latin Dance Party- Reggaeton, Latin Pop, Salsa, Bachata w/DJ Carlos
Talullas is located at 456 West Franklin Street. For more information visit Talullas participates in the West End Valet Parking Service...park for FREE at Talullas!
Franklin Street Comes Alive!
Franklin Street Comes Alive- pic 
Friday and Saturday Nights
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Franklin Street Comes Alive! brings local musicians to downtown Chapel Hill to perform on the street on weekend evenings. Performers are located in front of the Bank of America Building (137 East Franklin Street), Bicycle Chain  (210 West Franklin Street), and the UNC ITS Building (440 West Franklin)

This partnership between the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and the Chapel Hill Mayor's Office intends to bring live music and performance outdoors to create a vibrant and lively atmosphere in the heart of our town. For more information 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  
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!
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