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What To Do & See This Week! 8/27/09

Downtown Chapel Hill Events & Sales! 8/27/09

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Huge Poster sale at Teen Center!
cat noir - poster sale
Sale Ends Friday, September 4!
The annual poster sale is taking place in the Street Scene Teen Center, under the Post Office, at 179 East Franklin Street. The sale features 1000's of art, photography, and music posters - great for the dorm room, class room or living room!  A portion of the sales support the Street Scene Teen Center in providing a safe environment and arts programming for teens after-school and on the weekends.
Look Homeward Angel Illustrations on Display!
Wolfe Painting by Gorsline
Thursdays, August 6 to September 24
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
The Center for the Study of the American South will exhibit artist Douglas Gorsline's original drawings for the first illustrated edition (1947, Scribner's) of Thomas Wolfe's novel, "Look Homeward, Angel". The exhibition will feature more than 50 pen and brush drawings generously loaned by the North Carolina Collection at the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library at UNC. For more information visit
Thursday, August 27th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Love House and Hutchins Forum (410 E. Franklin St.) including a dramatic reading and live music featured in Wolfe's novel!
Elaine's on Franklin Wine Dinner!

Thursday, August 27
6:00 pm

Elaine's is proud to host a wine dinner with Jean-Luc Colombo. This dinner includes four courses plus hors d'oeuvre, paired with four phenomenal wines for $75 per person. The Jean-Luc Colombo dinner will serve as the kickoff for their renewed partnership with Duke's Nasher Museum of Art, as they present "Picasso and the Allure of Language" this fall. For reservations for this dinner, please call G.J. at (919) 960-2770 or visit Elaine's participates in the FREE West End Valet Parking Service!
Brown Restoring 'Blue Mural' This Week!
Chapel Hill artist Michael Brown is currently restoring a third mural as part of the Painted Walls Project in downtown Chapel Hill. The Blue Mural (also known as The Starry Night Mural) is located on East Rosemary Street, and was the very first mural Brown painted downtown in 1989. The Painted Walls Project is cataloging and restoring the much-loved murals by Michael Brown in downtown Chapel Hill.

Funds to restore the Blue Mural were raised at a mural fundraiser party in March. The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is donating funds to pay for the lift that Brown needs to restore this two-story mural.Brown will spend nearly two weeks restoring this mural and then will work on the Hands Mural, on West Franklin Street, that was recently destroyed by graffiti. To make a contribution to the Painted Walls Project and help restore your favorite mural please visit  
Chapel Hill Celebrates Peace and Justice Legacy!

Friday, August 28
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
On the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, the Town of Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP will jointly sponsor the first of two programs to honor nine local peace and justice leaders at the Peace and Justice Plaza outside the Post Office-Courthouse at 179 E. Franklin St. The program will include biographical tributes read by members of the community and remarks by Michelle Cotton Laws, president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP. Three weeks later, the public unveiling of a tribute marker at Peace and Justice Plaza will be held from 3 to 4 p.m.. Sunday, Sept. 20. For more information about the Aug. 28 rally, please contact Suepinda Keith, NAACP History Committee,  or 919-338-2065 or Catherine Lazorko, Chapel Hill Public Information Officer,  or 919-969-5055.
Paperhand Puppet Intervention Festival!
 Paperhand - Living Sea Memory
Fri, Sat & Sun - August 7 to September 7
All shows begin at 7 pm,  6:20 pm pre-show
Forest Theatre, UNC campus
'The Living Sea of Memory' reclaims fragments of the human story through myth, magic and puppetry. Tickets are available only at the door: Suggested donation adults $10-$15; children 3-12, $7; children up to 2, free. Come early, bring a picnic, blanket and/or cushion.  For more information visit
farmers market produceTunes on Tuesday at La Residence!
Tuesday, September 1
Guilty Pleasures
La Residence continues to bring lively, entertaining music to downtown with Tunes on Tuesday. This week features Guilty Pleasures! Enjoy the ever changing menu featuring locally grown foods, while relaxing on the best outdoor patio in town. 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
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 receive 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  
Horace Williams House Art Exhibit!
Visual Journeys - paintings by Marcelle Pachowski
August 20 to September 20
The Preservation Society of Chapel Hill brings another great art exhibit to the Horace Williams House, located at 610 East Rosemary Street. Please call the Preservation Society at 919-942-7818 or e-mail at  for details. All events are free unless otherwise noted. For more information visit
Summer Savings at Uniquities!
Don't miss the sale on Uniquites Label:
Buy 1 get 10% off - Buy 2 get 20% off
Buy 3 get 30% off - Buy 4 or more and get 40% off
Uniquities is located at 452 West Franklin Street. For more information visit
Almost Now: Cuban Art, Cinema, and Politics in the 1960s and 1970s!
August 29 - December 6, 2009
Featuring sixteen Cuban cinema posters recently given to the Ackland by eminent art historian, collector, and Carolina alumnus David Craven, Almost Now examines the central role that artists, filmmakers, and film audiences have played in Cuban cultural and political discourse since the Cuban Revolution in 1959. 
The Ackland Art Museum is located at 101 South Columbia Street. Admission is always free. More information available at 919.966.5736 or
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.
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
Football Season Kicks Off with Touch Downtown!
Touch Downtown Chapel Hill encourages football fans to start early and stay late after football games and enjoy downtown Chapel Hill! The banners are up on Franklin Street and the first game against Citadel is already sold out! Don't worry there are still tickets available to other home games!
Rather than sitting in traffic to get downtown (or worrying about parking!) for UNC home football games, two lots offer Tar Heel Express shuttle service three hours before kickoff and three hours after the game with drop-off points including Franklin Street, Tar Heel Town and Kenan Stadium so coming early or staying after to enjoy Downtown Chapel Hill has never been easier. For information on Touch Downtown and UNC football please 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  

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 27
-Screening of Beer Ya'll, Jason Kutchma, Stuart McLamb
Friday, August 28-Embarrassing Fruits, Free Electric State, Veelee
Saturday, August 29-Juan Huevos, Pros & Cons
Sunday, August 30- The Monument Club, Wholesome News, Battle Not with Monsters
Local 506 is located at 506 West Franklin Street. For more information call 942-5506 or visit  

Thursday, August 27- Feet Up, The New Romans
Friday, August 28- Moonfisher, About Last Night w/ Martha Bassett
Saturday, August 29- Acoustic Garage, Rat Jackson, Aminal and Pistolero
Sunday, August 30- The Greet Unknown w/ Jeremy Blair from Effingham
The Cave is located 452 1/2 West Franklin Street. For more information call 968-9308 or visit
Thursday, August 27- Kah Isbin, Invisible River, Eleanor Murray
Friday, August 28- Rocket Cottage, Prostitute Hostage, Shards
Saturday, August 29-The Infamous Sugar, Simeon, Yohimbe
Sunday, August 30- EAR PWR, Toro y Moi, DJ's Family Vacation and DJ Nasty Boots
Nightlight Club is located at 405 1/2 West Rosemary Street. For more information call 960-6101 or visit   
Friday, August 28- Global House International, NC Lounge, DJ Pepe and guest DJ's.
Saturday, August 29- 80's and 90's Night - Top hits and your favorite club music will be blended with occasional international tunes. 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!
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
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  
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