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What To Do & See This Week! 8/6/09

Downtown Events & Sales! Aug 6 to August 9, 2009

Downtown Chapel Hill Weekend Events

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FREE MOVIE Tonight at Locally Grown!
  LG - movie screen
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian!
Thursday, August 6 
 ~Movie begins 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
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  
Dog Days of Summer Sale at Studio Supply!
 Studio Supply - Neon SignNow until Saturday, August 8!
Take 10 to 50% off everything in the store!
Plus, come in Friday & Saturday for extra savings during tax-free weekend! Sale items include canvases, marker & sketch pads, watercolors, oils, specialty papers, soft pastels, clay, ink...and much more!
2nd Friday ArtWalk!
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.
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
Science Forum at Morehead Planetarium!
Thursday, August 6
7:00 pm 
Join Dr. John Papanikolas for "Powering Our Way to 2050," as he begins to answer questions about the future of energy. What energy sources are most feasible for the future? Come learn, think and discuss! Free refreshments provided. 
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  
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".
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  
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
Drawing in the Galleries at the Ackland!
Saturday, August 8
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
This open drawing  session begins with a brief consideration of a single work of art followed by time to draw in a pre-selected gallery.  Bring paper and dry media (crayon, pencils, etc.). All levels are welcome and it's free! For more information please call 843-1911 or visit   
Drawing for Kids!
Saturday, August 8
10:00 am to  12:00 pm
This drawing session is intended for children ages 9-12. Registration required and is limited. Free to members and $5 for non-members. For more information please call 843-1911 or visit   
Comic Release Party!

Saturday, August 8
8:00 pm
Chapel Hill Comics will be hosting the release party for the hilarious new comic by Ryan Rubio and Thomas Boatwright, Zeke Deadwood, Zombie Lawman!  They'll have copies of Zeke Deadwood, as well as other comics  which you'll be able to pick up and have signed. And there'll be free snacks and beer! Chapel Hill Comics is located at 316 West Franklin Street. 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!
Celebrate Summertime at Crook's Corner!
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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
Live Magic at The Crunkleton!
Saturday, August 8
9:00 pm to 12:00 am

Don't miss the amazing magic skills of Michael Casey as he performs close-up magic at the Crunkleton Bar! The Crunkleton captures the fun of a friendly bar, the warmth and beauty of arts and crafts furniture and the creative style of southern art all under one roof. The Crunkleton Bar is located at 320 West Franklin Street. For more information visit  or
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
Express Yourself! at Kidzu!
Saturday, August 8th
10:30 am to 11:15 am
11:30 am to 12:15 pm

Join Kidzu in making Paper Batik using crayons, construction paper, and tempera paint to learn about the batik process. Space is limited, sign up now!Cost is $2.00/child. Call Kidzu Children's Museum at 933-1455 to sign-up and visit
Woodworking Retrospective at Horace Williams House!
   Jerome Bias furniture
Sunday, August 9
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Emergence of a Craftsman: One African American Artisan's Journey into 18th Century Woodworking - A one-day retrospective of a decade-long journey in woodworking and textile work inspired by Thomas Day featuring Jerome Bias. 
Thomas Day, a great North Carolina cabinetmaker of the 18th century and a free black man, is a major inspiration for the artisan Jerome Bias.  Watch Thomas Day come to life through Bias' hands.  For the last ten years, Bias has been making furniture using only 18th century tools and techniques (NO Power Tools).  All made or restored, in the tradition of Day. Horace Williams House is located at 610 E. Rosemary St.  For more information contact 942-7818 or 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 6
- The Duke & the Kings, Ryan Gustafson
Friday, August 7 - Dark Meat, Whatever Brains
Saturday,August 8- Nomo, DJ Jason Perlmutter
Sunday, August 9 - The Tomahawks, Keegan Dewitt, Annie & the Beekeepers
Local 506 is located at 506 West Franklin Street. For more information call 942-5506 or visit  

 Thursday, August 6- Brandion Herndon & John Pardue's Songslingers Showcase, The Mumbles w/ Doc Aquatic
Friday, August 7 - Comedy Night w/ Johnny cook, Robobilly w/ Gospel Years, Rude Troll
Saturday,August 8- Happenstanza, Killer Filler w/ The Breaks
Sunday, August 9 - NoStar
The Cave is located 452 1/2 West Franklin Street. For more information call 968-9308 or visit
Saturday,August 8- The Beginagains, The Manix, The Liarbirds
Sunday, August 9 - Franz Nicolay (of the Hold Steady)
Nightlight Club is located at 405 1/2 West Rosemary Street. For more information call 960-6101 or visit   
Double Brew Crew Points at Carolina Brewery! 
 Carolina Brewery- Beer
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.
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!
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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