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What To Do & See This Week! 9/17/09

Downtown Chapel Hill Events & Sales! 9/17/09

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UNC vs ECU! Go Heels!
Saturday, September 5
12:00 - Noon kickoff
Kenan Stadium, UNC Campus
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 tickets are sold out to the ECU game! Don't worry there are still tickets available to other home games! Don't have tickets? There is still plenty to see and do even if you aren't going to the game!  For information on Touch Downtown and UNC football please visit
Football Game Day Shopping at Uniquities!
Uniquities - football display
Uniquities gets into the game day spirit by offering  shoppers refreshments and snacks, a clean restroom and comfortable couches for customers to relax on while their friends and family are shopping! Specializing in emerging to established designer clothing and accessories, Uniquities is the boutique southern women rely on to outfit themselves in the latest fashions. Uniquities is located at 452 West Franklin Street - look for the bright pink awning! For more information visit
Park & Shop at the Museum on Game Day!
The Chapel Hill Museum offers parking (a $10 donation is suggested) on football game days! Don't miss the opportunity to stop by the museum to visit the Meet Me on Franklin Street exhibit and the museum's Gift & Book Shop. The shop is specially decorated in game day blue and white, and features North Carolina and Chapel Hill merchandise guaranteed to delight all Carolina fans! The Chapel Hill Museum is located at  523 E. Franklin Street. For more information call 929-SHOP (7467) or visit
Carolina Moon Cake at Sugarland!
 Sugarland Window
Sugarland brings a new tradition to Franklin Street - the Carolina Moon Cake!  Each week, the cake featurea the opposition's football team mascot displayed for a Carolina Moon Salute from the Carolina Ram in the front window. Don't miss Sugarland's famous Tar Heel Cookies, the beloved Blue & Whites, Carolina Victory Swirl Cupcakes, Carolina Blue Oatmeal Pies, and all the game day treats Sugarland has grown famous for. Come and pick up Tailgate Treats, or Victory Booty to celebrate the victory, or take home to family and friends as souvenirs of the trip to Chapel Hill. Sugarland is located at 140 East Franklin Street. Visit for more information.
Game Day Tailgating at Carolina Inn!
fridays on the front porch bandSaturday, September 12
Starting three hours before kick off!
Get geared up for the game with live bluegrass music, cool drinks, great food and plenty of Carolina spirit! When it's time to cheer on those Tar Heels, Kenan Stadium is only steps away. The tailgate party opens three hours before kick-off every home football game. The Carolina Crossroads Bar will serve its complete bar menu and offer a southern style buffet along with drink specials - on the porch overlooking the inn's tree-shaded north lawn. No cover charge or reservations required. The Carolina Inn is located at 211 Pittsboro St.  For more information please call 800-962-8519 or visit  
Noodles & Company - Parties on the Patio!
Saturday, September 12People on Bench
Noodles & Company celebrates Tar Heel football with parties on their spacious, outdoor patio after each home game in September and October. Be a SUPER FAN - bring five friends with you and you eat for FREE! You have to mention that you saw the SUPER FAN deal here at the Downtown Partnerships events calendar or weekly email! Noodles & Company is located 214 West Franklin Street. Visit for more information.
Game Day Treats & the Clef Hangers at Julian's!
Saturday, September 12People on Bench
Special Game Hours: Friday 10am-6pm,
Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 11am-3pm
Join Alexander Julian at Julian's on Saturday to cheer on the Heels against ECU. There will be Game Day treats all day and a performance by the UNC Clef Hangers in the afternoon. Check out Julian's new, exclusive designs by Alexander Julian (for men and women) in everyone's favorite color - Carolina Blue! Julian's is located 135 East Franklin Street. For more information visit
'The Last Cargo Cult' at PlayMakers!
 Wednesday, September 16 to Sunday, September 20 Last Cargo Cult
Mike Daisey tells the true story of his journey to a remote South Pacific island whose inhabitants worship America as a source of power and plenty. He interweaves their poignant tale with a penetrating examination of today's global financial crisis. This performance is part adventure story, part memoir and an unforgettable exploration of how money makes the world go round. The cost of admission is $24-$32 and tickets are available through the PlayMakers box office at or by calling (919) 962-7529.
Performance and Lecture by Kip Fulbeck!
Thursday, September 17 People on Bench
7:00 pm

'kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa' is an exhibition of portraits by artist Kip Fulbeck, who 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 by 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?" The FedEx Global Education Center is located on the UNC campus at 301 Pittsboro Street. For more information visit  
Laser Light Shows are Back at Morehead!
Friday and Saturday Nightslaser light show
7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Experience your favorite rock music with your eyes as well as your ears! Morehead Planetarium and Science Center hosts five amazing laser shows on Friday and Saturday nights this fall: Laser Classic Rock, 7 p.m.; Laser U2, 8 p.m.; Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, 9 p.m.; Laser Zeppelin, 10 p.m.; Pink Floyd's The Wall, 11 p.m. Each show combines hit music with choreographed multicolor laser imagery for a sensory experience unlike any other! Tickets for each laser show experience are $9.50 per adult, $7.50 per student or Morehead member. Because these are premium shows, discount coupons, passes and "free admission" membership benefits are NOT VALID for laser shows.  Visit for more information.
Chapel Hill Celebrates Peace and Justice Legacy!
Sunday, September 20People on Bench
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The public unveiling of a tribute marker at Peace and Justice Plaza will be held on Sunday, September, 20. Family members and others will speak of the nine peace and justice honorees. The header on the granite marker reads "Peace and Justice Plaza" and commemorates nine local activists. For more information please contact Suepinda Keith, NAACP History Committee,  or 919-338-2065 or Catherine Lazorko, Chapel Hill Public Information Officer, or 919-969-5055.

Free Franklin Street Yoga Center Class!
Sunday, September 20thGlobal Mala
1:00pm to 4:00 pm
The Global Mala Project is 108 rounds of sun salutations broken into 4 rounds of 27 sun salutations to benefit Trees for the Future.The Global Mala Project (, inspired and organized by Shiva Rea, is without a doubt, "the largest unified worldwide yoga event dedicated to positive change in the history of the planet." Join Franklin Street Yoga Center and the rest of the yoga world community to create a mala around the globe. Franklin Street Yoga Center is located at 123 West Franklin Street (University Square Shopping Center). For more information call 919-929-0414 or visit
Music in the Galleries!
Every Third Sunday of the Month
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Join Ackland Art Museum for a concert by the talented young violinists of the Community Suzuki Music School, based in Chapel Hill. These performers, from beginners to advanced students, will show off what they have learned with experienced teachers Dale Cannon and Michelle Chinn Cannon. The Ackland Art Museum is located at 101 South Columbia Street. Admission is always free. More information available at 919.966.5736 or
Elaine's on Franklin Wine Dinner!
Monday, September 21
This is the second in a series of 10 events celebrating Elaine's 10th Anniversary! Elaine's is very excited to welcome Jon David Headrick of Jon David Selections for a Loire Valley wine dinner. The Loire Valley has a greater diversity of wines than any other region in France, and Jon David has dedicated himself to only represent great bio-dynamic and organic producers, most of which are examples of high-integrity and inexpensive wines.  This dinner will be a great value.  You will have a chance to tap Jon David's knowledge and learn about some new wines, individual producers, vintage and regional information.For reservations, please call G.J. at (919) 960-2770. Visit for more details.
Tunes on Tuesday at La Residence!
Tuesday, September 22People on Bench
Vintage Blue - Bluegrass Band

La Residence will be featuring Live Music on their Patio, Tuesday nights during dinner. Locals can enjoy a delicious meal and live music simultaneously while sitting in comfort on the beautiful patio.  Musical Selections will feature local Bluegrass, Folk, Celtic and other Eclectic bands from around the Triangle. For more information visit  
Trunk Show at Peacock Alley!
Wednesday, September 23pumpkin - Tidwell
11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Peacock Alley is hosting a Trunk Show of artist Pamela Tidwell's porcelain hand-sculpted fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Peacock Alley offers a variety of gift alternatives from some of the most distinguished designers in the world, including a wide variety of luxury bed lines, home accessories, European antiques, furniture, crystal lamps, and the list goes on. Peacock Alley is located at 123 West Franklin Street (University Square). For more information call 967-2152 or visit  
Eat at Firehouse Subs for a Good Cause!
Thursday, September 24 People on Bench
Thursday, October 1
3:00 pm to 10:00 pm - both days
EAT at Firehouse Subs on these days and a portion of the cost of your meal will benefit Project Homeless Connect. PHC is a one-day, one-stop medical and social services fair for the homeless of Orange County, giving 250 guests access to services from doctors, dentists, foot care, and such social services as housing, employment, legal aid, mental health services, and veteran's aid. Firehouse Subs is located at 157 East Franklin Street. For more information on Project Homeless Connect - click here!
Downtown Candidate's Forum!
Thursday, September 24People on Bench
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
University Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall
With the election season in full swing in Chapel Hill, many of the candidates for Mayor and Town Council have picked Downtown Chapel Hill as a key component of their campaign platforms. Join the Friends of the Downtown for a Candidate's Forum where caandidates will be discussing what they believe are the most important issues for downtown. There will be time for the audience to ask questions. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Entrance to the church is at 110 Henderson Street, through the Campus Ministry door. Parking is available in the Wallace Parking Deck on the corner of Henderson Street and Rosemary Street. For more information please contact Pat Evans at

Live Music and Entertainment Downtown!

Thursday, Sept 17- Telefon Tel Aviv, The Race
Friday, Sept 18- Pneurotics CD Release Show, The Travesties, Rat Jackson
Saturday, Sept 19- Dead Meadow, Miniature Tigers
Sunday, Sept 20 -Datarock, Esser, Karin Park
Local 506 is located at 506 West Franklin Street. For more information call 942-5506 or visit  
THE CAVEPeople on Bench
Thursday, Sept 17- Dustin Edge, A Rooster for the Masses, Velvet, Crash
Friday, Sept 18- Old 86, Joe Bell & the Stinging Blades
Saturday, Sept 19- DTL Trio, Jo Gore $ The Alternatives w/ Bull City
Sunday, Sept 20 - Calico Haunts w/ Smoke & Feathers
Monday, Sept 21 - Trivia hosted by Misty
The Cave is located 452 1/2 West Franklin Street. For more information call 968-9308 or visit
Thursday, Sept 17-International Grapevine, Ben Collins, The Hem of His Garment, Bicameral Mind
Friday, Sept 18- Spider Bags CD Release Party, Order, Gross Ghost
Saturday, Sept 19-Le Weekend, Summertime Whiskey Band, Inspector 22
Nightlight Club is located at 405 1/2 West Rosemary Street. For more information call 960-6101 or 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! The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is charged with leading and managing downtown.  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