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What To Do & See This Week! 9/3/09

Downtown Chapel Hill Events & Sales! 9/3/09

Downtown Chapel Hill Sales & Events


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Get Yourself Organized with a FREE Planner! 
No more missed appointments, meetings or classes! FREE 2009-2010 Daily Planners are available at Ram Book & Supply AND at the Downtown Partnership's office! Planners include UNC's academic calendar, athletic schedules, coupons for local businesses, and more! Ram Book & Supply is located at 306 West Franklin Street - The Downtown Partnership's office is located at 308 West Rosemary Street, Suite 202 -  
Football Season Starts with UNC vs Citadel!
Saturday, September 5
6:00 pm 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 the first game against Citadel is already sold out! 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!
It's football season, and that kicks off a brand new Carolina tradition at Sugarland, with the unveiling of the Carolina Moon Cake! 

Each week, the Carolina Moon Cake will feature the opposition's team mascot displayed for a Carolina Moon Salute from the Carolina Ram in the front window. For the first opening game of the season, The Carolina Moon cake will assemble the entire ACC corps of mascots to receive Ramese's  tribute to his conference pals, on his way to the Orange Bowl in Miami this season. Come take a look at the ever changing cake which will become Chapel Hill's latest tradition for game day.

Sugarland will feature its 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 5
3:00 pm
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  
Art Print & Poster Sale at Teen Center!
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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.
Specials Every Night of the Week at Bandido's!
Bandidos - Margaritas 
MONDAY - $1 House Margaritas on the Rocks!
TUESDAY - MEN'S DAY - get 1/2 price dinner combo's #1 - #15!
WEDNESDAY - FREE small fried ice cream with purchase of a dinner plate at regular price!
THURSDAY - LADIES DAY - get 1/2 price dinner combo's #1 - #15!
FRIDAY - $2 Domestic Beers!
SATURDAY - 99 Cent Tacos!
SUNDAY - 25% STUDENT DISCOUNT w/ UNC student ID get 25% off food purchase (One discount per student ID)!
No coupons are necessary for these specials - dine in only - valid only at Chapel Hill location of Bandido's. Bandido's is located at 159 1/2 East Franklin Street.
Express Yourself! At Kidzu!
 Saturday, September 5
10:30 am or 11:30 am
Calling all budding young artists, 3-8 years old! Kidzu Children's Museum's popular family program celebrates the joy of making art. Explore the artistic process and unleash your creative talents at Express Yourself workshops!This Saturday - Ice cube Painting: Kids will be using ice cubes as paint brushes to paint!Space is limited, sign up now!Cost is $2.00/child. Kidzu Children's Museum is located at 105 E. Franklin Street. Visit for more information.
Chapel Hill Comics 30-40-50 Sale!

30 40 50 sale
The event room at Chapel Hill Comics is full of graphic novels on sale at greatly reduced prices!  Buy anything in the sale at 30% off! Buy 5 or more sale items and get 40% off! Buy 10 or more sale items and get 50% off!  Items include fiction, non-fiction, humor, comic strips, manga, horror, and more!
Chapel Hill Comics is located at 316 W Franklin St. For more information visit  
Rare Offering at Lantern This Week!

The recent rain has created perfect conditions for asparagus to grow in September! Lantern will be featuring this rare treat over the next week or long as they last! Lantern is also featuring new menu items - Japanese steakhouse-style, rare wagyu flat iron steak with crispy spinach, local tomatoes, ponzu sauce, warm green tea sushi rice and sea salt - and - Vietnamese-style summer rolls with NC shrimp, basil, mint, cool rice noodles and roasted peanut-hoisin. Lantern is located at 423 West Franklin Street. For more information visit Lantern participates in the FREE West End Valet Parking Service!
Live Magic at The Crunkleton!
Saturday, September 5
9:00 pm
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
Paperhand Puppet Intervention Festival!
 Paperhand - Living Sea MemoryFri, Sat & Sun - until 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
Toots & Magoo is Loco for Locals!
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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  
Monday Gamestop Challenges!
Video Game ControllerEvery Monday
6:00pm to 9:00 pm - All Ages - Prize $150
9:00 pm to 12:00am - 18 & Up - Prize $250
Gamestop and Boogalou Green team up to bring Monday Gamestop Challenges to downtown Chapel Hill. To participate everyone must have a valid state identification card or driver's license. For more information visit  Boogalou Green Ultra Lounge is located at 157 East Rosemary Street.
Women's Executive Series at The Franklin!
 Wednesday, September 9
7:30 am to 9:30 am
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Women's Executive Series which serves to empower influential, local, business women, to build their professional networks, and help them connect with potential clients and customers. Dr. Etta Pisano will deliver the keynote presentation, "Reflections on Balancing Career and Family," about how one woman found success, with the help of many others, in both her work and home life. The Franklin Hotel is located at 311 W. Franklin St., parking is available in the lot behind the hotel. Tickets for the breakfast are $30 for Chamber members and $40 for non-members. Register online at,  or call the Chamber at (919) 357-9980.
The 2009 North Carolina Literary Festival
Thursday, September 10 to Sunday, September 13
UNC Campus 
The FREE public festival, funded entirely by gifts and grants, is organized and sponsored by the libraries of UNC and N.C. State and Duke universities, with additional support from N.C. Central University. Held every other year, the location rotates among the three campuses. The festival will feature more than 100 authors representing all genres of books - distinguished local and national keynotes, North Carolina favorites, well-known Southern writers and emerging artists. The festival also features an extensive children's area with activities, author readings, performances, and mascots. For a complete schedule of events visit   
Yoga Center Class Series for Beginners!
Yoga in the GalleriesThursdays, September 10 to October 15
7:30 pm

Franklin Street Yoga Center's Intro series is great for those new to yoga or anyone wanting to revisit the basics. Class fee is $70 and includes a free mat. Franklin Street Yoga Center is located at 123 West Franklin Street (University Square Shopping Center). For more information call 919-929-0414 or visit  
'Walk this Way' Tours of Franklin Street! 
The Preservation Society of Chapel Hill offers "Walk This Way", walking tours of Franklin Street every Sunday at 2:00 pm.  From the historic homes to the colorful characters to the great events, visitors will learn the history behind Chapel Hill's most famous-and infamous-street. There is a $5 fee.  Please contact 919-942-7818 or for more information.  Reservations recommended for groups of 5 or more people. 

Music, and Trivia, and Comedy...Oh My!

Local 506
Thursday, September 3-David Dondero, Liza Kate
Friday, September 4-ProgDay Preshow,Jaafar, George/Preston/Herret
Saturday, September 5-Violet Vector & The Lovely Lovelies, The Howlies, The Huguenots
Sunday, September 6- 506 Music Trivia Night
Local 506 is located at 506 West Franklin Street. For more information call 942-5506 or visit  

Thursday, September 3- Brandon Herndon & John Pardue's Songslingers Showcase, Pow, Pow, Pow w/ Jim Smith & His Tall Buildings
Friday, September 4- Comedy Open-Mic w/ Johnny Cook, The Blue Moon Revue w/ Gasoline Stove
Saturday, September 5- Bad Dog Blues Band, My Radio
Sunday, September 6- Truckstop Coffee
The Cave is located 452 1/2 West Franklin Street. For more information call 968-9308 or visit
Thursday, September 3- You Tube Tournament 2
Friday, September 4- Jack Rose and the Black Twig Pickers, Zeke Graves
Saturday, September 5- Night Light Genesis Party
Sunday, September 6-  Des_Ark, Little Gold
Nightlight Club is located at 405 1/2 West Rosemary Street. For more information call 960-6101 or visit   
Look Homeward Angel Illustrations on Display!
Wolfe Painting by Gorsline
Thursdays until 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
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
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