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What to Do & See Downtown this Week! 10/14/10

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

Eating on the porch at Mama Dip's

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NC Clay Workshop with FRANK & Kidzu
Thursday, October 14
4:00 PM to 5:30pm PM

Join Kidzu to preview FRANK's first North Carolina Clay Invitational, featuring the work of over 30 of the state's best-known ceramic artists.  Kidzu kids will explore the gallery exhibition and hear from the artists themselves about ceramics ranging from functional pottery to sculpture.  After a clay throwing demonstration, they'll head back to Kidzu with FRANK potters to create ceramics of their own! $12 per child, ages 4 and up. Registration is required. Call 933-1455 for more information or visit


Light Years Jewelry Welcomes New Arrivals  
Falling leaves bring fabulous new items to the store including lots of fantastic fashion jewelry with prices you won't believe!  Plenty of styles ranging from simple and classy to sparkly and splashy! Just in time for Halloween - find tons of costume jewelry and accessories to complete your costume. Also in-stock are unique handmade pieces in sterling silver and gold-filled. To accent your wardrobe are fall scarves - in silk, cotton, woven, printed and of course pashminas! Light Years Jewelry is located at 121 East Franklin Street. For more information visit
Exhibition Opening for Jimmy Williams Photography
Photo of Big Ron Hunter by Jimmy Williams.
with Musical Performance by Big Ron Hunter

Thursday, October 14
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Much of Jimmy William's photography focuses on fleeting moments rich with emotion. One of his most recent series, Music Makers, is a natural extension of his previous work, purposefully expanding on themes like preservation and perseverance. The exhibition will run from October 14 to November 25. The opening reception is free and open to all at the Love House and Hutchins Forum at 410 East Franklin Street. For more information please visit
Skeedaddle Perform at FRANK
photo by btyroler
FRANK Clay Show
Thursday, October 14
6:00 PM
FRANK is hosting Skeedaddle for a live performance in the gallery of swing, blues, and Hawaiian hokum. The current exhibit is the North Carolina Clay Invitational at FRANK which features the work of over 30 of the state's best-known ceramic artists. Every type of work, from functional pottery to sculpture, will be represented by artists such as Mark Hewitt, Nick Joerling, Cynthia Bringle, Holly Fisher, and Mary-Ann Prack. FRANK is located at 109 East Franklin Street. For more information visit 
Mix-N-Mingle, LGBT Nightlife Downtown
East End Martini BarMix-N-Mingle is the Triangle's social switchboard for events for the LGBT community. Three featured events take place weekly in downtown Chapel Hill, hosted by jermainelandon. For more information on these events, and other LGBT events in the Triangle,visit
The T - Lantern Restaurant has joined the LGBT social circuit with a weekly Tuesday event that  brings together an eclectic group of people. Starting at 10:00 PM, Lantern offers amazing & fresh cocktail specials and a small late-night menu for the event. Lantern Restaurant is located at 423 West Franklin Street. The bar entrance is located behind through the alley beside the restaurant. The T is free and for anyone 21 years old and up.
STIR - The East End Martini Bar is the high-energy Sunday night LGBT dance party that everyone in the Triangle is talking about. Featuring live DJ's spinning the hottest, must-hear dance and popular music and  fabulous drink specials. STIR is free and starts at 10:00 PM for anyone 21 years of age. East End Martini Bar is located at 201 East Franklin Street.
Unwind - Offers a simple, lounge-like night that is centered on a calm, tranquil atmosphere every Wednesday at Fuse. Enjoy socializing and midweek relaxation with friends and local budding DJ's spinning midtempo yet captivating sounds. Unwind is free. Fuse is located at 403 West Rosemary Street.
Late Night with Roy 
Photo by
John Henson
Friday, October 15
Doors open at 6:30 PM, Event begins at 8:00 PM

Join Roy and the 2010 UNC basketball team in this annual fun-filled evening of skits, dances and basketball. This years event is hosted by ESPN analyst Stuart Scott, a UNC graduate. The first 15,000 fans through the doors receive a special gift compliments of the UNC General Alumni Association and the Department of Athletics.  Admission is free. For more information visit   
How do they come up with the dances, videos, and skits they perform?  CLICK HERE - to read an article giving some hints as to what you'll see tomorrow night!
The Clothing Warehouse, Affordable Vintage Style
Carrying classic Levi's & Wrangler jeans, sunglasses, cowboy boots, western shirts, corduroys as well as vintage clothing from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. The Clothing Warehouse is packed with racks of one-of-a-kind dresses, shirts, pants and skirts. No two pieces are identical and there is something for everyone including plus-size and children's vintage clothing.  Halloween is around the corner and The Clothing Warehouse has wigs, boots, sunglasses, and more accessories to complete your costume. For more information visit


Homemade Creations Video Night at Nightlight
Friday, October 15
Doors Open at 5:00 PM, Showings start at 7:00 PM
All are invited to share their original video art on the big screen, or just come to see some creative and amusing movies! No early submissions are required. Nightlight is a non-smoking all-ages club that offers cutting edge music, art shows, dance parties, ping pong tables, and a free lending library. Featuring an outdoor patio where smoking is allowed and offering WI-FI for customers. Serving coffee from Carrboro Coffee Company in addition to a selection of local beer, wine and liquor. Nightlight club is located at 405 1/2 West Rosemary Street. For a complete schedule of Nightlight's events visit
Thee Wild Weekend at The Cave
Friday, October 15 & Saturday, October 16
10:00 PM; $6 Each Night
Thee Wild Weekend (formerly Blackbeard's Lost Weekend) is a filthy, primal garage rock festival featuring two nights, six bands, two DJ's. In it's fifth year hosted by the Cave, the line-up includes Midway Charmers, The Gunslingers, All Howlers, Pinche Gringo, Mermaids, and The Conquerors.  The Cave is located at 452 1/2 West Franklin Street. For more information visit
Discovering Planets Show at the Planetarium
Saturday, October 16
9:30 AM

Take a whirlwind tour of our solar system, and find out what we might see and do on each planet. Learn how to identify Mars, Jupiter and other planets in the night sky and learn why Pluto is no longer considered a planet. Based on the same themes as Starry Nights, this engaging program series is designed for learners ages 7-12 and their families. Call Morehead Guest Relations at (919) 962-1236 or visit
171 Hair Studio  
Jorge Esquivel learned the craft of hair design in New York City, moved to Chapel Hill in the 1980's and has been happily working on Franklin Street ever since. 171 Hair Studio, located at 171 East Franklin Street,only three doors from the downtown post office/courthouse; offers hair styling, highlights, up-do's for special occasions, and a selection of hair products including shampoo, conditioner & finishing products. 171 Hair Studio is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM; and Saturday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. For more information visit  


Mandolin Orange at Local 506
Saturday, October 16
9:30 PM, $7 Advance, $8 Door
An all-around original folk duo; Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz pair guitar, violin and mandolin to compliment alluring lyrics and seamless harmonies. Their debut album, Quiet Little Room, released in Spring 2010, reflects both the influence of traditional music on their contemporary style and the simplified, authentic recordings which make up the compilation. Playing with Greg Humphreys of Dillon Fence, HOBEX; who just released a new album, Realign Your Mind. To listen to Mandolin Orange - CLICK HERE. For more information about the show, visit
Elaine's on Franklin Offers 3-Course Tasting Menu
From 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM every Tuesday through Saturday, join Elaine's on Franklin for a three-course special menu; $35 per person or $50 per person with wine pairings. Perfect for a pre-theatre or show dinner! Choice of selections varies nightly. Since 1999, Elaine's chef and owner Bret Jennings has been bringing to the West End, his unique style of regional American cuisine, fusing bold flavors and classical preparation and utilizing the finest local ingredients possible. Located at 454 West Franklin Street. For more information visit Elaine's offers FREE valet Parking, just steps from the front door!
Voices from the Grave:  
Photo by Ernie Dollar - Rachel Crook's ghost on the Voices from the Grave Tour.
Haunted Walking Tour of the Chapel Hill Cemetery
Friday,October 29
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Voices from the Grave will dramatically bring back to life some of the most famous, and infamous, residents of the old Chapel Hill Cemetery. From former slaves, to World War II and Civil War soldiers, to victims of unsolved murders, the tour will invite guests to hear the stories of those who met untimely deaths or had tortured lives. Like the case of Rachel Crook who once ran a fish market on the corner of Merritt Mill Road and West Franklin Street, the current location of Crook's Corner Restaurant. She was murdered in 1951. The case has never been solved.
Advanced tickets are encouraged for the tour and are being sold through the Preservation Society (919) 942-7818 or in person at the Horace Williams House at 610 E. Rosemary Street in Chapel Hill. For more information visit  
Kildare's Irish Pub Offers Daily Specials & Events
Tuesday night is Ladies Night at Kildare's with karaoke at 10PM! Celebrate your Wednesday with college night and cool down with the coldest drinks served on the Kildares luge. Enjoy a delicious skillet brunch while watching your favorite NFL team on the big screen. Half price all appetizers Monday - Friday from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Kildare's is located at 206 West Franklin Street. For more information visit


October Specials at Sugarland  
Monday - $5 Frozen Martinis 
Tues- 1/2 Price Cupcakes (Dine-in only); 4 for $10 (Pick-up)
Wednesday- Buy 1 Get 1 Free Gelato
Sugarland is Chapel Hill's own locally owned dessert cafe right in the heart of Franklin Street. Start your day off with beignets and cafe au lait in the morning and move on into the night with cabernet and creme brulee. Stop in for the gelato and marvel at the spectacular delicious cakes, personally made for birthdays, wedding, bar/bat mitzvahs, corporate events, and more. Sugarland makes everything from scratch with great local ingredients. Located at 140 East Franklin Street. For more information visit
Have you seen this amazing Sugarland video by Daytripp? Check it out - click here!
Butch Davis Live!
Every Wednesday
The Great Room at Top of the Hill
Join Coach Davis as he talks strategy about the weekly UNC Tar Heel football game at Top of the Hill! The show will also be broadcast live over TV's and sound in Back Bar and Upstairs. To see the show live, $20 minimum to sit in the Great Room. Call for reservations! For more information call 929-8676 or visit
Top of the Hill offers FREE Valet Parking Service too!

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FREE Valet Parking Downtown!
Enjoy an evening downtown with the ease and convenience of complimentary valet parking from Monday through Saturday at one of 18 participating downtown businesses. Patrons enjoying other establishments can also use the valet service for a $5.00 charge. Drop-off your car at two conveniently located valet parking stands; in front of the UNC Information Technology building(440 West Franklin Street), near the West End Wine Bar or in front of Spanky's Restaurant (101 East Franklin Street).

Participating Businesses: 411 West Italian CafeBonne Soiree,Carolina Brewery, Elaine's on Franklin, Mediterranean Deli & Catering, Jack Sprat Cafe, La Residence Restaurant & Bar, Lantern Restaurant, Talulla's Restaurant, Vespa Restaurant, West End Wine Bar, Cypress on the Hill , Mint Restaurant, FRANK: Franklin Street Arts Collective, Franklin Street Pizza & Pasta, R&R Grill, Salon 135, SANDWHICH, Spanky's Restaurant, Top of the Hill Brewery & Restaurant.

The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is charged with leading and managing downtown through partnership efforts; marketing and promoting the assets of downtown; improving the visual appeal of downtown; and rebuilding downtown as a mixed use center of retail, service, professional, governmental, institutional, and residential uses. Visit! Contact us at 919-967-9440 or