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What to Do & See Downtown this Week! 10/7/10

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

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LUNAFEST at Varsity Theater
Thursday, October 7
7:00 PM
Family Violence Prevention Center (FVPC) hosts LUNAFEST, a festival of short films created by, for, and about women. LUNAFEST is sponsored by LUNA, the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, to simultaneously promote women filmmakers, raise awareness for women's issues and support nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada. The proceeds of LUNAFEST will benefit FVPC with a portion of the proceeds benefiting The Breast Cancer Fund. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. They are available at FVPC's office at 201 E. Rosemary Street.  Tickets are limited cash or check only please. Please call Elizabeth at 929-3872 with any questions or for group sales and visit
Back Alley Bikes; Offering Repairs & Sales
Back Alley Bikes is a service based bicycle shop that mainly repairs broken bikes but also fixes up old bikes for sale and occasionally sells new ones. Back Alley Bikes is a fair-profit organization. Their goal is to make enough profit to subsist, but keep prices low and work a little harder so that people will fix their bikes and ride them! Back Alley Bikes is open Monday - Saturday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM and is located at 108 Graham Street. For more information visit
Artist Salon at FRANK
photo by btyroler
FRANK Clay Show
Thursday, October 7
6:00 PM
Join Susan Filley, co-curator of the NC Clay Invitational and a founding member of FRANK, as she talks about porcelain and making pots. The North Carolina Clay Invitational at FRANK 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 
Science Cafe at the Back Bar
Thursday, October 7
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
On the 1st Thursday of every month, in the Back Bar at Top of the Hill, an expert will give a short presentation on a relevant scientific topic followed by a question and answer session. Grab some food and a drink and expand your mind! Sponsored by Morehead Planetarium. Now featuring Pizza Powerball, Sunday through Thursday - giving away a free pizza every hour from 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM! For more information visit  
Think Art - Think Ackland - Think Thursday
Thursday, October 7
Open Until 8:00 PM
Jump-start your weekend or add a little culture to your Thursday evening out on Franklin Street: "Think Thursday" evening programs at the Ackland offer exhibition tours, music, films, gallery talks, and other activities during the Museum's extended hours.This Thursday at 6:00 PM: "High Style for Everyday Use": A Talk by J. J. Bauer, Visual Resources Curator at UNC. This talk will explore how the Art Nouveau style entered into the vernacular of mass culture and became the first comprehensively applied art. Free and open to all. For more information visit                               
$2 Drafts at Sandwhich  
Every Tuesday & Thursday
Sandwhich is offering $2 drafts every Tuesday and Thursday. Enjoy one of their famous signature sandwiches or rotisserie chicken along with a pint and enjoy the company of friends and neighbors on the terrace overlooking West Franklin Street. Sandwhich is open Monday - Saturday, from 11AM to 9PM and is located at 407 West Franklin Street, next door to McDonald's. For more information visit
Free Trolley Service for 2nd Friday ArtWalk
Friday, October 8Trolley
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Twenty-five local businesses will participate in the 2nd Friday ArtWalk this month, many of them with live music and other art related entertainment. The Visitors Bureau will be offering a THREE FREE trolleys with stop & go service, so ArtWalk enthusiasts can hop on and off the trolleys at various stops. Trolley service begins at the  ArtsCenter on E. Main Street in Carrboro and University Mall on Estes Drive. For complete details about the 2nd Friday ArtWalk and the trolley service, visit  

Limelight Boutique Features Local Artists
Jennifer Whitehead - Owner
Friday, October 8
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Limelight Boutique will be featuring local artists Sam Peterson and Moriah Lefebvre in the store.  Limelight will also have JRJ Jewelry by Jackie Reid and Karen Ivanhoff's Butterfly Boutique Handmade Headbands! All are invited to enjoy  wine and sweets while you shop. LIMELIGHT is the best of new and not-so-new-but-still-fabulous clothing for savvy fashionistas. You'll discover fashions that fit into your budget without compromising your taste. Limelight is located at 402 West Franklin Street.  For more information visit


Artist of the Month & Artist Trading Cards
Friday, October 8
6:00 PM
This month, Studio Supply presents Maggi Grace! Maggi is a writer and visual artist in Carrboro.  Join Studio Supply during the 2nd Friday ArtWalk for Maggi's opening reception.  Refreshments will be served. While you're there, make and trade artist trading cards!  Studio Supply is located at  421 West Franklin Street. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit
Chapel Hill Museum Auction
Friday, October 8
7:00 PM
Auction items include, Chapel Hill memorabilia, out-of-print books; hard-to- find editions on the region, autographs, imagery and media specific to some of Chapel Hill's most famous citizens; unusual collections of era-specific objects, original paintings and sculpture by noted artists, antique tools, vintage photographic accessories and medical equipment, antique souvenirs and natural artifacts will accompany a variety of historical material.  Doors open at 6:00 PM for registration and preview. For more information, call (919) 967-1400.
R&R OT - Overtime, On the Terrace  
Every Friday
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

After a long week, come work overtime on the terrace at R&R and enjoy local, original live music on the patio! This week R&R will be hosting The Monkey and the Engineer; a local two-man band playing acoustic rock n' roll blues.  R&R Grill features traditional American cuisine and a comfortable, lively atmosphere. Specialties include slow-cooked ribs, home-ground burgers, gourmet flatbread pizzas and a selection of entrees including steak, fish and chicken. R&R Grill is located at 137 East Franklin Street. For more information visit
UNC vs. Clemson Football Game - GO HEELS! 
Saturday, October 9, Kick off at 3:30PM
The Tar Heels take on the Clemson University Tigers this weekend. For complete details on Carolina Football, the game schedule, and ticket information visit  Football gamedays bring excitement and activity to downtown that everyone enjoys- even if you don't have tickets to the game! In Tar Heel Town everyone in the family will enjoy the Old Well Walk, the Bell Tower Climb, face painting, meeting Rameses, bounce houses, food, and more. For information on Tar Heel Express, the FREE Downtown/Stadium Shuttle, or FREE Valet Parking: click here.
FREE 'Go Heels' & 'Welcome Clemson Fans' Signs
Business Class Inc., Chapel Hill business that provides resources for managers andGo Heels Sign business owners, has created ready-to-go signs that you can easily print and hang in your business or hold up during the game! To download the signs - click here. Business Class, Inc. makes these signs available for all Carolina home football games!
Game Day Edition of Fridays on the Front Porch
Saturday, October 9

Join the Carolina Inn for the Game Day Edition of "Fridays on the Front Porch." Get geared up for the UNC vs. Clemson game with music, cool drinks, and plenty of Carolina spirit! Kenan Stadium is only steps away. The Carolina Crossroads Bar will serve its complete bar menu with drink specials. The tailgate party will continue after the game with a southern style buffet. No cover charge or reservations required. Go Heels! For more information visit


Secret Film Night at Nightlight  
Monday, October 11
8:00 PM
Nightlight is hosting a new series of film nights with live, genre-related music. This week will feature  a viewing of a surf rock movie with Chapel Hill's own PHATLYNX performing. 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
Free Yoga Classes at Franklin Street Yoga Center

Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 5 to December 9 
4:15 PM to 5:30 PM
Franklin Street Yoga Center is offering free Basics Format classes to the community. This is the recommended class for eager beginners to yoga as they have a slower pace and focus on building awareness in basic postures. A steady and informative class that combines movement, breath, and meditation to foster flexibility, relaxation, and self-awareness. These classes will be taught by various teachers from the studio and teachers who have just completed teacher training with Lori Burgwyn, Franklin Street Yoga Center's owner. For more information visit
BUNS Offers Good Food, Delivered Fast
BUNS menu offers 100% Angus chuck beef burgers, fresh ground turkey burgers, and homemade veggie burgers handcrafted daily. Also available are seared tuna and grilled salmon sandwiches. And french fries cut fresh throughout the day using only the finest Idaho potatoes.  With a wide selection of both traditional and unique  cheeses and toppings, you can create a simple, classic burger or one with a gourmet flare. Open daily for lunch and dinner, with late-night weekend hours. Buns is located at 107 N. Columbia 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!
Kildare's Irish Pub Offers Daily Specials & Events
Tuesday night is Ladies Night with karaoke at 10:00 PM! Celebrate your Wednesday with laughs and luges, starring our hottest comedians in town and coldest drinks on Franklin St. On Sunday, enjoy a delicious skillet brunch while watching your favorite NFL team on the big screen. Half price all appetizers Monday-Friday 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Kildare's is located at 206 West Franklin Street. For more information visit


 Dinner and a Movie: Top of the Hill & Varsity Theater

Everyday, 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Dinner and a MovieDate night just got a lot easier with Top of the Hill and the Varsity on Franklin's new partnership! Just $29 gets you two Top of the Hill entrees, two non-alcoholic beverages and two tickets to the early show at the Varsity Theater. Free valet parking available too!  Reservations welcome but not required. Top of the Hill Restaurant is located at 100 East Franklin St., Third Floor. For more information please call (919) 929-8676 or visit or  Varsity at   


Live Music, Trivia, Dance Parties...and more! 
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, trivia & open mic nights, and comedians.
Thursday, Oct 7 - Born Ruffians, Winter Gloves
Friday, Oct 8 - The Huguenots, Aminal, The Ill Family
Saturday, Oct 9 - Joe Pug & The Hundred Mile Band, Vandaveer
Sunday, Oct 10 - Screaming Females, Pink Flag

Call 942-5506 or visit  
Top of the Hill LogoTrivia Night - Every Wednesday at 9:00 PM
First prize is a $50 gift certificate for Top of the Hill! Enjoy signature cocktails or cask-conditioned handcrafted ales, like the new Southern Saison. Teams can be any size, so come early to get the good seats! The Back Bar (Top of the Hill) is located at 100 East Franklin St., Third Floor. Call 929-8676 or visit

Thursday, Oct 7 - Brandon Herndon & John Pardue's Songslingers Showcase, Jane Francis
Friday, Oct 8 - Muy Cansado, Killer Filler w/ Phatlynx
Saturday, Oct 9 - Susan Gibson, Transportation w/ Simple
Sunday, Oct 10 - The Lighter Side, Blue Sky Mission Club
Monday, Oct 11 - Misty's Trivia Night

Call 968-9308 or visit      
Thursday, Oct 7 - Neill Prewitt, Alexis Gideon, 9 Fingered Thug, Mecanikill
Friday, Oct 8 - Odessa Record Release for Wild Wild Geese, Drunk Tigers, Bad Cop
Saturday, Oct 9 - Scout Niblett, Holy Sons, Michael Holland with Peas and Collards, Bad Mr. Viswas and the Family
Sunday, Oct 10 - Steve Gunn, Ezekiel Graves, Villages

Call 960-6101 or visit  

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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