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What to Do & See Downtown this Week! 11/4/10

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Meet the Artists Series at FRANK
FRANK Clay Show
photo by btyroler
Thursday, November 4
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Join FRANK as the gallery hosts Orange County Artist Guild painters, clay-makers, photographers and others as they explain their process, tell "behind the scene" stories, answer questions, and generally chat about what they love to do. Meet collagists- Sandy Milroy and Anita Wolfenden this week. FRANK is located at 109 East Franklin Street.  For more information visit 
Circle 'Round the Square
Thursday, November 4
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Kick-off to the holiday shopping season at University Square! Stores will have merchandise on sale, enjoy the sound of carolers, and festive holiday decorations will put us all in the spirit. Enter the Circle the Square contest by visiting the many different shops and restaurants with a special map. Each store will verify customer visits and the map will be turned in to enter a drawing for a special prize pack of merchandise. For more information visit
Science Cafe at the Back Bar  
First Thursday of Every Month
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 cutting-edge scientific topic followed by a question and answer session. Grab some food and a drink and expand your mind! Sponsored by Morehead Planetarium. This week's topic features Dr. Peter White, director of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, discussing the world of seeds and seed banks. Learn why scientists are building special "arks" for seeds. For more information visit Top of the Hill Restaurant or Morehead Planetarium.


The Eve Ball at Carolina Inn
Eve BallFriday, November 5
8:00 PM to Midnight
Franklin Street Yoga Center invites you to Chapel Hill's greatest Halloween Costume party The Eve Ball at the Carolina Inn. The Eve Ball is a benefit fundraiser for the Eve Marie Carson Scholarship. Dance to the beat of a fantastic  DJ, and enjoy a fabulous dessert bar. Costume contest begins at 10:00pm, so don't come as you are; come as you want to be and win a cash prize! To purchase tickets online and to view more details, visit
Recycle Flower Vases & Get a FREE Bouquet
flower vasesChapel Hill Florist is offering a great deal right now: bring three flower vases into the shop to be re-used and they'll give you a FREE bouquet of flowers ($10.00 value)! What a great way to help our planet and brighten the day of a loved one with some flowers! Chapel Hill Florist is located at 200 West Franklin Street, between Aveda Chapel Hill  and Lime & Basil Restaurant. For more information visit
Get Inspired with Art at Kidzu Children's Museum
Every Saturday
10:30 AM to 11:15 AM
Artist of the Month at Kidzu: Eric Carle! This month Kidzu will explore the books and illustrations of Eric Carle. Using his work for inspiration children will create their own stories and illustrations throughout the month. For kids ages 3-8 years old and their caregivers; cost is $2 per child.  Space is limited. Same day registration is welcome. For more information visit 

Book Signing at Chapel Hill Comics

Saturday, November 6

1:00 PM
Chapel Hill Comics is hosting a book signing for the creators of Nereena, the Fairy Queen of Halloween! Richard James Boyd and Vanessa Rumaz Boyd are the local writer and artist of Nereena, and they're also the publishers. If you want to meet these folks and find about what it takes to write, draw, and publish a full-color kids' book, come to Chapel Hill Comics! For more information visit

Free Yoga Classes at Franklin Street Yoga Center
Tuesdays & Thursdays, Until 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
Kildare's Irish Pub Offers Daily Specials & Events
On Mondays, Kildare's has 35 cent wings (6 fantastic flavors) and great beer specials followed by pub trivia at 10pm. Stop singing in the shower and sing at Kildare's with Tuesday Karaoke, join the best of Chapel Hill and sing your heart out! On Wednesdays duing the day, is UNC Business Appreciation Day, come down on your lunch break at get 10% off your food! Doors open for fun at 10pm with college night; pub pong, liquor luje and much more!  Kildare's has joined with Chapel Hill Yoga Studio to contribute to the Eve Carsons Scholarship Fund.  Friday, November 5, come to Kildare's and dine in, a portion of the proceeds will go to the scholarship. For more information visit
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Friday, November, 5
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
John Dee Holeman and Lightnin' Wells will perform  as part of the Sustaining Roots Music Community Project collaboration with UNC's Southern Studies Department to increase awareness of Piedmont traditions. The concert is FREE and will be held on the porch of the historic Love House - 410 East Franklin Street. Refreshments will be provided, but guests are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and donations to assist SOOTS' cause to give a hand up to elderly musicians. For more information visit

Record Sale at Wilson Library

Saturday, November 6

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM 
Thousands of country, bluegrass, blues and rock recordings will be sold at Wilson Library on UNC's campus. Items consist of LPs, 45 and 78 rpm records, CDs, books and magazines. Artists include Bessie Smith, Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Emmylou Harris, and the Red Clay Ramblers. Each record will be individually priced at fair market value and is either a duplicate or beyond the scope of the collection. Proceeds benefit the Southern Folklife Collection in the Wilson Special Collections Library. For more information, visit or contact  Steve Weis at (919) 962-1345.


The Silver Factory Gala at the Ackland Art Museum
Saturday, November 6
6:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Not just another "black tie" event, The Silver Factory Gala is the first of a new generation of FUNdraisers designed to celebrate the collaboration of artists, poets, photographers, musicians, curators, and scholars. An evening of fine food and drink, live music, performance, and dancing at the Top of the Hill and the Ackland, The Silver Factory Gala will blur the lines between museum, artist's studio, dance hall, prominent party location, and an actual factory for new ideas expressed in multiple media. For more information visit
Mark Your Calendars: Support RSVVP DAY
Tuesday, November 9
"RSVVP" stands for "Restaurants Sharing 10 Percent" (The Vs are Roman numeral 5s, so V+V=10). Enjoy breakfast, lunch and/or dinner at your favorite RSVVP participating restaurant and 10% of your tab will be donated to the hunger-relief programs -The Community Kitchen & The Emergency Food Pantry - of the Inter-Faith Council in Chapel Hill-Carrboro. For a complete list of participating restaurants visit 

'The Best of Broadway' Performances 

Friday, November 5 at 8:00 PM

Sunday, November 7 at 3:00 PM
Back by popular demand, Richard Wall, Chapel Hill-based musical director and singing coach, is pleased to present two free performances entitled The Best of Broadway featuring the Triangle's finest singers at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Reception Hall, (Old Sanctuary), 300 East Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill. Musical selections will span the best of Broadway including songs from The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Kiss Me Kate, Mame, Cats, Mack and Mabel, Show Boat, Miss Saigon, Godspell,  and many more. Best of Broadway is free and open to the public.  Donations are graciously accepted to support Habitat for Humanity. For more information please call (919) 942-0972.


                     Uniquities - Apothecary and Gifts

Bootlegging Liquor: The Race is On!  
Wednesday, November 10
6:00 PM
The Crunkleton will be hosting NASCAR Legend Junior Johnson to share stories about racing the law through the mountains of NC, his role in the "family" business, the early days of stock car racing, and the legally made liquor he is producing with Piedmont Distillers in Madison, NC.  Big Fat Gap will be performing and The Original Q-Shack will be feeding all BBQ beef brisket, pork, and ribs. The ticket cost for this event is $48 and tickets need to be purchased in advance. Tickets purchased the day of the event or at the door are $60. You may purchase tickets at The Crunkleton with one of the bartenders or you can email Gary or call 919-265-9413 to make arrangements. For more information visit


Beauty on a Budget at Avedaaveda products
Hair - $5 Off any Color Service
Spa - $30 pure focus facial
Nails - EVERYDAY, ANYTIME Specials
Spa Manicure for $15: includes 1 free bottle of OPI polish
Spa Pedicure for $25 : includes 1 free bottle of OPI polish
Mani/Pedi Combo for $40: includes 1 free bottle of OPI polish & travel size hand or foot relief. Beauty on a Budget specials are not valid with other offers and expire on 11/30/10; available Tuesday-Thursday.  Work done exclusively by supervised students. For more information visit  


LUNAFEST at Varsity Theater
Thursday, November 11
6:30 PM
LUNAFEST Connects women through film in a traveling festival of short films by, for and about women. Organized by Team LUNAChix, LUNAFEST will feature an hors d'oeuvres reception, a silent auction and a raffle. Guests will also hear from community leaders in the cancer field and cancer survivors will share their inspiring stories.  100% of the proceeds from the event will benefit the the North Carolina Cancer Hospital and The Breast Cancer Fund. Tickets are $25 each or $40 per couple. Limited Tickets are also available at the Varsity Box Office.  For more information or tickets please visit  


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, Nov. 4 - Fang Island, Delicate Steve, Pan
Friday, Nov. 5 - Future Islands, Lonnie Walker, Motor Skills
Saturday, Nov. 6 - Shearwater, Damien Jurado
Sunday, Nov. 7 - Freelance Whales, Miniature Tigers

Call 942-5506 or visit  
Thursday, Nov. 4-Brandon Herndon & John Pardue's Songslingers Showcase; Radio Silent Auction, Sleep Control, Daniel Sean
Friday, Nov. 5 - Comedy w/ Michelle Maclay; John HOwie Jr. & The Rosewood Bluff w/ The Tremors
Saturday, Nov. 6 - Bad Dog Blues Band; Destroyed Ankle Benefit
Monday, Nov.8- Misty's Trivia Night; Skippy Skip
Call 968-9308 or visit      
Thursday, Nov. 4- 919 Noise Showcase w/ Benoit Pioulard, Nik Woondt, CJ Boyd, Treeclimber
Friday, Nov. 5 - Black Skies, Cough, Resister
Saturday, Nov. 6 - The World Home Brew Festival w/ Lizzy Ross, Gambling the Muse; CD Release Party for The Fooligans w/ Doombunny

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 19 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, 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.

People on BenchThe 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