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What To Do & See This Week! 5/21/10

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LOCALLY GROWN Rooftop Music and Movies Series Downtown
LG - Love Language ShowLOCALLY GROWN is a summer-long series of FREE live concerts and movies on the Wallace Plaza, atop the Wallace Parking Deck at 150 E. Rosemary Street. This summer's line up includes nationally-known but locally-based music acts as well as documentary and feature films created by local authors and directors. Details at LOCALLY GROWN is presented by the Town of Chapel Hill and the Downtown Partnership.
Concert nights feature some of Chapel Hill's most loved and upcoming bands. Featuring a beer garden offering hand-crafted beers along with a selection of wines; as well as food from some of Franklin Street's favorite restaurants. The movies include documentary and feature films as well as entertaining movies for the whole family. The Varsity on Franklin Theater will offer concessions at all movie nights. Movies start at sundown so bring a chair or blanket, grab food to-go from a downtown restaurant, and enjoy a picnic dinner under the stars!
Locally Grown Schedule:
Thursday, June 24, 7:00 PM - Southern Culture on the Skids  w/ The Moaners(concert)
Thursday, July 8 - Big Fish (film)
Thursday, July 15 - The Neverending Story (film)
Thursday, July 22 - Moving Midway (film)
Thursday, July 29, 7:00 PM - The Old Ceremony w/ Ryan Gustafson (concert)
Thursday, August 5 - Babe (film)
Thursday, August 12 - Sherman's March (film)
Thursday, August 19 - Fantastic Mr. Fox (film)
Thursday, August 26, 7:00 PM - Lost in the Trees w/ The Physics of Meaning (concert)

Our mission is to promote the downtown community by encouraging people to come downtown and shop and eat at local businesses throughout the entire business district and enjoy local entertainment and activities summer evenings. Locally Grown is sponsored by WCHL 1360, Local 506, Varsity on Franklin Theater, Town of Chapel Hill and the Downtown Partnership.
For more information visit or call 967-9440.
Bike Chapel Hill-Carrboro Event Downtown

Bike RidingFriday, May 21
5:30 PM
This 8-mile, FREE cycling event starts and ends at the Wallace Plaza on top of the Wallace Parking Deck located at 150 East Rosemary Street.  Cyclists stop for a water break at Carrboro Town Commons where Chapel Hill and Carrboro leaders will make comments and join the ride. At 7:00 PM the group finishes back downtown with a band, food, informational tables and activities.
For more information contact Len Cone at or 919-969-5065.
Community Celebration to Honor Local Business Women
Saturday, May 22
2:00 PM
Hargraves Community Center
The community will honor five African American women, Norman Bell, Eva Barnett, Ethel Carver, Sarah E. Carter, and Bettye Jenkins,
Bettye Jenkins of Bettye's Flower Design
Bettye Jenkins - Bettye's Flower Designs
who have maintained businesses in Chapel Hill for a combined 50 years. The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority of Chapel Hill, Mu Omega Chapter, is holding a reception to honor and celebrate these exceptional women who have struggled to make their businesses survive and thrive.  Their families and friends will be in attendance as well as they are recognized individually for their contributions to the business community. The event is open to the public and is free. For more information,  contact Lisa Norwood at 919-542-1639. 
Creepy Crawlies DanceCreepy Crawlies Family Event at Kidzu
Saturday, May 22
3:00 PM

From grub to bug, caterpillar to butterfly -- come sing, dance and explore the movements of springtime creepy crawlies with Debbie Cook.  Learn more about Debbie's dance and elementary teaching experience on her website at This event is free with admission and for members. No registeration is required- just drop in. For more information call Kidzu at 933-1455. Kidzu Children's Museum is located at 105 East Franklin Street. For more information on all of Kidzu's fantastic program and events visit
Fortune Smiles AcklandFortune Smiles Exhibit Opens at the Ackland
Sunday, May 23
1:00 PM
Distinguished by its impressive diversity, this Tyche Foundation gift includes drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, calligraphy, and photographs. When viewed as a whole, the collection encompasses a wide stylistic range. Among the pieces included are a sensuous Greek head dating from 500 BCE, an exquisite and minutely-detailed Indian watercolor from the seventeenth century, and Edouard Manet's first published etching (The Gypsies, 1862). The Tyche Foundation gift is an astonishing collection of works marked by an uncompromising aesthetic quality. For more information on these events and all the Ackland Art Museum has to offer please visit
HOPE & LOVE Chapel Hill Host Community Dinner Together 
Monday, May 23
Community Dinner - HOPE5:30 PM
Love Chapel Hill has partnered with HOPE for their monthly community dinner...cook out style on the lawn of 103 Emerson Drive, off of Cameron Avenue. The dinner is free and open to everyone in the community. Bring a blanket, friends and your appetite. HOPE's community dinners are monthly gatherings that connect the community around Chapel Hill with students at UNC. The dinners provide members of the community with a free meal in a relaxed environment, while also offering basic essential goods and valuable educational training. 
LIMELIGHT's May Sale Featuring New Items
Summer is almost here so get your summer wardrobe at LIMELIGHT at a fraction of department store costs! LIMELIGHT is featuring these sales for May:
--Buy two tops, get third 1/2 off
--20% off all shoes
--20% off all skirts
New purses in stock including Fendi, Gucci, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Burberry, Dooney & Bourke and, of course, Coach! New clothing items by Glam, Plenty, BB Dakota, Betsey Johnson, Kasil, Free People, Jade, Haven, Sweeties, MinkPink and Nick & Mo! LIMELIGHT is located at 402 West Franklin Street across from McDonalds. For more information visit
What's Up with FRANK?
Photo by btyroler.
FRANK - BTyroler
Friday, May 27
6:00 PM
Join artist Elaine O'Neil as she gives a talk entitled, "A Color Embellishment with Stitches" during FRANK's Thursday night artist's salon event. FRANK features work from over 70 local artists and offers paintings, ceramics and sculpture as well as a wide selection of fine art, craft, wearables, and gifts.
FRANK is located at 109 East Franklin Street. For more information please visit
Support Gary Crunkleton Going Bald!
St. Baldrick's EventSaturday, May 29
4:00 PM
Each year, 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer worldwide.To combat childhood cancer St. Baldrick's Foundation has hosted over 135,000 volunteers who have shaved their heads in solidarity with kids fighting cancer at more than 3,500 events all around the world. You too can support these efforts by sponsoring Gary Crunkleton in his quest to go bald for St. Baldrick's! The Crunkleton will be hosting a St. Baldrick's event at the bar on Saturday, May 29 - join Gary and other volunteers as they have their heads shaved! To sponsor Gary - click here!  The Crunkleton is located at 320 West Franklin Street;
Picnic with McAlister's DeliMcAlisters Menu Picture
All summer long McAlister's Deli has a great offer: Any catering order made at McAlister's Deli will receive free tea or lemonade to complete your picnic!  As always McAlister's offers FREE delivery and orders only need to be placed a day in advance to encourage summer spontaneity!  McAlister's Deli offers something for everyone; sandwiches, spuds, salads, soups and sweets. McAlister's Deli is located at 205 East Franklin Street. For details or to place an order call 969-1102. Visit to view and download a menu.
New to Yoga? Try out a Free Class! 
Yoga- FSYC
Franklin Street Yoga Center will be offering free classes this summer to the entire community. The classes are taught by teachers who have just completed their winter training at the Center. The classes will follow the basics format with attention to alignment and flow. This would be a great opportunity to introduce yourself to yoga, check out the Franklin Street Yoga Center, bring a friend to a class and support these new instructors! The free classes will be offered: Mondays, May 3-August 30 at 4:15pm-5:45pm, and
Wednesdays, May 5-September 1 at 7:30pm-8:45pm.These classes will be free until September 2. For more information visit
Guardians of the Hill: The History of the Chapel Hill Police Dept
Exhibit open until October 31, 2010
Guardians of the Hill ExhibitThe Chapel Hill Museum's newest exhibit features historical artifacts and documents from the police department's archives. The angry, usually good natured, and frequently clever, letters that accompanied parking ticket fines were a favored document to collect by the the police department in the mid-20th century.  And few know that in the late 19th century moonshine and prostitution were the most prevalent of crimes or even that Chapel Hill has its own aging cold-case file! The museum is located at 523 East Franklin Street. For more information visit
Tunes on Tuesday on the Patio at La Residence
La Residence PatioEvery Tuesday, All Summer
5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
La Residence Restaurant and Bar is featuring live music on the patio every Tuesday night through the summer months.  There will be no cover but there will be wine and cocktail specials. Tunes on Tuesday features a rotating line up of local musicians playing folk, bluegrass, blues, and more. La Residence is located at 202 West Rosemary Street. For more information call 967-2506 or visit
Fridays on the Front Porch at the Carolina InnFridays on the Front Porch band
Fridays 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
 Spend your end-of-the-week evening relaxing and enjoying good food, music, and the company of friends on the shady lawn at the Carolina Inn every Friday. There is no cover charge, and you can enjoy drinks and appetizers from a special menu offered by the Inn on its Tiny Vittles menu with full bar service. Every week features some of the best local music around. For more information and a line up of the bands, visit
Now Showing at The Varsity on Franklin 
Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and Slap Shot
Don't miss the Tuesday Date Night Special: 2 Admissions + 2 Drinks + 2 Popcorns = $10! And when you sign up for the theater newsletter at their website you get a free small popcorn! The theater is located at 123 East Franklin Street. Visit for more information.
Vintage CarsFREE Valet Parking on the West End!
Enjoy an evening downtown with the ease and convenience of complimentary valet parking from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM - Monday through Saturday. 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.
Participating Businesses: 411 West Italian CafeBonne 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.
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. Visit! Contact us at 919-967-9440 or