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What To Do & See This Week! 5/6/10

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Congratulations UNC Class of 2010!
Downtown Chapel Hill welcomes everyone that will be celebrating this weekend with their favorite recent Grads...under Carolina Blue skies of course! Congratulations to all who have worked hard to earn those degrees. Spring commencement will be held on Sunday, May 9 at 9:30 AM at Kenan Stadium. For more information about UNC's commencement please visit
Sweets for Sweet Mom at The Chocolate Door
The Chocolate DoorNothing says 'I love you Mom' more than a little box of love from The Chocolate Door! Check out the menu of 25 regular flavors including Butterscotch, Hazelnut, and Chocolate Caramel.  And if your mom is adventurous she'll love the unique and flavorful Chocolate Bacon and Chocolate Salty Potato Chips! The Chocolate Door is located at 516 W. Franklin St. with plenty of parking right next door. For more information visit
Quirky & Stylistic Meet at Goodbones Vintage
Goodbones Vintage ChairsFinished your spring cleaning yet? Great because that means there's more room in your dwelling to fill with much funkier stuff! Goodbones Vintage has something for everyones tastes featuring mid-century furniture, lamps, vintage vinyl, and lots of other cool finds. On a nice day many of the stores wares are out on the front lawn daring you to try not to stop and shop! Goodbones Vintage is located at 406 West Rosemary Street, next door to Mama Dip's Restaurant. For photos and descriptions of what Goodbones has to offer, check out
Moon and Lola Trunk Show at Uniquities
Friday, May 7
12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Kelly Shatat will be showing off her amazing jewelry line Moon and Lola for an exclusive Uniquities Trunk show! She's been featured in countless magazines (In Style, Life and Style, US Weekly, etc) and celebs love her dainty necklaces and ornate earrings! Kelly will make you a personalized charm necklace while you wait- featuring her vintage monogrammed charms - they would make a great graduation or Mother's Day gift! Uniquities is located at 452 West Franklin Street. For more information visit
World Cocktail Week Celebration at The Crunkleton
Crunkleton Bar 1The Crunkleton will be celebrating World Cocktail Week from May 6 to May 13! World Cocktail Week promotes a better understanding and appreciation of the art and history of the cocktail, while also supporting responsible drinking. The Crunkleton will donate 10% of the proceeds to the Museum of the American Cocktail. For more information on the week long celebration visit
Events at FRANK
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FRANK - BTyroler
Art Gallery
May 7, 5:00 PM- Wine Tasting with Benjamin Vineyards
May 8, 2:00 PM- UNC Student musicians performance 
May 9, 3:00-5:00 music by the BarHop String Quartet
FRANK is hosting a series of great events this weekend in the gallery. What a great opportunity to stop by and pick up a beautiful gift for mom or your favorite Grad! 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
Moms Love Decorated Flower Pots Made at Kidzu!
Every Saturday
10:30 AM and 11:30 AM
Let the kids get messy and make Mom a unique gift during Kidzu's Express Yourself! hands-on classes. Children can experience the joy of making and experiencing all types of art. And this weekend they'll be decorating flower pots for Mom! Classes are $2.00 per child (3-8 years old). Space is limited, so sign-up now call 933-1455. 
And coming soon...
Members Musical PJ Party on Friday, May 14, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
An after hours special event for current Kidzu members.  Kids will enjoy free play time on a Friday night. Special guest Erica Berry will host a drum circle at 6:00 PM. Feel free to wear your pajamas. Refreshments will be served. RSVP by calling 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
Visit Peacock Alley For All Mother's Day and Graduation Gifts!Peacock Alley LogoPeacock Alley offers a variety of gift alternatives from some of the most distinguished designers in the world, including a wide variety of luxury bed lines, fine soaps, home accessories, European antiques, furniture, crystal lamps, and the list goes on. Peacock Alley is located at 123 West Franklin Street (University Square). For more information call 967-2152 or visit
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
Tunes on Tuesday Features Guilty Pleasures
La Residence PatioTuesday, May 11
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
Studio Supply Has Gifts for Mom
This Mother's Day, while everyone else is out buying flowers and jewelry, why not surprise your mother with a fresh bouquet of paint brushes or a box of watercolors? Studio Supply has everything you need to make your mom feel really special, including great deals on high-quality paints, beautiful handmade journals, instructional art books, decorative papers and more! L
ocated at 421 West Franklin St.; for more information visit

Second Friday Artwalk at Studio Supply featuring Abigail Wilson

Friday, May 14

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Studio Supply is holding an opening reception of 'From Here to Where and Back Again', new works by local print artist Abigail Wilson. Enjoy art and refreshments, plus make and trade artist trading cards! Supplies will be provided and everything is free and open to the public. Learn more about Wilson's work at Woodcarvings by Wilson will be on display at Studio Supply until May 30th.
Talulla's Expands Menu
Talulla's Restaurant features unique Turkish cuisine and ambiance in the heart of Chapel Hill. Recently Talulla's added multiple whole fish and nightly special options to the menu; options that blend well with their ever evolving wine list. Talulla's also features exclusive specials every week. Talulla's friendly family atmosphere is a great option to celebrate Mother's Day & Graduation this Weekend dining. For reservations contact or by phone, 919.933.1177. Located at 456 West Franklin Street, visit for more information. Talullas offers FREE valet Parking nightly starting at 5:00 PM.
Drawing in the Galleries at Ackland Art Museum
Saturday, May 8  from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Drawing in the Galleries invites the artist inside of you to get creative in the galleries. All levels are welcome to bring paper and dry media (crayon, pencils, etc.) and sketch amongst the artworks - for free! Drawing for Kids invites children ages 9 to 12 to experience drawing in the galleries. Registration is required for this event. Free for members, $5 for nonmembers. For more information on these events and all the Ackland Art Museum has to offer please visit
Fridays on the Front Porch at the Carolina InnFridays on the Front Porch band
Friday, May 7 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos 
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

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Food Tours of Downtown Chapel Hill & Carrboro
Saturdays at 2:30

Explore and discover a culinary and historical perspective of downtown Chapel Hill and Carrboro that only an insider might know! Take a leisurely walk through the downtown streets of Chapel Hill & Carrboro and pause numerous times for sample tastings and personal insights from a cross-section of this area's finest and most unique establishments. Along the way, the streetscapes and local character will combine to reveal how unique and different each are despite their close proximity. For more information and details please visit
This is Spinal TapThe Varsity on Franklin 
Now Showing: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone & This is Spinal Tap
Coming Soon: The Big Lebowski & Citizen Kane
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.
Tar Heel Treasures Sale to Benefit Habitat for Humanity
Tar Heel TreasuersSaturday, May 15
7:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Dean Smith Center - UNC Campus
When thousands of UNC students move off campus at the end of the spring semester they leave a lot of treasures behind. Tar Heel Treasures is a sale of reusable items donated by these students including carpets, microwaves, lamps, bookshelving, bedding, tvs, books, games, clothes and so much more. In an effort to greatly reduce sending these items to the landfill Tar Heel Treasures will be holding a sale open to the public. For more information visit
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