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What To Do & See This Week! 7/2/10

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The Crunkleton Presents Nic Brown and his New Novel Doubles
Saturday , July 3
Doubles - Nic Brown7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
The Crunkleton, in association with Flyleaf Books, Root Spirits, and The Splinter Group, is proud to present a night with acclaimed local author, Nic Brown. Nic has followed the success of his last book, Floodmarkers, with another sure shot, Doubles. Join Nic at The Crunkleton for libations, piano music from John Moye, and a special reading. Tennis whites are highly encouraged. The Crunkleton is located at 320 West Franklin Street. 
For more information visit
4th of July Celebration at Kenan Stadium
Sunday, July 4 
Gates open at 7PM, Concert at 8PM, Fireworks at 9PM

The Town of Chapel Hill, in cooperation with UNC-Chapel Hill, 1360 WCHL, the Chapel Hill Herald, and the Town of Carrboro, will present the annual July 4th Celebration and Fireworks at Kenan Stadium. Fireworks are viewable from inside the stadium ONLY. Patrons are encouraged to arrive EARLY for the best seats and entertainment from "Juggle Boy", Magic Mike, Paint Savvy, and Big Sam from Charlotte performs live.

Due to ongoing renovations to Kenan Stadium, available seating is on the North Side ONLY (opposite from previous years). Public access to the Stadium will be through Gates 1, 2, and 5 ONLY. Recommended parking for event patrons is the Craig, Jackson and Cardinal Parking Decks off of Manning Drive. Ram's Head Parking Deck off Ridge Road is CLOSED to public parking. Disability parking available along Stadium Drive. Parking also available in downtown Chapel Hill parking lots 2, 3, 5, and the Wallace Parking Deck, just a short walk over to the stadium from Downtown. For more information visit  

Old Fashioned 4th of July CelebrationOld 4th of July Picnic at Horace Williams House
Sunday, July 4
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Join the Chapel Hill Preservation Society for an Old Fashioned July 4th celebration on the shady Horace Williams House front lawn. Enjoy free ice cream and picnicking and a concert by the Village Band. For more information about the event, contact the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill at (919) 942-7818 or email Horace Williams House is located at 610 East Rosemary Street.
Big Fish Big Fish (PG13) - FREE!
Thursday, July 8
Starting at Sundown
Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy a movie under summer stars. Or grab some food from a downtown restaurant and have a picnic dinner on Wallace Plaza, an urban park set high above Rosemary Street! The Varsity on Franklin will be supplying concessions for the movie. The Wallace Plaza is accessible from E. Franklin St. behind the Post Office or through Amber Alley. Visit for more information.
Big Fish (2003) is based on the novel by Chapel Hill author Daniel Wallace. The story revolves around a dying father and his son, who is trying to learn more about his dad by piecing together the elusive legends and mythical stories he has gathered over the years. Through these tales, the son begins to understand his father's life.
LOCALLY GROWN is an outdoor, summer series of FREE live concerts and movies in Downtown Chapel Hill every Thursday evening. LOCALLY GROWN is sponsored by the  Town of Chapel Hill, Downtown Partnership, 140 West Franklin, WCHL 1360, The Chapel Hill Herald, Local 506, The Varsity on Franklin

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Somethin' Else... Where Every Gift is a Work of Art
Art at Somethin' ElseMon-Sat 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Sun 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
 Somethin' Else prides itself on an eclectic and unique collection of handmade American Craft comprised of local and national artists. Whether you are looking for a gift or a funky fun piece for your home, Somethin' Else has it!Customer service is of utmost importance, featuring complimentary gift wrapping, gift certificates, artist bios, wish lists, delivery, custom orders and personal consultations and shipping. Located at 318 West Franklin street; between Chapel Hill Comics and The Crunkleton Bar. Visit for more information.
Fridays on the Front Porch at the Carolina InnFridays on the Front Porch band
Every Friday at 5:30 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. 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
Big Green Bus Stops at the Morehead Planetarium
Big Green BusTuesday, July 6 
11:00 AM
Jump on board the vegetable oil-powered Big Green Bus as it makes a stop in Chapel Hill! Meet the Dartmouth students who are on the great American road trip in a 1989 MCI coach bus converted to run on waste vegetable oil; as they engage communities in talking about sustainability. Their mission is to help create a future that sustains people, the environment, and the economy by promoting simple lifestyle changes that conserve money, energy, and resources through improving efficiency in every day activities. For more information visit 
Upcoming Kidzu Children's Museum Events
Oceans and You!
Friday, July 2
10:30 AM
Join this active marine education program for the whole family. Includes stories, movement, and a fun craft. Free with admission and for members.
Science Alive - Let's Rock!
Thursday, July 8
4:00 PM
This is the second of a series of new monthly programs based on hands-on science education. During the drop-in program learn about types of rock and their cool characteristics. Everyone will have a chance to make a mini volcano and watch it explode. Free with admission and for members. For information visit        
Lunch with One at Ackland Art Museum
BethesdaWednesday, July 7
12:00 to 1:00 PM
One hour, one expert, one work of art! Bring lunch and enjoy an hour of inspiration and information as Director of Academic Programs Carolyn Allmendinger examines Jean Restout's Christ at the Pool of Bethesda.Free to members and $5 non-members. For more information visit     
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.
Live Music and Entertainment Every Night! 
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 and comedians.
Friday, July 2 - Lighting Bolt, Clang Quartet, In the Year of the Pig, 9:30PM, $8
Saturday, July 3 - The L in Japanese Dance Party
Monday, July 5 -LeMaster (Andy LeMaster of Now It's Overhead), 9:30PM, $8
For more information call 942-5506 or visit  

Friday, July 2 - Comedy w/ Michelle Macklay
Saturday, July 3 - Bad Dog Blues Band, $5; Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers w/ kelley and the Cowboys
Sunday, July 4 - 9th Annual Evil Wiener Wiener Roast featuring Evil Wiener & special guest
Monday, July 5 - Misty's Trivia Night; Stu Cole's First Monday's Ballroom Jam 
For more information call 968-9308 or visit      
Friday, July 2 - David Dondero, Ye Olde Shoppe, Skylar Gudasz and The Ugly Girls, 9:30PM, $6
Saturday, July 3 - Mocha Entertainment and Club Untouchables present...Open Mic Night, 9PM, $10
Sunday, July 4 - 4th of July Throwdown! Heavy Metal BBQ, 3PM
For more information call 960-6101 or visit   
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