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What to Do & See Downtown this Week! 7/27/10

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The Old Ceremony 2 
The Old Ceremony 
   w/ Ryan Gustafson
Thursday, July 29
Gates Open - 6PM; Show Starts - 7PM
 Wallace Plaza, on top of Wallace Parking Deck - 150 E. Rosemary Street
Beer garden featuring Carolina Brewery drafts  & food from downtown restaurants - open at 6PM! For complete details and a schedule of all concerts & movies, visit:
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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Complete Your Summer Reading at The Bookshop

Monday to Friday- 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Saturday -11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Sunday -1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The Bookshop is a used and rare bookstore, located on West Franklin Street, near the Crunkleton. While wandering through the stacks of the Bookshop's 100,000 book inventory, with 18,000 listed online;  you are sure to find that perfect beach book! And if you are lucky, one of the resident Bookshop cats might just browse with you. The Bookshop is located at 400 West Franklin Street. For more information call 942-5178 or visit

Wednesday Night Flights at West End Wine Bar
Every Wednesday, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Have you heard about the Wednesday Night Flights? No reservations required. No baggage accepted. Simply stop by West End Wine Bar Chapel Hill for free wine tastings from local distributors. A great opportunity to taste and learn about a variety of different wines. Don't forget about the smoker-friendly covered rooftop patio and The Cellar with a full bar and free pool on weeknights. This Wednesday, July 28th - John McCarthy from Bordeaux Fine & Rare will feature Lini Lambrusca Bianco, Rosato, and Rosso. Mark your calendars: Country Vintner on August 4th, Mutual on August 11th, and Wisdom on August 18th. For more information call 967-7599 or visit

Dinner and a Movie: Top of the Hill & Varsity on Franklin

Everyday, 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM - Starting Sunday, August 1st

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.  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 on Franklin Theater at  

Artichoke Basil Features Unique, Gourmet Pizza

Artichoke BasilArtichoke Basil features fresh made dough, hand tossed and topped with generous amounts of fresh meats, cheeses, sauces and fresh veggies. With flavorful pizza prepared in an open style kitchen and baked in a traditional gas-fired stove oven while you watch, Artichoke Basil is sure to satisfy everyone! Not in the mood for pizza? Try fantastic salads, sandwiches, hamburgers or traditional calzones. Dine in, take out, or order delivery today; Artichoke Basil is located at 153 East Franklin Street. Call 929-9119 or visit 

20% Off Summer Sale at LIMELIGHT

LIMELIGHT is the best of new and not-so-new-but-still-fabulous clothing for savvy fashionistas. The LIMELIGHT Summer Sale means 20% off everything in the store. You'll find your favorites from Free People, Hard Tail, Heavy Rotation, Goorin and more. But, you'll discover even more lines that actually fit into your budget without compromising your taste for fashion. Limelight is located at 402 West Franklin Street.  For more information visit 

Free Tea Day at McAlister's Deli
McAlister's Deli in Chapel Hill is competing for nation-wide bragging rights as the top Tea Town  USA! The winning city gets $5000 donated to their parks and recreation department for park improvements and gets a huge celebration thrown by McAlister's Deli. Vote for Chapel Hill, NC at which is run through Facebook.  You can vote EVERY day and every vote counts! There are also challenges posted every few days where the first winner gets 50 additional points added to their city.  And don't miss FREE TEA DAY on Thursday, July 29 - visit McAlister's Deli at 205 East Franklin Street for a free drink!
Gear Up for the 2010 UNC Football Season2010 Football Season tshirt 

Johnny T-shirt has new t-shirts featuring the 2010 UNC Football schedule!In sizes from Small to 3XL this Carolina Blue t-shirt is 100% cotton and features a screen printed designs with the UNC football helmet and interlocking NC on the front; and the entire season's schedule on the back!  Available at Johnny T-shirt, located at 128 East Franklin Street. For more information visit

40% Off Glee Kids Summer Sale  

Now is the time to stock up on cool, kids fashions at Glee with up to 40% off spring and summer merchandise in store and online.  Glee Kids features great designers making amazing things for kids. Each brand is selected with love and care and the idea that greatness earns a smile. It spreads a little glee! Glee Kids is located at 133-C West Franklin Street, on the front-side of University Square. Find Glee Kids on Facebook or online at and keep up with new shipments as they arrive!

Express Yourself! at Kidzu Children's Museum
Every Saturday
10:30 AM to 11:15 AM 
Kidzu is celebrating Freda Kahlo as the Artist of the Month during the weekly arts & crafts project,  Express Yourself!  Especially for kids ages 3-8 years old and their caregivers, Express Yourself!  will be looking into mexican art, self-portraits and paintings inspired by families and cultures. The cost is $2 per child and space is limited. Same day registration is usually possible. Kidzu Children's Museum is located at 105 East Franklin Street. For information visit  
Storewide Sale at Light Years Jewelry
Light Years StorefrontLight Years is having a Summer Savings Event! Throughout the month of July, customers will find fabulous merchandise marked down. There's something to fit everyone's style. ALL Scarves, Sarongs, Hats, Frames & Photo Books: 30-50% off. Find a selection of silver earrings, pendants & necklaces, bracelets and rings: 30% -50% off. Fashion jewelry also 30%-50% off. Light Years is located at 121 E Franklin Street, right next door to the Varsity Theater. For more information visit
Affordable Beauty at Aveda Chapel Hill
Summer is the best time try a new style and with great beauty specials at Aveda, you have no excuse not to! Aveda Chapel Hill is located at 200 West Franklin Street. Some restrictions apply to these offers and services are performed by supervised students. For more information visit
-Haircuts- $14
-Purchase 1 wax service, get 1 at 50% off (equal or lesser value)
-Spa Manicure - $15 (includes bottle OPI polish)
-Spa Pedicure - $25 (includes bottle OPI polish)
-Manicure & Pedicure Combo - $40 (includes bottle OPI polish & travel sized hand or foot relief)
Do You Bake Chapel Hill's Most Luscious Cupcake? 
Put it to the test by entering the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill's Cupcake Challenge.  Local celebrity judges & attendees will decide who goes home with a gift and bragging rights of "Chapel Hill's Most Luscious Cupcake".  This year features a separate category for kids 12 & under with mini-cupcakes.  Call the Horace Williams House 919-942-7818 or email for contest rules and entry forms.  Deadline for registering is August 18 at noon.  Judging is Friday, August 20 at 7 PM at the Horace Williams Memorial Cupcake Festival at the Horace Williams House.  All are welcome! Horace Williams House is located at 610 East Franklin Street. For more information 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, July 29 - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Magic Kids, Puro Instinct, DJ Craig Powell

Friday, July 30- The Tell, Sinful Savage Tigers

Saturday, July 31-Son of a Bad Man

Sunday, Aug 1- The Unknown Spencer Sholes

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 summer 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, July 29- Riff, Deluxe Handcuffs, Bad Idea

Friday, July 30- Grass Monkey, Salt to Bitters w/ The Appallers

Saturday, July 31- Rocket Biscuit, Aminal

Sunday, Aug 1- Matt Vooris Music Camp: Jazz Camp Concert

Call 968-9308 or visit      

Thursday, July 29- Remora, Weather Machine, Slicnaton, Arte Povera

Friday, July 30- Big Picture, Humble Tripe, Pistil

Call 960-6101 or visit  

Thursday, July 29 - Adam Payne/ 2ADAM12

Friday, July 30- Man & Dob, Mal Blum

Thursday, Aug 5 - Rodeo Ruby Love

Friday, Aug 6- Leeward Fate, Vintage Fresh

Call 933-3575 or visit
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). For details click here!

Participating Businesses: 411 West Italian CafeBonne Soiree,Carolina Brewery, Elaine's on Franklin, Mediterranean Deli & Catering, 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. 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