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What to Do & See Downtown this Week! 8/26/10

Last FREE Concert Tonight + Sales & Events!

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Downtown Chapel Hill Sales & Events 

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Lost in the Trees band picture  Lost in the Trees
   w/ The Physics of Meaning
Thursday, August 26  FREE
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. 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
Artist Salon at FRANK Gallery 
photo by btyroler
Thursday, August 26
6:00 PM
Join FRANK for a weekly Thursday night salon featuring Pat Scheible, one of FRANK's artists. Scheible is a synesthesiast - she perceives letters and numbers as colors. She will speak about her unusual relationship to color. 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. For more information please visit
Virgo Dance Party at Nightlight Club
Thursday, August 26
Doors open at 9PM
Nightlight Club is hosting a Virgo Dance Party after the LOCALLY GROWN concert! Virgos get two free drinks with ID. DJ Craig Powell and more. Nightlight is a non-smoking all-ages club that offers cutting edge music, art shows, dance parties and ping pong tables. Featuring an outdoor patio where smoking is allowed and offering WI-FI for customers. Nightlight club is located at 405 1/2 West Rosemary Street. For a complete schedule of Nightlight's events visit  
Peacock Alley - blow out sale
Peacock Alley Gigantic Blow-Out Sale 
Thursday August 26, Friday August 27 & Saturday, August 28
Don't miss out on Peacock Alley's blow out sale with lots of furniture, gifts, and accessories slashed UP TO 75% OFF to make room for new inventory arriving this fall.Peacock Alley is located in University Square at 123 West Franklin Street. For more information call 919-967-2152 or visit
R&R Grill Daily Specials  R&R Grill Logo
Happy Hour at R&R Grill is Monday-Friday 4PM to 6PM with 1/2 priced appetizers at the bar and daily drink specials! Daily drink specials are listed each day on the Downtown Chapel Hill Calendar - click here. R&R Grill is the perfect place to enjoy a meal and drink on Franklin Street. R&R offers ample indoor and outdoor seating on the sunset terrace. R&R's lunch and dinner menus feature a wide selection of salads, sandwiches, burgers, flat-bread pizzas, dinner entrees, an extensive drink selection. R&R Grill is located at 137 E Franklin Street- enter into the Bank of America building.For more information visit   
LIMELIGHT Boutique's Endless Summer Sale 
50% OFF ALL Summer items - Friday, August 20 through Labor Day
LIMELIGHT is the best of new and not-so-new-but-still-fabulous clothing for savvy fashionistas.  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
Poster sale at Downtown Teen Center 
Poster saleOpen at 10AM Everyday until Sept. 1st
The sale features thousands of art, photography, and music posters - great for the dorm room, class room or living room! Located in Street Scene Teen Center, under the Post Office/ Courthouse, at 179 East Franklin Street. A portion of the sales support the Street Scene Teen Center in providing a safe environment and arts programming for Chapel Hill teens after-school and on the weekends. 

Choose Your Sale at Hazmat
Hazmat Storefront#1: Free Hazmat Pint Glass with $25 Purchase
#2: FREE Hazmat t-shirt with $35 Purchase
#3: 10% off with any $25 Purchase
Some restrictions apply. Hazmat features tobacco products & supplies, t-shirts, incense, stickers, body jewelry, cool gifts, and much more! Hazmat is located at 405 West Franklin Street. For more information call 919-967-7540 or visit  

Celebrate with Franklin Street Yoga Center
Friday, August 27
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Join Franklin Street Yoga Center in celebrating it's third birthday party at Kildare's Irish Pub. Bring your friends and family to celebrate with food and drink discounts exclusively for Franklin Street Yoga Center party goers. Kildare's Irish Pub is located at 206 West Franklin Street. For more information visit  
Meet The Heels at Kenan Stadium Kenan Stadium
Saturday, August 28
Gates 2, 5, and 6 open for the general public at 5 p.m. and the team will be introduced by Woody Durham at 6 p.m. Players will be available for autographs at 6:15 p.m. A Carolina Kids Zone will have inflatable games and other activities and will remain open until 7 p.m. Free Carolina football trading cards, schedule cards and posters will be available while supplies last. For more information visit
The Franklin Hotel Bridal Boutique
Franklin HotelSunday, August 29
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The Franklin Hotel Bridal Boutique 2010 highlights Chapel Hill's most unique and personal wedding venue, located in the heart of downtown. Each Bride receives a welcome bag with specialty items and coupons from each participating vendor. Pre-registering enters your name into a drawing for fabulous prizes including a Honeymoon Night at The Franklin Hotel. Once registered the cost is $5.00 cash or check at the door. For registration and information call 919-442-4094 or visit
Events at Kidzu Children's Museum
Kidzu Noodle Magic 
Express Yourself! Every Saturday, 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM
Kidzu's weekly arts & crafts class especially for kids ages 3-8 years old and their caregivers.  Featuring a different activity every week. The cost is $2 per child and space is limited. 
Spanish/ English Story Time
Sunday, August 29 at 1:30 PM
Join Kidzu for  Spanish/English story time for kids ages 4-7. Admission is FREE every Sunday! Kidzu Children's Museum is located at 105 East Franklin Street. For information visit
Bicycle Chain's Weekly Mountain Bike Ride
Every Monday
6:00 PM
Mountain bicyclists can meet others at the Bicycle Chain store, located at 210 West Franklin Street, for a group trail ride. Ever week features different trails around Chapel Hill and Carrboro. For more information call 919-929-0213 or visit  
Pakistan Flood Relief Fundraiser at Mediterranean Deli
Tuesday, August 31
11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
The Mediterranean Deli & Catering at 410 W. Franklin Street will be having a Pakistan Flood Relief Fundraiser with all proceeds of the day being donated to the American Red Cross. Mediterranean Deli features authentic cuisine from the Middle East and Mediterranean using only fresh ingredients. Last January, Mediterranean Deli donated over $16,000 to the Haitian earthquake relief efforts! Visit
Trivia Night in The Back Bar
The Back Bar9:00 PM
Every Wednesday

First prize is a $50 gift certificate to Top of the Hill, with prizes also awarded for second and third place with prizes to the highest scoring team in each of the 5 rounds! Enjoy a signature summer cocktail or cask-conditioned handcrafted ales, like the new Southern Saison. Teams can be any size, so come early to get the good seats! Top of the Hill Restaurant is located at 100 East Franklin St., Third Floor. For more information please call (919) 929-8676 or visit  
Paperhand PuppetISLANDS UNKNOWN by Paperhand Puppet Intervention
August 27, 28, & 29  and Sept 3, 4, 5, & 6 
7:00 PM (6:20 pre-show)
Matinees on August 29 and September 5 at 3:00 (2:20 pre-show) 
Forest Theatre on UNC Campus

Experience this epic odyssey that will take you to the depths of the imagination and the very ends of the earth. The hero, a wandering young girl, finds herself in a mysterious library that is being consumed by a rising sea of information. Soon she is afloat on a paper boat with a goat, heading toward an adventure full of animals and beasts, mustachioed men and pirates, monsters, furies, and even gods. For times and ticket information 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 at   
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).

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 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