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What to Do & See Downtown this Week! 9/23/10

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COMING SOON: Festifall
Sunday, October 3
1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
West End of Franklin Street

Festifall provides visitors an excellent opportunity to see and buy arts and crafts from a select group of regional artisans, and to witness some of the finest dance groups and bands around. This year, event-goers will be able to engage with the arts with all their senses. New attractions will give folks a chance to create individual and community works of art, sample fare from many of downtown's nationally acclaimed restaurants, and experience the Kid's Canvas, a family-friendly zone sure to please children of all ages. For more information visit  
Dine Out at La Residence and Fight Hunger  
Dine out at La Residence Restaurant & Bar during Share Our Strength's Great American Dine Out (until 9/25) and you'll be helping end childhood hunger in America. Nearly 17 million kids in America struggle with hunger. During this year's Great American Dine Out, La Residence will join thousands more across the country to raise funds to support No Kid Hungry, Share Our Strenght's campaign to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. For more information visit or La Residence now offers FREE Downtown Valet Parking!
Daily Tea Fall Line Arrives at GLEE KIDS  
The fall line of Daily Tea children's clothing features baby boy & girl's sizes 0 to 24 months; and boy's sizes 2-8 years; and girl's sizes 2-10 years. GLEE KIDS features great designers making amazing things for kids and they all have a story. GLEE KIDS shares these stories. 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 in University Square. For more information visit and see photos of the fall line of clothes on GLEE KIDS Facebook page.
Vimala's Curryblossom Café Now Serving Lunch
Tuesday to Saturday 11:30AM to 2:00 PM & 5:00PM to 9:00PM  Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe Logo
Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe's mission is to bring the community together with warmth and hospitality over delicious, healthy, local food. To prioritize worker justice, environmental justice, social justice, accessibility, and sustainability at every level, not as a marketing lure, but as a principled practice. The menu features favorites like vegetable samosas, pakoras, Tandoori chicken Roti Roll, vegetarian Thali, salads; and for desert - Cardamom Brownies and Vegan Oruappam! Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe is located at 431 W. Franklin Street, in the Courtyard. For more information visit or their Facebook Page.
Bollywood Music & Dancing
Every Thursday (starting tonight, September 23)
Apple Juice Kid and Jil Christensen will be spinning Bollywood music to get you dancing. Come for dinner and drinks and stick around for the dance party! No cover charge means no excuse not to come and have a good time!
Thursday Artist Salon at FRANK
FRANK Clay Show
Thursday, September 23
6:00 PM
Mark Hewitt, local studio potter and reknowned artist, Mark talks about his favorite NC pots. The North Carolina Clay Invitational at FRANK features the work of over 30 of the state's best-known ceramic artists. Every type of work, from functional pottery to sculpture, will be represented by artists such as Mark Hewitt, Nick Joerling, Cynthia Bringle, Holly Fisher, and Mary-Ann Prack. FRANK is located at 109 East Franklin Street. FRANK is located at 109 East Franklin Street. For more information visit
Everyday 5:00PM to 2:00AM
157 East Rosemary Street
157 East is a sports bar, it's a pub, it's a dancehall, it's a club...157 East is downtown Chapel Hill's newest business and it's sure to be a good time for all. Located under Bub O'Malleys and above Chapel Hill Underground. For more information visit 157 East's Facebook Page.


A Special Performance by Invisible at Ackland
 Thursday, September 23
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Imagine the mysterious inner workings of a modern digital drum machine unpacked and explained by a mad scientist... not in words, but as a demonstration: a spinning disk, thousands of bamboo pegs, springs, levers, outmoded cassette decks, and finely crafted percussion automatons. That's Rhythm 1001, a project of the North Carolina experimental sound collective known as Invisible performs at Ackland- FREE. For more information, visit  
New Fall Hours at Red Window  
Wednesday - Friday 10:00AM to 2:00PM
By Appointment Saturday - Tuesday

With only 700 square feet of retail space, the Red Window is jam-packed with creative home furnishings designed to appeal to all tastes and budgets. Owned by Elizabeth Edwards, Red Window's retail location is a continually changing showcase of pieces pulled from the warehouse in Hillsborough to create a unique experience for customers each time they visit the store. Red Window is located at 600 West Rosemary Street. For more information visit


UNC Science Expo 
Saturday, September 25
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The UNC Science Expo is presented by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center as part of the North Carolina Science Festival. The FREE expo includes talks with Nobel Prize winner Dr. Oliver Smithies, demonstrations including catapults and trebuchets, virtual reality, wave simulation machines & Segways; stage shows; Science on Wheels Exhibit; Tours of UNC departments, Activity Zone for preschoolers; and much more.
Most of the hands-on activities will take place outdoors on McCorkle Place, between Franklin Street and the Old Well. The Science Stage shows will take place at the west entrance of the planetarium, while the tours and talks by faculty experts are centered in the buildings of the Science Complex. For complete details and a map, visit
Ackland Art-Ventures for Kids
Saturday, September 25
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Ackland Art-Ventures for Kids is a series of engaging Saturday morning classes for children ages 6-9 taught by National Board Certified Art Teacher Tamela Davis and other educators. Children will explore art in the museum galleries and then go next door to a studio to practice new ideas and techniques they saw as they create their own take-home treasures. Each session offers children opportunities to investigate various art forms and experiment with different materials. For more information visit
Art Exhibit & Opening Reception  
Sunday, September 26
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Artist Micha Mullen will be displaying acrylic and oil paintings at Horace Williams House from September 26 to October 24. Join the artist for an opening reception to celebrate the exhibit. For information visit
Varsity Now Showing NFL Games  
Sunday, September 26 - Jets vs. Dolphins
Every Sunday the Varsity on Franklin will be showing Sunday Night NFL Football games on the biggest screen in town! Admission is free with a $5 concession purchase. Gather your fantasy football league friends and watch the action live! For more information visit
 HOPE Community Dinner
Monday, September 27
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Community Dinners are monthly gatherings that connect the community around Chapel Hill with students at UNC, through the Campus Y committee HOPE. The dinners provide members of the community with a free meal in a relaxed environment, while also offering a chance to get to know others in your community.The dinner is free and open to everyone in the community and will be held at University United Methodist Church, located at 150 E. Franklin Street. For more information about HOPE visit


Jewelry Trunk Show at Toots & Magoo
Tuesday, September 28
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Join Toots & Magoo for an exciting jewelry trunk show featuring the work of artist Betsy Cross. She will be showing her line, Betsy & Iya. You can preview the collection at Her sassy creations feature sterling silver, vintage and vintage reproduction parts. Already a huge hit on campus and throughout the Triangle, Betsy is sure to have an even bigger group of fans after the 28th. Toots & Magoo is located at 142 East Franklin Street. For more information visit 
Neighborhood Night Out & Good Neighbor Initiative Block Party
 Tuesday, September 28
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM 
Downtown residents - both permanent and students- are invited to celebrate together at a Block Party at Hargraves Community Center at 216 N. Roberson Street. Neighbors will have the opportunity meet, participate in a neighborhood walk together, play games, share a meal and conversation! For more information visit the Block Party Facebook page.
Dynamic Korea: Dance and Song Performance
Tuesday, September 28
Photo by Carolina Performing Arts
7:30 PM

From the gentle, gliding grace of the opening chaech'ŏnmu (Chosŏn Court Dance) to the thunderous drumming of the closing p'unggo, the elaborately costumed dancers and musicians of the Chae Hyang Soon Dance Company are animated by the strength and energy of the Korean tradition.  With dazzling color and grace, the movements of Korea's gorgeous classical dance tradition reflect the essential rhythms of life in Korea, handed down from generation to generation.  For more information visit
SIGNAL: The Southeast Electronic Music Festival
September 22 through 25, 2010
Scheduled performers will include Le Castlevania, Pac Div, Roy Davis Jr., Tittsworth, Nick Catchdubs, Jubilee,  DJ Odi, The Beast, The Alpha Theory, Lake Inferior, Casual Curious, among other with more to be announced. SIGNAL is about much more than performances, music workshops will also be held during the festival on various topics including new software demos and seminars with some of the scheduled performers.  The venues for this year's festival include Local 506, Nightlight, Talulla's, Vespa, The Library, Jack Sprat, and more. For more information visit  
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As You Like It by William Shakespeare
Runs until Oct 10, 2010
PlayMakers Repertory Company
Escape with the Bard's sharp-witted, full-blooded heroine Rosalind into the lush Forest of Arden for a charming tale of love at first sight, mix-ups, mistaken identities, and comedy high and low. Learn a little about wooing and winning and why "all the world's a stage." And be assured that all wrongs will be righted and all couples united before the final curtain. For more information 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).

Participating Businesses: 411 West Italian CafeBonne Soiree,Carolina Brewery, Elaine's on Franklin, Mediterranean Deli & Catering, Jack Sprat Cafe, La Residence Restaurant & Bar, 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