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Back Issue Bonanza At Chapel Hill Comics
Friday, September 10
Stop by Chapel Hill Comics for a huge sale on a selection of 50¢ comics as well as great comic sets! The comic sets, which will contain anywhere from a couple of comics to over a hundred, include the New Avengers, full runs of The Atomics, Lots of Hellboy & BPRD series, Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men,and more.  Customers can pick up Bronze Age back issues for just $3 each! Tons of Jack Kirby stuff! Silver Age back issues just  $4 each! And MAD Magazine back issues just $3 each! Chapel Hill Comics is located at 316 West Franklin Street. For more information visit


Happy Days by Samuel Beckett
September 8 to 12
Evenings at 7:30 PM; Matinees 2:00 PM 
When life closes in do you give way or whistle a happy tune and get on with it? Playmakers presents Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett's take on the exploration of life and perseverance as we watch character Winnie as she makes her choice to soldier on in the face of mounting adversity in the form of a smothering sand pile. For more information visit      


Beauty on a Budget at Aveda  
Hair - $5 Off any Color Service.
Spa - $30 pure focus facial.
Nails - EVERYDAY, ANYTIME Specials.
Spa Manicure for $15 (includes 1 free bottle of OPI polish).
Spa Pedicure for $25 (includes 1 free bottle of OPI polish).
Manicure/Pedicure combo for $40 (includes 1 free bottle of OPI polish and choice of travel size hand or foot relief). *Not valid with other offers and expires 11/30/10. All work done excluseively by supervised stduents.  For more information visit


Studio Supply Artist of the Month: Susan Soleil
Opening Reception
Friday, September 10
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

In September, Studio Supply is thrilled to show the work of bookbinder Susan Soleil! Join them during the Second Friday Artwalk for Soleil's opening reception. Refreshments will be served. While you're there, make and trade artist trading cards! Supplies and ephemera will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.This event is free and open to all so invite your friends! Studio Supply is located at 421 West Franklin Street. For more information visit  
Exhibit Opening: NC Clay Invitational at FRANK
FRANK Clay ShowFriday, September 10
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Join FRANK as it hosts its first North Carolina Clay Invitational, featuring 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. The exhibit starts on September 7 and runs until October 24. FRANK is located at 109 East Franklin Street. For more information please visit
Carolina Soul Lecture
Friday, September 10
5:00 PM - Reception; 5:45 PM - Program
Jason Perlmutter, founder of, an online encyclopedia of soul music from the Carolinas presents Carolina Soul lecture. He began collecting local soul recordings in 2002, while a student at Carolina, where he served as a disc jockey and station manager at WXYC-FM. After graduating, Perlmutter became employed as a chemist but has continued to collect local music. He researched and compiled the compact disc "Carolina Funk" (Jazzman/Now-Again Records, 2007/2008), and has disc jockeyed soul music at spots throughout the country. For information visit 
Rock and Royalty Exhibit at Toots & Magoo 
September 10- October 9, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday September 10, 6:30- 9:00 PM

Louis St. Lewis, the Triangle's own enfant terrible of the art scene, the person Andre Leon Talley of VOGUE Magazine calls "a Tennessee Williams love-child, demon- wild- child -faun" takes over the new Toot's & Magoo gallery space with his personal twist on portraiture of the Empire period.  From large scale collage canvases to intimate works of "eglomise" (reverse paintings on glass and mirror), the images are playful, witty and haunting.   Toots & Magoo is located at 142 East Franklin Street. For more information visit
International Fashion Party at LIMELIGHT Boutique
Friday, September 10
6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wine, sweets, fashion and art - all for two good causes! Join LIMELIGHT BOUTIQUE for a global shopping party to raise money for NYC AIDS Fund and Gail Parkins Ovarian Cancer Walk/Run. While you shop at LIMELIGHT, the whole world will be shopping from NYC to London, from Paris to Tokyo for the same cause as stores registered stay open late to party! LIMELIGHT BOUTIQUE is part of the 2nd Friday Artwalk the same night, so enjoy the beautiful works of four artists on display. For more information visit LIMELIGHT's Facebook page or
Trunk Show at Uniquities
Friday, September 10
Uniquities will be hosting a one-of-a-kind trunk show for Ella Moss and Splendid. This is the trunk show of the year, as these brands are allowing unprecedented access to their collections.  Fashion basics are how these brands have earned their top spot in contemporary fashion. Come by and see for yourself. Dresses, sweaters, tees, and more! Student discounts available with valid student id's. Uniquities is located at 452 West Franklin Street - look for the bright pink awning! For more information visit
ReCYCLEry Grand Re-Opening
Saturday, September 11
11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
The ReCYCLEry has found a new home at 108 North Graham Street and is holding a celebration to mark 10 years of teaching bicycle repair and maintenance skills, as well as educating the community on bicycle commuting and repair. Family fun from 1PM to 6PM and a cruiser ride to end all cruiser rides from 6PM to 8PM. For more information visit
Book Giveaway at Kidzu Children's Museum!
Sunday, September 12
Starting at 1:00 PM
Thanks to the Friends of the Carrboro Library, Kidzu Children's Museum will have a nice variety of books to give away to children at the museum. One book per child until the books are gone! What a great way to kick off the new school year! Admission is FREE every Sunday! Kidzu Children's Museum is located at 105 East Franklin Street. For information visit

Drawing in the Galleries at Ackland

Saturday, September 11
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Bring paper and dry media (crayon, pencils, etc.) and sketch amongst the works of art! All levels are welcome. This is free and open to all. Ackland also hosts Drawing for Kids at the same time, for youth ages 9 to 12. Registration is required for this program and costs $5 for non-members, free for members. For more information call 962-0479 or visit
Happy Hour at Sandwhich
Monday - Saturday
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Stop by Sandwhich for a late lunch or early dinner and enjoy their Sandwich Happy Hour. Any sandwich off the menu (excluding the Lamb Tagine sandwich), a cup of soup and a small chips for only $9.99.  Sandwhich is located at 407 West Franklin Street. For more information visit
Krispy Kreme Scavenger Hunt...GO!
In the spirit of competition, Krispy Kreme is sponsoring 'Seek and Find', an intense four-day scavenger hunt to find Krispy Kreme t-shirts in landmarks throughout the Chapel Hill area starting on Sept. 8th. The grand prize is one dozen Original Glazed doughnuts each week for a year, and 11 runners-up will get one dozen Original Glazed doughnuts each month for a year. So, get your map, grab some Krispy Kreme coffee to get you pumped, and get ready. To see the clues visit the Chapel Hill Krispy Kreme Facebook Page!
Maker's Mark Event at The Crunkleton
Wednesday, September 15
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Join The Crunkleton and Maker's Mark Distillery, as they host a tasting of the original Maker's Mark Whisky and the new Maker's Mark 46 Whisky. Stay to enjoy other cocktails, pork ribs from The Original Q-Shack in Durham, and live country mountain music from Tim Stambaugh. All tickets must be purchased in advance and seats are filling up; tickets are $40 per person. Email Gary at or call 919-265-9413 to make a reservation. For more information visit
La Residence Celebrates 35 Years in September
Throughout the month of September La Residence Restaurant is celebrating 35 wonderful years with a series of specials!  La Residence Restaurant & Bar is located at 202 West Rosemary Street. For more information visit
Three Course Chef's Special available 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tuesday - Friday, only $35!
Happy Hour Thursdays starting at 5:30 PM; featuring complimentary assorted fruit and local cheeses at the bar - don't come late and miss out!
Thursday Wine Tastings starting at 5:30 PM, $15. Relax on the patio and enjoy a variety of wines; a great way to expand your wine knowledge in a gorgeous setting!
La Residence Restaurant & Bar now offers FREE Downtown Valet Parking!
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

Life Is Your Lab!
September 11 - September 26
Experience it at the North Carolina Science Festival. Everyone's invited! The Festival is a multi-day celebration that will showcase science throughout the state, featuring hands-on activities, lab tours, science talks, exhibits, performances and more. Just when you thought it was safe to assume that science happens only in a laboratory, now is your chance to discover otherwise! Experience it during the North Carolina Science Festival. 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, Sept. 9 - Lauris Vidal; Andy Shauf
Friday, Sept. 10 - Sons of Bill; Apache Relay
Saturday, Sept. 11 - The L in Japanese Dance Party
Sunday, Sept. 12 - Andre Williams; The Goldstars 

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, Sept. 9 - "Ballroom" Kate Edwards w/ Tony Raver; The Underscore Orkestra
Friday, Sept. 10 - Blaine Ziglar; Twilighter w/ Rodie Ray
Saturday, Sept. 11 - See No Weevil; Puritan Rodeo w/ Balthrop Alabama

Call 968-9308 or visit      
Thursday, Sept. 9 - Dark Water Rising, Lizzy Ross, Aden Darity
Friday, Sept. 10 - D-Town Brass, John Howie Jr.
Saturday, Sept. 11 - GuyBrarian Night: Back to School Dance Party!

Call 960-6101 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).

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