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What to Do & See Downtown this Week! 1/13/11

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Opening Reception for Ackland's Latest Exhibits

Potthast Grand Canyon

Come to the Ackland on Thursday, January 13 from 6PM to 8PM to enjoy light refreshments and live music from The Black Swamp Bootleggers in celebration of the three new exhibitions of Winter 2011. For more information visit


The exhibits are:

Tradition in Clay: Two Centuries of Classic North Carolina Pots;

At Work in the Wilderness: Picturing the American Landscape, 1820-1920; and

The Oldest Paintings in America: Utah's Rock Art Photographed by Goodloe Suttler.


BUY IN BULK Winter Sale at Limelight Boutique Limelight Boutique - black/white dress

Starting Thursday, January 13 through Sunday, January 16 shop the BUY IN BULK WINTER SALE at Limelight Boutique! Super deals on all fall/winter clothes: 2 items get 20% off total purchase, 3 items get 25% off total purchase, 4 items get 30% off total purchase, 5 items get 35% off total purchase, and more than 5 get 40% off whole purchase! With all of the snow this winter stay warm and cure those winter blues by shopping with your girlfriends and enjoy a cup of coffee while you shop...see you in the Limelight! For more information visit or visit Limelight's Facebook page.


Weekly Specials at SANDWHICH Whichburger

Thursday nights are $4 Free-Range 'Whichburger night!  The 'Whichburger starts with hand-formed Painted Hills ground beef, grilled medium, and is served with lettuce, juicy tomatoes, shaved red onion, and melty Wisconsin cheddar on a grilled potato bun. Saturdays feature every single bottle of wine at 1/2 price.  The carefully chosen wines at SANDWHICH represent unique flavors & characteristics and exceptional value. SANDWHICH offers patrons FREE Valet Parking! For more information on SANDWHICH visit


Chapel Hill Training Grand Opening - Open to All!

Everyone is invited to a celebratory open house at Chapel Hill Training on Friday, January 14 from 6PM to 8PM. Chapel Hill Training is the premiere personal training and group boot camp specialist serving Chapel Hill, Durham and surrounding areas; specializing in weight loss, strength building, toning, and cardiovascular and muscular endurance. Whether you are looking for private studio personal training, in-home personal training, or group training, Chapel Hill Training is here to help you! Chapel Hill Training is located at 400 West Rosemary Street, Suite 1003 - between Moss Waxing + Beauty Studio and The Red Window. For more information please call 919-636-4556 or visit or CHT's Facebook Page.
2nd Friday ArtWalk & Show at Nighlight   

On Friday, January 14 from 5PM to 9PM, Nightlight will be hosting a reception for artists Adam Dodds and Moriah Lefebve as they exhibit their photography, paintings, and artwork. This event is free and open to all. But stick around for the 10PM show featuring Billy Sugarfix's Carousel , Mark Holland's Rhythm Force Band, Humble Tripe - for only $5!  Nightlight is a non-smoking all-ages club that offers cutting edge music, art shows, dance parties, ping pong tables, and a free lending library.Nightlight club is located at 405 1/2 West Rosemary Street. For a schedule of Nightlight's events visit  


NEW Food Truck in Chapel Hill & Carrboro! Will & Pop's Truck will be outside Nightlight on Friday, January 14 from 7PM to 3AM - during Nightlight's events. Check out their menu and prices at and their Facebook Page


Warm Up with Comfort Food at Kildare's Irish Pub

With the weather as cold as it is, Kildare's cooks have decided to offer endless stew! Come out and enjoy a Guinness beef stew, Hunter style chicken stew, a delicious vegetable stew, or seafood stew! Pick up a Specials Card on your next visit to the pub and see the great deals they have to offer - every day of the week. To make reservations and or ask about specials e-mail or visit    


SEEING THE FIGURE Opening Reception at FRANKSmall Wonders Show at FRANK

FRANK will host an opening reception for its latest exhibit SEEING THE FIGURE, contemporary Work Inspired by the Body, on

Friday, January 14 from 7PM to 9PM. Juried by Beverly McIver, this pivotal exhibition will be on display from January 10-March 6, 2011 and features invited Baltimore artists Dennis Farber and Connie Imboden along with Triangle area artists Paris Alexander and Laura Farrow. FRANK is located at 109 East Franklin Street. For more information visit


Studio Supply's Local Artist of the Month

Studio Supply welcomes Sam Moorefield as the Local Artist of the Month for January 2011. Sam was born in Bakersfield California, and grew up in Chapel Hill. His pieces explore elements of the urban landscape using a variety of materials. Join Sam at Studio Supply during the 2nd Friday ArtWalk on Friday, January 14 from 6:30PM to 9:00PM.


Call for Artists: Studio Supply positively promotes many local artists through hanging original art in the store and hosting events. This helps inspire customers and provides exposure and potential sales for those showing. Submit your work; email with a link to your online gallery or an attachment of your work.Those selected receive a $25 gift certificate along with the opportunity to show in the store during the appointed month. For more information visit or their Facebook page


Uniquities - Pink AwningUniquities 15th Annual Attic Sale

Don't miss Uniquities 15th Annual Attic Sale on Saturday, January 15 from 10AM to 7PM. With discounts up to 85% off! This is at the Chapel Hill store only - located at 452 West Franklin Street. No checks- cash or credit only for the sale. For more information visit  

Cypress on the HillSunday Brunch at Cypress on the Hill  
Every Sunday from 11AM to 3PM, Cypress on the Hill Restaurant offers brunch, with the bar open until 4:00 PM. The exciting new brunch menu, on the EVENTS tab on the restaurant's recently re-designed website, features a la carte items from $4.50- $13.00.  Please call 919-537-8817 for reservations or visit for more information. 

Daily Specials at Bandido's Mexican Cafe

Chapel Hill PhotoBandido's now offers an Early Bird Senior Citizen Special everyday; all senior citizens can order from the lower priced lunch menu until 6:30PM! Bandido's Mexican Cafe is located at 159 1/2 East Franklin Street, in Amber Alley below Sutton's Drug Store. For more information visit


And check out these daily specials:
Monday - 99 cent house margaritas
Tuesday- Dinner for 2 for $20 - includes appetizer, 2 entrees & dessert

Wednesday- Family Fajita Night at $8 per person
Thursday- Dinner for 2 for only $20
Friday & Saturday- $2 domestic beer & FREE queso dip with the purchase of a pitcher of margaritas
Sunday- Kids Eat for only 99 cents with each adult meal purchase and all students get a 25% discount on their food purchase.  


The New Year Brings New Classes & Events to Kidzu

Kidzu Children's Museum, Chapel Hill NCKidzu Children's Museum is featuring a new arts program called MIX-IT UP! Every Saturday, from 11AM to 12PM children will learn to mix paint, colors, materials, and ideas during this drop-in program. Free with admission. For all ages - but kids under 4 years old require adult supervision during the program. For more information about this class and all of the new, exciting events going at Kidzu Children's Museum, visit


January Specials at Sugarland Bakery
Every Monday - $5 Frozen Martini 
Every Tuesday- 1/2 Off Cupcakes (Dine-in) & 4 for $10 (Pick-up)
Every Wednesday- Buy 1 Get 1 Free Gelato & $1.50 Dom. Beer

Sugarland is Chapel Hill's own locally owned dessert cafe right in the heart of Franklin Street. Start your day off with beignets and cafe au lait in the morning and move on into the night with cabernet and creme brulee. Sugarland makes everything from scratch with great local ingredients. For more information visit



UNC Chapel Hill Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration


The UNC-Chapel Hill Diversity and Multicultural Affairs office is hosting a full week of events, lectures, performances, rallies, and more to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day. Most of the events are free and open to the public. For more information call 962-6962 or visit


MLK, Jr. Day Rally, March, & Service

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro and UNC Chapel Hill chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will sponsor the annual Martin L. King, Jr. Day Rally, March and Worship Service on Monday, January 17 at 9AM. Meet for the rally on the Peace & Justice Plaza in front of the Old Courthouse/Post Office located at 179 East Franklin Street. Then join the march down Franklin Street to First Baptist Church where former executive director of the NAACP and social justice activist Dr. Benjamin Chavis will speak. This event is free and open to all. For more information contact Denise Mitchell at


Entrance Fee Discount Until 1/31 - Sign Up Now!

Now is the perfect time to start training for the 2011 Wachovia Tar Heel 10 Miler: North Carolina's Premier Running Experience.  On Saturday April 9, 2011, 4000 runners are expected to run in Endurance Magazine's landmark running event in downtown Chapel Hill -finishing in UNC's Kenan Football Stadium.  Sign up NOW for the discounted entrance fee! The ten mile distance is a great way to challenge yourself if you're used to running 5k and 10k distances; or, if you're training for a late spring half- or full marathon!  If you're just getting started running, try the Fleet Feet Sports 4+ Mile Run - there is something in this race for EVERYONE! The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center is the primary charity partner. Last year's race sold out weeks before race day - so be sure to register early!  As a bonus, when you register you'll automatically be eligible to win exciting pre-race giveaways from sponsors, so the earlier you register - the more opportunities you will have to win!  Registration is open NOW at: and Check out the Tar Heel 10 Miler Facebook Page!


  Board Game Night at Internationalist

Internationalist Books and Community Center hosts a monthly Board Game Night! Join them this month on Monday, January 17 at 7PM. Games will be provided, but feel free to bring your own as well as some friends to play with.  Internationalist is located at 405 West Franklin Street. Check out for more information and other events.  


Carolina Brewery Chapel Hill - Game DayGamedays at Carolina Brewery

Carolina Brewery is a great gameday destination for the NFL Playoffs, Super Bowl, College Basketball, NHL Hockey, the NBA, and more! There's nothing better than enjoying the big game on one of their large HD TVs while enjoying great food, award-winning beer and other sports fans at Carolina Brewery. Large groups are welcome!  And with ACC play set to begin and Carolina Brewery has got your pre and post game needs covered along with all the games on their TVs. If you have tickets to the game, ride in style on our Tar Heel Trolley. The free shuttle to the Smith Center starts 1 hour before tipoff and brings you back to the Brewery after the game.  For more information visit


Have You Made Your Valentine's Day Plans Yet?

 The Varsity Theatre is bringing back their very popular Valentine's Weekend Red Carpet Event - showing Gone with the Wind and offering an intermission buffet. The show is only for February 11, 12, 13 & 14 - during Valentine's Day weekend. Event tickets only sold In advance; on-sale through February 10 at the Box Office or by phone. Tickets are $20 - and include:
· Concessions throughout entire movie (Popcorn/Fountain Drinks)
· Intermission small plates buffet
Champagne, wine and beer will also be available for purchase. For more information visit or call 967-8665.


Glee Kids Big Winter Sale Starts Now

The Glee Kids Big Winter Sale is both in store and online - If you shop online, receive free shipping with Coupon Code- FreeShippingJanuary. Check out these great deals...Pink Chicken 30%, Kit and Lili 30 to 50%,Winter Water Factory 40%, Glug Baby 30%, Appaman 30%, and Daily Tea 30-50% (Daily Tea is not online). Find Glee Kids on Facebook too! Glee Kids is located  at 133-C in University Square on West Franklin Street.

Roy Williams Radio Show- Every Monday!
Live in the Great Room at Top of the Hill Restaurant, every Monday, join Coach Williams as he talks strategy about the upcoming UNC Tar Heel basketball game! The show will also be broadcast live over TV's and sound in Back Bar and Upstairs. Call for reservations. Top of the Hill Restaurant is located at 100 East Franklin St., Third Floor. For more information please call (919) 929-8676 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 19 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, 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.

Downtown Partnership Video
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 What does economic development in downtown Chapel Hill look like?

 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 967-9440 or