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What to Do & See Downtown this Week! 1/27/11

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

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OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, February 5, 2011; 6PM to 9PM.

LIGHT Art+ DesignLIGHT is a design shop offering items hand selected by local designer Cindy Spuria that offers a mix of artwork and functional items for the home. Some selections are the work of local artists and crafts people, others by innovative international design brands. All are chosen for their fine craftsmanship, modern point of view, and commitment to a more sustainable future. Some of the artwork and products offered include ceramics by Mark Hewitt, paintings by Casey Cook, jewelry by Phil Manire, L.E.D. lighting by FLOS, rugs by DellaRobbia, and ventless fireplaces by Eco Smart Fire.  STORE HOURS: Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm (and by appointment). Located at Greenbridge, 601 West Rosemary Street. For more information call 919-942-7077 or visit or LIGHT's Facebook page.


Panel Discussion at Ackland Art Museum Ackland Art Museum

In connection with the Ackland's current installation David Wojnarowicz, "A Fire in My Belly": Versions, Debates, Implications, the Museum presents a panel discussion with UNC-Chapel Hill faculty members on Thursday, January 27 at 6:00PM. The exhibit is on view in the Ackland's Study Gallery during the museum's open hours through February 13, 2011. This panel discussion is co-sponsored by the Ackland, the Program in Sexuality Studies, and the Interdisciplinary Program in Cinema, UNC-Chapel Hill. Free and open to the public.  RSVP recommended: For more information visit


Chocolate Door Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

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The Chocolate Door is celebrating its first anniversary on Saturday, January 29 from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Visit the shop for special discounts, cake, hot chocolate, a raffle and other exciting events all day. The first 10 friends through the door get a 50% discount, and 10% for everyone else throughout the day! The Chocolate Door features over 25 different handmade chocolates and truffles including their famous bacon, chili and salty potato chip flavors. All chocolates are made by hand on site in an open kitchen. Located at 516 West Franklin Street with convenient parking alongside the building. For information call 919-240-7290 or visit

Get Ready for Spring Rides at Back Alley Bikes

January and February are the best time to get your bike tuned up and ready for the beautiful spring weather that awaits us! It's the ideal time to drop your bike off for service at Back Alley Bikes, with fast turnarounds! Back Alley Bikes repairs and sells every type of bicycle including mountain bikes, road bikes, fixed gears, hybrids, recumbents, and kids bikes. Service includes  tune ups, bike builds, wheel builds and more.  Back Alley Bikes is located at 106 N. Graham Street. For more information call 919-967-7777 or visit



Exhibit Opens at 523 E. Franklin Street Local Histories Exhibition

The inaugural exhibition at Chapel Hill's new temporary art space at 523 E. Franklin Street, Local Histories: The Ground We Walk On, explores Alfredo Jaar's idea that "place can not be global." The exhibit opens Friday, January 28 and runs until April 29. The exhibition is a multi-media exhibit inclucing videos, sculptures, site-responsive installations, paintings, drawings, photography, and more. Exhibition and events are free and open to the public. Parking available on site and at the Horace Williams House parking lot on Rosemary Street. Sponsored by The Town of Chapel Hill Department of Parks and Recreation/Division of Cultural Arts and the Art Department at UNC, Chapel Hill.  Opening reception will be Friday, February 11 from 5:00PM to 9:00PM. 

For more information, please call 919-923-4550 or visit or the exhibits Facebook page.  


Congrats EvieThe Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase

Join the wedding professionals of The Carolina Inn for the 2011 Bridal Showcase on Sunday, January 30 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM for an elegant afternoon with the most creative and experienced wedding vendors in the area. The luxury Bridal Showcase will allow you to sample cake from several bakeries, hold bouquets of flowers in your hands, listen to music, and see the most exquisite wedding gowns from top couture designers. You could plan your entire wedding in one day! Tickets available for purchase at the front desk of The Carolina Inn for $15. For more information, visit


Julian's Seasonal Sale - Men's and Women's ClothingJulians logo

ALL SALE ITEMS 40% OFF! Sale includes all seasonal men's suits, sport coats, and trousers. Choose from a great selection of cashmere sweaters and sport shirts, like Alexander Julian Private Reserve, Tailor Byrd, and more. Ladies can save big on a huge selection of designer labels like Rag & Bone, Joie, Kara Janx, Longchamp, and so much more. Stop in and shop the do not want to miss out! Julian's is located at 135 East Franklin Street. For more information visit


North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival

The 11th annual NC Comedy Arts Festival, held from February 2 to February 20, is the largest of its kind in the southern United States. Featuring sketch comedy, standup, improv, and film & video; the festival is hosted at seven venues in both Carrboro and Chapel Hill.  Acts from New York, LA, Chicago, DC, Boston, Philadelphia, and every city in between flock here to perform, network and develop as the next generation of comedy talent. And 10% of proceeds support YMCA Scholarships. For complete details and to purchase tickets visit


Weekly Specials at Avedaaveda products Chapel Hill

On Tues, Wed, Thurs, until the end of March, Aveda Chapel Hill is offering the following specials:

·$10 off a color & haircut combo
·FREE revitalizing eye treatment ($10 value) with any facial

These weekly specials are not valid with other offers and expire on 3/31/11.  Work done exclusively by supervised students. For more information visit  


Open Old Time Jam at Nightlight Club

First Wednesday of Every Month, 5PM to 8:30PM -- FREE

Bring instruments to play or come on down to listen and grab a beer!

Visit for information on this and other Nightlight shows & events.


Angels in AmericaAngels In America at PlayMakers 

PlayMakers brings Tony Kushner's Angels in America, a two part performance in rotating rep from January 29 to March 6. A true American epic. During the Reagan Presidency, as the first wave of the AIDS tsunami sweeps across the nation, two couples, one gay and the other straight (perhaps), are battered and tossed in the storm. With a parade of characters from Roy Cohn to Ethel Rosenberg, a Hassidic rabbi to a Mormon mother, and a visitation by an angelic messenger, this is a feast for the senses by a visionary playwright. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

New Class at Kidzu: Tiny Hands Sing and Sign

Sign-up now for Tiny Hands Sing and Sign: Sign Language Classes for hearing babies and parents/caregivers held on Fridays from 9:15AM to 9:45am; starting on February 4. Through songs, rhymes, stories, and activities you and your child will learn over 50 ASL signs for everyday words. Program is led by Elizabeth Sartor, a certified Kindersigns Instructor. Cost is $60 per child for the full 5-week series (dates include Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25 & March 4). Call 919-933-1455 for more information or visit


Kildare's Irish Pub Now DELIVERS!

Kildare's now delivers Monday through Friday! Kildare's delivers the full express lunch menu to local businesses in Chapel Hill call today to place your order -919-932-7734! 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  


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


Valentine's Day Specials at Sugarland! Skip the chocolates this year and offer you sweetie a heart shaped box of Sugarland's petite cupcakes, macarons, hand-dipped, long-stemmed strawberries, or mini-cakes! Not to mention the store will be stocked with heart shaped shortbreads, Valentine's inspired cupcakes, and a delicious array of date night treats; and will have splits of champagne and roses ready to make your Valentine's day the sweetest yet!

View these specials and more on Sugarland's Facebook page.


Make Your Valentine's Day Dinner Reservations Now! 

Elaine's is now accepting reservations for Valentine's Day, Monday, February 14.  The menu will be a $69 prix fixe menu including the amuse bouche, choice of appetizers, choice of entrées, and dessert.  Optionally, $99 includes four courses of champagne and wine pairings. For reservations, call 919-960-2770 or visit   


Talulla's Restaurant is now accepting reservations for Valentine's Day; offering a four course prix-fixe menu for $40 with an optional wine pairing available for $15. Call 919-933-1177 or visit


Winter Skies Show at Morehead Planetarium Morehead Planetarium

With short days and long nights, winter offers great opportunities for sky watching. Watch the Winter Skies show at Morehead Planetarium on Saturday, January 29 at 9:30AM and learn about meteor showers, other current celestial events and the constellations in the winter sky. Explore the night sky as a family. Based on the same themes as Starry Nights, this engaging program series is designed for learners ages 7-12 and their families.  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.  


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!

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.

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