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What to Do & See Downtown this Week! 1/6/11

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

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Weekly Specials at SANDWHICH


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


Moving Screening at Internationalist Books

The Internationalist hosts weekly movie screenings - this week they'll be showing The Witness on Thursday, January 6  at 7PM. The Witness is an award-winning documentary about a man who feared and avoided animals for most of his life until a kitten inspired him to rescue abandoned animals and bring his message of compassion to the streets of New York. For a trailer visit The Internationalist is located at 405 W. Franklin Street. For more information call 942-1740 or visit


Hungry Heart of Gold Benefit Show at Local 506 

Local 506 is hosting 'Hungry Heart of Gold: Neil Young vs. Bruce Springsteen' benefit show for the Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County on Friday, January 7 at 9PM. The show features Supreme Fiction, Django Haskins of The Old Ceremony, Big Fat Gap, Semi-Formal, Mary Johnson Rockers, Wylie Hunter & The Cazadores, Birds & Arrows, and The Tomahawks - $8. For more information visit and the event Facebook page.


The New Year Brings New Classes & Events at Kidzu

Kidzu Children's Museum, Chapel Hill NCKidzu 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


Ackland Art-ventues for Kids

Ackland Art-ventures for Kids is a series of engaging classes for 6-9 year olds taught by National Board Certified Art Teacher Tamela Davis and other educators. On Saturday, January 8 from 10:30AM to 12:00PM children will explore the exhibit - Tradition in Clay: Two Hundred Years of Classic North Carolina Pots - in the galleries and then go next door to a studio to practice the new ideas and techniques they saw as they create their own take-home treasures; faux clay pots! $15 for members, $25 non-members. Registration is required and limited and the fee includes materials. To register, call 919-962-0479 or visit

Art Exhibit Reception at Horace Williams House
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Elysse - by Barbara Tyroler
The Preservation Society of Chapel Hill is pleased to present Water Mark - An Exhibition About Water By:  Anita Mills, Andrea Selch, Hollie Taylor, and Barbara Tyroler that runs from January 9 through January 30, 2011.  The opening reception with all artists in attendance is Sunday, January 9 from 2PM to 4PM.  The Horace Williams House is located at 610 East Rosemary Street.  For more information call 919-942-7818 or visit


Kick off the New Year with a Personal Revolution Yoga- FSYC
Are you ready to transform your life? How is that New Year's resolution going? The Franklin Street Yoga Center is offering 40 Days to Personal Revolution - starting Sunday, January 10 through February 14 for $199. In forty days, you can shift into a whole new way of living and being with learning about a combination of asana practice, meditation, diet, and personal reflection. The course includes six weeks of unlimited yoga, guided meditation, the Baron Baptiste book 40 Days to Personal Revolution, and weekly email updates.  For more information visit


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.


Monday Night Trivia at Nightlight

Nightlight Bar & Club

Gather your friends and join Nightlight for trivia every Monday night starting at 9PM! Each round wins free beer and the winner of the night gets a gift certificate to the Nightlight! 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. Featuring an outdoor patio where smoking is allowed and offering WI-FI for customers. Serving coffee from Carrboro Coffee Company in addition to a selection of local beer, wine and liquor. Nightlight club is located at 405 1/2 West Rosemary Street. For a complete schedule of Nightlight's events visit

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
R&R Grill Daily Specials & Happy Hour  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! 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. The lunch and dinner menus feature a wide selection of salads, sandwiches, burgers, flat-bread pizzas, and dinner entrees. R&R Grill is located at 137 E Franklin Street- enter into the Bank of America building. For more information visit R&R Grill offers FREE Valet Parking!


Bowl Championship Gear at Johnny T-Shirt
Congratulations to the Tar Heels on that ever-so-memorable victory at the Music City Bowl Game! Now you can celebrate that dramatic win all year long with the OFFICIAL Music City Bowl Championship T-shirt at Johnny T-Shirt. Available are both hats and t-shirts. Johhnny T-Shirt is located at 128 East Franklin Street. Visit them online at


Carolina Science Cafe at the Back Bar
Morehead Planetarium is featuring a January edition of the Carolina Science Cafe on Tuesday, January 11 at 7PM at the Back Bar at Top of the Hill. Join international space law specialist Michael Mineiro for a discussion titled ' Our Human Future in Outer Space: Cooperation, Security and International Space Law'. The discussion will focus on key international space law agreements, from the Cold War through the future, and their impact on the development of outer space. For more information visit
The Clothing Warehouse, Affordable Vintage Style
Carrying classic Levi's & Wrangler jeans, sunglasses, cowboy boots, western shirts, corduroys as well as vintage clothing from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. The Clothing Warehouse is packed with racks of one-of-a-kind dresses, shirts, pants and skirts. No two pieces are identical and there is something for everyone including plus-size and children's vintage clothing. For more information visit
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Wachovia Tar Heel 10 Miler - 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 Chapel Hill. Last year history was made when 2200 runners took to the streets of Chapel Hill and ran through downtown and historic neighborhoods ultimately finishing in UNC's Kenan Football Stadium.  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! The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has been selected by Endurance Magazine as their 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

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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