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What to Do & See Downtown this Week! 2/17/11

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

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Have You Voted for Chapel Hill Today? Franklin St.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Chapel Hill as one of its 2011 Dozen Distinctive Destinations. Chapel Hill was selected for its stately charm, dynamic cultural offerings and its citizens' dedication to protecting and sharing its unique heritage.  From February 15 to March 15, you can vote online for Chapel Hill to be named Fan Favorite. Voters are automatically entered to win a complimentary two-night stay at any Historic Hotel of America. To vote online visit Fall in love with Chapel Hill all over again when you watch this video from the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau - CLICK HERE!


TGI Thursdays in the Gallery at FRANK FRANK Window Display

On Thursday, February 17 from 5PM to 8PM join Judith Ernst & Alan Dehmer, featured member artists at FRANK, as they talk about their work. FRANK features work from over 70 local artists and offers paintings, ceramics, and sculpture as well as a wide selection of fine art, craft, wearables, and gifts. FRANK is located at 109 East Franklin Street. Visit  


Current Exhibit at FRANK:

Seeing the Figure~ Juried by Beverly McIver, this pivotal exhibition is on display now until March 6, 2011 and features invited Baltimore artists Dennis Farber and Connie Imboden along with Triangle area artists Paris Alexander and Laura Farrow.


Julian's WindowJulian's Sale: Men's and Women's Clothing

ALL SALE ITEMS 50-70% 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. Plus, HUGE MARKDOWNS on selection of Ladies' designer labels: Tops $29, Skirts $49, Jeans $50, Coats $99. Stop in and shop the do not want to miss out! Julian's is located at 135 East Franklin Street. For more information visit


34th Carolina Jazz Festival

 The Carolina Jazz Festival will be held from February 16-26 with performances in several UNC campus venues and the West End Wine Bar at 450 West Franklin Street. Featured artists include Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band, Conrad Herwig, Joe Chambers, Marcus Printup, and the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra. Many festival events are free. For those that are ticketed events, call the Memorial Hall Box Office at (919) 843-3333 or visit  


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African Skies Star Show at Morehead Planetarium 

Morehead PlanetariumIn honor of African American history month, Morehead Planetarium is showing 'African Skies' on Saturday, February 19 at 9:30 AM. This star show focuses on the astronomy and night sky myths and legends told in African cultures, as well as the related stories told by scientists today. Based on the same themes as Starry Nights, this engaging program series is designed for learners ages 7-12 and their families. Visit for more information.


SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION at Morehead Planetarium is now OPEN! Take advantage of early registration and member discounts!  Morehead carefully designs its camps so that every child can experience the thrill of science firsthand. Hands-on discovery, science-themed crafts, active indoor and outdoor recreation, and highly-trained counselors come together to create a memorable experience for rising kindergartners through rising eighth-grade students. For more information visit


2011 Sex Ed Film Festival at Varsity Theatre APPCNC Sex Ed Film Festival

The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina (APPCNC) is hosting the inaugural NC Sex Ed Film Festival at the Varsity Theatre on Saturday, February 19 from 1PM to 10PM. The festival will be showing Saved (PG-13), The Education of Shelby Knox (NR-Doc.), and The Gloucester 18 (NR-Doc.). APPCNC helps North Carolina communities prevent adolescent pregnancy through advocacy, collaboration and education. In conjunction with the film festival, they will be holding a day-long advocacy training for youth, parents and youth-serving professionals on Sunday, February 20.  Adult Festival Pass - $15; Student Festival Pass - $10 (must show student ID or proof of 'under 18' age. For more information visit and


North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival

NCCAF 2011

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 NYC, LA, Chicago, DC, Boston, Philly, 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


Pink & Blue Gymnastics Meet & Cancer Info. Fair

Get REAL & HEEL, a UNC program for breast cancer patients, is hosting a free awareness fair at the UNC women's gymnastics meet in Carmichael Auditorium on Sunday, February 20 starting at 12:30 PM. As well as information on health and cancer awareness, the fair will offer arts & crafts, face painting, prizes, and more with the UNC cheerleaders & Rameses there to join in the fun. Admission to the fair and the UNC vs. Pittsburgh competition, starting at 2:00 PM, is FREE! Visit or on Facebook for more information and details on other events with Get REAL & HEEL.


Working the Landscape: Artists & Nature Lecture 

In connection with the current exhibition

At Work in the Wilderness: Picturing the American Landscape, 1820-1920, the Ackland Art Museum presents a lecture by Dr. Franklin Kelly, on Sunday, February 20 at 2:00 PM.  Kelly is one of the world's leading authorities on American art. The talk will consider some of the many pictorial and didactic approaches nineteenth-century artists used to portray the actual appearance of the American landscape, as well as to convey meanings offered through the contemplation of nature. The lecture will be at Hanes Art Center Auditorium.  A reception at the Ackland Art Museum follows. This event is free and open to the public. Franklin Kelly (UNC-Chapel Hill '74) has spent 21 years in curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Art. For more information visit


Kildares Pub

 Kildare's Irish Pub Specials

With St. Patrick's Day coming up take advantage of call ahead seating and make your March reservations now! Highlights for this week include: Wine Down Wednesday, $3 Guinness and 1/2 off wine and "Are You Smarter than a Bartender? Trivia Contest" starts at 10PM! To make reservations and or ask about specials e-mail or visit



Internationalist Books Celebration

On Monday, February 21 at 6:30 PM, Internationalist Books and Community Center will honor the life of its founder, Bob Sheldon, 20 years after his murder. Bob Sheldon was an activist who devoted his life to social justice and equality. Program includes sharing of memories, food, music, a march with Cakalak Thunder, and a candlelit vigil.  Internationalist Books & Community Center is located at 405 W. Franklin Street. For more information visit 


Black History Month Sale: Stop by the store and receive 15% off your purchase when you buy a book or magazine on race/racism, African Americans, civil rights and black liberation! For the month of February only, in honor of Black History Month!


aveda productsService Specials at Aveda 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 and 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


Free Computer Skills Workshop at JobLink Center 

The Orange County JobLink career Center is offering FREE computer skills classes every Wednesday from 5PM to 6PM. The workshops will focus on learning or improving on basic computer skills to enhance job readiness, including how to create and format a resume and how to search the internet for job information. No registration is required, walk-ins are welcome! For more information visit or contact Malinda Marsh at or Technology Without Borders at 919-200-0892 or


Open Mic Nights at Nightlight 

For the entire month of February on Tuesdays, Nightlight will be hosting an open mic night! If you have a new music, dance or art project - come share it! This is a great opportunity to jam/ improv and test your skills. Open Mic Nights are FREE and start at 9PM.  Visit for details.


The Crunkleton Lecture Series: Four Roses Bourbon

On Thursday, February 24 at 7:30 PM, join Master Distiller Jim Rutledge from Four Roses Distillery at The Crunkleton. Celebrate three of his finest bourbons, The Marriage, The Single Barrel, and The Small Batch.  As is the case for all of The Crunkleton Lecture Series, the spirits will be pouring with bourbon based cocktails and tastings. Your reservation for this event should be purchased in advance as seating is limited. Please purchase tickets at The Crunkleton, call Gary at 919-265-9413. Advanced purchased tickets are $50, and tickets will be $65 at the door. For more information visit


FREE Yoga from Franklin Street Yoga Center

For the month of February start or end your day with a free yoga class at Franklin Street Yoga Center. Classes include: 6:30am Power Hour/Wed; 7:30pm All Levels/Wed; and 3:00pm Basics/Fri. And starting on March 1st - Kids Yoga for children ages 5 to 9! Class will be 45 minutes long with singing, yoga breathing and postures, meditation, and relaxation. Franklin Street Yoga Center is located at 123 West Franklin Street, on the backside of University Square. For more information on these classes and other events, visit


Home Front on the Hill: A Civil War Exhibit

UNC's Wilson Library is hosting Home Front on the Hill: Chapel Hill and the University during the Civil War, on view in the Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room of the Wilson Special Collections Library from Feb. 1 through May 8. The exhibit is free to the public and features about 160 items from Library collections. On April 12th -the 150th anniversary of the war's first military engagement, at Fort Sumter, S.C., in 1861-the Library will launch the website "The Civil War Day-by-Day." For more information, and details on the many events surrounding this exhibit, visit or call (919) 962-3765. 


February Book Sale at Studio Supply 

A wide variety of instructional art books await you at Studio Supply, and this month they are ALL on sale for 20% off! Sometimes there is nothing better than a new book of techniques to reinvigorate your work or to update you about new materials available.  Or maybe you've always wanted to try a new medium, but are unsure about how to get started? Take advantage of this great offer to save on a complete selection of art-related books! Are you signed up for Studio Supply's email newsletter? If not, then you are missing out on great deals, coupons, and specials offered

only in the emails! Sign up today. 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 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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 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