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What to Do & See Downtown this Week! 2/24/11

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

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Chapel Hill is #1 in Our Hearts - But #4 in the Poll! 

VOTE Chapel Hill as Fan Favorite Today, Tomorrow, and the Next Day! 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!


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


robin lin photographyRobin Lin Photography Special Offer

To support the amazing work of Doctors without Borders, Robin Lin Photography is offering a special deal: from now until October 31, 2011, there will be NO portrait session fees, in return for a minimum donation of $35 to Doctors Without Borders. Why $35?  According to Doctors Without Borders - A $35 donation can provide two high-energy meals a day to 200 children.  For all donations made over $100, customers will receive a matted 11×14 print (valued at $100)! Some restrictions apply. Robin Lin Photography is located at 157 East Franklin Street, Suite 7. For complete details visit


WhichburgerWeekly 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.  SANDWHICH offers patrons FREE Valet Parking! For more information on SANDWHICH 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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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


Shake Your Winter Blues at the Carolina Inn

You've heard of Fridays on the Front Porch...keeping with this Carolina Inn tradition they bring you Shake Your Winter Blues on Friday, February 25 from 6PM to 10PM. Who said winter had to be boring? Bring your friends to the North Parlor for live music by Mel Melton and The Wicked Mojo, and food & drinks.. Don't miss your chance to shake those blues away! This event is complimentary and open to the public. For more information visit


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Battle Park History & Restoration Tour

Enjoy a winter hike and learn the natural history of Battle Park on UNC's campus on Saturday, February 26 at 11AM. Tour the pedestrian trials; discuss the colorful history of the area; examine the flora; and enjoy "Lover's Leap," "The Monarch of the Forest," "Piney Prospect," and other named locations in Battle Park. Meet on the stage of Forest Theatre. Fee: $10 ($5 NCBG members)-Please pre-register at 919-962-0522. Portions of the hike are strenuous and require climbing some steep and rocky trails. For more information visit


Shamrock 'n' Run Benefit 5K 2010

For 18 years, the Beta Chi chapter of  Kappa Delta Sorority will host the annual Shamrock 'n' Run 5K in downtown and UNC's campus on Saturday, February 26, with registration starting at 7:30 AM. Last year's race raised over $51,000! Race proceeds are donated to the Durham Center for Child and Family Health and Prevent Child Abuse America. The Shamrock 'n' Run Race Course is USATF Certified, NC-04072-PH. Registration is $15 online before the race, or $20 on race day.  All participants will receive a runner TLC bag with goodies and a long sleeve t-shirt; and child care will be provided. For more information visit


Tarheel Book Store Spring Cleaning Sale

Tarheel Book Store has a giant 50% sale on everything in the store except textbooks. Now's the time to stock up on Carolina fan gear for yourself, family, and friends! Tarheel Book Store is located at 119 East Franklin Street. For more information visit


Graphic Novel Artist Signing at Chapel Hill Comics

Chapel Hill Comics welcomes back Jason Latour to sign his new crime graphic novel Noche Roja on Saturday, February 26 from 2PM to 4PM. Noche Roja explores a hidden world of corruption where money, sex, politics and crime all add up to the same thing. Jason also did the art for The Last Stand of the Silver Samurai in the most recent Wolverine #1 comic. Chapel Hill Comics has secured a limited amount of the blank variant cover for this issue, and if you buy one at the event (they're $3.99!) Jason will sketch you something on the cover! Chapel Hill Comics is located

at 316 West Franklin Street. For more information visit


Nightlight Bar & ClubSave the Ales Benefit at Nightlight 

Join the Save the Ales benefit at the Nightlight on Saturday, February 26 at 9:30PM to raise awareness about the effects of global warming on agriculture, including those oh-so-important hops, a critical ingredient in beer! Beer specials include Full Steam Brewery's Rocket Science IPA & Duck Rabbit's Milk Stout! $3 Cover; with DJ's all night long! Save the Ales is a benefit for Power Shift 2011, the largest convergence of students advocating for environmental justice in the country. For more information visit 


DJ Ras J presents SIMMER DOWN Roots  Culture Reggae Revival - Photo of DJ Ras JSIMMER DOWN: Reggae Revival  

Talulla's is hosting SIMMER DOWN:Roots & Culture Reggae Revival with DJ Ras J on Saturday, February 26, starting at 10PM. Special guest

 I-Dread. This monthly roots reggae tribute session gives fans a regular place to listen to and enjoy old school reggae. Relax and enjoy the  crack and pop of vintage roots vinyl selections and live dub mixes from a world class selector. Drink specials this night with no cover, strictly positive vibes. Hosted every fourth Saturday. Talulla's is located at 456 West Franklin Street. For more information visit


Spanish/English Children's Story Time

Kidzu - reading timeJoin Kidzu Children's Museum for a free bilingual(Spanish/English) story time on Sunday, February 27 at 4PM. This once-a-month event is filled with interactive and educational activities games & stories and a fun craft project too. Presented in Spanish and English for children ages 4 and up with an adult. Visit Kidzu has FREE admission on Sundays, and parking is FREE downtown every Sunday!


Encounter Art at Ackland Art Museum

Encounter Art tours are free conversational gallery talks focusing on a single work of art, theme, or special exhibition. On Sunday, February 27 at 2PM, Kate St. John will host an interactive gallery talk about the exhibition The Oldest Paintings in America: Utah's Rock Art Photographed by Goodloe Suttler. Encounter Art is free and open to all. For more information visit


Game Night at Internationalist Books 

Stop by the Internationalist on Monday, February 28 at 7PM for this monthly gathering that brings together fans of old familiar games like Scrabble, Boggle, Scattergories, Risk, and any card game you can imagine; with fans of new, fun underground classics like Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Dominion, and Guillotine. Bring any game you'd like and there will be someone who will play with you! Internationalist Books & Community Center is located at 405 West Franklin Street. For 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!
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, R&R Grill, Salon 135, SANDWHICH, Spanky's Restaurant, Top of the Hill Brewery & Restaurant.

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