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What to Do & See Downtown this Week! 2/4/11

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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 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


Opening Reception at LIGHT Art+Design  

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. Join LIGHT for an opening reception on Saturday, Febrauary 5 from 6PM to 9PM. 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. 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.


Open Workshops at The ReCYCLEry

The ReCYCLEry is available every first Saturday from 11AM to 4PM for open workshop hours, and every Sunday from 12PM to 5PM.  Join them this Saturday, February 5 or Sunday, February 6 for lightly paced workshops, staffed by mechanics who will lead you in learning about your bike in an informal session.  Mechanics will not repair your bike for you, but will aid you in learning.  Everyone is welcome to bring their bike or work towards earning one of their own. The ReCYCLEry is located on the backside of 108 N. Graham Street. For more information visit


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


Poetry Workshop at Ackland Art MuseumMonhegan

Join Ackland forthe Writing from Landscapes poetry workshop on Saturday, February 5 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. This adult workshop will explore the paintings featured in the exhibition At Work in the Wilderness by focusing on them as a source for poetic creativity.Workshop facilitator Pam Baggett is a freelance writer, photographer, and member of the Garden Writers Association. Free. Open to creative writers at all levels. Advanced registration required; space is limited. Please RSVP to Allison Portnow: or 919-843-3687.


IFC Community House Open House

IFC LogoMany residents of Chapel Hill and Carrboro have never been inside Community House, so the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service (IFC) is opening it's doors and inviting everyone in to see the facility on Sunday, February 6 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM.  Present at the Open House will be IFC staff, volunteers, as well as some residents. IFC wants the community to fully understand why the IFC is striving to provide better accommodations for our homeless men, and to more fully appreciate why this move is essential for the men and for our community. Community House is located at 100 East Rosemary Street. For more information on this event, as well as donation and volunteer needs at IFC, visit 


Teen Center Art Project Has Open Slots

Until the end of April, Street Scene's Artist-in-Residency Peg Gignoux will be working with young artists -byTerrance Foushee, DJ Rahmer, and David Eisenband - to lead teens in creating a collaborative multi-media art project. In addition to a permanently displayed work of art, the teens will learn performance art and the project will be documented with photography, video and sound recordings done by the teens. The project has open spots now - for more information click here


Street Scene Teen Center Band PerformanceStreet Scene Teen Center may be one of Chapel Hill's best kept secrets...from adults! Located at 179 East Franklin Street, under the post office/courthouse - Street Scene has been open for teens for 25 years! You may have not known about it - but Chapel Hill teens have been hanging out under Franklin Street all this time. Street Scene offers teens (ages 12 to 18) a FREE place to hang out, play pool & video games, listen to live music performances, and connect with other teens. The Teen Center is open Monday-Friday after school from from 4PM to 7PM, and Friday & Saturday evenings from 7PM to 11PM. For more information call Street Scene at 967-9675...or better yet...stop by and see it in action!


R&R Grill Superbowl Party Benefiting Kidzu

R & R Grill LogoOn Superbowl Sunday, February 6th -  join R&R Grill for a benefit night for Kidzu Children's Museum. Enjoy a $10 buffet including pulled pork, baked beans, mini deli sandwiches, hot dogs, bar snacks and more. The food will be donated by R&R Grill and their food suppliers, so 100% of the proceeds will go straight to Kidzu! And of course, watch the game on one of their many 50" flat screens!The bar will be open and the restaurant will also feature some menu specials. R&R Grill is very excited about this opportunity to support another downtown business, particularly one that embodies the local, family friendly, small town model that R&R Grill believes in! Visit or their Facebook page for details.


Peacock Alley Special Offer for Blog Subscribers

If you subscribe by email to receive Peacock Alley's blog updates, anytime now through February 14th, you will receive 10% OFF your ENTIRE PURCHASE!  One time use only.  Please mention this offer upon making your in-store purchase. Peacock Alley offers a variety of unique gifts and home furnishings from some of the most distinguished designers in the world. They also offer a wide variety of luxury bed linens, home accessories, European antiques, furniture, crystal lamps, and more. Visit Peacock Alley's blog to sign-up, or


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 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.


Looking for a Great Valentine's Day Gift? Aveda has gift sets starting at only $6! And, guests can earn up to $25 in free services with an Aveda gift certificate specials. If you are stumped as to what to buy your loved one for Valentine's Day - an Aveda gift certificate is PERFECT! For more information visit  


Craft Night at Internationalist Books

Every second Tuesday evening of the month, stop by and join others in learning a new craft skill! Internationalist Books & Community Center is located at 405 West Franklin Street. 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 contact Malinda Marsh at or Technology Without Borders at 919-200-0892 or

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


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


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. 


Open Mic Nights at Nightlight

For the entire month of February, Nightlight will be hosting Tuesday night Open Mics! 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.


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.For more information visit


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   


Carolina Crossroads encourages you to dine with your sweetheart or friends and experience exceptional cuisine. For Valentine's Day, Executive Chef Jimmy Reale is offering a special four course dinner for $75 per person that includes your choice of salad, appetizer, entree and dessert, champagne and a rose for your sweetheart. If you can't make it for Valentine's Day, enjoy a special four course dinner and champagne available for $65 per person on Saturday, February 12 and Sunday, February 13, 2011. Make your reservation online or call directly at 919-918-2777. 


Celebrate Valentine's Day at the Carolina Inn with a special Sweetheart Valentine's Day Tea featuring specialty teas, savory tea sandwiches and heart-shaped sweets. Please call 919-918-2735 or visit for more details.


 R&R Grill is offering special deals for groups of two on Friday, February 11 - Monday, February 14th. Purchase any two entrees on the menu AND a bottle of wine will be only $35; and bottles of champagne will be $20! R&R will be featuring a delicious entree and desert special for the occasion, as well. Call to make your reservations now at 919-240-4411.


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




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.

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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