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What to Do & See Downtown this Week! 3/17/11

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!


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Vote for your favorite downtown businesses, organizations, and more in  the Independent Weekly's annual "Best of The Triangle" poll. There are seven categories - Wine & Dine, Music & Clubs, Out & About, Goods, Services, Media, and a Comment section for any write-ins!  


Spring Fashions at Apple Boutique Apple Boutique Merchandise 

Spring brings the latest arrivals to Apple Boutique from Joy Joy, Myne, Miss Me Couture, Tt, and other designers. As always, Apple Boutique has a fabulous selection of JPK handbags, designer denim, such as William Rast, and accessories that will update your wardrobe basics. Apple Boutique is located at 133B West Franklin Street, in University Square. For more information visit  


StoryMakers: an exhibit of narrative art at FRANK

TGI Thursdays at FRANK

Thursdays at FRANK bring musical and theater productions, talks by local authors and artists, poetry readings, and so much more.   On Thursday, March 24 at 6:30PM join Anuraag Pendyal, a pianist, who will be playing a medley of movie themes. Current exhibit: STORYMAKERS is a member and invitational exhibit focusing on narrative imagery. The show will highlight the work of invited artists and member artists. The storymakers invite you to step into their stories through their images. For more information visit  



Morehead Planetarium and Science Center hosts a special presentation by Dr. David McNelis on Thursday, March 24, 2011, at 6PM. He will discuss the risks we face in relying on nuclear power and the key issues under debate, from Chernobyl to Fukushima. McNelis serves as director of UNC's Center for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economic Development as well as adjunct professor for nuclear engineering at NC State.This program is free and open to the public; light refreshments are provided. For 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, March 24 from 6PM to 10PM.  Bring your friends to the North Parlor for live music by Alex Blues Band, and food & drinks. Don't miss your chance to shake those blues away! This event is free and open to the public. For information visit


New Spring Arrivals at Glee Kids Lollipops T-Shirt - Heathered Onyx

Stop by Glee Kids to see the latest and cutest kids fashions from Glug, Stun, and Lucky Fish! Glee Kids prides itself on selection. There are great designers making amazing things for kids and they all have a story. Each brand is selected with love and care and the idea that greatness earns a smile. It spreads a little glee! Glee Kids is located at 133C West Franklin Street, in University Square. For more information visit  


Live Musical Performance at Internationalist Books

 On Friday, March 25 from 9PM to 12AM, ambient group PJB will perform with Subscape Annex. The show is free and open to all. Internationalist Books & Community Center is a volunteer run collective, a not-for-profit bookstore, a progressive community center, and community owned cooperative that provides new & used books and magazines on diverse subjects. Internationalist also hosts movie nights, book discussions, lectures on diverse topics, and more. Internationalist is located at 405 West Franklin Street. For more information visit  


Front Porch Bar and GrillCocktails for Cancer at The Front Porch  

The Front Porch Bar and Grill is hosting their first fundraising event on Friday, March 25 from 7PM to 2AM. There will be signature drink specials available and all the bar tips will go towards the cause! Cocktails for Cancer is a nonprofit established in 2007 to increase awareness among the public at large about female cancers. Through education, promotion and fundraising they strive to support the research needed to find a cure.The Front Porch Bar and Grill is located at 143 East Franklin Street. For more information visit 


Nightlight Celebrates Eight -Year Anniversary Nightlight Logo 2011

On Saturday, March 26 Nightlight Bar & Club is celebrating eight years of providing the Triangle with a venue for the experimental arts and a space for community organization.  To commemorate this milestone, Nightlight will host a daytime artisan market and nighttime performance and dance party! The Orange County Artisan Market from 12PM until 5PM will feature hand-made crafts, fashion, art, and jewelry from local designers, including Roulette Vintage, River Basin Outfitters, Reciprocities, and more.  Admission is free. The anniversary party kicks off at 9:30PM with Spider Bags, Pigeons, and D. Charles Speer.  DJ Family Vacation will spin dance music throughout the evening.  Admission is $8. For more information visit  


UNC Logo - NC SmallBattle of the Blues on the Baseball Field 

The Tar Heels and Blue Devils will open the series in Boshamer Stadium on Friday, March 25 at 3PM. Game two will be Saturday at 2PM and the finale will be Sunday at 1PM. The Battle of the Blues, presented by Continental Tire, is an all-sports competition between North Carolina and Duke. Carolina currently leads the competition 9-8 with the winner of this weekend's baseball series earning one point. North Carolina needs 13.5 points to retain the title. GO HEELS! Tickets $7-$10. To purchase tickets online and for more information visit 


 NOW SHOWING at the VARSITY: UNC Basketball

The Varsity Theatre will be showing all of UNC's games in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Tickets are $5. For more information visit  GO HEELS!

Quirky & Stylistic Meet at Goodbones Vintage
Goodbones Vintage Chairs
Finished your spring cleaning yet? Great because that means there's more room in your dwelling to fill with much funkier stuff! Goodbones Vintage has something for everyone's tastes featuring mid-century furniture, lamps, vintage vinyl, and lots of other cool finds. On a nice day many of the stores wares are out on the front lawn daring you to try not to stop and shop! Goodbones Vintage is located at 406 West Rosemary Street, next door to Mama Dip's Restaurant. For photos and descriptions of what Goodbones has to offer, check out
North Carolina Chiropractic 

North Carolina Chiropractic, lead by Dr. Chas Gaertner, combines traditional adjusting with therapeutic massage for patients. His highly personal approach allows him to spend quality time with each patient. Dr. Gaertner often assists patients with stretching and exercise programs, as well as coaching on the issues of stress, lifestyle, and workplace. If you prefer a quick visit, he can adjust you and send you on your way! Located at 212 West Rosemary Street, NC Chiropractic is an easy walk from campus with free parking and convenient hours, including lunchtime and evenings. Visit for more information.


 Spanish/English Story Time at Kidzu 

On Sunday March 27 at 4:00PM kids will enjoy this free bilingual (Spanish/English) Story Time! Once a month Kidzu hosts this bilingual story time 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. No registration is required. For information visit  


FREE Music Lessons & Tutoring at Teen Center

Street Scene Teen Center is now offering FREE music lessons for teens; taught by UNC students. Lessons are being offered for clarinet, guitar, piano, and saxophone on a first-come, first-served basis. Guitars and piano provided at the Teen Center; teens must have the other instruments. Teens may sign up for the classes at the Teen Center which is located 179 East Franklin Street; under the Post Office/Courthouse. Street Scene also offers free tutoring for middle-school and high-school students in all subjects. Tutoring is provided by UNC students; Monday - Friday from 3PM to 7PM. For more information call 929-9675 or 968-2841. 


Mint:Traditional & Contemporary Cuisine

Mint RestaurantMint Restaurant, located at 504 West Franklin Street, is a contemporary Indian restaurant that strives to acknowledge the wonderful history of traditional Indian food, while constantly pushing the boundaries to modernize authentic tastes. Mint features a diverse lunchtime buffet, numerous dinner specials, with many options to satisfy vegetarians, seafood & meat enthusiasts, as well as soups, salads, and desserts. For more information visit


Beauty for the Earth - AVEDA

AVEDA Institute Chapel Hill is offering FREE services: haircuts, express facials, express manicures and express pedicures on Wednesday, March 30 - with all donations going to the Triangle Land Conservancy. For more information visit  

ELEMENTALS - March Opening at LIGHT

LIGHT Art + Design is hosting an Afternoon Tea & Trunk Show with special guests Lynne Jaffe & Molly Drake on Wednesday March 30 from 4PM to 6PM; and on Saturday, April 2 from 2PM to 4PM. The show will feature Floracopeia- The world's leader in high quality, pure essential oils and aroma-therapy products; and Pelagou- A collection of clothes that are sensual to touch, easy to wear, and flow with your body in the movements of Nature. Show Special: buy 3 essential oils and get 10% off a Humidifying Diffuser. LIGHT is located in Greenbridge at 601 West Rosemary Street. For more information visit

Birdhouses on Parade at Carolina Inn 

Spring is the season for birds in the garden and for the 10th Annual Birdhouses on Parade at The Carolina Inn. Through Sunday, April 24, the Inn be displaying one of a kind birdhouses and feeders crafted by North Carolina artisans. Drop by anytime to see these wonderful creations.  There will also be teas, special meals, music, egg decorating and more. The birdhouses will be on display daily from 10 am - 8 pm.  For information, call (919) 918-2711 or visit 


Call for VOLUNTEERS:  

Tar Heel 10 Miler Here's your chance to help thousands of runners reach their goal of successfully crossing the finish line at the Wachovia Tar Heel 10 Miler & Fleet Feet 4 + Mile Run- which takes place on UNC's campus and downtown Chapel Hill on Saturday, April 9.  SIGN UP NOW! The first 75 volunteers to register will get a FREE race entry for the 2012 event.  Contact Elisabeth Galperin: or 919.923.5076 with questions.
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, Carolina Coffee Shop,  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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