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

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!


FRANK Featured Artist Salon: Tyroler & Allen

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Local photographer Barbara Tyroler and woodworker & musician Keith Allen are the featured FRANK Artists on Thursday, March 3 from 6PM to 8PM. Tyroler completes the last of her three Chapel Hill water exhibitions with a 60s birthday celebration, 60's music, and a retrospective of 60 water portraits on DVD at FRANK. Tyroler is joined by woodworker and musician Keith Allen. Allen is designing three custom frames specifically for Tyroler's water portraits that will be on view and available for purchase at the gallery. Also, Allen will perform 60s music for the event, beginning at 6:30. For more information visit and  


Carolina Science Café: Hormones and PerceptionLOVE

In the second part of her spring series, 'The Biology of Love', Sarah Williams will discuss Hormones and Perception on Thursday, March 3 from 7PM to 8PM at the Top of the Hill's Back Bar. Williams researches the biology of social attachments and is a UNC doctoral candidate in neurobiology.The Carolina Science Cafe is sponsored by the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, and features monthly discussions on the latest science issues and discoveries, by scientists.  For more information and upcoming topics, visit


Dean DomeGo Heels! Beat Duke!  The Carolina Men's basketball team takes on the Duke Blue Devils at the Dean Dome on Saturday, March 5 at 8PM. For game day details visit If you aren't among the fortunate few to have tickets to the game - every television downtown will be tuned into ESPN to watch the game! So enjoy the game while you eat dinner, or hang out with friends - and no place better to be in the world to celebrate a Tar Heel victory than on Franklin Street!  For a listing of downtown eateries and bars - CLICK HERE.  The Varsity Theatre will also be showing the game with doors opening at 7:30PM; $5 admission.



Rivalry Gear at Johnny T-Shirt: There is only ONE shade of blue to wear downtown on Saturday! Now is the time to update your Carolina collection of clothing with the latest Johnny T-Shirt Rivalry Gear for you and the whole family. Because if you aren't teaching your children to love Carolina from birth, you aren't doing it right! Visit 


Through Women's Eyes, By Women's Hands  

The Women's Center annual Art Show, is Friday, March 4 at 7PM at Greenbridge on West Rosemary Street. The show features female artists from across North Carolina, and has a new twist this year. All artists have created 5"x7" Anonymous Mini Masterpieces- each is signed on the back and remain anonymous until sold. All art is for sale for $50, with all proceeds benefiting The Women's Center. Hors d'oeuvres provided by local women chefs, beer and wine, and entertainment from local DJ Sarah Honer. Exciting Silent Auction & Raffle prizes include two tickets to the March 5th UNC Men's Basketball game against Duke and a week stay at a beautiful Hyco Lake cottage. Tickets can be purchased now online or by calling 919-968-4610. Individual tickets are $50 each. For more information visit


LEGO-palooza is Back!  

On Saturday, March 5 & Sunday, March 6 from 11AM to 4PM, the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center hosts LEGO-palooza. This is a must see event for any LEGO fan!  Hundreds of creative LEGO models and scenes will be on display in this exhibit created by members of North Carolina LEGO Users Group. Admission is FREE - and parking is FREE on Sundays downtown! LEGO-palooza has been a Morehead tradition since 2005. For more information visit


Yearning to Deepen Your Yoga Practice? 

Join Franklin Street Yoga Center for a series of workshops featuring Kathryn Budig on Saturday, March 5 & Sunday, March 6. Workshops include Moving from Your Core; Flight of the Yogi: An Exploration on Your Hands; and All is Full of Love: Heart Opening Backbending Asana. The workshop and will take place in the The Great Room at the Top of the Hill. For more information visit www.franklinstyoga.comWant to win a free yoga class, a week of free yoga, a month of free yoga, how about three months of free yoga? If you are a friend of Franklin Street Yoga Center on Facebook, it could happen. 


 Celebrate Kidzu Children's Museum's 5th Anniversary

On Sunday, March 6 from 1PM to 5PM Kidzu Children's Museum will celebrate with free admission and active games like Twister, hopscotch, and bean bag toss just to name a few. The day long celebration will culminate with a "high five" cake at 4PM. And parking is always FREE downtown on Sundays! For more information visit  


madelyn smoakReception at Horace Williams House 

On Sunday, March 6 from 2PM to 4PM, The Preservation Society of Chapel Hill is pleased to host a reception for "Influences" mixed media sculptures by Madelyn Smoak and "Infrared Photographs" by Bill McAllister. The exhibit will run at Horace Williams House, 610 East Rosemary Street, from March 6 to March 27. For more information visit


Think Spring at Uniquities! 

The sun is shining bright, the daffodils have popped up, and all you can do is think about cute spring dresses! Uniquities has what you need to make the spring complete - check out new arrivals from Three Dots, Alice + Olivia, Theory, Shoshanna, Diane Von Furstenberg, and more. And just in - Yosi Samra flats! For more information visit 


New Orleans/Creole Dinner at Cypress on the HillCypress on the Hill

Join Cypress on the Hill on Tuesday, March 8 for their First Annual Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday Celebration! Chef Gallis has put together a fantastic, five-course menu of New Orleans/Creole classics. The menu includes Smoked NC Shrimp Beignets; Duck Etoufee; Seafood Gumbo with NC Shrimp, Oysters & Blue Crab Meat with Carolina Gold White Rice; Quail & Hot Andouille Jambalaya; and for dessert - Pastry Chef Stephen Kennedy's playful take on King Cake (maybe you'll find the baby!?!) Choose from some nice, spicy red wines, plenty of artisan rye whiskey for Sazeracs, and of course, Abita Beers! Come one, come all, for these five courses for only $50. Seating will be limited, so please call soon. Reservations required but coat and tie aren't! Visit  


Talulla's Brings International Beats & Live Jazz to Downtown

Just as the day turns into night, Talulla's Restaurant transforms into an open music forum with an international mix. Talulla's brings all styles of DJs throughout the week - including 80s, European Dance, and Latin. And every Friday night is live jazz by Al Strong & Friends from 10:30PM to 2AM. For more information visit   


Celebrate Fat Tuesday at Bandido's Mexican Cafe

To celebrate Mardi Gras, beginning on Tuesday, March 8, Bandido's will feature a week-long special menu item -shrimp & crawfish enchiladas with a chipotle cream sauce! for lunch at $7.95 and dinner at $11.95. On Fat Tuesday enjoy Cajun Koolade (adult rum punch!) in fish bowls for $14.95. And all dine in customers will get free Mardi Gras beads all day long! Bandido's is located at 159 1/2 E. Franklin Street, under Sutton's Drugstore. 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


Summer Camp & Tutoring Services at Teen Center

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Middle School Summer Camp spots are still open for rising 6th to 9th graders at Street Scene Teen Center! The structured, recreational curriculum includes arts and crafts, swimming, movies, field trips, games, character education, a book club, guest speakers and more. There will also be academic support for those attending summer school. The camp runs from Mon-Fri; 7:30AM to 5:30PM. $70 Resident; $84 non-resident per session.  Street Scene Teen Center is located at 179 East Franklin Street; in the basement of the Post Office/Courthouse. For more information and to register visit


FREE After-School Tutoring in All Subjects: Street Scene Teen Center is currently offering free tutoring for middle-school and high-school students. Tutoring is done by UNC students at the Teen Center; Monday - Friday from 3PM to 7PM. For more information call 929-9675 or 968-2841. 


Live Music, Trivia, Dance Parties...and more!  

 Looking for good dance music, open mics or music trivia nights? Check out some of the local music venues listed below for a constantly changing line-up of bands, DJs, and events. Many downtown restaurants and bars also host live performances, trivia & open mic nights, and comedians. CLICK HERE - for a list! 


The Cave


Thurs, 3/3- Brandon Herndon & John Pardue's Songslingers Showcase

Fri, 3/4- Comedy w/ Michell Maclay

Sat, 3/5-Bad Dog Blues Band; Kenny Roby  w/  Jerry Leger

Mon, 3/7 - Trivia Night

For more information visit


Local 506


Thurs, 3/3 - The Numbers; Brett Harris; The Stars Explode

Fri, 3/4 - Cat's Cradle Presents: The Parlotones; Fractal Farm

Sat, 3/5 - L in Japanese Dance Party

Sun, 3/6 - Apollo Run; Troubel; Wind & Willow  

For more information visit  


NIGHTLIGHT CLUBNightlight Bar & Club

Thurs, 3/3 -919 Noise Showcase: Ted Johnson; The Body of John the Baptist; The Boys of Summer 

Fri, 3/4 - The Forms; The Lisps; Towers; Felix Obelix 

Sat, 3/5- The Binary Marketing Show; Birds and Arrows; Nick Coward & the Last Battle; Animal Alphabet

Mon, 3/7 - Trivia Night

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, R&R Grill, Salon 135, SANDWHICH, Spanky's Restaurant, Top of the Hill Brewery & Restaurant.

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