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What to Do & See Downtown this Week! 3/31/11

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!


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Heard of Groupon and LivingSocial? Well the Chapel -Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with 1360 WCHL, is pleased to announce the launch of Our Local Deal, a program offering significant daily discounts from local businesses. Our Local Deal will operate in a similar fashion to these other companies, but will serve businesses and consumers in Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro, instead of a wider geographical area.  After all, how many Chapel Hill-Carrboro residents are interested in an offer from a massage studio in Knightdale or a pizzeria in Garner? The deals start on Monday, April 4 - so sign up now! Visit to subscribe.  Anyone who subscribes by April 3rd will be entered into a drawing to win $1,000!


Music (in the Library!) small_Rhiannon_Giddens.jpg

The Center for the Study of the American South hosts a series of FREE, outdoor concerts - usually on the front porch of the Love House and Hutchins Forum. But due to the weather, this week's performance on Thursday, March 31 from 5PM to 7PM will be in the warm, and inviting Wilson Library on UNC's campus. Performing will be Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops; fiddler Steve Kruger, and Jon Shain. Durham singer-songwriter Peter Holsapple will moderate. COMING SOON: CSAS is hosting John T. Edge, founding director of the Southern Foodways Alliance and a very well-respected food critic, on Wednesday, April 6 where he will be giving the annual Charleston Lecture. After the lecture, join CSAS for a fundraising dinner with food prepared by a Who's Who of great local chefs - details here. For more information on both events, visit call (919) 962-5665.


TGI Thursdays at FRANK FRANK - front window

Thursdays at FRANK bring musical and theater productions, talks by authors, poets, and artists. Jeff Polish, founder of The Monti, will bring his storytelling skills to FRANK on Thursday, March 31 at 6:30PM.   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  


Author Signing at Chapel Hill Comics

Ben Thompson, the author of two books Badass and the just-released Badass: Birth of a Legend will be at Chapel Hill Comics on Friday, April 1 from 7PM to 9PM to sign books. Chapel Hill Comics will have copies of both books for available. For more information visit  


Kildare's Lunch Specials

Kildare's Irish Pub offers a $5.99 Express Lunch Menu with 10 combos available- try a different one every day! At work and can't get out of the office? Well, Kildare's offers lunch delivery too! For more information visit or call 932-7734.


Author Reading at Internationalist Books

Join Erin Dunphy, the creator of the hit blog 1000 Days of Celibacy, as she talks about her new book, 1000 Days of Celibacy: A Race Against the Cockatoo on Friday, April 1 at 7PM. She'll share the dirty little details about her thousand day celibate journey to find Mr. Possibility, through her sarcastic commentary on the dating world and her many dating mis-adventures. For more information visit

Family Science Day at Morehead Planetarium JB- Morehead Planetarium

Families will have the opportunity to learn about nutrition, practice new fitness activities and meet UNC scientists at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center's Family Science Day on Saturday, April 2 from 11AM to 3PM.  This program will offer a science-themed day with hands-on activities, educational exhibits and entertainment for participants of all ages. Family Science Day activities are free; no advance registration is necessary, and the event happens rain or shine. For more information, visit 


Basebald for the Cure 

Organized by bullpen catcher and cancer survivor Chase Jones, the Diamond Heels announce the 2011 UNC BaseBald for the Cure, an event to challenge fans to help raise $10,000 for pediatric oncology. For each $100 donated to UNC Lineberger Cancer Center for BaseBald for the Cure, one Tar Heel baseball player will shave his head following the Saturday, April 2 game, from 2PM to 7PM. By registering online, participants can also shave their heads alongside the baseball players or choose another person to have their head shaved by raising $100. For more information, call (919) 966-5905 or CLICK HERE.


Art Now/Cinema Now Series

On Saturday, April 2 at 7PM join the Ackland Art Museum and UNC's Interdisciplinary Program in Cinema for the first of four Art Now/Cinema Now movie showings at the Varsity Theatre; Germany, Pale Mother. The series theme; In the Shadow of Catastrophe: German Cinema 1977-1992, examines German filmmakers' responses to the incomprehensibility of violence, terror, and self-destruction that was associated with their national identity. These events are free and open to the public. For more 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. 


FREE Youth Lacrosse Skills Clinic

The #6 ranked UNC Women's Lacrosse team will be hosting a FREE basic skills youth clinic this Sunday, April 3rd following their game versus Old Dominion! The game is set for 1PM on Fetzer Field. FREE admission for all fans! For more information call  962-5499 or visit the UNC Women's Lacrosse Team Facebook page


Fundraiser at Syd's Hair Shop Syd's Hair Shop

On Sunday, April 3 from 12PM to 4PM, join the stylists at Syd's Hair Shop for a fundraiser for Donors Choose - an online charity that connects individual donors directly to local classrooms and teachers in need of supplies, books, and other resources. For more information, and to book your appointment online, visit


Art Exhibit Opening & Reception rose got pregnant

The Preservation Society of Chapel Hill presents recent works by artist 

Lisa Bartell Kirmayer April 3 through May 2, 2011. The subject matter of Kirmayer's paintings is conceived from her drawing interpretations of flora, both in full bloom and dried. Opening reception with Kirmayer is Sunday, April 3 from 2PM to 4PM. The paintings are on display at The Horace Williams House, open to the public Tuesday through Friday 10AM to 4PM and Sundays 1PM to 4PM. For information visit


Pint Night at Carolina Brewery

Every Tuesday night is special pint night with all pints only $3.00! The Carolina Brewery is located at 460 West Franklin Street. Enjoy FREE valet parking Monday-Saturday too. Visit  or call 942-1800 for more information.


Cypress on the HillWine Dinner at Cypress on the Hill

Cypress On The Hill and Chapel Hill Wine Co. are proud to present: An Evening with Matt Licklider of Lioco Wines on Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30PM. Lioco produces limited volumes of its wines and Cypress' five-course dinner menu, designed by Chef Alex Gallis and Beverage Director Greg Pfaender, will showcase some very special California Pinot Noirs. A few of these wines, specially selected, will be available for purchase only through this dinner. For information visit 


Trivia Night in the Back Bar

Every Wednesday at 9PM bring friends (only the smart ones!) for Trivia Night in the Back Bar. Prizes for every round, and the overall winner. Enjoy signature cocktails or cask-conditioned handcrafted ales. Teams can be any size, so come early to get the good seats!  For more information visit


Love Chapel Hill Scavenger Hunt Scavenger Hunt

Think you know downtown's history, legends, hidden secrets? Well, grab some friends and enter the annual Love Chapel Hill Scavenger Hunt on Friday, April 8 from 7PM to 10PM. Teams of 2 to 5 people will race around campus & downtown and compete to solve clues and win some great prizes from downtown restaurants and shops! This event is FREE and open to all ages. For more information, and to register your team, visit 



Kidzu's Dream Gala Benefit 

On Saturday, April 9 from 7PM to 12AM, Kidzu Children's Museum will host its first annual benefit gala, the first of a four-part series leading up to the museum relocation. The theme of this year's event is the Dream Gala, and the entire community is invited to the event and help make the dream of an expanded museum and outdoor exhibits on top of the Wallace Plaza, a reality. At the Dream Gala enjoy cocktails, fine dining, dancing, a live auction, and more. Reserve your tickets at


Butternut Squash Restaurant 

Butternut Squash offers customers wholesome, tasty, high-quality vegetarian and vegan food in a friendly environment. All breads are vegan and made fresh daily; and all dishes are made from scratch. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner - seven days a week; Butternut Squash is located at 133E West Franklin Street in University Square. Visit  



On Saturday, April 9th, 3500 runners will descend upon Downtown Chapel Hill and UNC for the 5th Annual celebration of spring, the Wachovia Tar Heel 10 Miler and Fleet Feet Sports 4+ Mile Run. Boasting a course that highlights the best of Chapel Hill and UNC, this landmark event weaves through campus and Franklin Street. Race beneficiaries are UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the YMCA's We Build People Campaign. For more information on the event, registration or to volunteer,  go to


For information regarding important race day traffic impact between 7 and 10 am, detours, road closures, etc. on the event website go to There is very detailed information, detour maps, and a road closure chart including down to the minute projections of impact time frames (Click on the TRAFFIC INFO tab). For a printable PDF of this information: CLICK HERE.


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

Looking for good dance music, open mics or music trivia nights? Downtown Chapel Hill boasts the

best local music venues around with a constantly changing line-up of bands, DJs, dance parties,

 and more. Many downtown restaurants and bars also host live performances, trivia & open mic 

nights, and comedians. CHECK 'EM OUT!

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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