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What to Do & See Downtown This Week!


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ONE Day Left to Vote in the "Best of the Triangle" Poll

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!  

Tea Clothing on Sale at GLEE KIDS

Glee Kids has the clothing line Tea on sale from Thursday, April 14 to Sunday, April 17 - Buy 3, Get 20% Off your entire Tea purchase. Some restrictions apply. GLEE KIDS features great designers making amazing things for kids and they all have a story. GLEE KIDS shares these stories. 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 in University Square. For more information visit


FRANK front windowTGI 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, April 14 at 6:30PM Deep Dish Theater will perform selections from their upcoming performance of Othello. Current exhibit is STORYMAKERS, a member and invitational exhibit focusing on narrative imagery. The storymakers invite you to step into their stories through their images. For more information visit  


Jack Sprat CafeJack Sprat Cafe

Jack Sprat Cafe is not just a great coffee shop and eatery - it's one of downtown's best venues for live entertainment at night. Jack Sprat serves breakfast, lunch, & dinner with something for everyone on the menu. Lunch includes salads, wraps, paninis, & soups; dinner boasts amazing appetizers, crispy tortilla pizzas, and much more. Don't miss brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 3PM! Or just stop by for a shake, smoothie, or specialty coffee drink at any time. At night you'll enjoy open mic nights, comedy, live jazz & rock, and DJ's. For more information visit


 Art Now / Cinema Now  

On Saturday, April 16 at 7PM join the Ackland Art Museum and UNC's Interdisciplinary Program in Cinema for the third of four Art Now/Cinema Now movie showings at the Varsity Theatre; Sugarbaby (Percy Adlon, 1985). 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


Playmaking at PlayMakers 

On Friday, April 15 from 3:30PM to 5:00PM Kidzu Children's Museum and PlayMakers Repertory Theatre partner to offer a dramatic art workshop for young children. Children will have the opportunity to warm-up and perform on stage with one of  PlayMakers company members. Company members will lead the workshop in a series of fun improvisational games. $15 per child (ages 4-8 yrs). Registration is required. Call 919-933-1455 or visit   


With a Song in My Heart 

On Friday April 15, 7:30PM & Sunday April 17, 3PM come hear the Triangle area's best vocalists performing Broadway and film favorites including works from A Chorus Line, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, and others; along with a special tribute to the music of Rodgers & Hart.  Free and open to all at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 300 East Rosemary Street.


Turkish Night at Talulla's

On Saturday, April 16 at 10PM Talulla's will host Turkish Night with complimentary light mezze, great drink specials, international beers, Turkish music, and belly dancing. The night kicks off with Turkish Karaoke, followed by DJ NYT leading a dance party. No cover charge.

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Discounts at Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center 

Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center, a GreenPlus certified business, offers discounts on automotive services like oil changes and tire rotations to UNC employees & students as well as downtown merchants and employees. Take advantage of complimentary shuttle service to the surrounding area! Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center has been providing service with integrity right on Franklin Street since 1953. They offer full service automotive repair, ASE certified technicians, and award winning service. VOTED BEST MECHANIC IN THE TRIANGLE by readers of the Independent. For more information visit 

Nightlight 4 Elements Fest Continues 

Nightlight continues their celebration of the four elements this weekend! Bring your friends and a favorite homemade dish to the Local Food & Home Brew Potluck on Friday, April 15 from 6PM to 9PM. Stay for the WXYC Global Music Jam starting at 9:30PM. On Saturday, April 16 from 11AM to 5PM Nightlight is hosing a SPRING FLING featuring workshops, plant vendors, and an information fair. There will be hands-on activities, demonstrations and earth-friendly items for sale. The evening is capped with performances by Ascetic Parade, Think Big; and later Bibis Ellison, Tiger Saw, and Golden Ghost. Cover charge for shows. Visit for information.

Author Signing at Chapel Hill Comics

Brandee McCoy, author The Scrog Frogs - Straight out of Swampton, visits Chapel Hill Comics on Saturday, April 16 at 2PM to 4PM to sign copies of her new children's book.The book is the first in a planned series of Scrog Frog children's books. The second book, It's Raining Scrogs, will be released in June of 2011. For information visit  


April Specials at Sugarland
Every Monday - $5 Frozen Martini 
Every Tuesday- 1/2 Off Cupcakes (Dine-in) & 4 for $10 (Pick-up)
Every Wednesday- Buy 1, Get 1 Free Gelato & $1.50 Dom. Beer
Sugarland is Chapel Hill's own locally owned dessert cafe right in the heart of Franklin Street. Start your day off with beignets and cafe au lait in the morning and move on into the night with cabernet and creme brulee. Sugarland makes everything from scratch with great local ingredients. For more information visit


Happy Spring from Somethin' Else 

It is time to get outside, smell the flowers, and come to Somethin' Else to shop for some amazing art. Somethin' Else features an eclectic and unique collection of handmade American Craft comprised of local and national artists. Whether you are looking for gift ideas,  handmade silver jewelry or a funky fun piece for your home, Somethin' Else has it! Spring Sale: 25% OFF Valerie Bunnell collection: "Healer", "Traveller", and "Queen Bee". NEW ITEM: Earthy and rugged leather picture albums by Rustico - the perfect gift for weddings, Mother's Day and graduation gifts! For information visit 


Orange County Literacy Fair Boys Reading

Elementary & Middle School students are invited to attend this FREE fair on Saturday April 16 from 10AM to 2PM at Street Scene Teen Center; 179 E Franklin Street. The fair is hosted by The Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE) as part of Global Youth Service Day. Parents and guardians will learn about community resources for summer literacy programs for their children. Activities include a storytelling performance, buddy reading, face painting, bookmark making, and more. Free books will be available for all children who attend. For more information visit


 Aveda Quarterly Service Specials

Aveda Institute is offering amazing service specials from April to June on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: $15 haircut; Buy one waxing service, Get a second at half price; FREE bottle of OPI nail polish with a spa manicure or spa pedicure.

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Julia B Linen Trunk Show at Peacock Alley

Trunk Show

Peacock Alley is hosting a Julia B Custom Bed and Table Linen Trunk Show through Saturday, April 16.  Julia B is the inspiration of Julia Berger.  Born in Japan of a Japanese mother and American father, Julia grew up in Tokyo and San Francisco.  Her custom bed and table linen designs combine Asian simplicity with European tradition.  Her collection is absolutely exquisite and Peacock Alley is thrilled to have lots of style, color, and monogram samples here at the shop for customers. Do not miss out on the opportunity to view Julia B's entire collection! Peacock Alley is located in University Square -123 West Franklin Street. For information visit 

Moshi Moshi Means HelloMoshi Moshi Means Hello Salon

Moshi Moshi is a boutique salon in the heart of West Franklin Street. Services include hair cuts, coloring, styling, hair treatments, & straightening. Moshi Moshi also offers organic facials, make-up applications, waxing & tinting, and facial peels. All Moshi Moshi products are free of animal products and testing; sourced with natural ingredients and containers that are easily recyclable. They also have a Refill Program for the most popular lines, saving waste and money. Located at 416 West Franklin Street. For more information or to make an appointment online visit


April is Financial Literacy Month

Join The Women's Center on Thursday, April 21 from 6PM to 7:30PM for a workshop titled 'Spend and Manage Debt Wisely' to learn strategies for saving for the future while also paying for the past. You'll leave this workshop with tips, tools, and action steps to create your own spending plan and better manage your debt. Facilitated by Teri Rogowski, a Certified Financial Planner with Charles Schwab. Workshop is FREE and open to both men and women; registration is required. For more information or to register, please call The Women's Center at 919-968-4610 or visit


Internationalist Board Game Night

Come out and play new and classic

games at Board Game Night on Monday, April 18 at 7PM. Free and open to all; so bring a friend! Internationalist Books  is located at 405 West Franklin Street. For information visit

Make Your Easter Brunch Reservations Now! egg hunt

Enjoy a delicious Easter Grand Buffet Brunch at The Carolina Crossroads Restaurant on Sunday, April 24 from 11AM to 2:30PM. The buffet features both traditional brunch fare as well as carving stations, holiday entrees and more. Delight in this lavish holiday brunch prepared by Executive Chef Jimmy Reale and his extraordinary culinary team. The children in attendance will enjoy a special visit from the Easter bunny. Make your reservation online at or call 918-2777.


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!


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?  Visit to subscribe.  

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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 The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is charged with leading and managing downtown through partnership efforts; marketing and promoting the assets of downtown; improving the visual appeal of downtown; and rebuilding downtown as a mixed use center of retail, service, professional, governmental, institutional, and residential uses. Visit! Contact us at 967-9440 or