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What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

What to Do & See Downtown this Week!

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Brain Surgery While You're Awake?  

The Carolina Science Cafe at Back Bar features monthly discussions on the latest science issues and discoveries. On Thursday, May 12 at 7PM, Dr. Matt Ewend; a physician, professor and department chair for neurosurgery at UNC, will discuss brain surgery! Visit  Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter
Baby's Sing Song Time 

Bring your little ones to Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe on Friday, May 13 from 10AM to 11AM for this bi-weekly event. Children will play instruments, make crafts, and sing! On Sunday May 29 from 2PM to 4PM, Vimala will be offering her first Curryblossom Cafe cooking class for 15 people. Participants will learn how to cook a chicken curry, a bhaji & a dal.  Visit Find us on Facebook 

One Day Sale at GLEE Kids 
On Friday, May 13 from 8:30AM to 12PM- GLEE KIDS will have store-wide 15% OFF SALE! Enjoy free coffee & muffins while you shop; and preview & preorder fall lines. Online use coupon code may13. GLEE KIDS features great designers making amazing clothing for kids ages 0-8, and children's toys and accessories. Visit Find us on Facebook
This Week...
Fridays on the Front Porch
2nd Friday ArtWalk
Music in the Galleries at Ackland
Sacred Arts Tour
Bicycle Chain Trail Rides
National Bike Month Events
Chapel Hill Tire Discounts
La Notte Prima at Back Bar
Author Reading at Internationalist
Beer Dinner at the Brewery
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Varsity Theatre
Arthur (PG-13)
I AM Number Four (PG-13)
Battle Los Angeles (PG-13)
Fridays on the Front Porch at The Carolina Inn
Live bluegrass music creates the perfect atmosphere for kicking back, relaxing and getting a jump start on the weekend. Lizh and The Big Band perform this Friday, May 13 beginning at 5PM. Enjoy a picnic menu with beer and wine. Complimentary. Visit  Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter

2nd Friday ArtWalk   

On Friday, May 13 from 6PM to 9PM art lovers can patronize dozens of Chapel Hill and Carrboro businesses as they host live music & performances, food & drinks; all while featuring art in many forms. Admission is free and open to the public. Stop by the Ackland Museum Store for their first 2nd Friday Artwalk and across the street FRANK hosts a members show!  Visit   
Ukulele Orchestra
Music in the Galleries at Ackland Museum 

Every third Sunday of the month at 2PM, enjoy free music in the Ackland galleries. On Sunday, May 15, the Durham Ukulele Orchestra will perform everything from 1920s standards to classic and modern rock-all played on five ukuleles! FREE.  

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Sacred Arts Tour Comes to Chapel Hill   Monks

In May, North Carolinians will be able to experience a bit of Tibetan dance and other performances by Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery with a week-long series of programming May 22 - 30. Leading up to the Sacred Arts Tour is a FREE viewing of the documentary "Path to Geshe" filmed by William C. Judge on Sunday, May 15 at 2PM at 523 E. Franklin Street; with Q & A to follow.
Trail Rides with The Bicycle Chain The Bicycle Chain
Every Monday evening starting at 6:30 PM, join other mountain bikers for a trail ride. Riders leave the shop, located at 210 West Franklin Street, and head to the bike trails at Carolina North and ride for about two hours. All paces are welcome! Visit  Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter

Celebrate National Bike Month    Bike Ride

Go Chapel Hill is celebrating Bike Month with a series of events for the whole family that starts on Tuesday, May 17 and culminates with an evening family cruiser bike ride on Friday, May 20 at 5:30 PM on the Wallace Plaza, atop the Wallace Parking Deck at 150 E. Rosemary Street. Following the ride, there will be food, drinks, live music, and prizes in addition to a large area for bike helmet decorating. Other events include a Kid's Bike Rodeo, FREE bike inspections, and workshops. Visit  Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter

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! They offer full service automotive repair, ASE certified technicians, and award winning service. Visit Find us on Facebook 

bocceLa Notte Prima at Back Bar    

Join the Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, May 17 from 6PM to 8PM to get ready for their annual  Community Bocce Tournament. Top of the Hill will provide great hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Kevin Seifert of Photoendeavors will offer a photo booth (you can pose with the coveted Bocce trophy AND take home your prints for free!), test your skills at Wii Bocce, and participate in Bocce Calcutta, competitive bidding on the duos favored to win the 2011 tournament. The winner takes home prizes and picks the charity for the proceeds to go to! Stay for a FREE comedy standup show by DSI Comedy at 9PM!  

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Author Reading at Internationalist

On Tuesday, May 17 from 7PM to 9PM, Richard Klin, author of "Something to Say: Thoughts on Art and Politics in America" will be at Internationalist Books & Community Center. The book contains short profiles of artists in America today and discusses the relationship of their art to politics and current events. FREE.

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Special Beer Dinner at Carolina Brewery 
As part of American Craft Beer Week (May 16-22) Carolina Brewery is hosting a Special Beer Dinner with friends from Triangle Brewery on Tuesday May 17 at 6:30 PM.  This four course dinner will start with a Meet the Brewers reception followed by sit down dinner. Call for reservations (919)942-1800. $35 per person plus tax and gratuity. Visit   Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter
West End ValetFree Valet Parking Downtown
Enjoy an evening downtown with the ease and convenience of complimentary valet parking Monday - Saturday at one of 19 participating downtown businesses.  Patrons enjoying other establishments can also use the valet service for $5.00. For details click here!
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