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What to Do & See Downtown This Week! 1/19/12

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FREE Parking downtown in all municipal lots and on-street meters EVERY Sunday. 
University Florist Sale
From now until the end of January, University Florist is selling all accessories and decorator items - vases, ceramics, silks, permanent plants/flowers- for 50% off. University Florist is located at 124 East Franklin Street. 
Open Mic Comedy
Every Thursday at 9PM Jack Sprat Cafe clears the stage, focuses the lights, and turns on the mic-- you have to bring the funny! Featuring nightly drink specials. Visit Like us on Facebook
Baby It's Cold Outside
And it's the perfect time of the year to snuggle down in cute Carolina pajamas! Johnny T-shirt has something for everyone in the whole family to stay warm and boast some Carolina pride.
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 Mini Photo Sessions
Does your child have a special blanket or stuffed animal that is loved, worn, and just so perfect? This Valentine's Day capture that love with a photo session. On Saturday, January 21 from 10AM to 3PM local photographer Abigail Blosser will be doing mini-photo sessions at GLEE KIDS. Call 942-6881 to schedule a session. 
2020 Unconference
On Saturday, January 21 at 9:30AM keynote speaker Chancellor Holden Thorp will kick off Innovate 2020 Unconference. The events unifying theme is innovation; it stems from the current Town of Chapel Hill's 2020 process to create a new comprehensive plan. The unconference is free,open to all, and held on UNC's campus. Visit 
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What's For Dinner? 
Ahh...that nightly question got you down? Now there is a solution -although The Standard is known for it's pizza -every Monday night is Burger Night! Try one of six different burgers for only $7.95! Burgers include the spectacular - PLT - with parmesan & gruyere, fried egg, prosciutto, spinach, and chipotle-lime dressing. Like us on Facebook
Beer Tasting at Zog's
Tuesday, January 24 at 8PM; beer expert Evan from Carrboro Beverage Company will guide you through tasting six fancy beers; $5. Advance sign up is recommended. 
Triangle Restaurant Week 
From Monday, January 23 to Sunday January 29 - three downtown restaurants are participating in Triangle Restaurant Week: 411 West, Carolina Brewery, and Kildare's Irish Pub. Restaurants will be offering a special fixed price, 3-course meal each and every day they are open during the event. 
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Cellar Clearing at Spanky's
Spanky's Restaurant & Bar is making room for new products so beginning at 5PM on Friday, January 20, the restaurant will host a cellar-clearing event in collaboration with NC Brewing featuring 12 North Carolina draft beers. The cellar clearing is open to the public and is for beer geeks and regular folks alike. The cost is simply the cost of featured beers purchased.
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Artist Salon at FRANK
On Thursday, January 19 from 6PM to 8PM Bridget Pemberton-Smith and Amanda Hughes will present "Art as Therapy and Spiritual Practice." In this unique event, an art therapist and arts educator discuss the deeper meanings of art. Current exhibit- Body & Soul- shows the interpretation and exploration of human relationships through birth, death, religion and myth. Visit Like us on Facebook 
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The Process Series 2012
The Process Series kicks off on January 20 & 21, 8PM at Gerrard Hall with Painting the Town: A Rock 'n' Roll Life and the Souls of Four Great American Cities by DjangoHaskins. The Process Series provides artists who are in the throes of creating new work a community to share it with. All of events are free and open to the public.
Kidzu's New Open Art Sessions
Starting on Friday, January 20, from 3:30PM to 5PM join Kidzu for Painting in the Afternoon: the new monthly art time geared to kids 5 and older. Each month will feature different ways to get paint on "paper." Wednesday, January 25 from 10AM to 11:30AM features Messy Morning in the Art Room: a new monthly art time for the youngest visitors (ages 2-5). Each month will feature different materials and supplies to create fun and messy art. Visit Like us on Facebook
Mid-Century Modern Dance Party 
On Friday, January 20 at 9PM the evening at Nightlight Club starts with a show featuring Last Year's Men, Hammer No More the Fingers, and Lam! Lam! The show is followed by a 1950's and 60's all-vinyl dance night from Mid-Century Modern. Dress the part and come on down to dance! Show at 9:30PM, $7. Visit Like us on Facebook 
Show + Art Collective Exhibit
On Friday, January 20 at 7PM Internationalist Books and Community Center hosts touring folk punk band, Woodspider, with local 'scavenger folk' act Harvey Sue. Also Spikedriver Arts Collective will present their work and discuss being an artists collective. FREE. 
2nd Anniversary Party at Kildare's   
On Saturday, January 21 starting at 3PM Kildare's celebrates it's 2nd anniversary on Franklin Street! Irish session musicians and dancers will perform from 3PM to 6PM, followed by The Bacon performing at 8PM, and DJ Mat from 10PM to 2PM. Patrons will enjoy great drink specials, plenty of gift
giveaways, raffles, and door prizes.  Every Tuesday: 
St. Patrick's Day is only two months away and you may need the practice so every Tuesday is St. Practice Day at Kildare's. Featuring $5 Car Bombs, $4 Guinness, Karaoke at 11PM, $2 Select Drafts, and $5 Burgers all day long. Like us on Facebook
Family Day at Ackland Museum
More than Words: Text in Art will be the subject of Family Day on Sunday, January 22, from 2PM to 4PM. Patrons will look at text in art, finding lots of examples in the Ackland's new exhibition The Spectacular of Vernacular. Hands-on activities at the Creation Station and Scavenger Hunts in the galleries are available throughout the program. FREE. Visit Like us on Facebook


Bicycle Chain Weekly Winter Ride
Bundle up and ride your bike all winter long with this community ride every Wednesday morning at 9:30AM. This casual, conversational road ride will leave from the store at 210 West Franklin Street. It's a 12-15 mph avg pace, ~25 miles, no-drop ride. Fun is the goal - all are welcome! Visit Like us on Facebook
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