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What to Do & See Downtown This Week! 10/18/12

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!
What to Do & See Downtown This Week!
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Downtown Chapel Hill!
FRANK: In Focus Workshop
Creating fine art photography in the digital age requires more than a push-button solution. FRANK Gallery hosts Taming Technology for the  Photographic Creative Process TODAY - Thursday, October 18 from 6PM to 8PM. Event guests include Sam Kittner, Shawn Rocco, Goodloe Sutter, and Irene Owsley. 
 Really Really Free Show 
Internationalist Books & Community Center hosts local punk/ska band The Hissy Fits on Friday, October 19
from 9PM to 10PM. Come in costume for this Halloween-themed show. 

Dance Dance Dance!

Nightlight Bar & Club hosts an eclectic night of live music by local favorites, Savage Knights and DJ Fifi Hifi in full effect on Saturday, October 20 at 10PM. Bring your dancin' shoes, some friends, and a good attitude. Donations accepted. 

Perka is Coming to Downtown

Fall Wine Dinner at La Res
Experience La Residence's Fall Wine Dinner featuring Aveniu Brands Wines on Wednesday, October 24; 6:30
Cocktail Hour, 7:30 Dinner. The wine dinner offers six courses with wine pairings ~ $65 per person. Holiday decorations are going up soon; it's not to late to book holiday parties. 
Zogtoberfest is Here!
All month long Zog's Pool Hall is hosting trivia, bingo, beer tastings, theme parties, scary movie marathons, potlucks, and live music. The month is jam-packed with fun, and most events are free! 
Kids Eat Free at Qdoba
For a limited time only -- on Saturdays -- Kids eat free with a purchase of an adult entree. Located at 100 West Franlin Street. 
New Fall Styles in Store!
New amazing fall merchandise has arrived at Apple Boutique...come by and find the perfect attire for sunny days and chilly nights from Kerisma Knits, DL1961, Paper Crown, Big Buddha Handbags, Adia Kibur Accessories, MM COUTURE
by Miss Me, & more! Located in University Square, 133-B W. Franklin Street. 
Ackland Museum Store
Jack takes in the exhibit in the Ackland Museum Store during a Dream Up Downtown Walk.
Just Dance at Linda's
Thursdays from 11PM to 2AM October 18 - November 1; come dance in the DOWNBAR at Linda's Bar & Grill. Party all night with Just Dance. Free giveaways, drink specials, prizes. Like us on Facebook
Get Tix Now:The Eve Ball
Come celebrate Halloween at a costume dance party which will benefit the Eve Carson Scholarship and PORCH on Friday, October 26 at the Carolina Club. DJ Jessica Dilday will perform, enjoy desserts and a cash bar. Come dressed in your Halloween finest! Costume contest with cash prizes for sexiest, best couple, best group, most original, and more. $20 in advance/ $30 cash at door/ $60 no costume! The Eve ball is hosted by the Franklin Street Yoga Center. 
UNC Women's Volleyball 
Taking on Maryland on Friday, October 19 at 7PM, and Boston College on Saturday, October 20 at 5PM - the UNC Women's Volleyball team plays at Carmichael Arena. For more details visit  
Light Art + Design Exhibit 
RED WHITE BLACK AND BLUE is still on display until October 25! Featuring recent works by Leigh Suggs with  Lynda Curry, Jessica Dupuis, and Mark Warren. Light Art + Design is a showroom and shop expanding your 
awareness of innovative design and contemporary work by local artists, designers, and crafts people. Located in Greenbridge, 601 West Rosemary St. 
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One Stop, Early Voting Starts TODAY!
i votedThere is nothing like the pride of wearing an "I VOTED" sticker! With two early voting locations close to downtown - Ram's Head Dining Hall on UNC's campus and Carrboro Town Hall- it's a great reason to take a break from your day, enjoy a beautiful fall walk or bike ride, and do your civic duty. For complete voting information contact the Orange County Board of Elections at 919-245-2350 or visit  
Japanese Market Now OPEN
In conjunction with the Ackland Art Museum's "Season of Japan," the Ackland Museum Store has opened an in-store Japanese Market. The Market showcases Japanese products and crafts that quote tradition but with a contemporary flair- a wide variety of textiles, bamboo and wooden items, ceramics, paper items, metalwork, and more. Ackland Art Museum members receive a 10% discount on all Museum Store purchases, excluding works of art in the Store's retail gallery space.  
teen band at Festifall
Local high school band Completely Off Balance performs at Festifall.
I Heart Transit Photobooth FUN
Do you take the bus? Bike? Share your ride? If you support alternative transportation, join GoTriangle on Friday, October 19 from 6PM to 10PM to strike a pose in their photobooth and show your love for transit at the West End Wine Bar! They'll have t-shirts and stickers while supplies last, so come early! GoTriangle is a partnership of public transportation agencies, and organizations that promote commuter benefits in the Triangle.   
Do you flip for transit? Seriously - watch this video now!
Haunted Cemetary Tour
Explore Chapel Hill history and learn about the lives of those who are buried in the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery during The Preservation Society of Chapel Hill's Voices from the Grave: Haunted Cemetery Tour at 7PM on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20. Dark shadows and lantern light create the perfect mood for visitors to hear the words and the stories of those whose final resting place is below their feet.Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the weekend of the tour. 
Picture This! Workshop for Adults 
Attention Aspiring Adult Photographers: Interested in photography? Want to learn how to take better
pictures of people, including children? Come to Kidzu Children's Museum on Saturday, October 20, 1PM to 3PM to learn techniques from UNC professor of photography and FRANK artist, Barbara Tyroler. Then take photos of your children as they play in the museum! Museum admission is included in workshop price. Space is limited and registration is required. Bring your own cameras and equipment. Cost: $25 without childcare ($20 for members), $40 with childcare ($35 for members). 
Downtown Valet Parking
Enjoy an evening downtown with the ease and convenience of complimentary valet parking Monday-Saturday at one of 18 participating downtown businesses.  Drop-off your car at two conveniently located valet parking stands on East and West Franklin Street.  
Zombie & Creature Double Feature
Varsity Theatre will be screening two independent horror films, "One Last Sunset" and "In The Devil's Courthouse," Friday, October 19 at 9PM.  Also showing will be two horror shorts "Recalculating" & "The Horribly Horrible Horror Show". Meet cast and crew members, score prizes, and get your photo taken with The Devil and a Zombie! Tickets are available online at: and at the box office. All films are indie and non rated. 
Open Workshop at ReCYCLEry
Every Sunday from 9AM to 12PM The ReCYCLERY is open to all with staffed mechanics who will lead you in learning about your bike in an informal session. Mechanics will not repair your bike for you, but will aid you in repairing your own bicycle. The entire community is welcome to bring their bike or work towards earning one of their own. The ReCYCLEry is a non-profit that accepts donated bicycles and teaches bicycle repair and maintenance skills to community members while they earn their own bikes. Part of their mission is educating the community on bicycle commuting and repair. Located at the back of 108 N. Graham Street, next to Back Alley Bikes.
Imaginary Invalid at PlayMakers
PlayMakers presents a world premiere adaptation of the best, and funniest, play ever written about the health care industry. In this update of Moliere's timeless comedy, a rich hypochondriac surrounds himself with a host of veritable quacks eager to take his money by promising cures to an array of doubtful illnesses. Tickets from $15 to $50; running from Wednesday, October 24 to Wednesday, October 31Visit or call (919) 962-7529.
Bandido's Cafe
Friday & Saturday's at Bandido's Mexican Cafe bring $5.95 Jose Cuervo Margatinis & $5 Three Dip Appetizer Sampler. And on Sunday - with each adult meal purchase of $7 or more- kid's 10 and under receive a meal from the kid's menu for 99 cents!  
Cupcake Heaven!
Tuesday is 1/2 price cupcake day at Sugarland! Selection varies according to chefly whims. **dine in only** Cupcakes are $3.25 each or $33.00/$39.00 per dozen. Flavors may include Toasted Coconut Chocolate Caramel, Fleur de Sel, Banana Fudge, Sweet Potato Praline, Banana Nutella, Apple Cobbler...oh my! 
Free Tutoring at the Teen Center
Street Scene Teen Center offers free tutoring M-F, 3PM to 7PM in all subjects for middle and high school students! Tutors are UNC students! Street Scene Teen Center is located at 179 E. Franklin Street. Closed on Town designated holidays, but open at noon on teacher workdays! Please call Street Scene Teen Center at 919-929-9675 or contact Liz Carter at 919-968-2841 for more information. Transportation provided to the teen center from the middle school program! 
Triangle Taiko Performance

The only Taiko group in North Carolina and one of only a few in the Southeast -- Triangle Taiko returns for another dynamic performance during Ackland Art Museum's Season of Japan on Sunday, October 21 at 2PM. A powerful, heart-thumping experience- you won't want to miss this! Performing at the Hanes Art Center Auditorium, with more drums and drummers. FREE and open to the public. 

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The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is working to bring the resources of the Town, University and downtown community together to maintain, enhance and promote downtown as the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill through economic development. Contact Meg McGurk at 919-967-9440 or   
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