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What to Do & See Downtown This Week! 11/1/12

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!
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Carolina Science Cafe

Join Morehead Planetarium for the Carolina Science Cafe TODAY - Thursday, November 1 at 6PM in Top of the Hill's Back Bar. Morehead launched a three-month Doomsday Series in October, and this month the series continues with guest speaker Dr. William Goldman, whose research at UNC involves pneumonic plague. Why is this research important? Bioterrorism is one reason. 

Bike-In Movie Night!
TONIGHT - Thursday, November 1 at 7PM Lucky Star Market (106 N. Graham Street) will be hosting the  Back Alley Bike-In Movie Night - a mountain biking then and now double feature: Klunkerz & Where the Trail Ends. Free. But drinks and food available for purchase and consumption on the premises. 
"Fan The Fire" Challenge 
FRANK Gallery is raising funds for this arts jewel on Franklin Street. The goal is $50,000 by the end of 2012. So far FRANK has raised over $12,000! Sponsorship levels and benefits are described on our website at DONATE TODAY- if $6,000 in donations come in by Friday, November 2 , a FRANK supporter will donate $2,000! Show your love for this dynamic arts organization. 
Krispy Kreme Kids - Ms. Worley's 5th Grade Class Trip
Students from Ms. Worley's 5th grade class enjoy their class trip to Franklin St. with some Krispy Kreme doughnuts and shopping!
Go Heels! at Uniquities
This week Uniquities is celebrating all things Carolina Blue! With the return of UNC basketball, they are bringing in special blue pieces for all Tar Heel fans. Stop by Uniquities Franklin St. to get a chic game-ready look!  
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. 
Opening Exhibit Reception
Visit LIGHT Art+Design on Saturday, November 3 from 6PM to 9PM for the opening of an exhibit of recent works by artists Katerine Armacost and Meredith Brickell. LIGHT Art+Design is a shop expanding the awareness of innovative and environmentally friendly design, while promoting the work of local artists and craftspeople.  
The Future's So Bright...
Eyecarecenter (located at 143 West Franklin Street, in University Square) has got your eyes covered this fall! Whether you need a basic eye exam, new glasses, or sunglasses they have a great selection of frames - visit the on-line optical shop where you can pick out frames and lenses that are just right. You can even upload a picture and see what the frames will look like on you! They also carry carry all leading brand contacts including Acuvue, FreshLook and Night & Day. Their eye doctors also specialize in hard-to-fit contacts. No appointment needed! 
Pecha Kucha Night 

Japanese for 'the sound of conversation' Pecha Kucha Night, Monday, November 5 at 6PM at Top of the Hill Restaurant, brings together 8 presenters, each with 20 slides and 20 seconds a slide to amaze the crowd!  $5 sugg. donation. 

Sidewalk dining at Med Deli
Crisp, sunny, autumn afternoons are perfect for lunch outside at Mediterranean Deli & Catering! 
Art Show at Nightlight 
"Synesthesia" features artwork by six UNC student artists: Diego Camposeco, Greg Halloran , Towqir Aziz, Matthew Hurley, Joseph Amodei, Christopher Batchelder. This simple yet, very talented visual art show connects themes of color, strength, personal exploration. The mediums range from an ongoing performance art video by Joseph Amodei to lush paintings that compliment the back red walls of Nightlight! Runs until November 15.
Get Tix Now: Jupiter Ball
One of the most exciting ways to support science in North Carolina is by attending the Jupiter Ball on Friday, November 9. This gala event includes a reception in Morehead's Rotunda followed by dinner in the elegant State Dining Room and dancing to the music of The Headliners.Tickets are available now! 

'Cause You Love Your Car!

Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center is committed to providing superior value and a consistently excellent automotive service experience. Take advantage of complimentary shuttle service to the surrounding area! They offer full service automotive repair, ASE certified technicians, and award winning service. Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center, a GreenPlus certified business, is located at 502 West Franklin Street. 

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Art for Lunch
Bring a bag lunch and enjoy an hour of inspiration and information about Japanese screens, as part of the Ackland's Season of Japan on Wednesday, November 7 at 12PM. Introduced from China, the Japanese screen (byōbu) has developed into a unique and very recognizable art form. Highly regarded by many as one of Japan's greatest artistic achievements, they are prized for both their delicate craftsmanship and their elegant painting. Free to UNC OneCard holders, $5 for all others.  
What a great Halloween in downtown last night! Thank you to the Chapel Hill Police Department, many other law enforcement agencies, Town departments, and our downtown businesses for making it a safe and fun event for all 22,000 people in attendance. Check out our gallery of great costumesNow let's get to holiday shopping...
Dream Up Downtown Walk
TONIGHT - Thursday, November 1 at 6PM - We boast over 80 food establishments in downtown Chapel Hill; with representation of numerous ethnic cuisines and styles and a booming farm-to-fork culture. We have two James Beard Foundation winners across the street from each; as well as two breweries, a distillery, a wine bar, and specialty cocktail bar. Join us to explore our vibrant food culture downtown! Hosted by Jared Cates. The walk starts at the corner of Columbia & Franklin streets - in the University Baptist Church garden. The walks are meant to encourage discussion about and exploration of downtown; based on the principles of  urban activist Jane Jacobs.
Windows on Chapel Hill Installation
Passers-by checking out the installation at the Yates Building on W. Franklin St by local artist Nicole Bauguss. Windows on Chapel Hill is a collaborative project between us and Town of Chapel Hill Public and Cultural Arts Office to bring eye-catching pop-up art displays to downtown storefronts, promotes artists in our community and further establish downtown Chapel Hill as a dynamic space for art. Currently looking for more artists! 
Civil Rights Celebration Weekend
Join the Jackson Center, Thursday, November 1 to Saturday, November 3, for a series of events across campus and community to celebrate the courageous victories of the movement for rights and to rejuvenate ourselves as we continue to strive to realize King's "beloved Community." Through community conversations, meals, panels, a multimedia exhibit, and a march engage with this past and allow it to enliven the present. All events are free and open to the public. 
First Sat. Show at Teen Center
The inaugural First Saturday Night show at Street Scene Teen Center features local favorites Hidden Keys, with Completely Off Balance and other very special guests on Saturday, November 3 at 7:30PM. Street Scene has been providing local teens, in a college town- a space to explore their own artistic creativity, receive academic tutoring, or just 'be' for over 25 years. This is an under 20 show/ $5. Free pool tables & food/ dance floor. Located at 179 East Franklin Street, under the Post Office/Courthouse. 919-967-9675  Like us on Facebook
One Stop, Early Voting ENDS SAT!
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  
The Longest Night Show
This may be the first collaboration of its type, anywhere in the world -- the renowned puppetry of Paperhand Puppet Intervention and the award-winning fulldome production of Morehead Planetarium, together in a new planetarium show. "The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale" is a classic fable, set in a snowy village. A young girl from the village leaves on a simple quest that tests her courage and sparks her generous spirit. Will she be able to return to her village as a hero? Running November 2012 - February 2013. 
Joshua Bell Performance
Hailed as a true superstar of classical music, Joshua Bell is one of the world's most celebrated violinists and was recently named Music Director at The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.He has recorded critically acclaimed versions of Beethoven and Mendelssohn concertos also featuring his cadenzas as well as the Oscar Award-winning soundtrack for The Red Violin. Performing at Memorial Hall on Friday, November 2 at 8PM. 
McCorkle Place - Fall
Stunning fall colors greet all on McCorkle Place! Enjoy the leaves soon before they are gone!
Japanese Culture Day at Ackland 
Bunka No Hi (Japanese Culture Day) is Saturday, November 3 from 10AM to 5PM. Celebrate the Japanese national holiday honoring culture and the arts! Explore the Ackland's exhibitions of Japanese art, take part in a hands-on workshop, and marvel at demonstrations of traditional Japanese arts and crafts throughout the day. Explore haiku, origami, bonsai, and more! This all-ages event is present as part of the Ackland's "Season of Japan."  
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.
Tunes on Tuesday at La Rez
La Residence Restaurant is the place to be on Tuesday evenings! Enjoy $2 Tuesday Night Wine Specials and 'Tunes on Tuesday' featuring local blue grass and folk music played live on the patio. Unique to Chapel Hill, the garden patio is
perfect for nestling up next to the one you love and for entertaining the friends with after-work beverages. Crab-cake sliders, shrimp tacos, bbq or a nice juicy burger can all be found on the lighter side of the menu and are perfect for a more casual dining experience. 
Kids' Count Campaign at Kidzu
The 4th annual Kids' Count Campaign invites children to exercise their right to vote, allowing them to take an active role in curating the types of activities they would like to see more of in Kidzu's current exhibition, KidZoom: The Power of Creativity as well as make their voices heard as they plan and design the new, expanded museum on the Wallace Plaza. After voting, children can pick up an "I voted at Kidzu" sticker. Stop in and VOTE!  
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.  
Daily Specials at Bandido's

Monday- $1.99 House Margarita Mugs- on the rocks

Tuesday- $2.50 Tecate Mexican Beer- Margarita Chicken Lunch and Dinner Special
Wednesday- $2 Select Domestic Beer, 25% Student Discount 
Thursday- $14 Margarita Pitchers- house on the rocks, Margarita Chicken- Lunch & Dinner Special
Friday & Saturday- $5.95 Jose Cuervo Margatinis, $5 3 Dip Appetizer Sampler
Sunday- 99 cent kids meals with each adult meal purchase of $7 or more, $5 Frozen Margarita Mugs
Some restrictions apply. 

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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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