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What to Do & See Downtown This Week! 3/1/12

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FREE Parking downtown in all municipal lots and on-street meters EVERY Sunday. 

 Carolina Science Cafe 
On the 1st Thursday of every month, in the Back Bar at Top of the Hill, Morehead Planetarium hosts an expert who gives a short presentation on a relevant scientific topic followed by a question and answer session. Grab some food and a drink and expand your mind! TODAYThursday, March 1 at 6PM Dr. Dan Ariely discusses "Irrational Behavior and Beer: How To Get People To Act in Ways That Are Good for Them". 
Comedy at The Thrill
Funny Business Live brings Tim Kidd and Carolos Valencia to the Thrill at Hector's on Friday, March 2 doors open at 8PM. Tickets are $6, 18 and over. Hector's is open for dinner so watch the show and enjoy a meal! Get your tickets in advance at
Light Years - UNC Window Display
Best of the Triangle
Vote for your favorite downtown businesses, organizations, locations, and more in the Independent Weekly's annual "Best of The Triangle" poll. There are seven major categories - Wine & Dine, Music & Clubs, Out & About, Goods, Services, Media, and the always-fun Comments section! VOTE NOW!
Winter Inventory Sale  
It may be hard to turn your thoughts away from springtime with the gorgeous Carolina blue skies out there, but Clothing Warehouse is offering 1/2 off all winter inventory! Featuring stylish and unique vintage fashions for every season, size, and age! 

ReCYCLEry Workshop

The ReCYCLEry is available every Sunday from 10AM to 2PM for open workshop hours. These hours are lightly paced and staffed by mechanics who will lead you in learning about your bike in an informal session. Members are welcome to bring their bike or work towards earning one of their own. Located on the backside of 108 North Graham Street, The ReCYCLEry is a nonprofit that accepts donated bicycles and teaches bicycle repair and maintenance skills to community members while they earn their own bikes. Visit Like us on Facebook
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Workshops at Vimala's 
On Sunday March 4 from 2PM to 5PM- Textile artists Amelia Roberts and Renee Miller will present Making Natural Fabric Dyes using Spices & Plants. You'll learn how to use every-day, seasonal and non-toxic botanical materials to create dyes in beautiful living colors. Bring a small item you wish to dye, all other materials will be provided at the workshop. Suggested donation: $35-40. Space is
limited to 15 people. Visit for of more  workshops. Like us on Facebook
Kildare's Speed Dating 
On Tuesday, March 6 from 6:30PM Kildare's Irish Pub is hosting Speed Dating. Come in for a chance to meet your match! Enjoy light appetizers and cash bar available all evening! Visit Like us on Facebook
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GO HEELS! Beat Duke!
Every television and radio downtown will be tuned into the big game on Saturday, March 3 at 7PM when the Carolina Tar Heels travel those long 10 miles to Durham to play the Duke Blue Devils in basketball. There is no other place you will want to be than on Franklin Street come that beautiful victory! The game will be shown in Top of the Hill's Great Room at 5PM to show the game, first-come/first-served seating. Varsity Theatre is showing the game on their very big screen, $5. And Linda's Bar & Grill will have the game showing on their large projector screen in the DOWNBAR! Kildare's has the game on 18 HD Screens and $9.99 Boxty's followed by the after party with DJ Mat. For other restaurants and bars downtown - CLICK HERE. For game details visit 
10% Off at Sweet Frog - TODAY
Sweet Frog is celebrating the start of UNC's Spring Break a bit early by offering all customers a great discount - 10% off yogurt and toppings from 5PM to 7PM TODAY -Thursday, March 1st. Come in and relax with friends and family and grab a seat in the window - one of the best people watching spots on Franklin Street! Visit Like us on Facebook
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Loving Then and Now
The Center for the Study of the American South is hosting a screening of The Loving Story TODAY -Thursday, March 1 at 7PM at Varsity Theatre. On Friday, March 2 starting at 9:30AM the Center will host a symposium that will bring scholars together to discuss the film from historical, legal, and cultural perspectives.  The Loving Story tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving and examines the drama, the history, and the current state of interracial marriage and tolerance in the United States. It was short-listed for an Academy Award for best documentary film. For complete details please visit Like us on Facebook
Women's Center Annual Art Show
Through Women's Eye, By Women's Hands, annual art show supports the important work of The Women's Center and will be held on Friday, March 2 at 7PM at the Top of the Hill Great Room. Established and emerging artists have created 5"x7" Anonymous Mini Masterpieces - each is signed on the back and will remain anonymous until sold.  For just $50 you can purchase one of these gems, with all proceeds benefiting The Women's Center. Enjoy savory Top of the Hill hors d'oeuvres and delicious desserts, courtesy of local women chefs, as you survey the canvasses and make your selections. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased online at or call 919-968-4610. Like us on Facebook
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Spring Swim at Uniquities
Buy any swimsuit through Saturday, March 3 and receive a FREE bottle of Island Company tanning lotion. Offer good while supplies last. And don't forget stylish accessories for the beach like wrap bracelets, sandals, cover-ups, turbans, sunglasses, and more. Happy Spring Break UNC!  Visit Like us on Facebook
Look Inside the Book Nook 
Kidzu Children's Museum and Glee Kids are teaming up to offer this fun reading event on Saturday, March 3 at 10:30AM. Meet at Glee Kids, just around the corner from Kidzu in University Square and hear a great story-"My Heart Is Like A Zoo" by Michael Hall. This is a FREE drop-in program at Glee Kids. Regular admission payment will be required at Kidzu where a themed craft from the book can be made. Visit  and  Like us on Facebook
Senior Citizen Deal at Bandido's
Every day of the week Bandido's Mexican Cafe offers the Senior Citizen Daily Special- customers can order from the lunch menu until 6:30PM. It's the perfect portion at the perfect price! Become a Facebook fan of Bandido's to get special Fan Only deals! Visit  Like us on Facebook 
Art For Lunch at The Ackland
Every month, the Ackland invites you to attend a lunch-hour lecture and learn more about the art currently on view at the Ackland. Bring a bag lunch (yes, people really do!) and enjoy an hour of inspiration and information. On Wednesday, March 7 at 12PM Ashley Raabe, a doctoral student in Art History at UNC will discuss "Palmyrene Funerary Relief Sculpture in the Ackland's Permanent Collection". Free to members and valid UNC One Card holders, $5 non-members. Visit  Like us on Facebook 
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FREE Income Tax Assistance
This tax season The Women's Center offers FREE income tax assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The VITA program is available to help low-to-moderate income individuals and families avoid preparation fees and maximize their credits. Appointments are available every Monday, 10AM to 6PM. For further information on qualifications or to make an appointment call 919-968-4610 or visit Like us on Facebook
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