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What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!
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University Square Free Night Parking
Another NEW Parking Lot is open - and this one is FREE!
New Planetarium Show
A new fulldome planetarium show at Morehead is bringing a new star to town ... Big Bird! "One World, One Sky" features the popular Sesame Street character in a fulldome planetarium show especially for young children. Now Showing:
Saturday, May 27 at 10:30AM. 
Estate Boutique Sale
Up to 50% off on sneakers, denim, and apparel - all this week at Estate Boutique! Estate Boutique is a
men's boutique carring cutting edge, creative, and influential lines like 10Deep, Diamond Supply,
Stussy, G Shock, and more. Visit 
Handbell Choir Concert
University United Methodist Church (150 E. Franklin Street) will host the Westminster Choir College
Handbell Ensemble on Thursday, May 24 at 7:30PM. The Handbell Ensemble is one of the premier handbell choirs in the world. They have a wide assortment of bells, played by talented young musicians, and put on a fantastic show! Tickets- $10. Visit 
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Kildare's Skillet Brunch
Served until 3PM every Saturday and Sunday - and on Sundays only KIDS EAT FREE all day with the purchase of an adult entree. Kildare's now offers FREE rides to the pub after 6PM; call 932-7734. Visit for a listing of daily specials and events.
Tex Mex Tuesdays 
Every Tuesday at Four Corners features $2.50 Tacos- chicken, fish, or shrimp, $1.50 Margaritas, $8 Bud Light Pitchers, and Absolute specials
too. The Grille at Four Corners Open Sunday 11:30AM-2AM; Mon-Sat 11AM-2AM at 175 East Franklin Street. 
Aveda For Less
Enjoy service specials Tuesday-Thursday before 5PM - haircuts $15; facials $30 Pure Focus; nails $35 mani/pedi + 1 free OPI Polish. Early Bird Specials Tuesday-Thursday before noon - simple highlight $15; haircolor $40; wax BOGO 50% off. Not Valid with any offer other and subject to change. Expires 6-30-12.
West End Wine Bar Outdoor Deck
Rooftop socializing at the West End Wine Bar.
New Summer Arrivals
Uniquities brings the laid back summer vibe with new styles from Rebecca Minkoff, Yosi Samra, Theory, Vince, Dolan, and
many more. And Uniquities is throwing in the towel -- get a free Uniquities beach towel with a
purchase of $200 or more (while supplies last)! 
Now Showing:
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Dine with the Chef at Cholanad
Triangle Food Tours next "Dine with Chef" event is Tuesday, May 29 at 6:30PM with Chef Subash at Cholanad. The event is $35 and includes a three course dinner (wine is extra). The Cholanad menu is a contemporary, elegant, culinary interpretation inspired by the ancient Tamil cuisine.
Reservations are requiredVisit 
Send a Kid to Sea! Fundraiser
Sunday's are Fund Days at Lucky Star Market! Join them on Sunday, June 3 from 9AM to 3PM (and every Sunday) for a yard sale, bake sale, and in-store event to raise funds to send a Chapel Hill High School student, who lives in the Northside neighborhood, to sea for a semester. She has been accepted into the Canadian tall-ship program, Class Afloat, for the 2012-2013 school year! She'll be setting sail in early September out of Istanbul for a unique and challenging junior year at sea, the student needs help funding her educational adventure! 100% of proceeds- go to tuition all day! Visit 
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Thursday Salons at FRANK
May 24 at 6:30PM -Mildred (Mama Dip) Council and Kevin Callaghan of Acme Food & Beverage Company bring tasty tales of locally sourced food.
May 31, 6:30PM-The Monday Night Jammers, with Peter White, perform an eclectic mix of guitar and banjo folk classics and local songs.
June 7- 6:30PM-Jan Butta, FRANK featured artist, shares her experience working in two dimensions.
June 14, 6:30PM-Nerys Levy presents her video "Painting at the Bottom of the World: plein air painting in Antarctica". 
For more information visit 
 Storytime & Arts Events at Kidzu
Friday, May 25 at 3:30PM - Painting in the P.M.:Art time geared to kids 5-8 years. Each month features different ways to getting paint on paper. Projects will be supervised by a staff member but painting is free-form.
Sunday, May 27 at 4PM- Spanish-English Storytime with Craft: Free drop-in program. Sundays are always free thanks to Durham Regional Hospital.
Wednesday, May 30 at 10AM- Messy Morning in the Art Room: Monthly art time for the youngest visitors (ages 2-5). Each month features different materials and supplies to create fun and messy art. 
Fridays on the Front Porch
Join the Carolina Inn on Friday, May 25 from 5PM to 8PM to celebrate the end of the work week. Enjoy delicious food, and live music from The Gravy Boys. Enjoy beer, wine, and a grill menu prepared freshly upon order coupled with Chef's hand-selected weekly feature. For your convenience, purchase food and drink tickets in advance. Visit 
Kildare's Sidewalk Dining
Enjoying patio dining at Kildare's Irish Pub on gorgeous spring evenings!
Craft Fair & Dance Party 
Nightligt Club hosts a DIY Extravaganza on Saturday, May 26 starting at 2PM with GYPSY Witch Collective and
Cuke + Sew. They've teamed up on a special DIY Crafting Issue and a fun day of door prizes, raffles, and DIY stations. Special appearance by North America and a DANCE PARTY to follow! 7PM: Vegan and Meat Eaters Lasagna Potluck Dinner too! Visit  
Author Visit at Chapel Hill Comics
Jeremy Whitley, author of Princeless- a great graphic novel for kids -will be signing books at Chapel Hill Comics on Saturday, May 26 from 1PM to 3PM. The shop will also give a FREE poster of the Princeless to the first 25 people who buy a copy of the book! Princeless is the story of Princess Adrienne and her guardian dragon, Sparky, as they begin their own quest in an all-ages action adventure designed specifically for those who are tired of waiting to be rescued... and who are ready to save themselves. 
Family Day: Thoughts on Paper 
This month's Family Day at Ackland Art Museum enables you to build museum memories with the children in your life while enjoying the vivid and lyrical drawings in Thornton Dial: Thoughts on Paper on Sunday, May 27. Join a tour at 2PM to discover lots of ways to interact with art, and enjoy Story Time together at 3PM. Hands-on activities at the Creation Station and Treasure Hunts in the galleries are available throughout the afternoon. Free and open to the public. Recommneded for children ages 4 to 8 years old.  Visit 
Ackland Bags From Banners 
Once again, Jennifer Collins-Mancour has taken a banner from a former exhibition (Fortune Smiles: The Tyche Foundation Gift) at the Ackland Art Museum and turned it into fun, functional, and beautifully constructed bags -each one unique!  Current Exhibit: Perspectives in Mentoring-The paintings of Anthony Ulinski and Deneé Black. Ulinski is an accomplished oil painter and teacher. Black, a talented mixed media painter, has been mentored by him for several years. The show features not only the cityscapes of both artists, but reflects the evolving nature of a mentoring relationship. 
Free Valet Parking Downtown
Enjoy an evening downtown with the ease and convenience of complimentary valet parking Monday - Saturday at one of 17 participating downtown businesses. Patrons enjoying other establishments can also use the valet service for $5.00. Valet stands located on both East and West Franklin Street.
For details visit 
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