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What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!
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Moths and butterflies. Hummingbirds, crows, blue jays. cicadas and katydids. Airplanes, helicopters, gliders, parachutes, rockets. Bats and batman. owls, angels, bees. Dragons and dragonflies. pegasus and icarus. Humans have always reached to the skies - we love the creatures that fly, and try our hardest to follow suit. FRANK takes on these ideas and themes in their new exhibit GIVE ME WINGS. Exhibit runs from July 10 through September 9, 2012. Opening reception Friday, July 13 from 6PM to 9PM. Visit 
Summery Vintage Style
At the Clothing Warehouse every piece is as original as you. Rows of colored vintage t-shirts line blue walls as racks of one-of-a-kind dresses, shirts, pants and skirts fill the stores. No two pieces are identical. The Clothing Warehouse carries classic Levi's and Wrangler jeans, sunglasses, cowboy boots, western shirts, corduroys and t-shirts as well as vintage dresses, skirts and shirts from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Visit 
Show at Local 506
LOCAL 506 is giving away one pair of tickets to every show they have in the month of July! Want in on it? Sign up for the monthly e-newsletter that lists the shows.
Art with Evan at Kidzu
On Tuesday, July 17 from 3:30PM to 4:30PM join certified art teacher Evan Hirasawa for this hands-on imaginative drawing and painting class. Evan helps children explore their world through positive and nurturing instruction. Young children with special needs are welcome. $6 per child, ages 2-7 years. Registration is required. Call Kidzu at 919-933-1455 to register or pay online at 
'Urinetown' at PlayMakers
A cast of 25 young student actors will perform the Tony Award-winning musical satire "Urinetown: The Musical" as the culmination of the PlayMakers Repertory Company Summer Youth Conservatory running July 19-22. In "Urinetown," 20 years of disastrous drought have led to draconian water restrictions. Citizens are forced to use public, pay-per-use facilities operated by Urine Good Company ... or will they rebel? \Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and children under 18 and may be purchased by calling (919) 962-7529, online at or at
the PlayMakers Box Office.
Summer Camp Kids shopping downtown
PowerUp at GameStop  
GameStop is the largest retailer of new and used games, hardware, entertainment software, and accessories in the world - with a local shop at 100 East Franklin Street (next to Walgreens). POWERUP with their customer loyalty rewards program that offers points for purchases!
Milkshake Nirvana
Sandwhich, known for it's use of only authentically delicious ingredients and flavors, has created a funky menu of milkshake flavors not to be missed! The line-up changes - but flavors have included the amazing Carrboro Farmer's Market sweet summer corn, spicy-Mexican-Mango, Valrhona Chocolate, strawberry, Counter Culture Coffee and vanilla, and salted caramel! Visit 
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GLEE KIDS Summer Sale
Take a break from the heat! Enjoy 25% off all summer clothing at Glee Kids. Stock up on wardrobe essentials, swimwear, and sandals. Brands include: Pink Chicken, ToobyDoo, and Birki's. Glee Kids is also honoring Tea Collection's 40% off Spring & Summer Clothing sale.
LOCALLY GROWN - seriously, the best summer music & movie lineup out there!
NOW SHOWING: The Muppets (PG) tonight at LOCALLY GROWN! Activities at 8PM, movie starts at approx. 9PM (sundown). FREE popcorn and fun! For weather and other last-minute cancellations: 919-932-0408. The line will be operational after 1PM and a decsion will be made by 6PM  if the movie will be shown on the deck or not. 
Goodnight Carolina Now Available
We all know it and feel it --  Chapel Hill and Carolina are truly special. For each of us the reason may be different, but that feeling is the same. Three local women- Missy Julian-Fox, Marie Myers Lloyd and Elaine O'Neil- have collaborated to create Goodnight Carolina -- a stunning children's book that brings to life that wonderful love we all have for this community! A delightful bedtime storybook, Goodnight Carolina is a true tribute to the Carolina experience, perfect for Tar Heels of every age and stage. Visit
Goodnight Carolina Book
Bastille Day Bash at La Rez 
La Residence Restaurant will be offering a number of French-inspired menu items this weekend in celebration of Bastille Day - July 14.  Beginning with lunch Friday through dinner Sunday night savor the Red Wine Braised Short-Rib Steak Sandwich, the Tarragon & Rosemary Savory Cheesecake, the fresh from the Garden Heirloom Tomato Salad, and the Strawberry-Rhubarb Sorbet.  From the bar, enjoy the Pear Flower Martini and the French 75 Martini, both are on special for the weekend.  The patio  is covered and air cooled with overhead fans for your dining pleasure.  Enjoy Rosemary Street's Garden Restaurant this weekend while enjoying downtown Chapel Hill.

Crook's Corner Summer Offerings
Crook's Corner daily menu is posted every evening at 5:30PM on their website. Current items include Atlantic Beach Pie - a southern lemon pie at it's finest with crushed saltines and a butter crust. For now, the Soft Shell Crabs seem to be having an extended season. And the Cold Fried Chicken Picnic Plate features potato salad,cold slices of watermelon, deviled eggs, and whatever else the chef adds! Summer also brings a variety of small plate vinaigrette salads, Green Peach Salad with mint and black pepper, and Tomato-Watermelon Salad! Visit 
Weekend events at Ackland 
Drawing in the Galleries on the second Saturday of every month from 10AM to 12PM. Amanda Hughes (Director of External Affairs) leads participants in a creative exploration of a particular object in the Ackland's collection. Bring paper and dry media (crayon, pencils, etc.). All levels are welcome. Music in the Galleries on Sunday, July 15 at 2PM features The Durham Ukulele Orchestra- the group that makes big sounds with tiny instruments. The Durham Ukulele Orchestra plays a range of tunes, from jazz standards to art rock classics like "Psycho Killer" by Talking Heads -- all on ukuleles! 
Cupcakes Du Jour at Sugarland
Every day of the week Sugarland features a dazzling menu of cupcakes like Cookies 'n Cream, Red Velvet, Pink Lemonade, Cherry Cobbler, Defcon Chocolate and so many more! Tuesdays are 1/2 price cupcake day, dine-in only - selection varies according to chefly whims! Make your wedding cake tasting reservation today! Upcoming dates: July 15 and August 19. Visit 
True Blue Wrench Works - tune ups at LOCALLY GROWN
Enjoy the Ride! New Belgium Brewing sponsors free tune-ups from True Blue Wrench Works at LOCALLY GROWN concerts!
Pools OPEN - Come On In!
The A. D. Clark Pool at the Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson St., is open for the 2012 summer season. The free outdoor swimming pool, operated by the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department, is available for lap swimming and open swim time now through Labor Day. The 25 meter pool offers a zero-depth entry pool, locker rooms, showers and family changing area. There is a wading pool for pre-school aged children and toddlers (swim diapers required). Visit
Fridays on the Front Porch
Join the Carolina Inn on Friday, July 13 from 5PM to 8PM to celebrate the end of the work week. Enjoy delicious food, and live music from Big Fat Gap. Enjoy beer, wine, and a grill menu prepared freshly upon order coupled with Chef's hand-selected weekly feature. Purchase food and drink tickets in advance online.  Visit  
Upcoming Shows at The Cave
Thursday, July 12- Late: Patrick Turner w/ Chris Wilson & Planet Earth
Friday, July 13 - Early: Red Threads Late: Titanium Rex  
Saturday, July 14 -Early: The Oblation Late: River Rats  
Sunday, July 15 - Early: Matt V's Rock Camp Late: Justin James Visit 
Light Years Jewelry & Accessories
Light Years specializes in jewelry, and offers a fun selection of gifts, crafts and home accessories. Located at 121 East Franklin Street, next to Varsity Theatre.   

Southern Indian Cuisine

Cholanad Restaurant is focused on delivering the South Indian culinary experience in a fine dining atmosphere. Serving lunch and dinner daily, Cholanad is located at 308 West Franklin Street with convenient parking located next to the restaurant. View the LUNCH MENU & the DINNER MENU. Visit   

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