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What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!
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Salons at FRANK
Thursdays at FRANK bring musical and theater productions, talks by local authors and artists, poetry readings, and so much more. FRANK hosts weekly artists salons from 6PM to 8PM in the gallery. Visit
August 16 -- Keith Allen 
August 23 -- Guilty Pleasures Bluegrass
Sweetfrog Specials!
To honor the great relationships that exist between grandparents and their grandchildren-during the month of August Sweetfrog will give grandma or grandpa 50% off of their yogurt to thank them for bringing in their grandchildren! And best of all they can enjoy quality time with their grandchildren in sweet yogurt bliss! 
Art & Literature
On Saturday, August 18 at 2PM Ackland Art Museum is hosting a free public tour of the exhibition "Director's Choice"; making connections between the works on view and the August Art & Literature discussion of "Lost in the City" by Edward P. Jones. Whether or not you've read these short stories, you're sure to make exciting observations and perhaps whet your appetite for further reading.  
Art in the Yates Building
New art installation on West Franklin St.
Fridays on the Front Porch
Join the Carolina Inn on 
Friday, August 17 from 5PM to 8PM to celebrate the end of the work week. Enjoy delicious food, and live music. 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  
Serve Others. Save Lives.
Give blood at University United Methodist Church Friday, August 24, from 2PM to 6:30PM in the fellowship hall. Sign up online at Use sponsor code universityumc. Volunteers are still needed to help out as well! University United Methodist Church is located at 150 East Franklin Street. Parking:  
The Bulls & Brew!
The Carolina Brewery brings you a special promotion - while supplies last...Purchase a $25 gift card and receive a voucher for a pair of Durham Bulls tickets! The Bulls are home from August 18-26 then back August 30-Sept 1. Just mention this to the bartender or manager on duty!  
Taco Tuesday at Qdoba
ANY Tacos ordered on Tuesday are only $1 each with a purchase of a drink; limit of 6 per person! Just text 67463 to get the coupon, show it to the cashier - no coupon needed! Offer good until August 21. Deemed 'The Best Meal After Midnight' by the Daily Tar Heel - Qdoba will be open until 4AM starting this weekend to welcome back all the UNC students! 

Coming Soon: FRANK in FOCUS a new exhibit at FRANK Gallery.
Celebrate, Celebrate!
To thank the community for their continued support for the last five years, Franklin Street Yoga Center is offering their December special rates in August as a gesture of gratitude. From August 1 to September 1 you have the opportunity to purchase class passes at great rates, like:
6 classes for student $45 or non student $65 OR $10 off a monthly unlimited = $98 OR $30 off a three 
For more information visit   
Ultimate Dance Party
Chapel Hill Underground and host Jermaine Landon of bring you DJs Mister Bisher and Luxe Posh; offering up floor-shaking dutch and progressive house on Friday, August 17. Free before 11PM; $3 for 21+ and $5 for 18+.
Now Showing:
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LOCALLY GROWN - seriously, the best summer music & movie lineup out there!
TONIGHT...FREE showing of VERTIGO (1958/PG) at LOCALLY GROWN! Trivia at 8PM, movie starts at sundown - approximately 9PM.  For weather and other last-minute cancellations: 919-932-0408.   
Urban Sketchers Reception
From commuters on a packed rush-hour subway to coffee drinkers at sidewalk cafes, glimpses of everyday city life are captured by members of Urban Sketchers , a non-profit organization of artist-correspondents who share a passion for drawing in cities worldwide. Showcasing ninety art works by international contributors, the Ackland Museum Store's exhibition, opening TODAY - Thursday, August 16 from 6:30PM to 8:30PM, helps fulfill Urban Sketchers' aim of "showing the world, one drawing at a time." On exhibit until October 6. 
City of Frogs: Summer Show
The 13th annual giant puppet pageant - City of Frogs - is the summer event for all ages in Forest Theatre. Brought to us by Paperhand Puppet Intervention. The show includes masks, stilt walkers, shadow puppets, and live music. Running August 10 through September 9, every weekend with evening and matinee shows. $12, $8 kids - suggested donation. No one is turned away for lack of funds. For more information visit   

Welcome back UNC students! Fall semester classes start on Tuesday, August 21.
Painting & Storytime at Kidzu
On Friday, August 17 at 3:30PM to 5:30PM Kidzu Children's Museum hosts a new monthly art time geared to kids 5-8 years. Each month they will feature different ways to get paint on paper. Projects will be supervised by a staff member but painting is free-form and usually takes about 15 minutes to complete. On Sunday, August 19 at 4PM: Arabic-English Storytime with Craft. Sundays are always free at Kidzu (1PM to 5PM) thanks to Durham Regional Hospital.
On Wednesday, August 22 at 10AM have a Messy Morning in the Art Room! This monthly art time is for the youngest visitors (ages 2-5). Each month different materials and supplies are offered to create fun and messy art.  

Ironing Board Sam at Crunkleton

TODAY -Thursday, August 16 at 7:30PM classic blues artist Samuel Moore will be playing at The Crunkleton. Dubbed Ironing Board Sam for his unique invention of the "button board," a homemade portable keyboard which he mounted to an ironing board that simulated the Hammond B3 organ sound. Ironing Board Sam relocated to Chapel Hill in 2010 following Hurricane Katrina with the help of and The Crunkleton is honored to welcome such a talented and bona fide musician every Thursday from 7:30-10:00 pm. 
Yoga in the Galleries
Take a break from your week and explore the world of yoga in the beautiful, cool galleries of the Ackland on Tuesday, August 21 from 12PM to 1PM! This hour-long session, offered by registered yoga teacher Joanne Marshall, allows you to practice a series of gentle yoga poses inspired by the art in the gallery. Beginners are welcome. Yoga mats are provided. Wear comfortable clothing that will allow you to stretch. Because the galleries tend to be cool, light layers are recommended.Free for Members | $5 for non-members. 
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Hold Your Event at the Varsity!
Looking for a unique and fun venue to host your party or get-together? Are you planning a fund raiser and would like to try something new ? Does your business need meeting space to host 20 - 200 people ? Is someone celebrating a birthday and you want to make it special? The Varsity Theatre can host your gathering and make it one your guests will talk about over and over! In addition to 35 MM, theaters are equipped with BlueRay/DVD/HDTV Digital Projection and computer projection for Presentations and Webcasts. Theaters can be set up with buffet tables for food/drink you supply or use one of their catering partners to do all the work for you!  
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 our lighter side of the menu and are perfect for a more casual dining experience. La Residence has also been enjoying much success during the new FRIDAY LUNCH SERVICE;light fare and mid-day dining options.  
Do What You Love What You Do
The Aveda Institute is more than a beauty school. It's an internationally renowned, cutting edge, eco-friendly cosmetology and esthiology institution dedicated to shaping the future of beauty, our industry and the world.  Your rewarding career in the beauty industry begins today by contacting the admissions department at 919-960-4769 ext. 1339 or at  
Admissions - AVEDA
Shows at Nightlight Club
Thurs, Aug 16 -Flesh Wounds / Sultan Bathery (Viscenza, Italy) / Johnny Staxx and the Durty Boy. Door: 9pm / Show : 9:30 pm / Admission : $5
Fri, Aug 17 - 919 Noise Showcase presents...Yohimbe / Noise Trauma / Bad Algorithim / Suggestive Device. Door: 9pm / Show : 9:30 pm / Admission : $5
Sat, Aug 18 - Benefit for Tom Carter (Charalambides) Performances by Beloved Binge / Crowmeat Bob / BODY DOUBLE / David Menestres (solo) / SNAKE
Door: 9pm /Show : 9:30 pm /Admission : $5
Mon, Aug 21 - MONDAY NIGHT TRIVIA! 9-11PM,Enjoy a challenging game of Trivia by host Montgomery Morris! Round up a team of four and come on down to win free prizes!  
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