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What to Do & See Downtown This Week! 9/20/12

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!
What to Do & See Downtown This Week!
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Carolina Blues Benefit 
Join The Center for the Study of the American South TODAY - Thursday, September 20 from 5PM to 7PM for a benefit show featuring live performances by John Dee Holeman and Lightnin' Wells. Held at the Love House and Hutchins Forum at 410 East Franklin. Free and open to the public. 
Legal Workshop
TODAY- Thursday, September 20 from 5:30PM to 7PM, The Compass Center for Women and Families is offering a monthly legal workshop: "Introduction to Separation and Divorce". This workshop is presented by two local attorneys and provides an overview of family law in North Carolina. Free and open to men & women. Call 919-968-4610 or visit  
Root for Your Side!
Can't be in Old Trafford to watch the game? Kildare's Pub is opening early for all English Premier League soccer matches! Enjoy brunch and a Bloody Mary bar on Saturdays and Sundays from 10AM to 3PM. 
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Stock up on your favorite products this week and receive free service gift cards! Every $50 you purchase in Aveda products, get a FREE $10 service gift card! We are located at 200 W. Franklin St.  919.291.2421 

FREE 'Go Heels' & 'Welcome ECU' Signs 

Business Class Inc., a Chapel Hill business that provides resources for managers and business owners, has created ready-to-go signs that you can easily print and hang in your business or hold up during the game! Business Class, Inc. makes these signs available for all Carolina home football games - FREE! 

Take the Sky Blue Express!
Carolina Brewery unveils their sweet new game day bus, the Sky Blue Express, on Saturday, September 22. Plan to have lunch with at the brewery and get a free ride to the Carolina home football game. Kick off is 3:30pm!  
Transform Your Spirit 
Join Christy Rutan as she guides you through Baron Baptiste's 40 Days to Personal Revolution at Franklin Street Yoga Center starting on Saturday,  September 22 at 12:30. This is your opportunity to create positive shifts in your life, live life from intentional well-being on all levels and transform your body, mind and spirit.  
Beer Tasting at Bub's
Come out and join North Carolina Girls' Pint Out for a fun and educational evening at Bub O'Malley's on Wednesday, September 26 from 7PM to 10PM! Chris Creech, of, a certified beer server and a seasoned homebrewer will be leading all in a tasting of three distinct dark beers and will pair each with food! Learn about the origin of some of your favorite traditional pub beers! Entry is $10 for NCGPO members/$12 for non-members, cash or check only and includes a half pint of each of the beers that we'll be tasting and food for pairing.
Great Shoot Out is Back!
Looking for a great gift? Look no further! During this fundraising event for Kidzu your family will have the opportunity to have a portrait session with a local professional photographer on Sunday, September 30. Choose a photo session with one of our professional photographers online at Photo sessions will take place throughout the day at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens where each photographer will have a "studio" somewhere within the garden property. Afterward photos will be uploaded to a photo site allowing you to purchase prints or photo items for yourself or for gifts. Members $85, non-members $105 a session. 
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Underground Printing Grand Opening
Celebrate at the official grand opening of Underground Printing- Chapel Hill TODAY - Thursday, September 20 from 4PM to 9PM. Located at 133 East Franklin Street; expect lots of big announcements & door prizes! DJ Bobby Drake will be spinning from 6PM to 8PM!  
The Modern Photographer 

The nature and uses of photography is evolving at light speed. Gone are the days of the big photo magazine and even the newspaper is dying. Is the internet, galleries and specialty magazines the new venue? How does the photographer address this from aspects of journalism, documentary and fine art photography. Join Michael Itkoff: cofounder Daylight Magazine and Jock Lauterer: UNC J-school instructor, Community Newspapers Project for a discussion TODAY- Thursday, September 20 from 6PM to 9PM at FRANK Gallery. 

Walk, Bike, Bus Downtown
Walk, bike, and bus to downtown Chapel Hill! Life at the intersection of Church & Franklin streets and 140 West
Carolina Inn Weekend Events 
Fridays on the Front Porch: Join the fun at The Carolina Inn on Friday, September 21 at 5PM for live music by Big Fat Gap, beer, and wine. Enjoy a grill menu prepared to order coupled with Chef's hand-selected weekly featured dish. For your convenience, purchase food and drink tickets in advance at www.carolinainnestore.comTailgate'Inn on the Front Porch: Bring your Tar Heel Spirit to The Carolina Inn and Tailgate on the Carolina Inn's Front Porch before each UNC home football game! Enjoy a build your own Bloody Mary Bar and an all-American tailgate menu. Go Heels!  
Opening Doors Celebration
Celebrate 12 years of selling permanently affordable homes including the 200th home at Community Home Trust's 2nd Annual Opening Doors event on Friday, September 21, 7PM to 9PM on Greenbridge's 5th Floor Event Space. Enjoy music by mahaloJazz2, catering by Mediterranean Deli, and a great silent auction! Tickets $45 per person. 
Carolina Creates Night!
Two UNC student groups - Carolina Creates Music & Carolina Creates Art - team up to showcase hot new UNC Dj's and artists on Friday, September 21! This night will be a joint party with neighbor The Standard Restaurant. Dinner music starts at 8pm and the party will follow up at the Nightlight. The art show reception will start at 6pm for all to come on through!Admission $3. 
Go Heels! Game Day Info
Carolina takes on ECU on Saturday, September 22 at 3:30PM Football game days bring excitement and activity to downtown that everyone enjoys- even if you don't have tickets to the game! In Tar Heel Town everyone in the family will enjoy the Old Well Walk, the Bell Tower Climb, face painting, meeting Rameses, bounce houses, food, and more. If you need more Carolina gear, stop by one of Downtown's bustling UNC Fan Gear shops that sell all things UNC-themed! Read some of our suggestions of Top Things to do downtown on a home football game day!

Take the Tar Heel Express downtown and to the game!  Or better yet -- come downtown and TAILGATE (Printable Map)! For information on Carolina Football schedules and ticket information visit 
Downtown's Secret Farm
Did you know there is a farm in downtown Chapel Hill! Chickens, goats, horses, geese, and pigs, all roam in grass-grazing content! Know where it is? First person to email the correct location wins a gift certificate to a downtown business!
Jammin' Baby Classes at Kidzu
Led by Erica Berry on Tuesday, September 23 at 9AM, this Music Together class focuses on children and their grownups joyfully sharing songs, rhymes, movement, and instrument play, both in music class and in their daily lives. Classes takes place at Kidzu Children's Museum before public hours and are held each Tuesday morning for 10 weeks. Registration is required. To register visit:  / 
Japanese Posters Available 
Love the current exhibition of Japanese posters at Ackland Museum? You'll definitely want to pick up a copy of the exhibition's catalogue at the Ackland Museum Store! All 86 posters in Elegance & Extravagance: Japanese Posters from the Merrill C. Berman Collection are illustrated in full color, with an annotated checklist and biographical notes on each artist included. $19.95 (Ackland Members: $14.95). 
Friends of the Downtown Meeting
One of downtown's favorite characters, Freddie Kiger, returns for the September gathering of the Friends. He will inform and delight us all with stories and histories of Downtown Chapel Hill Characters! Freddie is an American Civil War expert, instructor for the General Alumni Association at UNC-Chapel Hill, winner of three Sports Emmy Awards for his work on ESPN's SportsCentury series, writer, broadcast journalist, researcher and leader of Civil War battlefield tours. You can count on one of our liveliest Q&A sessions ever, following his presentation. Thursday, September 27 at 10AM at The Franklin Hotel.  

PlayMakers Season Kicks-Off

PlayMakers Repertory Company kicks off its new main-stage season Sept. 19-Oct. 7 with John Logan's Tony Award-winning play "Red." The play goes into the studio of Mark Rothko, pioneer of abstract expressionism, and into the mind of an artist wrestling with the eternal struggle between art and commerce. Seen through the eyes of his young, increasingly challenging assistant, Rothko agonizes over a lucrative project painting murals for the then-new Four Seasons restaurant. For a complete schedule and to purchase tickets, call 919-962-PLAY (7529); visit
Opening:The Rite of Spring at 100
Join Carolina Performing Arts to celebrate the official beginning of The Rite of Spring at 100. From galas and movies to concerts and artist symposiums, the weekend is full of events that offer a glimpse of The Rite of Spring and how its premiere signaled the birth of the modern era. Whether it's an elegant evening with the artists or a fun night out on the town, celebrate The Rite of Spring at 100. OPENING GALA: Friday, September 28 at 6:30PM.  Two FREE events: Screening of the 2009 film Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky at the Varsity Theater on Saturday, September 29 at 7PM. Reflections on the Rite," a moderated discussion including a panel of world-renowned artists on Monday, October 1 at 1PM in the Historic Playmakers Theatre on UNC's campus.  
Voice Box Youth Slam
Sacrificial Poets hosts a youth slam on Friday, September 28 at 7:30PM at Street Scene Teen Center (179 E. Franklin Street). $5 Sacrificial Poets is a spoken word poetry organization that serves middle, high school, and college-aged youth in the Triangle Area of North Carolina. The organization facilitates writing and performance workshops throughout the state and hosts regular youth poetry events.

FRANK IN FOCUS, is a two month-long, town-wide festival of photography. In addition to an exhibit by eleven diverse fine-art photographers, there will be panel discussions, exhibitions, lectures, an outdoor slide show, an area-wide photo scavenger hunt, and much more. 

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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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