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What to Do and See Downtown - 1/24/13

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What's for Dinner Tonight?
Whichburger® and a milkshake are now $10 flat, every Thursday night at 5PM. Milkshakes are homemade with real fruits and ice cream NO fake syrups at Sandwhich. Try homemade pumpkin pie, coffee, strawberry, salted caramel, vanilla, and peanut butter.  
Trivia Night at Beer Study
TODAY - Thursday,January 24 at 7PM- Hosted by Taylor M; come early and grab yourself a pint or two of something delicious. Hints to super secret bonus questions to follow on their Facebook page as the day comes closer. Get thirsty! 
 QuesoFy That Burrito! 
QuesoFy Mondays: Get free queso on burritos only, on Mondays at Qdoba! Followed by Taco Tuesday: ANY Tacos ordered are only $1 each with a purchase of a drink; limit of 6 per person! Just text 67463, show it to the cashier - no coupon needed! Wild Wednesday:  ANY Entrée for $5! Of course any additions cost a little extra but still $5 for any entrée is awesome. Saturdays: Kids Eat Free with purchase of adult meal (12 yrs & under). Qdoba is located at 100 West Franklin Street. 
The Downtown Free Library
Take a book. Leave a book. READ! The Downtown Free Library has two branches on Columbia and Franklin streets. Stop by today! 
Foot Stompin' Good Times

The Haw River Rounders are playing at Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe on Saturday, January 26 at 9:30PM so bring your dancin' shoes and plan on a raucous good time! The Rounders play traditional acoustic party music from the Southeastern U.S. on five-string and tenor banjo, piano, accordion, washboard,  guitar, kazoo, triangle, harmonica, and the occasional train  whistle! 

My Lovey & I: Photo Sessions
Does your child have a special blanket or Teddy bear she just can't live without? This Valentine's Day capture that lovey's special place in your child's heart with a photo session at Glee Kids. Saturday, January 26 from 10AM to 3PM. Cards, digital images, prints will be available for purchase. Spend $100 at Glee Kids in merchandise or gift certificate and receive an 8x10 print of your choice!  
New Book Club!
Chapel Hill Comics is proud to present a new event: Chapel Hill Comics Book Club! On Sunday, January 27 from 2-3:30PM, they'll host a meeting to discuss one of the best graphic novels of 2012: Hope Larson's graphic novel adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time! The book group will be hosted by former staffer Alicia Korenman, who will be there to guide the conversation! Chapel Hill Comics will have copies in stock now if you haven't read it yet.  
Carolina Inn's Briday Fair
Chapel Hill's Carolina Inn joins 75 premier vendors to offer an elegant day full of
information and ideas for all things wedding for more than 1,200 attendees at The Carolina Inn's Bridal Fair 2013 on Sunday, January 27 from 1PM to 4PM Event tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased online. For more information, call (919) 918-2749, or visit 
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Meet & Greet with Lee!
Over the last year Town Council Member Lee Storrow has done a series of open office hours at businesses throughout Chapel Hill. The first one of 2013 will be held on Wednesday, January 30 from 5:30PM to 6:30PM at TRU Deli + Wine and all are invited! Come for a conversation about our community, provide feedback on timely issues, and check out TRU - one of downtown Chapel Hill's newest businesses.  
13th Annual Comedy Festival
The North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival produced by the DSI Comedy Theater in Carrboro is the largest comedy festival in the southern U.S. and features sketch comedy, standup and improv. The 13th annual festival is Jan 30-Feb 17 and features acts from all over North America performing in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham venues. Ticket prices and show times vary. Standup is Jan 30-Feb 5, Sketch is Feb 7-10 and Improv is Feb 12-17. Visit 

Go Heels! Beat State! Our love for Carolina will never be eclipsed by our dislike for our rivals...but it sure is fun! Gear up for all the games in your finest rivalry gear from Johnny T-shirt now! 
Book A Bday Party at Kidzu!
What could be better than having your child's next birthday party at Kidzu? NOTHING! Kidzu is excited to announce New Birthday Party Options with Friday, Saturday, and Sunday availability. Use the adjacent party room for food and crafts. Some exhibit play time is included in party hours and all guests have access to exhibit play areas following the party as well. Museum excluse party options available as well! or call 919-933-1455 to book your party today!
FRANK Featured Artist Talk
FRANK member artist Nerys Levy won a WUNC Radio prize to go "anywhere" and chose to visit Russia in September 2012 when she took the Uniworld river trip on 'The Highway of the Tsars"- from Moscow to St Petersburg. TODAY- Thursday January 24 from 6PM to 8PM  she'll be talking about her works in this exhibition that were mostly done on site, from the boat -the MV River Victoria" or derived from on-site sketches. Working on site often results in hurried, energetic works-the main thing is to capture the essence of a place. 
Mixed Concrete Art Show
Mixed Concrete is a fundraising art show for Habitat for Humanity. The show, hosted by the UNC Habitat for Humanity Club at TRU Deli + Wine Bar, features donated art from UNC students.  Running now until January 26 the show will end in a two-day silent auction fundraiser.  /  
Beatles vs Beach Boys Benefit Show
Show Our Support: Ally Week at UNC  Ally Button
Jan 28 - Feb 3: Annually, the LGBTQ Center on UNC's campus hosts Ally Week - a way to thank those who have committed to challenging the gender binary, and supporting people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. They provide free ALLY BUTTONS for people to wear throughout the week to demonstrate solidarity and support for the LGBTIQA communities! A number of events occur throughout the week, and many local businesses participate to show Ally support with discounts.Kick-off the week on Monday, January 28 in the Pit on campus! For a list of local businesses and discounts visit
Shape Our Town's Future NOW
Join us at "Sketching Chapel Hill," a series of free informational sessions on Saturday, January 26 from 8:30AM to 4PM, that will be idea-inspiring, conversation-sparking and thought-provoking. Sessions will be held throughout the day in the Council Chamber of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., "Sketching" is an education program of DESIGN Chapel Hill 2020, the title given to the implementation phase of the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive plan.  This month's "Sketching Chapel Hill" explores civic education in such areas as designing public spaces, zoning rules, transportation system, landscape design, and more. "Sketching" participants may come for all sessions or drop in for topics of interest. For more information, contact Megan Wooley, housing and neighborhood services planner, at or 919-969-5059 /  
New Arrivals at Uniquties
Shop new arrivals and get ready for a new season of style! Joe's Jeans, BB Dakota, AG Jeans, Joie, and Yosi Samra-more arriving daily! Check out for the latest updates on new arrivals and events! Valentine's Day is coming soon -- hint, hint! 
Aveda Offers Curbside Service
Need to grab your Aveda beauty products but don't want to deal with walking in the cold? They offer curbside pickup! Simply place your order over the phone and one of their totally bundled up employees will bring your order out to you! Call 919-960- 4769 ext 5. Haircuts performed by sophomore students are only $15 until January 31- just one more week of this special! 
Songwriter Workshop at Teen Center
On Saturday, January 26 at 6PM author of the book "Hitless Wonder", Coastal Carolina Creative Writing Instructor, Joe Oestreich will be at Street Scene Teen Center, hosted by The Emerging Artist Series and Youth Community Project of Chapel Hill/Carrboro. His talk is open to the public (teens and adults!) and will discuss his experience with his High School Band that is still together now that he is pushing 40. From 8PM to 10PM there will be an "open mic" for teen singer/songwriters. Workshop participants will be given priority on the sign-up for open mic performances.
At Buns, you're in charge of your burger! Try the new specialty burger: the Very Veggie Burger with avocado, sprouts, cucumber, lettuce, tomato, onion, and our delicious garlic Tahini sauce. 
A Rite: Combining Dance & Theater
January 25 & 26 at 8PM: A Rite is a full-length collaborative work commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts that combines choreography from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company with the ensemble-based theater work of SITI Company and Anne Bogart. This world premiere presents a deconstruction of the original score of The Rite of Spring, giving voice to author Jonah Lehrer's claim that a central tenet of Stravinsky's work is the realization that "the engine of music is conflict, not consonance." Bringing together these influential artists for the first time, this collaboration is a daring combination of original work from two of the most accomplished figures in the world of dance and theater. Tickets & Info: 
Family Day: "Hats Off to You!" 
Build museum memories with the children in your life at the Ackland's monthly Family Day on Sunday, January 27 from 2PM to 5PM! Come for a little while or stay for the whole afternoon. Recommended for children ages 4 to 8 years old. Wear your favorite hat to the Museum and look for works of art with people wearing a variety of hats and headwear. Be inspired to make and decorate your own hat to wear home. Story Time at 3:00 and 4:00 PM while wearing your new creation.  
'Cause You Love Your Car!
Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center is committed to providing superior value and a consistently excellent automotive service experience. These cold temperatures mean your car may need a little extra TLC! Take advantage of complimentary shuttle service to the surrounding area! They offer full service automotive repair, ASE certified technicians, and award winning service. Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center, a GreenPlus certified business, is located at 502 West Franklin Street. 
A Raisin in the Sun at PlayMakers
Directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges and performed in rotating repertory with Clybourne Park January 26 - March 3. Debuting in 1959 and nominated for multiple Tony Awards, A Raisin in
the Sun was the first play written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway.In this groundbreaking drama proceeds from a life insurance policy give the Younger family hope for a
better life. Can their "dreams deferred" be realized by moving into a home in an all-white neighborhood when they are confronted with conflicting desires within the family and racial
prejudice outside their door? 
Walk This Way! Cemetary Tour
The dead come to life on the Chapel Hill Preservation Society's walking tour of the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery on Sunday, January 27 from 2PM to 3PM. Learn about the cemetery's history and those who are buried there. The tour will begin at the Horace Williams House and will last 90 minutes. $5 suggested donation per guest. 
Launch Chapel Hill Community entrepreneurs and startup ventures are encouraged to apply through January 28 for admission to LAUNCH Chapel Hill, a laboratory for entrepreneurs or "venture lab" located at 321 W. Rosemary St. LAUNCH Chapel Hill is a best-in-class venture lab and co-working space for students and residents of Chapel Hill. The incubator model helps entrepreneurs to develop ventures from early stage efforts into self-sustaining enterprises. This venture is made possible by the collaboration of the Town of Chapel Hill, Orange County, UNC-Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership.   
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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