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What to Do & See Downtown This Week! (2/21/13)

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!
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Karaoke at Top This!
TODAY - Thursday, February 21 stop by for dinner and end the night with live karaoke! Top This! Roast Beef, Burgers & More! let's you choose every part of your sandwich and they pile it high with over 40 different toppings and sauces. Then enjoy it in a casual, relaxed restaurant, along with a wide range of sides, beer, wine, soft drinks, shakes and desserts!  
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.  
Walk This Way!
Preservation Chapel Hill is hosting a walking tour of the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery on Sunday, February 24 from 2PM to 3:30PM. Tour this National Register of Historic Places site and learn about the famous - and infamous - interred there. The tour begins at the Cemetery on South Road on campus.
 $5 per person, free with membership. 
WAKA Kickball Bar Crawl
On Saturday February 23 at 8PM, World Amateur Kickball Association hosts its pre-season event downtown. Bring out your Mardi Gras beads, masks, and be ready to have a great time with friends. Stops include Back Bar, Kildare's Irish pub - start at Bub O'Malley's. Anyone 21 and over is invited to join.  
Blue Horn Lounge
Blue Horn Lounge is a small local bar, located next door to the Varsity Theatre; come in and hang out next time you are waiting to meet a friend for a movie! With a large selection of bottled beer and a rotating tap of featured draft beers.  
Shows at Local 506
TONIGHT - Campfires and Constellations, Mobley, Clockwork Kids
Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm /$8
Friday, Feb. 22 -Double Album Release Show: Virgins Family Band and Baobab, Christian Adams & Jordan Humphrey / Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm / $5
Monday, Feb 25 - 506 Front Room Presents: Nick White, Chris Wilson and Planet Earth, Skout
Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm /Free
Tuesday, Feb. 26 - Ken Stringfellow, Spooky Woods
Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm / $9-$11
 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. 
University Square Free Night Parking
Free parking every evening after 6PM in the blue zone at University Square (west section near Panera). 
New Menu at Noodles 
Noodles offers 124 menu possibilities and combinations under 500 calories. Perfect for folks trying to maintain their New Year's resolutions. You can mix and match nearly everything on the menu from Pad Thai to Spaghetti to Thai Curry Soup to create a meal that stays in your eating plan without sacrificing great taste and global flavors. And their Square Bowls are a great option for Super Bowl parties- each bowl feeds about four people. There's a great variety of options available as well.  
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Cupcake Wars! 
Sugarland is celebrating it's 5th birthday on Wednesday, February 27 with a Celebrity Cupcake War in at their Cameron Village location. Local celebrities including UNC's own Coach Fedora will face off in a culinary competition and the winner will get $1000 donated to the charity of their choice! All are welcome, but there are 20 VIP tickets up for grabs to come in the kitchen and see them compete. Just write a haiku or limerick on Sugarland's Facebook or Twitter about their cupcakes and the ten best will each win two tickets!   
A Raisin in the Sun 
Directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges and performed in rotating repertory with Clybourne Park until 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? 
Join Us for Our Annual Meeting! Annual Report CHDP 2013
Tonight at R&R Grill at 5:30PM, we are hosting our annual meeting. Join staff and board members for a social evening and celebrate with other champions of our downtown!  Learn more about what the Downtown Partnership has accomplished this year and what we'll be focusing on in our 2013-2015 Work Plan. Anyone with a love for, or interest in the future of, downtown Chapel Hill is welcome to come! 

Explore the Night Sky!

Explore astronomy themes as a family with the Star Families series, designed for children (ages 7-12) accompanied by their families at Morehead Planetarium. On Saturday, February 23 at 3:30PM, African Skies will introduce you to Anansi, the Spider, a character you'll meet through this retelling of African sky legends under a planetarium dome filled with stars. $5 per person, $4 with Morehead membership. 
Casey Robertson - mural
The Waffle House is coming to East Franklin Street, but while it's under construction the Downtown Partnership commissioned local artist Casey Robertson to create a mural on the construction facade. 
Internationalist Cabaret
On Saturday February 23 at 9PM, Nightlight Club hosts an evening filled with puppetry, dance, music, stand up, skits, a local pie auction, and more. All proceeds go to Internationalist Bookstore & Community Center to continue its work as an activist and social center dedicated to promoting progressive education and resources. Tickets at the door $5-15.  Book Sale: For the month of February Internationalist Books & Community Center will be giving a 10% discount (20% if you are a member) on all new and used African-American, Civil Rights, Anti-Racism, and Black Liberation books and magazines.  
Invisible Groom Wedding Show
On Sunday, February 24 from 1PM to 4PM Top of the Hill hosts a wedding event designed specifically for grooms. Think cigars, bow ties and beer! Designed with the modern groom in mind, this one-of-a-kind event will feature a selection of local vendors to help grooms with bachelor party planning, honeymoon details and budget tips, all while enjoying beer samples and cigars!  
Wine Dinner at Elaine's on Franklin
Elaine's is hosting a wine dinner featuring wines from Lis Neris and Haw River Wine on Tuesday, February 26. Menu available here! $69/per person - reservations encouraged. The special menu will be offered all evening, regular menu as well.  
Drums & Dance at Memorial Hall
Tuesday, February 25: Exploring the ancient Japanese tradition of taiko drumming, Kodo has taken the world by storm, bringing the powerful, thundering music to far-reaching corners of the globe. With a name that translates literally to mean "heartbeat" or "children of the drum," Kodo's primal energy and brilliant expression fills houses around the world. Carolina Performing Arts has the rare privilege to present Kodo as they bring the music to UNC's Memorial Hall on their 2013 One Earth Tour
February 26 & 27: For 45 years, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has influenced dancers around the world with its innovative style, grace and creative force. When Congress deemed the Company "a vital American cultural ambassador to the world," it was rightfully immortalized as a national treasure.
Now you have a chance to see them LIVE at UNC's Memorial Hall! 
Greenbridge Condos Available
Greenbridge Condominiums features four different floor plans for four very different lifestyles. Renting alone but like having company? Check out the 1 BR/1.5 BA. Looking to rent with a friend or just need some extra space? Check out the 2 BR/2 BA plans. See floor plans for all of Greenbridge Condominiums at  
bandido's Mexican cafe
 Margarita Madness at Bandido's!  $14 Margarita Pitchers and Margarita Chicken- Lunch & Dinner Specials every Thursday! Have you been to the salsa bar yet?
Free Tax Prep at Compass Center
Avoid tax preparation fees and high interest loans by getting your taxes completed with the Compass Center! IRS trained and certified tax preparers will prepare and file Federal and NC tax returns for low-to-moderate income individuals and families. Appointments will be held every Monday from February 4 - April 15, 10am-6pm, at their Henderson Street office. Make your appointment online at  or call (919)968-4610.  
Family Day: "I ♥ Art"
Build museum memories with the children in your life at the Ackland's monthly Family Day on Sunday, February 24 from 2PM to 5PM! Come for a little while or stay for the whole afternoon. This month, explore the More Love exhibition and experience works of art in new ways! Interact with the art and consider how you can show "more love" to your friends, family, and community. Join Story Time at 3:00 and 4:00 PM and visit the Creation Station to make a love-inspired artwork. Recommended for children ages 4 to 8 years old.Free and open to the public.   
Music & Movement Class at Kidzu
Starting Monday, February 25 at 9-9:45am, Miss Kat's Rhythm & Movement Class is a 6-week program with a whole lot of clapping, stomping, jumping, whirling, shimmying, and shaking going on - in addition to all kinds of other FUN moves that kids love to make! Kids from ages two to ten. Classes meet each Monday for six weeks and cost only $45 for the series. (ages 2-10 years). In addition, for each class, offering a $10 drop-off fee per child (ages 4-10 only) that can be paid at drop-off. To register contact Kat McGee 919-949-4975 or  
Kids Bikes
Is your business bicycle friendly? Promoting bicycling often results in an expanded customer base, happier and healthier employees, and reduced costs associated with maintaining parking spaces. Find out more about this new program by Bike Carrboro, and sponsored by the Downtown Partnership. 
Dragon Making Workshop
Would you like to meet a dragon? Chapel Hill will be welcoming its very own dragon, which will be installed in FRANK Art Gallery and transform Franklin Street with it's lights and color! Join Kidzu on Thursday, February 28 at 4PM to meet the dragon and the North Carolina artist Michael Layne who will work with Kidzu kids to create their very own light-up dragon with the help of FRANK featured artist, Sudie Rakusin. Fee $6 per child, ages 4-10 years. Program will take place at FRANK Art Gallery. Registration and adult supervision is required.  
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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