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What to Do & See Downtown This Week! 3/21/13

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!
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Downtown Chapel Hill!
NOW OPEN: MultiVerse Gamers New Location
MultiVerse Gamers has moved across Franklin Street to a new location at at 128 E. Franklin Street, downstairs in the Franklin Center (under Cosmic Cantina, Johnny T-Shirt and Salon 135). MultiVerse Gamers is Chapel Hill's premier game store. Running regular tournaments, among them Heroclix, Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, Kaijudo, and more.
Meet Heroes at FRANK
The community gallery at the FRANK will display 90 vibrant pop-up books created by the Durham Academy 6th graders that explores real life heroes with both words and pictures TODAY - Thursday, March 21 from 5PM to 8PM. Project facilitated by teaching artist, Peg Gignoux and DA Language Arts Teachers. Vivid colors, thoughtful writing, secret portals and astonishing characters live in these handmade pages. Pull open a secret room book and discover remarkable life stories and illustrations.  
Opening Reception
On Friday, March 22 from 6PM to 9PM join Light Art + Design in celebrating photography works by Jimmy Fountain and recent drawings by Leigh Suggs. The works will be on display March 22 - to May 4.  
FSYC Offering Massage
Carole L. Pope LMBT #12671, who finished teacher training in 2009, is offering 10% off massages during the month of March only to Franklin Street Yoga Center students. She is using the Red Lotus Room at the studio with a heated table. You can reach her at 919-619-6446 to set up an appointment. Brochures are available at the studio. 
A Little Heart into Your Art
Build museum memories with the children in your life at the Ackland's monthly Family Day! Come for a little while or stay for the whole afternoon -- it's all FREE! Family Day activities are recommended for children ages 4 to 8 years old. on Sunday, March 24 starting at 

Wedding Cake Tasting 

A good wedding should always be tasteful! And it begins and ends with the cake. Sign up for a 30 minute  appointment with Sugarland. They'll have six slices of tasty cake and answer all your burning  confectionery questions on Sunday, March 24 from 11AM to 4PM. RSVP to
Shows at Local 506

Thursday, March 21 - Parenthetical Girls, Cassis Orange  Doors: 8:30pm / Show: 9pm / $8-$9  

Friday, March 22 - Norton Records Benefit feat. Blood Red River, New Town Drunks, Phatlynx, Infidels  Doors: 9pm / Show: 9:30 pm / $10
Sunday, March 24 - 506 Front Room Presents: Nathan Storey, Rob Watson Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9pm /Free

Monday, March 25 - 506 Front Room Presents: Magic Monday featuring Magic Mike (with Special Guests) Doors: 8:30 pm / Show:9pm

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 Book Club Meeting

On Sunday, March 24 at 2PM Chapel Hill Comics is proud to host the next meeting of the Chapel Hill Comics Book Club. Alicia will lead a discussion of Maggie the Mechanic, the first Love & Rockets volume by Jaime Hernandez, which is a staff favorite. And don't miss the ANNUAL MONSTER SALE: Friday, March 29! 
Music on the Porch
Hubby Jenkins of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Steve Kruger perform on Monday, March 25 at 5:30PM on the porch of the Love House & Hutchins Forum at 410 East Franklin Street. The performance is free. Bring a blanket or chair! 
Game Night at Vimala's  
Every Monday night play games and flex your brainy/ silly/ adventuresome/ competitive/ cooperative muscles with friends at Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe. 
Easter Brunch at the Inn

Celebrate Easter on Sunday, March 31 at Carolina Crossroads Restaurant with exceptional cuisine made by Executive Chef James Clark and his talented culinary team. $49.95 Adults 13 and Up, $44.95 Senior 60+,$19.95 Children 7-12. Complimentary for Children 6 and Under. Please call 919.918.2735 for reservations.  

Friends of the Downtown Mtg 
On Thursday, March 28 at 10AM help shape the upcoming Town of Chapel Hill budget!Chapel Hill Town Manager Roger Stancil will discuss the the Town budget, explain priority based budgeting and discuss the efforts the town is taking in this fiscal environment. Gatherings of the Friends of the Downtown take place on the second floor of the Franklin Hotel. Meetings are free and open to the public, with parking available in the lot behind the Franklin Hotel (ONLY on the side facing the hotel) and in the hotel's gated lots as available. Parking is also available in the new Town lot behind Chipotle and in the Town lot next to 411 West.
Bootleggers Banquet at TOPO
You are invited to join Top of the Hill in celebrating the 8th anniversay of the end of Prohibition by imbibng four brand new TOPO libations with a four course meal on Sunday, April 7 at 6PM at TOPO Great Room, 100 East Franklin Street. Cost is $75. Staff will be in period costume so feel free to channel your inner Bonnie & Clyde! 
Uniquities Has Your Spring Fashions
 We are loving the Spring Sweater at Uniquities! It is the perfect third piece to style with denim and a silk top or your new favorite dress. Shop cashmere styles from Joie, Autumn Cashmere, Rebecca Taylor, and more! New pieces arriving daily. Follow Uniquities on Instagram for up-to-the-minute updates! 
Sacrificial Poets Last Chance Slam!
It's that time of year...this will be the last qualifying voicebox slam for the Sacrificial Poets Grand Slam Finals in April. Come out for a night of amazing youth slam poetry as youth from across the Triangle
compete in this 3 round poetry show down. Bring your friends and family, all are welcome! Youth age 13-19 are eligible to participate and can sign up at the event. Participants should have 3 original works of poetry ready. There is a 3:39 time limit and no props allowed. 
Spring is coming..not a moment too soon!
Spring's So Bright, Gotta Wear Shades!
eyecarecenter (located at 143 West Franklin Street, in University Square) has got your eyes covered this in for those sunny spring days ahead! Whether you need a basic eye exam, new glasses, or sunglasses they have a great selection of frames - visit the on-line optical shop where you can pick out frames and lenses that are just right. You can even upload a picture and see what the frames will look like on you! They also carry carry all leading brand contacts including Acuvue, FreshLook and Night & Day. Their eye doctors also specialize in hard-to-fit contacts. No appointment needed! 
The Office of Declarations is OPEN
Stacey L. Kirby - The Declaration Project
Photo by Alex Maness

Since 2007, artist Stacey L. Kirby has played the part of a Local Declarations Officer in The Declaration Project, her ongoing "performative interaction" with the public. Kirby has open office hours on Saturday, March 23 from 11AM to 3PM. In her mobile vintage office space located at 419 W. Franklin Street, Officer Kirby takes participants on an interactive exploration of self-identity through the creation of a bureaucratic paper trail. As the uniformed officer on duty, Kirby asks visitors to take part in a handwritten assessment of their "personal belongings" -- these declarations cards are then archived and travel with the project. Officer Kirby invites all participants to step out of the virtual and into the physical world by reflecting upon their personal histories through the ever-growing Declaration Project. This is one of three installations for Windows on Chapel Hill.  

Honoring Our Leaders in Chapel Hill
To celebrate Women's History Month and to recognize the contributions of its founders, Preservation Chapel Hill is holding a panel discussion led by prominent female leaders in our community on Saturday March 23 at 1PM at Saunders Hall, Room 220 at UNC. Following the panel discussion, First Ladies: Legacy Builders in our Community,  there will be a screening of Carolina Blues - a 1944 musical starring Geogria Carroll, Kay Kyser, and Ann Miller. Admission to the panel is $5 and all proceeds benefit the Preservation Chapel Hill Internship Program.  
Playing on the Sundial
Although the Morehead Planetarium sundial keeps accurate time, it's also a wonderful playspace for kids.
Carolina Indian Circle Powwow 
This free public celebration, "Keeping The Faith, Through Honoring Our Traditions," is Saturday, March 23, gates open at 11AM at Hooker Fields on South Road on UNC's campus. Free parking will be available in the Cobb deck off Manning Drive. Food, craft and jewelry vendors will be on hand. Dancers in traditional regalia will compete for cash prizes in categories such as fancy dance, traditional dance, grass dance and women's jingle dancing. 
2th Annual Birdhouses on Parade 
Not just for the birds, but for your enjoyment! Spring is the season for birds in the garden and for the 12th Annual Birdhouses on Parade at The Carolina Inn. From Saturday, March 23 through Tuesday, April 9, enjoy one-of-a-kind hand-crafted birdhouses and feeders. Drop by anytime to see these wonderful creations. For more information, visit 
Joffrey Ballet at Memorial Hall
One of the world's leading ballet companies, the Chicago-based Joffrey Ballet has been called "America's Company of Firsts," reflecting its long history of unique commissions and groundbreaking performances. The Joffrey Ballet will present multiple performances each night. Both evenings will feature a re-creation of the 1913 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), with Vaslav Nijinsky's choreography reconstructed by dance historian and choreographer Millicent Hodson, and Nicholas Roerich's set design reconstructed by art historian and scenic consultant Kenneth Archer.On Saturday, March 23 at 8PM, the company will perform a new work by choreographer Stanton Welch and After the Rain (2005) by Christopher Wheeldon. On Sunday, March 24 at 7:30PM, the company will perform Age of Innocence (2008) by Edwaard Liang and In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated (1987) by William Forsythe.  
Aveda Earth Month Candle
Botanical beauty brand Aveda has announced that its annual Earth Month at Aveda fundraising efforts will be directed this year toward raising $5 million for clean water. Since implementing the annual campaign in 1999, the company has raised more than $26 million for environmental causes, $20 million of which has been directed to support clean water projects on six continents. A staple of each year's campaign is a limited-edition Light the Way™ candle. This year's edition is a soy wax candle with organic spices from Madagascar, with 100% percent of the purchase price (based on an SRP of $12) donated to the Global 
Greengrants Fund, a nonprofit organization that channels grants to grassroots groups dealing with environmental challenges. 
Kidzu Children's Museum Events

Sunday, March 24 at 4:00pmJapanese-English Storytime with Craft: Free drop-in program. Sundays are always free (1-5pm).

Friday, March 29, 3:30-5:00pm: Clay at the End of the Day:  This month make colorful clay flower cards. Monthly program time geared to kids 4-8 years. Each month  will feature an afternoon where kids can get creative with different kinds of clay and lots of fun clay tools. Projects usually take about 15 minutes to complete and can be done at any time during this program. Visit  for details on cost or to RSVP for classes.

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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