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What to Do & See Downtown This Week! 3/8/13

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!
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2nd Friday ArtWalk
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The 2nd Friday ArtWalk is
Friday, March 8 from 6PM to 9PM. Many of the venues will have live music, good food & drinks, and other art related entertainment. ArtWalk venues include Ackland Museum StoreFRANK GalleryArt Therapy Institute, Open Eye CafeCreative MetalsmithsThe ArtsCenter,  Jesse's Coffee and Bar, and more! Newest venues: Johnny's and Gold Assay in Carrboro!  For a complete list of venues and activities visit:
Members Only Sale
During the Members-Only Sale, March 8 to March 10, all current Ackland Art Museum Members will 
save 20% off all regularly-priced merchandise in the Store. All customers are welcome to shop
additional sale merchandise that will be available, some at 50% off! All may visit the Museum Store's new 5 & 10, featuring items for $5 and $10. Present your Ackland Membership Card to receive your 20% discount.
kids on Franklin Street
Vote for Franklin Street as a Great Main Street in NC! Voting is open until March 15. Franklin Street was chosen as 1 of 6 finalists from the entire state. We know Franklin Street is the greatest, now tell the world!
Cupcake Heaven 
At Sugarland every day of the week features a variety of flavors of cupcakes including Strawberry Vanilla, Guiness, Creme Brulee, Peanut Butter Blast,Red ,Nana's Caramel Cake,Toasted Coconut, and Sweet Potato Bacon! Cupcakes are $3.50 each but on Tuesday it's 1/2 price cupcake day! Selection varies according to chefly whims/ dine in only. 
Waffle Cone Wed!
Every week head to Ben & Jerry's for Waffle Cone Wednesday! Get a free waffle cone or bowl with the purchase of a large or small amount of ice cream, greek frozen yogurt, or sorbet!
Old Timey Jam

Every first Wednesday of the month Nightlight Club hosts an old-time jam. Bring your instruments and play with friends - there are no strangers here! Enjoy a drink and listen to some tunes - free for members. 

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Reception at FRANK 
Have you ever wondered who is FRANK? FRANK Gallery presents its 3rd annual Member's Spotlight,
showcasing the work of FRANK Gallery's nineteen member artists with a reception on Friday, March 8
from 6PM to 9PM. These artists are the heart of FRANK and keep this unique non-profit organization
and gallery, in the heart of Chapel Hill, thriving. Curated by FRANK's own exhibition committee,
each artist will be given a space to showcase their own body of work. 
Star Family Show
How did our ancestors see the night sky? How is our experience different if we live in areas with outdoor lighting? Amy Sayle leads children and their parents through an exploration of our night 
sky and the effects of light pollution during March's Star Families "Our Vanishing Night" on Saturday, March 9 from 3PM to 4:15PM. Star Families is for ages 7-12 accompanied by parents or 
caregivers. Register in advance at 
TShirt Making Workshop 
Join Kidzu and Big Frog of Durham on Tuesday, March 12 at 4PM for a fun interactive printing and graphics workshop and go home with a customized t-shirt YOU made with YOUR own artwork. Design It, Make It, Wear It! The folks at Big Frog will be offering up their expertise to teach us graphic design basics and show us how their printers work. Cost is $10 per child, ages 5-10. Parent supervision required. To register call Kidzu at 919-933-1455.   
Weds at Four Corners

Every Wednesday Four Corners Bar & Grill has free trivia at 10PM! Including drink specials: $4
fireball shots, $10 domestic buckets, $3 single & $5.50 double Absoluts, $8 pitchers of Bud Light. 

Poetry on the Bus!
In honor of National Poetry Month, the Carolina Quarterly is recognizing the poetic talents of the entire Orange County community! Send your most creative ballads, haikus, sestinas, sonnets, villanelles, ghazals, prose poems, or free verse compositions by 11:59pm on March 15 for consideration. Poems must be no longer than 30 lines. 4 poems per person, maximum.The best pieces will be featured on Chapel Hill Transit buses throughout the month of April. One grand prize winner will receive $50. The winner and all honorable mentions will get a copy of their bus poster and a one-year subscription to the Carolina Quarterly.To enter, please email your poems as a single attachment to Please write "Bards on the Bus" in the subject line. 
More Art Coming to Downtown! Stacey L. Kirby - The Declaration Project

Downtown Chapel Hill has come to life with more art installations by local artists featuring storefront art, interactive performances and an artist-conceived bus wrap!  Windows on Chapel Hill is a collaborative year-long project between the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and The Town of Chapel Hill's Public and Cultural Arts Office as part of the Downtown Art Program. Additionally, an art wrapped transit bus by Chapel Hill artist Mary Carter Taub entitled Mobile Mural, will be traveling downtown routes for a year. Join us for an opening reception on  Friday, March 8 from 6PM to 8PM at  Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe during the 2nd Friday ArtWalk.  Meet the artists, enjoy food & drinks, and hear about these great collaborative arts initiatives. From 6PM to 7PM the Mobile Mural art bus will be parked along Franklin Street in front of The Courtyard.  This event is free and open to all. 

Carolina Science Cafe TONIGHT!
Thursday, March 7 at 6PM Carolina Science Cafe returns with "Water to Live By and Die For," presented by Dr. Jamie Bartram. He is director of the UNC Water Institute, a professor of environmental sciences and engineering and a former adviser on water sanitation to the World Health Organization. Carolina Science Cafe is free at Back Bar -at Top of the Hill restaurant. Sponsored by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. 
Mobile Mural
Mobile Mural is a highly colorful, super-sized artwork that wraps a Chapel Hill Transit bus. The bus wrap design is a map mash-up of Town bus routes and road mark patterns such as yellow lanes and pedestrian crosswalk zebra stripes..  It will be on-display through February 2014. 
Spring Spectacular Sale
Bicycle Chain is slashing prices on select in stock 2012 bicycles and accessories, rental and demo bikes are on sale too! 
Other deals include:
10% off all bicycles and accessories!*
30% off select in-stock 2012 bicycles!
50% off select shoes!
50% off all winter clothing!
Rentals and demos at insanely low prices!
The sale runs Thursday, March 7 through Sunday, March 10. Bicycle Chain is located at 210 West Franklin Street.  
17 Days of St. Patrick's Day 
Join Kildare's Irish Pub every day until March 17 to celebrate Irish culture and heritage. Each day Kildare's will feature an authentic Irish dish, drink or event to warm you up for the biggest Irish holiday of the year! From bangers and mash to Guinness beef stew, to perfect pints of Guinness and Jameson Whiskey tastings, to the Irish dancers and music -- something for everyone! 
Through Women's Eyes by Women's Hands
The diverse and captivating work of local women artists will be featured at Top of the Hill's Great Room on Friday, March 8 at 7PM for Compass Center's annual art exhibition and sale. Women artists across North Carolina were given 5x7-inch canvasses on which to create the works, only signing them on the back. Enjoy a cocktail reception, dancing with Sarah Honer (DJ Fifi Hi Fi!), desserts from area women chefs, raffle, and live auction. All proceeds from the canvass sales, live auction, and mini-masterpieces go to Compass Center. Individual event tickets are available for $50.To purchase tickets, or for more information, call Compass Center at 919-968-4610 or visit
Go Heels!
GO Heels! Beat Duke! This is it folks...go where you go and do what you do! The Heels take on the Blue Devils at 9PM on Saturday, March 9 at the Dean Dome. Get ready to rush Franklin Street after the victory, so where will you watch the game? The Varsity Theatre is showing the game on the big screen for $5. Check out the list of downtown restaurants and bars to find your spot to cheer on the Heels! 
Uniquities Has the Tar Heel Spirit!
Uniquities is ready to cheer on the Tar Heels this weekend! Come check out their Carolina Blue selections from Autumn Cashmere, Vince, Joie, and more! Doesn't matter which blue you choose, Uniquities will help you get your game day look together. Check out new arrivals on Instagram. 
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.  

Is Your Business Bicycle Friendly?

Both Carrboro and Chapel Hill are Silver- and Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Communities, respectively. These designations are known to attract residents and visitors. Promoting bicycling
often results in an expanded customer base, happier and healthier employees, and reduced costs associated with maintaining parking spaces, lots and garages. So now's the time! APPLY TODAY to be a Bicycle Friendly Business. Carrboro Bike Coalition will help you with a tailored action plan with cost-effective solutions on what your business can do to become bicycle friendly! By applying, your businesses has a chance to win a custom-made bike rack - manufactured by local artist Leo Gaev of Leo Gaev Metalworks! For complete details visit 
Kidzu workshop at FRANK Gallery
FRANK Gallery and Kidzu Children's Museum partnered to offer a Dragon Making workshop! Kids met local artist Michael Layne who will be installing a flying dragon on Franklin Street this spring. Then the kids made their own dragon that greeted gallery guests at FRANK. Photo by FRANK artist Barbara Tyroler.
Ackland's Drawing in the Galleries 
On Saturday, 9 March, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM join Amanda Hughes (Director of External Affairs) as she leads participants in a creative exploration of a particular object in the Ackland's collection. Bring paper and dry media (crayon, pencils, etc.) All levels are welcome. Free and open to the public. Drawing for Tweens - Saturday, 9 March, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM - This program invites 10- to 13-year-olds to look at selected works in the Ackland's galleries and identify techniques that the artists used to make them. Gallery teachers demonstrate and teach participants technical skills, which they can then apply to their own artistic creations. A mix of drawing from works on display and creating one's own original works is offered in each session. Materials are provided. Free to members | $5 non-members.Registration is required and space is limited. 
Emotional Spring Clean Workshop  
On Sunday, March 10 at 1:30PM Franklin Street Yoga Center invites you to knock the winter dust off your energetic body, untangle old patterns of thought and emotion, and clear the way for blossoming into new springtime possibilities. Wintertime can sometimes leave us feeling heavy andpensive; in this two hour workshop you will find deep clearing and release using asana, ritual, and meditation.$15 drop in for non student/$10 drop in for students or use your pass. 
Walk This Way on Franklin St!
On Sunday, March 10 at 2PM join Preservation Chapel Hill for a stroll down beautiful Franklin Street. Learn about historic homes and the famous - or infamous - inhabitants. Tour begins at the Horace Williams House and lasts 90 minutes. $5 suggested donation per person. 
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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