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What To Do & See Downtown This Week! 4/11/13

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!
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The 2nd Friday ArtWalk is Friday, April 12 from 6PM to 9PM. Many of the venues will have live music, good food & drinks, and other art related entertainment. ArtWalk venues include: 
For more venues and activities visit: 
Member Artists Panel at FRANK
Titled Inspiration, Creativity, and the Challenges of Being an Artist, FRANK hosts a panel discussion TODAY- Thursday, April 11 from 6PM to 8PM. Spanning a range of media and methods, a selection of esteemed member artists will discuss their personal experiences, the beauty, and the obstacles that come along with the career. Hear tales of the art world from the artist's perspective. 
Walk This Way on Franklin St! 
Preservation Chapel Hill is hosting a walking tour of Franklin Street on Sunday, April 14 from 2PM to 3:30PM. Rediscover the beautiful historic neighborhoods while you explore the facts and folklore of our downtown. The tour begins at Horace Williams House at 610 East Rosemary Street. Tickets $5 per person or free with membership voucher.  

Relax After Work at TRU 

TRU Deli + Wine, located at 114 Henderson Street, is a garden oasis downtown with a covered, comfortable patio it's calling you on these gorgeous spring afternoons! TRU Deli + Wine roasts its own turkey, roast beef and bacon, and offers a build-your-own-sandwich menu. Deli by day, wine bar by night - the wine bar is open Thursday through Saturday and the restaurant, open Monday-Sunday, can be reserved for private events.  
McAlister's Deli
Outdoor dining is calling you! The weather we all love is finally here, so who wants to stay inside? There are so many great places to dine outside in downtown Chapel Hill! 

Legal Workshop for Couples

On Thursday, April 18 at 6PM Compass Center is offering a workshop: Protecting Unmarried and Same Sex Partnerships Workshop. It will be facilitated by two NC licensed attorneys. Registration 

required. Please call 919-968-4610.  

Tiara Tuesdays at Elaine's

Eat, drink and be merry at Tiara Tuesdays! Presented by Elaine's On Franklin, starting Tuesday, April 16 at 5:30PM, this event creates an opportunity for high spirited, community-minded women to gather at a local hotspot for the "happiest hour" while raising awareness and funds for local non-profits. Specialty drinks and menu items will be available all evening. For each drink or food item purchased, a raffle ticket will be included for a chance to win fabulous prizes. You must be present at the drawing in order to win.
Baseball shirt at Johnny T-shirt
UNC Baseball is ranked #1 in the country! Go Heels! Check out Johnny T-shirt's selection of great gear to wear as you cheer on the team in Boshamer Stadium on UNC's campus.
Smooch-A-Palooza Block Party 
Featuring Styles & Complete, Apple Juice Kid & more acts; three downtown businesses partner to host this event on Saturday, April 13 from 3PM to 2AM. Bub O'Malley's, The Thrill, Chapel Hill Underground will have two stages- an outdoor and an indoor stage- with a total of 13 artist! The outdoor stage will be in the parking lot of 157 East Rosemary Street and The Thrill College stage will be inside The Thrill. Buy Tickets at 


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PlayMakers Presents Cabaret

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome. Enter the tantalizing world of The Kit Kat Klub in 1930s Berlin, where beguiling, self-destructive chanteuse Sally Bowles lives life with no thought for tomorrow. One of the defining musicals of all time, Cabaret intertwines social history with dazzling entertainment in new and dangerous ways. The decadence of a Weimar nightclub becomes a shattered mirror reflecting a society spiraling toward disaster with the rise of Hitler's Nazis. Running until April 21. 
NOW OPEN: LIME Fresh Mexican GrillLime Fresh Mexican Grill
Open at the new 140 West Franklin, Lime offers delicious, freshly-prepared Mexican food. The menu includes salads, soups, quesadillas, tacos, fajitas, four guacamole choices, a kid's menu, desserts, vegetarian, low-carb and low-fat options too! 

Crepes, Galettes, and Flip Flops at La Rez

La Rez is offering Savory and Sweet Crepes and Galettes on Friday Lunch Between 11:30 am-1:30pm. Savories include Chicken Cordon Bleu, Lamb Confit, Cheddar & Apple, and Sriracha Shrimp. Sweets include Red Velvet, Caramel Apple, Crepe Suzette, and Banana Chocolate. Lunch is available in house, as take out and for downtown delivery. Special rooms and tables in the house and on the patio are also available at no charge.La Residence Restaurant is located at 202 West Rosemary St. 
Sale at The Clothing Warehouse 
All winter clothes (including jackets) are half off, and just in - a huge shipment of awesome vintage tees - perfect for this gorgeous spring weather in Chapel Hill! The Clothing Warehouse carries classic Levi's and Wrangler jeans, sunglasses, cowboy boots, western shirts, corduroys and t-shirts as well as vintage dresses, skirts and shirts from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. They offer plus-sized vintage wear, and even stock a few vintage children's pieces! 

Annual Science Expo on Campus

NC Science FestivalLab tours. Exhibits. Hands-on activities. A 
"Small Science" play-and-learn area for children. Entertainment... It's all part of the UNC Science Expo on Saturday, April 13, 10AM to 3PM. This year, the Town of Chapel Hill is sponsoring the expo's Solar Stage and Sustainability Center, where you can learn tips and tricks for enjoying a more sustainable lifestyle! The "Small Science" area provides a safe and interactive space for children 2 - 8 to explore, play, and build. Cameron Avenue will be closed from 6 am - 6 pm for the Science Expo.   
Step into Spring with Uniquities! 
Just arrived: new denim, dresses, and tops-all perfect for the new warmer weather! Beautiful new styles from Joie, Amanda Uprichard, House of Harlow, and Joe's Jeans. Follow Uniquities on Facebook for fabulous giveaways & contests!  
Musicians on Franklin Street
Sunny weather brings lively musicians performing on Franklin Street; here with their biggest fan dropping a dollar in the guitar case!
FREE UNC Spring Football Game 
Kickoff for the UNC Spring Football Game is 3PM on Saturday April 13. Admission is free. Pregame fan activities begin at 11AM at the Bell Tower Park in front of Kenan Football Center with live music, food vendors, merchandise tents and interactive games. An autograph session with UNC players will also be held from 12:45-1:45 pm. Additional activities include the General Alumni Association Bell Tower climb.Kenan Stadium gates will open at 11AM.  
Backbend Workshop For Everyone

Have you ever found yourself thinking, "who is this person trying to fool," when your yoga teacher is saying how wonderful backbends are? Join instructor Christy at Franklin Street Yoga Center on Sunday, April 14 from 2PM to 4PM for a workshop designed to help you fall in love with backbends--or at least come to terms with them--by focusing on the actions that will lengthen your spine, strengthen your back, and decompress your lower-back. $15 drop in for non student/$10 drop in for students or use your pass. 

The Office of Declarations is OPEN

SinceStacey L. Kirby - The Declaration Project  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 Friday, April 12 from 6PM to 9PM - during the 2nd Friday ArtWalk. 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.   

2nd Annual Blueberry Bash
Come celebrate the return of Top of the Hill's Blueridge Blueberry Wheat beer on Wednesday, April 17. If you haven't tried it yet, this Chapel Hill favorite is a light, refreshing seasonal wheat beer that was judged to be the best fruit flavored wheat beer in the world at the World Beer Championships! Rumor on the street is that there will be themed games, prizes, food specials and a special trivia in Back Bar! They'll also have drink specials, so count yourself in for $3 Old Well Whites and Blueberry Wheats, $4 Astropops and $5 Kansas City Ice Waters. 
RUN! The Tar Heel 10 Miler
The 6th annual running of the Tar Heel 10 Miler presented by CEP Compression Sportswear and the Fleet Feet Sports 4 Mile Run. All happening Saturday, April 20 at UNC's Kenan Stadium - showcasing UNC campus, Downtown, Chapel Hill, and the most beautiful neighborhoods in North Carolina! This year's field is limited to the first 5000 runners. Sign Up TODAY:
First Annual Chapel Hill Teen Week!
Teen performing at Sacrificial Poets Slam
The Town of Chapel Hill is hosting a week-long celebration of youth identity, youth voices, and youth-driven activities April 8-13 during the First Annual Chapel Hill Teen Week. Organizers include the Chapel Hill Youth Council, Youth Community Project and the Street Scene Teen Center. Teen Week Events all start at 6:30 p.m. at Street Scene:
Thursday, April 11 - Unity Club: Zombies vs. Humans 
Friday, April 12 - Improv Comedy Night
Saturday, April 13 - Youth Fest on the Wallace Plaza on Rosemary Street behind Street Scene. The festival will feature live performances by the Emerging Artists Series, Sacrificial Poets, UNC Wordsmiths, and the Dominant Young Souls Dance Group, with slots available for other performers if there is interest. Complete details HERE. 
Upcoming Shows at Local 506
Thurs, April 11 - Progressive Music Group Presents: Transit, Seahaven, All Get Out, Young Statues
Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm Tickets: $12.00 - $14.00
Fri, April 12 - Progressive Music Group Presents: Schematic (feat. Dave Elkins of Mae), Asker, Coin, Myself and I Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm Tickets: $10.00
Sat, April 13 - Jeanne Jolly, Roger Gupton
Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm Tickets: $10.00 - $12.00
Sun, April 14 - Cat's Cradle Presents: Generationals, Splashh
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm Tickets: $10.00 - $12.00
Mon, April 15 - Broadway Twisted: An Evening of Gender-Swapped Showtunes to benefit Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS and the NC AIDS Action Network Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm Tickets: $10.00  
Lights, Camera, Dance! Workshop
Kidzu and PlayMakers are partnering for another great workshop on Thursday, April 18 from 4PM to 5:30PM. Sing and dance with company member Maren Searle, a performer in PlayMakers production of Cabaret. Maren will lead kids in learning songs and related choreography designed especially for Kidzu kids. Then they'll step onto the set of Cabaret to perform. This program will take place entirely at PlayMakers. For more information about PlayMakers performance of Cabaret, April 3-21, visit Cost for the workshop is $12 per child, ages 4-9. Parent supervision required. Space is limited. To register call Kidzu at 919-933-1455 or register on  
Free Aveda Haircuts & Services!
The Aveda Institute Chapel Hill will provide complimentary haircuts, makeup applications, express facials, polish changes and stress relieving treatments on Monday, April 22 from 9:30AM to 6PM.  Donations to their Earth Month partner, Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC), will graciously be accepted but not required during this event. Aveda Institute Chapel Hill students and staff hope to raise $30,000 this year for TLC! Call 919.960.4769 ext. 3 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 
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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