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What To Do & See Downtown This Week!

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!
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Downtown Chapel Hill!
'Whichburger & Craft Draft Night
TONIGHT - and every Thursday starting at 5PM at Sandwhich! Specializing in delicious sandwiches, burgers and salads, sides and desserts - all made in the "slow food" manner, using time-honored traditions and outstanding local and international ingredients. Nearly everything is made from scratch. With an eclectic beverage menu that includes draft and bottled beer, wines by the glass, and house beverages such as their famous Moroccan Style Iced Tea; there is something for everyone at Sandwhich! 
Off the Wall Gala at FRANK
Every Off the Wall Gala ticket holder will go home with an original piece of fine art from a
recognized local artist on Saturday, April 20 at FRANK's annual fundraiser! WUNC's Frank Stasio will host an evening of fun, friends, and art. For more information, to see the artwork to be given away, or to purchase tickets please visit
UNC Priceless Gem Tour
On Friday, April 19 at 3PM join Emil Kang for ArtsCarolina! a walking tour of campus exploring the many cultural arts the Carolina community offers. The tour is free.  

Record Store Day at CD Alley

Opening their doors at 9AM on Saturday, April 20, CD Alley is celebrating Record Store Day with a ton of special releases. All of these releases are extremely limited - so get there early for the best selection! 
Live Music at Local 506
Thurs, April 18 -Miss Tess and The Talkbacks, Tea Cup Gin
Fri, April 19 - Twin Tigers, Toddlers
Sat, April 20 - Metz, Odonis Odonis, Ben Davis and the Jetts
Sun, April 21 - Laura Stevenson, Field Mouse, Eros and the Eschaton
Mon, April 22 - Acid Mothers Temple, Tjutjuna, Clang Quartet

Career Workshop: LinkedIn

Join the Compass Center for a LinkedIn Workshop on Wednesday, April 24 at 9AM to 12PM at Orange County Job Link, 503 West Franklin Street in the computer lab. You will get hands-on instruction on how to set up an account, create a profile, and the value of becoming "LinkedIn". Registration is required. Please call 919-968-4610.  

Open Minds Cafe for Teens
Join local teens for the next installment of the "Open Minds Cafe -- Brainfood for Teens!" on Friday, April 19 at 6PM, at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center with guest speaker Dr. Apurva Dave, an oceanographer with the Nicholas School for the Environment at Duke University. Like Morehead's Carolina Science Cafe for adults, the Open Minds Cafe is an opportunity to meet a scientist and learn about current, real-world research -- and it's just for teens. Come at 5:30PM to enjoy free pizza and meet new friends who share your interest in science. Call 919-843-7951 or visit .

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. 
Walking with bikes on sidewalk downtown.
All roads lead to downtown, but what about bike paths? The Town of Chapel Hill has a comprehensive listing and maps of bike paths and greenways - available here.
Walk This Way! Tour of Franklin St.
Anonymous Was a Woman, on Sunday, April 21 at 2PM, explores the amazing women who lived in our historic Chapel Hill neighborhood from 1800 to the present day. Stops include the residence of novelist Betty Smith, activist and Episcopal Priest, Pauli Murray, and the founders of Preservation Chapel Hill, Ida Friday and Georgia Kyser. Tour departs from the Horace Williams House. $5 per person. 
Shows at The Cave
Thurs, April 18 - Shane Sweeney of Two Cow Garage with Todd May / Plumerai with Left Outlet
Fri, April 19 - Drunken Prayer with The Piedmontsmen
Sat, April 20 - Modern Man with White Cascade and Alpha Cop / J
Mon, April 22 -Joseph Mulhollen & the Problematical Animals 


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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.  
Sincerely Yours,: Exhibit at Ackland

Every spring, the Ackland Museum presents an exhibition of the most contemporary of contemporary art: a show of work by the graduating Master of Fine Arts students from UNC-Chapel Hill's Art Department! This year, the exhibition, entitled Sincerely Yours, illuminates ways in which contemporary art can separate genuine expression from strictly sentimental or sardonic connotations, revealing sincerity to be a subversive strategy. On exhibit now until May 26. 

Patio Dining at La Residence for Lunch!

La Residence Restaurant 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. 
Ackland Museum Store - Kite Making Workshop
Kids make custom kites at the Ackland Museum Store. Stop by and see the colorful display in the store at 100 East Franklin Street.
Don't Sweat Your Style this Spring! 
Shop with Uniquities for the perfect warm weather gear that will carry you from desk to dinner! New styles just in from Rebecca Taylor, Joie, J Brand, Sam Edelman, and more. Follow Uniquities on Facebook for fabulous giveaways & contests!  
Spring Menu & Thirsty Thursdays! Sky Blue Ale - Carolina Brewery
Carolina Brewery's new seasonal menu features the Poblano Burger, a Sesame Encrusted Tuna Entree, and Boneless Wings. Start with Mexican Egg Rolls, Sky Blue Mussels, or their Bahn Mi Vietnamese inspired sandwich - delicious selections that pair great with Sky Blue Golden Ale! Thirsty Thursdays with the Durham Bulls! Come enjoy a family of handcrafted ales with a complimentary shuttle service to and from select Thursday home games- 4/25, 5/9, 5/30, 6/13, 6/20, 7/4, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, and 8/8. Vouchers are $25 and include shuttle service, food, and beverage. Service will run from both Pittsboro and Chapel Hill locations - the shuttle will start in Pittsboro, and then head to Chapel Hill. 
Kidzu's Art in the Garden Workshop 
Experience art, literature and nature in a free workshop held at the beloved Sisters' Garden in the historic Gimghoul neighborhood of Chapel Hill on Saturday, April 20 at 3PM. Master gardeners and sisters Barbara Stiles and Bernice Wade, along with local author and illustrator Pamela Pease, invite Kidzu kids to use the garden as a studio. Kids will design and create colorful works of art and an over-sized floral canvas to be displayed back at Kidzu. The program will end with tasty treats and light refreshments to celebrate Spring and the Sisters' 98th birthday. Program is free. Space is limited and registration is required. For ages 4-9. To register call Kidzu Children's Museum at 919-933-1455 or sign up on  
All Dolled Up at DB Sutton & Co.
Enjoy a day of beauty for little girls ages 5-12 hosted by Pretty Fab Events and DB Sutton & Co. Salon on Sunday, April 21 from 1PM to 4PM. It is a fun day of pampering to benefit Get Heeled 5k and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The event will begin with guests walking the pink carpet complete with paparazzi. Following their arrival girls will visit a number of beauty and craft stations including hair styling by DB Sutton stylists, mini make overs, paper doll making, friendship bracelet crafting, a photo booth with the talented Kate Pope of Craven Creative, and an ice cream bar staffed by the Pink Pacers. To top it off the girls will be guided through the event by Tar Heel Cheerleaders. Tickets are $25 each.  Buy tickets online. 
Practical Preservation:Think Spring! 
Preservation Chapel Hill hosts an exploration of traditional and native gardens on Saturday, April 20 at 10:30AM. With Ariana Mangum, local landscape designer, take a tour through the gardens at the Horace Williams House to learn about the projects she is working on. Cost: $10.  
Sidewalk View - 100 East Franklin Street
Star Families Show at Planetarium
Explore astronomy themes as a family on Saturday, April 20 from 3:30PM to 4:15PM at Morehead Planetarium. The engaging Star Families series is designed for children (ages 7-12) accompanied by their families. Fees: $5 per person ($4 per Morehead member). This month learn to find and identify the stars, constellations and planets best seen in the springtime. 
Girl Empowered: Benefit at Vimala's
On Saturday, April 20 starting at 6PM enjoy an evening of dinner and dancing at Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe. Dance to the music of Samadhi, Project Mastana and DJ Jil, browse through an Indian bazaar for clothes and jewelry, and get adorned by henna tattoos. This is a benefit for projects that support access to education of underprivileged girls in India. Suggested donation of $10. Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe is located at 431 W. Franklin Street. 
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. 
New Spring Dishes at Noodles 
Noodles Spring Dishes The first signs of spring are budding at Noodles & Company, where the world's most popular, classic noodle and pasta dishes come together under one roof to create Your World Kitchen. Noodles is now offering three new seasonal items highlighting the peak freshness of asparagus: Garden Pesto Sauté - using a gluten-free fusilli noodle, Asparagus Stack, Springtime Flatbread. All three are light and healthy!  
"Spring Training" at Playmakers
PlayMakers Rep presents a world premiere commission, "Spring Training" by UNIVERSES on Wednesday, April 24 at 7:30PM. Acclaimed international musical/spoken word ensemble UNIVERSES returns to PRC2 to take on The Rite of Spring as a springboard to investigate rites of passage. They'll bring their unique talents to an exploration of Stravinsky's groundbreaking composition and create a daring 21st century soundtrack on ritual and revolution. Be there as cultural barriers are broken anew. 
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! 
Final Rite 100 Performance!
Carolina Performing Arts' final performance of The Rite of Spring at 100 features a re-mount of Martha Graham's Rite of Spring. Not seen by audiences in 20 years, Graham's Rite will return to the stage at Memorial Hall on April 26 and 27, with original costumes. Each night will also include the world premiere of a Carolina Performing Arts commission by Nacho Duato and a performance by guest artist Wendy Whelan, principal dancer for the New York City Ballet. 
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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