Downtown Chapel Hill

Downtown Blog

What to Do & See Downtown This Week - 5/2/13

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!
Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter   Visit our blog    
Carolina Science Cafe
You're drinking water because it's the healthy choice, right? But how much do you know about the water you drink? If you're curious about how your water is tested ... and if it could be contaminated .. come talk with Dr. Heather Patisaul TODAY- Thursday, May 2 at 6PM in the Back Bar at Top of the Hill. Grab some food and a drink and expand your mind!  and  

Free Comic Book Day!
Chapel Hill Comics welcomes all to enjoy Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 4- an event celebrated at participating comic book shops across North America and around the world. They give away comic books absolutely FREE to anyone who comes into their stores. Chapel Hill Comics is proud to participate in Free Comic Book Day as part of their festivities for their 10th/35th anniversary! 
Art Adventures: Sculpture
Designed for 6- to 9-year-olds, Art Adventures sessions provide kids with a guided view of art in the Ackland's galleries, followed by the opportunity to create take-home treasures in an adjacent art studio using newly-learned art-making techniques. Materials are provided. On Saturday, May 4 at 1PM, create a collaborative textural sculpture based upon the "Sincerely Yours," MFA 2013 exhibition. Space is limited,  
Mother's Day
Show your mother some Aveda LOVE!
Fridays on the Front Porch
The Carolina Inn hosts Fridays on the Front Porch every week at 5PM. The Inn offers live music, a picnic menu with beer, wine and drink specials, and plenty of comfortable seating under the shady trees on the Inn's front lawn. No cover charge or reservations for the event.  
Upcoming Shows at The Cave
Thurs, May 2-Slingshot Cash with Christopher Jones, 10PM
Friday, May 3 -NannerHead with Burke Killburn & The Vicegrips, 10PM
Saturday, May 4 -The Infamous Sugar with Pie Face Girls, 10PM
Sunday, May 5 -Ray Mazza and The Gutter Bandits
Monday, May 6 - Songwriters Open Mic 9PM! 8PM-pregame with John Saylor

Bicycle Chain Group Trail Ride

 Whether this is your first Mountain Bike ride, or you want to increase your single track skills, come join the Chapel Hill Bicycle Chain group ride every Sunday at 5PM. Meet at the store, at 210 W. Franklin Street, do a quick tire check and then ride the Carolina North Forest trails for about an hour and a half. This will be a no drop ride, but the terrain does require a shop quality mountain bike. If you have any questions, shoot call the store at (919) 929-0213.  
Love is in the spring air; enjoy a great date night in downtown! Book reservations now at your favorite downtown restaurant!
Kidzu's In Love with Spring!
On Thursday, May 9, 6PM to 8PM it's Members Night at Kidzu Children's Museum. Join them for a fun evening filled with music, crafts, activities in the exhibit areas, and active games outside the museum. Come celebrate spring at Kidzu and mix and mingle with other member families. They'll have refreshments for 
all. Feel free to wear your pajamas! 
GRAND OPENING: Fitzgerald's 
Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to Chapel Hill. Open seven days a week, Fitzgerald's provides the perfect atmosphere to enjoy spirits and great food. GRAND OPENING ON Friday, May 10! A variety of menu items and a perfect pint of your favorite frosty beer awaits; all of which can be enjoyed alongside big screen tv's spread throughout the pub. Try a flight of Irish Whiskey, or enjoy a pint of Guinness along with a tasty treat from the mouth watering menu.  

Move-out Reuse Rodeo! 

Held in the Hargraves Community Center parking lot on Mitchell Lane Tuesday, May 7- Friday, May 10 from 9AM to 2PM each day. Before students ride out of town, we hope they (and all in the community!) will donate used but useful goods to these participating charities: clothing, small furniture and usable housewares in good condition to the PTA Thrift Store; cell phones and chargers to the Compass Center; working computers and computer accessories; unused school supplies such as notebooks, pens, pencils, glue sticks, rulers, book bags and back packs in good condition for the Hargraves Center; and unopened food, personal care items and clean reusable cloth bags to the Interfaith Council. Representatives from these organizations and Orange County Solid Waste Management will accept and sort materials, and take them away at the end of each collection day. Please do not bring items that are not listed here, nor should you leave items outside the collection hours. The goals of this event are to reduce move-out waste while supporting reuse in our community! Complete Details Here.
Keep up with the Fun Linda's 
Tuesday Trivia 8PM - Yuengling Drafts-$2.50, Red Oak Drafts-$3.50, Cheerwine Cocktails-$5
Wednesday Trivia 8PM -$1 Off NC Drafts, Well Drinks-$3.50, $1 Off Wine
Thursday Open Mic 8PM - Big 6 Domestics-$2, ½ Price Bottles of Wine, Well Shots-$3 


Varsity Theatre Logo 

Sacrificial Poets at FRANK Gallery

TODAY - Thursday, May 2 from 6PM to 8PM, world renowned spoken work artists Sacrificial Poets will perform and discuss furthering their mission of inspiring, fostering, and promoting artistic expression for youth in our communities.  /    

AIDA Opera at Memorial Hall

On Friday, May 3 at 8PM at Memorial Hall on UNC's campus, the North Carolina Opera presents Verdi's biggest operatic work, Aida, a sensational tale of war, romance, and intrigue that spans the gates of
Thebes and the banks of the Nile. This semi-staged performance spotlights the dazzling voices of Issachah Savage, Leann Sandel-Pantaleo (the star of Carmen last season), and international stage sensation Angela Brown, the expert Verdi heroine who caused The New York Times to sigh, "At last . . . an Aida." 

Spring is In the Air at Uniquities! Shop Uniquities for the perfect warm weather look. Thinking about graduation or a Sunday with Mom? Let Uniquities help you pull it all together! New arrivals from Trina Turk, Yumi Kim, Joe's Jeans, 7 for all Mankind, Dolce Vita, Sam Edelman and more! Open til 7 Monday through Saturday, 6 on Sunday! 

Spring Menu at Crook's Corner

Spring is in full bloom and the outdoor patio at Crook's Corner is calling you! Menu items include grilled NC Cobia, Grilled Tabasco Chicken, Braised Pork Shank, and Grilled Hangar Steaks with Bourbon Brown Sauce and Jerusalem Artichoke Relish. And this warm weather marks the return of patio cocktails like the Lanai 
and the Jalapeno Margarita. And Bill Smith's famous Atlantic Beach Pie - a pie so good it elicits an 'oh my god' response! 
It's Time for Graduation Cakes! 
At Sugarland it's graduation season, so don't forget..."A party without cake is really just a meeting" -Julia Child. Order your graduation cakes now! To order your cake, call or email: (919) 929-2100 or 
Spring Classics Bike Sale
Everyone wants good weather to arrive faster. No better way to do that than with some of the hottest road bikes available: Tarmac, Amira, Venge, and Ruby. To get you ready to ride whenever the weather permits, the Specialized Spring Classics Sale Event has been extended through May 31! Nothing can slow these bikes down. Take a look at the great deals!  
Team Red Ride and Raffle 
On Sunday, May 5  join a charity bike ride and raffle to benefit Team Red for the Tour de Cure at Beer Study, located at 106A N. Graham Street. Registration is from 9:30 to 10:30 with the ride starting at 11AM. The course is 30 miles. Prizes and treats after the ride! Minimum donation of $15 includes 1 raffle ticket, additional tickets for $5. Raffle includes rare beers and other prizes! 
Cinco De Mayo Specials at Lime
Come celebrate at Lime from Friday,May 3 to Sunday, May 5 with food and drink special all day(or until the Piñata gets smashed). $2 Coronas, $4 Sangria & Margaritas, $2 Original Tacos. More at 
Introducing 2nd Friday ArtRide 2nd Friday ArtRide
May is National Bike Month so we're introducing a new element on Friday, May 10 for the 2nd Friday ArtWalk...the 2nd Friday ArtRide for bicycling, art enthusiasts! Meet at the Carrboro Farmers Market at 6:20 and we'll get our critical mass rolling at about 6:30 to see all the exciting art openings and exhibits. The group will ride from venue to venue spending a little while at each place, all the way from the west end of Carrboro to the east end of Chapel Hill! Stay with the pack or venture out at your own pace. CLICK HERE for a detailed map of venues along with bike rack locations! Join the Conversation on Twitter at #Bike2ndFriday 
A Strong Resemblance Exhibit
Preservation Chapel Hill presents the exhibition "A Strong Resemblance: Mary deBerniere Graves, North Carolina Artist" at the Horace Williams House. Opens Sunday, May 5 with a public reception from 2PM to 4PM. The exhibition is curated by the great-nephew of Mary Graves, Ned Irvine, who is an associate professor of art at UNC-Wilmington.The exhibition will be available May 5 until June 4 at the Horace Williams House, 610 East Rosemary Street.  
Franklin Street Yoga Has Moved!
The Yoga Center has headed just a few blocks up to a new location: 431 W. Franklin St., Suite 410 at the Courtyard.  The Courtyard, located at the corner of West Franklin Street and Roberson Street, is undergoing a transformation adding residential apartments, new restaurants like Kipos Greek Taverna, and offices. The mainstay of The Courtyard has been Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe. Franklin Street Yoga Center will be a welcome and great addition to The Courtyard! We are glad that Franklin Street Yoga Center is staying in downtown Chapel Hill!     
Upcoming Shows at Nightlight
Thursday, May 2- Gasmask Terror (France) / Youth Avoiders (France) / No Tomorrow (Wilmington)bDoor : 9:00 pm / Music 10:00 pm / Admission : $10
Friday, May 3 -Spoiled Boys x dstarport / Yugen x One Duran / Archaeli / MikeD x Leafy Greens Door : 9:00 pm / Music 10:00 pm / Admission : $3
Saturday, May 4 -Rowdy Square Dance Door : 8:00 pm / Music 9:00 pm / Admission : $5
Monday, May 6 - Monday Night Trivia. Gather up a team of four and come on down for this challenging round with local trivia host Montgomery Morris!Winners of each round win free prizes and the overall winner of the night gets a gift certificate to Nightlight! Door: 9 pm / Admission: FREE  
Art of Cocktails at The Crunkleton
Learn the art of the cocktail featuring local, organic vodka on Tuesday, May 7 at 6PM. Gary Crunkleton showcases top-notch ingredients, from the spirits he uses in his cocktails to the snacks of charcuterie and cheese he features on the menu at his bar. Top of the Hill owner, Scott Maitland, and Spirit Guide, Esteban McMahan's four years of planning has yielded a world-class micro-distillery, TOPO, producing vodka, whiskey, and gin made from organic North Carolina wheat. Meet at The Crunkleton before heading to TOPO Distillery for a tour and tasting. Afterward, head back to The Crunkleton for a TOPO cocktail, snacks, and a demonstration by Gary.  
140 West Franklin Plaza Events
Manage Your Debt Workshop
On Thursday, May 9 the Compass Center hosts: Managing Your Credit and Debt Workshop. Anytime is a good time to take a look at your debt, especially in these unpredictable financial times! Taking on debt is almost unavoidable in today's world. What is an acceptable level of debt and what is too much? Discuss the possible advantages and true costs of debt. Experts will explain common credit terms and include tips for managing debt. 

A Place at the Table at Varsity

On Monday, May 13 at 7:30PM at the Varsity Theatre TABLE hosts A Place at the Table movie from the directors of "Food Inc," The movie documents hunger in America and its effects. TABLE is a local nonprofit dedicated to feeding elementary school kids. Purchase your tickets by May 6. 73 tickets must be sold for the movie viewing to take place! After that, 5% of ticket sales will go to TABLE! 
CHDP Logo 2011
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