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What To Do & See Downtown This Week! 9/5/13

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
2013 Radical Reels Film Tour
You don't have to journey to Banff, Canada to see the legendary Banff Mountain Film Festival. Catch the steepest and deepest in high-adrenaline outdoor sport films when the 2013 Radical Reels Tour stops in Chapel Hill TODAY - Thursday, September 5 at 6:30 pm. Hurtle down steep untouched powder, feel the cold spray of stomach-dropping kayak first descents, fly high with the world's wildest BASE jumpers, and much more in extreme mountain sports. Hosted by Great Outdoor Provision Co.  
Crepes, Crepes, Crepes!
Every Friday at 11:30 am at La Residence means crepes for lunch! Specials this week include duck confit with fresh local Mission figs! Patio or bar seating available. Specialty crepes offered every night at dinner also!  
Free Book Giveaway at Kidzu
In celebration of Grandparents Day Kidzu Children's Museum will be giving one book to each child that visits the museum on Sunday, September 8 starting at 1 pm (while supplies last). Celebrate and bring someone special to Kidzu! In the art room they'll have materials to decorate a frame to display a family portrait. Kidzu is open each Sunday 1-5 pm and in an effort to make the museum accessible to the whole community with a Pay What You Can system. 
Sliding Scale Sidewalk Scale
Internationalist Books and Community Center is having a sidewalk sale with hundreds of books from the used and overstock inventory from Saturday, September 7 to 14. They've got to make room for all the exciting new titles They're getting in. The Sliding Scale Sidewalk Sale is your opportunity to get amazing books and choose how much you want to pay to support the work of the Internationalist Books and Community Center, a 30
year old non-profit volunteer collective bookstore and community center in Chapel Hill! $1 minimum per book.  
It is time for fall on Franklin Street at Julian's. Stop by to see their new collections, arriving daily like Amina Rubinacci, collection,  Rag & Bone denim, and handbags from Longchamp. 
Pecha Kucha Night 
Pecha kucha means the sound of conversation! On Monday, September 9 at 6 pm at Top of the Hill Restaurant in Back Bar, 8 presenters will lead you in a conversation about a wide variety of topics. They each have 20 slides and 20 seconds-a-slide to amaze the crowd! $5 suggested donation.   /  
Live Bluegrass on Weds
Every Wednesday at 9PM at Mellow Mushroom- Free! $3.50 for local beers, no cover! September 11: Spencer Mobley & Julie Elkins; September 18: The Iron Mountain Messengers; September 25: The Guilty Pleasures 
TerraVITA Tix on Sale Now!
Named one of the "10 Southern Food Festivals You Need to Taste" by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - TerraVITA returns for a fourth season, thanks to community support. Renowned North Carolina chefs, artisans and makers of top sustainable wines, microbrews, spirits and coffee will unite October 10-12. The 2013 list of restaurants, food artisans, and beverage producers involved this year is now finalized - so get your tickets now! 
Credit Report Workshop
Your credit report is your financial reputation, at least in terms of the money you've borrowed. Having a good credit report and credit score is essential for getting a good interest rate on future loans and it may also assist you in getting housing, insurance, and even employment. "Whats In Your Credit Report?" workshop will answer these questions and discuss how to get your credit report, read your credit report, and improve your credit report and credit score. Held at the Compass Center, 201 Henderson Street, on Thursday, September 12 from 6-7:30 pm. Space is limited. Sign up now at 919-968-4610 or visit  
 NOW OPEN on Graham Street:
Rumors Boutique at 106-A N. Graham Street - With one location in Richmond, VA; Rumors has opened another shop in downtown Chapel Hill. Rumors selectively buys, sells & trades vintage clothing and accessories daily, with no appointment necessary. They have a constantly changing inventory, and new items for men and women arrive multiple times a day. 

Syd's on Graham at 106-B Graham Street - Syd's Hairshop has expanded to two locations in downtown Chapel Hill! Offering the same great services - cuts, color, styling, conditioning, and more! 
Go Heels! Football Game Day Info
Carolina takes on the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on Saturday, September 7 at 12:30pm in Kenan Stadium! Football game days bring excitement and UNC Football Game activity to downtown that everyone enjoys. Buy tickets to the game. Enjoy dining on Franklin street before or after the game. Stop by one of downtown's bustling UNC Fan Gear shops that sell all things UNC-themed! Take the Tar Heel Express downtown and to the game! 
Uniquities 40% Off Sale
Come shop with Uniquities this week-take an extra 40% off all sale merchandise! They've also just received another large shipment from Barbour and  have  amazing limited edition styles you have to see! Take advantage of the best selection now before they're gone! Cashmere styles arriving weekly from Vince, Rebecca Taylor, Joie and more.  New styles everyday so make sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram! 
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.    

Local 506 gives away one pair of tickets to almost every show each month. And you can also listen to most acts playing 506 on a Spotify playlist. For show information visit  
Are You Ready for Some Football?
Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is your game day headquarters. With 29 50" TVs they'll be showing UNC games as well as select NFL games. They are kicking off a new game day menu which includes buffalo chicken dip, soft shell pretzels and beer cheese dip, loaded Irish potato chips, and more! On Sunday, September 8 - wear your
favorite team's jersey and receive 10% off food!  
New Exhibition: The Sahmat Collective
Art and Activism in India since 1989 - at the Ackland Art Museum from September 13 to January 5. In 1989, playwright, actor, and activist Safdar Hashmi was fatally attacked by political thugs while performing a street play outside of Delhi. His death led to the founding of Sahmat, a vital platform for contemporary art
in India that defends freedom of expression and battles intolerance within the country's often divisive political landscape. Through a mix of art and ephemera, the exhibition uniquely situates two decades of contemporary Indian art within the political sphere while meditating on art's capacity as a force for change. Tour: "Sahmat in Context: Indian Art before Sahmat" on Sunday, September 8 at 2pm. Free. No RSVP required.
In anticipation of the opening of The Sahmat Collective, this conversational tour of the Ackland's permanent collection of South Asian art will consider major themes and subjects in Indian art prior to 1989, the year Sahmat formed.  
Surviving Twin by Loudon Wainwright III 
Playmakers Center for Dramatic Art presents the world premiere of Surviving Twin -written and performed by Loudon Wainwright III. September 5, 6, 7 at 7:30 pm and September 8 at 2 and 7:30 pm. Conceived by the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter as a posthumous collaboration, connecting his music with the writing of his late father, an esteemed Life Magazine columnist. The focus is on fatherhood - being a father and having one - as well as issues of birth, self-identity, loss, mortality, fashion, and pet ownership.Tickets begin at $15. 
Rosemary Imagined Social Event

Are you feeling both social and persuasive? Do you have a creative vision for the future of Rosemary Street that others should embrace? We want to hear it!  Join community members, Town and University leaders, and downtown business and property owners for the Rosemary Imagined Social Event on Tuesday, September 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. atT RU Deli + Wine (114 Henderson Street in downtown Chapel Hill). But this is not your ordinary information session. Everyone will have the opportunity to share their most vibrant desire for the future of Rosemary Street and then use their powers of persuasion to gather votes from the crowd!  This is one public meeting where working the room is encouraged! Light refreshments will be provided for all to enjoy. 
Connect to Your Core with Yoga
Forget the six-pack and go deeper! In this workshop on Sunday, September 8 from 12 pm to 2 pm, Franklin Street Yoga Center you'll examine how a strong core creates stability in the entire body, which benefits not only your physical yoga practice but also your daily life. You'll learn and practice techniques for accessing these underlying muscles, finding true "core engagement" as you move through an energetic vinyasa sequence. All levels welcome!  

Bear Republic Tap Takeover at Beer Study on Friday, September 6 at 5 pm. 
Get there early and get a pint glass for free!
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The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership works 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