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What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

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Black and Blue Tour
Friday, February 21 at 3 pm: The Visitors' Center at UNC coordinates the Black and Blue Tour, with host Tim McMillian, a highly regarded historian, award-winning teaching professor, and senior lecturer in the Department of African-American and Diaspora Studies. He'll lead the group to explore UNC's historical landmarks in context of UNC's racial history.
Walk This Way! Tour
Saturday, February 22, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Did you ever wonder why there is a cemetery on the UNC campus? Take this tour to learn about the creation of this National Register cemetery and about the famous - and infamous - interred. Tour is over uneven ground. Tour begins at the Horace Williams House at 610 East Rosemary Street, free parking is available. Tour is $5 per person, no reservation necessary. 
Family Day at Ackland
Sunday, 23 February, 2 pm to 5 pm: Ackland Art Museum invites families to discover artworks that gave 16th-century Europeans their first glimpse of the native people and land of North Carolina. Create a telescope and other way-finding instruments for your journey through the galleries and listen to stories about exploration and treasure at 3:00 and 4:00 pm. For children ages 4 to 12 years old. 

Ackland Film Forum 
The Ackland Film Forum is a collaboration between the Ackland Art Museum and numerous departments at UNC highlighting different aspects of the art of cinema and showcasing the aesthetic power of film.  With films being shown at Varsity Theatre; for film descriptions and more information, 
919Noise Showcase 
Wednesday, February 26, 8:30 pm until 11:30 pm: Nightlight Club hosts locals bands breaddome, Ben Davis, POWERCLOUD, Wretched Martyr, Bryce Eiman. $5 members/ $7 nonmembers.  
Go Heels! Beat Duke!
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will keep the Heels from beating the Blue Devils tonight at the Dean Smith Center at 9:10 pm. Of course Duke has to actually show up first! Watch the game at Fitzgerald's Irish Pub, Varsity Theatre, West End Wine Bar, Top of the Hill, and other venues downtown.  
Artist & Venue Matchmaking
Friday, February 21 at 6:30 pm at The ArtsCenter: Are you an artist looking for places to perform at or display your art?  Is your venue, business, or event looking for dynamic, local art to display or experience? We want to make a match! Venues may include Chapel Hill and Carrboro businesses, restaurants, galleries, and special events. Artists may include those from the visual arts such as ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, design, crafts, and film making; as well as writers, dancers, and musicians.  Artists from around the Triangle are welcome to attend. This event is free. Light refreshments will be served. Venues must RSVP to reserve a spot. 
Hosted by the and sponsored by the Orange County Arts Commission. 
ARTINI Night for the Ackland Museum
Thursday, February 20, 5:30 pm to 7 pm: In anticipation of Ackland ARTINI, the Museum's upcoming evening of 1930s-style drinks and entertainment, this evening's Feature Night will be held at Roberts Lounge, The Franklin Hotel, where guests may sample the "Hatchetation Artini" or at Top of the Hill Restaurant you can try the "F. Scott Artini". Half of the proceeds from artini sales on Feature Nights will be donated to the Ackland Art Museum.Tickets for the March 14th Ackland ARTINI will be on sale at each Feature Night: $45 for Ackland Members | $50 for non-members. Tickets are also available at the Ackland Museum Store.  

What a difference a week makes! Gorgeous weather this week makes for perfect outdoor dining!
Wayne Shorter Quartet at Memorial Hall
Friday, February 21 at 8 pm: Multiple Grammy Award-winner Shorter has played with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, and many of his compositions are frequently cited as the best in jazz history. Shorter co-founded the jazz fusion band Weather Report-one of the earliest pre-eminent jazz fusion bands. This year, he makes his triumphant return to Blue Note Records after 43 years.  
Star Families Show at Planetarium
Saturday, February 22 at 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm: Explore astronomy themes as a family! The engaging Star Families series is designed for children (ages 7-12) accompanied by their families. Anansi, the Spider, is one character you'll meet through this retelling of African sky legends under a planetarium dome filled with stars. Fees: $5 per person ($4 per Morehead member).  
 Winter Seafood Jubilee 
Thursday, February 27 at 6:00 pm: Carolina Crossroads at The Carolina Inn Chef James Clark invites guests to attend a cooking class in the Piedmont Room highlighting his techniques preparing winter seafood. The event features the beers of Fullsteam Brewery, with founder Sean Lilly Wilson on hand to speak to the importance of seasonal, local sourcing. $45/person. Reception at 6pm, instruction begins at 7pm. Reservations required, limited seating available. Please call Lina at Carolina Crossroads, (919) 918-2735. 

Join us for the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership Annual Meeting
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership's Annual Meeting will be on Wednesday, March 5 at 5:30 pm at the Carolina Inn. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and networking in the Chancellor's Ballroom at the beautiful Carolina Inn. Speakers will include Chief of Police Chris Blue, owner of Al's Burger Shack Al Bowers, Tise-Kiester's Don Tise and more! Click Here to RSVP Free parking will be available at The Carolina Inn. Anyone with a love for or interest in the future of downtown Chapel Hill is invited.    
CHDP Logo 2011
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