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Narnia: The Musical
A talented cast and crew of about 50 students in grades 6-12 will present "Narnia: The Musical" this weekend at University United Methodist Church (150 E. Franklin Street). Tickets remain for the Friday, February 28 ($10) and Sunday, March 2 ($10 adults, $5 kids under 12) performances and can be purchased at the door. The Friday show begins at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday's matinee starts at 3 p.m. All performances are in the fellowship hall.

Zog's Mardi Gras Bash
Friday, February 28 at 8 pm: Celebrate Mardi Gras with displaced NOLA natives! Live Zydeco music from the inimitable Stuart McNair (with Brad Porter on drums).Abitas, Hurricanes, and Hand Grenades on special! Make a Mardi Gras mask at the craft table and get free beads and other fun stuff just for showing up!  
Love Alone at PlayMakers
Love Alone, presented by PlayMakers, is a drama that explores medical error and its aftermath as it follows a patient's family and a doctor charged with her care after a routine medical procedure goes tragically wrong. Witness the two households navigate uncharted waters of loss, anger, humor and longing on their path to healing. Tickets start at $15.
Baroque & Beyond 
Sunday, March 2 at 3 pm: Featuring Andrew Willis & Sally RenĂ©e Todd, fortepiano; Rebecca Troxler, flute; Stephanie Vial, cello; CPE Bach, Haydn, JCF Bach, Moscheles at Chapel of the Cross in the sanctuary. $20 at the door. Presented by Preservation Chapel Hill. 
Insomnia Cookies Delivers 
Insomnia Cookies offers many varieties of fresh baked, delicious cookies delivered warm from the oven right to your door until 3 am! Menu options also include brownies, deluxe cookies, ice cream and of course a pint of cold milk is available with any order. Also offering a catering menu for businesses, parties and other events. Order online at 
Or just stop by the shop at 145 East Franklin Street. 
Movie Showing at Local 506
Friday, February 28, Doors at 7:30 pm / Show at 8:30 pm: FILMAGE: The Story of Descendents / ALL is a feature length documentary that tells the story of the band's 30+ year career; including over 50
interviews and footage of dozens of live shows. Tickets $8-$10.  

Beer Study offers the best selection of craft brews and most knowledgable staff to help you find the perfect beer for any occasion. 
Learn More: Exhibition Talks & Tours
All are free and open to the public at the Ackland Art Museum! Visit for more information. 
  • Saturday, 1 March, 3:00 PM: The New Found Land", Ackland Student Guide Lea Efird leads this tour of our exhibition of 16th-century engravings that provided Europeans with their first impressions of indigenous North Americans and their customs.
  • Sunday, 2 March, 2:00 PM: Archaeology and "The New Found Land", Join Brett Riggs (Archaeology, UNC-Chapel Hill) and Carolyn Allmendinger (Ackland Art Museum) for a gallery tour examining the ways in which the engravings in the exhibition "The New Found Land" can serve as sources for archaeological investigations.
  • Wednesday, 5 March, 12:00 PM: Art For Lunch: "Native American History and Museums", Join Judy Kertesz (NCSU, History) for a lunchtime discussion of Native American history and museums, presented in connection with the exhibition "The New Found Land". BYO bag lunch! RSVP for this program.
Internationalist Caberet
Friday, February 28 at 9 pm: Get ready for an evening filled with puppetry, dance, music, stand up, skits, a local pie auction, and more. All proceeds of this volunteer-run benefit will go directly to Internationalist Bookstore & Community Center so that it can continue its work as an activist and social center. $5-20 Sliding Scale.  
The Ackland Film Forum at Varsity
Tuesday, March 4 at 7 pm: Ken Burns' Jazz: "Swing, the Velocity of Celebration:. The Ackland Film Forum is a collaboration between the Ackland Art Museum, UNC Music Library, The Music Department, The Center for the Study of the American South, and the Southern Folklife Collection. This series highlights the film history of popular music. Participants are invited to stay for a post-film discussion after each
screening moderated by Allison Portnow (Public Programs Manager, Ackland Art Museum) and a guest expert on the evening's musical genre.   

Get 'em to the Greek at LIME!
At LIME Fresh Mexican Grill, every Saturday for the spring 2014 semester customers wearing their greek letters get a 20% discount on their meal. Represent your fraternity or sorority proudly and wear your sweater, t-shirt, hat, or anything with greek letters on it! Located at 140 West Plaza.   
2013 Tax Season is Upon Us!
Again this year, Compass Center will be providing FREE Volunteer Income Tax Assistance for low to moderate income individuals and families. Volunteer preparers are trained and certified by the IRS. 
Appointments will be offered each Monday, February 3- April 14 at our Henderson Street office location. We will begin scheduling mid-January. For more information please email 
or call   
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