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What To Do & See Downtown This Week!

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
 The 2ndFriday ArtWalk is Friday, March 14 from 6 pm to 9 pm with 18 venues participating this month throughout Chapel Hill & Carrboro. Enjoy live music, good food & drinks, and other art related entertainment. Shop local art like unique jewelry, scarves, handmade paper goods, ceramics, fine art, and more!
Artist Talk at LIGHT
Thursday, March 13, 5 pm to 7 pm: Join LIGHT Art + Design for a casual reception and talk with insight into Roger Haile's work. Roger will give a talk at 6 pm.  
STREB - Forces! 
Tuesday, March 18 & Wednesday, March 19: In the theater of flight, big ideas, big hardware, big hearts and big muscles come together in a big show for the whole family.A MacArthur genius grant recipient, Streb is an "extreme action architect" with an eight-member company of "action heroes." Together, they combine daredevil antics, rapid movement and imaginative machines to produce a thrilling display of larger-than-life feats.  

Shop for a Reason 
Every Tuesday from 4 pm to 7 pm Rumors Vintage Thrift donates 20% of all sales to a different local cause. From nonprofits to art projects to the vision of an inspirational indiviual. Each purchase gives back to the community. If you work, volunteer, or love a local group you think Rumors should partner with, get in touch! Located at 106 N. Graham St. 

Be Part of a Pop Up Art Installation!   
Friday, March 14, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm: "Paint a bottle, write a message, watch the sculpture grow!" describes Message in a Bottle to a tee! A pop up hands-on art experience for all ages, artists Helen Seebold and Erin Lawler will be at University Square (next to Time Out) inviting community members to paint a small glass bottle or write a message to be placed in a pre-painted bottle, crossing that divide that often exists between viewer and artist. Encouraging a more personal connection to art, and the chance to share stories, the large glass sculpture found at 133C West Franklin Street will be created by you! Message in a Bottle is part of Windows on Chapel Hill art installations on Franklin Street. 
Teen Science Cafe at Morehead
Friday, March 14 at 5:30 pm: Especially for ages 13-18, join Morehead Planetarium and Science Center for an interesting discussion on animal movement patterns with Dr. Roland Kays, research associate professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University. Pizza is served at 5:30 pm; the program begins at 6 pm. 
March Madness is Upon Us: GO HEELS!
The Tar Heels first game in the ACC Tournament is Friday, March 14 at 2 pm. Downtown will be buzzing with game watchers - so get out early and enjoy drinks and food while you watch the game! And with this gorgeous weather -- outdoor dining is hopping. For a complete list of downtown bars and restaurants -  
What's Your Sign? Star Show

Saturday, March 15, 3:30-4:15 pm: Learn what the zodiac is and take a trip through our solar system to discover why planets always appear near the constellations of the zodiac in our night sky. Explore astronomy themes as a family! The engaging Star Families series is designed for children (ages 7-12) accompanied by their families.

Fees: $5 per person ($4 per Morehead member). 


For the full calendar of events CLICK HERE.
Art Exhibit at Horace Williams House
March 2 - 30: Exhibition features collage by elin o'Hara slavik. Open Tues-Fri, 10-4 and Sat-Mon, by appointment. Free. 
Taco Tuesdays at Back Bar
Tuesdays at Back Bar are shaping up nicely! Half off pizza and wings from 5 pm to 7 pm, $2 tacos all night long. And it's Pint Night with $3 drain pints and for $2 more take home a logo pint glass.
10 Day Meditation Challenge
Sunday, March 23- Tuesday, April 1 at Franklin Street Yoga Center: Curious about meditation? Meditation can help you feel less stressed, boost your concentration and improve your sense of wellbeing, but to get the benefits you need to do it regularly. Meet Sunday afternoons and you will be emailed daily guided meditations to inspire transformation and to help you get into a daily meditation practice. 
New Exhibit Open at Planetarium
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center's new exhibit is now open! "Water in our World" immerses you in water and doesn't even get you wet. Explore how people get water, why we need clean water and what the future is for this most precious of resources. "Water in our World" replaces "A Sticky Situation" in the Lower Exhibit Gallery of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.  
Celebrate St. Pat's Day
at Carolina Brewery
March 13-March 17: They'll have delicious Irish inspired dishes including Stout Stew, Beer Braised Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Breakfast Plate,Reuben Spring Rolls and more. Also featuring their famous Shamrock Ale, available on tap and in growlers, as well as a special cask of Phil N. Topemov Imperial Stout with Counter Culture CoffeeMake plans now to join them for basketball tournament action! 
Author Reading at Internationalist
Thursday, March 20 at 7 pm: Internationalist Books and Community Center hosts renowned feminist poet and activist Margaret Randall as she reads from her new work Che on My Mind, an impressionistic look at the life, death, and legacy of Che Guevara. 
CHDP Logo 2011
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership works to bring together the resources of the Town, University and downtown community 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