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What To Do & See Downtown This Week!

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

Friday, April 11 from 6 pm to 9 pm: Exhale, the sculpture on the plaza at 140 West Franklin Street, comes back to life with the spring opening of Live & Local along with performances by the Studio A Dancers! 
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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Relay for Life at UNC
Friday, March 28 through Saturday, March 29: Relay For Life takes place at Fetzer Field in the heart of UNC's campus where participants will walk around Belk Track for twenty hours to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, while teams camp out in the Eddie Smith Field House. Registration is open at now:
New Spring UNC Looks
Johnny T-shirt has tons of markdowns on UNC merchandise as they bring in new spring looks. Also, visit their clearance section for more great deals.
Open Mic at Zog's 
Every Tuesday, 8:30 pm to 12 am: Bring your best - acoustic songs, poetry, rap, comedy, dance, talent, or whatever - to the open mic at Zog's!
New Arrivals at Light Years
In this week: New purses & handbags, notebooks, amber jewelry, gold chains, scarves & Navajo- print coverups, and more.  

Take Two Tour at Ackland
Sunday, March 30 from 2 pm to 3 pm: Experts from UNC's faculty and the Ackland's staff join forces to delve into the artistic culture of the works of art in the spring exhibitions. Join Kathleen Duval (History, UNC) and Christopher Currie (Coordinator of Academic Programs, Ackland) for an exploration of the engravings of "The New Found Land" as sources for learning about the Native American history. 
5 Plays, 10 Minutes Each 
In its third year, Activated Art at the Ackland presents five 10-minute original plays inspired by works of art at the Museum-and performed live in front of those works! Performance dates from April 4 to April 13. Tickets will be ON SALE on Friday, MARCH 21 at the Ackland Museum Store. Stop by or call 919.962.0216. Tickets are $20 for the general public; $10 for UNC OneCard holders. 
Music on the Porch 
TONIGHT -Thursday, March 27 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm: The Love House & Hutchins Forum welcomes Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba, musicians who present an infectious sound reminiscent of West African dance bands full of unison melody, adventurous improvisation, fiery solos, and polyrhythmic frameworks. Located at 410 E. Franklin St. 
Meet Our Heroes: Secret Room Books
TODAY-Thursday, March 27 from 5 pm to 8 pm: FRANK Gallery hosts an exhibit of works by Durham Academy 6th grade students along with artist Peg Gignoux who collaborated on a dynamic book arts residency that yielded vibrant pop up books that explore the vocabulary of Hero. Students drafted a story based on a personal hero who has had significant impact on their lives. Extraordinary stories, colorful scenes, secret portals! 
Customer Appreciation Day at bevello
TODAY - Thursday, March 27: bevello appreciates each and every client, so they want to celebrate you! Browse their newest spring styles, enjoy complimentary drinks and light bites, discounts, gifts with purchase, complimentary mini-facial & makeup applications, and much more!  
At Chapel Hill Comics 
Friday, March 28, from 11 am to 7 pm: Chapel Hill Comic's annual Monster Sale means traditional pricing methodologies are taken into due consideration and then ignored! With the area's finest graphic novel selection, for one day only, it's all buy two, get one free. And much, much more!
UNC Hosts Naturalization Ceremony
Friday, March 28 from 10 am to 11 am: UNC Global and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will host a naturalization ceremony recognizing approximately 30 of North Carolina's new candidates for U.S. citizenship. The public is invited to attend the free ceremony in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the FedEx Global Education Center. 
Pita Pit, located at 115 East Franklin Street, believes you don't need to sacrifice your health to get a quick, tasty meal. They start with a unique soft and roll-able pita bread, then fill it with your choice of lean, grilled meats, fresh vegetables, flavorful cheeses, and savory sauces.  
Artist Talk & Reception at LIGHT
Saturday, March 29 from 4 pm to 6 pm: LIGHT Art + Design hosts artist Tom Spleth for a talk and reception on his work in the gallery. For the month of March LIGHT explores BLACK WHITE BLUE in more depth, as artists share stories of their work and inspiration behind it. 
FUNdraiser at Syd's Hair Shop
Sunday, March 30 from 12 pm to 4 pm: Book your appointments now! Syd's Hair Shop is raising money for Perfoming Arts Lovers at CHHS (PALS). Help them support the arts and the talented young students involved! They ask that payments that day be made by cash or check. The stylists are volunteering their time so that 100% of the money from cuts and coloring will go to PALS. Call 919-942-7616 or book online  
Have Books to Sell? 
The Bookshop has book-buying hours Monday through Saturday, 11:00 am-5:30 pm, no appointment necessary! Sell your books then take some time to wander through the stacks of the Bookshop's 80,000 book inventory, with 13,000 listed online. You are sure to find that perfect next read! And if you are lucky, one of the resident Bookshop cats might just browse with you. Located at 400 West Franklin Street.  
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan 
Wednesday, April 2 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan transforms ancient aesthetics into a thrilling modern celebration of motion. Immersed in everything from meditation to martial arts to modern dance, Cloud Gate returns to Memorial Hall on UNC's campus for its third visit in a stunning production of Songs of the Wanderers. 
Birdhouse on Parade at Carolina Inn
On Display April 1 to 21: The 2014 Birdhouses on Parade, The Carolina Inn's 13th annual celebration of spring features one-of-a-kind birdhouses and feeders crafted by a dozen different North Carolina artists. Drop by anytime to enjoy the artist creations.  
Carolina Science Cafe
Wednesday, April 2 at 6 pm: This FREE monthly educational program is for adults, offering a behind-the-scenes look at cutting-edge research. Held at Top of the Hill Restaurant's Back Bar. Beverages are available from Top of the Hill's menu, and free appetizers -- while they last -- are provided by Sigma Xi. This month featuring Dr. Flavio Frohlich. He'll be speaking about neuroscience, brain stimulation and his research combining the two.
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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