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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Art Opening Celebration
TONIGHT- Thursday, May 22 from 6 pm to 8 pm: Come view the amazing response to FRANK's call to the community for drawings. In March, FRANK distributed 2,000 self-addressed postcards to schools, college art classes, stores, museums, libraries, etc. The cards requested
hand-drawn pen or pencil images of a personally significant person, place, or thing. 
Ponysaurus at Beer Study

TONIGHT- Thursday, May 22 at 7 pm: Beer is a serious subject. Come study the brews of Ponysaurus with
Brewmaster Keil Jansen at Beer Study. Ponysaurus Brewing Co. is a forward-thinking, backward-tasting brewery based in Durham, NC, creating beers that are meant to be savored, appreciated, studied, nuzzled, and mindfully guzzled.  / 


Carolina 'Cue Crook's
Wednesday, May 28: Carolina 'Cue days brings legendary barbecue from around the state to Crook's for
your enjoyment. Check out  for the BBQ Houses scheduled under the tab "Carolina 'Cue Wednesday".
Gear Up for the Summer!
Johnny T-shirt has everything you need to get ready for some backyard grilling with a Carolina theme of course! Or if you are going to a party, bring a dish and a gift!
  Click here to start shopping.
Trivia at Carolina Brewery
Every Wednesday night at 8 pm come to the Carolina Brewery to enjoy a cold pint, a delicious bite to eat with friends and family, and play Trivia! With select $12 pitchers and prizes. 
Spoken Word Workshop 
Sunday, May 25 from 1 pm to 3 pm: In conjunction with Family Day, join Ackland Museum for an art-inspired spoken word workshop for teens & tweens with Chapel Hill's own Sacrificial Poets! After an introduction to the art of spoken word, participants will select a work of art at the Ackland to inspire a spoken word composition of their own. Works are shared at the end of the workshop. This workshop is open to current middle- and high school-aged youth. FREE. Advanced registration required.  
Call for Artists, Performers, & Nonprofits:
Family Day at Ackland
Sunday, May 25 from 2 pm to 5 pm: Build museum memories with the children in your life at the Ackland's monthly Family Day! Come for a little while or stay for the whole afternoon - it's all FREE! Enjoy storytelling and art-making, design pop-up story books to share with your friends and family and create a collaborative picture-story based upon a work of art. 
Author Reading at Internationalist 
TONIGHT - Thursday, May 22 at 7 pm: At Internationalist Books & Community Center, "Until the Rulers Obey: Voices of Latin American Social Movements" will be read by editors Clifton Ross and Marcy Rein. Exploring the 21st century upsurge of change in Latin America through 15 countries, 70 interviews, indigenous, rural & urban poor, youth, workers, women, LGBT communities speak out. 
Teen Week at Street Scene 
The Town of Chapel Hill presents the Second Annual Chapel Hill Teen Week at the 29-year-old Street Scene Teen Center located under the Post Office at 179 E. Franklin St. All Teen Week events are FREE, will feature FREE FOOD, and start at 6 p.m. TONIGHT - Thursday, May 22 - Improv Comedy Night and Friday, May 23 - Open Mic Night and Battle of the Beats.  
Greg Gelb's Jazz Quartet Live
Friday, May 23 from 6 pm to 9 pm: Performing on the 140 West Plaza - Gregg Gelb, saxophonist and clarinetist, arranger and composer, is leader of many groups and he is founder and director of the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Society. You are encouraged to bring your own lawn chair to watch the performances. This event is free for all ages. 
Get Your Elaine's Fixe!
During the week of May 27-31, join Elaine's for a three course meal featuring a starter, an entree, and a dessert for $35! It's like the usual early prix-fixe special but it goes all night long. Add a wine flight or special menu item for just a bit more. This is a great time to explore the menu and wine list at a discount. Make your reservations today! 
Summer Camps at Planetarium
It's not too late to sign your kids up for summer camps at Morehead Planetarium! Click here for details. The planetarium's exciting summer show schedule begins June 7th and continues through August 24th. This schedule includes the newest show, Back to the Moon for Good, as well as eight other shows. Additionally, they offer free Science 360 and Science Live! demonstrations that encourage audiences to learn about new scientific discoveries while participating in live experiments. 
Thomas Wolfe Reading at UNC
Chapel Hill will serve as the gathering place for Wolfe scholars and fans on May 23-24 as they assemble for the annual meeting of the Thomas Wolfe Society. This year's conference, themed "Wolfe in 
His Time, Wolfe in Our Time," will include a reading by Joseph Bathanti, North Carolina's poet laureate, in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room in the Wilson Special Collections Library at 7:30 pm on May 23. Bathanti's appearance is free and open to the general public. More Info. 

The 140 West Plaza is downtown Chapel Hill's newest arts venue featuring live music and performances each week during the spring and fall. Events are free and all are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs. To view a calendar of events visit  
What's on Your Summer Reading List?
Before you hit the beach or the mountains this summer- stop by these Franklin Street spots to make sure you have enough books to get you through your relaxing vacation! Check out The BookshopChapel Hill ComicsInternationalist Books & Community CenterMorehead Planetarium Gift Shop, and Ackland Museum Store. Or if you have some books to share - drop them off at one of the three branches of the Downtown Free Library! 
On Exhibit: Imagining the Civil War 
Wilson Library, on UNC's campus, hosts Imagining the U.S. Civil War, 1861-1900 now through July 20. The exhibit was developed by 21 students working in groups organized around themes such as 
"Battlefields," "African-American Literature," and "Women at War." The groups selected poetry, fiction, images, and other materials from Wilson Library's Rare Book Collection, North Carolina 
Collection, and Southern Historical Collection, and the Special Collections at the Health Sciences Library. More Info.
Saturdays in the Sun at Fitzgerald's
Spend your Saturdays in the sun this summer at Fitzgerald's Irish Pub. Every Saturday enjoy live music from 5 pm to 8 pm. They'll also be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs and have the cornhole boards out on the patio! This Saturday, May 24 - Spaceship Days will be performing. 
LUNAFest at Top of the Hill
Wednesday, May 28: LUNAFEST┬«, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities, will be held at Top of the Hill with dinner and raffle prizes. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women's health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers. All proceeds benefit Girls on the Run of the Triangle and the Breast Cancer Fund. $20 General Admission; $40 VIP.  Tickets & Info Here.
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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