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Art in Your Home 
TONIGHT - Thursday, May 29 from 6 pm to 8 pm: Open Art Society launches the Triangle's first community-supported art program. Like community-supported agriculture, CSA enables a new generation of collectors to buy art directly from local artists. Learn more about the artists and hear from the founder of the Open Art Society, Jessica Moore.  
Author Reading 
TONIGHT -Thursday, May 29 at 7 pm: Internationalist Books and Community Center hosts Cindy Crabb who will read from the brand new Doris 31. Crabb has been writing the influential, internationally distributed, autobiographical-feminist zine since the early '90's. She explores consent, feminism, abortion, death, self-image, creativity, shyness, queer identity, addiction, punk and anarchism. Local zine writers will join her on stage.
LIGHT Opening Reception 
Friday, May 30 from 6 pm to 9 pm: LIGHT Art+Design welcomes artists Ippy Patterson, Leigh Suggs, and Celia Johnson for a new show. Join them for an opening reception for "vignettes of modern furnishings". The exhibit runs until July 12. 
New Exhibit: Useful Work 
Friday, May 30 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm: Join The Center for the American South for an opening reception for "Useful Work," a remarkable collection of photographs from Sherrill's Inn and Hickory Nut Gap Farm by Ken Abbott. The farm has been managed and worked by five generations of the family. View the photographs, meet the families, sample food from the farm, hear oral histories, and enjoy live mountain music from family members and friends.  
Live Jazz at Wine Bar 
Friday, May 30 from 8 pm to 11 pm: West End Wine Bar hosts The Doug Largent Trio with Brad Maiani on guitar and Dan Davis on drums.  
PopUp Chorus at DSI 
Monday, June 2 at 6 pm: PopUp Chorus comes to Chapel Hill for the first time ever and you're invited! Join PopUp Chorus to learn David Bowie's "Let's Dance" and Lost and the Trees' "Daunting Friend." Conductor Seamus Kenney will be leading as usual; special guests Lost in the Trees' Ari Picker, Emma Nadeau and Mark Daumen will be there to give pointers. Don't miss this very special summer event!  /  
Call for Artists, Performers, & Nonprofits:
Pecha Kucha Night 
Monday, June 2 at 6:30 pm: The Abundance Foundation hosts Pecha Kucha Night, a presentation style in which 8 presenters have 20 slides and 20 seconds each slide to tell a fast-paced story. Held at the Back Bar, this month's night features modern ghosts, dumpster diving, and not killing the messenger. $5 suggested donation. 
Capital Area Transit on the Plaza
Friday, May 30 from 6 pm to 9 pm: Performing on the 140 West Franklin Plaza, Capital Transit is an energetic, four-part vocal jazz ensemble with musical accompaniment. In addition to singing four-part harmony, they are also accompanied with flute, sax, guitar, bass, and hand percussion. Art Images Live's Barbara Barnes will be drawing the event! 
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! 
Downtown Food Truck Rodeo

Sunday, June 1 at 12 pm: University United Methodist Church (150 East Franklin Street) invites members of the community to stop by the church lawn for food and fun. Food trucks from Big Mike's BBQ, Chirba Chirba Dumpling and Parlez-Vous Crepes as well as their across-the-street neighbor Sutton's will be on hand to offer a variety of food. Guilty Pleasures will provide live bluegrass music and there will be a variety of lawn games for kids. All are welcome to join the fun.  


These are the early days of summer that bring us all outside to enjoy it while we can! 
Get Your Elaine's Fixe This Week
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! 
Last Look Tour of "Parts of the Sum"
Sunday, June 1 from 4 pm to 5 pm: On the final day of the exhibition, curator Lauren Turner guides visitors through the exhibition Parts of the Sum: MFA 2014. The show examines dynamics between individual items and the notion of a "whole" by exhibiting artworks that divide, reduce, combine, or collide material elements. The nine participating artists are 2014 Master of Fine Arts graduates from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Free.  
Pools OPEN - Come On In!
The A. D. Clark Pool at the Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson St., is now open for the summer season. The free outdoor swimming pool, operated by the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department, is available for lap swimming and open swim time now through Labor Day. The 25 meter pool offers a zero-depth entry pool, locker rooms, showers and family changing area. There is a wading pool for pre-school aged children and toddlers (swim diapers required). 
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! 
Casino Night at the Franklin Hotel
Thursday, June 5 from 7 pm to 10 pm: The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce 2014 Leadership Class will host a casino night benefiting two local nonprofit organizations, The Arc of Orange County and Community Home Trust, at The Franklin Hotel. The themed Casino Night event includes casino games such as blackjack and roulette, a silent auction and a raffle as well as live entertainment.Tickets to the event are $30 each and include admission to the event and an equivalent of $100 in casino tokens that can be used to play for raffle tickets and prizes. More Info Here.
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. 
Talulla's 3 Course Prix-Fixe Menu
Talulla's will be participating in the Triangle Restaurant Week from June 3-9. Offering a 3 course prix-fixe menu for only $25.00 and 2 course lunch menu for $15.Come celebrate a week of good food, good wine and good friends! 
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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