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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Live Music at Vimala's
Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe features live music every Thursday. Enjoy the Americana, roots and rhythms stylings of Southern Routes as you enjoy a delicious meal of locally-grown and sourced food.  / 
Nightlight Club Dance Party
Saturday, January 24 at 10 pm: Nightlight Club will host Wild at Night #1, a new party with live and DJ sets including Sponge Bath, Jack Ward, Faster Detail, Karina S., and Matt Stevenson. 

Baroque & Beyond Concert
Sunday, January 25 at 3 pm: Preservation Chapel Hill hosts Baroque & Beyond at the Chapel of the Cross. Period instruments and historical performances are a hallmark of the concerts, along with interesting and innovative programming. This performance features New York soprano Molly Quinn with a program of French baroque music, featuring Monteclair's cantata Pan & Syrinx. Visit for more information and tickets.
Yoga in the Galleries
Monday, January 26 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm: Take a break from your day and explore the world of yoga in the beautiful setting of the Ackland Museum! Practice a series of gentle yoga poses inspired by the art in the gallery.   Beginners are welcome. Yoga mats are provided. Registration required. Free for Ackland Members; $5 per session for all others. 
Art For Lunch at Ackland
Wednesday, January 28 from 12:20 pm to 1:20 pm: The Ackland Museum invites you bring your lunch and enjoy an hour of inspiration and information about works of art currently on view at the Ackland. Let the exhibition Genius and Grace inspire you to delve into 18th-century artistic life at a lunchtime talk by Dr. Mary Pardo (Art Department, UNC-Chapel Hill) entitled "Painters are Poets: Genius, Inspiration, and Expression in French and Italian Drawing." RSVP is requested. Register at
Scotch & Wild Game Dinner
The Carolina Inn's, Carolina Crossroads Restaurant is hosting a special Scotch and Wild Game Dinner on Thursday, January 29 at 6:30 pm. The event begins with a tasty reception featuring Scotch and passed hors d'oeuvres. An exceptional three-course 
Wild Game dinner with wine will follow. Afterwards, enjoy dessert with Scotch and cigars. The cost is $125 per 
person. For reservations and information, please call (919) 918-2735 or visit 
Family Day at The Baxter Arcade
 Every Sunday, The Baxter Bar & Arcade hosts Family Day from 12 pm to 5 pm. Kids (of all ages!) will enjoy the 40+ games and pinball machines. All arcade games are 25 cents! At 8:30 pm - adults will enjoy a movie screening and FREE pizza from Italian Pizzeria 3. On Sunday, January 25 Bad Video Game Movie month continues with a screening of Mario Bros! 
Upcoming Shows at Local 506
Thursday, Jan 22: Slowriter, Animalweapon, M Is We
      Show: 9:00 pm / Tickets $7.00 - $9.00
Friday, Jan 23: Woody Pines, Old Salt Union, Sinners & Saints
      Show: 9:00 pm / Tickets $8.00 - $10.00
Saturday, Jan 24: The Rocketboys, Our Blue Lights, Youma
     Show: 9:00 pm / Tickets $7.00 - $9.00
Sunday, Jan 25: The Blind Spots, Eric + Erica
     Show: 9:00 pm / Tickets $7.00
Monday, Jan 26: set and setting, Goodbye, Titan, Growing Old,              Growing Up.  Show: 9:00 pm / Tickets $7.00
For more information and to buy tickets, visit 
Boutique Warehouse Sale
Friday, January 23 from 10 am to 5 pm: Two local women's boutiques, Fab'rik and Hadley Emerson, are hosting a semi-annual Warehouse Sale at the Franklin Hotel, 311 West Franklin Street. Sale is open to the public. There will be great deals on apparel and accessories and a large dressing room for trying on clothing. Cash or credit only. Event details here.
Start 2015 with Chapel Hill Training!
Whether you are looking for one-on-one, small group, or a class setting, Chapel Hill Training has just what you want and need. Private personal training starts with an assessment; then trainers will design a program tailored to you needs. At CHT you can expect only the most qualified trainers and a clean, inviting studio will make you feel at home from the moment you step inside. Enjoy a complimentary initial assessment or boot camp! Located at 400 West Rosemary Street, Suite 1003. 
Menu Changes at Crook's Corner
Chef Bill Smith as perfected his deluxe old-fashioned paté plates which are the star of the current menu. Each plate has a slice of chicken liver flavored with wild turkey and a slice of chunky country pork paté. The plates are garnished with pickled peppers, olives, onion jam, a Jezebel Sauce and garlic toast.  And the bar is currently featuring a selection of brut nature cavas, sparkling rosés & fine Champagne befitting whatever occasion you happen to be toasting! Make reservations now for Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day as Crook's will bring new dishes to celebrate both! 
Sign Up for Bicycle Chain University

Bicycle Chain University is a four-part class series that teaches proper care and maintenance of bicycles at The Bicycle Chain. Each class will last roughly an hour and a half and cover progressively more advanced topics. At the end of the course students should be able to effectively locate and solve most maintenance issues on their bikes. Class size is limited, so reserve your spot today. 
The Carolina Inn's Bridal Showcase
Join The Carolina Inn on Sunday, January 25 starting at 1 pm for an elegant and information-packed afternoon with the most talented and experienced wedding vendors in the area. You will be able to sample wedding cakes, view wedding gowns from top couture designers, take advantage of some remarkable raffle items, and experience an interactive approach in choosing your wedding vendors. For more information and to register, visit 
Trouble in Mind at Playmakers
January 21 - February 8: Broadway, 1957. In rehearsals for a groundbreaking racially integrated production, the leading actress must choose between the role of a lifetime or compromising her values, in this bitingly satiric classic penned by a real-life groundbreaker. As the first African-American woman to have her work professionally produced on the New York stage, Alice Childress lived this story and tells it true. For information and to purchase tickets, visit
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