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What To Do & See Downtown This Week!

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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Lunch at La Residence
Thursday, January 29 - and Friday, January 30 from 12 pm to 2 pm: This week's Bistro Lunch Special - Buy a savory crepe and receive half off a salad or dessert crepe. Enjoy lunch by the fire! For more information or reservations, call 919-967-2506.
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.  / 
Annual Winter Sale

The Ackland Museum Store's annual winter sale is happening NOW! Lots of great deals to be had on gorgeous items. The sale continues through February 8. All proceeds from the Museum Store support the Ackland Art Museum's exhibition and education programs. 
Live Music at FRANK 
Thursday, January 29 from 6 pm to 8 pm: Get out of the cold and warm up with FRANK Gallery! Enjoy an evening with one of the Triangle's favorite Bluegrass groups -The Piedmont Regulators - as you explore the art in the gallery made by local artists. Free. 
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 
Album Release Party
Friday, January 30 at 5:30 pm: Love House & Hutchins Forum will celebrate the release of Jake Xerxes Fussell's debut solo album from local label Paradise of Bachelors. Jake will perform selections from his self-titled album, produced by William Tyler, who also appears on it as a guest. Acclaimed Durham guitarist Daniel Bachman will also play a special solo set for the occasion. 
Signing with Local Artists

Saturday, January 31 from 4 pm to 7 pm: Chapel Hill Comics will host 11+ artists from The Durham Comics Project, a compilation book of comics from many great local artists. The book will be available to purchase, but in limited quantities. Buy the book, get it signed, talk to the artists, enjoy some refreshments, and connect with other local fans.  / 
2nd Annual Chili Cookoff
Sunday, February 1 at 5:30 pm: The Library, located at 120 East Franklin Street, invites all to enter there 2nd Annual Superbowl Chili Cookoff. Anyone can enter and everyone is a judge! Bring your best and vie for the Golden Crockpot! Details Here...
Carolina Science Cafe 
Wednesday, February 4 from 6 pm to 7 pm: UNC undergraduate Jeff Powell describes this exciting student-run venture, The Helping Hand, that utilizes 3-D printing technology to make affordable prosthetics for children in need. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center hosts this free program at Top of the Hill restaurant's Back Bar.  / 
15th Annual NC Comedy Arts Festival

The North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival runs from February 3 - February 15; showcasing performances in stand-up, sketch, and improv comedy. With acts coming in from all over the country, NCCAF is the largest festival of its kind in the southern United States. Brought to you by DSI COMEDY THEATER! Ticket, venue, and scheduling information at
"Dunsinane" at Memorial Hall
Thursday, January 29, at 7:30 pm & Friday, January 30 at 8 pm: Directed by Roxana Silbert, this exhilarating play by award-winning playwright David Greig is a vision of one man's attempt to restore peace in a country ravaged by war - a brilliant reimagining of what happens when Shakespeare's masterpiece ends. The bewitching National Theatre of Scotland returns with its first fully staged Memorial Hall performance. 
New Exhibit at Ackland Art Museum
Genius and Grace: François Boucher and the Generation of 1700. On view from January 23 to April 5. Genius and Grace presents exemplary drawings by 27 accomplished artists who influenced the practices of art and draftsmanship for much of the eighteenth century. The brilliant career of François Boucher, the best-known artist of his generation, is represented in the show by 19 drawings. Other artists featured in the exhibition include Jean-Antoine Watteau, Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Charles-Joseph Natoire, Charles-Antoine Coypel, and Carle Vanloo. 
Super Bowl Specials at IP3
You can't watch the Super Bowl without eating wings and pizza, right? Get yourself to Italian Pizzeria to cheer your team on and enjoy some great food specials. Wings Special - Get 100 wings for $65, 75 wings for $55, or 50 wings for $35. Pizza Special - 2 large cheese pizzas for $15.95, $2 for each topping. 
Super Bowl Party at Fitzgerald's
Join Fitzgerald's to watch the NFL Super Bowl. They'll have the game on 30 flat screen TVs with game sound! All you can eat wings and Coors Light draft special for $20 during the game. To reserve your table contact Lauren at 919-240-4560. Private rooms available. 

Moral Monday Photography Exhibit 
Sunday, February 1 from 2 pm to 4 pm: On the 55th anniversary of the Greensboro sit-in, when four young NC A&T State College students helped launch the sit-in movement, Vimala's Curryblossom Café and T he Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History will be jointly hosting a photographic exhibit celebrating North Carolina's Moral Monday movement. Come enjoy breathtaking portraits by Phil Fonville, stroll between the two sites, and mingle with Northside neighbors, in a community that has always stood heroically for racial and economic justice. Esteemed freedom fighter Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II will be blessing the exhibition at around 2:30 pm.  / 
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! 
Live Blues Music & A Documentary 
Saturday, January 31 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm: Join documentary film-maker Lee Quinby and Mississippi Delta blues musicians Howl-N-Madd and Shy Perry for a film-showing, concert, and discussion of the blues. This event is FREE and Open to the public at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture & History. 
Businesses Helping Each Other!

The Varsity Theatre is raising money through a Kickstarter campaign, to digitize their theaters. The businesses on The Midway, along Graham Street, are getting together to help their fellow downtown Chapel Hill business. On Sunday, February 1 and Monday, February 2 you'll want to shop, eat, and get glamorous - all to support
Varsity Theatre! Details 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