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Live Music at Crunkleton
One Night Only at The Crunkleton
Live Music by The David Higgins Band! Friday, January 9 at 8 pm, The David Higgins Band, from Charleston, SC will be playing a show at The Crunkleton before they head up to NYC. The show is free and one you will not want to miss!
Teen Science Café
Friday, January 9 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm: What happens when debris in our Solar System impacts our planet -- a light show or the end of the world? Join Morehead Planetarium and host Chris Clemens, chair of physics and astronomy at UNC-Chapel Hill, and learn about the danger space debris poses to Earth, ranging from harmless
meteor showers to apocalyptic asteroid collisions, and how observing similar events can teach us
about worlds far beyond our own. 
"Wrestling Jerusalem"; a PlayMakers Performance
A personal story that grapples with identity, social justice and history. Exploring the competing narratives at the center of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict that has lasted generations. Running from January 7 to January 11 - only 6 performances! For ticket and show information, visit
Star Families Show at Morehead Planetarium
Saturday, January 10, from 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm: Explore astronomy themes as a family! The engaging
Star Families series is designed for children (ages 7-12) accompanied by their families. Learn about the Winter Skies; stars and planets that are visible during the winter months. $5 per person ($4 per Morehead member). Register online at 
Support the Varsity!
Go Digital or Go Dark! The historic Varsity Theatre is at risk of closing unless they can convert from traditional film to digital projection equipment. We've created a Kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000 to make the upgrade and we need your help!  Learn more and donate online at
Baby It's Cold Outside!
So have some warm cookies delivered to you! Insomnia Cookies offers many varieties of fresh baked, delicious cookies delivered warm from the oven right to your door until 3 am! Menu options also include brownies, deluxe cookies, ice cream and of course a pint of cold milk is available with any order. Also offering a catering menu for businesses, parties and other events. Order online at Or you can stop by the shop at 145 East Franklin Street too!
New Brunch Menu
New in 2015- Carolina Brewery has debuted a new Weekend Brunch Menu! Brunch is served every 
Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm. Including $5 Bloody Marys and $3 
Exhibit Opening Reception
Sunday, January 11 from 2 pm to 4 pm: Now on exhibit for the month of January; Ham Radio Photography by Minjin Kang. Horace Williams House is hosting an opening reception and all are invited. Free and open to public.
NOW OPEN: The Mediterranean Market

The Mediterranean Market is located at 414 West Franklin Street; right next door to Mediterranean Deli. The urban market features a great array of fresh produce, halal meats, deli cold-cuts, and dairy items. In addition shoppers are offered a gorgeous array of international spices, bulk dry goods like grains and lentils, a delicious olive bar, sweets, cooking oils, and much more. / Facebook
Sandwhich Now Open Sundays
Now open Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm! Specializing in delicious sandwiches, burgers and salads, sides and desserts - all made in the "slow food" manner, using time-honored traditions and outstanding local and international ingredients. Nearly everything is made from scratch. With an eclectic beverage menu that includes draft and bottled beer, wines by the glass, and house beverages such as their famous Moroccan Style Iced Tea; there is something for everyone at
Upcoming Shows at LOCAL 506
Thursday, January 8: Michael McDermott, Christian & the Strays
Doors: 8 PM / Show: 9 PM / $7.00
Friday, January 9: Campfires & Constellations, The Mallett Brothers Band, Mike Blair & The Stonewalls. Doors: 8 PM / Show: 9 PM / $7.00
Saturday, January 10: The Affectionates, The Toothe, The Charming Youngsters. Doors: 8 PM / Show: 9 PM / $6.00
Sunday, January 11: Thick Modine, Rubber Checks, The Great American Witch Hunt. Doors: 8 PM / Show: 9 PM / $5.00
For more information and to buy tickets, visit  
Studio Saturdays at Ackland Museum
Saturday, January 10: Studio Saturdays offer a variety of hands-on classes and activities for all ages. On the second Saturday of the month, make art inspired by works in the Ackland's
collections! To register and more information, visit
Art Adventures (for kids ages 6-9) with two sessions: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM & 1:00-2:30 PM
Drawing for Tweens (for kids ages 10-13); 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Drawing in the Galleries (for all ages); 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Art à la Carte (for UNC-Chapel Hill students); 2:00-5:00 PM
2nd Friday ArtWalk This Week!

Experience the 2nd Friday ArtWalk on Friday, January 9 from 6 pm to 9 pm! Featuring galleries, retail shops, and studios, throughout Chapel Hill and Carrboro. The ArtWalk is a great opportunity to experience the creative arts scene in our community, explore venues and businesses, as well as socialize with other art lovers! Venues offer live music, food, activities, and more! For a list of venues participating this month, and a map; visit 
Let's Start 2015 Off Right!
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. 
Free Intro Class at Franklin St Yoga
Saturday, January 10 at 12:30 pm: At Franklin Street Yoga Center and designed for beginners or students new to Vinyasa yoga; this is a perfect opportunity to learn the basic poses and get a solid foundation. No experience necessary. This class is offered monthly on Saturday afternoons from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.  
 Improv, Stand-up, Classes & Shows!

DSI Comedy Theater, located at 462 West Franklin Street, entertains audiences with critically acclaimed performances of improv, sketch and standup comedy, as an artform! 
Shows on Saturday, January 10:
Improv Slam - 7 pm, $10: Two crews of improvisers fight for your laughs in this high energy, interactive show that'll have kids and parents laughing all night long.
The Caroling Dead - 8:30 pm, $10: Do not let the holidays turn you! DSI presents an original Sketch Comedy Revue inspired by the holidays and local news ...and zombies (and more).
Pork - 10 pm, Free: Meet five of the Top Comics in North Carolina in this slow roasted comedy showcase.
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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