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Meet the Artist at Ackland
Thursday, October 8 at 6 pm: Join artist Aaron Wilcox, whose work is featured in the Ackland's current exhibition-Testing, Testing - for a hands-on workshop. Participants will work together to assemble "sound objects" or "bundles" like the one pictured, using zip ties and ceramic pieces fired by the artist. During the workshop, Wilcox will talk about his artistic career and his current interest in the types of objects we will be creating. As space is limited, registration is required for participation. Register at 
Zog's Celebrates 5 Yrs
Friday, October 9 at 8 pm: Zog's (and owner Mandey) are celebrating birthdays and you are invited to celebrate with TWO birthday cakes and a party. Enjoy a homemade jambalaya feast, Mardi Gras Mask making, Mardi Gras music, free billiard, and much more.  Details Here.
Fall Chili Throwdown
Saturday, October 10 from 7pm to 10 pm: Come taste the different chili concoctions from some local personalities & celebrities all to benefit the YMCA "We Build People" Annual Campaign. The event will be held at Country Fried Duck, at 157 East Rosemary Street. 100% of every dollar given to the YMCA Annual Campaign is invested in the lives of people who need the Y. Suggested donation of $10. 
Bikram Yoga Turns 1
Saturday, October 10 from 1 pm to 4 pm: Bikram Yoga Chapel Hill is celebrating its 1st anniversary by opening the studio for a free open house. Enjoy healthy snacks catered by Café Symmetry and a free Introductory Yoga class. For those of you a little nervous about trying hot yoga, this class will be low-heat and only 60 minutes. You'll also have a chance to meet the staff and studio owners, Andrea and
Ralph Newman. For more information - CLICK HERE.
Create Art on the Plaza
Learn to Paint on the Plaza with Dan Nelson on Friday, October 9 from 6 pm to 9 pm. Artist Dan Nelson has a truly unique two-hand painting style that must be seen! Along with a great show, Dan will help you create your own watercolor. The event takes place on the 140 West Plaza. 

Antigone by Sophokles 
Friday, October 9 & Saturday, October 10: Oscar-winning actress Juliette Binoche plays Antigone in this stunning contemporary interpretation of Sophokles' classic
Greek masterpiece, translated afresh by T.S. Eliot Prize-winning poet Anne Carson. This explosive tragedy explores many struggles: man against woman, political against ethical leadership, the laws of society against the right of the individual, family and its unbreakable blood ties. Visit for information and to buy tickets.
17 Venues on the 2nd Friday ArtWalk!
Enjoy the 2nd Friday ArtWalk on Friday, October 9 from 6 pm to 9 pm! Featuring galleries, retail shops, and studios, throughout Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Experience the creative arts scene in our community, explore local businesses, and 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   

**This month, Kidzu Children's Museum is offering a Parent's Night Out during the 2nd Friday ArtWalk!  Leave the kids to play at Kidzu while you go ArtWalking & ArtShopping!**
Triangular Photo Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, October 10 starting at 11 am: Join FRANK Gallery for a downtown scavenger hunt. Clues can be picked up beginning at 11 am at FRANK. You'll discover literal 
three-sided objects (some of which are planted downtown). And you can create triangles: for example, by framing a church steeple through your lens. All you need is a phone and an Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook account. It's all about 
experimenting with photography. In the end, all the photos from the day will be virtually collected and displayed online.  
NOW OPEN: Crepe Traditions

Offering savory and dessert crêpes, Crêpe Traditions is a locally owned and operated café at 140 West Franklin Street.  The menu includes kid-friendly crepes, specialty coffee drinks, wine, and beer. LUNCH SPECIAL: $9.99 (+tax) Combo includes a savory crepe, choice of side, and a soda!  
Music & Trivia & Movies, Oh My!
All week long you can find live music of every different genre at Local 506. When there isn't a show, be sure to come out for a double-header movie nights, trivia, and pizza parties. There's something for everyone at Local 506. Check out and grab tickets for an upcoming show now!   
Star Families Show: Fall Skies
Saturday, October 10 at 3:30 pm: Explore astronomy themes as a family! Learn about Greek myths, legends, and the constellations in the sky. The Star Families series is
designed for children (ages 7-12) accompanied by their families. This special program is also good for Scout troops, 4-H clubs and other groups that involve children and parents learning together. Tickets and information at
Compass Center Events in Oct
Among the many programs and services offered through Compass Center, they also serve as Orange County's primary organization offering domestic violence services. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Compass Center has several events to raise awareness and funding. For details about these events, visit: 
October 9: Awareness Concert at Local 506 with performance by "Below The Line". Doors 8 pm/Band 9 pm.
October 28: "Private Violence" screening at Varsity Theatre from 6:30-9 pm with refreshments served.
October 21, All Day: The Yogurt Pump is offering 10% of sales to Compass Center
Crook's Corner Top 8 List
(a.k.a. the 8 menu items you don't want to miss in October!)
1. Persimmon Pudding: The taste of fall. Bill Neal's recipe. Persimmon's from Mrs. Andrews.
2. Braised Pork Shank with Mississippi Fried Corn: The dish that wowed the Southern Foodways Alliance last October.
3. Fried Oysters: Bill Smith's unequaled masterful Maseca dusted, crispy rendition.
4. Brussels Sprouts and Blue Cheese Salad: A fall salad with olive oil, sea salt, onions, walnuts, greens.
5. Carolina Fish Fry: Crazy-good-enough to inhale this flounder.
6. Spicy Macaroni & Cheese: Made with Farmer's Daughter Brand Hot Sauce topped with Sriracha drizzle.
7. Carolina Q on Wednesday, October 21 (Scott's from Hemingway, SC.)
8. Wines from the Bar: Macrina Verdicchio with notes of fall apple; and the Ma Roat Valpolicella, a great pairing for 'Q Wednesday 
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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