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What To Do & See Downtown This Week!

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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Live & Local Series
Friday, November 6 from 6 pm to 9 pm: Bullfrog Willard McGhee sings the blues at the last performance of the fall Live & Local Music and Arts Series.  All Live & Local events take place on the plaza at 140 West Franklin Street and are free. 
UNC Priceless Gem Tour 
Friday, November 6 from 3 pm to 4 pm: The History of Women On Campus, Led by Taylor Livingston. Tours start from UNC Visitors' Center, located in the West Wing of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at 250 East Franklin Street, and typically last 60 to 90 minutes. Tours are free and open to the public. Reservations are suggested but not mandatory, call (919) 962-1630.
Topo Distillery Tours
Top of the Hill Distillery crafts TOPO Organic Spirits in their facility right on West Franklin Street! The distillery takes time-honored distilling traditions and adds a unique and local twist. They are the only fully local and USDA certified organic distillery in the deep South. And starting on October 1st, TOPP Distillery can now sell their spirits at the distillery! Tours of the distillery are available on most Thursdays at 6:30 pm, Fridays at 6 pm and 7:30 pm, as well as most Saturdays at 4 pm and 5:30 pm. Click here to book a tour.
Yoga & Tai Chi at Ackland
Monday, November 9: Take care of your mind, body, and soul at the Ackland Art Museum. Yoga and Tai Chi classes are being offered in the gallery as you are surrounded by art! Yoga at 12 pm and Tai Chi at 1 pm. Register online at
Fix Your Bike Workshops
As an environmentally-conscious community group, The ReCYCLEry works to help local citizens repair their own bicycles. The first Saturday of the month is dedicated to children, while the first and third Sundays (9am to noon) and the third Saturday (11am to 4pm) of each month are dedicated to the entire community. Bring your bike along and ReCYCLEry members help you to fix any problems by teaching you the basics of bicycle maintenance. 
Family Improv at DSI 
Saturday, November 7 at 3 pm: Interactive clean comedy show for families with kids under 12. Bring YOUR rising star to the theater to enjoy an interactive show where volunteers get up on stage with the professionals for almost every game. Family Improv matinee lets the younger audience take over the show. Tickets $10 adults, $6 for kids, FREE for 3 and under. 
Salsa Dancing at Roots 
Salsa dancing and music every Monday with DJ Abuelo Salsero Jack. Featuring Salsa along with Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha, and Kizomba. Basic Salsa lessons at 8:30, dancing from 9-11:30. Cover is $5. Roots Bakery, Bistro & Bar has a great menu that features local grown foods and serves,
cocktails, beer and wine.  / 
Now Open: The Northside District

Located at 403 West Rosemary Street, The Northside District is open daily for dinner and late night. The dinner menu features items like Adobo Tacos, Carnitas Noodle Bowl, Asparticus, Maduro, and much more.
Do I Sound Gay? Screening
Thursday, November 5 at 7 pm: Do I Sound Gay? is a documentary film which follows the director, David Thorpe, as he attempts to discover the origins and implications of the "gay voice." The film explores this topic in the context of homophobia and gender norms, and includes interviews with Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn, Don Lemon, Dan Savage, David Sedaris, and George Takei. There is no admission charge, but seating in the Varsity Theatre is limited, so come early! Doors open at 6:30PM. Stay after for a Q&A with the director David Thorpe. Details Here.
OC Open Studio Tour Reception

Thursday, November 5 at 6 pm: FRANK Gallery hosts the Orange County Artist Guild Open Studio Tour Preview Show & Reception. Celebrate the 21st Annual Open Studio Tour and meet the artists, grab your map, make your plans, and get a first pick of work by each of the 76 artists from the tour who will be featured at FRANK!  
Women's Werk at Local 506
Friday, November 6 from 3 pm to 6 pm: Local 506 invites you for Tippling, Talking, and Tuning In. Bring friends for late afternoon/early evening to drink, talk, and watch episodes of tv shows old and new featuring female leads that touch on important issues. Starting with "THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW" on the tube. Offering offer house versions of "TAB" and "FRESCA" available for calorie burning the fun. 
Pop Up Izakaya at Ms. Mong
Every Friday & Saturday at 10 pm: Ms. Mong turns it's space over to Chef Patrick Kim of the celebrated Hanu Truck as he and his staff take over and turn the space into an izakaya; a Japanese pub. They bring their signature fusion flare to Franklin Street in this incredibly unique atmosphere! 
$50 Off a Service at Bicycle Chain

From November 1 to November 15, bring in your bike and THIS COUPON and get $50 off a Service Package 3 or higher. *Discount cannot be combined with other offers, including, but not limited to, the $30 service discount normally applied for bikes purchased at the stores. 
Sankai Juku at Memorial Hall
Friday, November 6 at 8 pm: Japanese choreographer/director/designer Ushio Amagatsu and his company Sankai Juku are revered around the world for their contemporary butoh creations-sublime dance-theater experiences steeped in elegance, technical precision and emotional depth. In an ever-unfolding, color-saturated landscape, the monumental Umusuna delves into the mystery of the creation of the world-a mystery that has haunted mankind since the beginning. For more info and tickets, visit 
Go Heels! UNC Homecoming
Saturday, November 7, Kick off at 12pm: You don't want to miss UNC vs. Duke... the Greatest Rivalry on Earth for Carolina Homecoming 2015. Football game days bring excitement and activity to downtown that everyone enjoys. Buy tickets to the game. Enjoy dining downtown before or after the game. Stop by one of downtown's bustling UNC fan gear shops that sell all things UNC-themed! Take the Tar Heel Express downtown and to the game! Read about the history of UNC's homecoming, Ramses, sports cheers, and more on our blog.
27th annual RSVVP Day 
(Restaurants Sharing V/5 & V/5 Percent)
Tuesday, November 10: Eat out or Take out, all day, breakfast, lunch and/or dinner at a PARTICIPATING restaurant and 10% of your tab will be donated to the Inter-Faith Council to benefit their hunger-relief programs; the Community Kitchen and the Emergency Food Pantry. The complete list of 109 restaurants can be found at
Story Telling Under the Stars
Sunday, November 8 at 5 pm: Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will present the sixth annual "Storytelling Under the Stars", featuring Professor Brian Sturm and several storytellers from his storytelling class at UNC's School of Information and Library Science. This is a free event and is open to the public. Each storyteller will tell a "star story" that will focus on the stars, the constellations or the Milky Way. 
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 /