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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Shakespeare is Coming to Franklin Street!
The Bare Theatre is bringing the comedy Measure for Measure to the historic Varsity Theatre. Measure for Measure deals with very contemporary themes of sex and desire, and raises questions about the separation of church and state - taboo during the Renaissance. Performances are March 19-21, 26-28, and April 2-4. All performances begin at 7:30 PM. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit 
Brooklyn Rider Perform
Saturday, March 28 at 8 pm: The game-changing string quartet Brooklyn Rider returns to Memorial Hall with eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that attract legions of fans and draw rave reviews from classical, world music and rock critics alike. More information & tickets available at 
Pub Quiz at Fitzgerald's
Every Monday night at 8 pm Fitzgerald's Irish Pub hosts Geeks Who Drink! pub quiz. It's similar to trivia, but more exciting! There are 8 short rounds, which include 
a couple of multimedia rounds. Fitzgerald's has great food & drink specials and prizes too.  /
Spring Music at R&R Grill
Every Wednesday from 6 pm to 9 pm R&R Grill invites you to the Spring Music Series with local bands. This week features The Embers on April 1st. The
series continues every Wednesday until May 27th. $10 cover with drink specials. Get there early from 4 pm to 6 pm and get 1/2 priced appetizers. 
Old Time Jam Session
Wednesday, April 1 at 7 pm: Every first and third Wednesday of the month Nightlight Club & Bar hosts an Old Time Jam Session. Bring your instruments and play or just stay and enjoy the music! Free for members, $2 membership. 

Music in the Galleries
Sunday, March 29 at 2 pm: Join Flauto Dolce, a local ensemble of Baroque recorder players, for an afternoon of music from the time of Genius and Grace. After the concert, stay for the Last Look tour at 3:15 PM! Local artist Ippy Patterson and Amanda Hughes, the Ackland's director of external affairs, co-lead this tour of the Ackland's exhibition of eighteenth-century drawings, Genius and Grace. 
NOW OPEN: The Strowd
Grand Opening - Thursday, March 26 at 6 pm to 9 pm: The Strowd is Chapel Hill's newest entertainment destination, located above Sutton's Drug Store at 159 ½ East Franklin Street. The Strowd is a 5,000 square foot upscale bar/nightclub offering 16 craft beers on tap, full bar, dance floor and two 100" HD projectors. In addition to signature cocktails, The Strowd serves a limited food menu featuring light hors d'oeuvres and small plates. Tea Cup Gin performs tonight for the Grand Opening; open to the press and public. 
NOW OPENTrolly Stop
Grand Opening - Saturday, March 28 at 11 am: It's time to taste the fresh, made to order, hot dogs and toppings that have made The Trolly Stop famous on the beaches of North Carolina since 1976! Choose from a list of hot dogs ranging from the traditional favorites, to the special combinations dedicated to Chapel Hill. Stop by the Grand Opening event for food, fun, and BOGO hot dog coupons! 
ConvergeNC Music Festival
Friday, March 27 from 6 pm to 9 pm: ConvergeNC Southern Music Festival is an annual event created by UNC-Chapel Hill students and community members that aims to celebrate the music of the American South in all its diversity and dynamism. Bringing locally-loved and nationally-renowed musicians to the 140 West Plaza for this all ages, free concert. 
Opening Reception at LIGHT 
Friday, March 27 from 6 pm to 9 pm: LIGHT Art+Design welcomes artists Susan Harbage Page and Rachel Meginnes with an opening reception featuring a collection of drawings and paintings by Susan Harbage Page and an exploration of paint, cloth and thread by Rachel Megginnes. Located at 601 West Rosemary St. in Greenbridge.
Priceless Gem Tours on Campus
Explore UNC's campus and learn about it's fascinating history. Tours are free and open to the public. A great opportunity for newcomers, long-time residents, and visitors. Tours begin at UNC Visitors' Center; located in the West Wing of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Please email to reserve your spot.
Friday, March 27 at 3 pm: Stephen Rich will be your guide to the history of the cemetery.
Friday, April 10 at 3 pm: Learn about UNC campus trees on the The Noble Grove, A Walking Tour.
Live & Local on the 140 West Plaza

Spring is here and we are all ready to get outside and enjoy ourselves! The spring series of Live & Local kicks-off on Friday, April 10 from 6 pm to 9 pm with music from Aslan Freeman and dance performances by Black Irish. The sculpture 'Breathe' will officially be turned back on too! Bring your own lawn chair to enjoy the performances. All Live & Local events are free and open to all. For a listing of all the events visit  
Adult Spelling Bee at DSI 
Friday, March 27 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Adult Spelling Bee is similar to Scripps' Spelling Bee, but with more jokes, and improv games led by DSI comedians between rounds. It is hosted by UNC Humanities Program as part of the "Humanities NightLabs" series. Sign up to compete and/or buy tickets at
Simmer Down: Reggae Revival 
Saturday, March 28 at 10 pm:Journey back in time to the sound system vibes of 1970s Jamaica while you enjoy the relaxing vibes, pool, darts & fine cocktails at Zog's Art Bar & Pool Hall. Veteran roots selector DJ Ras J spins classic reggae lp cuts & Jamaican 45s to make you jump & twist! Roots reggae, early dancehall, rocksteady, ska and obscure version selections. Event Details. 
Meet the Maker Craft Beer Event
Thursday, April 2 from 6 pm to 9 pm: In celebration of NC Beer month, Our State Magazine editor in chief Elizabeth Hudson hosts an evening event featuring Erik Lars Myers, the author of North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries, and five of North Carolina's most celebrated brewers for a dynamic conversation about the craft brewery movement, their career successes and challenges, and what delights their taste buds. The panel discussion is followed by a casual beer tasting social and heavy hors d'oeuvre-pairing at the Great Room at Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery. Buy Tickets Now! 
4000 Miles at PlayMakers
April 1-19: An elderly grandmother with a fading memory opens her door - and her life - to her wayward grandson. As an overnight couch-surf turns into an extended stay, 4000 Miles unearths surprising commonality across generations in this emotionally compelling and humor-filled drama. For more information and to buy 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