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David Bowie Dance Party

Thursday, Jan 14 | 9:30 pm

LET'S DANCE! Baxter Arcade will spin the legendary David Bowie hits interspersed with other 70's and 80's dance music. Come dressed in your Bowie finest and win a $50 dollar bar tab for best costume and $20 dollar bar tab for runner up.

Travel Journal Workshop

Saturday, Jan 16 | 10 am

FRANK Gallery hosts artist Sudie Rakusin as they set up a still life on a draped piece of fabric. Sudie will provide a direct light source and the class will work on shading techniques, reflected light and turning of form. Register at

Compagnie Marie Chouinard Performance

Saturday, Jan 16 | 8 pm

Carolina Performing Arts hosts the high priestess of the avant-garde, French Canadian choreographer/performance artist Marie Chouinard as she unites the sensual and cerebral in her stark, iconoclastic, dazzling and sometimes disturbing works at Memorial Hall. Tickets start at $19. 

Wild Card Improv at DSI

Saturday, Jan 16 | 7 pm

Round up your friends and family for Improv Wildcard at DSI Comedy Theater! This clean comedy show features high energy, interactive comedy appropriate for all including families and school-aged children. 

Sunday, Jan 17 | 3 pm

Local 506 hosts new Sunday music series: 3@3. They'll be hosting 3 bands at 3pm every Sunday - the bar will be open and good music will be playing. This week features Hudson & Haw, Alex Livingston, & Matt Wilson. 

National Girls & Women in Sports Day at UNC

Sunday, Jan 17 | 10:30 am 

Join Tar Heel student-athletes from a variety of women’s sports to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) at Fetzer Gym. Free and open to all boys and girl ages pre K-8th grade; kids will enjoy food, fun activities, and sports demonstrations. Participants will be given free tickets to the UNC Women's Basketball game later in the day.  For more information, visit

Baxter's Nerd Trivia

Tuesday, Jan 19 | 8:30 PM

Monthly trivia returns for four amazing rounds of nerdy goodness. Win prizes, drinks, and a 50 dollar gift prize to The Baxter. Teams must be four or less members. 

MLK Day Rally, March & Service Downtown

Monday, Jan 18 | 9 am

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro and UNC-CH chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) sponsor the annual Martin L. King Jr. Day Rally, March and Worship Service. Meet for the rally at 9:00 a.m. then march to First Baptist Church for a service, choir performances, and a brief ceremony honoring those who have served in our community. Open to all.

Family Night at Noodles

Every Thursday 

During the month of January, Noodles and Company will be having FAMILY NIGHTS every Thursday. Kids 10 & under get a FREE Kids Meal with the purchase of a regular entree. 

Shagging on Franklin St

Fridays, 7 pm to 10 pm

The Strowd's DJ will be spinning your favorite beach and shag music so come ready to pivot, ankle roll, and pitter pat! Shag Lessons every Tues & Thurs at 6:30 pm. Enjoy draft beer and cocktail specials as well as a small plate menu. 

Winter Skies Show

Saturday, Jan 16 | 3:30 pm

What stars, constellations and planets are best seen in this season? Learn about "Winter Skies" at Morehead Planetarium's Star Families program for ages 7-12. Register at 

Classes at Midway Community Kitchen

January brings lots of fun classes from gluten free baking to simple, fast + clean meals -  and a special guest appearance by Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood on Thursday, January 28! Special Early Bird Discount: sign up for any class by January 15, get a $10 gift certificate for classes or merchandise. 

Sunday, Jan 17 | 10 pm

Lights, set, ACTION! Colours NC brings drag hosted by the beautiful and talented Ms. Da'Shawnda Laniqua Jackson with the Jackson Family (Jocelyn Dianna and Giovanni), and close friends Lady Jane and returning bad boy Bad Axel! The Library is located at 120 East Franklin Street. 18+, $3 Cover. More Info.

Oysters at Lantern 

$1 oysters in the Lantern bar every Monday - Thursday from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. 
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Topo Distillery Tours

Top of the Hill Distillery crafts TOPO Organic Spirits with 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. Tours of the distillery are available Thursdays-Saturdays. Book a tour at
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership works to bring the resources of the Town, University and downtown community together to maintain, enhance and promote downtown as the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill through economic development. Learn more at
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