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What To Do & See Downtown This Week!

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Music on the Porch

Thursday, March 10 | 5:30 pm

Love House & Hutchins Forum hosts a "Papa" Charlie Jackson Tribute. Historians credit Jackson with being the first famous male blues singer, the first famous self-accompanied blues artist, and the first blues musician to record primarily original material. 

Imbibe Grand Opening 

Friday, March 11 | 7 pm

Imbibe, 108 Henderson St, is celebrating with live soul music with DJ Ras J, beer tasting, Bananas Foster fired tableside, great music, and more. Details Here. 

Teen Science Cafe

Friday, March 11 | 5:30 pm

Teens can join Donita Robinson, Ph.D to learn more about the brain and how it "codes" rewards. Dr. Robinson is an associate professor of psychiatry with the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies at UNC. This program is free and only for teens, ages 13-18. 

Adult Spelling Bee 

Friday, March 11 | 7-8:30 pm

Join UNC Program & the Humanities director Max Owre and a cast of talented comedians at DSI COMEDY for improv games and test your spelling skills. Tickets are $6.00 – purchase in advance or at the door. 

Art Adventures: Mosaics

Saturday, March 12 

Designed for 6-to 9-year-olds, Art Adventures at Ackland Museum provides kids with a guided view of art in the galleries, followed by the opportunity to create take-home treasure. Morning session: 10:30am-noon, Afternoon sessions 1-2:30pm. Free for Members, $5 for non-members. 

March Madness is Here

The Tar Heels first game in the ACC Tournament is TODAY at noon. Downtown is buzzing with game watchers at lunctime - so get out early and enjoy drinks and food while you watch the game. And with this gorgeous weather, outdoor dining is hopping. For a complete list of downtown bars and restaurants visit  

2nd Friday ArtWalk 

Friday, March 11 | 6-9 pm

Explore our community's creative arts scene and socialize with other art lovers! Shop for local art in all mediums; handmade jewelry, scarves, paper goods, ceramics, fine art, and more. Free and open to all.

UNBOUND Reception

Friday, March 11 | 7 pm

UNBOUND, a 'digital memory library' of Chapel Hill itself, will be unveiled at a public reception at the Chapel Hill Public Library.  Artist Erik Carlson has been working on the piece for a full year. Along with materials he has collected and from the community; it has been digitally preserved, and will live permanently in a piece of public art that will be on display at the library. Details Here. 

Walk This Way!

Preservation Chapel Hill hosts three walking tours this weekend. Topics are: Town & Gown on East Franklin Street, Women on the Hill, The Old Chapel HillCemetery. All walking tours are $5 per person and last approximately 60 to 90 minutes.

Kids Cooking Class

Saturday, March 12 |12 - 2 pm

 Midway Community Kitchen hosts Chef Mandi and friends as she shows kids how to prepare two quiche crusts:  one pastry and one potato as well as creative salads, and how to make sweetened soda from fresh fruit.
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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