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What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

#2ndFriday is here again! 

On the 2nd Friday of each month, Chapel Hill offers a free opportunity to enjoy some of the best art and experiences our community has to offer. 

On Friday, January 12th from 6pm - 9pm, visit the new AC Hotel in Chapel Hill (pictured above) to see how they integrate art into their public spaces and sample a signature cocktail infused with TOPO Organic Spirits. Be sure to also check out the Ackland for a rare opportunity to visit the galleries after dark, take a beginner meditation class, or practice yoga in the galleries.

As always, end your ArtWalk with a meal at an area eatery -- perhaps at one of the many award-winning establishments on Franklin Street's West End.
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Use our fare-free bus system for your next visit to Franklin Street.
If you're driving, visit for parking information.

Free Intro to Yoga at Franklin Street Yoga Center
Saturday, January 13 at 2:30 PM

Designed for beginners or students new to Vinyasa yoga. This is a perfect opportunity to learn the basics and get a solid foundation so you will feel confident attending our classes at FSYC.
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MLK Day Events and Rally at Peace and Justice Plaza
Monday, January 15 at 9:00 AM

Gather at the Peace and Justice Plaza on Martin Luther King Day for programming organized by the Chapel Hill - Carrboro NAACP to commemorate the day of service.
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"He Was A Poem; He Was A Song”
A Commemoration of Dr. MLK at Stone Center

Tuesday, January 16 at 7:00 PM

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with community members, faculty, staff and students through music, poetry and spoken word.
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Humanities Happy Hour:
Nationalism in the US & Europe at Back Bar

Wednesday, January 17 at 8:00 PM

 Join Director & Professor of History, Lloyd Kramer for a discussion about nationalism in the US & Europe. After his brief talk, Professor Kramer will lead a discussion that's sure to be lively. 
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Renzo Ortega Opening at John and June Allcott Gallery
Thursday, January 18 at 6:00 PM

Renzo Ortega began his career in the art and underground music scene of his native Lima-Perú. He lived and worked in New York before relocating to Carrboro. Ortega is excited to display this vibrant work at Hanes Art Center.
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Impov In The Dark at PIT Chapel Hill
Friday, January 19 at 9:00 PM

Join these improvisers every third Friday for a Bat-prov in the dark. After the lights go down, improvisers will take you on a journey that requires your imaginations to be as active as theirs.
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Proto Futuro 4 at Nightlight
Saturday, January 20 at 10:00 PM

Attend another electric dance party at Nightlight! This time, PROTO><FUTURO 4 is bringing it with a line up of electro and R&B boogie with a bill packed with Chapel Hill natives.
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The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership brings 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.