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What to Do and See Downtown This Week!

Hey! You there! Açaí you!

Remember those New Year's resolutions? Maybe you wanted to join the gym, learn a new language, or start a new tradition. Well, the year is barely half over and it's way too early to give up! That's especially true if you resolved to eat better. 

The folks at Purple Bowl have you covered on that front. Check out this delicious açaí bowl that's packed with fresh superfoods. It will start your day off right or turn around a sluggish afternoon in no time. 
Parking is easier than ever in Downtown Chapel Hill! 
Visit to find out where to park. Or, use our fare-free bus system for your next visit to Franklin Street.

Darker Black at Local 506
Friday, March 22 at 9:00 PM

Darker Black returns to Local 506! Welcome back to that dark club where you wore your darkest black outfit and danced to the Cure, Depeche Mode, New Order, Siouxsie & the Banshees, and the Smiths. (Or if you missed it, here's your chance.)
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New Headliner Night at The PIT Chapel Hill
Saturday, March 23 at 9:00 PM

This month’s newest headliners are Aaron Cardwell and Jody Oakley! These two besties are bringing their best jokes for their first 30 minute sets!
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Bright Star at CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio
Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 PM

After meeting a promising new writer, Alice makes a discovery that will change her life forever. Featuring bluegrass-inspired music, BRIGHT STAR is the uplifting musical that you don’t want to miss.
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Straws at Varsity Theater
Monday, March 25 at 7:00 PM

Orange County's "Skip the Straw" presents a free screening of “Straws" with the director of the film and Bonnie Monteleone, the founder of Plastic Ocean Project.  A reception follows featuring food donated by local restaurants!
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Ackland Film Forum: "After Life" (1998, Japan) at
Ackland Art Museum

Tuesday, March 26 at 7:00 PM

In his second film, After Life, Kore-eda brings together documentary and fiction to explore the limits of human memory to recognize love and cope with grief. 
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Storytelling on the Porch at
The Center for the Study of the American South
Wednesday, March 27 at 5:30 PM

Curated by the team at Southern Cultures, this show will feature four storytellers including special guests from the creative team of “Zara,” presented by The Monti and Mettlesome.
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Manos: The Hands of Fate at Back Bar
Thursday, March 28 at 5:00 PM

Head to Back Bar for a spooky screening of the cinematic disaster turned cult classic Manos: The Hands of Fate! $3 Wheat beers and half-off food, popcorn, and a limited-release cask beyond your imagination!
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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.