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<<    Twin Cities Calendar --  NOVEMBER 2009     >>
S M T W Th F Sa
1    Bruce Hornsby
 3  Election Day
    They Might Be Giants
4   Joan Rivers

5   Snoop Dogg
     St Olaf Orchestra
6  Def Leppard & Cheap Trick
    Movie: Christmas Carol
    Trampled by Turtles
Wynonna Judd

7   Kiss

8    Autumn Skate Fest
      In the Mood
      Steely Dan
10   11  Veterans Day

12  Clytemnestra
13   14  Jerry Seinfeld
      Kenny Rogers
      Little River Band
      St Croix LHS Craft Fair
15  Folk Music
Jerry Seinfeld
      St. Kate's Choral
      Vikings v Lions
16 17

18   John Fogerty
Macy's Sale
19   Lutfisk
21  Coffee Festival
      Dafnis Prieto
      Green Gifts Fair
      Sing With Me
      St Mark Crafts
      Xplore This Music
22  Brian Setzer
      St. Olaf Handbell Choir
      Vikings v Seahawks
23   St. Kate's Orchestra
26  Thanksgiving
     Turkey Day 5k
27  Black Friday
      (see below)
28  Battle of Bands
      Gustavus Adolphus Crafts
      Leo Kottke
      Rosemount Crafts
29  Eagan Crafts 
      Vikings v Bears



Sunday November 1 rock music

rock music
Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, O'Shaughnessy, St Kate's (7:30pm)
>> [They say,] "that's just the way it is," ah, but don't you believe them.
Train, First Avenue (7pm)
Nov 1, 21 hockey Gopher Men's Hockey, Mariucci Arena, University of Minnesota
Tuesday November 3 politics
rock music
Election Day - polling places (+ candidate & ballot info)
They Might Be Giants, First Avenue (6pm)
>> I listen to "Dog On Fire" by They Might Be Giants whenever I watch The Daily Show.
Nov 4, 24 basketball Gopher Women's Basketball, Williams Arena, University of Minnesota
Nov 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 25, 27 basketball Timberwolves, Target Center 
Thursday November 5
rap music
classical music
Snoop Dogg, Epic, Minneapolis (8pm)
St. Olaf Orchestra, Skoglund Center or Boe Chapel, St. Olaf College (7:30pm)
Nov 5, 9, 13, 16, 19 basketball Gopher Men's Basketball, Williams Arena, University of Minnesota (7pm)
Nov 5, 7, 18, 20, 25, 27 hockey Minnesota Wild, Xcel Energy Center  
November 6
rock music
country music
Def Leppard & Cheap Trick, Xcel Energy Center (6pm)
Disney's A Christmas Carol, starring Jim Carrey, opens
Trampled by Turtles, First Avenue (8pm)
Wynonna Judd, Mystic Lake Casino (8pm)
November 6-7 music
Accordian Festival, Eagles Club & NE Middle School
Bret Michaels (Poison), Grand Casino Mille Lacs (8pm)
Nov 6, 8, 27, 28 volleyball Gopher Volleyball, Sports Pavilion, University of Minnesota
Saturday November 7 powwow

rock music
Gathering of Our Children & Returning Adoptees, Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Av, Minneapolis (1pm, 7pm - grand entry)
Healthy Life Expo, Midtown Global Market (10am-5pm)
Kiss, Target Center (7:30pm)
November 7, 14 football Gopher Football, TCF Bank Stadium, University of Minnesota
Sunday November 8 skating
rock music

Autumn Skate Fest, Burnsville Ice Center
In the Mood (swing) by Artbeat, Fitzgerald Theater (1pm, 5pm)
Steely Dan - Aja In Its Entirety, Northrop Auditorium (7:30pm)
>> Here's their biggest hit: Rikki Don't Lose That Number from Pretzel Logic
Wedding Showcase, Como Zoo & Conservatory
Thursday November 12 dance
Clytemnestra, Martha Graham Dance Company, Northrop Auditorium (7:30pm)
Seussical, O'Shaughnessy, St. Kate's, St. Paul  (9:45am, 12:15pm)
Nov 12-14 craft show Autumn Craft Festival, Canterbury Park
Nov 13-22, 24-25, 27-29 xmas play A Christmas Carol, Guthrie Theatre
Saturday November 14 country music
rock music
craft fair
industrial rock
Kenny Rogers, Treasure Island Casino, Welch, MN (8pm)
Little River Band, Medina Entertainment Center, Hamel, MN (7:30pm)
St Croix LHS Craft Fair, St Croix Lutheran High School, West St. Paul (9am-4pm)
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Target Center (3pm & 8pm)
>> TSO is so good, they can play Minneapolis & Hartford CT at the same time!
November 14-15 comedy Jerry Seinfeld, Orpheum Theatre (Fri 7pm, Sat 7pm & 9:30pm)
>> Didja ever notice how some hairs grow faster than others? It's almost as if they're racing each other. Here's hair number 1415 coming up. But Dog-of-War is gaining... They're crossing the eyebrow line... OH, FROM OUTTA NOWHERE, IT'S HAIR 328! Where did that guy come from?!?
Sunday November 15 folk music
American Folk Music, Twin Cities Girls Chorus, Minnetonka Methodist Church
Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions, Metrodome (noon)
St. Catherine Choral Society Concert,
O'Shaughnessy, St. Paul  (3pm)
Wednesday November 18 rock music

John Fogerty, State Theatre (8pm)
>> This past April, Fogerty helped open the new Yankee Stadium by playing Centerfield in center field.
Macy's Biggest One Day Sale Lowest Prices of the Season Sale (7am-11pm)
November 18-20 musical Grease, Orpheum Theatre
Thursday November 19 food (?!?) Lutfisk Dinner, Elim Lutheran Church, Scandia - call 651-433-5053
November 20-21 art sale
art sale
Art at 2402, 2402 University Av W (near Raymond Av), St Paul
MCAD Art Sale , 2501 Stevens Av, Minneapolis (Fri 6-9pm, Sat 9am-5pm)
November 20-22 dance TU Dance, O'Shaughnessy, St Kate's
Nov 20, 21, 27, 28 hockey Gopher Women's Hockey, Ridder Arena, University of Minnesota
Nov 20-22, 27-29, Dec 4-6, 10-13, 16-20 play A Christmas Carol, Lyric Arts, Anoka
Saturday November 21 food
jazz music
chorale music
craft show
kids music
Calhoun Coffee Festival, Calhoun Square, Minneapolis (10am-3pm)
Dafnis Prieto Sextet, McGuire Theater, Walker Art Center (8pm)
Green Gifts Fair, Midtown Global Market (10-5pm)
Sing With Me,
MN Chorale, Mpls Youth Chorus, St Olaf Church, Mpls (7pm)
St Mark's Lutheran Church, 550W 7th St, St Paul (10am-3pm)
X-plore This Music, Ordway (10:30am)
November 21-22 craft fair
band music

craft show
Arts & Crafts Affair, Canterbury Park
Marching Band Concert, Northrop Auditorium
>> Either they march in place or Northrop is just the starting location.
St Cloud Crafts, St Cloud Civic Center, 10 4th Av, St Cloud
Sunday November 22 swing music
handbell music
Brian Setzer Orchestra, Mystic Lake Casino (7pm)
Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks, Metrodome (noon)
St. Olaf Handbell Choir, Urness Recital Hall, St. Olaf College (7pm)
Monday November 23 classical music St. Catherine's String Chamber Orchestra Concert, Our Lady of Victory Chapel, St. Kate's (7:30pm)
Thursday November 26 holiday
Turkey Day 5k, Target Center (8:20am)
Friday November 27 retail Black Friday - Shopping Day (see below)
November 27-28
country music
Charlie Daniels Christmas Show, Grand Casino - Mille Lacs (8pm)
November 27-29 craft show
craft show
Gingerbread Craft Show, Knollwood Mall in St. Louis Park
Gingerbread Craft Show, Plaza 3000, Maplewood
Hansel and Gretel: A Fairy Tale Thanksgiving, Orchestra Hall
Nov 27-29, Dec 3-6, 10-13 xmas play Klingon Christmas Carol, Mixed Blood Theater, 1501 S 4th St, Minneapolis
Nov 27-29, Dec 3-6, 10-13, 17-20 xmas parade Holidazzle Parade, Nicollet Mall (between 12th & 4th), Mpls (6:30pm)
Nov 27-Jan 3 xmas play Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol, Hennepin Stages
Saturday November 28 music
craft show
rock music
craft show
guitar music
Battle of the Bands, Treasure Island Casino (7pm)
Christmas Craft Sale, Rosemount Community Center, 13885 S. Robert Trail
Cranberries, First Avenue (6pm)
Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, 1669 N Arcade St, St Paul (9am-4pm)
Leo Kottke, State Theatre (8pm)
Sunday November 29
craft show
Eagan Craft Show, Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Prkwy, Eagan
Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears, Metrodome (noon)

Black Friday 2009
Netbooks Aren't For Everyone
Netbooks aren't for video games or watching movies or data processing or reviewing pictures from your camera. A third of the people that buy netbooks are dissatisfied by their performance because they don't know what they are buying. Netbooks are ideal for e-mail, chatting, and blogging. They are good for text, not high-end videos. Maybe they should be called Textbooks.
Ghana - the digital dumping ground
Consider the Waste
Agbogbloshie, Ghana and Guiyu, China and Bangalore, India are some of the world's largest dumping grounds for technology.  Here in the United States, we don't see the problem of yesterday's technology being shipped and dumped to pollute some other part of the world, while consumers scramble for the latest greatest gadget. Frontline has a documentary on the Digital Dumping Ground.

2009 Black Friday Shopping News
Hot Product List: Barbie Fashionista -- Beatles Rock Band -- Nerf Blasters
Video games are the top toys for boys & Barbie are best for girls, according to a NRF survey.

The Malls
Eden Prairie Center 11/27 hours - 5am-10pm
Mall of America  11/27 hours 6am-10pm (6am gift bags)
Maplewood Mall
11/27 hours - 5am-10pm
Ridgedale 11/27 hours - 5am-10pm
Rosedale 11/27 hours - 5am-9pm
Southdale 11/27 hours - 5am-10pm

Ace Hardware - (Saturday, 11/28) coupon for $50 off on regularly priced item under $30 (Bfads)
Bead Monkey - save 35% off (6-7am), save 30% off (7-8am), save 25% off (8-9am), & save 20% (9-9:59am) (Bead Monkey)
Best Buy - (opens 7am) expects to have a better year without rival Circuit City & does not plan heavy discounts (Reuters)
Half Price Books - (opens 7am) 20% off on 11/27 until 10am, 2010 calendar & $5 coupon with $25 purchase (
Herbergers -
Fri 3am-1pm $10 off any item over $10 coupon in Pioneer Press & Strib
Holiday - 7 ¢ off per gallon gas coupons
in Pioneer Press & Strib
JCPenney - Fri 3pm-11pm $10 off $50 in purchases or $15 off $75 in purchases coupon in Pioneer Press & Strib
JoAnn Fabrics - Pioneer Press coupons:
Fri 6am-noon 20% off entire purchase, Fri all day 50% off one regular price item,  Sat 7am-noon 20% off entire purchase, Sat all day 50% off one regular price item
Kohls - (opens 4am) offers a $10 gift card w/ $50 in purchases (Bfads)
Macys - (opens 5am) coupon in Pioneer Press for $10 off of $25; 15% off sale & clearance items
Mall of America - (opens 6am) be the first 300 people to line up in the Rotunda (1st floor, east side) at 6am for gift bags
Michaels - coupons in Pioneer Press & Strib:
Thur 5pm-9pm 25% off entire purchase, Fri 6am-noon 25% off entire purchase, Sat 8am-noon 25% off entire purchase, Sat noon-10pm 50% off one regular price item
Officemax - (opens 7am) advertises a $380 notebook computer & a $90 GPS (Bfads)
Old Navy -
Thur $10 off $50 purchases coupon in Pioneer Press & Strib; free Lego Rockband game with $20 purchase on Fri
Sears - Fri 4am-noon $10 off $50 purchases coupon in
Pioneer Press & Strib
Target - (opens 5am) offers a $10 gift card w/$100 in purchases from 5am-noon; 32" HDTV $246 (Bfads)
Toys R Us - plans to open 350 "pop up" stores in malls for the 2009 holiday season; Mall of America (3rd flr) has one. (AP)
Wal-Mart - (open 24 hours, sales 5am-11am) offers  more than 100 toys with a $10 price tag for the 2009 holiday season (AP)

Retail Sales Forecast: Flat, due to continued job losses and a dip in consumer confidence
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