November in Minnesota -- if it hasn't snowed yet, it will. Drive carefully. Happy New Year to the Hmong.  
  National Shopping Day - Black Friday 2010:  Mall Hours, Price Comparisons, Details (below)

<<    NOVEMBER 2010     >>
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
2   American flag
     Election Day
Sara Bareilles
 4   Seeking Wellness  5   Bob Saget
      Uriah Heep
6   Crystal Gayle
Darius Rucker
     New Brighton Crafts
7    Daylight Savings
      Fresh Traditions
      Rocky's Run
      Vikings vs Cardinals
8 9 10  Taste of Golden Valley 11   Veteran's Day
      Navy Glee Club
      (Veterans deals)
12  Annex Benefit
B.B. King
      Great White & Warrant
      Retribution Gospel
13  snow
      Daniel Tosh
      Gary Allan
      Little River Band
      Maple Grove Crafts
      Monster Trucks
      Nokomis Crafts
14    15 16 17  Tim & Eric 18 19  Blackhawk
      Last Comic Standing
     Movie: Harry Potter DH1
      Ole Bazaar
      Proulx Festival
20  CPC Edina Bazaar
      Green Gifts Fair
      Medina Crafts
St. Croix LHS Crafts
      St. Marks Crafts
St. Nicholas
21  Turkey Run
      Vikings vs Packers
full moon
22   23  24  snow 25   Thanksgiving 26   Black Friday
       (see below)
27 GALC Crafts
     Rosemount Crafts
28  Tony Sandler 29   30  Bad September

           Nov 2
politics       Election Day, Voting Locations
                     >> 2010 Ballot - US Representatives, MN Governor, Secretary of State,
                           Attorney General, State Auditor, 
State Senators, State Representatives...  
pop             Sara Bareilles, Pantages Theatre (7:30pm) -- here's Love Song 
Nov 4 film              Seeking Wellness, Trylon Microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha Av S, Mpls  612-424-5468
Nov 5 comedy?     Bob Saget, State Theatre (8pm) -- here's That Ain't Right
rock             Uriah Heep, Medina Entertainment Center, Medina (8:30pm) -- here's Easy Livin'  
Nov 5-6 rock             Bret Michaels, Grand Casino - Mille Lacs (8pm) -- here's Go That Far
Nov 5-7 horror         Crypticon "A November to Dismember" Convention, Sheriton Hotel, 78900 Normandale Blvd, Bloomington 55439
                     >> Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Kathleen Kinmont, Walter Phelan, Jake McKinnon, Dee Wallace, & more.
art sale       Gingerbread Shows, Har Mar Mall (Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 10am-6pm,  Sun 12am-5pm)
Nov 5-20 play             Unspeakable Things, Red Eye Theater, 15 W 14th St, Minneapolis -- from the 2007 Tony's 
Nov 5-7,
12-14, 19-21,
films            Charlie Chaplin films, Trylon, 3258 Minnehaha Av S, Mpls  612-424-5468  
                     >> The Circus (Nov 5-7), City Lights (Nov 12-14), A Woman of Paris (Nov 12-14), Gold Rush (Nov 19-21),
                     Modern Times (Nov 19-21), The Kid (Nov 25-27), The Great Dictator (Nov 25-27)
Nov 6
country       Crystal Gayle, O'Shaughnessy, St. Catherine University (7pm) -- here's Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue
            Darius Rucker, Hinckley Events & Convention Center (8pm) -- here's History In The Making [sold out]
craft fair     Holiday Bazaar, Luther Memorial Church, 3751 Sheridan Av N, Minneapolis -- homemade eggrolls
craft fair     New Brighton Family Service Center
Craft Sale, 400 10th St NW, New Brighton (9:30am-4pm)
Nov 6-7 musical       Spring Awakening, Orpheum Theatre  
Nov 7
time             Daylight Saving Time Ends (fall back)
fashion        Fresh Traditions IV, Varsity Theater (9pm) -- Featuring designers Lylena Ly, Chong Moua,
                      Seelia Vachon, Khamphian Vang, Xee Vang, & Nonmala Xiong.
run               Rocky's Run, U of M Golf Course, Larpenteur & Cleveland (10am)
football       Vikings vs Arizona Cardinals, Metrodome (noon)
Nov 9, 23 film               Valhalla Rising, Trylon Microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha Av S, Mpls  612-424-5468 
Nov 10 awards        MN Justice Foundation, International Market Square (5:30pm)
food             Taste of Golden Valley, Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley (5:30pm, $20)
Nov 11
holiday       Veteran's Day
food             Free Bloomin' Onion & drink for Veterans & Active Duty Military, Outback Steakhouse, Twin Cities locations
clean           Free express car wash for Veterans & Military Personnel, Mister Car Wash, Twin Cities locations
     Free Hugo canes for Veterans, Sam's Club
food             Free juicy lucy for Veterans & Active Duty Military, 5-8 Club, Champlin, Maplewood, & Mpls
food             Free meals for Veterans & Active Duty Military, Applebees, Twin Cities locations
food             Free meals for Veterans & Active Duty Military, Chili's, Twin Cities locations
food             Free meals with coupon & purchase or another meal for Veterans, TGI Fridays
parks           Free National Park admissions, U.S. National Parks -- includes Grand Portage N.M. & Voyageurs
glee              Veteran's Day Concert, U.S. Naval Academy Men's Glee Club, Basilica of Saint Mary (7pm)
discount      Veterans & Active Military Save 10%, Dollar General stores, Twin Cities locations
discount      Veterans, Active Military, Firefighters, Police, Teachers, Hospital staff Save 10%, Sears, Twin Cities locations
salute           Veterans' Day Program, Veterans Memorial Community Center, 8055 Barbara Av, Inver Grove Heights
Nov 11-13 comedy       Hal Sparks, Acme Comedy Company -- here's Sexting
Nov 11-14 craft fair     Autumn Festival - An Arts & Crafts Affair, Canterbury Park, Shakopee
Nov 12
folk, rock   Annex Benefit with Jake Armerding & Brighton, Fallout Arts Initiative Co-op, 2601 2nd Av S, Mpls (7pm)
                     >> Benefit for the Source Annex, a transitional home for victims of trafficking.
blues           B.B. King, State Theatre (8pm)
metal rock  Great White & Warrant, Medina Entertainment Center (7:30pm) -- here's Once Bitten & Cherry Pie
rock             Retribution Gospel Choir, Hennepin Av Methodist Church, 511 Groveland, Mpls (7:30pm, free)
Nov 12-14 art sale       Gingerbread Shows, Eden Prairie Center (Fri & Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm)
Nov 13 comedy       Daniel Tosh host of  Comedy Central's Tosh.0, State Theatre (7:30pm) -- here's Men v. Women
      Gary Allan, Treasure Island Casino (8pm) -- here's The Best I Ever Had
soft rock
    Little River Band, Medina Entertainment Center, Medina, MN (8:30pm) -- here's Cool Change
craft fair     Holiday Boutique Craft Sale, Maple Grove Community Center (9am-4pm)
kids             Monster Trucks - Monster Jam, Metrodome (7:30pm)
craft fair     Nokomis Urban Craft Fair, Lake Nokomis Community Center, 2401 E Minnehaha Pkwy, Mpls (9am-2pm)
Nov 17 comedy       Tim & Eric Awesome Tour Great Job, Adult Swim, StateTheatre (8pm)
Nov 19 country      Blackhawk, Medina Entertainment Center, Medina, MN (8:30pm)
movie          Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows 1
      Last Comic Standing Live Tour, Mystic Lake Casino (8pm) - [sold out]  
craft fair     Ole Bazaar, Buntrock Commons, St. Olaf College, Northfield (9am-3pm) -- 25 student & staff booths
choral         Proulx Festival, Basilica of St. Mary (7:30pm)
Nov 19-20 art sale       Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD) (Fri 6-9pm, Sat 9am-5pm)
Nov 19-21 art sale       Gingerbread Shows, Southdale (Fri & Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm)
ballet          Sleeping Beauty, Maplewood Community Center
Nov 20 green fair   Green Gifts Fair, Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis (10am-5pm) -- recycle your holiday lights
craft fair
    Holiday Bazaar, Christ Presbyterian Church, 6901 Normandale Rd, Edina (9am-4pm)
                     >> Christopher Straub from Project Runway
craft fair      Holiday Sale, Vine Arts Center, 
2637 27th Av S, Minneapolis
craft fair      Medina Craft Show, Medina Entertainment Center, Medina (9:30am-4pm)
choral          Vox Feminae, Rose Ensemble, Basilica of St. Mary (8pm)
craft fair      St. Croix LHS Craft Fair, St. Croix Lutheran High School, West St. Paul
craft fair      St. Marks Lutheran Church Holiday Boutique, 550 W 7th St, St. Paul (10am-3pm)
xmas music  St. Nicholas, Oratorio Society, St. Olaf Church, Minneapolis (7:30pm)
Nov 20-21 kids             Curious George Live, Target Center -- here's a commercial
art sale       Gingerbread Shows, St. Cloud Civic Center (Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm)
Nov 21
run              Turkey Run, Como Park Elementary, 780 W Wheelock Pkwy, St. Paul (9:10am)
football      Vikings vs Green Bay Packers, Metrodome (noon)
Nov 22-23 rock            John Mellencamp, Orpheum Theatre (6:45pm) -- here's I Need A Lover
Nov 25
holiday      Thanksgiving
Nov 25-27 pow-wow   Thanksgiving pow wow, American Indian Center, Minneapolis
Nov 26 sales            Shopping Day - Black Friday (see below for mall hours, price comparisons...) 
Nov 26-28 art sale       Gingerbread Shows, Maplewood Mall (Fri & Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm)
art sale       Gingerbread Shows, Plaza 3000 (Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm)
holiday       Hmong New Year, RiverCentre, St. Paul (8am-11pm)
Nov 26-Dec 12 xmas play   Klingon Christmas Carol, Landmark Center
Nov 26-Jan 2 xmas play   A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol, Hennepin Stages
Nov 27 craft fair     Christmas Craft & Gift Show, Rosemount Community Center (9:30am-4pm)
craft fair
    Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church Craft Show, 1669 Arcade St, St. Paul (9am-5pm)
            Shinedown, State Theatre (8pm) -- here's If You Only Knew
Nov 27-28 pageant      Miss Minnesota USA & Miss Minnesota Teen, Burnsville Performing Arts Center
Nov 28 xmas music  Tony Sandler, Pantages Theatre (2pm) -- here's a sample  (canceled)
Nov 30 cd release   Bad September, Bryant-Lake Bowl (7pm, $8) -- here's Robert's Rules of Order
      The Judds, Mystic Lake Casino (7:30pm) -- here's Why Not Me

Black Friday 2010
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.

2010 Black Friday Shopping  (see ads for details, db=doorbuster, eb=early bird, gb=gigabyte, tb=terabyte)
Electronics Comparisons Target Best Buy Walmart Sears Kmart
8gb USB flash drive $14.99 $14.99  $14
blue-ray disk player $99 $59.99 $69 eb
$99.99 $99.99
DVDs - movies $13 - Toy Story 3 $9
DVDs - TV shows
(entire seasons)
Friends 1-10
Sex & the City 1-6
Simpsons 1-5
Weeds 1-5
external harddrive $69  1tb or 2tb $89.99 1tb $70 1.5tb
HDTV $298 40"
$327.99 32"
$449 46"
$499.99 46"
$699.99 50" db
$98  19" eb
$198 32" eb
$398 42" eb
$498 50" eb
$998 52"
$229.99 24"
$549.99 40"
$799.99 50"
$239.99 22"
$299.99 32"
$399.99 42" eb
$549.99 40"
portable DVD player $49 eb $49 $49.99 db $79.99

The Twin Cities Mall Hours
Eden Prairie Center 11/26 hours - 5am-9pm
Mall of America  11/26 hours 6am-10pm
Maplewood Mall
11/26 hours - 5am-10pm
Ridgedale 11/26 hours - 6am-9pm
Rosedale 11/26 hours - 5am-9pm (8:30am - 250 gift bags)
Southdale 11/26 hours - 5am-10pm

Black Friday (Nov. 26th) is the national shopping day that follows Thanksgiving. A recent Accenture poll shows 5% fewer people will buy on Black Friday, and 5% more will buy on-line. (It's probably the same 5%). People are also planning to spend the same or less than in 2009. A SymphonyIRI survey has shoppers promising that this year they:
$$$ - will not fall for extended payment plans [20%]
$$$ - will only buy items on their lists [33%]
$$$ - will use the Internet to compare prices [75%]
$$$ - will buy more functional items, less Chia-pet electronics [24%]

Despite the Accenture and SymphonyIRI polls, the National Retail Federation expects a 2.3% holiday sales increase, which is about the same as the 2.2% increase they expected in 2008, which instead resulted in a 2.8% decline.

Some shoppers might be looking for the Amazon Kindle in color. An article in the journal Applied Physics Letters, titled High reflectivity electrofluidic pixels with zero-power grayscale operation explains that a color Kindle may be available in three years.

An over-supply of LCD TV panels is expected to drive the price of flat screen TVs down by 5% in time for the holidays.

Shoppers looking for a self-driving car should read the novel, Hopes and Dreams: Stuck on AutoDrive. Google has reported that they have self-driving cars being tested in California. The cars will not be available anytime soon. It's just self-promotion.

Google has identified top product searches:
*  Nerf N-Strike Stampede Blaster by Hasbro
*  Sing-a-Ma-Jigs by Mattel's Fisher-Price
*  Silly Bandz
*  Iwako erasers
*  Otterbox cases for iPhone 4

For people with over-flowing wallets, the Neiman-Marcus Christmas Book is now available. The $250,000 houseboat on page 40 may not overflow in calm water, and the $15,000 Edible Gingerbread Playhouse on page 47 may provide a safe refuge onboard the houseboat.
Or $150,000 will get you a Batmobile.

GottaDeal has some best Black Friday practices for retailers.

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