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<<    NOVEMBER 2012     >>
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1  Haley Bonar
2   3   Gopher football
Madonna at Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
Daylight Savings Ends
(Fall back)
  Paul Ryan
Pres. Bill Clinton
set clocks back 1 hour
5 6  Election Day
    (see below)

7   Day of Healing
     Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

9  Veterans' Day
     Movie: Skyfall

Veterans' Day
10  Dierks Bentley
      Zac Brown Band
11  Bruce SpringsteenBruce Springsteen
football - Minnesota Vikings home game 
12  Bruce Springsteen

a dusting of snow
13  Invisible War 14  15   Monkees 16  Movie: Lincoln 17  Brian Setzer
      New Orleans Jazz
18   Aussie Pink Floyd 19

20 21 22  Thanksgiving

23  Shopping Day
      Black Friday
      Hours  (below)

Shopping Day
24   Gopher football

Minnesota Gophers football

26 27  The Who
   Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshend

full moon

Twin Cities Calendar for November  2012
    November 1 songwriter      Haley Bonar, Varsity Theater (8pm, $14+) -- saw her perform this summer & bought her CD
                          >> Here's Candy Machine Gun
debate             Marriage constituional amendment, Fitzgerald Theater (7pm, free)
November 2 acrobatics      Circus Juventas Gala, 1270 Montreal Av, St. Paul (6pm, $150)
November 2-4 show                Sexapalooza, Minneapolis Convention Center ($15)
November 3 comedy           Anti-Social Comedy Tour, Mystic Lake Casino (8pm, $57)
                          >> Artie Lange, Dave Attell, Amy Schumer, and Jim Norton
choral             Choral Kaleidoscope, Ted Mann Concert Hall, UofM West Bank (7:30pm, free)
powwow         Gathering for Our Children & Returning Adoptees, Mpls American Indian Center (1pm & 7pm)
comedy           Joel Hodgson, Pepito's Parkway Theater, 4817 Chicago Av S, Minneapolis (7pm, $19)
politics           Million Muppet March, national mall, Washington, DC
WI politics      Scott Walker & Rudi Giuliani, Hudson Victory Center, 213 2nd St S, Hudson, WI 54016 (5:30pm)
dance              So You Think You Can Dance, Orpheum Theatre (7:30pm, $40+)
November 3-4 pop                  Madonna, Xcel Center (7pm, $47+) -- here's Vogue 
November 3, 24 football           Minnesota Gophers, TCF Bank Stadium
November 4 politics            Former Pres. Bill Clinton, Atwood Center, 651 1st Av S, St. Cloud State U (6:45pm)
           Paul Ryan, Sun Country Hangar, 2005 Cargo Rd, Mpls 55111 (MSP) (free ticket, doors 1:30pm)
            U.S. Senate - Sen. Amy Klobuchar (DFL) v. State Rep. Kurt Bills (R),
Fitzgerald Theater (7pm, free)
November 5 football           Vikings Cheerleaders Holiday Show, Mall of America rotunda  (7pm, free)
November 6 politics            Election Day, polling places  (7am-8pm) -- vote411, candidate filings, races to watch:
                          President Barack Obama v. Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney v. Former NM Gov. Gary Johnson
                          US Senate: Senator Amy Klobuchar v. State Rep. Kurt Bills
                          US Representatives (Districts 1-8) including -
                          US Rep. (District 6): US Rep. Michele Bachmann v. Jim Graves (AmericInn, Graves Hospitality)
                          MN State Senators & Representatives
                          MN Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage (voters < 45yrs oppose by 60%, chart)
                          MN Constitutional amendment requiring voter ID (
Our Voice Our Future )(Vote No Twice)
                          In 2008, 77.9% of eligible Minnesotans voted (more than any other state) Election Results
politics             Election Night
                           DFL, Crowne Plaza, 11 East Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul
                           MN United for All Families, River Centre, 2nd Floor, 175 Kellogg Blvd, St Paul (8pm-2am)
                           Republican Party, Hilton Hotel, 3900 American Blvd, Bloomington (7pm)
November 7 holidayish      Day of Healing
folk rock
        Bob Dylan, Xcel Center  
-- here's Knockin'
tax hike           Water Rate Hike Hearing, City Council Chambers, 3rd floor, City Hall, St. Paul (5:30pm, news)
November 8-11 TV autobio      Alison Arngrim, Camp Bar Cabaret, 490 N Robert St, St. Paul ($31)  -- here's Prairie Bitch
               Autumn Festival - an Arts and Crafts Affair, Canterbury Park, Shakopee ($8, coupon)
Nov 8-11, 15-17 play                  Romeo & Juliet, Theatre Coup d'Etat, Southern Theater (8pm, $20)
November 9
holiday            Veterans' Day
folk                   Singer-Songerwriter Series, Patrick's Cabaret (8pm, $10)
movie               Skyfall, 23rd James Bond movie, stars Daniel Craig -- here's the trailer;
50th anniversary of Dr. No 
November 10 country           Dierks Bentley, Treasure Island Casino (8pm, $49+) -- here's Am I The Only One
          Zac Brown Band, Target Center (7pm, $70+)  -- here's Toes in the Water
November 11 classical         Haydn - Creation, St. Catherine Choral Society, St. Olaf Catholic Church, Mpls (7:30pm, $10)
          Minnesota Vikings, Metrodome (noon)
bells, choral   Music New and Old,
Hennepin Av Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Av, Mpls (4pm, free)
dating              Nerd Dating, Tavern on Grand, St. Paul (3pm, $30)
November 11-12 rock                 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Xcel Center (7:30pm, $84+) -- here's Born To Run
November 13 folk dance      Hofesh Shechter Dance Company, Orpheum Theatre (7:30pm, $37) -- here's an ad
film                   Invisible War (rape in the military), Founder's Hall, Metro State U., St. Paul (7pm, free) -- trailer
Nov 13 - Dec 29 xmas play        A Christmas Carol, Guthrie Theater ($41+) -- here's the ad
November 15 rock                 Monkees, State Theatre (7:30pm, $59) -- here's I'm a Believer
legal                Outstanding Service Awards,  MN Justice Foundation, Intl. Market Square, Mpls (5:30pm)
          Veterans' Day party, Aqua, Minneapolis
November 15-17 art sale            MCAD Art Sale, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
November 16 rock                 Hennepin Church Rock, Hennepin Church, 511 Groveland Av, Minneapolis (7pm, free)
movie               Lincoln starring Daniel Day-Lewis, directed by Steven Spielberg
November 16-17 show                Girlfriends Expo, Treasure Island Casino
      Minnesota Gophers, Sports Pavilion, UofM
November 16-18 show                Home Show, Minneapolis Convention Center  ($8)
dance              Tu Dance,
O’Shaughnessy, St. Catherine University (7:30pm, $16+)
Nov 16-Dec 9 play                 84 Charing Cross Road, Theatre in the Round, Minneapolis ($22)
November 17 xmas rock       Brian Setzer Orchestra, Orpheum Theatre (8pm, $44+) -- here's Rock This Town
gypsy swing   Dan Newton's Cafe Accordion Orchestra, Riverview Cafe, 3753 42nd Av S, Mpls (8pm, $13)
jazz                  New Orleans tribute, JazzMN, Hopkins HS Arts Center, 2400 Lindbergh Dr., Minnetonka (7:30pm)
November 18 rock tribute   Australian Pink Floyd Show, Orpheum Theatre (7pm, $49+) -- here's Wish You Were Here
November 19 classical         SCU String Chamber Orchestra Concert, Our Lady of Victory Chapel, St. Kates (7:30pm, free)
Nov 20-Jan 1 xmas lights     Lights in the Park, Phalen Park, St. Paul (5:30pm-10pm, $10 per car)
November 22
holiday           Thanksgiving
November 23 sales                Shopping Day - Black Friday (below) -- Twin Cities store hours, mall hours, price comparisons
xmas rock       Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, Orpheum Theatre (4pm & 8pm, $49+) -- here's Joy to the World
November 23-24 comedy            Daniel Tosh, State Theatre ($50)
                 Midsummer Night's Dream, Park Square Theatre ($38+)
November 23-25 holiday            Hmong New Year, River Centre
Nov 23-Dec 2 xmas play        Christmas Story, Tartan High School
Nov 23-25,
Nov 29-Dec2,
6-9, 14-16, 20-23
xmas parade   Holidazzle, Nicollet Mall (12th St - 4th St), Minneapolis (6:30pm)
Nov 23-Dec 31 xmas play        Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol, New Century Theatre ($23+)
November 24 comedy            George Lopez, Treasure Island Casino (8pm, $49+) -- here's Spanglish
xmas music     SpongeBob Christmas, SpongeBob & the Hi-Seas with Tom Kenny, Patio, Mall of America (1pm)
November 27 rock                  The Who (Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshend), Target Center (7:30pm, $40) -- My Generation 
November 29 video contest   City & Neighborhood Film Festival, Riverview Theater, 42nd St, Mpls (free)  
Nov 29-Dec 1 xmas music      Festival of Christmas, Benson Great Hall, Bethel College ($15, sold out)
xmas crafts
      Holiday Bazaar, Landmark Center, St. Paul ($4)
Nov 29-Dec 2 xmas music       St. Olaf Christmas Festival, Skoglund Center Auditorium, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
November 30 comedy, folk    Maria Bamford & Brandi Carlile, Wits, Fitzgerald Theater (8pm, $32+)
Nov 30-Dec 1 xmas dance     All Wrapped Up, Minnesota PerformDance, Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Av, Mpls
xmas music      Lorie Line - Immanuel, Burnsville Performing Arts Center ($48)
classical          Sinfonia, First Covenant Church (11-30 7pm, free) & Basilica of St. Mary (12-1 2pm, free)

Black Friday November 23, 2012 - Each year the Twin Cities Calendar compares advertised Minneapolis - St. Paul Black Friday sales. We also report trends and list special hours at the malls.

2012 Black Friday Hours start on Thanksgiving  (11-22): 
Target opens 11-22 at 9pm, Wal-Mart opens 11-22 at 8pm, and Sears is open from 8pm on 11-22 to 11pm on 11-23.  Best Buy will open on Friday at midnight-10pm.  K-Mart will be open on Thursday 6am-4pm, Thursday night from 8pm-3am, and on Friday 5am-11pm. Menards opens at 5am on Friday.

The Twin Cities Mall Hours
Eden Prairie Center 11/23 hours - 5am-9pm (43 at midnight)
Mall of America  11/23 hours 6am-10pm (>180 at midnight)
Maplewood Mall
11/23 hours - midnight-10pm
Ridgedale 11/23 hours - 6am-9pm (39 at midnight)
Rosedale 11/26 hours - midnight-9pm
Southdale 11/26 hours - midnight-10pm

The Mall of America will not allow anyone under 16 unaccompanied by an adult on Thanksgiving (11-22), Black Friday (11-23), or the week between Christmas and New Years (December 26-31). The Mall of America expects 200,000 shoppers this year.

Target price matching of,,,, or has specific rules. Best Buy Toys R Us and Wal-Mart also have limited price matching.

Wal-Mart employees are threatening to strike on Black Friday. Wal-Mart suppliers have also been sporatically striking. Wal-Mart will open at 8pm on Black Friday 2012.

2012 Black Friday Shopping  (see ads for details & changes, db=doorbuster, eb=early bird, gb=gigabyte)
Electronics Comparisons Target Best Buy Walmart Sears Kmart
16gb USB flash drive
$6.97 $8.99
Blu-ray disk player $69.99 $39.99
$68 $49.99
e-readers & tablets

Consumer Reports magazine 12-2012 gives high marks to the Nook.
$49 Nook
$499.99 iPad 16gb
$179.99 Samsung Galaxy
$199.99 Kindle
$279.99 Asus Tablet
$399.99 iPad 16gb
$49 Ematic
$99 Nook
$399 iPad 16gb
$39.99 X-Treme
$69.99 Trio Stealth
$99.99 Maylong
$177.99 Samsung
$39.99 X-Treme
$49.99 Eclipse
$89.99 Android
$99.99 Maylong

Menards 32" $127 reb

Consumer Reports magazine 12-2012 says the next innovations in HDTVs are 4K & OLED for richer definition and built-in internet connectivity for content delivery systems (Netflix, etc.).

HDTV concepts
Green Electronics 
$147.00 32"
$247.99 32"
$349.00 50" db
$699.00 50"
$159.99 24"
$99.99 26"
$189 32"
$247.99  32"
$397.99 39"
$179.99 40"
$497.99 40" 3D
$647.99 46" 3D
$399.99 50"
$477.99 51"
$799.99 55"
$899.99 55" 3D
$1049.98 55" 3D, woof
$999.99 60"
$1497.99 65"
$78  24"
$148 32"
$248 32"
$198 40"
$378 43"
$598 46" WiFi
$298 50"
$698 50"
$478 51"
$998 60"
$1798 70"
$97   32" Thu-8pm
$199.99 32"
$399.99 39"
$699.99 47" 3D db
$299.99 50"Thu8pm
$299.99 50" Fri-4am
$579.99 51"
$799.99 52" WiFi
$899.99 55" db
$999.99 55"
$1199.99 60"
$88 24" Thu-8pm
$199.99 24"

$97 32" db Thu-6am
$229.99 32"
$249.99 32"
$279.99 32"
$329.99 39"
$199.99 42"
$379.99 43"
$599.99 47"
$399.99 52"

notebook computer $349 15.6" 500gb $187.99 15.6" 320gb
$249.99 14" 320gb
$499.99 15.6" 750gb
$170 15.6" 320gb $299.99 15.6" 320gb $219.99 14" 320gb
portable DVD player $55  9" $38 7"

The Samsung Galaxy S III will be on sale at Sprint stores for $49.99 (save $150) with a new two-year agreement, according to Engadget.

The Barbie Photo Fashion Doll has a built-in camera, battery, and T-shirt display with buttons on her belt. She comes with a USB cable for charging and transferring photos of Ken (or anyone else) to a computer ($40).

The 2012 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book has been posted (pdf). For $100,000 they'll sell a hen house (on page 64). The more (or less) practical JetLev R200 flying jetpack is priced at $99,500 (on page 69).

Shoppers looking for a guide to living happily-ever-after should read the novel, Hopes and Dreams: Stuck on AutoDrive

Nearly Ugg Boots are at JCPenney (Arizona $12), Old Navy (Adoraboots $12), Menards ($7.99), Kohl's ($14.99, $19.99), K-Mart ($12.49), Target (Xhilaration $25), & Payless (19.99 & 29.99).

Black Friday Coupons
Bed Bath & Beyond will hand out coupons for 20% off the entire purchase (with limits) to people arriving between 6am-noon.

Blick Art Materials (Edina & Roseville) has a coupon for 20% off entire purchase on November 23rd. The first 10 people will receive a bag of art materials.

Twin Cities Black Friday - Twin Cities CalendarHalf Price Books is handing out Black Friday coupons (print it) for 15% off the entire purchase or $15 off a $50 purchase. At 7am, the first 100 people will get a bag with a $5 gift card.

Coupons in the Thursday newspapers (Star Tribune, Pioneer Press)**
CVS Pharmacy ads have a coupon for 25% off the entire purchase of regular priced items (Thursday-Saturday)
Guitar Center ads have coupons for 15% off an item (Friday, print it) & 10% off a single item (Saturday & Sunday)
Herberger's has a newspaper coupon for $10 off an item of $10 (or more)
& 10-15-25% off certain sale price items. Plus, print this coupon for 30% off jewelry

Holiday Stationstores 7¢ & 5¢ per gallon coupons (like this one)
JoAnn Fabrics ads have coupons for:
                            25% off total purchase (Friday 6am-noon)
                            50% off any one regular priced item (Friday all day)
                            60% off
any one regular priced item (Sunday all day)
Macys ads have $10 off $25 purchase & 10-15% off sale apparel
Michaels (crafts) ads have coupons (with barcodes) for :
30% off entire purchase (Thursday 4pm-11pm)
25% off entire purchase (Friday 7am-noon)
50% off any one regular price item (Friday noon-10pm)
20% off entire purchase (Saturday 8am-noon)
50% off any one regular price item (Saturday noon-10pm)
and Duracell has a $4 off certain Duracell battery packs

Black Friday (Nov. 23th) is the national shopping day that follows Thanksgiving. It's called Black Friday because it takes place in the middle of the night. Most retail speculation leading into Black Friday 2012 is that the best prices will not occur on Black Friday. The hype of Black Friday already brings in consumer traffic. Black Friday deals do not have to increase traffic, just maintain traffic from previous years. Showrooming, looking at stores but buying online, is expected to increase. [sources: Time, WSJ]  The National Retail Federation expects a 4.1% holiday sales increase, compared to 2011 which saw a 5.6% increase. A recent Accenture poll (pdf) shows 9% more people plan to buy on Black Friday (53%), reversing a three-year declining trend.
$$$ - most will be driven by discounts and promotions [82%]
$$$ - most will shop at discount retailers [75%]
$$$ - many will showroom -- look at a store before buying online [56%]
$$$ - many will buy online using a PC instead of a smartphone [60%]

GottaDeal has some best Black Friday practices for retailers.
Google has identified top product searches:
*   Ugg Boots (see above)
*   Xbox 360
Samsung Galaxy S3 - Apple says it's the same

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