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1   2   

Daylight Savings Ends
(Fall back)
     String Ensemble
set clocks back 1 hour
4 Election Day
    Free coffee
6    7 R Day
Minnesota Vikings football at the Metrodome
8  Thor 2     

Thor's hammer
10    11  Veterans' Day

Veterans' Day
12  Shanghai Ballet  13 14    15  Brian Setzer Xmas
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Lynyrd Skynyrd at Mystic Lake 2013
16 Brad Paisley
     Brian Regan

17   18

19  John Legend
John Legend, State Theatre, 7:30pm
20 21  Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez at Target Center, Nov 21st
22 Bob Newhart
     Elton John
     Hunger Games 2
Hunger Games 2 - Catching Fire 
23  John Mayer
John Mayer, Target Center 2013
24   Gastro Non Grata

25 26   27  Hanukah begins

full moon
28  Thanksgiving

29  Shopping Day
      Black Friday
      Hours  (below)

Shopping Day
30 Jay Z
     Tree lighting

Twin Cities Calendar for November  2013
    November 2 pop                 Pink, Target Center (8pm, $40+) -- here's Try (rescheduled to January 7th)
November 3 time                Daylight Savings Time ends - fall back one hour (2am becomes 1am)
classical        Roseville String Ensemble conducted by James Hainlen, Sundin Music Hall, Hamline U (3pm, free)
Nov 4-5 pop                 Rickie Lee Jones, Dakota Jazz Club (8pm, $45+) -- here's Chuck E's In Love
November 5 politics           Election Day (voter info, 1-866-687-8683) -- Minneapolis mayor (35 candidates, transportation issue)
                         >> St. Paul mayor  - 
Kurt Dornfeld, Tim Holden, Sharon Anderson, & Chris Coleman
food                 Free coffee if you show your I Voted sticker, Mississippi Market
          Muharram - Islamic New Year (first day of Muharram - the first month of the Islamic calendar)
November 7 protest            R Word (AIM against racist sports names) march & rally (5pm, 1530 E Franklin, Mpls)
         Vikings v. Washington Xxxxxxxx, Metrodome (7:25pm) 
November 8 movie              Thor: The Dark World with  Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, & Anthony Hopkins
November 9
holiday           Veterans' Day
Nov 9, 23 football           Minnesota Gophers, TCF Bank Stadium
November 12 ballet               Shanghai Ballet, Orpheum Theatre (7:30pm, $42+)
November 15 xmas music     Brian Setzer Orchestra - Christmas Rocks, Orpheum Theatre (8pm, $44+) -- here's Jingle Bell Rock
Nov 14-17 art fair             Autumn Festival, Canterbury Park, Shakopee ($9)
Nov 14-Dec 29 xmas play        A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Guthrie Theater ($28+)
November 15 rock                 Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mystic Lake Casino, Shakopee Mdewakanton, Prior Lake (8pm, $99) -- Free Bird
Nov 15-17 show                Home Show, Minneapolis Convention Center  ($8)
Nov 15-Jan 15 play                  Spider's Web by Agatha Christie, Theatre in the Round, 245 Cedar Av, Minneapolis
November 16 country            Brad Paisley, Xcel Center (7:30pm, $25+) -- here's Whiskey Lullaby 
           Brian Regan, Orpheum Theatre (8pm, $48) -- here's Walked on the Moon 
November 17 classical          Woodbury Chorus & Orchestra, Wellstone Center, 179 E Robie, St. Paul (4pm, donation)
November 19 soul                  John Legend, State Theatre (7:30pm, $45) -- here's All of Me 
Nov 19-24 musical           We Will Rock You, Orpheum Theatre ($49+) -- play with the music of Queen & Ben Elton
Nov 20-23 play                 Potted Potter, O’Shaughnessy, St. Catherine University ($25+) -- Harry Potter parody
November 21 pop                  Selena Gomez, Target Center (7pm, $30+)  
Nov 21-23 art sale            MCAD Art Sale, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Nov 21-24 craft fair          Holiday Gift Show, Har Mar Mall
November 22 comedy            Bob Newhart, State Theatre (8pm, $49)
                  Elton John, Xcel Center (8pm) -- here's Your Song   
             Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Cathedral of St. Paul 
movie               Hunger Games 2 - Catching Fire  -- stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, & Liam Hemsworth
Nov 22-Jan 5 xmas play        Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol, New Century Theatre ($24+)
November 23 country            John Mayer, Target Center (7pm, $55+)   -- here's Your Body Is A Wonderland
metal                Megadeth, Myth, Maplewood (6pm, $52) -- here's Super Collider 
Nov 23-Dec-23 xmas parade   Holidazzle, Nicollet Mall (12th St - 4th St), Minneapolis (6:30pm)
Nov 23-Jan 5 play                  Born Yesterday, Guthrie Theater ($35+)
November 24 choral              Annelies, Oratorio Society, Colonial Church of Edina (4pm, $20)
food, music      Gastro Non Grata, Triple Rock Social Club, Mpls (7pm, $15) -- Burch Steak & Dumpster Juice
Nov 26-Dec 20 play                  Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Park Square Theatre, St. Paul
Nov 26-Jan 1 xmas lights      Lights in the Park, Phalen Park, St. Paul (5:30pm-10pm, $10 per car) 
Nov 27-Dec 5 holiday            Hanukkah
November 28
holiday            Thanksgiving
November 29 sales                 Shopping Day - Black Friday (below) -- Twin Cities store hours, mall hours, price comparisons
Nov 29-30 craft fair           Fall Vendor & Craft Show, Jackpot Junction, Morton, MN (free)
Nov 29-Dec 1
holiday             Hmong New Year, River Centre  (see also Dec 21-22 Metrodome) 
November 30 rap                     Jay Z, Xcel Center (8pm, $40+) -- here's Forever Young  
xmas tree          Tree Lighting, Rice Park, St. Paul (5pm, free) -- thanks Xcel, for using LED lights!
Nov 30-Dec 1 pageants           Miss Minnesota USA & Miss Teen Minnesota USA, Burnsville Performing Arts Center ($38+)

Thanksgiving Sales (Thursday, November 28 - Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013)
Thanksgiving hours
Best Buy opens Thursday at 6pm (details)
JC Penney's opens Thursday at 8pm but will give out Disney snow globes on Friday at 4am?!?

K-Mart opens Thursday at 6am and will remain open for 41 hours straight (until 11-29 11pm)
          Kmart doorbuster sales are Thursday at 6am & 7pm and Friday at 6am
Kohl's opens Thursday at 8pm

Macy's opens Thursday at 8pm to Friday 1pm; Saturday 7am-1pm + coupon for $10 off $25
Sears opens Thursday at 8pm and closes Friday at 10pm (details)
Target opens Thursday at 8pm 
•   Element 50" 1080p LED HDTV $229
•   Vizio 47" 1080p LED HDTV $380
•   Samsung 40" 1080p LED HDTV $398
•   Vizio 37" LED HDTV $250
•   Westinghouse 40" 120Hz 1080p LED HDTV $200
•   Samsung 50" 1080p LED HDTV + $50 Target gift card = $592
•   Samsung 55" 120Hz 1080p LED HDTV $698
•   Samsung 32" LED HDTV $228
•        Samsung Galaxy S4 (2year contract) $40
•        Samsung Galaxy S3 (2year contract) 1¢
•        iPad Mini 16GB WiFi only Tablet + $75 Target gift card = $299
•        iPad Air 16GB WiFi only Tablet + $100 Target gift card = $479 
•        iPhone 5S 16GB + $30 Target gift card = $180
•        iPod Touch 16GB + $50 Target gift card = $229
•        Nook 7" HD 8GB Tablet $79
•   Beats by Dre Solo HD Headphones (light blue, dark blue, purple, & green) $119
•   Beats by Dre Mixr Headphones $200
•   Sony Portable Bluetooth Speaker $50
•   JBL 38" 2.0 Cinema Soundbar $100
•        Nintendo 3DS XL $150
•        Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle $190
•   Nikon L320 with 26x zoom and 16mp $99
•   Nikon D3200 with 2 lens bundle (55-200mm zoom lens, 18-55mm lens) $500
•   Canon A3500 Digital Camera $80
Toys R Us opens Thursday at 5pm (5pm-9pm 4-Hour deals)
Walmart sales on Thursday at 6pm & 8pm and Friday at 8am
. Wristbands for items will be given out prior to the sale times while supplies last. {Read these rules!]
Thursday at 6pm at Walmart:
•   Apple iPad mini (16gb, Wi-Fi) + Wal-Mart $100 gift card for $299
•   Vizio 60" flat panel TV for $688
•   Funai 32" HDTV for $98
•   HP Pavillion TouchSmart laptop for $278
•   Call of Duty Ghosts for $39.96
•   Furby Boom for $29
Thursday at 8pm at Walmart:
•   Beats by Dr. Dre headphones for $114.95
•   Galaxy Centura prepaid phone for $29
•   7-inch RCA tablet for $49
Friday at 8am at Walmart:
•   Apple iPhone 5C, 5S (& 2year contract) at regular price gets a $75 Wal-Mart gift card

Black Friday times
        Half Price Books opens Friday at 7am (coupon in ad for 40% off 1 item or $15 off $50
        Menards opens Friday at 6am

The Twin Cities Mall Hours for Thanksgiving and Black Friday
Eden Prairie Center     hours -  ???
Mall of America  11-28 hours - closed
                               11-29 hours - 6am-10pm (100s open at midnight)
Maplewood Mall
 11-28 hours - 8pm-11pm
Ridgedale 11-28 hours - closed (10 exceptions)
                   11-29 hours - 6am-9pm
(39 at midnight)
Rosedale   11-29 hours 
Southdale 11-28 hours - 8pm-midnight
                   11-29 hours - midnight-11pm

The Mall of America will not allow anyone under 16 unaccompanied by an adult on Thanksgiving (11-28), Black Friday (11-29), or the week between Christmas and New Years (December 26-31). 

The National Retail Federation predicts marginal gains in sales for the 2013 holiday season (3.9%). For 2012, NRF expected a 4.1% increase, but the reality was 3.5%.

Don't expect deals on the newly released XBox One or Playstation 4.

Amazon raised their free shipping threshold from $25 to $35 on October 21, 2013.

What Not To Buy
Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales are not necessarily the best sales of the year. It's not the best for jewelry sales (April, July, or August are better). End of winter sales are better for coats and bedding. It's not the best time of year to buy toys; that would be at the last minute before and after Christmas, but by then the selection isn't as good. September is the best time to buy complete computer systems. Big name TVs have better prices in February generally, but third-tier manufacturers have better Black Friday prices. [Best times to buy other items can be found at DealNews & Lifehacker]

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.

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