mobile Twin Cities Calendar - November 2018

free list of Minneapolis - St. Paul events from the Twin Cities Calendar

Friday, November 2

Bohemian Rhapsody movie documentary

Nov 2-4:  Gift & Art Fair, Minneapolis Convention Center ($6)

Nov 2-4: Supernatural convention, Minneapolis Convention Center ($59+)

Sunday, November 4

Daylight Savings Ends (fall back - one hour)  daylight savings ends (fall back one hour)

Minnesota Vikings football at US Bank Stadium
Vikings v. Lions football, USbank Stadium (noon, Fox9)

Tuesday, November 6

Election Day - Vote
Voting Day - Election Day, voter infopolling places (usually 7am-8pm, call 1-877-600-VOTE (8683))
  - check if you are registered
  - register to vote
  - Vote411
  - League of Women Voters events

Nov 6-18:  Book of Mormon, Orpheum Theatre

Wednesday, November 7

Judd Apatow, Pantages Theatre (7pm)

Thursday, November 8

Nobody Is Above the Law - Investigation Obstruction protest (5pm, Minnesota State Capitol)

Nov 8-11:  Cirque du Soleil Corteo, Target Center ($45+)

Friday, November 9

Alan Parsons Project, State Theatre (8pm, $35+)

Grinch animated movie

Wynonna Judd, Treasure Island Casino, Prairie Island Mdewakanton, Welch MN (8pm, $37+)

Nov 9-11: Holiday Boutique, USbank Stadium

Saturday, November 10

Holiday Bazaar, Minnehaha Methodist Church, 3701 East 50th St, Mpls (9am-2pm)

Holiday Craft Fair, Concordia Academy, 2400 Dale St, Roseville (9am-3pm)

Nov 10-11:  Brick Fest Live, RiverCentre (10am-5pm, $23+)

Minnesota Gopher Football at TCF Stadium
Nov 10, 17:  Gopher Football, TCF Stadium

Sunday, November 11

Veterans Day  Veterans Day

Drake plays the Xcel Center
Drake, Xcel Center (7pm, $46+)

Monday, November 12

Nov 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 24, 28:  Timberwolves basketball, Target Center

Tuesday, November 13

Nov 13, 15, 17, 21, 23, 27: Wild hockey, Xcel Center

Friday, November 16

Brian Setzer, State Theatre (8pm, $54+)

Fantastic Beasts movie

Saturday, November 17
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live, State Theatre
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live! featuring The Brain, State Theatre (7pm, $40+)
- featuring, for the first time in 25 years, original host and MST3K creator Joel Hodgson back in the red jumpsuit as Joel Robinson

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live! featuring Deathstalker II, State Theatre (10pm, $40+)

Tuesday, November 20

Five Finger Death Punch & Breaking Benjamin, Target Center (6pm, $26+)

Wednesday, November 21

Robin Hood movie

Thursday, November 22

 (what's closed)

full moon   full moon

Friday, November 23

Shopping Day

Shopping Friday
(see below)

Saturday, November 24

Nov 24-25: Marching Band Indoor Concert, TCF Stadium

Sunday, November 25
Minnesota Vikings football at US Bank Stadium
Vikings v. Packers football, USbank Stadium (7:20pm, Kare11) -- purple film promo (put it on your smartphone or other flashlight)

Wednesday, November 28

Multifaith Holiday Fair,  Anderson 11, Hamline University (5-7pm, free)


Thursday, November 29

Conan O'Brien - Team Coco (standup & investment tips), Orpheum Theatre (8pm, $50+)

Nov 29-Dec 1: Bethel Festival of Christmas, Benson Hall, Bethel University ($15+)

Nov 29-Dec 1: Holiday Bazaar, Landmark Center, St. Paul ($5)

Nov 29-Dec 2: St. Olaf Christmas Festival, Northfield, MN ($35)

Nov 29-Dec 2, 5-9, 13-16, 19-23:  Black Nativity, Penumbra Theatre ($15+)

Nov 29-Dec 2, 5-9, 11-16, 18-23, 26-29:  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Wurtele Thrust Stage, Guthrie Theatre ($29+)

Friday, November 30

Nov 30-Dec 1: Basketball Classic (UofM mens basketball), USbank Stadium ($15+)

Nov 30-Dec 1: Great Russian Nutcracker, Orpheum Theatre ($32+)

Lewis Black plays the Pantages Theatre
Nov 30-Dec 1:  Lewis Black, Pantages Theatre (8pm, $60+)

Nov 30-Dec 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 19-22: Charlie Brown Christmas, Steppingstone Theatre, 55 Victoria St N, St Paul ($20)

Thanksgiving Sales (2018)
Thanksgiving hours
Schools and government offices will be closed to celebrate Thanksgiving (Nov. 22nd).
The Mall of America will be closed to celebrate Thanksgiving (Nov. 22nd).
The following stores will be closed to celebrate Thanksgiving (Nov. 22nd) :
Barnes & Noble
Bed Bath & Beyond
DSW Shoe
Guitar Center
Hobby Lobby
Home Depot
JoAnn Fabrics
Mills Fleet Farm
Office Max
Pier 1 Imports
Sam’s Club

Best Buy - opens Thursday at 5pm & opens at 8am on Friday
Staples - opens Friday at 7am & interviews customers about setup, anti-virus, and extended warranties before fetching the only copy of a laptop or desktop from the storeroom
Target - opens Thursday 6pm-midnight & opens at 6am on Friday (Target 2018 Black Friday ad - 20mb pdf)
Walmart - opens Thursday 6pm (Walmart 2018 Black Friday ad - 5mb pdf)

Big box stores know if they go away, no store will take their place. They have been arguing with county assessors across the country that their property values for property taxes should be the same as vacant (failed) big box stores. Linda Bliss from City Labs reported last week that lawyers representing Target, Best Buy, Menards, Walmart, and Sam's Club have been slashing their property taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars, using the fear of retail abandonment. Ignoring functional property values, profitable stores are being devalued under the “dark store theory for property taxes. The concept started with Detroit-based tax attorney Michael Shapiro. In Wisconsin the bulk of the appeals and lawsuits have been filed by Minnesota-based tax attorney, Robert Hill, who told Bliss, “I don’t know if these assessors give a rat’s patootie about functional obsolescence.

Target and Walmart stores in the Twin Cities have undergone expensive remodeling and are ramping up their online presence (presents), hardly proving functional obsolescence. Functional obsolescense is the year-old iPhone with crappy connectors that was purposely slowed down by Apple to encourage seasonal re-purchasing. It's a wonder consumers woke up to Apple's functional obsolescence scheme, after all these years.

Bed Bath & Beyond - 20% off entire purchase (no including deathbeds or deathbaths) on Friday 6am-noon

Dick's Sporting Goods - 25% off Thursday & Friday

Holiday coupons for 10 cents off per gallon of gas are found in the Thursday editions of the StarTribune and Pioneer Press.

JoAnn has three 
25% off total purchase in store Friday 6am-noon (not including doorbusters)
50% off any one regular price item Friday (promo code: JJUN327)
40% off any one regular price item through Saturday (promo code CAUC328)

Kohls has three coupons
15% off your purchase Monday, Nov 19 - Friday, Nov 23 (promo code: CHEERFUL)
20% off your purchase Saturday, Nov 24 - Wednesday, Nov 28 (promo code: HOTDEALS20)
20% off fine and silver jewelry Saturday, Nov 24 - Saturday, Dec 8 (promo code: JEWELRY20)

Macys has three coupons:
$10 off selected purchases of $25 or more Thursday 5pm-2am, Friday 6am-1pm, & Saturday 8am-1pm (promo code: BLKFRI25)
$20 off selected purchases of $50 or more Thursday 5pm-2am, Friday 6am-1pm, & Saturday 8am-1pm (promo code: BLKFRI50)
20% off selected sale & clearance items Thursday- Saturday (promo code: BLKFRI)

Michaels has five coupons:
Thursday 6pm-midnight 30% off entire purchase including sale items (promo code: THANKS118T)
Friday 7am-noon 25% off entire purchase including sale items (promo code: THANKS218T)
Friday noon-10pm 40% off all regular price items (promo code: THANKS318T)
Saturday 8am-noon 25% off entire purchase including sale items (promo code: THANKS518T)
Saturday noon-10pm 50% off any one regular price item (promo code: THANKS618T)

Minnesota State Parks - free entrance on Friday, November 23, 2018

The Twin Cities Mall Hours for Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2018
Eden Prairie Center 11-22 hours -  6pm-midnight
                                       11-23 6am-9pm
Mall of America  11-22 hours - closed

                                 11-23  5am-10pm (holiday hours)
Maplewood Mall  11-22 hours - 6pm-1am
                                  11-23 6am-9pm
Ridgedale 11-22 hours 6pm-midnight
                    11-23 6am-9pm

Rosedale   11-22 hours  6pm-midnight
1-23 6am-9pm (holiday hours)
Southdale 11-22 hours - 6pm-1am
                    11-23 6am-11pm

The Mall of America will not allow anyone under 16 unaccompanied by an adult after 4pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

What Not To Buy
Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales are not necessarily the best sales of the year.

Black Friday is 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]

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