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  • Shopping

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    Shopper survival: Black Friday scoop

    It’s almost Black Friday people, but you probably don’t need anyone to tell you that. But in case you were in doubt that it’s the Super Bowl for shoppers–according to, $12.3 billion was spent in brick-and mortar stores during Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2013 with another $1.964 billion in overall online sales. In In Five–Find Gifting Bliss in the Oct/Nov issue of Bayou City Magazine, we told you a little bit about how to shop your way during Black Friday. We’re not done with the scoop.

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    Passionista’s Guide: A Christmas Carol & HEB Thanksgiving Parade, plus this week’s “worth-it” events

    Each week, Bayou City “Doing” shares our perfect week: curated events that are worth the time, money, drive or dress. Sometimes you’ll find one event that we delve into, sometimes you’ll find a set of related events and often we’ll share enough events to make up an inspired week, Bayou City magazine style. This week: A Christmas Carol, Yuletide at Bayou Bend, HEB Thanksgiving Parade, Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration, Galveston ArtWalk, Pop Shop Festival, PODA 2.0 and Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular.

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    Snapping: Thanksgiving

    This week’s challenge is to show us your Thanksgiving day. Show us how you’re celebrating, what you’re eating and what you’re doing for Thanksgiving. Celebrating turkey day at your house? Read our tips for creating a Thanksgiving table with all the trimmings for an experience to remember. Don’t forget to submit or tag us (we follow @bayoucitymag, and the tags #bayoucitymag #bayoucitymagstreetscene and #bayoucitysnapping).

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  • Dining

    Dining out on Thanksgiving

    There are plenty of restaurants open and serving up delicious fare for Thanksgiving, just be sure to check before you go, make reservations if possible and check if they’re serving a special menu for the holiday. Here are a few of our favorites to try this year.

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    Behind the scenes: H-town performing arts

    Sure, it’s wonderful to settle into your seat at one of Houston’s performing arts venues, sit back and enjoy the show. But imagine how much more fun you might have with a little behind-the-scenes know-how. What’s so special about that aria the leading soprano is singing and how did the composer decide that was the way to incorporate it into the opera? Why is that dance step considered to be so difficult and how can you tell the difference between it and another step in the ballet or dance performance? What happened at a rehearsal that changed up how a particular scene might be done?

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    Cru Wine Bar

    Winning wines for Thanksgiving dinner

    You’ve got grandma’s cornbread stuffing recipe, your Mom’s roasted turkey and gravy lined up, and your uncle’s smoked ham coming for Thanksgiving. But what about the perfect wine—one that will please everyone at your table, including the picky aunt who always brings over an awesome smoked salmon platter? Here are a wide variety of wines to consider with a few tips from wine pros and a wine country chef.

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