Celebrating Prince’s life and legacy in the Twin Cities: skating, dance parties, poetry & more

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On Monday, June 6, Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith declared Tuesday, June 7, 2016 as “Prince Day” in the state of Minnesota ahead of what would have been the music pioneer’s 58th birthday. The declaration is meant to “celebrate Prince’s life and many contributions – not only in arts and culture, but also in his many acts of service to his fellow Minnesotans,” according to the news release.

The Twin Cities will be full of celebrations honoring the life and legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson this week. Below we’ve compiled a list of events in the Twin Cities. If you know of more events, send us an email or use the comment section below and we’ll add it to our list.



13265976_10156876403515332_5546980270283344541_nFirst Friday’s presents, “A Prince was Born”

First Friday Twin Cities asks you to wear something purple to honor the life of Prince Rogers Nelson. Celebrate his legacy unlike anywhere else in the city!

Fri., June 3 | 9 pm — 2 am

Rouge at The Lounge

411 N. 2nd Ave., Mpls.

More info: http:bit.ly/1Z4bC1Q


This Thing Called Life * The NPG Prince Tribute Prince Pepitios

Fri., June 3 & 4 | 7:30 — 1 am

The Parkway Theater

4814 Chicago Ave, Mpls.

More info: www.vitalculture.com




Prince pizzaPrince Pizza Party: A Benefit for Mixed Blood Theatre

Pizzieria Lola will celebrate Prince’s legacy with Prince-inspired food specials, DJ Espada spinning Prince vinyl, and other fun surprises. 100 percent of the profits will be donated to Mixed Blood Theatre Company.

Tues., June 7 | 5-10 pm

Pizzeria Lola

5557 Xerxes Ave S

More info: www.facebook.com/pizzerialola



PrincePrince, A Celebration of Life and Music

Tues., June 7 | 7-11 pm

7 pm:  Sign O’ the Times movie screening

8:30 pm: DJ Lenka Paris

Aloft Minneapolis

900 Washington Ave., S., Mpls.

More info: http://bit.do/prince-celebration


OVATION-LOGO-web4 Chase & Ovation Tribute Show at Famous Dave’s Uptown

The worlds quintessential Prince tribute for 10 years! Come celebrate, LOVE, LIFE , and MUSIC.

June 7 | 5:45 pm Door,  7pm Music

3001 Hennepin Ave., Calhoun Square, Mpls.

More info: http://www.chaseandovation.com/shows

13244640_1046059825442280_6697068081093894480_nWhere Purple Reigns: Minnesota Artists on Prince Art Exhibit

UROC will host an opening reception which will feature opportunities to celebrate, reflect and remember Prince on what would have been his 58th birthday.

Tues., June 7 | 5-8 pm

Literary art performance and opening reception: 5-6 pm

Literary arts event: “Minnesota Poets on Prince”: 6:30-8 pm

UROC Gallery

2001 Plymouth Ave., N, Mpls.

More info: http://bit.do/artists-call


Prince Roller GardenPrince Tribute Night at the Roller Garden

Skate to the best of Prince music in celebration of the artist’s life, love of music and roller-skating! 50 percent of proceeds go to Hopewell Music Cooperative North (a non-profit music school in North Minneapolis)

Tues., June 7 | 8:30-11 pm

Roller Garden

5622 W. Lake St., St. Louis Park

More info: http://www.rollergarden.com/specialevents.cfm or  952-929-5518

DiamondsI’m Loving Me 2016: Diamonds & Pearls

“I’m Loving Me & My Community” is an annual community mobilization event thrown by the Check Yo’Self Health & Wellness Center located in High School For Recording Arts. This years Diamonds & Pearls theme is in honor of Prince, who was a family friend of our founder Charlnitta “Mama Chi” Ellis. We will be honoring a student with a Diamonds & Pearls award for being a positive influence on their peers and their community and progressing in spite of the obstacles they’re faced with, much like Prince did. We look forward to seeing you!

Wednes., June 8 | 7-10 pm

High School for Recording Arts

1166 University Ave., W. St. Paul

More info: 651-287-0890 or www.facebook.com/events/1289977711029719

Other upcoming events:

Morris Day & The Time with Mina Moore

Thurs., June 30 | 7:30 pm

Music in the Zoo

13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1580565308925914

Tribute to Prince at Bedlam

Fri., July 1 | 8 pm

Bedlam Lowertown

213 4th St E, St. Paul

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1532155143757980/


If you know of any event to add on the list, give us a heads up in the comment section or send an email to msrnewsonline@spokesman-recorder.com.

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