The Purple Reign ended today. It’s a shock to fans of Prince that someone so funky and seemingly full of life could die so young (he was 57, but looked ageless, as always). It’s tragic and it’ll be awhile before we know the full story of what happened. But out of tragedy we’re reminded about one of the great things about living in New York City: We really know how to respond to losing a musical hero. Prince tributes, dance parties, Purple Rain screenings, bike rides and other appreciations are already being planned around the city. We’ve started collecting them here: we’ll keep updating this post as more come in over the next few days so stay tuned.
RIP PRINCE. So sad. I made these FOOT PRINCE stickers a few years ago. I’ve got thousands of them. I believe nows a good time to release them into the world. Stop by either Vinnie’s tomorrow, we’ll be handing them out for free so that you can show your Prince Pride. #ripprince #vinniesbrooklyn #williamsburg #greenpoint
Free Foot Prince stickers Vinnie’s Pizza, 148 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg and 253 Nassau Ave., Greenpoint. FREE
As shown above, delicious and pop culture pun-loving pizzeria Vinnie’s has “thousands” of these “Foot Prince” stickers to hand out for free at both locations.
WEDNESDAY MAY 4
Music Video Ping Pong: Prince Edition
8pm, Heavy Woods, 50 Wyckoff Ave., Bushwick
For The Teenage Guide to Popularity’s next edition of Music Video Ping-Pong, they will be projecting a Prince-centered set with every music video we can get our hands on. Kevin Alvir will be drawing live portraits.
THURSDAY MAY 5
7:30pm – Under the Cherry Moon
9:30pm – Tim Burton’s Batman with Prince soundtrack
APRIL 29-MAY 7
Prince movies at IFC Center
323 Sixth Ave., Manhattan
Catch Prince’s Purple Rain April 29-30 and Under the Cherry Moon on May 6-7 at the IFC theater. More details here.
Feeling Gloomy presents SIGN OF THE TIMES
11pm, The Grand Victory, 245 Grand St., Williamsburg
Because of the way Prince exerted control over his catalog, he’s sometimes been a hard artist to explore, but the Brothers Gloom have done the legwork for you and they’ll be bringing you his best, all night long. Expect dancing, special guest DJs and other activities exploring Prince’s entire body of work. Wear purple!
DANCE MUSIC SEX ROMANCE: A Prince Video Dance Party in Tribute, presented by MUSIC VIDEO TIME MACHINE
9pm, Rough Trade NYC, 64 North 9th St., Williamsburg
$5, tickets on sale here.
Come hail the purple reign of His Royal Badness with Prince’s funkiest music videos on the dance floor all night. The people who brought you the PRETTY IN PINK 30th Anniversary Dance Party invite you to join us as we kiss, cream, gett off, go crazy —and even Batdance.
We’ll add more as they come in so check back!
Also, there’s this: