The Guthrie pays tribute to Prince with an April 16 event inside the theater’s lobbies on multiple floors.

As the Twin Cities marks the second anniversary of Prince’s passing, the artists and staff of the Guthrie Theater will join city-wide celebrations of Prince’s legacy.

The Guthrie announced it will open its doors on April 16 from 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. in the Level One and Level Four lobbies for A Purple Celebration, a free community “Happening” honoring the lasting influence of musical legend Prince. This free, non-ticketed event is part of a week-long commemoration of Prince in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The Guthrie’s A Purple Celebration will feature music, poetry and artistic creations by local artists and community guests as we gather together to remember legendary artist, Prince.

This evening opens with Guthrie Theater artists and staff offering music and poetry inspired by Prince followed by JD Steele, Fred Steele and the Mill City Choir paying their own unique musical homage to the Purple One. The second half of the evening will move into a dance party led by DJ Jake Rudh of MPR’s The Current as he spins Prince tunes and rhythmic grooves.

There will be opportunities throughout the evening for personal engagement and expression. Following the stylings of Paisley Park, a black vinyl-coated chain-link fence will be the site of a Prince shrine where guests can share artwork and memorabilia. A crafting station will be available as a place for community members to create their own expressions of honor and appreciation for the global impact of one of Minnesota’s beloved native sons. Live drawings by local artisans will be created during the evening, and stylists from Curl Power Salon in Minneapolis will be available at the Fabulous Purple Hair Booth to transform hairstyles through purple spray and glitter. Prince’s favorite snacks including popcorn, pancakes and Tootsie Pops will be available throughout the celebration.

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