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Purple Rain: New Yorkers Reflect on Prince's Legacy

Prince's wax effigy at Madame Tussaud's in Times Square


Information provided by The Village Voice:

Friday 4/22
All I Need: In Memory of Prince
C'mon Everybody
11 p.m., free

Always a good place to spend Friday night dancing, C'mon Everybody is paying tribute tonight to "Prince, his legacy and the many artists he has influenced" with a dance party open to everyone who wants to start their weekend the purple way. DJs Rob D Lite, Stefane Be, and Twelve45 will be spinning all night and into late morning. 

Dearly Beloved: A Prince Reminiscence & Listening Party
Meridian 23
5 p.m., free

For the early-evening revelers who want to hit a few spots tonight (maybe including your friend's Passover seder), the Chelsea lounge hosts five hours of a Prince love-fest, including a special purple concoction from bartender Kim Hayes whipped up special for the tragic occasion. 

Saturday 4/23
Legacy of the Witch
Saint Vitus Bar
5:30 p.m., $20-25

Ok, so this isn't an entirely Prince-themed event, but the second annual edition of Slutist's femme-power celebration will "probably" (wink-wink) include a Prince burlesque tribute, plus plenty of appearances on the DJ decks of his music. Like Happyfun's party below, the spirit of this event is already very much in the right spirit, so you'll find plenty of kindred souls there to get freaky with. 

Party Like It's 1999
11 p.m., $6

This is a '90s party, but it's named after a Prince song, so you do the math on how they're spending this week's edition. House DJ Steve Reynolds takes a global view of the artist's legacy, playing not only Prince's hits and deep cuts but also music from other artists he clearly inspired. There's a visual component, too, with clips of concert performances, official music videos, and film appearances projected on the walls.

Monday 4/25
Get Thru This Thing Called Life
Happyfun Hideaway
8 p.m., free

On a typical Friday night, Bushwick's Happyfun Hideaway sort of already looks like a Prince party, since regular patrons tend toward to outlandishly stylish and generally gender-bending. If you want a casual way to celebrate among folks who truly appreciate his legacy (and with very cheap, very delicious tropical drinks), this DJ night with Edith Pop, Frankie Teardrop, Knifesex and more is about as good as it gets. 

Immersive Purple Rain
House of Yes
7 p.m., $20 (sold out, second show TBA)

Just as they did with Bowie and Labyrinth, the Bushwick art collective is hosting a screening and dance party for Prince's own cinematic masterpiece Purple Rain. Part of the House's Little Cinema series, the evening pairs dinner, cocktails, and House of Yes member performances with the film screening. A free dance party follows.