When Prince’s Purple Rain album debuted in June of 1984, it rocked the charts (and has since been consistently cited in critics' lists as one of the best albums of all time). The eponymous movie came out a month later and blew whatever minds were left intact. Even with the requisite 1980s melodrama, Prince's classic cinema debut and record still hold up today, 30 years after their release.
That's right, Purple Rain is turning 30 this year, and of course San Francisco is gonna celebrate that occasion. There are two dance parties and one movie screening dedicated to the Purple One this weekend.
On Saturday night, the DJs behind the Prince and Michael Experience celebrate 12 years of mixing the king and Price of pop at Madrone Art Bar. Starting at 8p.m., they'll kick off five hours of classics, rarities, and remixes from Prince and Michael Jackson. Whether your jacket is red or purple, you’re guaranteed to have a good time. ($5 cover).
If you can't make it to Madrone, don’t "Go Crazy", just "Beat It" over to Mezzanine for the ninth annual Soul Slam. Doors open at 9 p.m., tickets are $25, and if "Money Don’t Matter 2 Night," you can order pins, posters, and limited edition shirts to take home. DJ Spinna is coming all the way from Brooklyn with an extensive collection of everything MJ and Prince related, so you better brush up on your high heel moonwalking.
Regardless of whether you made it to the theater for the first round of Purple Rain, you can see it on the big screen this Sunday. The Balboa Theater will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the movie with a 7 p.m. screening. There will also be a costume contest (as if you wouldn’t wear something purple and sleazy anyway), Prince trivia, and a dance party in the theater lobby. Tickets are $10 apiece and they’re on sale now.
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