Happening: A Purple Celebration at the Guthrie April 16th 8-11 pm

Happening: A Purple Celebration

Monday, April 16 • 8–11 p.m.
Guthrie Theater lobbies
Free and open to the public


As the Twin Cities mark the anniversary of Prince’s passing, artists and staff of the Guthrie Theater will join city-wide celebrations of the artist’s legacy, sharing music, poetry and special creations in honor of Prince. Join us for this one-night-only purple-hued event, and help kick off the Twin Cities’ weeklong commemoration of the legendary musician.


8–9 p.m.  

Music and poetry inspired by Prince, performed by Guthrie artists


9–9:30 p.m.  

A musical homage to the Purple One, performed by JD Steele, Fred Steele and the Mill City Choir, followed by an audience sing-along  


9:30–11 p.m.

Dance party with The Current’s DJ Jake Rudh, featuring the music of Prince


Ongoing activities




  • Get crafty like it’s 1999! Bring your own artwork or create an offering at our craft station to add to a Prince Celebration Shrine.
  • Marvel at the students and faculty from Juxtaposition Arts, some of the city’s most talented designers, as they create drawings in the moment to capture the spirit of the event.
  • Stop by the purple hair station, courtesy of Curl Power Salon, to be sure “you got the look” – a Prince-inspired purple do.
  • Let’s go crazy. Sip cocktails and munch on some of Prince’s favorite snacks throughout the night.


Sponsored by




“A Purple Celebration” is part of the Guthrie’s series of Happenings, which are periodic and timely events responsive to the world around us. Happenings are made possible through generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


What’s new at the Guthrie





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McGuire Proscenium Stage

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Wurtele Thrust Stage

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