Friday, Saturday, and Wednesday: "Purple Rain"

April 29, 30, May 4

So, Prince is dead and we're all pretty inconsolable about it here at the paper and we imagine most of you readers feel the same way. About the only thing that makes it bearable is the explosion of memories and appreciation that pop-up around someone this Big Deal. We're all often at our best when we're memorializing. One way to remember Prince is by attending on of the Senator's screenings of Prince's bonkers autobiopic "Purple Rain" which when it played at the Charles last year, I described as one of the most expansive examples of the Purple One's "raw dandified uniqueness." If you haven't seen it, well, it's basically about a Prince-like supertalent called the Kid navigating fame, love, abuse, and his own egomania in Minneapolis. Among the many things that happen: the Kid gets his girlfriend to take all her clothes off and jump into a lake as some kind of "prank," he performs ventriloquism, jerks off a guitar, and of course, a series of incredible music performances which are evidence (again, quoting my review from last year because I am too bummed to have new thoughts on Prince) of Prince as "a tiny little ball of provocative, awkward sexuality and guitar skillz." 8 p.m. on April 29 and 30, 9:45 p.m. on May 4, The Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road, (410) 323-4424,, $11.50. (Brandon Soderberg)

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