Nothing compares

Friday and Saturday, Circle Cinema pays tribute to Prince with screenings of his 1984 classic, “Purple Rain.”

A week ago, we lost a true artist and one of the greatest musicians and performers the world has known. Prince’s spirit, genius, and influence have resonated through artists of all walks, and he always remained his freaky, experimental, wonderful self.

To pay tribute to His Royal Badness, Circle Cinema will screen the classic 1984 movie “Purple Rain” on Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.

In the pseudo-biographical film, Prince stars as The Kid, a bandleader struggling to connect with an audience amid a bitter rivalry with Morris Day and The Time, and while his home life is falling apart.

The most difficult thing to believe in “Purple Rain” is that a band playing like Prince and The Revolution do could ever have difficulty finding an audience. Contrary to The Kid’s struggles, in 1984, Prince was at the height of his popularity, and creating incredible music that was equally indebted to funk, R&B, rock, pop, and dance music, and of which the world could just not get enough. (Watch their performance at the 1985 American Music Awards if you need convincing.)

The movie’s soundtrack spawned five hit singles (“Let’s Go Crazy,” “When Doves Cry,” “I Would Die 4 U,” “Take Me With U,” and the title track) and won two Grammys and an Oscar. The movie itself features even more music by the Purple One, as Prince wrote and played much of the music performed in the film by The Time and Apollonia 6.

After the credits roll following that exhilarating and intoxicating back-to-back-to-back finale of “Purple Rain,” “I Would Die 4 U,” and “Baby I’m a Star,” cool off and commiserate over drinks at the newly refurbished Beehive Lounge, just around the corner from Circle. They have a jukebox. You know what to do.

It’s a less funky planet now that Prince has left us for the After World, but keep in mind that there are still troves of unreleased songs stashed away at Paisley Park, and Prince still plays at Minneapolis’s First Avenue club every night that “Purple Rain” is playing.

And most importantly, remember:

Always cry for love, never cry for pain


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