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A Prince of a Weekend

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My last two years of high school were spent in the deep South attending an all-girls Catholic high school. Yes, it was an interesting experience.

Any time nuns enter the picture in northern Louisiana is always an interesting experience. Last week's news of Prince's death instantly took me back to my last year of high school. My soundtrack back then were bands like Haircut 100, the Clash, the Jam and yeah, Prince. Seniors at my school were required to do a weekend spiritual retreat. On the bus headed for our retreat, after my classmates and I put the windows down, someone in the back with a large boom box turned up "Darling Nikki" to start our drive.

The nuns and teachers, oblivious to the lyrics (I think) smiled curb-side, waving goodbye to us as we left school in search of our souls and Jesus. Thank you, Prince, for this memory and allowing us those brief moments of rebellion, as well as every subversive and sexually charged lyric and guitar magic you gave us. When we lost David Bowie recently, I wrote about the sweet experience of sharing Bowie with my son, singing in the car and loving every moment of it. Now, Prince. What a mistake I've made—I admit, the kid and I haven't sung much Prince together. I'm wishing we did. This week, thanks to the good people we love at The Loft Cinema, the Rialto and Congress, all of us can have an entire weekend of Prince with I Would Die 4 U: 2cson's Tribute 2 Prince Rogers Nelson. Join the kid and I, Friday, April 29, 7 p.m. at the Loft for a Purple Rain sing-along.

That night, head to Club Congress at 9 p.m. for some dance love with DJ Herm. Saturday, at the Rialto, doors open at 7 p.m. for a tribute night (similar to the Bowie event) hosted by Kitty Katt McKinley with Prince tribute act The New Purple Generation (with guests Najima Jamilah, Clif Taylor, and Paul Jenkins) accompanied by a small orchestra ensemble. Also joining us that night are Kevin and Tanishia; KXCI's Cathy Rivers performing "Darling Nikki" with Mike Mihina of Lovemound; Jaime J; and Chris Black and his ensemble. There's supposed to be a rain stage and a new mural from Joe Pagac.

Fittingly, it all ends with a dance party.

— Mari Herreras, mherreras@tucsonweekly.com

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