When: Sat., Sept. 3, 8 p.m. 2016
Since Prince’s tragic death in April, love and respect for the icon has been expressed through heartfelt tributes throughout his native Minnesota and across the country — mourning fans left purple flowers in front of his Paisley Park residence and the First Avenue nightclub he immortalized in the film Purple Rain; purple lights lit up bridges, skyscrapers, The Orlando Eye ferris wheel, the New Orleans Superdome, San Francisco City Hall and Minnesota’s Target Field (in the rain, no less); clubs and radio stations played back-to-back hits spanning his 40-year career; The New Yorker referenced Purple Rain with an understated tearjerker of a cover; and Harlem’s Apollo Theater changed its marquee to “In Honor of the Beautiful One … Nothing Compares 2 U.” And with his birthday, June 7, proclaimed Prince Day by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, we can expect purple takeovers and Prince-themed parties every summer. But as the lovely gals of Stars and Garters Burlesque aim to prove with their latest spectacle, celebrating His Purple Majesty’s cultural legacy is a perennial affair. Hosted by Joel Settles, the long-running troupe’s Let’s Go Crazy invites guests to “party like it’s 1999” with the scantily clad likes of Suki Jones, Pystol Whips, Coco Simone, Squirrelly Temple, Candy Kane, Lucky Strike and Black Orchid (who’ll be bringing her drag king character “out to play”). Besides risqué routines set to Prince classics, attendees can expect Prince-themed audience participation games and special guests to be announced. Purple attire encouraged.