Purple Reign


In New York, location is everything. So it’s no coincidence that music journalist Touré set up the release party for his new book, I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon, at Housing Works Bookstore Café—half a block away from Prince Street. Smarter, though, is the fact that this is no regular author event; it’s titled I Would Die 4 U: A Prince Dance Party, and it will feature the music of His Royal Badness in all its purple splendor as spun by A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Although Touré’s tome offers a 176-page explanation of why Prince matters, tonight will make for a pretty poignant addendum. Best yet, the entire price of admission will go to Housing Works, an organization that fights homelessness and AIDS.

Fri., March 22, 7 p.m., 2013