Iowa City mourns through karaoke

Prince Memorial Karaoke & Air Guitar Competition

The Mill — Friday, Apr. 29 at 10 p.m.

A still from the film ‘Purple Rain.’

In the wake of the passing of another musical icon last week, The Mill is planning a late night karaoke party and air guitar contest on Friday, Apr. 29 at 10 p.m. The death of Prince Rogers Nelson, known as (and formerly known as) Prince, on Apr. 21, set the country on its head. The loss was felt in the Midwest especially, as the artist was a native Minnesotan. Following hard upon the loss of David Bowie, a similarly unifying figure for fans, Prince’s death has caused people to reach out — to find ways to mourn together.

Once again, as they did with Bowie, The Mill is offering an opportunity for just that. Friday’s event will center around Prince karaoke, and will also include an air guitar competition in a nod to the musician’s famously astounding guitar skills. In addition, there will be a chance to honor Prince’s philanthropic legacy — all proceeds from the door donation, air guitar competition entry fee and a raffle (to be held at the event) will go to local food redistribution organization Table to Table. The list of raffle donors includes Haba Salon, Forbidden Planet, The Mill, Witching Hour Festival (weekend pass), Anne Marsh of Iowa City Tattoo, Short’s Burgers and Shine and Cell Only (Bluetooth speaker). Instructions are on the Facebook event page for those who would like to donate to the raffle.

In addition to the event at The Mill, Prince fans can come together at local cinemas showing the artist’s 1984 film Purple Rain. Both Carmike Theatres, which has an outlet in Cedar Rapids, and Marcus Theatres, which can be found in Iowa City, are screening the movie in honor of Prince’s death. Check out the showtimes below:

Carmike Wynnsong 12

2435 Edgewood Rd. SW, Cedar Rapids
Tue., Apr. 26: 1 p.m. | 4 p.m. | 7 p.m.
Wed., Apr. 27: 1 p.m. | 4 p.m. | 7 p.m.
Thu., Apr. 28: 1 p.m. | 4 p.m.
Fri., Apr. 29: 7 p.m. | 9:30 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 30: 7 p.m. | 9:30 p.m.
Sun., May 1–Wed., May 4: 7 p.m.

Sycamore Theatre

1602 Sycamore Street, Iowa City
Tue., Apr. 26: 1:40 p.m. | 4:20 p.m. | 7 p.m. | 9:40 p.m.
Wed., Apr. 27: 1:40 p.m. | 4:20 p.m. | 7 p.m. | 9:40 p.m.
Thu., Apr. 28: 1:40 p.m. | 4:20 p.m. | 7 p.m. | 9:40 p.m.