Wednesday, May 17, 7pm
DuSable Museum of African American History
740 East 56th Place
$10 / $5 for DuSable members
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We honor the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death with a screening of his elusive 1987 concert film Sign ‘O’ the Times (1987, 85 min., Blu-ray), introduced by film critic Armond White, author of New Position: The Prince Chronicles.

After following up the divine Purple Rain with the misunderstood Under the Cherry Moon, Prince set out to make a concert film to top all concert films to promote his double album Sign ‘O’ the Times. He largely succeeded, although the project looked like a disaster at first. When footage from his European tour proved unusable, Prince and co. repaired to Paisley Park, where they reshot most of the concert footage before a small audience. (The first assistant cameraman tells us via email that on one special day, Prince ran through the entire show for Quincy Jones and the electricians who were working on the set.) Prince brought in Albert Magnoli, director of Purple Rain, to work on a series of vignettes between songs, but the auteur is Prince, at the height of his creative powers as a musician, a filmmaker, and a phenomenon.

Armond White writes about movies for National Review and Out Magazine and received the American Book Award’s Anti-Censorship prize. He is the author of The Resistance: Ten Years of Pop Culture That Shook the World, Rebel for the Hell of It: The Art-Life of Tupac Shakur, Keep Moving: The Michael Jackson Chronicles, and New Position: The Prince Chronicles plus the forthcoming What We Don’t Talk about When We Talk about the Movies.