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Questlove to spin Prince dance parties after the Revolution's concerts

Questlove sported a Prince T-shirt behind the kit with the Roots' at the Soundset festival in May. / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

Questlove sported a Prince T-shirt behind the kit with the Roots' at the Soundset festival in May. / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

In true Prince fashion, the partying won’t stop when his Revolution bandmates finish their three tribute concerts at First Avenue later this week, and some special guests will show up, too.

Questlove of the Roots and “The Tonight Show” will DJ for the after-parties on Friday and Saturday night at the club, while local spinmeister Jake Rudh will also head up a late-night dance fest following Thursday’s gig. The parties -- scheduled 11:30 p.m.-2 a.m. each night -- will be open to all Revolution ticketholders, and a limited number of extra tickets are on sale now for $10 via First Ave outlets. First Ave also released a small amount of extra tickets to the Revolution shows this morning.

Along with the dance-party announcements, First Ave also confirmed that Prince’s “Purple Rain” co-star Apollonia will also appear at this week’s Revolution concerts. Both Apollonia and Questlove have appeared with the Revolution’s members in recent years at First Ave for drummer Bobby Z’s My Purple Heart fundraiser shows.

Well-known as a Prince fanatic, Questlove planned to spin a Prince tribute set at First Ave in May as the after-party for the Soundset festival, where the Roots played (and slayed). Perhaps still raw from Prince's death a month earlier, he changed his mind and stuck mostly to old-school hip-hop. He half-apologized at the end of his set after only spinning one Prince rarity ("Cloreen Baconskin"), telling the crowd, “It goes without saying I love this city. I'll make it up to you next time with a Prince set.” Looks like he’s a man of his word.

Click here for Jon Bream’s moving interview with the Revolution band members from Sunday's newspaper.

Star alert! Lea Thompson scheduled to visit TCFF gala

Lea Thompson returns to the Twin Cities to receive a Lifetime Achievement award. Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

If you don’t remember Minnesota native Lea Thompson from growing up with her in Rochester, you certainly know her winsomely pretty performances in “Back to the Future,” “Caroline in the City” and “Dancing With the Stars.” Maybe you even saw her dancing on Broadway in “Cabaret.” (We’ll pass by “Jaws 3D.”)

Thompson will be returning home next month. And you can hang out with her personally. She’s heading to the Twin Cities Film Fest in St. Louis Park to receive the TCFF Lifetime Achievement Award, and to screen the Minnesota premiere of one of her finest films, Sept. 21 and 22. 

On the first evening TCFF will host a special screening of Thompson's critically acclaimed, much buzzed about but little seen 2011 triumph "The Trouble With the Truth." With a stratospheric 94 percent positive critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s widely considered a descendent of the art house masterpiece "My Dinner With Andre," presenting one of Thompson's deepest, and most lauded lead performances. The indie dramatic comedy centers on divorced couple Emily (Thompson) and Robert (John Shea) reunited to discuss their daughter's coming marriage. The screening marks the movie's Minnesota premiere. 

The next evening, she will be the guest of honor at the Twin Cities Film Fest Annual Gala at the St. Paul Athletic Club, a special fundraising event where she will receive the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The event is also where the official schedule of the 2016 Twin Cities Film Fest will be unveiled, spotlighting more than 100 films to be shown there Oct. 19-29. Limited tables, and standing room tickets, remain available for the Gala, including a special cocktail hour that Thompson will attend. Selfies!

The 2016 TCFF tickets will first go on sale for TCFF members one day after the gala, on Sept. 23. Limited memberships remain available online at

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