It’s been seven years since Prince Rogers Nelson left us and the significance of that number in his life and career are not lost on the Twin Cities. For what would have been his 65th birthday, DISPATCH has a roundup of seven notable parties, remembrances, and tributes to the Purple

Black Fashion Week celebrates its sixth year with emerging and established designers, big-name brands, and a Minneapolis Met Gala at the Mia. WORDS BY KATIE DOHMAN The sixth year of Black Fashion Week is here, and it’s bigger than ever, promises Natalie Morrow, founder and CEO of Black Fashion Week.

Mall of America and Flip Phone Events host “The Power of Drag” starring Sasha Velour. This event will be a celebration of Sasha’s new book, The Big Reveal: An Illustrated Manifesto of Drag. Seated, standing, and VIP tickets are available. FRI 4/28, 6:00 PM, $30-$165, All Ages

U of M apparel design students emerge from four turbulent years ready to solve the world’s challenges artfully. WORDS BY KATIE DOHMANPhoto by Joe Dammel Each year the senior apparel design class produces a final project, shown on and off runway, that showcases the talent, ambition, and skill they’ve attained

Entrepreneur Allison Vaillancourt is growing a brand that’s seeing green.WORDS BY KATIE DOHMAN  • • • Allison Vaillancourt is an empire builder. She founded locally based Ignite Models while still in college and built it into a respected firm, then launched BLNCD as its creative director, working with esthetician Daniela

FRI. 2/17 6 PM. Free. All ages // Medusa’s Market is a pop-up full of music, magic, and more!

The next era of JXTA artists demonstrates their design prowess in a collaboration with classic-cool Red Wing.

WEDS. 2/8 7 PM. $50. 18+ // For the first time since 2020 (and what a time to come back), the…