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Prince to play "Rally 4 Peace" concert Sunday in Baltimore

Prince in Birmingham, England, last year. / NPG Records, New York Times

Prince in Birmingham, England, last year. / NPG Records, New York Times

One weekend after he hosted a party at home in Paisley Park to encourage peace in Baltimore, Prince is taking his “Rally 4 Peace” straight to the source of his concern.

The Minneapolis rock legend announced a “Rally 4 Peace” concert to take place Sunday at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, where racial tensions continue to boil over after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. Prince has also written a new song titled “Baltimore,” the lyrics for which were revealed along with the news of the Mother’s Day performance.

The poster for Sunday's concert.

The poster for Sunday's concert.

In a statement sent by his publicist, Prince said he hopes the concert will be “a catalyst for pause and reflection following the outpouring of violence that has gripped Baltimore and areas throughout the U.S.”

Tickets for the show go on sale Wednesday at 5 p.m. via LiveNation.com. Prince will be joined by his band 3rdEyeGirl and some guests. As he did with last weekend’s Paisley Park show, he is asking attendees to wear gray in solidarity “as a symbolic message of our shared humanity and love for one another, [and] in tribute to all those recently lost in the violence," per the press release.

The song “Baltimore” has not been released nor performed yet. Here are the lyrics to the song, copyright NPG Records:

NOBODY GOT IN NOBODY'S WAY
SO EYE GUESS U COULD SAY
IT WAS A GOOD DAY
AT LEAST A LITTLE BETTER THAN THE DAY IN BALTIMORE

DOES ANYBODY HEAR US PRAY?
4 MICHAEL BROWN OR FREDDIE GRAY PEACE IS MORE THAN THE ABSENCE OF WAR
ABSENCE OF WAR

R WE GONNA C ANOTHER BLOODY DAY?
WE'RE TIRED OF CRYIN' & PEOPLE DYIN'
LET'S TAKE ALL THE GUNS AWAY

ABSENCE OF WAR- U AND ME
MAYBE WE CAN FINALLY SAY
ENUFF IS ENUFF IT'S TIME 4 LOVE

IT'S TIME 2 HEAR,
IT'S TIME 2 HEAR

THE GUITAR PLAY!

Coen + Partners, Minneapolis landscape architects, win national award

Shane Coen, file photo by David Brewster, Star Tribune

Coen + Partners, a Minneapolis landscape architecture firm, has won a National Design Award from Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.

Established in 2000 by the White House Millennium Council, the National Design Awards promote good design as a "humanistic tool in shaping the world." Recipients will be honored at a gala dinner October 15 in New York City.

The New York-based museum announced 11 award winners including a posthumous Lifetime Achievement citation to Michael Graves who died March 12, age 80. Graves is best known for bringing high style and elegant fuction to a series of popular, low-priced products that he produced for Target, Corp. Graves also designed The Target Wing, a $50 million quasi-neoclassical addition to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts that opened in 2006.

Founded by Shane Coen in 1991, Coen + Partners is a 12 person firm that prides itself on collaborative, environmentally sensitive landscapes using native plants. It has worked in more than 20 states and 10 countries. Locally it is best known for the prairie landscaping at the Jackson Meadow housing project near Marine on St. Croix and for terraced landscaping at the Hazelden Foundation in Center City.

The firm's present projects include redesigning Nicollet Mall with James Corner Field Operations, redoing a plaza at the Department of Transportation in St. Paul, and working on the Minnesota Senate Building at the State Capitol in St. Paul. Elsewhere its projects include Washington Square Park in Kansas City, Missouri and a masterplan for the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Additional 2015 National Design Awards and their recipients are:

Director's Award: Jack Lenor Larsen

Design Mind: Rosanne Haggerty

Corporate & Institutional Achievement: Heath Ceramics

Architecture Design: MOS Architects

Communication Design: Project Projects

Fashion Design: threeASFOUR

Interaction Design: John Underkoffler

Interior Design: Commune'

Product Design: Stephen Burks

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