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Kenny Loggins helps kick off Three Stages' season in Folsom

Folsom Lake Entertainer
By: Laura Newell, Folsom Lake Entertainer
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FOLSOM, CA - As leaves begin to turn in October, Three Stages offers a variety of performances for people this month, leaving every theater enthusiast with something to see as the weather gets cooler. The October round up includes an assortment of Broadway favorites, music, dance and film. An Intimate Evening with Helen Reddy will start the month’s performances off with a show at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1. The once “queen of popular music” with songs including “I Am Woman” and “Delta Dawn,” will perform in Folsom after leaving the stage on her own volition a decade ago. She will perform a selection of her own personal favorites. Kenny Loggins will then rock the stage at Three Stages at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Over the last three decades, Loggins has been a songwriter, half of a legendary country-rock duo, an accomplished solo artist, a reigning soundtrack superstar and an enduring live performer. Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Global Village will perform a combination of African-rooted dance at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5. Founded in 1980 in the inner city area of South Los Angeles, the group is composed of athletic, young dancers in the tradition of Alvin Ailey and African-rooted dance. Choreographer and company director, Lula Washington served as choreographer for the movie Avatar. Alma Llanera: Spirit Of The Plains will perform in Folsom for three separate shows including at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7. The oldest professional Mexican folk dance troupe in Southern California will perform with work inspired by Chicano writer Rudolfo Anaya. The show is about a young boy’s rite of passage into manhood and the straddling of two cultures. Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company, Dynasties and Beyond will bring a calmness to the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. Described as elegant, sensual and captivating, the Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company melds ancient Chinese forms with modern dance in an artistic and inventive marriage of styles. In The Footsteps Of Django will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 at Three Stages. Django Reinhardt introduced a passionate style of Gypsy Jazz guitar in the 1930s and is still revered today. This show brings together the best of the new Gypsy Jazz masters of Europe including Lulo Reinhardt, a third generation master, whose Latin Swing Project combines Gypsy Jazz with Latin rhythms; Les Doigts de l’Homme, France’s leading contemporary Gypsy Jazz ensemble, and, on her first American tour, Norig Gadji, a French singer with a Celtic name and Catalan roots. First Person: Seeing America, Ensemble Galilei, Bill Pullman and Lily Knight with photographs from the Metropolitan Museum of Art will showcase at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14 at Three Stages. In 2011, the Three Stages’ audience viewed “Universe of Dreams,” Ensemble Galilei’s presentation of poetry, music and images from the Hubble Space Telescope. Returning now with actors Bill Pullman and Lily Knight, the subject turns to great American photographs, as culled from the extensive collection housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Accompanying these moving images are readings from American writers, and music by Ensemble Galilei with performances from Bach to Celtic and back. This Is The 60’s will showcase some of the decades most popular sounds over three days including at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 and at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The show blends live music performance, film, dance, lighting, computer-generated imagery and high-concept stage design, offering an evening’s immersion into the pop culture of the 1960’s, suitable for the whole family. Eliane Elias will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18. Her musical style blends Brazilian roots, her voice and compositional and piano skills. She has recorded duets with Herbie Hancock and classical music with opera sensation Denyce Graves. Elias has been nominated for numerous Grammy Awards and all of her recordings have reached the top five on Billboard. Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps” will get Folsom in the Halloween mood with three thrilling performances including at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23 and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24. This Hitchcock classic, which had a three-year run on Broadway as its longest comedy thriller and won two Tony Awards, features 150 characters played by four actors, often executing their costume and set changes in front of the live audience. The show features a “bored pretty boy” who brings home a gorgeous spy. After she is murdered in his flat, the mystery story is set in motion. Imperial Silence: Una Ópera Muerta takes after the “Days of the Dead” traditions with this dark comedy performing at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28. The cutting-edge “dead” opera in four acts is rooted in the ancient satirical tradition of the “Days of the Dead,” in which the dead buffoon and laugh at the hubris of the living. Imperial Silence is a new media opera that examines cultural taboos around silence and death. Directed by Guggenheim Fellow John Jota Leaños, this bilingual performance fuses dark humored animation with a live Mariachi quartet, three modern folklórico dancers and the music of hip hop, bossa nova and blues. All have the objective of producing a critical, socially pertinent, and funny work of art. For more information on Three Stages and tickets, visit threestages.net.