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Classic Movie Night continues at the Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont on Friday, Oct. 2, with the 1984 release Purple Rain. Written and directed by Albert Magnoli, Purple Rain is a rock musical drama starring Prince, who is a young musician tormented by an abusive situation at home. He must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance and his own dissatisfied band as his star begins to rise.

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The 2015-16 season at Lutcher Theater begins Saturday, Oct. 3, with two showings of one of the most enduring shows of all time — Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat — at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $65-$45 and can be purchased online at lutcher.org or by calling (409) 886-5535.

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Jerry Lee Lewis with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley in 1956.

“The Killer” Jerry Lee Lewis turned 80 on Sept. 29, and he will be celebrating his birthday during a special live performance in Beaumont at the Julie Rogers Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $100-$25 and can be purchased in advance at the Beaumont Civic Center box office, online at ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

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The second annual Montage Arts Festival will include the “Festillusion Theatrical Costume Competition,” and three new judges have been selected to lend their talent and expertise to the event Oct. 9-10 at the Betty Greenberg Center for Performing Arts (4155 Laurel Ave) in Beaumont.

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LU students Tracie Van Law, Sydney Haygood, Nathan Crump and Eyenkebi Itima rehe

Lamar University’s Department of Theatre and Dance opens the 2015-16 season with the fast-paced whodunit, “The 39 Steps,” on Sept. 24-27 in the Studio Theatre. Adapted by Patrick Barlow from Alfred Hitchcock’s film, this Tony-Award winning play mixes Hitchcock’s cinematic masterpiece with a juicy spy novel and adds a dash of Monty Python.

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