Director off to the Grammys
February 8, 2008
INCLINE VILLAGE – Monica Folio, director of Tahoe Players, has already picked out her outfit for Grammy night. It’s a black Emporio Armani skirt topped with vintage-looking peacock blue Adrienne Vittadini blouse. The shoes, from Jennifer Lopez’s line JLo, carry on a tradition for Folio.
“It’s superstition that you have to wear something that relates to music,” she said.
But if not for her husband Sam Folio’s efforts in working with the Writers Guild of America, Folio might not even be going to the Grammys because of a picket line.
Sam Folio is the treasurer and secretary of the American Federation of Musicians, an organization that represents musicians in the United States and Canada.
“We were concerned,” Folio said about the organization’s motivation to talk to the screen writers. “It was obvious there were going to be pickets.”
Through a series of negotiations and talks, Folio said he and AFM President Tom Lee were able to ensure that the Grammys would not be picketed and that the event, which honors for outstanding achievements in the record industry, could go on as scheduled for Sunday.
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While Sam Folio will not be able to attend the event, he is sending Monica and their granddaughter Lily to the event with Lee instead.
“I know they will enjoy it and they will get the royal treatment, no doubt,” Sam Folio said.
Monica Folio said he enjoys going to the Grammys to see the musicians, performances, private screenings and the parties.
“It’s absolutely fabulous,” she said.
She leaves Saturday, but she’ll be back by Monday morning in time to teach her preschool dance class at Tahoe Players.