ARTS Pick: UVA bicentennial

Leslie Odom Jr. from Hamilton is one of the performers at the kickoff to UVA's bicentennial. Publicity photo Leslie Odom Jr. from Hamilton is one of the performers at the kickoff to UVA’s bicentennial. Publicity photo

On a fall day in 1817, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and James Madison met in a field to place a cornerstone on land that is now University of Virginia’s Lawn. Two hundred years later to the day, Hamilton’s Leslie Odom Jr. and R&B singer Andra Day will perform, along with more than 900 students and faculty members, to kick off the UVA bicentennial, a celebration that continues through final exercises in May 2019. State-of-the-art technology from Paintscaping Inc. will transform the Rotunda into a storytelling canvas through projection mapping of UVA’s history.

Friday, October 6. Free (tickets needed), 7pm. UVA Lawn. bicentennial.virginia.edu/launch-weekend

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