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Leslie Odom Jr.

Leslie Odom Jr., whose portrayal of Aaron Burr in the original Broadway cast of “Hamilton” won him the 2016 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor, makes his Nebraska debut at the Lied Center this season.

Summer may be a quiet time for the students, but there’s a lot going on in the art triangle at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln city campus.

In late June, for the 25th year in a row, thousands of high school students and hundreds of their sponsors, educators and chaperones traveled from around the world to the Lied Center for Performing Arts at UNL for the annual International Thespian Festival. The young actors represent some of the best and most highly motivated theatrical talent in the U.S. and abroad.

These conferences are important to all of us in our community. A 2009 study by the Nebraska Division of Travel and Tourism estimates the annual economic impact of the festival at approximately $560,000 for businesses in Lincoln, and that was back when the festival was half the size it is now. And in mid-July, Youth for Christ held its annual conference at the Lied, bringing even more economic opportunities to Lincoln. It’s exciting for the Lied Center to be a part of Lincoln’s economic development.

The Lied Center is gearing up for next season’s amazing performances. Season tickets are on sale now, and single tickets go on sale Aug. 9. Mark your calendars and for more information, visit LiedCenter.org.

Sheldon Museum of Art opens its fall exhibitions Aug. 10. Featuring more than 90 works from the museum’s permanent collection and prominent local collections, the exhibition “Maybe You’ll Be There: Approaching Landscape” considers how artists depict natural, built and imaginary environments as ways to explore why humans choose to live where they do. Sheldon’s entire second floor – including the Kathryn and Marc LeBaron Gallery, the Rohman Family Gallery, the Sarah Pearson Campbell Gallery and the Woods Family Gallery – will be dedicated to this multifaceted exploration of landscape in visual art. For more information, visit sheldonartmuseum.org.

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