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The University of Mary Washington will once again have its homecoming entertainment outdoors after noise complaints from 2010's concert forced last year's show inside.
This fall's homecoming act is the performance art group David Garibaldi and his CMYKs. The group will create large-scale paintings live on stage through music and dance. The show will take place at 8 p.m. Friday in Ball Circle.
As a performance painter, Garibaldi creates images through body movement and paintbrushes while communicating with the audience with music, the group's website says.
"We chose David Garibaldi over a more traditional act because we thought the performance he puts on would really appeal to the UMW community," said Jenna Randall, vice president of UMW's Giant Productions. The organization arranges entertainment for the Fredericksburg campus.
Students have complained in the past about the acts Giant Productions has offered.
"This is something completely different," Randall said.
UMW's last outdoor homecoming concert was in 2010, when rapper Wale performed at the Battleground Athletic Complex. President Rick Hurley apologized to the community after some College Heights residents complained about the noise and "extreme profanity."
Last year's homecoming concert was moved inside the newly finished Anderson Center. The band Taking Back Sunday performed.
Joe Mollo, UMW's director of student activities, said he does not anticipate any noise issues at Friday's concert.
"We really haven't had many [noise complaints] this year," he said. "And with the nature of the show pairing art and music I don't anticipate any problems."
Mollo said the show will last about an hour and should be over by 9 p.m.
Garibaldi's show, which has components of lights and haze on the stage, isn't compatible with the fire suppression system inside the Anderson Center, said Mollo.
There will be no fireworks display at this year's homecoming. Mollo said the fireworks were poorly attended last year and student leaders felt the money spent on them could be better used elsewhere.
Other homecoming weekend activities include alumni events, department open-houses and sporting events.
The calendar of events for the weekend is online at: alumni.umw.edu/homecom ing/schedule.
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