The 2009--10 season of Syracuse University's Pulse Performing Arts Series features a selection of free events in addition to ticketed concerts.
Season highlights include the Feel the Pulse of Syracuse downtown event with stand-up comedians Mike Birbiglia and John Mulaney, an SU Family Weekend concert by jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and a Women's History Month performance by the internationally acclaimed contemporary dance ensemble Martha Graham Dance Company.
Pulse, presented by SU's Division of Student Affairs, provides SU undergraduates and, in turn, the Central New York community with out-of-classroom opportunities to attend and participate in programs, performances, exhibitions and events in the performing and visual arts.
Mike Birbiglia with opening act John Mulaney
Feel the Pulse of Syracuse event for first-year SU students
Saturday, Aug. 29, at 7:30 p.m.
Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St., Syracuse
Limited $10 tickets for general public available in person at Landmark Box Office
The conclusion to the award-winning first-year experience Syracuse Welcome, Pulse's downtown orientation event Feel the Pulse of Syracuse introduces first-year students to Syracuse and CNY while exciting, informing and engaging them in SU's vision of Scholarship in Action through exploration of stops along the Connective Corridor.
The event brings some 4,000 students from the University to the cultural, commercial and social center of the city, connecting them to some of the many artistic, culinary and philanthropic assets that the local community has to offer.
This year's event will conclude with a performance by stand-up comedian Birbiglia with opening act Mulaney.
New York-based Birbiglia has had three "Comedy Central Presents" specials and has appeared on the late night talk shows of Conan O'Brien, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon. He wrote and performed in the off-Broadway play "Sleepwalk with Me," presented by Nathan Lane, which closed in June. He has also performed at the Just for Laughs Festival, the Kilkenny Arts Festival and three times at Bonnaroo. He is a regular contributor to "This American Life"and "The Bob & Tom Show," and is writing a book and a movie. He appears every week on VH1's "Best Week Ever."