A night not to be missed

Music ensembles, rockers, famous radio hosts and comedians converge on Syracuse during an event-packed Tuesday.

Before the campus becomes a ghost town for Thanksgiving break, there will be a surge of life in the next week, providing alternatives to final papers and projects.

Tuesday is especially notable with at least six major speakers, concerts and performances in Syracuse. Make plans to attend at least one of these and keep yourself safely distracted from studying for a night.

Ira Glass, 7:30 p.m. at Hendricks Chapel, Free

Time magazine got it right when they named Glass the “Best Radio Host in America.”  The longtime producer and host of Chicago Public Radio's popular This American Life has more than just one story to share; he has hundreds. The master storyteller will talk about life on the radio and the people he's met.

The Academy Is... , 8 p.m. at Schine Underground, $6 with SU ID

The pop-punk quintet’s latest CD, Fast Times at Barrington High, was ranked as one of the Top 50 albums of 2008 by Rolling Stone. With openers Hot Chelle Rae and Fazeshift, the unusually small-scale show for a big-name act will be an intimate event for alternative music fans.

Harry Belafonte, 7 p.m. at Goldstein Auditorium, $4

As a Tony, Emmy and Grammy award winner, Belafonte has used his fame and experience to break racial barriers and promote a number of projects that further that cause. The highly respected social activist will discuss diversity in the media as part of the Black Communications Society-sponsored event.

Haydn Trio Eisenstadt, 8 p.m. at The Herg in Newhouse 3, Free

As part of their world tour, the ensemble will debut a work by South African composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen. The lively classical music group is known for presenting a fresh and modern interpretation of 18th-century music.

Robin Williams, 8 p.m. at Landmark Theatre, $59.50-$89.50

The legendary comedian known for films ranging from Mrs. Doubtfire to Good Will Hunting is coming to town. His comedic performances are riots, and he is sure to deliver a memorable show in Syracuse.

Minus the Bear, 8 p.m. at The Westcott Theater, $15

The Seattle band’s offbeat sense of humor and sophisticated music is sure to pack the local concert venue. And as if it wasn’t going to be a zoo already, the openers are As Tall As Lions and Twin Tigers.

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