Adam Ferrara tops weekend events in Hudson Valley
This weekend’s top entertainment events in the Hudson Valley include an actor-comedian who has shifted his act into high gear, a staged reading of a nearly 80-year-old play, and a man who can talk to animals, although whether or not the animals understand him is up for debate.
Saturday-Sunday: Adam Ferrara at Levity Live
Before he was steering automobiles on the History Channel version of “Top Gear” and firefighters as Chief “Needles” Nelson on FX’s “Rescue Me,” Ferrara was primarily known as a comedian. He’s had his acting turns, as well. On the silver screen, he’s appeared opposite Bedford resident Ryan Reynolds in “Definitely Maybe,” as well as Kevin James’ infamous “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.” On TV, he kicked off his career on NBC’s “Caroline in the City” and has popped up on everything from CBS’ “The King of Queens” to ABC’s “Ugly Betty.” With three Comedy Central specials to his credit, Ferrara is also a veteran of the late-night circuit, stopping by the talk-show sets of North Salem resident David Letterman, New Rochelle native Jay Leno and Saugerties-raised Jimmy Fallon. Fellow comedians Marion Grodin and Nore Davis are slated to open the show.
When: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5; 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6
Info: Levity Live, 4210 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack; 845-353-5400; www.levitylive.com; $17-$20, plus two-item minimum per person; audience members must be at least 18 years old
Saturday-Sunday: ‘Awake & Sing!’ at Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck
Clifford Odets' dramatic and comedic play, which premiered in 1935, is set in the Great Depression, when a Bronx family seeks an American Dream that isn’t fueled by money. Thomas Vernier directs the Center for Performing Arts’ fully produced staged reading, which stars Joe Felece, Lou Trapani, Marlene Golia, Fred Fishberg, Kevin Archambault, Nicki Smith, Matt Michael, Mark Grunblatt and Paul Schubert.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5; 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6
Info: The Center for Performing Arts, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck; 845-876-3080; www.centerforperformingarts.org; $12-$20