Christopher Titus, Citizen Cope top weekend events in Hudson Valley
A sitcom star, solo artist and jazz symphony are this weekend’s picks for top entertainment events in the Hudson Valley.
Saturday: Christopher Titus at Levity Live
If there’s any comedian who knows about turning lemons into spiked lemonade, it’s Christopher Titus, whose dysfunctional family helped define his button-pushing and Emmy-nominated Fox sitcom, “Titus.” He’s unfathomably found humor in his mother’s suicide, father’s purported alcoholism and his ex-wife’s alleged indiscretions, flipping the harshest realities in his favor for three Comedy Central specials along the way. His self-described “hard comedy” extends into more universal topics that many would consider conversational taboo, ranging from racism to volatile relationships. But that’s exactly how his fans like it.
When: 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2
Info: Levity Live, 4210 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack; 845-353-5400; www.levitylive.com; $22-$25, plus two-item minimum per person; audience members must be at least 18 years old
Saturday: Citizen Cope at The Capitol Theatre
For his accessible fusion of blues, rock and soul, Clarence Greenwood has made a name for himself, and that pseudonym is Citizen Cope. Equally reminiscent of Stevie Wonder and Randy Newman, the Brooklyn-based musician’s sound has been described as “urban folk,” prompting eclectic collaborations with Richie Havens and Pharoahe Monch alike. And even if you don’t know Cope by (either) name, you’ve probably heard “Bullet and a Target,” “Let the Drummer Kick” or “Sideways” at some point in a TV series or movie. His tour follows the 2012 release of his sixth studio album, “One Lovely Day.”
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19
Info: The Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester; 914-934-9362; www.thecapitoltheatre.com; $35-$55, $40-$60 day of show; $125 for VIP tickets that include admission, sound check access, an autographed copy of “One Lovely Day” and concert poster; must be 18 or older to attend
Saturday: Westchester Jazz Orchestra at Irvington Town Hall Theater
One of Westchester County’s most respected ensembles, the Chappaqua-based Westchester Jazz Orchestra blends jazz with folk for its performance of singer-songwriter hits from the ’60s and ’70s. This musical tribute honors the works of Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Carole King, former Woodstock resident Bob Dylan and former Highland Falls resident Billy Joel.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2
Info: Irvington Town Hall Theater, 85 Main St., Irvington; 914-591-6602; www.irvingtontheater.com; $15-$40