Lenny Kravitz, BoDeans top weekend events in Hudson Valley

Singer/musician Lenny Kravitz performs on NBC's "Today" at Singer/musician Lenny Kravitz performs on NBC's "Today" at Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan. (Sept. 2, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Newsday Westchester doesnt bother to ask, Are You Gonna Go My Way? Wed rather tell you exactly the way to go when it comes to the Hudson Valleys top entertainment events this weekend.

Saturday: Frank Caliendo at Levity Live

Caliendo is best known for his impressions, including a John Madden take that was often utilized during his 12 years contributing to Foxs Sunday pregame coverage of the NFL. In August, the MADtv alumnus announced he wouldnt be returning to Fox in that capacity, but he is headed back to comedy stages across the country. Despite the unfair backlash he endured for TBS aggressive advertising of his short-lived sketch comedy show, FrankTV, Caliendo demonstrates a kind of precision in his routine that many stand-ups cant pull off. When he rapidly shifts from character to character both in terms of voice and body language its nothing short of astounding.

When: 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29

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Info: Levity Live, 4210 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack; 845-353-5400; www.levitylive.com; $30, plus two-item minimum per person; must be at least 18 years old to attend

Saturday: Lenny Kravitz at White Plains High School

One of most ubiquitous artists of the 90s, Lenny Kravitz has plenty of straightforward rock hits with mass appeal, including Are You Gonna Go My Way?, Let Love Rule, It Aint Over til Its Over, Fly Away, Always on the Run and his cover of the Guess Whos American Woman. The first 100 fans who line up for Fridays grand opening of the Microsoft Store at The Westchester mall in White Plains will receive wristbands that grant access to Kravitzs Saturday night concert at nearby White Plains High School and the meet-and-greet to follow. At least 2,500 more fans that show up for Fridays grand opening will get wristbands for Saturday concert access only.


When: To try to snag tickets, get to the Microsoft Store at The Westchester mall (125 Westchester Ave., White Plains; 914-421-1333; www.microsoftstore.com; www.facebook.com/MicrosoftStore) well in advance of its grand-opening ceremonies at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 28; the store will open at 11 a.m., when wristbands will be distributed. If you manage to snag tickets Friday, gates at White Plains High School (550 North St., White Plains) open for the Kravitz concert at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.

Saturday: BoDeans at Bearsville Theater

Somewhere between Madison and Milwaukee, Wis., the BoDeans were born as a band in the early 80s. Within a few years, Rolling Stone readers named them the Best New American Band, and the BoDeans honed their alt-rock groove while opening for U2 for the iconic Irish bands Joshua Tree tour. But arguably the BoDeans biggest breaks happened in the 90s, when their hit Closer to Free not only was a hit on mainstream radio but also gave the band a boost as the theme song to Foxs prime-time drama Party of Five. Given their Middle America roots, devout fans and TV-friendly tune, it only seems appropriate that the BoDeans are touring to promote a new album called American Made.

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When: 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29

Info: Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock; 845-679-4406; www.bearsvilletheater.com; $25-$40

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