Susie Essman, Foreigner top weekend events in Hudson Valley

Rock group Foreigner is scheduled to play Saturday

Rock group Foreigner is scheduled to play Saturday at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill. (Credit: Handout)

This weekend’s top Hudson Valley entertainment events include performances by top-notch comedians and a red-carpet rollout for one of Westchester’s premier concert venues — one that isn’t The Capitol Theatre.

Friday: Greg Fitzsimmons at Tarrytown Music Hall

Stand-up comic Greg Fitzsimmons, a SiriusXM radio host who grew up in Tarrytown, isn’t just returning to the Music Hall to tape two performances for an upcoming TV special, he’s also taken to Twitter to reference village landmarks to promote the event — that is, if you consider the Eldorado West Diner worthy of landmark status. In recent years, the village has served as inspiration for his comedy: His 2011 bestseller, “Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons,” includes letters from local authority figures complaining about his bad behavior. Because the Emmy Award-winner’s two shows are for a TV special, audience members are reminded to be punctual, as late arrivals will lose their seats due to the tight production schedule.

When: 7 and 9:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14

Info: Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St., Tarrytown; 914-631-3390; www.tarrytownmusichall.org; $35.75

Friday: Susie Essman and Pat Cooper at Purchase College

A 1977 Purchase College graduate, Susie Essman has returned to campus on multiple occasions to perform and serve as an event host. (She earns extra credit for another Hudson Valley educational connection: Her mom was a professor at nearby Sarah Lawrence College.) For this comedy show, she’ll be teaming up for the first time with comedy veteran Pat Cooper, who’s been seen making people laugh for 40 years next to Jackie Gleason, Howard Stern and everyone in between.

When: 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14

Info: The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase; 914-251-6200; www.artscenter.org; $40-$55, $34-$46.75 for Purchase alumni

Saturday: Foreigner at the Paramount Center for the Arts

While for-profit The Capitol Theatre is benefitting from the press of reopening its refurbished venue in Port Chester, in the opposite corner of Westchester County the nonprofit Paramount is doing its part to try to survive and thrive in the Hudson Valley. This Saturday, the Paramount will break out the red carpet for its ninth annual fundraising gala and concert, headlined this year by Foreigner (“I Want to Know What Love is,” “Cold As Ice,” “Juke Box Hero”). With tickets starting at $95, the goal is to raise $300,000 to help fund theater programming, educational programs and other community services.

When: 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15

Info: Paramount Center for the Arts, 1008 Brown St., Peekskill; 914-739-2333; www.paramountcenter.org; $95-$150

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