Citizen Cope in Concert at Carnegie Music Hall; Trivia Night at Gene’s Place (Wed., 2/5/20)

1) Clarence Greenwood, a.k.a. Citizen Cope, is a one-man musical juicing machine. The Washington, D.C.-based singer/songwriter takes an assortment of styles—soul, funk, rock, hip-hop, and occasional folk and blues—and blends them together. The mixture is always as fine and silky as a smoothie. (Just listen to “Bullet and a Target.”) Cope’s latest album is 2019’s Heroin and Helicopters. 8 p.m. Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. (RH, CM)

Trivia night packs them in at Gene's Place.

Trivia night packs them in at Gene’s Place. photo: Rick Handler

2) Some call it a dive. Others, home. Many come for a board game, or trivia night but return for the camaraderie, dartboard, and daily drink specials. Nestled between Atwood Street and York Way, Gene’s Place may be the best South Oakland bar that you’ve never heard of. Owner Gene Ney teaches business courses part-time at Carlow University, which makes him an educator both in front of and behind the bar. The three flat screens are tuned to either professional Pittsburgh teams or to Pitt athletics. Weekly draws include: Tuesday’s Board Game Night. with  22 oz. Long Island Ice Teas for $5. Another popular night is Trivia on Tap, 9 p.m. every Wednesday. Harrison Kinzler and Mike (“Marty”) Stanis make for some tough quizmasters, but to the victors go free booze. Wednesday specials include $3 22-ounce Miller Light drafts and $6 Miller Light pitchers. Both specials run until midnight. Winners or losers, everyone leaves with a smile on their face and knowledge gained. Also try the Old German beer on tap. It is on special daily with a 22 oz. draft for $2.50 and pitchers $5.50. 3616 Louisa St., Oakland. (CM)

Trivia contest player Regina Maenz confidently writes down the answer to a question on her card.

Trivia contest player Regina Maenz confidently writes down the answer to a question on her card.

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