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Pop Culture in Hudson Valley

The Super Bowl of Kids’ Books

We avoided the Super Bowl in favor of super books. Who needs the Vince Lombardi trophy when you’ve got the Youth Media Awards?


Awk-berg! Mark Zuckerberg on SNL

Mark Zuckerberg makes his (real) big screen debut. What did you think?


Valley Actors at Sundance

Paul Rudd, Melissa Leo, Stanley Tucci, and Vera Farmiga all represent the Hudson Valley at this year’s Sundance Festival in Park City, Utah


The Valley Wins the Gold!

Did any of you catch the Golden Globes on Sunday (or were you all tuckered out from watching the Jets beat the Patriots)? If you skipped the awards, I’ll fill you in on the only awards you need to know about: The ones with local connections!


Keanu’s Crime in Our ’Hood

Is Keanu’s new action flick, Henry’s Crime — which was shot in Tarrytown — a crime in itself?


We Say Westchester, Filmmakers Say Depresschester

Is the lower Hudson Valley really that depressing?


Top 10 Hudson Valley Pop Culture References

From Kanye West to Julia Roberts, the Hudson Valley got nods in pop culture several times in 2010. See our top 10 references here


Marisa’s Holiday Flicks Picks

If your family spends X-mas at the IMAX, consult this handy guide to 2010’s best holiday movies


It’s Beginning to Sound a Lot Like Christmas

I love holiday music — the day after Thanksgiving. I don’t want to hear any jingling bells before I eat my turkey. But once the tryptophan wears off, bring on the 455 covers of Wham’s “Last Christmas”


Martha Stewart Gets Simpsonized

Entertaining queen (and Hudson Valley resident) Martha Stewart shows the Simpsons how to have a proper Valley holiday


Road Trip to Norwalk

The reopening of a popular kids’ museum just over the Connecticut border has moms and a dads jumping for joy


Thanksgiving Movie Marathon

Poptional’s guide to Turkey Day flicks — and who you should watch them with


A Poptional Thanksgiving Plan

The last of the turkey has been gobbled up and the fam’s not fans of football. What to do?


What to Add to Your DVR (and What to Stay Away From)

Poptional Reading checks in after the initial critical wave of new TV


New Blood at the White Plains Performing Arts Center

Tired of stale plays on Broadway? The White Plains Performing Arts Center is back — and boy, is the playbill better than ever!


Spooky Screenplays

Poptional Reading presents a field guide to this year’s horror movies


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Marisa LaScala

Marisa LaScala
Elmsford, NY

Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at www.popmatters.com, where she is a staff writer.



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