Pop Culture in Hudson Valley

Shakespeare in the Park

Summer is the time for Shakespeare, and you don’t need to waste half a day on line in Central Park to see a show.

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Theater Review: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

Poptional Reading’s review of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

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The Hangover and Amnesia Movies

Is it just me, or do you keep running into people who want to talk about The Hangover?

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The Anti-IMAX

I know what you think when you hear the word IMAX: a towering screen that makes you go “oh, wow!” as soon as the movie starts playing. And, until recently, that’s what you were getting.

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How’d We Do at the Tonys?

Being so close to Broadway, it’s no surprise that so many local residents work every day on the Great White Way. We usually see a huge roster of them come Tony time. This year, the number of nominated neighbors was pretty small — but overall, they did very well.

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More New Music!

Poptional Reading reviews the top up-and-coming songbirds around the Valley

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A New Way to Discover Music

Sick of all the songs on your iPod? I have a cure for the iTunes blues.

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Bad Buzz for Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock

Would you give Taking Woodstock a shot after these reviews?

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The Valley’s Own USS Enterprise

Wish you were a part of Star Trek’s crew? No problem: The USS Enterprise is actually docked in... Westchester

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Movies to Avoid to Keep Your Peace of Mind

If thinking about H1N1 makes your blood pressure rise, here are some movies to steer clear of. Take them off the Netflix queue, put the boxes back on the shelves, or change the channel to avoid full-on plague paranoia.

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Does Madlyn Primoff Deserve Her Place in Pop Culture?

Before everyone panicked over the swine flu, it seemed that the world was freaking out over Valley resident Madlyn Primoff...

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One of the Valley’s Funniest Alums

I went Upright Citizens Brigade Theater this past Sunday, and left with my sides hurting as usual. But one of the improvisers made me laugh more than the rest...

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We Have a Winner!

A couple weeks ago, I announced a contest in conjunction with the release of the movie Sunshine Cleaning. I challenged readers to tell me their most hilarious cleaning-related mishaps. So, while you're in the midst of scouring, scrubbing, and sanitizing your home, you can tell yourself that life isn't so bad — at least you're not dealing with a situation like one of these...

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Theatre Review: Funny Girl

I sat down for last week’s opening-night performance of Funny Girl at the Westchester Broadway Theatre...

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Three Rules for Turning Kids’ Books into Movies

Nothing is more worrisome to me than the prospect of one of my favorite childhood memories being chewed up and spit out by the Hollywood machine. For me, based only on the trailers, Where the Wild Things Are looks like it’s really going to nail it, and poor Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs looks like frozen leftovers

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Contest! Free Stuff! And a Little Spring Cleaning

In honor of Amy Adams's unusual profession as owner of a crime-scene cleanup business, we're giving away an awesome gift basket full of Method cleaning products. I don't know about you, but to me saving forty bucks on cleaning products means I can spend more money on movie tickets.

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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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