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Mad Men Season 5 Finale: Has Mad Men Shunned the Suburbs?

Our pop culture blogger has a bone to pick with Mad Men


Tony Awards 2012 Recap: Winner of Best Musical “Once” Features Hudson Valley Actors, Writers, Musicians; Other Winners Include Newsies, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Peter and the Starcatcher

The Tony Awards recognize Hudson Valley actors, actresses, designers, and writers


New Releases 2012: Fairy Tales as Movies (Snow White and the Huntsman, Beauty and the Beast, Hansel and Gretel)

Fairy tales are the new comic books


Movie Preview: Watch the Trailers for Hyde Park on the Hudson and The Great Gatsby Movies

Preview the trailers for two of 2012’s most-anticipated flicks, Hyde Park on the Hudson starring Bill Murray and The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio


The Voice Season 2 Winner: Jermaine Paul of Harriman, Upstate NY

The winner of The Voice’s second season is none other than Hudson Valley resident Jermaine Paul of Harriman, NY


Author Interview: The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac by Kris D’Agostino

Poptional Reading catches up with Kris D’Agostino, Westchester native and author of The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac


Why Do Movies Always Want to Destroy New York City?

Hollywood on the Hudson sure takes a beating, and The Avengers is no exception


Why You Shouldn’t See The Avengers Movie in IMAX Theaters

Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, and Thor unite onscreen this May 4 — but please, don’t see it in IMAX


TV Series Review: Girls on HBO

Poptional Reading reviews HBO’s new series, Girls


Levon Helm, Local Musician and Drummer of The Band, Passes Away in NY

Hudson Valley resident and legendary musician, Levon Helm, passes away after longtime battle with cancer


Crazy Court Cases: Will Archie Comics and Goodnight Moon Have Happy Endings?

Legal disputes and crazy copyright cases — involving Archie Comics and Goodnight Moon — wrack Westchester


Three Hudson Valley Film Directors to Premiere Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie at Tribeca Film Festival, NY

Zip it! Local filmmakers premiere documentary at Tribeca Film Festival in New York, Apr. 18-29, 2012


Theater Review: Legally Blonde at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmsford, NY

Hudson Valley Magazine’s Poptional Reading blog reviews Legally Blonde, now showing at the Westchester Broadway Theatre (through Apr. 29, 2012)


Mad Men Returns! Season 5 Premiere Recap and Reviews

Was Mad Men’s long-anticipated return to TV worth the wait?

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The Hunger Games May Be Bigger Than Twilight; What to Do After You See It

See The Hunger Games this weekend, then read these books ASAP


TED Talks Web Site Features Videos of Locals with a Lot to Say

Poptional Reading discovers Ted Talks — and “Ted” has a lot to say


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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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