Pop Culture in Hudson Valley

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”

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Martha Stewart Gets Simpsonized

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

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Road Trip to Norwalk

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

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Thanksgiving Movie Marathon

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

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A Poptional Thanksgiving Plan

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

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

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

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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!

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Spooky Screenplays

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

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Entering the Horseman’s Hollow

Why the Hudson Valley is scarier than Salem, MA

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Theater Review: Jekyll & Hyde

Just in time for Halloween, the Westchester Broadway Theatre unveils Jekyll & Hyde as its newest musical — and we’re there to review it

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How Facebook Are You?

Poptional Reading digs up old Facebook network statistics from way back when. Were our 2006 Facebooking-selves the same (or similar) to ourselves now?

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Hudson Valleybook

Are you a fan of The Social Network? Watch the trailer and tell us what you think

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New TV: Winners and Losers

Poptional names this season’s best (and worst) new shows on television

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Your Wedding Playlist in 3...2...1...

Pop-culture blogger (and newlywed!) Marisa LaScala details the dozen wedding songs — and videos — that take the cake

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Poptional Weddings

Marisa gets married! (And, of course, squeezes in some time for a little wedding-themed pop-culture.)

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Bloodthirsty for Bloodsuckers

Finally — a Valley author calls it like they see it. Twilight, meet your match!

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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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