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Pop Culture in Hudson Valley

How’s the Rent in Westchester These Days?

Poptional Reading reviews the Westchester Broadway Theatre’s newly opened Rent


The Valley Gets Crafty

Move over, I Love NY T-shirts! Here are a handful of one-of-a-kind, Valley-inspired tokens


Short Cuts

Poptional Reading dishes on this month’s top pop-cultural news


Arcade Fire Pegs the Suburbs

Popular indie band Arcade Fire recently blabbed about the ’burbs. Considering the Valley’s many suburbs, did they miss their mark? Poptional Reading breaks it down


11 Things You May Not Know About Mad Men

Mad for AMC’s Mad Men? Try these fast facts about the show


Rye’s Rising Star

With another hot week anticipated, what are you going to do for your air-conditioned entertainment?


The World Cup: Por los Números

Spain may have beaten the Netherlands in this weekend’s World Cup, but were its ratings #1?


Is 3D Unavoidable?

It seems you can’t swing an Oscar statuette without hitting a 3D movie anymore...


Surfin' Summer TV

Marisa’s must-see TV to watch this summer: Mad Manhattanites, an otherworldly revival, and a party of five (wannabes)


Waka What?

If, somehow, you’ve not yet been exposed to its world-poppy-infectiousness, here’s the official World Cup Soccer 2010 music video by Shakira, “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”


The ’80s Movies they SHOULD be Making

The A-Team. The Karate Kid. Smurfs. If movie adaptations based on the ’80s have to happen, they might as well remake the ones I liked, right?


YA Books (You’ll Want to Steal)

Leave one of these books on your kids’ desks when they come home for summer vacation. And, when you’re bored, you can try flipping through them, too


Looking for Louise Bourgeois

To honor her passing, Poptional Reading lists its top picks for Louise Bourgeois installations in the Valley


Get Lost

Marisa talks Lost; plus, the top five videos dedicated to the story of Oceanic Flight 815


American Idiot and Jukebox Musicals

Marisa chimes in on the Broadway adaptation of Green Day’s American Idiot: Is it successful, or just... idiotic?


Sugar: A Not-So-Sweet Adaptation?

Last week, I had the opportunity to take in Sugar at the Westchester Broadway Theater. The musical is based on Some Like It Hot — while it’s easy to watch, will it strike the same chords with fans of the movie?


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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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