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Late Night Fight

You’re either a Jay Leno person or a Conan O’Brien person. Sure, there are Letterman people out there, but the question remains: Jay or Conan?

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It’s the Most Wonderful Songs of the Year

While there’s a lot of bad holiday music floating around out there, there are also a lot of great songs... you just need someone to weed through it all for you.


Holiday Movie Preview

Going to the movies on Christmas is a tradition that’s almost as time-honored as kissing under the mistletoe. So pucker up — here comes our handy guide to what’s in theaters over the holiday vacation.


Pointing and Laughing

Tons of blogs are popping up dedicated to mocking others. They reinforce our current troll-like culture, where anonymous nastiness is becoming the norm. On the other hand, sometimes people deserve it... and it can be hilarious.


Phew! It's Free Arts Day!

There’s all this talk around of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but where’s Let’s Just Sit And Relax Wednesday? Or Man, My Wallet Is Empty Thursday?


On the Hunt for Lady Gaga

This weekend was a good one for the ladies. Ladies dominated the box office (the top two movies were the female-led New Moon and The Blind Side). And, now that the weekend is over, a new lady is taking the spotlight: Lady Gaga.

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What to Watch on Your Turkey Day Weekend

No plans after your Thanksgiving feast? Hit the theater and fill up on these upcoming flicks


Precious is Just That

The No. 1 movie at the box office last weekend was the new, animated A Christmas Carol, but the number-one story last weekend was how well Precious connected with audiences


Best Books of 2009

My favorite part about this time of year is the release of the year-end Best Of lists. Let’s take a look at 2009’s Best [Valley] Books


The Great Halloween To-Do List

Halloween is finally upon us. In the brief window between seeing leaves at peak season and seeing Christmas decorations in CVS, I recommend accomplishing these four things.


Paranormal Activity Takes on Saw

With Halloween fast approaching, only two flicks dare reveal themselves. Can the latest paranormal picture hack reigning champ Saw to bits?


Theater Review: 42nd Street

Poptional Reading reviews 42nd Street, now playing at Westchester Broadway Theatre


The Great Kids’ Book/Movie Comparison

Lucky for movie studios, there are a couple other children’s book adaptations right on Meatballs’ heels. Will they do just as well, or did Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs beat them all to the punch by getting out of the gate first?


All About Books

Don’t get me wrong — the Emmys were great — but maybe it’s time to turn off the set and pick up some of the books that have been gathering dust on your night table since the weather got nice.


Beatlemania 2009

The Fab Four invades America... again.


Turn Off the TV — and Do Some Good!

Fall pop culture gives us new series, Oscar-worthy movies, big reads, and more. Show your appreciation by giving a little back to the community.


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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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