This Week on Martine


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Summer Reads: Fiction Edition

There is an art to creating a novel that can keep us reading whether by the ocean, lake, or neighborhood pool. Here are eight reads that promise high interest while demanding a low-level of commitment.

When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri. Touted as a sexy, romantic comedy about gender and sexuality. “As timeless, warm, and funny as When Harry Met Sally”—Glamour.

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory. A fun, flirty romantic romp that pits two high-powered professionals, who meet in a stuck elevator, on a collision course. Will love win out?

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll.  Five women in a NYC-based reality show. “Knoll mines the rich landscape of reality television and creates a binge-worthy beach read complete with the provocative twists and turns of a whodunit…”—USA Today

The Good Son by You-Jeong Jeong. A new take on the psychological thriller from South Korea’s leading crime writer. Did college student Yu-Jin kill his mother?

Indecent by Corinne Sullivan. An obsessive, illicit affair in a boy’s boarding school between the new teacher—introverted Abney—and one of her students just can’t end well. Set in Westchester!

Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin. Featuring a forest ranger in Virginia Appalachia, this book is being called “one of the year’s most buzzy, fascinating thrillers. . . . A suspenseful, emotionally resonant journey into one man’s dark past.”—Entertainment Weekly

Tangerine by Christine Mangan. Set in Morocco in the ‘50s, and as deeply atmospheric as it is suspenseful, “this sharp novel reads like Single White Female rewritten as a collaboration between Paul Bowles and Mary McCarthy.”—Publishers Weekly

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger. Set in Greenwich, this is the follow-up to The Devil Wears Prada. What more do you need to know?

Brian Kenney

This Week in White Plains

Back for the 5th Year, Shakespeare in the Park Returns Thursday, July 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Turnure Park.

Hamlet will be presented by Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, the critically acclaimed, professional, non-profit theater company based in Garrison, NY. The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival has established a reputation for lucid, engaging, and highly inventive productions.

Hamlet will be performed on Thursday, July 12th at Turnure Park (on Lake Street). The show begins at 7:00 p.m. and will run for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. This production is free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, the play will be moved indoors to Eastview Middle School at 350 Main Street. Parking is available on the street and at Eastview Middle School.

“I look forward to welcoming back Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival for this year’s Shakespeare in the Park performance of Hamlet,” said White Plains Mayor Tom Roach. “Shakespeare in the Park is always a relaxing and enjoyable summer evening and I encourage everyone – Shakespeare lovers and those who are new to Shakespeare – to come out and enjoy this event.”

Janet Langsam, CEO of ArtsWestchester added, “The summer season brings with it hundreds of free and affordable arts events for families to enjoy throughout Westchester County. Shakespeare at Turnure Park offers White Plains residents and visitors the chance to watch one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays filled with questions of revenge, life, sanity, love, death and betrayal. The live performance is sure to keep people at the edge of their seats.”

This event has been made possible in part by primary sponsor ArtsWestchester. Additional sponsors of Shakespeare in the Park include: Peckham Industries, Webster Bank and the White Plains Public Library Foundation.

Storytime with Senator Mayer


Monday, July 16 at 2:00 p.m. come join our new State Senator Shelley Mayer and some of your favorite PBS Kids characters for a storytime! Meet the Senator and characters from Princess Presto and Super Why! For toddlers-kindergartners.

This program is sponsored by Shelley B. Mayer, State Senator, 37th District and PBS.

Trove Cinema and MCU Mondays

This summer, we've got an exciting lineup of films for both families and teens. On Sundays (and a few extra dates), you can catch family films in Galaxy Hall and every Monday at 2:00 p.m. teens in the Edge can see all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Infinity Stone films. Find a full list of the July titles below.

Cinema @ the Trove
A Wrinkle in Time; 7/15 at 2:00 p.m.
After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him. Rated PG. 109 minutes.
My Little Pony: The Movie; 7/22 at 2:00 p.m.
After a dark force conquers Canterlot, the Mane 6 embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria to use the magic of friendship to save their homeland. Rated PG. 99 minutes.
Mary and the Witch's Flower; 7/29 at 2:00 p.m.
Based on "The Little Broomstick" by Mary Stewart, a strange flower grants a girl magic powers. Rated PG. 102 minutes.

MCU Mondays
7/16 – Thor: The Dark World
Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos, but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Rated PG-13. 112 minutes.
7/23 – Guardians of the Galaxy
Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted. Rated PG-13. 121 minutes.

Creative Writing Workshop for Grades 4-6

Creative writing is the launching pad for many famous authors, and this summer’s free “Writers Rock” workshop at the White Plains Public Library will offer kids an exciting opportunity in word-,  character-  and world-building. SUNY Purchase student Lina Cavalcanti, who will direct the four-Thursday courses at The Trove beginning on July 19, will bring a passion that began seven years ago when she first took summer writing classes at Purchase while in middle school.

“I see the workshop as an expansion from what I learned,” says Cavalcanti, who is targeting the program for fourth-through-sixth-graders.  “I plan to cover the key elements of storytelling in a ‘writing camp’ that will be both educational and fun.”

The series opens July 19 with “Diaries Rock!” where Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries will be among the prototypes to show how much fun it can be to write about one’s life.  “The kids will keep their own journals with artwork,” says Cavalcanti, “and what may seem to them as dull moments can turn into exciting ones.”

July 26 is “Zines Rock,” where the kids will create miniature magazines—with art—on subjects that they like.  They will be emulating People and Us Weekly, which have published pocket-sized zines on celebrities.

August 2 is “Poetry Rocks!,” where the kids will use various styles of poems as inspiration to create their own.  Included will be works from Cavalcanti favorites Naomi Shahab Nye and Shel Silverstein.

Wrapping up the series on August 9 is “Genres Rock!,” where the kids will explore different writing specialties.  “Comparing romance and macabre can be subtitled ‘Danielle Steel versus Edgar Allan Poe,’” says Cavalcanti.   “They will get to try them all—from fantasy to sci-fi.”

The 60-minute programs start at 4:30 p.m.  Seating is limited, and those interested should arrive at 4:00 p.m. each week to get tickets.

“Writers Rock!” is sponsored by the White Plains Library Foundation.

Steve Cohn

Do Gooders: Knitting Edition

Join us for an evening of knitting for a good cause on Monday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. Teens and adults from the LOFT Center's knitting group will knit together. Teens will learn to knit a square for a baby blanket to be donated to Project Linus. Beginners are encouraged.

This event is supported by the Allstate Foundation.

Photo of The Week

: Students getting creative at our popular STEM Saturday program. Photo by Staff.

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