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Jon Sobel is an Executive Editor of Blogcritics as well as lead editor of the Culture & Society section. As a writer he contributes most often to Culture, where he reviews NYC theater; he also covers interesting music releases. Through Oren Hope Marketing and Copywriting at you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires. Jon also writes the blog Park Odyssey at where he visits every park in New York City. And by night he's a part-time working musician: lead singer, songwriter, and bass player for Whisperado, a member of other bands as well, and a sideman.

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Blood Red Roses: The Female Pirate Project’ at the Waterfront Museum

Meghan Maureen Williams as Lioness in 'Blood Red Roses.' Photo by Jonathan Musser

A new shadow-puppet show about history's female pirates is a great reason to spend some time aboard the Waterfront Museum, one of the most unusual sites in all the wilds of New York City. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘The Glass Menagerie’ by Tennessee Williams

Olivia Washington and Saundra Santiago in 'The Glass Menagerie' Photo by Russ Rowland

Opening-night jitters didn't bring down the excellent debut of a new Off-Broadway theater company dedicated to bringing theater classics to new audiences. Read More »

Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker to Host Irish Repertory Theatre Gala Benefit Marking Yeats’ 150th Birthday Anniversary

sarah jessica parker matthew broderick irish repertory theatre yeats a celebration

The one-night-only show will include performances by Gabriel Byrne, Olympia Dukakis, Melissa Errico, Colum McCann, Peter Gallagher, John Slattery ('Mad Men'), and more. Read More »

Interview: Flux Theatre Ensemble’s August Schulenburg on Open Source Theatre

August Schulenburg Flux Theatre Ensemble

Recently Flux began publishing its budget with its Open Book program. Then the company again broke ground by debuting a pay-what-you-can policy it calls Living Ticket. Read More »

Interview: Ian Anderson on His Upcoming ‘Jethro Tull – The Rock Opera’ Tour, the Original Jethro Tull, and the State of the World

Ian Anderson Weyfest 2014 33 Photo by Martin Webb

'I'm not a politician, not a university lecturer. I am a songwriter, an entertainer, I dance around and play the fool for you on stage and you can kind of tap your feet and smile along with me.' Read More »

Music Review: Indie Roundup – Cameron Mitchell’s ‘Chelsea No Evil’ and Brian Lisik’s ‘Curtisinterruptedus’

Cameron Mitchell Chelsea No Evil

Mitchell's old-school rock and roll reveals a cool sensitivity. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth

Astoria Performing Arts CenterMerrily We Roll Along

Sondheim's brilliant songs make this troubled, sad, unusual musical worth seeing anywhere and anywhen, and the new production at the Astoria Performing Arts Center is a solid one. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Six Rounds of Vengeance’ by Qui Nguyen and Vampire Cowboys

Jamie Dunn (Jess December) and Nicky Schmidlein (Queen Mad) in 'Six Rounds of Vengeance.' Photo by Theresa Squire

Stylized fight sequences, monsters and vampires, and a post-apocalyptic dystopia, all painted with a broad comic palette. And a sweet, tragic love story too. Read More »

I Shall Be Released: Music News from Mariah Carey, Mika, Slayer, Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard, Martin Gore and More


Plus Adam Lambert, The Who, Smash Mouth, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Esperanza Spalding, The Kentucky Headhunters, Nashville Pu$$y and more. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Doruntine’ from Blessed Unrest and Kosovo’s Teatri ODA Brings Albanian Legend to Life – and Death

Njomeza Ibraj Fetiu, Ilire Vinca Celaj, Eshref Durmishi in 'Doruntine'

The opportunity to see this well-acted, smoothly written, excitingly staged, and chilling work of cultural blending is the kind of thing for which we can be grateful. Read More »