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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. He writes the blog Park Odyssey, for which he is visiting and blogging every park in New York City—over a thousand of them. Through Oren Hope Marketing and Copywriting you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires. By night he's a working musician: lead singer, songwriter, and bass player for Whisperado, a member of other bands as well, and a sideman.

Music Review: Will Kimbrough – ‘Sideshow Love’

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Kimbrough aptly likens his new solo disc to a book of short stories tracing an arc of love from freshness and hope to disappointment and loss. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): RadioTheatre’s ‘Ghosts of Christmas Past’ by Dan Bianchi

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A set of Christmas ghost stories evokes the golden age of radio drama. Read More »

Legends and Up-and-Comers Go Direct to Vinyl on ‘The 78 Project: Volume 1′

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Artists including Rosanne Cash, Richard Thompson, and Loudon Wainwright III record direct to 78rpm acetate discs in a living-history project. Read More »

Concert Review: Pianist Alain Lefèvre and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall, 12/10/2013

Pianist Alain Lefèvre. Photo © Caroline Bergeron

The Canadian pianist champions the music of André Mathieu, a child-prodigy Québécois composer who was until recently mostly forgotten. Read More »

Music Review: Gregg Swann – ‘Turn to Stars’

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In this posthumous release the artist retains his knack for thoughtful pop even as he faces mortality head-on. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Lady Day’ with Dee Dee Bridgewater

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A remarkable portrayal of, and tribute to, the legendary Billie Holiday runs for just a few more weeks Off-Broadway. Read More »

Music Review: Kelly Clarkson – ‘Wrapped in Red’

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Anyone looking for a brisk if unchallenging Christmastime pop treat from a top-notch talent couldn't hope for much better than this enjoyable and well-crafted album. Read More »

Dance-Theater Review: ‘Nutcracker Rouge’

(L-R): Shelly Watson as Madame Drosselmeyer, Laura Careless as Marie-Claire and Jeff Takacs as Monsieur Drosselmeyer in Nutcracker Rouge, photo by Phillip Van Nostrand

This burlesque take on the classic ballet is for dance aficionados, lovers of the comfortably outlandish, and anyone who appreciates spectacular creativity. Read More »

Just Released: ‘Fred Astaire: The Early Years at RKO’ from TCM and Sony Masterworks

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A new 2-CD set features Astaire's vocals on classic numbers from Hollywood's golden age of movie musicals. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Maids’ by Jean Genet

Monique Coleman as "Claire", Rosa Arredondo as "Madame" and Chinasa Ogbuagu as "Solange" in "The Maids". Photo by Rachael Shane

Transposed to New Orleans, the French classic still poses difficult questions about action and inaction, masters and servants. Read More »