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Jon Sobel is a Publisher and 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 http://www.orenhope.com/ you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires. Jon also writes the blog Park Odyssey at http://parkodyssey.blogspot.com/ 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): ‘Yo Miss!’

Judith Sloan Yo Miss!

Judith Sloan's compelling solo show at La MaMa, 'Yo Miss!', is grounded in her experience teaching drama to underprivileged New York City high school and college students. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘Rimbaud in New York’

rimbaud in new york

Brimming with a studied outrageousness, and brushed with sentiment, the show takes a sidelong look at the pretentiousness of downtown artsiness, while reminding us – or introducing us to – the French force of nature who provoked the spirits of so many 20th century creatives. Read More »

Museum Preview: ‘Nasreen Mohamedi’ and ‘Unfinished’ Inaugurate Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Met Breuer Building

Untitled painting by Kerry James Marshall

The reopening of Bauhaus-trained architect Marcel Breuer's modernist 1960s Madison Avenue building might be enough in itself to draw curious crowds, but two expansive exhibits make an early visit to the new Met Breuer a must. Read More »

Music Review: Nonch Harpin’ – ‘Native Sons’

nonch harpin

From the get-go, with the weird 5/4 beat of "Mr. Rocket Boots Celery Man," this sly jazz quintet weaves a web of smooth themes and spidery solos, their earthy vibe reinforced by a clean but lo-fi roominess in the recording, uncomplicated arrangements, and tribal rhythms. Read More »

Music Review: Esperanza Spalding – ‘Emily’s D+Evolution’

Every track on this consistently compelling album is different. The ghostly pop melody of "Unconditional Love," the hard funk of "Good Lava," and the quick-tongued jazz fusion of "Judas" are just the start of a journey through a personal Land of Oz (or Chocolate Factory). Read More »

Travels in Turkey: Part 4 – Istanbul, Continued: Great Bazaars and Grand Mosques

Süleymaniye Mosque, Istsanbul

The Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque may be the most famous structures in Istanbul, and they are certainly spectacular, but I was more taken with the largest purpose-built mosque in the city: The Süleymaniye Mosque, built in the 1550s by master architect Sinan at the command of Süleyman the Magnificent. Read More »