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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.

The Temptation of the Dark Side: From TIE Fighter to Star Wars Commander

star wars commander

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Win Soprano Sonya Yoncheva’s New Paris-Inspired CD ‘Paris, Mon Amour’

Sonya Yoncheva Paris Mon Amour

The brilliant lyric soprano's new CD highlights music by French composers of the Belle Époque along with Verdi and Puccini. Enter to win a copy from Blogcritics! Read More »

Music Review: Art Hirahara – ‘Libations and Meditations’ (Posi-Tone)

art hirahara libations and meditations

With a a blend of fireworks and atmospherics, Hirahara's trio conveys the sense of joy that marks jazz at its best. Read More »

Music Review: Ann Hobson Pilot, Lucia Lin and J.P. Jofre – ‘Astor Piazzolla: Escualo’

Astor Piazzolla Escualo

Piazzolla's music contains multitudes of possibilities, gentleness always among them. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Subtly Worded’ – Short Stories by Teffi from Pushkin Press


The Russian writer Teffi, whose real name was Nadezhda Alexandrovna Lokhvitskaya, enjoyed great popularity throughout the first half of the 20th century as she chronicled life in Russia before and after the Revolution and then as an emigre in Paris. But her work has faded into relative obscurity since. I had never heard of her until the 2014 publication of ... Read More »

Theater/Concert Review: ‘Rameau’s Nephew’ by Diderot, Presented by Salon/Sanctuary Concerts

Jean-Philippe Rameau

Salon/Sanctuary contextualizes ancient music for modern audiences, and while there are countless concerts in New York City every week, no one else does precisely this. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): Flux Theatre’s ‘Once Upon a Bride There Was a Forest’ by Kristen Palmer

Arthur Aulisi and Rachael Hip-Flores in 'Once Upon a Bride There Was a Forest.' Photo credit Isaiah Tanenbaum

A modern-day adult fairy tale that's perfect for a dark and stormy night. Read More »

Opera Review (NYC): ‘Slow Dusk’ and ‘Markheim’ by Carlisle Floyd (the little OPERA theatre of ny)

Jeremy Milner and Scott Six in 'Markheim' (little OPERA theatre of ny). Photo by Tina Buckman

This spicy little production of two one-act operas provides a mini-survey of the the 'Susannah' composer's talents as he progressed from a gifted youngster to a mature artist with a sensibility very much his own. Read More »

Win a Joni Mitchell Box Set (‘Love Has Many Faces’) from Blogcritics

joni mitchell love has many faces

New four-disc set is a four-act "ballet" of Mitchell's songs above love curated by the artist herself, along with six new paintings by Mitchell. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘Self Made Man: The Frederick Douglass Story’

Phil Darius Wallace in 'Self-Made Man: The Frederick Douglass Story' (Photo: Daniel Region)

In his powerful solo show Phil Darius Wallace portrays multiple characters in Frederick Douglass's life and tells the abolitionist's story in Douglass's own words. Read More »