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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.

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

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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 »

Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Commemorated on Stage, on Screen, and on the Page

The Grateful Dead, photo courtesy of Fathom Events

The Dead played their first documented concert at Magoo's Pizza Parlor on May 5, 1965. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Belle of Belfast’ by Nate Rufus Edelman

A scene from 'The Belle of Belfast' - with Arielle Hoffman and Kate Lydic. Photo: Carol Rosegg

The Irish Rep presents a new play that's old-fashioned in the best way, a funny, sad, affecting and deep tale of forbidden passion and survival amid senseless violence. Read More »

Concert Review: The American Classical Orchestra and Chorus with Soprano Hana Blažiková (NYC, 4/21/15)

Thomas Crawford conducts the American Classical Orchestra

Earthly Love and Celestial Love battle for the soul of Mary Magdalene in Caldara's rarely performed oratorio 'Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo.' Read More »

Music Review: Shelby Lynne – ‘I Can’t Imagine’

Shelby Lynne I Can't Imagine

Lynne draws on a variety of pop-music traditions to create a poetic and acoustical world all her own. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Golondrinas (Swallows)’ by Aminta De Lara

'Golondrinas (Swallows),' written and directed by Aminta De Lara, presented by La MaMa E.T.C. April 16 to 26, 2015. L-R: Howard Collado and Robert Ramos. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.

A terrible past is revealed as two estranged sisters deal with a death in the family amid street protests in Venezuela. Read More »

Theater Review (Broadway): ‘An American in Paris’

An American in Paris Broadway

The new musical proves that Broadway and the ballet are friends, and that even if we can't have a new George Gershwin or Leonard Bernstein, the originals can still energize today's biggest stage talents and please finicky audiences. Read More »

Theater Review: ‘Hamlet’ Starring Peter Sarsgaard at Classic Stage Company, Directed by Austin Pendleton

Scott Parkinson, Peter Sarsgaard, and Daniel Morgan Shelley in Classic Stage Company's 'Hamlet.' Photo by Carol Rosegg

CSC's new production emphasizes the psychological depths in Shakespeare’s classic story of murder, indecision and revenge. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Off-Broadway): ‘Salvage’ by August Schulenburg

Sol Crespo and Mike Mihm in Flux Theatre Ensemble's 'Salvage.' Photo by Deborah Alexander

Skillful writing, perfect casting, topical timeliness, and fine creative teamwork make 'Salvage' one the very best efforts in Flux Theatre Ensemble’s nine-year history of fine productions. Read More »