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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.

New Orleans: 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina, an Uneven Recovery

Street art, New Orleans. Photo by Jon Sobel

While residents' attitudes have turned positive on average, great racial and neighborhood disparities remain. Read More »

Music Review: The Ragpicker String Band – ‘The Ragpicker String Band’

Ragpicker String Band

A loving tribute to the great traditions of country blues. Read More »

Reader Giveaway: Win Dee Dee Bridgewater’s New Orleans Tribute Album Marking Hurricane Katrina’s 10th Anniversary

Dee Dee Bridgewater Dee Dee's Feathers Irvin Mayfield New Orleans

Recorded with trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, 'Dee Dee's Feathers' guest-stars Dr. John and other greats. Read More »

DVD Review: ‘Blood Cells’

blood cells movie

As Adam travels across England towards a family reunion he dreads, the film slowly and almost furtively reveals the traumatic backstory of the agricultural disaster that struck his family years before and its tragic repercussions. Read More »

Music Review: Lewis Spratlan – ‘Hesperus is Phosphorus’

Lewis Spratlan Hesperus is Phosphorus

The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer has a surpassing ability to set tightly packed texts to expressive music using the combined vocabularies of tradition, modernism, and even the jazz age. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Off-Broadway): ‘The Singularity’ by Crystal Jackson

Laura Lundy-Paine & Michael Vega in Crystal Jackson's 'The Singularity.' ​​Photo by Bren Coombs.

In a rather dystopian future and on the verge of menopause, a woman is at a fertility clinic hoping to have her very last egg artificially inseminated. But things aren't going her way. Read More »

‘On the Record with Mick Rock': Legendary Music Photographer on Snoop Dogg and More, OvationTV Show Debuts August 2

On the Record with Mick Rock OvationTV

Mick Rock visits the hometowns of an eclectic assortment of top-tier musicians from different eras in the new OvationTV series debuting this Sunday, August 2. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘the dreamer examines his pillow’ by John Patrick Shanley

The Attic Theater Company's production of John Patrick Shanley's "the dreamer examines his pillow" Pictured: Dennis Parlato and Lauren Nicole Cipoletti PHOTO: Natalie Artemyeff

In its first NYC revival since its 1986 debut, the play mingles passages of naturalistic dialogue with fanciful poetic flowerings to expose depths of passion and self-doubt. And for long swaths of the 90-minute one-act, the Attic Theater Company cast carries this difficult material off with a crazed, sparkling bravado. Read More »

‘On the Record with Mick Rock': Legendary Music Photographer Talks Beatles and Bowie as OvationTV Show Debuts August 2

On the Record with Mick Rock OvationTV

Mick Rock visits the hometowns of an eclectic assortment of top-tier musicians from different eras in the new OvationTV series debuting this Sunday, August 2. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Off-Broadway): ‘Butcher Holler Here We Come’

Isaac Byrne Butcher Holler Her We Come

Lit only by the actors' headlamps, this dark poetic drama about trapped coal miners grew on me – like a clammy mold. Read More »