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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.

Mine Eye Hath Played the Painter: Len Cariou in Video Sonnet on Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday


New York Shakespeare Exchange is setting all of Shakespeare's sonnets one by one to short films set all around New York City. Read More »

Calling All Politics Writers!


Blogcritics is looking for writers on politics. Read More »

Theater Review: ‘Heathers: The Musical’

'Heathers The Musical,' photo by Chad Batka

A bright new musical based on the cult movie sticks closely to the story but deepens the characters. Read More »

Music Review: Ian Anderson – ‘Homo Erraticus’


Age hasn't slowed down the Jethro Tull founder's imaginative energy as he extends the 'Thick as a Brick' franchise with an ambitious concept album. Read More »

Concert Review: Western Wind Vocal Ensemble with Slave Narrative Readings at Fraunces Tavern, NYC, 4/5/14

Image source: Wikimedia Commons. Photo by Leonard J. DeFrancisci

One floor up from where George Washington said his official farewell to his troops in 1783, Western Wind and three fine actors evoked the seminal American story of slavery and emancipation. Read More »

Days of Sicily, Knights of Malta – Part 6: Siracusa

Moon over the water, Siracusa, Sicily

Greek and Roman amphitheaters, the Ear of Dionysius, layers upon layers of history – even a 1,500-year-old mikvah. Siracusa has more things to see than most any other place in Sicily. Read More »

Days of Sicily, Knights of Malta – Part 5: Taormina

Chiesa de San Giuseppe

Taormina may be touristy and trendy, but it's also beautiful and historic. Don't miss it if you have a chance to visit Sicily. Read More »

Music Review: ‘Mike Marshall & the Turtle Island Quartet’ Self-Titled CD


Full of creative energy and stellar musicianship, this evocative collaboration is more than the sum of its parts. Read More »

Music Review: Young Dubliners – ‘9’


On their ninth album the Celtic rockers show no signs of slowing down. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Fast Company’ by Carla Ching


A crew of con artists gets into trouble when that fact that they're also a family gets in the way. Read More »