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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.

Classical Superstars Lang Lang and Joshua Bell Both Releasing New Albums September 30

Lang Lang at piano

Pianist Lang Lang's new double album is dedicated entirely to Mozart, while Bell's recording is all Bach. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Hunting Gun,’ ‘Bullfight,’ and ‘Life of a Counterfeiter’ by Yasushi Inoue

Yaushi Inoue

Inoue's early works cast a light upon a period of Japanese history, the post-World War Two period, that is little known to most English-speaking readers. They also reveal why he is as venerated as he is. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Valley of Astonishment’ by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne

Kathryn Hunter in The Valley of Astonishment

Stories of synaesthesia inspired by Oliver Sacks, a celebrated mnemonist, and an ancient Sufi poem. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Embers’ by Samuel Beckett

pan pan theatre embers samuel beckett

'Embers' succeeds a good deal more dramatically than one might have expected from a radio play transferred to the stage. Read More »

Music Review: Dina Regine – ‘Right On, Alright’

dina regine right on alright

Not just a fine songwriter and singer, Dina Regine also has a wide-ranging sensibility infused with the history of the great pop music of the past half century. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘Bedbugs!!!’ the Musical by Paul Leschen and Fred Sauter

Chris Hall as Cimex (center) surrounded by his loyal bedbug followers in 'Bedbugs!!!' at the ArcLight Theatre. Photo by Rex Bonomelli

This deliciously campy show has so much frenzied, blood-sucking energy the small ArcLight theater can hardly contain it. Read More »

I Shall Be Released: New Albums and Tours from Ariana Grande, One Direction, Mary J. Blige, U2, Seth MacFarlane and More

ariana grande my everything

The fall season is upon us, and with it an onslaught of splashy new releases from marquee artists and labels clamoring for our attention. Read More »

I Shall Be Released: New Releases and Tours from Chick Corea, George Harrison, Sting, Minus the Bear and More

george harrison

As Sting's musical 'The Last Ship' nears its Broadway premiere, the perennial pop star releases a live DVD of his own performances of the music. Read More »

Music Review: Ute Lemper – ‘Forever: The Love Poems of Pablo Neruda’

ute lemper forever the love poems of pablo neruda

Lemper and her band honor Neruda's timeless words as fully as I could have imagined, setting them to music made of the same beauty and passion the poet so often celebrated. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Fringe): ‘One Woman Gone Wrong’ by Leslie Caveny

leslie caveny - one woman gone wrong

An achingly hilarious hour with a grouchy, Emmy-winning diva who has spent most of her career behind the camera. Read More »