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Author Archives: Jon Sobel

Jon Sobel is a Publisher and 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 http://www.orenhope.com/ you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires. Jon also writes the blog Park Odyssey at http://parkodyssey.blogspot.com/ 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.

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘The Golden Bride’ – National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Revives a Classic 1920s Operetta

Adam Shapiro (Kalmen) and Company in the National Yiddish Theatre production of 'The Golden Bride (Di Goldene Kale'). Photo by Ben Moody

Lovingly reconstructed, this aspirational-fantasy story of Russian shtetl Jews emigrating to America is a fascinating period piece of great historical and cultural interest, as well as a robustly acted and brilliantly sung spectacle of theatrical joy. Read More »

Music Review: Nirvana – ‘Nirvana’ (New Digital and First Vinyl Editions of ‘Best Of’ Collection)

nirvana kurt cobain

Nirvana's studio output was so limited that a best-of collection seems almost beside the point – if you were a fan, you have the albums, or at least the last two, and if you're a completist you'd want one of the box sets. Still, 'Nirvana' has sold millions worldwide, and now is a good time to get it in any number of new formats, of which Universal has given us a dizzying variety. Read More »

Product Review: The Republic of Tea – Various Tea Varieties

republic of tea milk oolong

Milk Oolong is a type of Chinese oolong with an aroma and flavor combination that suggests cream, and even, to me, a hint of milk chocolate. After a couple of sips, my palate had adapted to it; after a cup, I was a convert. Read More »

Concert Review: ‘With You Armenia’ – Armenian and Russian Music with Mischa Maisky, Lily Maisky, Alissa Margulis and Elena Lisitsian (NYC, Nov. 30, 2015)

Lily Maisky (piano) and Mischa Maisky (cello) at GetClassical's "With You Armenia" concert Nov. 30, 2015 at (le) poisson rouge, New York City. Photo by Josh Smith

Four musicians including world-famous cellist Mischa Maisky gathered for a concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian genocide. Music by Russian and Armenian composers made up a program that asserted the power of art to challenge cruelty and violence. Read More »