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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.

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 »

Days of Sicily, Knights of Malta – Part 4: Cefalù and the Winding Road to Taormina


Another day, another duomo? But what beautiful ceramics! Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): Aphra Behn’s ‘Sir Patient Fancy’

(L-R): Natalie Lebert (as Sir Patient Fancy) and Virginia Baeta (as Sir Credulous Easy) in The Queen’s Company production of Aphra Behn’s 'Sir Patient Fancy'

This Restoration comedy by one of England's earliest female playwrights is a hilarious delight in The Queens Company's new production. Read More »

Days of Sicily, Knights of Malta – Part 3: Palermo

Cloister, St. John of the Hermits, Palermo

Churches, catacombs, hermits, and Inquisition graffiti in Sicily's biggest city. Read More »

Days of Sicily, Knights of Malta – Part 2: Erice


A foggy visit to the ancient mountaintop town near Sicily's western coast. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Liliom’

Gerrard Lobo as Liliom and Morgan DeTogne as Julie in Beautiful Soup's 'Liliom'

The century-old play that inspired 'Carousel' gets a reverent New York revival, the first in decades. Read More »