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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.

Nu-Bluegrass Singer Aoife O’Donovan Sneaks Onto 2012 “Best Jazz Album” Lists with Dave Douglas Quintet

The Dave Douglas Quintet's jazz improvisation coordinated surprisingly well with O'Donovan's studied folk stylings on the "sublime" 2012 album Be Still. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Bethany’ by Laura Marks, Starring America Ferrera

A dominating performance by Ugly Betty's America Ferrera centers this incisive and gutsy new play. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): Collision by Lyle Kessler

A charismatic young psychopath wins over impressionable fellow students in this powerful work staged by the never-shy Amoralists. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): Midsummer [a play with songs] by David Greig

A climactic run through the streets of Edinburgh caps this witty musical journey through the minds of a mismatched pair of thirty-somethings. Read More »

Music Review: Indie Round-Up – Jacob Blazer, Charlie Parr, MSB Family Band

Jacob Blazer heads in a minimalist direction with his new EP. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): Something’s Got Ahold of My Heart

A series of vignettes on the theme of love include dance and song but don't add up to much in the end. Read More »

Movie Review: Les Misérables (2012)

Director Tom Hooper had his cast sing live on camera, and the gamble pays off in this immersive adaptation of the stage musical. Read More »

The Second Amendment: Wrong Centerpiece for the Gun Debate

Controls on military-style weapons won't stop gun violence, but would say much about who we are as a people. Read More »

Online Product Review: Rocket Languages

A friendly online program makes learning a foreign language easier. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): Soldier by Jonathan Draxton

A murdered Nazi officer pleads for passage over the River Styx, and his fate is in our hands. Read More »