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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.

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Orpheus Variations’

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This fascinating live-action video piece takes theater just about as far as it can go from the pre-electricity era. Read More »

Music Review: Trampled Under Foot – ‘Badlands’

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Three siblings equal one powerhouse rocking blues band. Read More »

Richard Matheson, One of 20th Century’s Great Imaginative Minds, Dies at 87

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He crafted stories that presaged modern realities as well as any of the greatest 20th century writers of speculative prose fiction. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): “Geppetto” from Concrete Temple Theatre

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This version of the man behind PInocchio is a professional puppeteer who's lost his better half. Read More »

Music Review: Townes Van Zandt – “High, Low and In Between” and “The Late Great Townes Van Zandt” [Remastered]

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These two albums from the early '70s were among the artistic high points of the songwriter's broken, even tragic career. Read More »

Movie Review: “Man of Steel” (Jon Sobel)

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Epileptic pacing, difficult-to-follow handheld-camera action footage, and an excruciating cacophony of sound effects help make this superhero movie one of the worst in memory. Read More »

Music Review: Bonnie Whitmore – “There I Go Again”

Photo by Ron Baker

Bonnie Whitmore's second disc is crammed full of soulful, insistent Americana, with sharp-edged songs sometimes reminiscent of Tom Petty. Read More »

Music Review: Indie Round-Up – Paper Bird, Bethesda, Jerry Castle

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Paper Bird's unusual sound mixes Afro-pop, Andrews Sisters harmonies, unexpected rhythms, and psychedelia. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): “Macbeth” Starring Alan Cumming

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In a stunning performance, the actor takes on all the roles in Shakespeare's Scottish Play. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): White Hot by Tommy Smith

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This taut, anxiously intellectual drama baffles expectations and boasts marvelous performances. Read More »