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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): ‘BOB: Blessed Be the Dysfunction that Binds’


This powerful one-woman show about life with a mentally disturbed brother deserves a larger venue than the tiny 78th Street Theatre Lab. Read More »

Concert Review: Lola Astanova at Carnegie Hall, NYC, 1/19/2012


The flashy young virtuoso makes a deep impression in her vivid tribute to Vladimir Horowitz on his very own Steinway. Read More »

RIP Johnny Otis


The Godfather of Rhythm and Blues is dead at 90. Read More »

Opera Review (NYC): ‘Miranda’


Drawing on rock, tango, movie-thriller music, Baroque opera, hip-hop, and more, the score of this "steampunk murder mystery" is consistently engaging and exciting. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Leo’


This delightful and original "Best of Edinburgh" anti-gravity show is well worth seeing, even if it overstays its welcome a bit. Read More »

Vice Capades: NYC to Gamble on Temperance


Less drinking, more gambling? There's no angle from which this makes sense. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War’ by The Mad Ones


Beset by static, power outages, and flaky equipment, a Soviet radio show rattles on as the world outside falls apart. Read More »

Music Review: Emily Hurd – ‘Long Lost Ghosts’

Photo by Nate Laffan

Each song is a shiny chip off a mysterious compound of intelligent thought and honest feeling. Read More »

New Year’s Eve and the Perpetual Triumph of Magical Thinking


Let's welcome 2012 – a year in which we hope the world will become a slightly better place, and also, for better and for worse, another year of magical thinking Read More »

More Stuff I Don’t Know


It's no wonder I often find myself retreating to murder mysteries and Mozart. Read More »