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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.

Concert Review: Clarion Music Society, New York City, 9/22/2011

Early music fans are used to hearing sacred texts set to music, and the religion is, of course, Christianity. Except when it isn't. Read More »

Slavery Remembrance Day

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Though legally abolished, slavery remains an unvanquished worldwide phenomenon. Read More »

Ten Years Past, But the Smoke Still Stings

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Under the cloud of smoke, we waited out the longest day of my life. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Pillow Book’ by Anna Moench

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This powerful new work, inspired by the thousand-year-old Japanese literary classic, is well worth seeing – and getting a bit perplexed about. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Crucible’

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The women get the scariest moments, but this superior production of Arthur Miller's timeless play about the Salem witch trials is as much about the men. Read More »

New York Among Cities Most Vulnerable to Climate Change: Climate Scientist

Cities like New York are taking some steps to prepare, but the political will can be shaky. Read More »

Music Review: Yelena Grinberg and Serafim Smigelskiy at the Players Club (New York), 7/22/2011

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I was surprised to learn that these two musicians don't play together regularly; their four hands could have belonged to one person. Read More »

Music Review: Grateful Dead – ‘Blues for Allah’ and ‘Shakedown Street’ Remastered on 180-Gram LPs

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These hefty chunks of black vinyl in their gorgeous packaging should please Deadheads and audiophiles alike. Read More »

Circus/Theater Review (NYC): Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Zarkana’

Zarkana_Trapeze

This is that rare show that can break through one's usual cynicism and raise in an adult mind a childlike sense of wonder. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Civilization!’ by Maximilian Avery Clark

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Imagine Gilligan's Island but with something serious to say about human nature. Read More »