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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. Through Oren Hope Marketing and Copywriting at you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires. Jon also writes the blog Park Odyssey at where he visits every park in New York City. And by night he's a part-time working musician: lead singer, songwriter, and bass player for Whisperado, a member of other bands as well, and a sideman.

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Lady Day’ with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Dee Dee Bridgewater

A remarkable portrayal of, and tribute to, the legendary Billie Holiday runs for just a few more weeks Off-Broadway. Read More »

Music Review: Kelly Clarkson – ‘Wrapped in Red’


Anyone looking for a brisk if unchallenging Christmastime pop treat from a top-notch talent couldn't hope for much better than this enjoyable and well-crafted album. Read More »

Dance-Theater Review: ‘Nutcracker Rouge’

(L-R): Shelly Watson as Madame Drosselmeyer, Laura Careless as Marie-Claire and Jeff Takacs as Monsieur Drosselmeyer in Nutcracker Rouge, photo by Phillip Van Nostrand

This burlesque take on the classic ballet is for dance aficionados, lovers of the comfortably outlandish, and anyone who appreciates spectacular creativity. Read More »

Just Released: ‘Fred Astaire: The Early Years at RKO’ from TCM and Sony Masterworks


A new 2-CD set features Astaire's vocals on classic numbers from Hollywood's golden age of movie musicals. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Maids’ by Jean Genet

Monique Coleman as "Claire", Rosa Arredondo as "Madame" and Chinasa Ogbuagu as "Solange" in "The Maids". Photo by Rachael Shane

Transposed to New Orleans, the French classic still poses difficult questions about action and inaction, masters and servants. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The God Projekt’


Inventive puppetry propels this story of an aging God who conceives a new project: to re-create mankind. Read More »

Carrie Underwood in New ‘The Sound of Music’ Live Broadcast and Soundtrack


This three-hour live broadcast, with accompanying soundtrack recording, take us back to 1930s Austria - but also to the golden age of live television. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Cottage’ by Sandy Rustin

Jason Loughlin* as "Beau" and Amy Rutberg* as "Sylvia" in APAC's production of Sandy Rustin's "The Cottage" directed by Adam Dannheisser. Photo by Matt Yeager

This thoroughly enjoyable farce picks up where Noël Coward left off, but with a female character in charge. Read More »

Rusted Root Stays Groovy with Self-Produced Video and Free Song Download


With a catchy calypso-African vibe, 'Cover Me Up' hails from the long-running jam band's first Shanachie Records release. Read More »

Music Review: John Hiatt – ‘Here to Stay: Best of 2000-2012′


This valuable new collection from New West Records is a great opportunity to catch up on what the consummate songwriter has been up to in the new century. Read More »