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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.

“Black Sheep Boy” Tim Hardin Remembered on New Tribute Disc

1960s completists remember the long-deceased singer-songwriter's participation at Woodstock, even though he didn't make it into the movie. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): The Man Who Laughs – A Live Silent Film for the Stage

Based on an obscure Victor Hugo novel, this highly unusual production features live piano accompaniment, a brilliant live-marionette sequence, and free popcorn. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): The Vandal by Hamish Linklater

The Flea presents the world premiere of a twisted and artfully entertaining comedy with a shocker of an ending. Read More »

Music Review: The Steeldrivers – Hammer Down

This disc is just about as close to flawless as today's mainstream bluegrass gets. Read More »

Music Review: Indie Round-Up – Dudley Saunders, Tim Mahoney

Working in an earlier decade, Tim Mahoney would be a star, and his uncomplicated but sophisticated heartland pop did get him onto TV's The Voice. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): The Red and the Black by Deloss Brown

This cogently written, well-acted period piece is flawed but well worth seeing – especially if you're interested in the milieu of Les Misérables. Read More »

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 »