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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): ‘Tala’ by Kyoung H. Park

Kyoung H. Park Tala

Park is the first Korean playwright from Latin America to be produced and published in the U.S. Read More »

Chile Travel: Two Weeks in Chile, Part 1 of 4 – Santiago

Cerro Santa Lucia, Santiago Chile

Santiago is a modern, cosmopolitan city full of history, museums, dramatic terrain, and friendly people. Read More »

Music Review: Pianist Els Biesemans – ‘Winterreise’ (Liszt Transcriptions of Songs by Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Chopin)

Els Biesemans Winterreise

The pianist offers exceptional renditions on a restored 180-year-old fortepiano. Read More »

The Temptation of the Dark Side: From TIE Fighter to Star Wars Commander

star wars commander

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Win Soprano Sonya Yoncheva’s New Paris-Inspired CD ‘Paris, Mon Amour’

Sonya Yoncheva Paris Mon Amour

The brilliant lyric soprano's new CD highlights music by French composers of the Belle Époque along with Verdi and Puccini. Enter to win a copy from Blogcritics! Read More »

Music Review: Art Hirahara – ‘Libations and Meditations’ (Posi-Tone)

art hirahara libations and meditations

With a a blend of fireworks and atmospherics, Hirahara's trio conveys the sense of joy that marks jazz at its best. Read More »

Music Review: Ann Hobson Pilot, Lucia Lin and J.P. Jofre – ‘Astor Piazzolla: Escualo’

Astor Piazzolla Escualo

Piazzolla's music contains multitudes of possibilities, gentleness always among them. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Subtly Worded’ – Short Stories by Teffi from Pushkin Press

teffi

The Russian writer Teffi, whose real name was Nadezhda Alexandrovna Lokhvitskaya, enjoyed great popularity throughout the first half of the 20th century as she chronicled life in Russia before and after the Revolution and then as an emigre in Paris. But her work has faded into relative obscurity since. I had never heard of her until the 2014 publication of ... Read More »

Theater/Concert Review: ‘Rameau’s Nephew’ by Diderot, Presented by Salon/Sanctuary Concerts

Jean-Philippe Rameau

Salon/Sanctuary contextualizes ancient music for modern audiences, and while there are countless concerts in New York City every week, no one else does precisely this. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): Flux Theatre’s ‘Once Upon a Bride There Was a Forest’ by Kristen Palmer

Arthur Aulisi and Rachael Hip-Flores in 'Once Upon a Bride There Was a Forest.' Photo credit Isaiah Tanenbaum

A modern-day adult fairy tale that's perfect for a dark and stormy night. Read More »