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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.

Joan Baez Honored by Library of Congress and Amnesty International

Joan Baez

The human rights organization will honor the folk singer along with Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei at a ceremony in Berlin in May. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Feast’ by Cory Finley at The Flea Theater

Ivan Dolido and Marlowe Holden in 'The Feast' at The Flea Theater. Photo by Bjorn Bolinder

A couple's surface sheen hides serious interpersonal, perhaps psychological problems - and Matt's bathroom is a gateway to much more than innocuous pipes and sewers. Or is it? Read More »

Concert Review: Wayward Sisters, ‘The Naughty List’ (NYC, March 19, 2015)

Wayward Sisters Early Music

This concert of Early Music presented by Music Before 1800 was just plain fun, thanks to the music's spirited beauty and Wayward Sisters' infectious energy. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘Lonesome Traveler’ by James O’Neil Revives the Folk Music Revival

Sylvie Davidson, Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper, Justin Flagg and Matty Charles in LONESOME TRAVELER at 59E59 Theaters. Photo by Carol Rosegg

A cast of talented singer-actor-musicians recreate performances by a raft of artists and groups from the folk music revival of the 1950s and early '60s. Read More »

I Shall Be Released: New Recordings and Tours from Modest Mouse, Shania Twain, Mumford & Sons, Joan Armatrading, My Morning Jacket, Josh Groban and More

Modest Mouse

Plus Tori Amos, John Patitucci, Wale, Zac Brown Band, Johnny Winter, Tony Bennett & Bill Evans, and More Read More »

Concert Review: The American Classical Orchestra Plays Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert on Period Instruments (March 12 2015)

Thomas Crawford conducts the American Classical Orchestra

The contrast between classical-period instruments and modern ones is a bit like that between an original vinyl recording and a CD remastering. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Old Paper Houses’ Created by Piehole with Texts by Bernadette Mayer

Old Paper Houses by Piehold at Irondale Center

In Piehole's tale of utopian communities gone sour, the company's inventive energy shines through the suffocating snows, but some shovels and a plow are desperately needed. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Off-Broadway): ‘The Nomad,’ a New Musical by Elizabeth Swados and Erin Courtney

'The Nomad' at the Flea Theater. Photo by Isaiah Tanenbaum

Swados's newest musical expands out of its narrative thinness with sheer artistic energy, solid performances, and, not least, commitment to its highly stylized presentation. Read More »

Opera Review (NYC): Handel’s ‘Semele’ Directed by Zhang Huan at BAM

Jane Archibald Canadian Opera Company Semele Handel BAM

Some critics disdained this production when it settled in Canada in 2012. But while in some respects it may confound, it feels honest, both musically and theatrically. Plus: Sumo wrestlers! Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘Fashions for Men’ by Ferenc Molnár at the Mint Theater

'Fashions for Men' by Ferenc Molnar at the Mint Theater. Photo by Richard Termine

In cinematically convincing atmosphere, the great Hungarian playwright's century-old tale of artfully exaggerated personalities, screwy events, and the heights and depths of human nature takes on a timeless quality. Read More »