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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 Off-Broadway): ‘Bedbugs!!!’ the Musical by Paul Leschen and Fred Sauter

Chris Hall as Cimex (center) surrounded by his loyal bedbug followers in 'Bedbugs!!!' at the ArcLight Theatre. Photo by Rex Bonomelli

This deliciously campy show has so much frenzied, blood-sucking energy the small ArcLight theater can hardly contain it. Read More »

I Shall Be Released: New Albums and Tours from Ariana Grande, One Direction, Mary J. Blige, U2, Seth MacFarlane and More

ariana grande my everything

The fall season is upon us, and with it an onslaught of splashy new releases from marquee artists and labels clamoring for our attention. Read More »

I Shall Be Released: New Releases and Tours from Chick Corea, George Harrison, Sting, Minus the Bear and More

george harrison

As Sting's musical 'The Last Ship' nears its Broadway premiere, the perennial pop star releases a live DVD of his own performances of the music. Read More »

Music Review: Ute Lemper – ‘Forever: The Love Poems of Pablo Neruda’

ute lemper forever the love poems of pablo neruda

Lemper and her band honor Neruda's timeless words as fully as I could have imagined, setting them to music made of the same beauty and passion the poet so often celebrated. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Fringe): ‘One Woman Gone Wrong’ by Leslie Caveny

leslie caveny - one woman gone wrong

An achingly hilarious hour with a grouchy, Emmy-winning diva who has spent most of her career behind the camera. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Fringe): ‘I’ll Say She Is,’ ‘Lost’ Marx Brothers Musical

ill say she is, lost marx brothers musical

Not seen for 90 years, a zany Marx Brothers' 1924 Broadway musical is reconstructed for the stage. Read More »

Music Review: Brian Setzer – ‘Rockabilly Riot!: All Original’

brian setzer rockabilly riot

The new all-originals album by the Stray Cats' guitarist-vocalist is a road-trip romp from start to finish. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Fringe): ‘Felicitas’ by Libby Skala

Drawing of 'Felicitas and her babies' by Greta Hartwig

The third in Libby Skala's trilogy of solo shows dramatizing her own family history engages our emotions while respecting our intelligence and leaving us feeling uplifted. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Fringe): ‘Over’ by Dave Chapman

Becky Byers ('Tabitha') and Adam Belvo ('Jack') rehearsing for NYC Fringe production of 'Over' by Dave Chapman

Breaking up is hard to do – in more ways than one. Read More »

Music Review: Maya Beiser – ‘Uncovered’

maya beiser uncovered

Cellist Maya Beiser takes a serious journey into the heart of serious rock, and we're the beneficiaries. Read More »