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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): The Puppetmaster of Lodz

Art and imagination can keep war at bay, at least for a little while, but they also keep it alive. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): Edward II by Christopher Marlowe

A modern production of Marlowe's bloody tale of Edward II, the Gay King. Read More »

Music Review: Indie Round-Up – Jake Stigers, Kenny Vance

Kenny Vance brings the teen-inspired wails of doo-wop comfortably into the 21st century. Read More »

Radio Nowhere and the End of the Hit Parade

Where will the next "Born To Be Wild" come from? Read More »

Music Review: Indie Round-Up – Lynn, Sasscer, Abdel-Gawad, LittleHorse

Egyptian-born violinist Riad Abdel-Gawad mixes the taqasim (improvisational) tradition with tarab, the "performance practice of musical ecstasy." Read More »

Music Review: Rachel Barton Pine, American Virtuosa: Tribute to Maud Powell

A celebration of "the first American violinist to achieve international rank." Read More »

Music Review – Indie Round-Up: Kelli Hanson, The Beautiful Girls, Darius Lux

"Evil Clown Song" sounds exactly like you'd think it would. Read More »

Music Review: Aretha Franklin – Jewels in the Crown: All-Star Duets with the Queen

These collaborations further demonstrate what we already knew: duets between stars are usually far less than the sum of their parts. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): IXOMIA by Eric Sanders

The story of IXOMIA suggests a political allegory, but mostly it's dreamlike, and a treat for the eye and ear. Read More »

Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku to Rekindle TV Magic

Buffy creator Joss Whedon teams with his rogue vampire slayer to create a new show for Fox. Read More »