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Jon Sobel

Jon Sobel is a Publisher and 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 http://www.orenhope.com/ you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires. Jon also writes the blog Park Odyssey at http://parkodyssey.blogspot.com/ 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.

Music Review: Hayes Carll – ‘Lovers and Leavers’

The Americana troubadour evolves into a plumber of the soul on his fine new album. I imagine him sitting back in a cracked leather easy chair, letting out a long slow breath, and surveying the haste and waste of the world around him before starting work on these songs.

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Theater Review (NYC): ‘Nathan the Wise’ with F. Murray Abraham and Stark Sands

With a uniformly excellent cast, this bracing version of Gotthold Lessing's German Enlightenment play hits home with its then (and still) controversial view of religion: that no faith has the uniquely true message of God.

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Music Reviews: Jim Cullum’s ‘Porgy and Bess Live’ and The Oatmeal Jazz Combo’s ‘Instant Oats’

One of the long-running Jim Cullum Jazz Band's great achievements is its jazz-band version of 'Porgy and Bess,' now available on a two-CD set, including narration by William Warfield, who played Porgy on stage many times.

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