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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.

Theater Review (Broadway): ‘The Present’ with Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh

Blanchett's Anna is as complex a lost soul as Broadway is likely to host this season, her yellow-hot energy as vital and clamorous when she's fuming in silence at the dinner table as when she's swooping in desperate high spirits from friend to friend in Act I. Roxburgh, in the most central role, is just as compelling.

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Theater Review (NYC): ‘Holden’ from George & Co. Takes on the Mysteries of Salinger

If you have some tolerance for the avant-garde and the unexplained, 'Holden' will be well worth your time. The actors and creative team of George & Co. have put their heart, soul, and blood into a powerful imaginative portrait of the psyche of one of literature's most fascinating characters, J.D. Salinger.

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Music Review: The Colorist & Emiliana Torrini – ‘The Colorist & Emiliana Torrini’

A new live collaborative album by Torrini and The Colorist Orchestra reimagines some of the Icelandic singer's songs in entirely new arrangements for an eight-piece Belgian ensemble led by Aarich Jespers and Kobe Proesmans. Her voice inhabits this new, more organic world just as comfortably as on her albums, and with a touch of live-performance warmth.

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Theater Review (NYC): Sholem Asch’s ‘God of Vengeance’ from New Yiddish Rep

Just around the corner from where it first played, Sholem Asch's 'God of Vengeance,' challenging and controversial in so many ways since its debut in 1907, has opened at La Mama in its original Yiddish (with English supertitles). Upon its Broadway run in English in 1923, the play's cast and producers were arrested on obscenity charges. With its frank depiction of lesbianism and prostitution, it's no wonder.

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Music Review: Dropkick Murphys – ’11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory’

Every song is about something. Maybe not always real people or events, but stuffed to capacity with visceral language and imagery on top of Dropkick Murphys' trademark skull-rattling volume and unison shouts.

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