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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: Esperanza Spalding – ‘Emily’s D+Evolution’

Every track on this consistently compelling album is different. The ghostly pop melody of "Unconditional Love," the hard funk of "Good Lava," and the quick-tongued jazz fusion of "Judas" are just the start of a journey through a personal Land of Oz (or Chocolate Factory).

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Travels in Turkey: Part 4 – Istanbul, Continued: Great Bazaars and Grand Mosques

The Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque may be the most famous structures in Istanbul, and they are certainly spectacular, but I was more taken with the largest purpose-built mosque in the city: The Süleymaniye Mosque, built in the 1550s by master architect Sinan at the command of Süleyman the Magnificent.

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Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘Buried Child’ by Sam Shepard, with Ed Harris and Amy Madigan

The curious recipe behind Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning play releases strange aromas. But a fine cast gingerly directed by Scott Elliott and led by Ed Harris and Amy Madigan keeps the smoky pot stirred, playing the weird, funny, tragic story for all it's worth.

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DVD Review: ‘Sinatra: All or Nothing at All’

This two-part documentary takes a detailed, intelligent look at the life of Frank Sinatra, who merged artistic greatness and enormous popularity like no one else in the 20th century.

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