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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 (NYC): ‘YŌKAI: Remedy for Despair’ from The Krumple

A witty and soulful amalgam of physical theater, clowning, dance, magic, and miniatures, this U.S. premiere from the Oslo-Paris physical theater ensemble presents a series of atmospheric vignettes on themes both tragic and comic, sad and romantic.

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Music Review: Isabelle Faust, Freiburger Barockorchester – Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Symphony No. 5, Hebrides

What we hear on this recording is a virtuoso who makes it all sound easy, who draws deeply felt emotion and faery-dust thrills from her instrument with a feeling of effortlessness.

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Music Reviews: Emily Mure – ‘Worth’ and Bob Bradshaw – ‘American Echoes’

Tragic overtones aside, the smooth beauty of Emily Mure's music leaves a quietly happy echo, while Bob Bradshaw's 'American Echoes' shows a singer, songwriter, and bandleader in full command of his muse.

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Theater Review (NYC): Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Presents ‘Henry VI Part 3’

This is lively full-strength Shakespeare, a dizzying story of changing fortunes and changing sides, loyalty and betrayal, weakness and strength, war and more war, with only small and hesitant hopes for peace – and all made easy to follow and admire.

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