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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.

Book Review: ‘The Writing on the Wall: Rediscovering New York City’s “Ghost Signs”‘ by Ben Passikoff

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Faded painted signs from times past linger on the sides of Manhattan's buildings, advertising everything from theaters to hosiery, meat markets to hotels, stables to department stores. Ben Passikoff's big, crisp photos of these relics preserve a vanishing history of industry in New York.

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Music Reviews: Brian Lisik and the Unfortunates – ‘We’re Sorry…’ and Thor Platter – ‘Take Time’

Straight-ahead but rough-edged and with quirky lyrics, Lisik's songs are self-aware with a sometimes tongue-in-cheek attitude but nonetheless soaked in real feeling.

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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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