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Jon Sobel is an 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. He writes the blog Park Odyssey, for which he is visiting and blogging every park in New York City—over a thousand of them. Through Oren Hope Marketing and Copywriting you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires. By night he's a working musician: lead singer, songwriter, and bass player for Whisperado, a member of other bands as well, and a sideman.

A Weed Grows In Brooklyn

We have a plant growing in our kitchen. Not a houseplant in a pot (we’ve never had much luck with those). It’s a weed, growing up through a gap between the linoleum tile and the painted wooden molding. We’re pretty messy people, and our somewhat decrepit kitchen never really gets clean. But it has been ever thus. Why a kitchen ... Read More »

Theater Review: Taming of the Shrew

The outcome of Shakespeare's battle of the sexes is not so much reversed as made a fairer fight. Read More »

Indie Round-Up for November 03 2005: fielding, Hayley Taylor, Gentle Giant

It's fair to ask if we really need another song about a man who can't commit. Read More »

CD Review: Jerry Garcia, Garcia Plays Dylan

Bob Dylan’s songs are so universal and brilliant that they stand up to a seemingly endless variety of treatments. Jerry Garcia‘s Dylan interpretations, however, are unusual in that they pair two equally iconic and influential musical sensibilities. Garcia’s fluid and imaginative guitar pushes up fresh, unexpected blossoms in Dylan’s compositional garden, yet there’s never any shock of the new; the ... Read More »

New York Notes: One Week Until New York’s Mayoral Election

Many New Yorkers will be facing a dilemma in next week’s mayoral election. We think our mayor is doing a good job governing the city. But we loathe the national party to which he belongs. Four years ago Michael Bloomberg used his personal fortune to fund his longshot campaign. During and since that successful run he never tired of pointing ... Read More »

Book Review: TCP/IP Guide

If TCP/IP technology is at all important to your job, pick up a copy of this book. Read More »

DVD Review: Bobby Womack, Soul Seduction Supreme

When the Womack brothers began to move from gospel to R&B, their father threw them out of the house. Read More »

Indie Round-Up for October 20 2005: Man Alive, Danny Draher

=== Man Alive, Open Surgery One of the better punk-driven rock bands I’ve heard on disc lately, Man Alive hails from the unlikely location of Israel but is brought to you by the Militia Group, the lean and muscular West Coast label that also promotes Copeland (and other promising new bands). With big, husky vocals, a mix of punk shouts ... Read More »

Theater Review: Rebel Without a Cause

Half a century has passed since Rebel Without a Cause, the ur-film of postwar teenage alienation, made matinee idols of James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo. The Barely Balancing Artists Group, a theatrical company formed especially for the Hollywood classic’s golden anniversary, is marking the occasion with a stage adaptation in New York. But the story of Rebel raises ... Read More »

Indie Round-Up for October 6 2005: Copeland, Mould

=== Copeland, live at Irving Plaza, NYC, Oct. 5 2005 Copeland (it’s a band, not a person) played an energetic opening set at the eagerly anticipated Bob Mould concert at Irving Plaza last night in New York City. Copeland is a tight quartet with a wall-of-sound two-guitar attack – except for a couple of songs where lead singer and rhythm ... Read More »