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February 24, 1999 | By Lesley Valdes, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Directors can do stupid things to Rossini. The temptation is so great to add slapstick or Abbott & Costello pratfalls to his greatest hit, The Barber of Seville. "But the laughs are in the music," Maurizio Barbacini pointed out during a rehearsal of the Opera Company of Philadelphia production that opened Monday night at the Academy of Music. Fortunately, Barbacini, who conducts, and Chas Rader-Shieber, who directs, agree about The Barber's comic and other emphases. This is an agreement between music and stage maestri that results in a production of good taste and appropriate musical style.
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October 8, 2010 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thursday morning, Mike Fiore kept cutting hair and talking baseball. Naturally, everybody was talking about Roy Halladay at Caravelli Bros. barbershop in Haddonfield. Fiore, who owns the shop, had been among the 46,411 at Citizens Bank Park the night before for Halladay's National League division series Game 1 no-hitter. Evidently, you can't pitch a postseason no-hitter without Fiore in attendance. He told customers how he had been at Don Larsen's perfect game for the Yankees in the 1956 World Series, the only other postseason no-hitter in over a century of games.
NEWS
January 28, 1986 | By RON GOLDWYN, Daily News Staff Writer
State Rep. James D. Barber has been running for his political life at regular intervals since 1968, when he was elected to the Legislature from West Philadelphia. If Barber wants a 10th term, he'll have to do it again. Vincent Hughes, 29, unveiled all the techniques of a modern and well- organized candidate yesterday as he announced he will again challenge Barber for the 190th District seat. Hughes, a consumer activist and University of Pennsylvania library technician, lost to Barber by less than 1,000 votes in the 1984 primary.
NEWS
September 30, 1986 | By DAVE RACHER, Daily News Staff Writer
The 74-year-old owner of a South Philadelphia barber shop yesterday was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and a weapons offense in the fatal shooting of another barber on Oct. 5, 1985. Frank H. Jackson told the jury he thought the victim, Robert Rich, 40, was reaching for a gun when he shot Rich five times inside the shop on Point Breeze Avenue near Wharton Street. Assistant District Attorney Randolph Williams said after the slaying Jackson told police, "I shot him. He owed me money.
NEWS
March 20, 1992 | By Rose Simmons, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gustave J. Ferro, 79, started barbering in his father's Southwest Philadelphia shop in 1928 when haircuts were 25 cents and customers kept their shaving cups on a rack along the wall. Mr. Ferro, who retired to Springfield in Delaware County several years ago but never laid down his scissors for long, died Monday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Affectionately known as "Gus the Barber" among the legions of customers he had during 63 years, Mr. Ferro had an old shop on Woodland Avenue that was the place neighborhood men went for generations for haircuts and to shoot the breeze.
NEWS
May 22, 1986 | By STEVEN A. MARQUEZ, Daily News Staff Writer
An army of about 150 West Philadelphia youths lined up along 49th Street near Market a few hours before the polls closed Tuesday night, awaiting marching orders from their general, Vincent Hughes. "This is your mission," announced Hughes, candidate for state representative. "Knock on every door between here and 54th Street. " "They did it in 20 minutes," exulted the victorious Hughes in his campaign headquarters yesterday. This blitzkrieg approach to politicking partly explains why Hughes was able to pick off one of West Philadelphia's longtime powerhouses, nine-term state Rep. James D. Barber, in Tuesday's 190th District Democratic primary.
NEWS
July 22, 2000 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
It was a hairy investigation. Cops in the Oak Lane and Olney sections were scratching their heads, wondering why a burglar was targeting barber shops. There were more than a dozen after-hours break-ins between the end of March and the middle of April. Finally, investigators caught a break. Douglas Rice, 36, of Baynton Street near Walnut Lane, was picked up and charged with a 13th barber-shop burglary. He then threw in the towel and confessed. Rice never explained his motivation for hitting only barber shops.
NEWS
November 30, 1987 | By Lee Pasternack, Special to The Inquirer
The body of a Trenton woman who vanished last week was found Saturday night in a shallow stream in Ewing Township after an unemployed barber agreed to lead police to the scene, city investigators said yesterday. After an exhaustive, four-day search for Patricia Warner, 25, Trenton police got a break in the case over the weekend when they tied a Trenton barber to the theft of the woman's car and the burglary of her Wilson Street apartment. The man is also being questioned in connection with Warner's slaying.
NEWS
November 20, 1986 | By Michael Kimmelman, Inquirer Music Critic
Year in and year out, Rossini's The Barber of Seville is presented by countless companies big and small, good and bad. Yet it is not an especially easy opera for singers to pull off. The writing fits the voices comfortably enough, but there are still many vocal pitfalls, places where graceless singing sticks out with striking transparency. Still, the wit and sprightly charm of the piece are what seduce so many ensembles. Even in lesser renditions, the opera can bubble and bounce.
NEWS
October 24, 1992 | By Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The Oak Lane barber said he only wanted to scare the man he suspected of trying to break into his shop in 1989. But Derrick Jackson, 36, who operated a business on Stenton Avenue near 21st Street, "chose to play the role of determining whether the man was guilty and what the sentence was going to be," according to Assistant District Attorney Louisa Ashmead. The prosecutor said Jackson killed Russell McNight, 24, of Homer Street near Rodney, on June 28, 1989. "He had no right to chase him down like a dog and shoot him," Ashmead said.
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July 5, 2015 | By Sarai Flores, Inquirer Staff Writer
Carl Adams, 49, of Southwest Philadelphia, has been homeless for much of the past year, since he was released from prison. "When I got out, family and friends were gone," Adams said. Despite lacking a home and family, Adams got an important boost last week: a makeover from a traveling salon that provides free hair washes, cuts, color, and styling. In preparation for a meeting with a lawyer, Adams got a beard trim and a haircut in a blue-and-white trailer in the parking lot of the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, on 13th Street north of Vine Street.
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April 23, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
RODOLFO BLANCO, a Frankford barber with neck tattoos, repeatedly told a federal jury yesterday that he did whatever the plainclothes narcotics cops wanted him to do - including staying in a hotel near the airport against his will - out of fear. "I had to do what I had to do for fear of my life, my children," he said, speaking through a Spanish interpreter at the trial of six ex-narcotics cops accused of robbing suspected drug dealers. Blanco, 40, who lived with his wife and five kids on the second and third floors above his barbershop, testified that more than 10 cops raided his home on the evening of Feb. 28, 2006, including five who wore masks.
NEWS
April 23, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Members of a Philadelphia police narcotics squad held Rodolfo Blanco for nearly a week in a guarded airport motel room, while he lured drug suppliers from as far away as Florida to eventual arrests. But whether that operation was an appropriately supervised drug investigation in which officers took great effort to protect their cooperating witness or, as Blanco described it in federal court Tuesday, an outright abduction and shakedown, depends on who was telling the tale. "I had to do what they said - those are literally the words they used - if I wanted to see my family again," he said through a Spanish interpreter.
NEWS
March 6, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THERE WAS something strange about that hair tonic Charlie Zebrowski was splashing on the heads of his fellow sailors aboard the destroyer USS Coughlin. A case of it had been sent to him by a cousin when he learned that Charlie was the ship's unofficial barber, keeping the other sailors trim for inspections. There was something different about the tonic all right. It was booze! An honest mistake? Or his cousin's idea of a good joke? Whatever, Charlie soon became the most popular man on a ship that often saw action in World War II. Even officers stopped into Charlie's makeshift barbershop for a cut - and a sip. There was one thing that Charlie Zebrowski appreciated and that was a good joke.
NEWS
February 27, 2015
EVERYTHING about Don's Barber Shop in Mount Holly, N.J., is vintage - from the 50-year-old burgundy barber chairs to the old-style cash register that's been there 40 years, to owner Don Thompson himself, who has been cutting hair there for almost six decades. "I got my first haircut there in 1979, and I started taking my son, Nicholas, 3, to Don's when he was 2 years old," said Jason Carty, 38, the fire chief of Westampton Township. "The place is a pillar of Mount Holly," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2015 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
There was no Schubert, no Hugo Wolf. By starting with Beethoven and wending a pleasant path through Liszt, Satie and Frank Bridge, tenor Matthew Polenzani and pianist Julius Drake surveyed the lieder road less traveled. Not one of the composers on Friday night's Philadelphia Chamber Music Society recital in the Perelman would become best known for the genre; Liszt conquered the piano, Ravel the orchestra, and Beethoven, well, almost everything. And yet, what gems. Adelaide, Op. 46 , is a relatively early Beethoven work of great sophistication, an energetic burst of yearning in which the singer sees and hears his love object and nature as one. So, too, the performers.
NEWS
October 16, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Northeast Philadelphia barbershop owner who was shot four times at his store Monday night told police the man who shot him had first asked for a haircut, police said. Just before 9 p.m. Monday, police arrived at Castor's Finest Barbershop on the 7100 block of Castor Avenue, where they found the shop's owner suffering from gunshot wounds to the chest, thigh, and shoulder, and a graze wound to the head. The victim, 33, told police a man had come into the store and asked for a haircut, police said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
The Academy of Music stage all but bursts with inviting, primary colors, with shades of yellow and orange covering walls and floors. The village square's cotton-candy vendors have never been so bright. Police wear candy-colored uniforms. Was Opera Philadelphia's new Barber of Seville production one big lollipop for the eyes? That would be selling the show short, with Rossini's music sounding fit and lively amid a cast of first-rate singers, even if, at Friday's opening, they weren't in first-rate form.
NEWS
September 26, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
"Everything is brighter and better in Seville" - at least onstage at the Academy of Music, where Opera Philadelphia's set designer, Shoko Kambara, author of the above comment, is patrolling the riotous variations-on-orange scenery being installed for the classic opera The Barber of Seville . Scenery arrives decorated with eye-crossing patterns. The cotton candy is as bright as Christmas lights. The towering orange tree will be bushier by opening night on Friday. The bicycle has a handlebar basket full of barber equipment - plus a flask for swigging.
SPORTS
June 6, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the Archdiocese of Philadelphia lifting his suspension Wednesday, Pope John Paul II baseball coach John Duffy will be back on the bench Thursday afternoon for the PIAA Class AAA state quarterfinal against Northeastern. Duffy, who had to sit out four games for his actions during the May 14 loss to Methacton in the Pioneer Athletic Conference championship game, will return in a limited capacity. "Coach Duffy has not been formally reinstated as the head coach," archdiocese spokesman Kenneth Gavin wrote in an e-mail.
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