July 5, 2015 |
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.
April 23, 2015 |
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.
April 23, 2015 |
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.
March 6, 2015 |
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.
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.
February 11, 2015 |
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.
October 16, 2014 |
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.
October 1, 2014 |
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.
September 26, 2014 |
"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.
June 6, 2014 |
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.