January 17, 2016 |
The scraggly West Philadelphia beard and its scruffy hipster cousin have some well-groomed competition. The trendlet Full and impeccably cared for beards growing on faces that never fancied facial hair. That means the smooth baby face - once the signature of the conservative corporate gent - has more or less gone the way of pleated, baggy khakis. Where does it come from? Beards were standard facial fare until the 18th century, when razors became widely available. Beards came back in style in the 1800s, but when men traded field labor for office and manufacturing work at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, they fell out of favor again.
January 3, 2016
A History of Ancient Rome By Mary Beard Liveright. 535 pp. $35 Reviewed by Michael D. Schaffer Mary Beard begins her fine history of ancient Rome in medias res, in the middle of things, more than six centuries after the appearance of the little town on the Tiber that would grow into a world power. Beard, a professor of classics at Cambridge University, has her reasons for coming in halfway through the show. As the real origins of Rome are lost in the mists of myth (forget that she-wolf nursing Romulus and Remus)
December 17, 2015 |
The summer was to be a pivotal one in the life of Ben Levit. He was going to spend an internship in Israel that would give him the hands-on medical experience he wanted to someday be a trauma surgeon. The irony: The strapping and strong University of Pittsburgh student got to ride with an Israeli ambulance squad - as a patient. On June 18, Levit was diagnosed with stage 3 Burkitt's lymphoma, an especially fast-growing form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma most commonly found in male adolescents.
August 7, 2015 |
SOME NATIONALS fans might not have liked the Jayson Werth giveaway item they got at the ballpark last night. But if they give it some time, it'll grow on them. Growing, after all, is what Chia Pets do best. Last night's promotion, given to the first 20,000 to attend the game against the Diamondbacks at Nationals Park, was a Chia Pet likeness of Werth that grows a full, grassy beard. It ought to look great next to previous Werth giveaway items, including last year's garden gnome.
July 5, 2015 |
The endearing, talented, always-a-pleasure Bearded Ladies have concocted a new show, Bitter Homes and Gardens: A Botanical Hoedown . In it, they ask this question: If plants had voices, what would they sing? This outdoor production, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Pop-Up Gardens, is in the heart of South Philly, across Ninth Street from Pat's Steaks. The BLs perform on a makeshift stage with the crumbling mural faces of Bobby Rydell, Chubby Checker, and Frankie Avalon looking down upon them.
June 15, 2015 |
ONE THING Michael Vessels can't get out of his mind, a prosecutor told a jury yesterday, is the face of the gunman who stood over him, shot him execution-style, and told him, "You won't talk no more. " Vessels, a minister who witnessed a crime on the North Philly block where he lived, was shot five times on Sept. 26, 2011, so he wouldn't testify in court, Assistant District Attorney Douglas Rhoads said in his closing argument at the trial of Shaheed Williams, 23, and Aki Jones, 39. Williams, nicknamed "Pizza," is accused of shooting Vessels.
May 9, 2015 |
Too often, heavyweight Joey Dawejko had to make a choice. He'd just spent another 10-12 hours on top of a roof, with nowhere to hide from the unforgiving summer sun. Scorched and exhausted, Dawejko would get home around 9:30 p.m. knowing he needed to rise by 3:30 a.m. to do his roadwork. Should he sleep and recover? After all, at the time he had two children - he has three now - to feed. Or should he continue to break his body down with early morning runs and sparring as the once-promising amateur heavyweight chased what appeared to be a fading dream?
May 3, 2015
BASEBALL NONLEAGUE Gloucester Catholic 8, Morristown Beard 1: Tyler Mondile went the distance and struck out seven in a road win for Gloucester Catholic. Anthony Harrold went 2 for 3 with a home run for the Rams, who are ranked No. 1 in South Jersey by The Inquirer. Fran Kinsey had a triple and scored twice. Delsea 7, Pitman 3: Quinn Collins and Bradley Dobzanski each belted a home run to power the Crusaders at Pitman. BURLINGTON COUNTY LEAGUE Cinnaminson 6, Holy Cross 4: Nick Thevanayagam had three hits, including a double; two RBIs; two runs; and three stolen bases in the 10-ranked Pirates' win at home.
December 31, 2014 |
Philly rapper Freeway has invested in a product close to his roots, literally. The 36-year-old rapper has debuted his contribution to manscaping with the release of his All Natural Best Beard cream. Packaged in silver tins, the handcrafted creams come in an assortment of scents, from sweet blueberry to the limited-edition holiday spice that smells like nutmeg. As of late, men have been saying so long to the chin strap, the goatee, and the soul patch as more have been growing full-on thick beards of glory.
October 21, 2014 |
SOMETIMES the line between hero and zero is razor-thin. Or so it seems on television, where unshaven sidekicks - popularly known as Bearded Best Friends - have lately become a must-have accessory for sitcom leading men. For this we can probably blame Zach Galifianakis, whose characters in "The Hangover" and HBO's "Bored to Death" blazed a trail for his hairy brethren. In some ways, it's just a replay of the old Rhoda-Mary dynamic, where "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" had Valerie Harper playing a character who was presented as funnier but just enough less attractive than her best friend, Mary, to make it clear whose name was on the show.