February 27, 2014
C ARLOS AND ADRIENNE Rogers, both 44, of Riverton, N.J., are a married couple who co-own Hush Salon Philadelphia. The salon, which opened in 2008, recently moved into a former women's boutique on 3rd Street near Cherry in Old City. I spoke with Carlos. Q: How did you come up with the idea for the biz? A: I was doing self-taught barbering in between other jobs. In 2002, I decided to go to beauty school. At the time, I was dating my wife, who'd been a hairdresser for 10 years.
December 22, 2013 |
You might recall the letter a few weeks back about a "strange humming noise" that was driving a reader and her family batty. The problem: "For at least eight months, there has been a subtle, rhythmic hum that is constantly audible throughout my house that everyone hears. The noise is always the same, with no change in the pitch or pattern. We turned off the main breaker to the house to determine if it might be from one of our home systems, and it was still audible. " I sought help from the "Your Place" community, and, as the column made its way from Philadelphia to newspapers across the country, I received more e-mails offering solutions than I could count.
December 3, 2013 |
Noise is so ubiquitous you might not even notice that you've forgotten what silence sounds like. There are sirens, buses, planes, squealing brakes, and hostile horns if you frequent the city, and lawn mowers, leaf blowers, snow blowers, and over-vigilant dogs if you don't. There's whatever you're blasting through your ear buds, voices from the next 12 cubicles over, jarring cellphone ring tones, the television, children screaming, roaring sports fans, restaurants so loud you have laryngitis when you leave, snoring.
November 16, 2013 |
Sleigh Bells revel in contrasts. The duo of guitarist Derek Miller (who played in the hard-core band Poison the Well) and vocalist Alexis Krauss (who sang in the teen pop group RubyBlue and was, for a time, an elementary-school teacher) create songs of immediate, noisy catharsis. But their process involves careful attention to detail. They cross Miller's power-chords with Krauss' singsong, cheerleader vocals, and cross that combo again with block-rockin' electronics, each calibrated for maximum effect.
November 11, 2013 |
This problem requires the assistance of the "Your Place" community. Please send in your ideas. Question: For at least eight months, there has been a subtle, rhythmic hum that is constantly audible throughout my house that everyone hears. The noise is always the same, with no change in the pitch or pattern. We turned off the main breaker to the house to determine if it might be coming from one of our home systems, and it was still audible. We can also hear it when standing outside of my house.
October 17, 2013
I USUALLY WRITE about what's not working. You know, Congress, the Legislature, Philly schools. Mostly I place fault with those in charge; all those in charge, regardless of party. I do this in hopes that bringing attention to what's wrong can serve as motivation to make it right. Sometimes that works. Some years ago, I wrote about a decorated Pennsylvania State Police trooper whose wife and three children were denied death benefits after the trooper died of a heart attack on duty.
October 13, 2013 |
Taylor Lewan knows the atmosphere Saturday night at Beaver Stadium will be electric and that the noise from the sellout crowd of more than 106,000 will make his ears ring. However, even though he'll be wearing the uniform of visiting Michigan, the all-American offensive tackle is excited about the opportunity to compete against Penn State in such a setting. "Sometimes we'll be standing face to face [with a teammate] and I won't be able to hear myself think or hear you talk," Lewan said Monday at a press conference in Ann Arbor, Mich.
July 17, 2013 |
I wish I had never seen Michael Frayn's Noises Off . Correction: I wish I had never seen any other company's production of his comedy, now receiving a sensationally funny staging at People's Light and Theatre Company. Frayn's farce focuses on a British theater troupe embarking on a tour of the fictional Nothing On . Act 1 shows them fumbling through the last rehearsal before their first opening night; Act 3 catches up with them toward the end of the run, where the intra-cast hostilities and failed romances have all but consumed the production with mayhem and malice.
June 12, 2013 |
Squeezed into its suburban surroundings, Merion Golf Club has several unique quirks: a road closely bordering several holes, a busier road bisecting the course, and large stone houses within range of an errant 3-wood. Among those quirks, include bells and whistles. Literally. Every half hour, nearby church bells gong, audible across several holes. At a more unpredictable rate, SEPTA's Norristown high-speed line darts past the course, occasionally honking its horn. It can be heard in places including the all-important 18th tee. Golfers can be a particular bunch when it comes to noise; thousands of volunteers are here this week with the specific task of making sure people don't clap at the wrong time.