April 19, 1990 |
Under a blaze of April sun, Kurt Solmssen applies a wax coating to a reclining figure at the base of the Equestrian Statue of George Washington in Eakins Oval near the Art Museum. Recently cleaned by the Fairmount Park Art Association, the monument is being coated with wax to protect its figures from the corrosive effects of acid rain. Work is expected to continue for about two weeks.
January 20, 2006 |
Though it's gentle teasing, "Don't You Wish You Were Me" is, perhaps, applicable in this case. How many people can say they have been approached to host a party on a weekly basis? "It's a joke," the single-named Lizz said about the name of the weekly at Wax on Fridays. "Everyone thinks they're so great when they go out. " Lizz, a hairdresser by day who calls her business Razor & Blade, got the offer from Wax after holding a fashion and hair show there. She had titled that show "Everybody Hates You" - further evidence of her sense of humor, "The owner of the club loved the crowd we brought in, so he said he would give us Fridays," Lizz explained.
April 27, 1988 |
Dear Polly: How can one remove the waxy substance that coats cucumbers purchased in the supermarket? I find it most objectionable. - B.A. Dear B.A.: Not only cucumbers, but also rutabagas, tomatoes and green peppers, among other vegetables, may have a wax coating that protects the vegetables from moisture loss. While these waxes have been approved as edible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, they are unaesthetic and there is some controversy about the safety of eating them.
December 11, 2009
If you are new to this holiday, need a refresher, or are just plain curious, here's the lowdown on lighting up for the Festival of Lights. The candles for a Hanukkah menorah are thin tapers, and 44 are needed for the eight-day holiday. Each night, a shamash, or helper candle, is lit; that is used to light the others, one on the first night and an additional one each night. Like Sabbath candles, Hanukkah candles are allowed to burn out on their own. They are not blown out like birthday candles.
May 6, 2005 |
It's amazing what they can do with wax figures. Why, Paris Hilton looks almost lifelike in this film. Seriously, folks, House of Wax is a spry, if savage, twist on the teens-in-peril formula. It takes only its title and a shred of premise from Vincent Price's 1953 3-D chiller. This is really a slasher film dipped in paraffin. A group of college-age kids - Carly (Elisha Cuthbert of 24), her boyfriend Wade (Gilmore Girls' Jared Padalecki), her felonious "twin" brother, Nick (One Tree Hill's Chad Michael Murray)
June 11, 2009 |
Early in its storied past, the Liberty Bell became a proud symbol of resistance against the British monarchy. These days, the big hunk of bronze has to contend with more prosaic enemies: airborne pollution and grubby tourist fingers. So it was that museum tech Jonathan Miller was charged with applying a protective coat of wax to the massive bell's insides last night, working with a cotton cloth and a pair of white gloves after the crowds had gone home. "It's great," said Miller, 43, of Upper Darby.
May 4, 1986 |
Some people just like to make things. Kathy Solomon, 26, of Chalfont in Bucks County, can't remember a time when her hands weren't busy. As a kid growing up in Haddonfield, N.J., she created a steady stream of things - pottery, candles, macrame and even her own clothes. But it wasn't until her junior year at Ohio University - where her output expanded to stained-glass windows, etchings and vases blown from glass - that something clicked and the slender, quiet-spoken student found herself a niche in the art world - jewelry making.
April 26, 2004 |
EVEN WAX MUSEUMS have to change with the times. It's not surprising that Madame Tussauds is creating a sculpture of Beyonce. What is surprising is that according to the London Sun, the museum's wax wizards have been working for the last three months to create a moving bottom for the faux Beyonce to ensure that the wax figure does the Beyonce bounce. When she's not on tour or at the Beanie Sigel trial, Beyonce has reportedly been making secret visits to the museum to make sure the booty makers gets the booty shaker just right.
January 1, 1998 |
Hidden in the micro-squiggles of wax cylinders and old discs lies a treasure of voices long gone from opera stages. New recording techniques and the crowd of today's singers have combined to push historic voices farther into the distance. But not irretrievably. Those voices are singing again - in Swarthmore. Walk upstairs in Ward Marston's house, and you're likely to hear Johanna Gadski, the German Wagnerian superstar of the early years of this century, or some other past-obscured singer in surprisingly fresh voice.
August 15, 1990 |
This is the story of the two Nathans brothers, Sonny Saul and Peter Paul, and the pink bubble gum-colored liquids that have come between them in the federal courts. The older brother, Sonny, 52, is the sole proprietor of S.S. Nathans, a Stratford company that develops and sells polishes, soaps and detergents. One of his top-selling products is Liquid Brilliance, billed as "a nonabrasive, state of the art, aerodynamic, fast brilliant luster for new showroom cars, expensive classic and antique automobiles . . . and sleek, beautiful limousines.