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November 15, 1985 | Benjamin Epstein
Brigitte Starczewski-Deval makes dolls. Exquisite dolls. Dolls that wouldn't look out of place in a painting by one of the old masters who inspire her. In a craft demeaned by Barbies and Kens and countless other rubberized, plasticized, babbling, gurgling junk, Starczewski-Deval makes dolls for museums and collectors, for people who consider doll-making an art form. For people who won't wince at a price range of $2,400 to $14,000.
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February 6, 2014 | By Wendy Smith
Admirers of Penelope Lively's many fine novels will find the same lucid intelligence at work in her elegantly written "view from old age," which she dubs "not quite a memoir. " The British writer, who turned 80 in 2013, meditates on several subjects that have preoccupied her fiction (memory, history, social change) and some more suitable to nonfiction: books that have shaped her life, a few particulars of that life, and six objects - including the eponymous dancing fish and ammonites - that reveal something important about their owner.
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MAGAZINE
December 22, 1996
In "Images of the Spirit, Voices of the Soul" (by Christopher Knight, Nov. 10), one of Graciela Iturbide's photographs, titled "Mexico City, 1972," is described in the text as "a careworn woman seated before an empty shot glass in a Mexico City bar." The picture is not of a real person but of a wax figure currently on display at the Museo de Cera Dilea Castillo de Neira in Mexico City. Titled "La pinocha" (which roughly translates to "the prostitute"), this figure was sculpted by my grandfather, Jose Neira, in 1966.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
San Francisco's wax museum, whose Chamber of Horrors, King Tut and Last Supper exhibits attracted millions of visitors to Fisherman's Wharf, is closing its doors Thursday after more than 50 years. The family-run museum was opened in a converted grain warehouse in 1963 by Thomas Fong, who had been inspired by the wax figures he saw while visiting the Seattle World's Fair, according to the museum. It started out with 75 life-sized wax figures and eventually grew to four floors, with more than 200 iconic figures including Abraham Lincoln, Princess Diana and Oprah Winfrey.
NEWS
February 13, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Want to spend Valentine's Day with Rihanna , Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga ? They're all at Madame Tussauds Hollywood (sort of) along with Elvis Presley and the late Whitney Houston . Couples who buy a $40 package to tour the wax museum on Thursday also will receive a souvenir of their entwined hands in wax - for free. The deal: The "couple's handhold," as Madame Tussauds explains it, is just what it sounds like: You and your Valentine (or anyone) clutch hands and dip them in wax a few times.
NEWS
January 30, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The latest artwork to join the permanent Phillips Collection in Washin g ton isn't an oil painting, a sketch or even a sculpture. It's a small room that will be coated with more than 800 pounds of beeswax and where one to two people at a time can squeeze in and behold its golden-tinged walls. The idea is to create "a meditative encounter that is expected to be immediate and intense," according to a museum statement. The installation is the brainchild of German artist Wolfgang Laib, who in the past has created temporary wax rooms at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at several European museums.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Madame Tussauds has a new museum in Berlin -- complete with a controversial wax Adolf Hitler hunkered down in his bunker. The likeness of the Nazi leader, hunched over a desk in a dimly lit bunker just before he committed suicide at the end of World War II, was one of dozens unveiled Thursday at the opening of the British wax museum's latest branch. The reviled dictator sits beneath a map of Europe on the wall, monitoring the advance of allied troops from the east and west. Deep lines on his wax forehead mark his desperate realization of his inevitable fall.
NEWS
August 8, 1985 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, Times Staff Writer
Question: I have been using paste wax on my Plymouth ever since I bought it, and the car still looks like new. But it takes a lot of work to keep this up. Liquid silicone wax takes only 10% of the time to do the whole car. Is silicone wax as effective as paste wax?--R.A. Answer: Silicone wax can be an effective and long-lasting protection for some cars, but eventually it will require just as much effort to use as a paste wax.
NEWS
November 12, 1987 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, Times Staff Writer
Question: I have seen power-tool polishers for waxing cars sold in hardware stores, and I am wondering if they are worth the price. I wax my car several times a year and would be happy if I could spend less time doing it. Do these really make the job go faster?--S.P. Answer: In general, power polishers will make the job of waxing a car, particularly a full-size car, go quicker.
BUSINESS
December 2, 1986 | JEFF ROWE, Jeff Rowe is a free-lance writer
Mike Borges wants to make it a better world--for surfers. Operating out of his Santa Ana apartment and from a rented mini-warehouse, Borges has unleashed on the surfing world a product that could revolutionize one of the oldest traditions of the sport--rubbing a gummy mixture of paraffin, beeswax and candle wax onto the deck of the board before paddling out. Borges has developed Ultra Deck, a clear, rubberized plastic that comes in spray cans and is applied to a surfboard deck like paint.
SPORTS
July 25, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was onstage at the ESPYs, making a fashion statement in a red sports coat and Hollywood shades. He threw out the first pitch at a San Francisco Giants game, surprising the crowd - and the catcher - with an 87-mph throw. He made headlines for what he took off (his clothes, for ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue) and what he put on (a Miami Dolphins hat, in a pot-stirring Twitter picture). So far in 2013, Kaepernick has gone just about everywhere he has wanted to go. Except into that end zone in the Superdome, where his 49ers were stopped five yards short of a Lombardi Trophy in a 34-31 loss to Baltimore in Super Bowl XLVII.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013 | By Robert Abele
Like one long viral video, Taiwanese pop star (and movie multi-hyphenate) Jay Chou's "The Rooftop" is a bullet train to bananasville, its tonal eccentricities sure to wear out even the most dedicated connoisseur of silly cinema. Writer-director Chou's ambitious Luhrmann-esque merging of musical numbers, kung fu, vaudeville and dippy romance is set in a candy-colored world with a deliberately retro vibe. (Think afros, polyester, vintage cars and bowling.) Chou plays - poses as, would be more accurate - Wax, a sensitive, headband-sporting tough from a cheery, artificially designed rooftop ghetto of happy-go-lucky stragglers who eat, laugh and sing together.
NEWS
July 11, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
California has had term limits in the Legislature since 1990. Boy, that's really made a massive difference in the quality of governance, hasn't it? In Los Angeles, the rules now limit City Council member to three terms in their seats, and a consequence is that where once local legislators kept a weather eye for vacant jobs in Sacramento, now it's the other way around: Sacramento legislators are looking to city seats as their next political berths. All this is by way of getting to Joel Wachs, who did what no Angeleno -- at least not of any current generation -- is likely to do. Wachs served for 30 years as an L.A. City Council member, representing part of the San Fernando Valley.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2013 | By Leah Ollman
Reaction to Andrea Hasler's show at Gusford is inescapably reflexive at first--and not just one reflex is triggered, but two, the polar opposites of attraction and repulsion. The Swiss-born, London-based artist plays the extremes to creepy, compelling effect. Her show, "Burdens of Excess," leaves a multitude of searing impressions. Hasler re-fashions high-end designer accessories (mostly handbags and shoes) into grotesque specimens, bulging globs of pink wax studded with brand-name zipper pulls, insignias, straps and handles.
SPORTS
March 22, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant is expected to play on Friday night after missing two games and playing only 12 minutes in one other game because of a severely sprained ankle. His wax figure went through a similar recovery process. Bryant's likeness, at Madame Tussauds Hollywood , was fitted with a muscle stimulator, similar to the device the Lakers All-Star guard used to help treat his ankle. Additionally fans signed a giant get-well card at the feet of Bryant's figure, wishing him a quick recovery.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
When Marjory Gilbert read a Times On Location story about the movie "Bukowski," produced and directed by James Franco, it brought back vivid memories of her long-ago encounter with the late poet. Gilbert was working as a clerk in the history department at Cal State Los Angeles in the late 1970s when she joined a grad student friend to hear Charles Bukowski give a reading of his poetry at a campus bookstore. "It was quite an evening," said Gilbert, who is 90 and lives in Claremont.
SCIENCE
October 30, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Honeybees have defensive weapons at both ends of their bodies, Greek and French researchers have found: They can not only sting their enemies, as has long been known, but they can also bite them, injecting a venom that paralyzes invaders. The venom might be useful as an anesthetic in humans and other animals, the researchers speculate, and a British company has already patented the application and conducted preliminary tests suggesting that the venom works much like the well-known lidocaine.
FOOD
April 23, 1987 | JOAN DRAKE, Times Staff Writer
Question: My son, who is a good cook, and I are having a disagreement over scallions. I believe they are green onions or spring onions. He disagrees. Who is correct? Answer: Our references agree with you. The two names--green onions and scallions--are often used interchangeably. The Times Food Department uses the term green onions in keeping with supermarket labeling. Q: I have an avocado tree that yields lots of fruit. Can you advise me how best to store it?
NEWS
February 13, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Want to spend Valentine's Day with Rihanna , Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga ? They're all at Madame Tussauds Hollywood (sort of) along with Elvis Presley and the late Whitney Houston . Couples who buy a $40 package to tour the wax museum on Thursday also will receive a souvenir of their entwined hands in wax - for free. The deal: The "couple's handhold," as Madame Tussauds explains it, is just what it sounds like: You and your Valentine (or anyone) clutch hands and dip them in wax a few times.
NEWS
January 30, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The latest artwork to join the permanent Phillips Collection in Washin g ton isn't an oil painting, a sketch or even a sculpture. It's a small room that will be coated with more than 800 pounds of beeswax and where one to two people at a time can squeeze in and behold its golden-tinged walls. The idea is to create "a meditative encounter that is expected to be immediate and intense," according to a museum statement. The installation is the brainchild of German artist Wolfgang Laib, who in the past has created temporary wax rooms at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at several European museums.
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