Wax museum revels in ridicule of its statues

Shameka Nurse, a guest host at the Dreamland Wax Museum, works tending to the Donald Trump wax figure standing in an Oval Office scene at the museum, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Boston. Officials at Boston's new Dreamland Wax Museum say they're embracing the extra attention brought by online hecklers who have lampooned some of the attraction's likenesses. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

BOSTON — A good roasting hasn’t caused a meltdown at Boston’s new wax museum.

New tech dimming Hong Kong’s neon glow

In this Aug. 15, 2017, photo, Wu Chi-kai, one of about half a dozen active neon sign masters left in Hong Kong, looks at his work during an interview in Hong Kong. For Hong Kong's famed neon lights, the future looks dim. Neon-lit signs were once ubiquitous here, illuminating city streets with their soft, warm glow and giving the dynamic Asian city a signature look to match its postwar economic boom. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

HONG KONG — For Hong Kong’s famed neon lights, the future looks dim.

A look at Chicago’s iconic Buckingham Fountain

In this Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, photo, visitors to Chicago's Buckingham Fountain are silhouetted by the light display in Grant Park. The final display each night shoots water 150 feet into the air as part of a light and musical crescendo that lasts 20 minutes. (AP Photo/G-Jun Yam)

CHICAGO — A bit after dawn Eric Kelmar and his team of engineers arrive for their routine check of Chicago’s Buckingham Fountain for the day.

Forbidden Soviet-era music on X-ray snapshots

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, a music recording on an X-ray film is displayed at the Bone Music exhibition at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, in Moscow, Russia . The exhibition describes a unique chapter in history of Soviet culture _ bootleg music recordings made on used X-ray film . (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

MOSCOW — An exhibition describing a unique chapter in the history of Soviet culture — bootleg music recordings made on used X-ray film — has opened in Moscow. From the late 1940s to the early 1960s, ingenuous Soviet music lovers made bootleg copies of banned music on used X-ray snapshots, bypassing strict official controls over recordings people were allowed to listen to. They are played on normal record players. The Bone Music exhibition, which opened in Moscow’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art last week, presents research by X-Ray Audio, a project by Stephen Coates and Paul Heartfield from London. Coates, a composer and music producer, described the recordings as “images of pain and damage inscribed with the sound of forbidden pleasure; fragile photographs of the interiors of Soviet citizens layered with the ghostly music they secretly loved.”

Touring Canada’s Gaspe peninsula on 2 wheels

This undated photo provided by Québec Maritime shows Rocher Perce from the Gaspe Peninsula in Québec, Canada. The region offers lighthouses, coastal scenery, whale-watching and attractions like Rocher Perce, a well-known rock formation that rises from the sea with a tunnel-like hole forming an arch beneath it. The loop around the Gaspe is popular with bicyclists and motorcycle riders. (Mathieu Dupuis/Québec Maritime via AP)

GASPE, Quebec — Whether you take a clockwise or counter-clockwise route, and whether it’s on motorcycle or bicycle, a two-wheeled tour of a loop around Quebec’s Gaspe peninsula is certain to please. The sea is just to your side or in view for much of the route. Mountain vistas appear at turn after turn. The villages that dot the route delight and welcome riders.

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