The Mogherini Method

By Rory Winston “As Europeans and Arabs we share in particular an interest in preserving the unique status of our common Holy City, Jerusalem,” states Federica Mogherini before making a case for why Jerusalem should be an international city for all religions. I couldn’t agree more especially since Mogherini is from Rome – a city where the…

The Talented Mr. Crudup

Theater Review of Harry Clarke  By Rory Winston “I believe that imagination is the passport we create to take us into the real world,” proffers the conman and self-proclaimed son of Sidney Poitier, Paul Poitier, in John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation – a play that questions the premise of identity as much as it…

Porgy and Stress – A Conductor’s Opera

By Rory Winston Shocking. Controversial. Disturbing– words with fluctuating values. Depending on the context, these adjectives can mean anything from offensive and questionable to arresting and substantial. Heard on TV news, they’re the perfect lead-in for an investigative report or exposé. As a blurb on a blockbuster film’s billboard, they’re mere hype. As part of…

VOLT Turns it Up, Burns it Down

Chester Bennington’s Last Tour with Linkin Park as seen in Hungary’s Volt Festival By Rory Winston (All photos except those otherwise indicated are courtesy of Volt Festival) “That festival? Right – they did perform there. Did he seem normal or could you sense…? – Not that anyone can tell such things in advance but, well,…