Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran

By Peter Elston The popular narrative about women’s lives in Iran over the last forty years goes something like this: “During the Pahlavi Monarchy, women were on an upward trajectory. In a nation on the cusp of modernity, women actively participated. They were given the right to vote and free to be in public without veils. They wore miniskirts on university campuses.…

Budapest’s Rite of Spring

By Rory Winston While springtime and Paris have maintained a romantic relationship that’s made its way into the annals of poetry, music and fine art, there is another city equally adept at courting the season of awakenings – a city that like Paris boasts large gardens, has a river running through it, shares a similar…

33rd ANNUAL FRED & ADELE ASTAIRE AWARDS 2015

By W. A. Muller On Monday June 1st, 2015, the 33rd Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards, which recognizes outstanding achievement in dance on stage and on screen, will honor Broadway legend Joel Grey and film producer Harvey Weinstein at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York. Presented by Patricia Watt, the Producer of the Awards and The…

Hearing is Believing

By Rory Winston Photos by Noam Galai/Getty Images “I’m waiting for better angels” sings the recently deceased ‘it’s my party’ legend Lesley Gore on her last album Ever Since; and not since Johnny Cash did the legendary cover version of Trent Reznor‘s Hurt has an aging icon found a better fit. Had Stephen Sondheim’s Desiree in A Little Night…

MODERN EYE FOR MODERN ART

By George Wayne You know, come to think of it, when artsy-fartsy folk contemplate and ponder the query to yours truly, “George – who is the next Andy Warhol?” I always tend to reply – George Wayne is the next Andy Warhol, darling! And then when the curious artsy-fartsy retorts, “And who is your Fred…

Budapest Drama Festival is a Knockout

– Enter New Hungarian Dramatists Stage Left, Right and Politically Centered By Rory Winston ‘As shameful as it seems, artists working in a totalitarian dictatorship are often envied by those who work in freedom’, Tom Stoppard related at a conference in the mid-eighties while discussing his recent translation of a Václav Havel play. There was…

The Pageantry of Promise

By Rory Winston Expert Guests: Susan Rosenberg & Gabriella Kelen “It’s waltz time once again,” sing the voices onstage as András Deák conducts an excerpt from Merry Widow in this year’s Salute To Vienna at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Sitting next to me: my very own pair of ‘Wary Widows’ (sic) – two Jewish…

Royal Painter: Abdullah Qandeel

By Nathaniel Goehring Kanye West, Adrian Grenier, and business luminaries including real estate mogul David Perry are all collectors of Saudi Arabian artist Abdullah Qandeel’s work. He has also attracted the most powerful clientele in the Middle East, from billionaire Saudi princes and Malaysian entrepreneurs to restaurant and retail tycoons. “I’ve always felt everything was…