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THE INDELIBLE DEL

Del Close Marathon; Improv Theater International Event in NYC

By Rory Winston Although you may have heard the legendary skull allegory, few people today working outside the field of comedy are familiar with the name Del P. Close. Yes, he’s the guy who on his deathbed bequeathed his skull to be used as a credited prop in the Goodman Theater’s upcoming rendition of Hamlet. […]


A Force of Nature: Alix Astir Reigns as NYC’s Rose Queen

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By Lucy Dotson Photos by Michael Loccisano for Getty Images 2 am, Chelsea. A taxi grinds to a halt, circled in streetlight. Alix Astir, the strikingly beautiful CEO of Trellis Fine Florals, steps out, her signature moto jacket draped across slim shoulders. She’s here to buy flowers, a morning ritual, and one she insists on […]


Feast between the Lines

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By Rory Winston “I had not understood Parisians until crossing the Pont-Neuf’, wrote Benjamin Franklin. Of course, he failed to mention that to really understand Pont-Neuf would demand an understanding of four hundred years of cultural history. As for trying to understand Les Bouquinistes, the little French restaurant draped alongside the Pont Neuf, well, I […]


A Sleeper Hit

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By Rory Winston Without warning, the baritone voice had gone off in my head: “From the People who brought you Cannes Jury Prize winner, Queen Margot, and the Academy Award winner A Man and a Woman, comes an all new rollicking adventure for cinephiles and travelers alike: Sebastopol 123. With a cast of thousands, this […]


Bubbles Set in Stone

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By Rory Winston “Come meet me in the sky”, sings Lily Allen in her recent hit single Air Balloon – an escapist anthem that asks us to enter an alternate universe in which ‘monkeys run off from zoos’ and ‘ceilings turn into floors’. Reveling in a host of exotic images, the song entreats us to […]


Nell’s Bells

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By Rory Winston ‘Luxurious?’ Not in that typically gauche way. ‘Opulent?’ –Wrong track; nothing vainglorious. ‘Posh?’ Well, for a five star hotel with the finest design and amenities it’s actually more friendly than snobby. Elite…? Yes, certainly; but not in that trying-hard-to-make-an-impression kind of way – nothing parvenu about it.


A History of Hedonism

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By Rory Winston Ensconced within a muted realm of marble busts and ivory floors, one can still hear the faint sound of muffled tittering and languid sighs. Perhaps, Philippe the First is at it again – still wandering down a nearby corridor in a lady’s dress while watching Antoine Coypel redecorate his palace; or, perhaps, […]


Wall to Wall: New York, Paris & Helsinki

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Sampsa’s Street Art: a genre 70 years in the making By Rory Winston It was in 1944 at the height of the holocaust when a locally renowned actor staged a performance in Budapest’s largest theater – one regularly frequented by Nazi officials and soldiers alike. The event took place just a few weeks after the […]


Head over Heels for Hedwig

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch : Theater Review / NY / Broadway / Time : 2014 Spring By Rory Winston What would I be writing if Hedwig and the Angry Inch was the name of a real band rather than the fictitious one in the play of that title? Since suspension of disbelief rarely gets […]


Rory’s Rant

News, Views & Reviews

WEEKEND EVENT: JOIN THE CAVE

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The odd juxtaposition of ‘early man’ and ‘young man’ was bound to happen. Years of parents asking, ‘why are my kids running about like cavemen banging tables with spoons and wreaking havoc’ have finally been addressed in the only rational way possible. Our city’s finest higher education facility, NYU Skirball Center – in conjunction with […]


Reader’s Reprimand

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With Ms. Gershenzon’s permission, we have reprinted the correspondences between herself & our magazine in tact. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Reader Writes Dear Resident: I saw your magazine in one of the bins on the street and picked it up, as I was intrigued and curious as to what Billy Joel’s daughter had to say. I sometimes […]


Dead on Revival

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Resident – Past Issues

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“Forever tango” Is Back On Broadway

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By Barry Bassis Forever Tango,” Luis Bravo’s spectacular revue, should begin with a warning: “trying this at home can be injurious to your health.” The tango look is not hard to master, generally a sullen expression as the dancer stares off into space. (This seeming disinterest or antipathy is rather incongruous since their bodies are […]


Paws n’ Silk

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By Nalini Leilan How do you feel when you don’t get a good night’s sleep? Lack of sleep can take a toll on your health and overall wellbeing—our pets are no different!


THE EXPANDING BORSCHT BELT

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By Rory Winston In the mid-70’s, comedian Robert Klein in a set recalled how frustrating it was to watch early Borscht Belt comics: ‘Each joke came with a ‘beauty of a lead-in’ only to succumb to an incomprehensible Yiddish punch-line. Translating these show-stopper phrases was impossible since they often amounted to no more than an […]


A SURVIVOR’S DICTIONARY

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By Rory Winston He wants every sentence to speak out of its own experience.                                                                                    […]


FALUDY: A COSMOPOLITAN REMEMBERED

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AT HOME WITH HOMELESSNESS by Rory Winston “An author I know claimed he works so intensely, that not even the sound of a woman screaming for help or a baby crying can stir him from his desk… and to tell you the truth, when I read his books I believed him… Each book is: cold, […]


A ROOF FOR THE SUN

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        Nice’s Negresco, An Empire For Rent By Rory Winston ‘Cultural imperialism’, ‘exported values’ …? We should feel flattered that France bothers to revile the US for possessing (even a smidgen of) the very qualities that had once marked her own supremacy. By the mid-17th century – though half of Europe had […]


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