A Hungarian Rhapsody

By Rory Winston  As Robbie Williams belted out the lyrics to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody at Budapest’s 23rd Sziget Festival, it became ever more difficult to determine what the answer was to the opening phrase “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?” What was certain, however, is that between the ‘thunderbolts and lightning’ and…

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…

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…

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…

The Brothers Kassir

By Rory Winston 

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In 1783, the Montgolfier Brothers launched the world’s first hot air balloon. In 1903, the Wright Brothers invented the first fully powered airplane – a feat that would revolutionize warfare, commerce, travel, technology and society as a whole. More recently, another set of talented siblings, the Kassir Brothers, joined forces to create one of the most all-encompassing approaches to rejuvenation and quality in living - their comprehensive practice employing everything from plastic and cosmetic surgery to dermatology to a full range of laser treatments. With a myriad of state-of-the-art procedures, the Kassirs are qualified to undertake everything from the most complex surgical reconstructions to Ultherapy. Most importantly, because of their scope and range, patients are ensured receiving unbiased advice as regards task-appropriate procedures.i-tPsNC96_001

As triple board certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Ramtin Kassir explains, “we are just as adept at non-invasive procedures as we are with complex surgeries. Patients should feel comfortable with any plan from the onset.”

Ageless Attitude

Budapest CAFe Festival 2014 By Rory Winston „I’m just a bad believer,” crooned St. Vincent a good one night after I had arrived to Hungary – just the right amount of time for me to go from being a bad believer myself to being an unabashed enthusiast of CAFé Budapest, the city’s annual Contemporary Arts…

The Alt Alternative

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By Rory Winston

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Eliana and Luisel Ramos, Ana Carolina Reston, Isabelle Caro: While the list of renowned models succumbing to anorexia has become all but too familiar, it wasn’t all that long ago when most of the media was oblivious to the damage elicited by the fashion industry in their celebration of a distorted ‘ideal body’ at any cost.

In Bed with Pop

By Rory Winston

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As the mellifluous voice of Ariana DiLorenzo nonchalantly scampers across the unmistakably jagged line “Just because I’m in your bed doesn’t mean I’m yours”, one suspects that the identity of the culprit being addressed could as easily have been all of pop music as the lover alluded to in the song.04071497

THE INDELIBLE DEL

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.…