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 

Photos by Andrew Walker/Getty Images
Hair/Makeup: Bella on Demand Beauty
Alexander Acosta and Michael Hodgins​

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


By Rory Winston

Photos by Larry Busacca/Getty Images

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

Photos by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

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


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.…

Feast between the Lines

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…

Mount to Mount Resuscitation

By Rory Winston

Apex, summit, zenith… it’s difficult to avoid allusions to altitude when referring to outstanding events. Whether it’s the ‘highpoint’ of a journey or the ‘peak’ of one’s career, excellence is something that hangs perpetually overhead. We scale grand heights, live with our heads in the clouds, and – after a lifetime of climbing our way up from one kind of gutter or another – find solace in having a few dear friends gushing over our, supposed, ‘towering achievements’. It should come as little surprise then that we get such a high from ascending mountains. Likewise, is it any wonder that we’ve found a way to complement this nature-induced euphoria by skiing down them? After all, when going up takes no exertion and coming down is so exhilarating… well, it’s hard to imagine anything better. That is of course, unless we are experiencing the aforementioned epiphany from within the apogee of comfort, the pinnacle of sophistication …okay, I’ll give the jutting superlatives a rest and just come out and say it: Club Med's Valmorel ski resort is up there with the best.

A Sleeper Hit

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 inspired romance is guaranteed to be the sleeper hit of the decade; literally. With music by Ennio Morricone and sets by Philippe Maidenberg, Sebastopol 123 is Paris like you’ve never seen her."

Bubbles Set in Stone

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 partake in an elevated experience by simply stepping through a door. What door? Where? Getting directions for a place that exists solely in someone’s imagination can be quite a challenge.