Shola Adisa-Farrar: Jazzing up Paris
Culture / In English / Portraits

Shola Adisa-Farrar: Jazzing up Paris

Released last April, Shola Adisa-Farrar’s debut album Lost Myself is an exploration of her eclectic musical self, under the spotlight of a renewed French jazz scene. Paprika tea room in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris shares some common points with Shola Adisa-Farrar – both are welcoming, elegant and comfortable to be around. These are the same feelings one … Continue reading

Sociology of the Media / Theatre

The Theatre Corps: communities of volunteers

Volunteering is a key concept for American theatres and a perk for all the parts involved.  The theatres’ sizes and the importance they attach to their volunteers lead to different notions of community.   Volunteering plays an important part in theatre. San Francisco Bay Area theaters  like Golden Thread Productions, Shotgun Players, the African-American Shakespeare Company, … Continue reading

The Female Catch
Culture / In English / Sociology of the Media / Theatre

The Female Catch

The notion of “community” is an inherent part of the communication strategy displayed on theaters’ websites. This term is mostly used in a positive and inclusive way in order to create a link between the theatrical world and the audience and serves as a promotional tool for a specific activity: theater. However, creating an exclusive community … Continue reading

<i>City Slickers</i>: The Urban Bunch
Cinema / Culture / In English / Visual Media / Westerns

City Slickers: The Urban Bunch

More than just another cheap parody of Western movies, Ron Underwood’s City Slickers is actually a subtle tribute to the genre combined with a classic Hollywood tale about regaining control of one’s life. Three friends go on a Western-themed trip in order to forget their troubles at home. Ed (Bruno Kirby) has always been afraid … Continue reading

To Swag or not to Swag?
Culture / Gender Studies / Language in Society

To Swag or not to Swag?

Originally, “swagger” is used to define a way of walking “swaying from side to side” according to the Oxford Online Dictionary. Walking being associated with attitude or behavior, the meaning of this noun spread to “a very confident and typically arrogant or aggressive gait or manner” according to the New Oxford American Dictionary. It is … Continue reading