City Ethos in the Country
From the Around Town section of The Sakonnet Times (emphasis added):
Theater Direct and Friends of the Arts in Tiverton (FAIT) are looking for singers and musicians to perform in a sultry, swinging cabaret to benefit arts enrichment programs in Tiverton. There are a few slots left for anyone wanting to perform with some of the best talent in the East Bay.
Why must a small town’s theater group put on a sultry production to raise money for a worthy cause? Some folks might reasonably suggest (ahem) that the arts have been losing relevance to the society at large precisely because they are so thoroughly enamored with the sordid fare for which one once had to lurk the city streets. Frankly, I don’t wish to see my fellow townsmen in sultry regalia, and I’m not so sure I want Tiverton arts programs to be thus enriched.
I sure hope that the slight chill this ad gives me results from misinterpreting the import of that acronym — FAIT — and unfairly suspecting that “swinging” is, on some level, meant to be a pun.