June 3, 1990
I enjoyed the article on John Waters ("Still Waters," by Margy Rochlin, April 8). While it was rather informative, I was puzzled that there was no mention of the fact that he's gay. I'm not exactly "outing" him when you notice that he is the cover story of "The Advocate" (the national gay news magazine--April 24), which also emblazons on its cover "Director John Waters Discusses Life After Divine, Going Hollywood, and Being Gay." Why do I make so much of this? Because the usual story about gay people in the news is one of the following: the horrors of fag-bashing, the horrors of AIDS, the horrors of a peaceful demonstration turned ugly by insensitive police (my slant on the latter)
May 4, 2011
EVENTS Conejo Valley Days Saddle up and mosey on down for this five-day community celebration, now in its 55th year. The festival features carnival rides, live entertainment, refreshments, games, a western-themed Main Street with a variety of vendors. Conejo Creek South, 1300 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. 5-10 p.m. Wed.-Thu., 5 p.m.-midnight Fri., noon-midnight Sat., noon-6 p.m. Sun. Adult $8, children $5. (805) 495-6471. conejovalleydays.org Feisal Abdul Rauf As the imam of Masjid al-Farah mosque in Manhattan and the chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, Feisal Abdul Rauf works to improve relations between Islamic and Western communities.
February 23, 2011
MOVIES John Waters : This Filthy World Goes Hollywood Baltimore's favorite rotten renaissance man ? whose film "Hairspray" was recently turned into a Tony Award-winning musical ? provides real-time commentary for a screening of his cult classic "A Dirty Shame," starring Tracey Ullman and Johnny Knoxville. Modern-rock recording artist Elvis Perkins opens the show with a solo set, and actor Matthew Gray Gubler serves as the evening's emcee. Royce Hall , 405 Hilgard Ave., UCLA.
February 25, 2014 |
Art talks typically don't draw stadium concert-like crowds. On Monday night, however, almost 2,000 people crowded into downtown L.A.'s Orpheum Theatre to hear filmmaker-actor-artist John Waters interview contemporary artist Jeff Koons. The event was part of the Broad museum's “Un-Private Collection” lecture series, which pairs artists from the Broad's collection with pop cultural figures. The Pope of Trash in conversation with the King of Kitsch is undoubtedly a hot ticket.
July 1, 2010 |
Is John Waters a victim of his own popularity? The pencil-mustached favorite son of Baltimore started out as a purveyor of the outrageous; his greatest star, the 300-pound transvestite Divine, once ate dog feces on screen. (No, it wasn't a special effect.) But Waters' gleeful tastelessness has been softened by mainstream acceptance, beginning with his 1988 film "Hairspray," which became a modest breakthrough hit. The story of a hefty girl who integrates an early 1960s TV dance show, it was eventually turned into a Broadway show that won eight Tony Awards, including best musical — and then was remade as a big-budget film.
July 14, 2012 |
Though different people may know him in different guises — filmmaker, writer, artist, performer, personality, originator of the unlikely movie-to-musical-to-movie franchise of "Hairspray" — there really is only one John Waters. Emerging from his hometown of Baltimore during the cultural confusion of the late 1960s-early 1970s, Waters developed his aesthetic at the intersection of underground films, foreign art cinema and exploitation movies, creating pictures that were sharp, startling, playful, disturbing and undeniably singular.