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things new yorkers like :: john waters

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Baltimore native John Waters, the filmmaker brought to mainstream fame with his movie Hairspray, featuring Ricki Lake, Divine, and Sonny Bono, is currently on tour promoting the paperback edition of Role Models. While most of us think of Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman, and JFK when we hear that phrase, Waters, a true subversive, thinks of Little Richard, Johnny Mathis, and Leslie Van Houten, a former Manson girl still in prison for murders she committed under the influence of one of the world’s most notorious psychopaths. John still advocates for her release today.

I was lucky enough to catch this great hero of misfits everywhere at the Paula Cooper Gallery in, where else, Chelsea, where he kicked off his short, 4-city tour.

If you’re not fortunate enough to catch him in San Fran, LA, or Baltimore, you should check out his interviews on NPR’s Fresh Air, WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show, and WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show. And while you should definitely check out the films he’s directed and produced, his stand up on This Filthy World, now available for streaming on Netflix, is amazing.

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Written by Gabrielle

April 28, 2011 at 7:42 am

Posted in books, film, things new yorkers like

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