John Waters Christmas

The Rialto Theatre

John Waters Christmas

Dec 09 Mon

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Rialto Theatre

$33.00 - $110.00

This event is 18 and over

PARENTAL ADVISORY- Show contains explicit & potentially controversial content. It is the recommendation of the venue that all attendees are 18+, Adult supervision is required. 


John Waters
John Waters
A John Waters Christmas:
Filthier & Merrier
2019 Tour
“It’ll Stuff Your Turkey”
Like a damaged St. Nick for the Christmas corrupted, John Waters – legendary filmmaker (“Female Trouble”, “Hairspray”, “Serial Mom”), raconteur and author of bestselling books, Carsick, Role Models, Make Trouble and Mr. Know-It-All, hitchhikes into town with a bag full of tricks for the despised and the depraved, spreading Yuletide corruption and cock-eyed piety with his critically acclaimed one-man show, “A John Waters Christmas”. This time he’s going beyond the valley of bad little boys and girls, over the top of deluded elf-happiness, beneath Rudolph’s slavish cult devotion and the stringent regulations of Santa himself to a whole new level of lunatic holiday cheer. The rapid-fire monologue for trouble-
makers asks the questions, “Are stolen Christmas presents more special than bought ones?”, “Is Mrs. Clause a ‘feeder’ or a ‘chubby chaser’?”, “Is Santa a ‘gainer’, an erotic ‘bear’ or a ‘silver fox’?”, “Can you have Christmas sex inside
a chimney?”, and “Are the reindeers paid minimum wage?” Miracles really do happen at Yuletide, even if they are false, and Waters prays for the separation of Santa and state, popper education in our schools, lesbian domination of the North Pole and a rotten Rapture for filth followers everywhere. You better watch out, you better cry! John Waters, the cracked Kris Kringle, the fucked up Father Christmas, the psycho Santa Supreme, is coming to town and he’s coming soon.


John Waters, Baltimore MD

John Waters has written and directed sixteen movies including Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspray, Cry Baby, Serial Mom and A Dirty Shame. He is a photographer whose work has been shown in galleries all over the world and the author of nine books: Shock Value, Crackpot, Pink Flamingos and Other Trash, Hairspray, Female Trouble and Multiple Maniacs, and Art: A Sex Book (co-written with Bruce Hainley), Role Models, and Carsick. The gift book, Make Trouble, published by Algonquin Books in 2017, features the text, with illustrations, of Waters’ commencement speech delivered at the 2015 Rhode Island School of Design graduation ceremony and was subsequently released as an audio album in 7” single format produced by Grammy-winner, Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Zomba Prison Project) for Jack White’s Third Man Records. Mr. Know-It –All, The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder, was published in May 2019. John Waters is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Additionally, he is a past member of the boards of The Andy Warhol Foundation and Printed Matter, a former member of the Wexner Center International Arts Advisory Council, and was selected as a juror for the 2011 Venice Biennale. In 2017, Waters’ was honored when his “Study Art” series was selected to be featured at the Biennale in Venice. Mr. Waters also serves on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Film Festival and has been a key participant in the Provincetown International Film Festival since it began in 1999, the same year Waters was honored as the first recipient of PIFF’s “Filmmaker on the Edge” award. In September, 2014, Film Society of Lincoln Center honored John Waters’ fifty years in filmmaking with a 10-day celebration entitled “Fifty Years of John Waters: How Much Can You Take?” featuring a complete retrospective of his film work. In May, 2015, Waters was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and the same by the Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA) in May, 2016. In the Fall of 2015, the British Film Institute also honored John’s fifty-year contribution to cinema with their own program called “The Complete Films of John Waters…Every Goddam One of Them.” The French Minister of Culture bestowed the rank of Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters to Mr. Waters in 2015. In February 2017, John Waters was honored with the Writers Guild of America, East’s Ian McLellan Hunter Award honoring his body of work as a writer in motion pictures. “Indecent Exposure”, a retrospective of Waters’ art was exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art from October, 2018, to January, 2019, and on view at the Wexner Center for the Arts in, Columbus OH, from February 2 to April 28, 2019.
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