Our beloved “Prince of Puke” aka film director/queer icon/literary lion JOHN WATERS graces Seattle every year with his presence over the winter holidays, usually at the Neptune Theatre in the U-District.
This year, our favorite subversive queer elder is bopping into town for a spring fling. The Most Famous Baltimore Resident Who Ever Lived is coming to Seattle on May 29th as part of a book tour to promote the release of his ninth book: Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). It’s his latest book of essays that cover…well, everything under the sun.
From the press release:
No one knows more about everything—especially everything rude, clever, and offensively compelling—than John Waters. The man in the pencil-thin mustache, auteur of the transgressive movie classics Pink Flamingos, Polyester, the original Hairspray, Cry-Baby, and A Dirty Shame, is one of the world’s great sophisticates, and in Mr. Know-It-All he serves it up raw: how to fail upward in Hollywood; how to develop musical taste from Nervous Norvus to Maria Callas; how to build a home so ugly and trendy that no one but you would dare live in it; more important, how to tell someone you love them without emotional risk; and yes, how to cheat death itself. Through it all, Waters swears by one undeniable truth: “Whatever you might have heard, there is absolutely no downside to being famous. None at all.”
Studded with cameos of Waters’s stars, from Divine and Mink Stole to Johnny Depp, Kathleen Turner, Patricia Hearst, and Tracey Ullman, and illustrated with unseen photos from Waters’s personal collection, Mr. Know-It-All is Waters’s most hypnotically readable, upsetting, revelatory book—another instant Waters classic.
This visit from Waters is being hosted by Town Hall Seattle and very cheap tickets to the event ($5) go onsale to Town Hall Members on Monday, March 18th and to the General Public a week later on Monday, March 25th. Obviously, there’s a danger that members will snag all the tickets…if you’re the ultimate fan you can always join Town Hall (it’s only $45 a year) and make sure you can grab a ticket. Go HERE to do such a thing.