Filmmaker John Waters has the perfect antidote to family-safe, feel-good Christmas fare.

By Christine Colby

Photograph by Greg Gorman

John Waters, aka the Pope of Trash, is making his way across the country, putting the “X” in “Xmas” with his annual, adult oriented, one-man show on the joys of the holidays. Those joys, in this case, are probably true-crime stories, real-life tales of holiday horror (think Divine trapped under the Christmas tree), a look at horror/exploitation Christmas films, and anecdotes about inappropriate, dirty gift exchanges. He’s also hinted that this year he’ll be introducing a new Christmas-themed sex act—they don’t call him the “Filthiest Man Alive” for nothing.

The filmmaker (Pink Flamingos, Serial Mom, A Dirty Shame) and author (Shock Value, Role Models) also will probably throw in a few stories from his upcoming book (Carsick) about hitchhiking, at age 67, from his apartment in Baltimore to his apartment in San Francisco, and his adventures along the way.

A John Waters Christmas dates

12/5: Seattle; The Neptune
12/6: Portland, Oregon; Aladdin Theater
12/10: New Orleans; Civic Theatre
12/11: Nashville; War Memorial
12/12: Atlanta; Variety Playhouse
12/13 and 12/14: New York; Stage 48
12/15: Boston; Berkelee Performance Center
12/18: Alexandria, Virginia; The Birchmere
12/19 and 12/20: Baltimore; Soundstage

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