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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2013
Back in 1972, when John Waters successfully persuaded his friend, Divine, to eat a handful of doggie poo in the name of cinematic trailblazing, who would have guessed that Waters would one day be regarded as among Baltimore's most accomplished and distinguished citizens. It has, indeed, been a long, strange trip. From quiet, almost clandestine showings of "Multiple Maniacs" in musty church basements to exhibitions in major art galleries throughout the world, Waters' career has undergone quite the trajectory.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
Everyone wanted to hang out with John Waters this week. First the members of Future Islands spent time with the Baltimore filmmaker before they played at Hampdenfest Saturday.  Then Patton Oswalt invited him for a drink Sunday. The comedian posted this message on Twitter: "Hey John Waters: I'm at Salt on Pratt St. in Butcher's Hill. I'll be here for the next hour. Drop in, I'll buy you a Clear Eye Susan. " Waters likes to push boundaries in his work, but when it comes to social networking, he likes to do it the old-fashioned way -- in person.  But Rachel Whang, the co-owner of Atomic Books, spotted Oswalt's tweet and passed the message along to Waters.
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May 25, 2010
Your John Waters coverage on Sunday was excellent ("The education of John Waters," May 23). Mr. Waters continues to be a state institution and makes his mother and drag queens proud. A minor quibble: I was surprised by Mr. Waters' uncharacteristic elitism displayed in his negative comments about Remington getting a Walmart. Mr. Waters admits that it will provide needed jobs but then attacks Walmart for low salaries and censoring movies and CDs. He contends that it will prevent Remington from ever being a "hipster neighborhood.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
It's one of those scenarios that would be hard to believe in a movie.  As John Waters embarked on the cross-country hitchhiking trip that is memorialized in his recently published book, "Carsick," a 20-year-old Tea Party-affiliated legislator from Frederick County offered him a ride.  And, to make it all the more cinematic, the Bible-thumping college student and the "Pope of Trash" hit it off.  " We don't see eye to eye on a lot of...
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2013
When you own all of his movies, have tried growing a pencil mustache and have a pink flamingo in your yard, what else can you do to show your love for John Waters? Try a sweater by James Long. The young designer has just unveiled his collection highlighted by several pieces that give props to what must be one of his favorite directors. At men's fashion week in London, Long charmed fashionistas -- or perhaps puzzled them -- with several sweaters featuring the face of Divine, the drag queen made famous in some of Waters' movies.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2010
You might think you know John Waters, but until you read his latest book, "Role Models" — well, to quote Jeremy Irons' Claus von Bulow, "You have no idea." Waters avidly links his "Baltimore heroes," like the lesbian stripper Lady Zorro ("My kind of burlesque queen"), to far-flung friends and influences. They include "genius fashion dictator" Rei Kawakubo, who once brought him to Paris to model her work, and "outsider pornographers" like David Hurles. They also include artists and entertainers as popular as Johnny Mathis and as widely acclaimed as the psychological novelist Lionel Shriver ("We Need to Talk About Kevin")
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2014
You might wonder what kind of relationship the creator of "Serial Mom" would have with his own mom. It turns out John Waters shared an exceptionally close bond with his mother, Patricia Waters , who died Saturday at age 89. Waters told me in the fall that he and his mother had been going on Sunday adventures in Baltimore, revisiting places that were meaningful to the filmmaker, who had grown up in Lutherville and moved to the city as...
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September 15, 2011
I am amazed that The Baltimore Sun is letting Mike Sragow leave his position as main film writer. All a medium size city can do today to compete with the big national newspapers is to cover local news well, and The Sun does do that in politics, crime and sports. Why not entertainment? As a home delivery subscriber and a reader online when I am traveling, it is important for me to keep abreast of what is happening in my hometown of Baltimore and how local media responds. I have written before about the baffling and irritating editorial decision to use an out of town film critic to review first run movies when they open here.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2012
Sarah Finlayson's morning routine is fairly set. Wake up early. Workout with a trainer. Call her twin sister.  Picking up a hitchhiking John Waters? That's not part of it. Yet the minister's wife from Baltimore stopped her Lexus for the filmmaker and gets the credit for launching his cross-country hitchhiking journey. Finlayson, who's a 59-year-old wife and mother, was driving down Charles Street, heading home from her workout and chatting on the car phone with her twin sister who lives in Jersey.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2012
John Waters give a bad interview? It can't be done. The Baltimore filmmaker just chatted in his typical no-holds-barred way with Broward/Palm Beach New Times as a prelude to a Florida performance of his one-man show "This Filthy World. " That he executed the phone interview without pants on was just one revelation. In the two-part interview, done with the publication from his Provincetown, Mass., summer home -- while wearing boxers with a Gap T-shirt -- Waters talked about everything from favorite books and music to one of the outfits he packed for his recent cross-country hitchhiking tour.
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Dan Rodricks | June 14, 2014
Nobody asked me, but ... it's hard to believe that Dallas Dance, the Baltimore County school superintendent, could take a consulting job with a company that does business with the school system he runs and not see that as a problem. He says he "didn't recognize" a conflict of interest at the time. Here's what I'd write on his report card: "Dallas needs to work on making better choices. I suggest a summer camp for the ethically challenged. " Instead of just closing down another encampment of homeless people, maybe Baltimore officials can find a place for them and their tents, a small campground with running water, for the toughest cases - people who, for various reasons, do not fit into any of the city's current programs to reduce homelessness.
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By Benn Ray benn@atomicbooks.com | June 3, 2014
This is traditionally the time of year when I use this column to give the HonFest update. And I'll get to that in a bit, but before we do, there are a number of other awesome events going on in Hampden to highlight first. Friday, June 6 is First Fridays in Hampden, and there are a number of events going on. For folks who remember the 1990s, especially the 1990s in Baltimore, WHFS was the area's leading alternative rock radio stations. And one of the most popular DJs there was Johnny Riggs.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2014
If you saw a disheveled, clearly despondent 66-year-old man hitchhiking, would you pick him up? Would you pick him up if you realized he was John Waters? Two springs ago, Baltimore's most unrepentant degenerate set out on a mission of discovery. Beginning on Charles Street, not far from his home, Waters would hitchhike all the way to his San Francisco condo, following Interstate 70 most of way. There would be little in the way of advance planning; he'd be relying totally on his thumb and the kindness of strangers.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
Trust John Waters to never go for the easy choice. "Abuse of Weakness," the latest work from controversial French filmmaker Catherine Breillat, is Waters' pick for this year's Maryland Film Festival, set for May 7-11, largely in the Station North Arts District. The film, which is getting its Maryland premiere, stars Isabelle Huppert as a director who, after suffering a stroke, is victimized by a notorious con man. It is based on a similar incident that happened to Breillat, who spent five months in a hospital recovering from a 2004 stroke.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
Remember how John Waters hitchhiked across the U.S. in the spring of 2012 -- part of the research, he said, for his next book? Well, the long wait is finally (almost) over. "Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America" is set to be released June 3 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The book, Waters says, will be separated into three parts: -- First, he ruminates over the best rides he could have had (sample from amazon.com's blurb: "a friendly drug dealer hands over piles of cash to finance films with no questions asked")
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2014
Patricia W. Waters, a homemaker, Anglophile and mother of filmmaker John Waters, died Saturday of complications from a fall and recent surgery at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 89. "She was our matriarch. She was an unusually strong and loving mother who was lovely and taught me the articles of good taste, which I turned into a career," said John S. Waters Jr. "She was equally proud of all of her children and their different lives. " "First of all, she was the epitome of a lady, and she was a mentor to me," said Martha Ann Robinson, a longtime friend.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2014
If you saw a disheveled, clearly despondent 66-year-old man hitchhiking, would you pick him up? Would you pick him up if you realized he was John Waters? Two springs ago, Baltimore's most unrepentant degenerate set out on a mission of discovery. Beginning on Charles Street, not far from his home, Waters would hitchhike all the way to his San Francisco condo, following Interstate 70 most of way. There would be little in the way of advance planning; he'd be relying totally on his thumb and the kindness of strangers.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2014
You might wonder what kind of relationship the creator of "Serial Mom" would have with his own mom. It turns out John Waters shared an exceptionally close bond with his mother, Patricia Waters , who died Saturday at age 89. Waters told me in the fall that he and his mother had been going on Sunday adventures in Baltimore, revisiting places that were meaningful to the filmmaker, who had grown up in Lutherville and moved to the city as...
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2013
The "Diner" guys, Tracy Turnblad and the moody teens of Hamilton will be basking in the New York spotlight this month, thanks to a Museum of Modern Art exhibition focusing on the works of Baltimore filmmakers Barry Levinson, John Waters and Matt Porterfield. "Our Town: Baltimore," running through Dec. 24 at the venerable Manhattan art showcase, opens Thursday with Levinson's 1982 "Diner," an ode to '50s-era Colts fanaticism and the shift from the easy answers of adolescence to the complicated relationships of adulthood.
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