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Music, All Shook Down Burger Boogaloo 2015: The Mummies, King Khan & BBQ Show, and More — Hosted By John Waters!

Burger Boogaloo 2015: The Mummies, King Khan & BBQ Show, and More — Hosted By John Waters!

Rockabilly kids, surf-punk fans, and devotees of other predominantly guitar-driven, retro-kitschy genres will just about break out in hives at this one. This year's Burger Boogaloo, the two-day Burger Records party that takes over Oakland's Mosswood Park each July…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist John Waters on Christmas, Hit Men, and Who Vomits on Children

John Waters on Christmas, Hit Men, and Who Vomits on Children

He's been called the Prince of Puke and he's been called the Pope of Trash. But for the past few years, John Waters has been working on becoming the Duke of ... Christmas? It may seem strange, but the creative…
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Film, "I Am Divine": John Waters' Star Gets His Due

"I Am Divine": John Waters' Star Gets His Due

If comedy is tragedy plus time, then art is often trash plus time: What was once considered (and usually intended to be) low culture eventually gets framed and respected. Sometimes the honor is even deserved, as in I Am Divine,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Great Dickspectations: The 17th Annual San Francisco Drag King Contest

Great Dickspectations: The 17th Annual San Francisco Drag King Contest

Don't get us wrong, we love us some drag queens, but it's drag kings we've always been obsessed with -- the swagger, the bravado, the impeccably glued-on muttonchops. We wrote whole term papers on Boys R' Us, Mister Fister,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Clothes Minded

Clothes Minded

Clothes Minded Don’t get us wrong, we love us some drag queens, but it’s drag kings we’ve always been obsessed with — the swagger, the bravado, the impeccably glued-on muttonchops. We wrote whole term papers on Boys R’ Us, Mister…
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Film, "The Perfect Family": Kathleen Turner Deserves More

"The Perfect Family": Kathleen Turner Deserves More

There's a vague echo of John Waters's film Serial Mom in director Anne Renton's The Perfect Family. But where Waters's satiric look at the lengths to which a mom would go to maintain the illusion (if not delusion) of her…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist John Waters Talks About Censorship, Bad Taste, <i>The Simpsons</i>, and San Francisco

John Waters Talks About Censorship, Bad Taste, The Simpsons, and San Francisco

John Waters' reputation precedes him -- and we bet that gives him no end of glee. The Baltimore native featured the plentiful drag queen Divine in many of his early features, and he took on topics such as baby farms,…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Dirty Mind Comes Home

A Dirty Mind Comes Home

John Waters readily admits that San Francisco was the first city to wholly accept and champion his films. We’re his people. We love him. We’ve always loved him. And he loves Muni. It’s a relationship born in the gutter and…
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Calendar, Night&Day More Than Just a Pretty ... Face

More Than Just a Pretty ... Face

I read it for the articles. That was a common defense of men who were caught with Playboy magazines in past decades. Although sometimes it wasn’t true and probably never taken seriously, it was a valid defense: Playboy had a…
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News, The Snitch John Waters Berates <i>Baltimore Sun</i> for Reassigning Former <i>SF Weekly</i> Film Critic Michael Sragow

John Waters Berates Baltimore Sun for Reassigning Former SF Weekly Film Critic Michael Sragow

John Waters gained fame as a movie maker by exposing archetypical America as stupid and bogus. But Waters spoke out earlier this week to praise former SF Weekly critic Michael Sragow using terms incongruous to his typical critique. Waters applauded Sragow…
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Calendar, Night&Day Where Glitter Came From

Where Glitter Came From

You fucking kids. You’ll never know what it was like before hippie drag theater queens romped on the stages of San Francisco. You’ll think there have always been outrageous pounds of glitter parading around for national banks to co-opt at…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Beats Go On

The Beats Go On

In Yony Leyser's documentary hagiography William Burroughs: A Man Within — which ends with John Waters nominating its subject for iconoclast-artist sainthood — Burroughs' literary efforts are of secondary interest, noted for their influence on rock lyrics and band names.…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings for April 20-26, 2011

Artists' Television Access. OpenScreening: One hour of shorts; monthly open submissions screening; feedback session follows films. Thu., April 21, 8 p.m. free-$5. "Hobnobbin' Hobo": Other Cinema: Bill Daniel's Tumbleweed Crossroads and other films. Sat., April 23, 8:30 p.m. $6. 992…
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Calendar, Night&Day New Take on Old Legend

New Take on Old Legend

In Yony Leyser's documentary hagiography, William S. Burroughs: A Man Within — which ends with John Waters nominating its subject for iconoclast-artist sainthood — William Seward Burroughs's literary efforts are of secondary interest, noted for their influence on rock lyrics…
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Film, "Kaboom": Gregg Araki's Beautiful Horndogs Get Blown

"Kaboom": Gregg Araki's Beautiful Horndogs Get Blown

As spacey as its title suggests, Gregg Araki's latest youth film is an occult mystery set in the ultimate SoCal college playpen. Kaboom is Scooby Doo with sex, drugs, and tattooed hotties; following on the heels of Araki's relatively commercial…
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Calendar, Night&Day George, Ever Curious

George, Ever Curious

George Kuchar’s most admirable trait is his refusal to live in the past. An underground movie pioneer in New York in the 1950s and ‘60s who inspired bad-taste icon John Waters (among others), the 2010 SF Weekly Best of San…
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Film, "The Company Men": Pity for the emasculated executive

"The Company Men": Pity for the emasculated executive

Tracking the parallel trajectories of three employees laid off from cushy corporate jobs at the same Boston-based manufacturing conglomerate, The Company Men is transparent in its ambition to capture the Way We Live Now from a sensitive, equitable — rather…
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Music, All Shook Down John Waters Explains His Love for S.F. Muni, the Roxie Theater, and Die Antwoord

John Waters Explains His Love for S.F. Muni, the Roxie Theater, and Die Antwoord

Among other things -- like making movies and stuff -- film director John Waters is known for possessing a sick affection for public transportation in San Francisco. The part-time S.F. resident is coming to town for a performance of his…
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Music, All Shook Down Would You Pay $250 To Meet John Waters?

Would You Pay $250 To Meet John Waters?

$250 to meet this guy? Is that a dirty shame?​Well, here's your chance. The Pope of Trash is doing his one-man "A John Waters Xmas" comedy show as a fundraiser for the Mission's newly nonprofit Roxie Theater on Dec. 11.…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Diary of Anne Frankenstein

The Diary of Anne Frankenstein

An Internet commenter has described actor Natasha Lyonne's career: “She just needs a 21st century John Waters to adopt her as his totem.” Waters might not be thrilled about the cant of such a remark, nor women filmmakers, nor Lyonne,…
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