by Ray Bendici
Nov 8, 2012
10:44 AM
Unsteady Habits

This Filthy World


So I was very excited to see that one of my all-time favorite directors—and purveyors of bad taste—will be stopping by for a visit here in Connecticut.

The notorious John Waters will be at the Garde Arts Center in New London on November 9 for "John Waters: This Filthy World," which will feature a performance and book-signing.

From the pres release:

"This Filthy World" is Waters’s rapid-fire spoken word act that celebrates his film career and joyously appalling taste. Updated and expanded from the original film version that enjoyed critical success at the Edinburgh, Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals, the live performance of "This Filthy World" focuses on Waters’s early negative artistic influences, his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, the extremes of the art world, Catholicism, sexual deviancy and a love of reading.

Sounds like a perfectly tasteless event—let's hope it is!

Since I was traumatized by Pink Flamingos when I first saw it while at college during the 1980s, I've been a big fan of Waters' work, and have seen every film he's made. Yes, a lot of it is hard to watch, some of it outright bizarre and twisted, but it's absolutely never boring, and that's something very few filmmakers can say about their works. I was in the back of the audience once while he was doing a live Q&A at comicon-type event about a decade ago, and he was an absolute hoot—he has a fast wit, is very smart and interacts well with audiences. I can only imagine this event will be terrifically entertaining.

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This Filthy World

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Connecticut may be one of the smallest states, but it's also one of the most diverse. No one knows this better than content manager Ray Bendici, who is always ready to learn more about our eclectic home, be it by exploring a roadside oddity, discovering a new book or uncovering a bit of little-known state history.

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