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Irreverent director Waters to speak

Thursday, March 25, 2010, 8 p.m. McCosh 50

"This Filthy World," a presentation by film director John Waters that will be part lecture and part vaudeville performance, is set for 8 p.m. Thursday, March 25, in McCosh 50.

Waters will speak about the formative influences on his career, Hollywood, the art world, social taboos and modern culture in general.

Waters began his career making low-budget underground films. His first full-length feature film, "Mondo Trasho," appeared in 1969. He first came to public attention with "Pink Flamingos" (1972), "Female Trouble" (1974), "Desperate Living" (1977) and "Polyester" (1981). Waters then entered the mainstream with "Hairspray" (1988) and "Cry-Baby" (1990), which were later adapted to the stage. Those successes were followed by "Serial Mom" (1994), "Pecker" (1998), "Cecil B. DeMented" (2000) and "A Dirty Shame" (2004).

Waters writes all his screenplays and is the author of several books, including "Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters" (2003). In addition, he is a photographer whose work appears internationally in galleries and art museums.

The event is sponsored by the Spencer Trask Lecture Fund of the University Public Lecture Series and the Performance Central program of the Lewis Center for the Arts.

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