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You'd Better Watch Out: John Waters Is Coming to Town This Christmas

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Christmas 2016 is still more than ten months away — but we already know there's a big, dirty present waiting under the tree. Legendary filmmaker John Waters is coming to town — to the Boulder Theater, to be exact — on December 7, and tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today.

The self-proclaimed “pope of trash” has been delighting/disgusting audiences for decades with his classic films, many of them starring the late, great drag persona Divine, including Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Desperate Living, Polyester and Hairspray. His last feature film was 2004’s A Dirty Shame, which stars Tracey Ullman as a housewife who becomes a sex maniac after experiencing a head injury.

The holiday show promises to be Waters at his best, since he's known for being just as smart and profane as his cinema. The official synopsis of the evening says it all:

Like a wayward Santa for the Christmas-obsessed, legendary filmmaker and raconteur John Waters rides into town on his sleigh full of smut, spreading yuletide cheer with his critically acclaimed one-man show, A John Waters Christmas. Putting the X in Xmas, Waters' rapid-fire monologue explores and explodes traditional archetypes as he shares his compulsive desire to give and receive perverted gifts, a religious fanaticism for Santa Claus, and an unhealthy love of true-crime holiday horror stories.

Waters described his last visit to Denver in his book Carsick, which chronicled the director's travels as he hitchhiked around America, meeting new and interesting people. It sounds like he won't need to use his thumb for this trip, but keep your eyes peeled for the mustachioed auteur on the streets of Boulder come December.

A John Waters Christmas will start at 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 7, at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street in Boulder. The show is 16+ and reserved tickets are $35 to $65, with a special $115 VIP option, available at bouldertheater.com.

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