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A DIRTY SHAME: Legendary filmmaker John Waters bring his 'Filthy World' to Ada

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ADA, Okla.—It is really not that far from the white trash of big city Baltimore to the redneck confines of small-town Oklahoma, which is perhaps why John Waters might feel right at home when he makes a stop in Ada this Friday night as the keynote speaker for this year’s Momentum Ada.

Nicknamed “The Pope of Trash” by none other than William Burroughs, Waters made a name for himself by dedicating his life—both cinematic and otherwise—to championing the low-down and low-brow via works such as Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble before finding mainstream and commercial success in the late 80s and early 90s thanks to his films Hairspray and Cry Baby, both of which were adapted into critically-acclaimed hit Broadway musicals.

Waters will bring his one-man spoken word “vaudeville” act This Filthy World—updated and expanded from the original film version—to the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center, 920 E Main St. in Ada at 7:30 p.m. on May 19.

In the award-winning one-man show, Waters shines as a demented raconteur, opining on such topics as teaching kids to shoplift and knock bikes over, sharing his pride in being deemed offensive by the Catholic Church and trying to explain such underground sexual oddities as "”blossoms” and “womb raiding.” He gives no holds-barred accounts on his own career from the backwoods of B-More to the jungles of Hollywood, his relationship with the infamous Divine and the negative influences that have propelled him along the way.

Like the dirty uncle everyone wishes they had, John Waters’ presentation of This Filthy World is part of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition's new Momentum Ada program, which is designed to feature film and new media, along with art and live music. While most Momentum programs are free to the public, tickets to the John Waters event are $15 each and available here

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