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Multiple Maniacs (1970) Directed by John Waters Opens August 5 at IFC Center Above a chorus of euphoric, libidinous moaning, Lady Divine recounts the Stations of the Cross while receiving a “rosary job” in a church pew from Mink Stole. Actors take on the roles of Jesus, the Virgin Mary, Judas, and the numerous Roman soldiers in decidedly DYI fashion. As Jesus stumbles forward, Divine’s litany is intermittently interrupted by a gasp of pleasure. We cut back...
Polyester (1981) Directed by John Waters Only Waters would think to combine campy melodrama with huckster gimmickry. That said, he's also the only one to incorporate foot fetishism, glue sniffing, smut peddling, abortions, and (be still, your hearts) former teen heartthrob Tab Hunter. Presented in glorious Odorama, Polyester marks when, as the Prince of Puke himself posits, "Hollywood and my underground met for the first time"—when his greatest commercial successes, which would ultimately jeopardize his standing...
Summer is book season, the time of year when there's finally an excuse to lie in the sun and get through that stack of stories you've had your eye on for months. Or just lie in the shade of some pages as you nap. Whatever. This year, there's a bumper crop of good ones to bring with you to the beach or the park or on the way to your grandparents' house. Pack one...
The 24 hours before the impending doom of Monday morning are often reserved for a little R&R, but how about tossing in a few anthropomorphic taxidermy mice and exploded skulls into your Sunday Funday? Spinning off their annual Holiday Fair in December, the Morbid Anatomy Museum’s first ever Summer Flea Market this Sunday promises the gamut of oddities: Elizabeth New’s medical photography-inspired quilts and home decor, Amber Jolliffe Maykut’s costume-clad taxidermy mice (pizza chef mouse,...

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