Free Screening of John Waters' "Hairspray" At San Francisco's McCoppin Plaza

Posted by Billyjam, September 30, 2015 05:04pm | Post a Comment

Tomorrow, Thursday October 1st at 8pm, the folks at SF Indie Fest are hosting a free screening of John Waters' classic Hairspray at San Francisco's  McCoppin Plaza (located at Valencia and McCoppin streets). The 1988 romantic musical comedy's story line is accurately summarized by the Amoeba website as, "with huge hair, a big grin, and all the right moves, Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake) becomes the queen of Baltimore's number one TV dance party." The movie that stars such other actors or musicians turned actors as Sonny Bono, Debbie Harry, Jerry Stiller, Ruth Brown, Ric Ocasek, and Pia Zadora is available from Amoeba in BluRay and DVD formats, and you can also find the recommended various artists Hairspray soundtrack that features such artists as The Flares, The Ikettes, and The Ray Bryant Combo who do that killer dance track "The Madison Time" (as heard in movie trailer below). 
Renaissance man Waters, whose memorable 2007 Amoeba Hollywood interview can be seen here, earned the tag "the Sultan of Sleaze" for his earlier, far edgier films like Female Trouble and Pink Flamingos (both starring Divine who stars in a total of six Waters films including Hairspray), found mainstream acceptance with his bigger budget 1988 film. Further the movie that introduced to the world to future talk show star Ricki Lake, was turned into the long running Broadway musical Hairspray that in turn was adapted into a second Hairspray film - the 2007 film Hairspray starring John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken and others. Note that the songs from the Broadway musical written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, that are featured in the 2007 film along with some newer ones by same composers, are featured on the 2007 Hairspray film soundtrack -and are totally different from the 1988 Hairspray movie soundtrack. With food trucks set up the free San Francisco, October 1st screening is at 8pm but people are advised to arrive at least a half hour earlier. More info here.

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I've Got Trouble...Female Trouble

Posted by Miss Ess, July 20, 2007 01:15pm | Post a Comment
Look, I had never seen Female Trouble before last weekend at Midnight Mass.  I know, I know, and I am trying to make up for lost time here.
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I am sure everyone has already spoken their piece and covered everything I would want to say about this movie, but if for some reason YOU still haven't seen it, what the hell are you waiting for?  It's genius, esp Divine's performance.
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Unlike most of my pals, I am no John Waters expert. I have seen about 4 of his films before and mostly enjoyed them. At times I have felt the same way about John Waters movies that I feel about punk rock: I greatly respect and appreciate the aesthetic and message of the work but sometimes find the overall experience abrasive. Other times I find it exhilarating. What I am trying to say here is that I think John Waters is a total genius and think his ideas are dead on, but sometimes I find his movies or portions of his movies somewhat...harsh. Does that make any sense? 

In person, he's one of the sharpest, most intelligent and gracious people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and he is twisted in all the right ways. Who else would suggest a Sing Along screening of his favorite film of the year, United 93? Who else would insist that the fact that the 9/11 attack on the more vaginally shaped Pentagon building is largely ignored while the more phallic Twin Towers are focused on further proves America's sexism?

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