Pope of Trash Returns to Dallas

When you're asked to name a great American storyteller in an opinion-based parlor game or meaningless survey, old fogies like Mark Twain, Garrison Keillor and Ernest Hemingway spring to mind. But director John Waters should be the first person you think of. The easily offended deem him and his artistic endeavors shocking, but if you delve into his work, you'll find evidence of an artist who genuinely cares about people and wants only to shake them out of their comfort zones. Waters goes out of his way to find the strangest and most colorful among us, even if that means hitchhiking across the country, which he did for his memoir Carsick. The director of Pink Flamingos, Hairspray and Serial Mom will share his stories, opinions and whatever else falls out of his head when he takes the stage at the Texas Theatre (231 W. Jefferson Blvd.) at 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 the day of the show. More at tacticsproductions.com.
Sun., Feb. 15, 8 p.m., 2015
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Danny Gallagher has been a regular contributor to the Dallas Observer since 2014. He has also written features, essays and stories for MTV, the Chicago Tribune, Maxim, Cracked, Mental_Floss, The Week, CNET and The Onion AV Club.

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