Dreamland Alert: John Waters and Jim Jarmusch 8/4 and More

Global pandemic be damned: John Waters has a new book to promote, and the beloved cult filmmaker, raconteur, and once and future Pope of Trash will appear – virtually, at least – at three upcoming online events, including one for Bookshop Santa Cruz. The pick to click happens tonight in Brooklyn, NY, when indie film icon Jim Jarmusch (“The Dead Don’t Die,” “Gimme Danger”) interviews Waters on his many obsessions and influences, as well as his new book of essays, “Mr Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder.”

The Live Stream event takes place tonight at 7:30 EDT/4:30 PST, so get your tickets ($23) now (and definitely before 2:30 PST, when the Live Stream link will be sent).

And if you’re unable to make this scene, Waters will also be featured in two more upcoming events: he’ll participate in a Zoom interview on August 7 as part of the At Home with Literati series for the Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The event takes place at 4 pm PST; tickets start at $19.08. He’ll then speak with Steve Palopoli, editor of the Santa Cruz alt-weekly “Good Times,” on August 12, in an event for Bookshop Santa Cruz. That Live Stream takes at 7 pm PST; tickets start at $24.

Tickets for all three events events will also snag you a paperback copy of “Mr. Know-It-All” (signed bookplates will be available, but read the fine print for each event, as supplies are limited).  Your purchase will not only support independent book stores here in California and elsewhere in the U.S., but also provide you (to quote the press release) with exclusive, first-hand knowledge on, among other valuable topics, “how to fail upward in Hollywood; how to develop musical taste, from Nervous Norvus to Maria Callas; how to build a home so ugly and trendy that no one but you would dare live in it; more important [sic], how to tell someone you love them without emotional risk; and yes, how to cheat death itself.” In short, priceless life lessons and guidance for the cost of a paperback.

About Paul Gaita

Paul Gaita lives in Sherman Oaks, California with his lovely wife and daughter. He has written for The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Variety and Merry Jane, among many other publications, and was a home video reviewer for Amazon.com from 1998 to 2014. He has also interviewed countless entertainment figures, but his favorites remain Elmore Leonard, Ray Bradbury, and George Newall, who created both "Schoolhouse Rock" and the Hai Karate aftershave commercials. He once shared a Thanksgiving dinner with celebrity astrologer Joyce Jillson and regrettably, still owes the late character actor Charles Napier a dollar.
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