Christmas in July? Well, sort of. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 27, for John Waters return to the Birchmere in December. The legendary Baltimore filmmaker's one-man "command performance" show at the Birchmere is motivated by a genuine love for Christmas. In fact, the show explores the gay and sexual possibilities of the holiday. As he told Metro Weekly's Randy Shulman in 2009, in a conversation later hand-picked by the filmmaker to appear in a compendium of interviews with him: "Is Santa erotic? That is a question with the bear movement. Is he a silver fox? Is he a bear? …Suppose you are attracted to Santa -- does that make you a Santa hag? Can you have sex in a chimney? Are you a flue queen? There are all sorts of possibilities that I talk about." Tickets on sale Friday, July 27, at noon for the show Monday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets are $49.50. Call 703-549-7500 or visit birchmere.com.
Waters photographed for Metro Weekly in 2009 by Todd Franson.