Program change: Due to reasons beyond their control, the Pines are not able to appear tonight. Minneapolis’ long-loved roots rock band the Honeydogs will be featured at this event.
Music: The Honeydogs
DJ: Bill DeVille
Directed by John Waters
“A film that combines nostalgic spoof with a social consciousness that’s as unexpected as it is smashingly effective.” —Los Angeles Times
Midnight-movie maven John Waters’s most affectionate and exuberant film, Hairspray is the story of the cherubic Tracy Turnblad, a working-class teen who dreams of dancing on the local program “The Corny Collins Show.” Inspired by real-life NAACP protests of “The Buddy Deane Show,” the film blends Waters’s unabashed love of all things dance craze with a clever take-down of television segregation, culminating in the delightful humiliation of its proponents. Featuring performances by R&B Queen Ruth Brown, Debbie Harry, and the final performance of drag icon Divine as Tracy’s housewife mother with TV station president Arvin Hodgepile. 1988, 92 minutes.