For the past decade, he's been touring every December with a show that's part stand-up, part monologue, part pep-talk. During the holidays, he likes to think of himself as a motivational speaker.
"Some people hate [Christmas] or don't believe in it. I know some people find it a very stressful time. I have advice for everybody, if you love or hate it," he said. "It's a self-help show." The show, which he'll perform at the Lyric Opera House on Dec. 21, is one of several projects Waters is juggling, including a follow-up to last year's
Q: You've hosted a Christmas party for decades here in Baltimore. Is it a traditional, or do you have, like, the
The guests might not be, but it's traditional as far as it's catered by Sascha's. It's decorated — it may be a little strange for some. The electric chair from "Female Trouble" is decorated as a Christmas tree. My sister-in-law makes a wreath on the door that's kind of an S&M wreath – it's made of thorns and it snags your clothes when you come in the door. And I do have a Unabomber birdhouse. So it's traditionally decorated but with a twist. Every year, I do have a movie playing - it's usually Fischli-Weiss art videos of a dog and a cat. One year I showed
I'm not gonna sing. I'm not gonna come out and do
Q: Your fans are always frustrated that you don't have a new movie out, except, I don't think people realize that you have all these different projects, from writing for Artforum or doing a show for CourtTV.
I'm frustrated too. It's called "Fruitcake." I want to shoot the whole thing in Remington. It's ready to go. I just don't have the budget. But I'm not the only person.
Q: You have houses in San Francisco and New York and Provincentown, but you've said that when you need an idea, you come to Baltimore. And every now and then I still see you going to bars around town. Do you do that often?
I do. I went to soul night at Lithuanian Hall recently. That's my favorite. I go there. I go to different bars. I'm really happy that Hampden is so jumping. It's great. It's many types of people co-existing uneasily. I like that. That little bit of extreme texture there. When two different types of people hang out.