The arrival of John Waters and his Baltimorean Dreamland troupe was a seismic shock to the counterculture of the 1970s. The holy trilogy that was Multiple Maniacs
, Pink Flamingos
and Female Trouble
was nothing less than a declaration of war against straight white suburbia, a "Helter Skelter" on the sensibilities of the film-going public, all led with impeccable vileness and beauty by the singular Divine. Divine – Waters’ muse, a born superstar, a proto-punk icon and pinnacle of fucked glamor – has only grown in stature and influence since his passing in 1988. In his prime, Divine looked gorgeous and horrifying simultaneously, delivering classic monologues about murder and crime, injecting liquid eyeliner, attacking audiences, killing anyone onscreen unlucky enough to cross him, and doing it all with impeccable style. Divine set a new template for drag performance, where beauty became a deliciously fluid construct, a gauntlet increasingly picked up today by a new generation of drag stars. The riotous Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence here are recast as the Sisters of Divine Filth to pay homage to their patron saint; Sister Ambrosia Discordia, Axel Andrews, April Fresh, Mr. Mrs. Adrien, Broadway Brunch Bunch, and many more are participating in the live ceremony of Observance. We're praying to the saints above (or below, whichever) that fish will be thrown at the audience.
8 p.m. Thursday, June 22 | The Venue, 511 Virginia Drive | 407-412-6895 | thevenueorlando.com