Filmmaker John Waters discusses art, culture and universal depravity at the Byrd Theatre Oct. 16 (Photo courtesy Admire Entertainment)
John Waters is perhaps best known for his early films in which grotesque scenes earned him monikers such as “The Sultan of Sleaze” and “The Pope of Trash.” Featuring the enigmatic transvestite Divine, films such as Mondo Trasho (1969) and Pink Flamingos (1972) lampoon social conventions. At the Byrd Theatre on Oct. 16 for John Waters Live, This Filthy World, the filmmaker will discuss art and culture with a focus on the depravity that lies within us all. The event is a fundraiser for WRIR and the Byrd Theatre Foundation, organized by longtime Waters fans Ward Tefft of Chop Suey Books and Andrew Blossom of Video Fan. 9:30 p.m. $35 (tickets also include the midnight screening, featuring a Waters film). chopsueybooks.com.