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At first glance, the man William Burroughs crowned the “Pope of Trash” and the holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ make for odd bedfellows. Then again, John Waters is the fellow who said, “I thank God I was raised Catholic so sex will always be dirty,” so you can hardly call him anti-religion. And he’s also gone on record as saying, “I can’t help it—I enjoy the company of murderers, rapists, and child molesters,” which puts him right up there with the Son of God himself in the sinner-loving department. Throw in the fact that Christmas is the kitschiest holiday going, and their conjunction begins to make a weird kind of sense. So let’s forget that, as a filmmaker, Waters is but a shadow of his former filth-loving self, and instead celebrate him as a man who—as Charles Dickens once said of another asocial character—“knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge.” Waters performs stand-up comedy with Mary Prankster at 8:30 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 397-7328. (Michael Little)