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Orson Welles showcased ceilings for the first time on film in Citizen Kane; Akira Kurosawa shot directly into the sun for Rashomon. These are important film milestones, but they’ve got nothing on John Waters’ infamous cinematic first: showing a 300-pound drag queen eating a freshly laid dog turd in 1972’s Pink Flamingos. The Prince of Puke, the Sultan of Sleaze—whatever you want to call him, this almost-hometown-boy-made-good has helmed some of the chicken-fuckingest, eggy-weggy-eatingest films the world has ever seen. With another set-in-Balmer movie, A Dirty Shame, due out this year, the mustachioed one is on the road with his World of Trash, a free-form monologue in which he details his obsessions—from movies to crime and beyond—and answers all your fanboy and fangirl questions. Waters speaks at 5 p.m. at the Velvet Lounge, 915 U St. NW, $75, (202) 462-3213, and at 6 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW, $25, (202) 393-0930. (Jason Powell)