John Waters to do 'Filthy' one-man show for the nation's mayors

If you're a mayor, you know filth. Garbage pick-up and sewage treatment are part of the job.

So when mayors from all over the country gather in Baltimore this week and next, it's only fitting that John Waters would entertain them with an abbreviated version of his one-man show, "This Filthy World."

The U.S. Conference of Mayors kicks off its gathering Friday at the Baltimore Hilton Hotel with presentations on such topics as "Jump-starting the Local Housing Markets" and "Water Regulations Update."

It wraps up Monday on a decidedly lighter note with Waters' show, which takes place at the American Visionary Arts Museum.

"The last  night in Baltimore should be the most fun," the conference schedule reads. "So, where do pink flamingoes, Elvis and leopard printed-adorned 'Hons' live?  Come meet international celebrity film-maker and Baltimore icon John Waters and find out."

I was confused by the Elvis bit, but my cultured colleague Richard Gorelick thinks it could be a reference to the "Elvis sarcophagus" at The Walters Art Museum. (Apparently museum director and Elvis devotee Gary Vikan thinks a face carved into an ancient sarcophagus looks just like The King.) 

I called the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Washington office to ask about Elvis, but the woman I reached was in the dark. She said the wording came from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's office. (Actually, she said "Mayor Sheila Rawlings-Blake," an understandable but wince-inducing slip.)

The mayor's office said this much: "It is a surprise at the event. We are not claiming the real Elvis, that honor belongs to the great City of Memphis."

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