John Travolta as Vinnie Barbarino

You know those brilliantly sunny Baltimore days when you burst out onto your stoop belting out, “Good Morning, Baltimore!”?  No, is that just me?  There is something about the magical combination of this city, that song, John Waters, and John Travolta that almost demands a smile creep up on your face.  Waters so obviously loves Baltimore and sugarcoats it in the most charmingly honest way possible.  As he wrote for that famous opening number for Hairspray: “Rats on the street/ dance around my feet.”

John Travolta as Edna Turnblad

Travolta was nominated in 2007 for a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Edna Turnblad, Waters’ famous Baltimore hon.  Together, the two of them produced an endearing portrayal of Charm City, which forced the rest of the country to take a good long look at us, and realize that perhaps we’re more than just The Wire. Waters is one of the most, if not the most, renowned filmmaker to hail from our fair city.  He and Travolta have teamed up to raise money for the Maryland Film Festival, so that others may contribute, as he has had the privilege, to film and to Baltimore.  Join them at the Brown Center at MICA this Saturday evening in an open conversation exploring the world of filmmaking which is likely touch on their work together.  The evening will also include a brief film tribute to Travolta’s career, an auction of film-related items, and the presentation of an MFF Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. Travolta. Where? Brown Center, MICA 1301 W Mount Royal Ave When? Saturday, November 10th 7:00pm – 9:00pm Why? John Waters and John Travolta! Cost? Your sanity making it to midtown after the Charles Street & North Ave water main break, along with $75 to benefit the Maryland Film Festival. The cost of seeing two living film legends, though?  Priceless.