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Writer and director John Waters will be speaking Thursday at the Lawrence Arts Center in a sold-out event that’s part of the “William S. Burroughs: Creative Observer” exhibit and series of events marking the beat writer’s 100th birthday. Waters says that growing up he “wanted to be a beatnik. Not even a man.”

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John Waters to join Lawrence in celebrating William Burroughs' 100th birthday

Filmmaker John Waters is bringing his “The Filthy Life” monologue to the Lawrence Arts Center on Feb. 20. Waters was famously called “Pope of Trash” by Burroughs, a name earned because of his trashy, absurd cult films in the 1970s and 1980s. By Nadia Imafidon

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