Released last summer, John Waters' Role Models honors the wild and diverse assortment of characters that influenced the controversial filmmaker. It should come as no surprise that the man who gleefully filmed his favorite star, Divine, eating dog shit would list a lesbian stripper, a marine pornographer, and a lunatic Saint among his sources of inspiration.

Wednesday, Waters will read from Role Models at the Paula Cooper Gallery in Chelsea. Perhaps he'll explain how Johnny Mathis fits into his pantheon.

John Waters
Wednesday, April 27
7 p.m.
Paula Cooper Gallery
521 West 21st St, New York