Step OUT: To See John Travolta and John Waters
John Travolta's acting career has run the gamut — from a strutting Tony Mareno in "Saturday Night Fever" to his comeback role as hitman Vincent Vega in "Pulp Fiction."
The Maryland Film Festival
is honoring the Oscar-nominated Hollywood star in a Nov. 10 fundraising event, "Open Conversations." Joining him will be legendary Baltimore director John Waters, Johns Hopkins President Ron Daniels and wife Joanne Rosen, Maryland Institute College of Art President Fred Lazarus and his wife Jonna Lazarus.
Travolta has a couple of ties to Baltimore. He played Edna Turnblad in the 2007 "Hairspray" remake, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. He came to Charm City in 2004 to film "Ladder 49" with Joaquin Phoenix.
The event takes place at the Brown Center at the Maryland Institute College of Art
and features a Q&A format with guests getting a chance to ask questions of the speakers. Tickets for the conversation cost $75. Tickets to a post-conversation dinner with Travolta and Waters cost $300 and includes preferred seating to the discussion.
Launched in 2007, Open Conversations last year hosted a 30th anniversary celebration
of "Diner" with Barry Levinson and cast members Ellen Barkin, Daniel Stern and Michael Tucker.