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Watch 'Hairspray' (1988) With MoPOP + Special Guest Matt Baume!

Grow Up! A Coming-of-Age Virtual Movie Series

For our "Grow Up!" film series, we're exploring adolescence in all its lusty, zitty, complicated glory. Beginning in September and running through December 2020, we'll be celebrating movies from all over the genre map that show just how joyful and confounding being a teenager can be. 

You're invited to join us at 6 p.m. PT this Friday, September 18, as MoPOP Production Associate Kasi Gaarenstroom and special guest Matt Baume lead an online watchalong and virtual discussion of the 1988 cult classic Hairspray.

Here are a handful of program elements you can expect to see:

  • Pre-film introduction with Kasi Gaarenstroom and special guest Matt Baume
  • Chat with Kasi, Matt, and other fans during the film
  • Post-film discussion on Hairspray (1988)


Matt is a writer, podcaster, and video-maker based in Seattle whose work focuses on queer culture, geeks, and all things strange and wonderful.

Matt is the co-creator of the comedy podcast & live show Queens of Adventure, featuring drag queens playing Dungeons & Dragons, as well as the queer interview show The Sewers of Paris, the YouTube pop culture series Culture Cruise, and the LGBTQ news shows Weekly Debrief and Marriage News Watch. Matt's book, Defining Marriage, chronicles the personal stories of people who fought for marriage equality over the last 40 years.

Matt's work has been recognized by the New York Times as “thoughtful and thorough … informative and funny,” and Matt was highlighted by Forbes Magazine. After Matt appeared as a pop culture critic in the Showgirls documentary You Don’t Nomi, Forbes called Matt's observations on the film “potentially intriguing,” which Matt thinks is a complement?

You can also find Matt's reporting via outlets that include Rolling StoneVice Magazine, SlateThe AdvocateThe Stranger, and NPR. As a guest, Matt's appeared on such shows as The Savage LovecastOut Chicago, Tomefoolery, No SafewordFeast of Fun; and Matt's delivered presentations at South by Southwest, Emerald City Comicon, PAX West, GaymerX, HavenCon, and the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association.

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As with all of our virtual watchalongs, to participate you'll need to register in advance, and then on event day make sure you have a copy of the film queued up and ready to watch on your end while keeping an eye on your e-mail inbox for a link to join our online discussion.

If you happen to own a copy of the film, get it queued up at 6 p.m. PT this Friday! Otherwise, here's a few places where you can find Hairspray (1988) online:

Download or dust off your copy and register for the watchalong on our Movies at MoPOP page!

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