The John Waters edition of ‘My Favorite Weekend’ is pretty rote– Chateau Marmont, Pane e Vino, a couple bookstores– until he gets to Sunday:
On Sunday I always go to the California Institution for Women [in Corona]. My friend has been there for 30-some years. Her name is [former Manson Family member] Leslie Van Houten.
I taught in prison for a long time and I believe in rehabilitation, and she’s the poster girl for the California prison system. She met one of the most notorious madmen in our country when she was 17, and if anyone deserves parole, it’s her. I’m serious about this and I’m saying it with no irony. This is someone’s life we’re talking about here. Then, after I spend the morning there, I’m back to the airport and flying home.
Also in the LAT Thursday Calendar section: hacky-Martha-Stewart humor meets hacky-dating-in-LA humor.