This week, we talk arts news and peer into the brothy underbelly of Juzo Itami’s ramen western “Tampopo,” the next film in our Arkansas Times Film Series.
First, though, we check in on some arts and entertainment news. Most notably, we mark the passing of Rashod Ollison, an Arkansas native writer and graduate of Sylvan Hills High School and one of the first Arkansas Times Academic All-Stars before his career as a newspaper writer and book author. He died yesterday of lymphoma at age 41. The Arkansas Times published an excerpt from his book “Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues, & Coming of Age Through Vinyl,” which is something I and anybody else who ever writes about music probably draws inspiration from, just a reminder that music writing can be transformative. Go check out a copy of “Soul Serenade” as soon as you can, and find Max Brantley’s tribute to Ollison on the Arkansas Blog. His memorial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 27 at Emmanuel Baptist Church (3323 W. 12th Street) in Little Rock.
Next, if you’ve yet to see Juzo Itami’s impressionistic 1985 “Tampopo,” know that you can remedy that at the next Arkansas Times Film Series screening, and that the film is somehow simultaneously art, commentary on love’s intersection with food and ramen primer.
Tuesday, November 20 Monday, November 19 at 7 p.m. at Riverdale 10 Cinema for “Tampopo,” the next film in our Arkansas Times Film Series.
Finally, we make some recommendations:
Omaya suggests you catch “Beyond Borders,” a film on the immigrant experience accompanied by a photography show tonight at CALS Ron Robinson Theater. The suggested donation of $10 and silent auction of photography all benefit El Zócalo Immigrant Resource Center’s programs and services.
Stephanie suggests you cue up “Brand New Old Time Songs” by Melissa Carper and Rebecca Patek, two members of the band Sad Daddy who joined forces for this lovely collection. It’s ten tracks that they co-wrote, plus the song “Death of Sis Draper,” written by Guy Clark and fellow Arkansawyer Shawn Camp. Carper and Patek will perform at The Undercroft, the basement venue beneath Christ Church Episcopal in downtown Little Rock, on Friday, November 2.
And, The Move for the week is Ballet Arkansas’s “Dracula.” Check out the review of the world premiere in this week’s Arkansas Times, and get spooked/pumped with this Dracula companion playlist we put together: