A monthly series of events curated by Mississippi Records. Events include film showings, live music and lectures featuring artists close to the heart of Portland’s Mississippi Records label and shop. Artists and collaborators featured in the past include Philip Cohran, Guy Maddin, The Space Lady, The Alan Lomax Archive, Dead Moon, Michael Hurley, the Academy Film Archive, and many many more.
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Mississippi Records presents TAMPOPO, a classic and seldom-seen 1985 Japanese "spaghetti western" about making the perfect bowl of Ramen. Sound strange? You bet! The film follows Tampopo, a widow who runs a dilapidated Ramen shop. She meets a truck driver who decides to help her move past her "sincere but character lacking" noodles onto Ramen that can stand as great art. Their story is interspersed with other food-related tales about everything from the art of ordering food at a French restaurant to the dead rising to cook meals to a gangster who explores erotic ways to use edibles. Roger Ebert said, "Like the French comedies of Jacques Tati, it's a bemused meditation on human nature in which one humorous situation flows into another offhandedly, as if life were a series of smiles."