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Fun with Fungi
Hundreds of freshly gathered wild mushrooms will go on display in the 34th Annual Fungus Fair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 6, and noon-5 p.m. Dec 7, at the Oakland Museum of California. Besides the displays, lectures and slide shows will cover mushroom hunting and identification, cultivation and other topics. Admission: $8 (adults), $5 (seniors and students), free for children age 5 and under. Access to other museum displays is included. (510) 238-2200, or www.museumca.org.
December 14-15, 2002
33rd Annual Bay Area Fungus Fair
presented by Natural Sciences Department
The beauty, tastes, smells and intricacies of the world of fungi in a display of up to 1,000 specimens of local mushrooms. Learn how to spot the edible from the deadly, the medicinal from the psychedelic. Lectures, slide shows, cooking demonstrations and children's activities accompany the exhibition. Organized by the San Francisco Mycological Society in collaboration with the Oakland Museum of California. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 12-5 p.m.
FUNGUS FAIR PROGRAM
Saturday December 14th
11:30 - 12:30 Secrets of the Mushroom World - Lecture Hall
Michael Boom, past president and newsletter editor of the Mycological Society of San Francisco, shares a revealing peak at the world behind the familiar mushrooms on display.
12:00 ? 1:30 Mushrooms of Hawaii - James Moore Theatre
Dr. Dennis Desjardin, biology professor at San Francisco State University, includes Hawaii?s beautiful scenery as he explores the distribution, ecology and edibility of Hawaii?s mushrooms.
1:00 ? 2:00 Cooking Demonstration
Paul Canales, chef de cuisine at Oliveto in Oakland, prepares Italian-inspired wild mushroom dishes from the well-known Rockridge restaurant.
1:00 ? 2:00 Mushrooms 101 - Lecture Hall
For people new to mushrooms, Bob Mackler, past president of the Mycological Society of San Francisco, discusses mushroom life cycles and fascinating mushroom adaptations and features.
1:30 ? 2:30 Treasures from the Kingdom of Fungi - James Moore Theatre
Taylor Lockwood, one of the world?s best mushroom photographers, presents a multimedia show of the colors, textures and sometimes bizarre beauty of fungi from around the world.
2:30 ? 3:30 Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms of the Bay Area - Lecture Hall
Debbie Viess, biologist and amateur mycologist, provides a cook?s tour of her favorite edible mushrooms and their poisonous look-alikes. Local psychoactive mushrooms are also covered.
3:00 ? 4:00 Cooking Demonstration
Frances Wilson, resident chef at Chateau Routas in Provence and culinary educator at Copia and other Bay Area cooking schools, demonstrates hearty mushroom dishes with fall flavors.
3:30 ? 5:00 Medicinal Mushrooms: Host Defenses for People and Planet
James Moore Theatre
Paul Stamets, author of several books about mushroom cultivation and mushrooms of the genus Psilocybe, examines the beneficial effects of mushrooms for human and environmental health.
4:00 ? 5:00 Forest Fungi Phytogeography - Lecture Hall
Mo-Mei Chen, of the Jepson Herbarium at U.C. Berkeley, discusses the identification and evolution of fungal plant pathogens and their importance in international agriculture.
Sunday December 15th
12:30 ? 1:30 Creating Your Own Mushroom Garden - Lecture Hall
Ken Litchfield, of the Mycological Society of San Francisco, discusses how to incorporate mushrooms into your garden, presenting examples from Bay Area parks, gardens and farms.
1:00 ? 2:00 The Mushroom Gods of Religion and Alchemy - James Moore Theatre
Mycotheologist Clark Heinrich explores the role of Amanita muscaria, the fly agaric, in world religious history, tracing its use in early Hinduism, Judeo-Christianity, Grail myths and alchemy.
1:30 ? 2:30 Cooking Demonstration
Eric Tucker, executive chef, and Bruce Enloe, sous-chef, both at Millennium Restaurant in San Francisco, showcase non-dairy organic vegetarian cooking with wild mushrooms.
2:00 ? 3:00 Mushrooms for Color: Full Circle - Lecture Hall
Dorothy Beebee, illustrator and dyer, discusses the history of mushroom dyeing and polypore papermaking. Artist Miriam Rice demonstrates mushroom pigments as a drawing medium.
2:30 ? 4:00 New Waves of ?Magic? Mushrooms - James Moore Theatre
Paul Stamets, author of books on mushroom cultivation and mushrooms of the genus Psilocybe, reflects on his thirty-year odyssey into the identification and uses of psychoactive mushrooms.
3:30 ? 4:30 Mushrooms in the History of Religion - Lecture Hall
Scott Hajicek-Dobberstein, a longtime student of the religious and shamanic uses of plants, explores evidence suggesting possible use of psychedelic mushrooms in early Buddhist practice.
3:30 ? 4:30 Cooking Demonstration
Patrick Hamilton, mycochef, cooking columnist and food editor for Mushroom, the Journal of Wild Mushrooming, brings his years of experience in gourmet mushroom cooking to the stage.