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In Portland: Get fungi

Dark and damp. These iconic qualities make the Pacific Northwest a perfect home for a teeming wealth of fungi and a rich community of mushroom experts. Both often exist just out of sight, despite contributing to our region’s liveliness, culture and economy. Oregon Mushroom Stories, a project of Ecotrust and Edible Portland, brings the surreal, fantastical beauty of mushrooms, and the knowledge held by their many fans, out of the dark to a broad audience. Join Oregon Mushroom Stories and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) for a weekend of mycological happenings at the crossroads of nature and culture, science and art, food and fungi.

MushFair

HOW MUSHROOMS GROW, AN INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION
When: On view December 2, 12–10pm; December 3, 12–8pm
Where: The Cleaners at The Ace Hotel Portland, 403 SW 10th Ave,
Portland, OR 97205
Online: http://oregonmushroomstories.org/2012/10/30/the-mush-fair/
FREE, All Ages
Artist collective Belly & Bones (Stef Choi & Tony Candelaria) is creating an interactive zoetrope sculpture that presents a fungi life cycle, from mycelia to mushroom. This larger-than-life zoetrope (six feet in diameter!) presents a sequence of sculptures that sprout into mushrooms right before your eyes.

MUSHROOM FAIR
When: December 2, 2–6pm
Where: The Cleaners at The Ace Hotel Portland, 403 SW 10th Ave,
Portland, OR 97205
Online: http://oregonmushroomstories.org/2012/10/30/the-mush-fair/
FREE, All Ages
Alongside the mycelium zoetrope, we’ll host an afternoon fair where you can view the sculpture; shop for mushroom growing kits, wild and cultivated mushrooms, and gifts; view video portraits of regional mushroom foragers and farmers; make spore prints; and even taste a few mushroom, mold, and yeast treats. Come down and learn all about our region’s fungi.

TALK: WEBS OF SYMBIOSIS

Seeing the forest beyond the trees
Monday, Dec. 3, 12 – 12:45 pm

Professor Dan Luoma of the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University will discuss the interrelationships among fungi, plants and animals in our forests. Expand your understanding of the central role that fungi play in the dynamic life of a forest.

ARTIST TALK: BELLY & BONES

The making of the zoetrope
Monday, Dec. 3, 6 – 6:45 pm

Then join us for a special presentation by the artists behind the incredible mushroom life cycle zoetrope, Tony Candelaria and Stef Choi of BELLY & BONES.

Featuring:
McMigas Family Farm
Oregon Mycological Society
Springwater Farm & The Farmer’s Feast
makelike
Organic Valley
Ken’s Artisan Bread
Salt & Straw
And more!

MUSHROOM, MOLD & YEAST FEAST
When: November 29, 2012, 7:30pm
Where: PICA, 415 SW 10th Ave, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97205
Online: http://oregonmushroomstories.org/2012/10/30/nov-29-mushroom-mold-yeast-feast/
Tickets: $84, includes wine pairings, 21+ only
SOLD OUT
Mushrooms are a gateway to a whole family of culinary fungi, from molds to yeasts. These remarkable organisms are among the most powerful flavor creators at the backbone of ancient cuisines. In an intimate dinner prepared by Naoko Tamura of Chef Naoko Bento Café, you’ll explore and savor wild and cultivated mushrooms prepared with traditional Japanese ingredients that gain their flavors through processes using molds, including miso, sake, shoyu, katsuo-bushi, salt koji, and more. This dinner is a unique opportunity to learn from mushroom foragers and farmers, fermenters, and wine makers. Featuring wine pairings from R. Stuart & Co. Winery and a special candy cap mushroom ice cream from Salt & Straw.