FungiFest 2010 at Machine Project starts today!

Machine Project in Echo Park is hosting FungiFest 2010 from January 16-23.

“Everyone is strongly encouraged to bring mushroom specimens to the events, whether you find them growing in your yard, behind your toilet or in the woods. Our resident mushroom and mold expert, Bob Cummings of Santa Barbara City College, will be on hand to drop knowledge and guide us in identification. We also plan to create a book, cataloguing the various mushrooms that are found throughout the week.”

Events are as follows:

Saturday January 16th, 8pm – At Machine Project
Mushroom collecting tutorial, screening of mushroom-themed short films, mushroom flavored gelato from Scoops, chanterelle schnapps, slime mold racing and more!

Monday January 18th, 7:30pm – At the Museum of Natural History
Meeting of the Los Angeles Mycological Society, all are welcome.

Thursday January 21st, 6-9pm At the Hammer Museum
Ask a mycologist, mushroom dancing, special mystery guest, mushroom-themed short films and more!

Saturday January 23rd, 8pm (mushroom walk in the morning) – At Machine Project
Guided mushroom walk (time and place to be announced), mushroom ID session, special mystery guest, harvesting and cooking of oyster mushrooms, mushroom music.

For more information, check out the Machine Project website.