On the hunt for mushrooms at UBC

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Chicken of the woods, fairy ring, rosy gomphidius, bear’s head tooth — B.C. mushroom varieties are as colourful as their names, and many of them can be found right here on campus.

On a Tuesday several weeks ago, about 80 people filled the Van Dusen Botanical Garden. They were walking around tables covered in mushrooms. Most of the mushrooms were carefully placed on paper napkins, so people could come up to the tables and pick them up to inspect them. Some even smelled them.

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Western Front showcases 40 years of experimental art

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In 1973, a group of eight artists bought a building in Mount Pleasant that once belonged to a secretive fraternity known as the “Knights of Pythia.” Their idea was to create a place where artists could live and create art. This resulted in the creation of Western Front, one of the oldest artist-run art spaces in Canada.

“Western Front sort of originated as a relationship between art and life that was quite fluid,” said Sarah Todd, curator of the media arts program at the Front.

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Ten Thousand Suns extracts art from the earth

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In red letters on a white background, Rebecca Belmore’s installation at Satellite Gallery reads: “Somewhere between a town a mine and a reserve is a line.”

Is there really a line, though?

Ten Thousand Suns, a new exhibit at Satellite, explores this question through sculpture, audio, video and performance. The exhibition is a collaboration between artists from B.C., the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario, Argentina, Iran and Mexico.

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2013 Vancouver Fringe Fest reviews: The Last Show You’ll Ever See

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“At the last trumpet the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” — Corinthians 15:52

Meet Sara Liane Foster, a trombonist playing a concert that will be interrupted, several times, by the Apocalypse.

The first thing you will learn upon meeting Sara is that there are many versions of how the world could end, her favourite being the one described by Norse mythology. Funny and very well-researched, this show will have you pondering the role of the Valkyries while humming some Wagner.

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2013 Vancouver Fringe Festival reviews: In the Boudoir

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Straight from Brooklyn, Summer Shapiro’s one-woman show is a mess — but in a good way.

Possibly the only show at the Fringe to have the words “gunshots” and “funny” in its schedule description, In the Boudoir is a physical comedy act with a lot of heart and, yes, maybe a gun or two. After all, the love life of a young female clown is no laughing matter, except for the audience who watches it.

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Meanwhile cultivates connection to nature at Fringe fest

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Meanwhile is one of only a few outdoor shows at this year’s Fringe Festival. It also happens to be the first “one audience member at a time” show to have ever been staged at the festival.

That’s a mouthful, so let’s break it down: one audience member at a time means that only one person sees the show per performance.

Jessica Nelson, a UBC theatre alumni, is the writer and director of Meanwhile. She describes the show as an intimate experience that will allow the audience member to reconnect with nature.

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Wreck Beach Day unravels clothes and prejudice

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The stairway leading down to Wreck Beach has 473 steps, and although it might look like another trail from Marine Drive, those steps are all that lie between you and Canada’s first and largest clothing-optional beach.

This particular Sunday morning, the last one in August, Judy Williams is already at the top of the stairs at 9 a.m.

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