After Hours: The photography of food and Vancouver’s official town fool

Some more pandemic diversions for spring.

Credit: Weegee

Feast for the Eyes at Polygon Gallery

Some more pandemic diversions for spring

Food for Thought

We’re guessing that, like us, you’ve found good eating a welcome diversion during the pandemic. North Vancouver’s Polygon Gallery feeds that appetite by serving up Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography, the Canadian premiere of the touring exhibit. Among the 60-plus artists featured in this delectable show, which spans the late 19th century to the present: Sharon Core, Imogen Cunningham, Ed Ruscha and Weegee (above). Split into three courses–Still Life, Around the Table and Playing With Your Food–it’s definitely a meal. Through May 30 Admission by donation; visitors must wear a face covering; details on hours at

Nobody’s Fool

Here’s some timely April reading: the tale of the late Joachim Foikis, who in 1968 brought an iconoclastic tradition to B.C. In Fool’s Gold: The Life and Legacy of Vancouver’s Official Town Fool, local author and journalist Jesse Donaldson recounts how the mischievous, erudite German immigrant won international fame by scoring a $3,500 Canada Council grant to poke fun at his pompous fellow citizens, including then–mayor Tom Campbell. Donaldson’s lively tribute is a reminder that Vancouver could still use a town fool to burn its vanities. Anvil Press 123 pages, softcover, $18