Finnish Special Events


This page highlights Finnish cultural events at the hall.
For rental availability, please visit the page of the room you are interested in, located under the "RENTALS" tab, and check the availability calendar for that space.

Finnish Independence Day Celebration!

Sunday December 2nd, 2018 4PM

(Please check back for more info)


 The Blooming of the Spring / Vappu 


Celebrate the springtime Finnish holiday of Vappu!
Fun & food for the whole family
Art Expo with artists displaying art for sale
Childrens’ Crafts / vappuhuiskas, balloons
Catering by a Finnish chef / delicious sandwiches, salads, herring, pulla, cake, tippaleipä Wine & Beer Bar
Roaming FinnPoets / Chamber Duo: Jari & Heidi / Finnish DJ
Dance music by Horsmas with The FinnHorns
(encore performance of their Suomi 100 show at Supercell)
3 – 5:30 pm / Art Expo, Roaming FinnPoets, live music, DJ Renttu, Wine & Beer Bar

5:30 - 7 pm / Finnish Buffet & Raffle with Chamber Music Duo: Jari Suomalainen & Heidi Saario

7 – 9 pm / Dance music with Horsmas & The FinnHorns
* Horsmas: Tomi Huttula, Miikka Skaffari, Sami Keinänen, Steve Jadlos, Raimo Hirvonen
* FinnHorns: Heikki Koskinen, Rent Romus, Bert Carelli
Free Event Admission
Buffet Food Tickets available at the door: $25 general, $15 senior/student
No host Bar
Open faced sandwiches on multigrain rye bread, with smoked salmon, sliced cucumber, arugula, cream cheese or herbed
butter, and radish vegetarian sandwiches on focaccia: roasted beet and yam, herbed goat cheese, cucumber, arugula
Herbed potato salad with chives and dill and a mustard vinaigrette
Silliä with small potatoes
Mixed greens salad with water melon radish, toasted sunflower seeds, snap peas, fennel bulb, with a light vinaigrette. 
Suomalainen kesäkakku (same as the cake on independence day) with different berries.
coffee, tea, & pulla
Vappu or May Day is an annual international celebration. It is a holiday in Finland to celebrate & usher in spring, as well as a traditional workers’ & students’ day. The name of the celebration comes from the German “Walpurgis day,” & is celebrated in many countries under a variety of names. Vappu is a major holiday, like Christmas Eve & Midsummer (Juhannus). Today Vappu belongs to everybody, with its carnival-like atmosphere featuring sima (drink), tippaleipä (pastry), & cheerful partying. Vappu celebrations in many places in Finland begin early at sunrise welcoming Vappu with traditional choral singing. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017
4:00 pm

Featuring :
Ismo Alanko, solo concert
3 Course Dinner /Champagen Toast / No Host Bar
Music by: Heikki Koskinen, Kati Pienimäki Schenker,
Jari Suomalainen, Rent Romus

Performing Arts Salon
Friday May 20th at 8PM
in the upstairs Meeting Room!

With new work by:

Karla Quintero
Andy Strain
Rosemary Hannon
with Mindy Zarem
and Diana Lara

Join us for works in progress, experiments, and improvisation. Feedback, discourse, hangout. Performance, discussion, mingling!

Spring 2017 Residents

Randy & Gabe join forces to bring us Pu$$y Pop for Jesus / Ballsacrilegious,  a tongue-in-cheek spin-off on traditional Sunday Services that intends to queer the memory-space-time of “Sunday mornings” by disseminating spiritual and non-spiritual texts, building queer spiritual ecologies, warm-up/praise and Serwoman sermon/intention-setting, yoga, dance improvisation, and shaking our @$$es to celebrate our individual and collective resilience.

*** PUBLIC SHARING the evening of June 18! ***


Rent Romus Life's Blood Ensemble
April 29, 2017

Easter Cheapster Jam
April 14th - 17th 2017

Axis Syllabus/ Movement Artisans
with Kira Kirsch and Antoine Ragot
July 7-10 2016

RASANBLE! Haitian Arts & Culture Festival
July 22 - 24 2016

Northern Winds & Voices
Concert and Springtime Festival
May 7 at 4PM

Crane & Crocodile 2.1: Domestic Interrogations
a new dance performance
by Rosemary Hannon
and Miriam Wolodarski
April 29 & 30 2016

Axis Syllabus Workshop
with Kevin O'Connor and Kelly Keenan
April 29 - May 2

Axis Syllabus Intensive
with Frey Faust and Francesca Pedulla
March 7 - 13th 2016

Fall Hall Jam
a focused and affordable weekend of Contact Improvisation
October 28th - 30th

Halloween Time Travelers Ball
Oakland Intergroup Alcohol Free Party
October 31

SALTA Dance Collective
Wednesday October 28th
Show at 8:30PM

Swing Dance
October 17th
starts at 7pm

VîV Soft Open
October 2nd
Show at 8PM

 Frey Faust,  Axis Syllabus Originator

Frey Faust, Axis Syllabus Originator

 Rosemary Hannon and Miriam Wolodarski in   Crane & Crocodile 2.1: Domestic Interrogations

Rosemary Hannon and Miriam Wolodarski in
Crane & Crocodile 2.1: Domestic Interrogations

  Contact Improvisation Weekend Jam

Contact Improvisation Weekend Jam