Other Special Events


This page highlights 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.


A Mushroom Feast for the Wild at Heart
Saturday, December 30, 2017, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
In the Finnish Hall’s downstairs kitchen

*** The Tasting Dinner is now SOLD OUT! ***
However, if there are enough people still interested, we will add a SECOND SEATING at lunchtime (1-4pm on Dec 30)! To reserve a spot for the Tasting Lunch (!!), please send an email to Willoughby: willoughbyarevalo@gmail.com

Send via Paypal to: isabellekirouac@gmail.com

In this live cooking show and six-course tasting dinner, mycologist and kitchen wizard Willoughby Arevalo will pair local wild and cultivated mushrooms with seasonal ingredients, allowing each type of mushroom to shine in preparations honoring their unique qualities. Willoughby looks beyond classic and typical recipes for the most popular mushrooms to lesser known delicacies, medicinal treats and new approaches to traditional dishes from around the world. While the food is cooking, Willoughby will elaborate on important aspects of each mushroom species such as their identifying features, medicinal properties, ecology and more. Be delighted and surprised by the diverse flavors, textures and aromas while you learn how to recreate the recipes at home.

Cost is $60-$100 sliding scale, and pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Written recipes will not be provided, but participants are welcome and encouraged to take notes and photos as they desire.

To register, send payment via paypal to isabellekirouac@gmail.com or contact willoughbyarevalo@gmail.com to make other arrangements. If you have dietary restrictions or any questions, please notify Willoughby at the above email address.

Willoughby Arevalo made friends with fungi at a young age. After studying art and mycology at Humboldt State University, he learned mushroom cultivation experientially by working at a gourmet mushroom farm. He has since taught about understanding and engaging with fungi across North America, he contributed to the book Radical Mycology by Peter McCoy, and he currently serves on the board of directors of the Vancouver Mycological Society. He grows mushrooms at home and in the garden, subsistence forages and prepares food and medicine from the harvests. His love of fungi intersects with his practices of visual, performing and culinary arts.


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New Year's Eve
C.I. Gathering
at The Finnish Hall

Come transition into a new year with a full day of Contact Improvisation in Community

December 31, 2017
Classes / Jams / Labs ~ details TBA soon!
Fancy Gourmet Dinner by Willoughby Arevalo
Midnight Drinks!
Hike & Outdoor Jam on the 1rst of the year

$40-100 prepaid via Paypal to livinglab@gmail.com

* Make sure to use the "send money to friends&family" option.
** If you're planning to attend, you can help the event out
immensely by registering soon.

$20-100 at the door:  past 9pm ONLY ~ no classes / no food



Tuesday December 5th at 8PM
Finnish Hall Auditorium

Valentine Tanz is an experimental choreographic project created by Vala/ Tomasz Foltyn. This work is a collage of Valentine’s works, a fearless life/art process that refers to the history of crystal ancestors, queer nature of the universe, as well as challenges the aesthetics of drag culture. The form of the show is oscillating between grotesque theater, expressive dance, performance art and oral pleasures of talking. 

This performance is part of "Fem_Ness/How do we keep on dancing?", an exchange between Kraków based artists Tomasz Foltyn, Justyna Stasiowska & Bartolomeu Koczenasz, and Berkeley artists Rosemary Hannon & Miriam Wolodarski, funded by TMU, the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Join us for the show, discussion, and dancing afterward!

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