Hello Web Readers
Are you planning a party, a
celebration, a concert,
a convention, a performance,
-- any big, bright, great
having it right here and
having it in the day time
rather than at night
This is sunny California
and our yard is a lovely park
In the day time you can be as
active and happy as you like
no police to stop you in the name of sleeping neighbors
you can eat to your heart's
content while it's daylight
and your body will
thank you for not eating too late
Most of all
will not come by to harass
for being ethnic
having too much fun
in the broad day light
Let's try it! Let's
start a new culture, a new trend!
Party by DayLight
at Humanist Hall
Solar Roof * West
Our solar roof on the south side of Humanist Hall meets the electric needs of the entire building for the
Fellowship of Humanity. It generates from the suns light 11,025
peak watts. PG&E keeps track of how much electricity the solar roof
generates and how much of that we use and how much is more than we can use
how much is surplus. What the Fellowship
does not use in the summer, PG&E sends off to neighboring buildings for them to
use. In the winter, when we may need more electricity than we generate,
PG&E returns our surplus to us. Our PG&E electric bill is $0.00 because we are
giving as much and more electricity to PG&E than we receive. You can
watch our PG&E outdoor meter roll backwards!
Our solar powered panels were provided and installed by
Sun Light and Power of Berkeley, California:
The outside West Wall of Humanist Hall, the wall overlooking the parking lot
next door, was an unsightly mess for decades. It made the Humanist Hall
look like a case of blight. But almost overnight it was re-shingled by
Snacks, Daniel, and
Federico under the
supervision of James Cosner. It looks great!
Its a fine new look for Humanist Hall coming eastbound on 27th
The old wood floor of Humanist Hall was swiftly degenerating before the new
millennium even started, not to mention the decades that it had not been
taken care of before the year 2000. The floor creaked, the boards were
thin and cracking, they were
separating, and there were open gaps in it. The last finish had been
completely worn off in the center. It had gotten worn down to where the
nails stuck up higher than the floor. But now the Hall floor has been
Vincent from Cal Floors the first time, then
Tajmal Payne from Heartwood Flooring put the
finishing touch on the floor the second time around.
Taj is a perfectionist and put another four
protective coatings on the floor by 2008. Still not satisfied, and eager to
protect the floor, he has refinished the floor four times again in 2009!
Finally it looks like
it was meant to look!
Its beautifully colored in multifaceted shiny golden brown hues from maple
syrup to honey. Come over and have a look
feast your eyes!
The Hall floor is the center piece of Humanist Hall and the beautiful work of
Tajmal Payne's expert and loving care.
Taj saved the
floor of Humanist Hall!
He may be reached at:
at Humanist Hall
The floor of the
Stage of Humanist Hall was the same disaster that the Hall floor was until
Payne came to the rescue! The
wood of the floor had been raw and breaking up for decades. Many a dancer, singer, musician,
performer, actor, and stage hand could be seen pulling
splinters out of their feet after a show. Finally, early in 2009,
Taj refinished it the way it was meant to be refinished!
He gave it multiple coatings of the same poly goo that he used on the Hall
floor. He perfectly matched the Stage floor to the Hall floor. Come over and have a look
see the stage floor glow just like the Hall floor! You
Last century, the
stage had been provided with five small, ordinary light bulbs high up in
its rafters. They lit the stage well enough for cleaning purposes, but
they were very poor lighting indeed for theatrical productions, bald,
glaring, spooky and shadowy!
brought stage lighting to Humanist Hall!
He installed four huge stage lights on one of the high cross beams out
in the Hall and five smaller fixtures, capable of color changes, half
way up the front of the Stage itself. All these fixtures spread a
strong but soft and pretty, diffused light on stage productions and make
them easy to videotape. Before this time, videotapes of stage
performances were lost in darkness.
has changed all that by light years!
productions shine both live and on film. Put on a show here and
see it for yourself
attractively lit and naturally colorful, a beautiful moving picture on
You can find
The floor of the
Staging Room at Humanist Hall, which is also called the Green Room by performers
who use it, was the same disaster that the Stage floor was until
Payne came to the rescue again! The
wood of the Staging Room floor had been raw and splintery for decades. Many a dancer, singer, musician,
performer, actor, and stage hand could be seen in this room pulling
splinters out of their feet after a show. And Taj himself suffered a
big splinter in his hand working on this floor. Taj refinished it
late in 2009 the way it was meant to be refinished!
He gave it four coatings of the same poly goo that he used on the Hall
floor and the Stage floor. Now the glow of the Stage floor flows
seamlessly into the Staging Room floor as it was meant to do from day one. Come over and have a look see
the Staging Room floor glow right beside the Stage floor!
Taj may be reached at:
Humanist Hall becomes
a movie theatre every Wednesday evening to show audiences the most
impressive, insightful, eye-opening, mind-bending, informative,
comprehensive, educational, horrifying, hopeful, and inspiring films
ever made. Most of the films are political documentaries or
political allegories but not all. We also show nature films and
political science fiction films. Our films are shown in series of
four or five films on a monthly basis on Wednesday evenings. Our
movie theatre is called "Films of Fact
and Life" and each monthly movie series
has its own name and theme for that month. To see the films shown
so far, click
then click on Guest
Humanist Hall is so far the only movie theatre in the
East Bay that is completely operated by solar power, energy from the
Our 8 x 11 movie screen is
its beaded surface is such that when a movie is viewed from the
side, it appears as if seen from straight up front. Our movie
projector is first class conference quality, InFocus X1. It was a
gift from Michael Kelly.
Our sound system
featuring two huge overhanging Cerwin Vega speakers, a
state-of-the-art Yamaha mixer, and the finest Phillips DVD player
matches the big movie sound of movie theatres everywhere. The
speakers and DVD player were gifts from
and the mixer was chosen by him to suit the needs of the Hall.
at Humanist Hall
interior of Humanist Hall, its four walls, had been painted in the 1990s
but had become faded and dull. The walls were not a welcoming
sight to inspire people to give donations to the Hall in order to hold
their most important or precious events in it. Then
Larry Silver painted all the walls a light
purple, with dark purple trim. Suddenly everyone wanted to be in
the Hall, especially women!
The two-toned purple was Larry's idea and it has proven to be the best
idea for the Hall interior!
The interior of the Dining Room, its three walls, was just as dreary to look at
as the Hall. But
decided to liven it up and painted it a bright green and deep purple,
colors never seen before in the Hall!
This room is so astonishing and gratifying to look at that everyone
remarks on it and loves to use it as their staging area for displaying
food. This room has convinced everyone that Humanist Hall should
be painted in the deep, rich colors of the third world. James
may be reached at:
Humanist Hall was near to being considered a blight on the City of
Oakland in 2000. Painting began on every part of the building and
never stopped. We made the decision that Humanist Hall would be
continually painted like the Golden Gate Bridge. As soon as
painting the building comes to an end in a particular year, then it
begins again the next year. Our model is the Golden Gate Bridge,
where painting is a permanent part of its being!
Many people have been painters for Humanist Hall. One of our
painters of note was
and following him has been the most perfectionistic and artistic painter
of all our painters,
Kel has painted the most difficult areas of all, the eves around the
and everywhere else. He is the finest painter the Hall ever
experienced. Kel can be found at: