OAKLAND -- The Mevlevi Order of America presents the Whirling Dervish ceremony 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8 at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California.

Led by Jelaleddin Loras Dede, master musicians direct from Turkey, Timucin Cevikoglu and Oguz Kaan Birhekimoglu and the MOA musical ensemble celebrate Rumi's mystical union through the whirling dance of the dervishes.

The center is at 1433 Madison St., Oakland. Tickets are $25 ($30, cash only at door) and $20 ($25 at door) for students and seniors. Advanced tickets are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com or by phone, 1-800-838-3006. For more information, call 415-334-5844 or visit www.hayatidede.org.