Gentle Yoga classes by Smiling Tree Yoga Offered Wednesdays 9-10:15 AM and Fridays 3-4:15 PM

 

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Experience the skilled and nurturing teachings of Gail Saunders, CYT of Smiling Tree Yoga in OCA’s classroom; ongoing. Drop-ins welcomed. Mats and equipment provided. This is a popular offering! First Friday of each month includes Deep Relaxation with Restorative Yoga.

Four classes for $50 or drop-in at $15 per class. Classes are Wednesdays from 9 – 10:15 AM and Fridays from 3 – 4:15 PM.

For more information, contact Gail by email at gail@smilingtreeyoga.com or visit smilingtreeyoga.com

 

 

Juanito Pascual: Flamenco Guitar Saturday, July 8th 8 - 10 PM

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OCA is pleased to welcome back to our stage the internationally recognized flamenco guitarist Juanito Pascual! His sound is an organic blend of traditional and contemporary flamenco with influences such as Jimi Hendrix to Miles Davis and J.S. Bach. Recognized in both Spain and the U.S. as a unique and creative flamenco and jazz performer, Juanito brings together global audiences through his mesmerizing virtuosity, original composition style, and passion for collaboration. Now based in Los Angeles, Juanito is also an purchase brown paper bag ticketsaccomplished composer, arranger and producer who scored the 2016 Netflix biopic about the Pope (Call Me Francisco). Environmental steward-ship is another of his passions (‘Earth Train’ Panamanian rainforest project) as he uses music to inspire and educate. Juanito regularly hosts flamenco workshops around the world, and has produced a popular method book, “The Total Flamenco Guitarist” (Alfred Press). www.juanitopascual.com

“One of the hottest flamenco guitarists to emerge in recent years”. NPR

Juanito appeared on the OCA stage last year with his Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio, which merges flamenco with elements of jazz, world music and even rock and soul influences. (http://juanitopascual.com/store ). Do not miss the mesmerizing virtuosity and warm and evocative playing of this ‘flamenco phenom’ (Boston Globe) ! playing SOLO one night only at OCA’s intimate and acoustically excellent venue! $18 Advance /$20 at the door. Fine Refreshments including wine and beer available for sale. Wheelchair Accessible. Art gallery open for viewing. Reservations advised. Questions?  Email info@occidentalcenterforthearts.org or phone 707-874-9392.

Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands Sunday, July 9th 4 - 6 PM

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Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as one of the finest, most diversely talented acoustic folk artists in traditional Americana and bluegrass today. A tremendously gifted songwriter with an exquisite voice who is also a whiz on the fiddle and acoustic bass, Laurie has recorded nearly 20 acclaimed albums in a number of musical formats. Her latest with her band The Right Hands was nominated for the ‘Best Bluegrass Recording’ Grammy this year. Laurie has been twice awarded Female Vocalist purchase brown paper bag ticketsof the Year by The International Bluegrass Association, and she has paved the way for many young women artists even while her music continues to transcend the formal limitations of the genre. In recent years Laurie has produced albums by young Bay Area musicians such as Melody Walker and the T Sisters. She is also a committed music educator, teaching at prestigious camps, festivals and workshops around the U.S. and Canada. Consummate singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator…as Utah Phillips says: “ Laurie Lewis’ songs combine passion and sheer craft in a way you don’t hear often. Whatever country music is supposed to be, she’s at the center of it.” www.laurielewis.com

The Right Hands features:

Tom Rozum, who has been Laurie Lewis’s performing companion since 1986. A renowned mandolinist, he is also an accomplished fiddle, mandola, and guitar player; his vocal duets with Laurie call to mind the Louvin Brothers, the Everly Brothers, and other greats. Their 1996 CD, The Oak and the Laurel, was nominated for a Grammy, and Tom has also issued a highly regarded solo album, Jubilee. His crisp musicianship and comic banter add verve and excitement to every Laurie Lewis/Tom Rozum performance.
Patrick Sauber, from Arcadia, CA, has been playing old-time, Cajun, and bluegrass music ever since he can remember. His father, Tom Sauber, is a stalwart of the traditional music scene in Southern California. Under his father’s tutelage, the young Patrick has developed an ear and depth to his playing, a technical expertise, and an encyclopedic knowledge of traditional music forms. Much in demand, he is the perfect “utility man” for any band and can be heard often with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, The John Jorgensen Band, and others.

A recent graduate of Hampshire College, Tatiana “Hoss” Hargreaves has what can only be described as an amazing career in music ahead of her. Raised in a musical family in Corvallis, OR, Tatiana is the younger sister of Alex Hargreaves. His musicality and fiery command of the fiddle has made him one of the most sought-after musicians of his generation. Tatiana has that same possibly-genetic drive toward excellence and a real ear for old-time fiddling in particular. Playing with Laurie and the band gives Tatiana a chance to really delve into bluegrass fiddling, and she has proved to have a real knack and ear for the genre. She is a person to keep your eyes and ears on.

Max Schwartz, of Berkeley, CA, has been playing in the Right Hands since he was 16 years old. Max grew up playing banjo in his family’s bluegrass band, and is a serious student of the string bass. In high school, he played in the award-winning Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble, and has won himself a four-year full scholarship to the University of Miami, where he will be starting this Fall. His mastery of the instrument gives real depth to the band sound, and his solos are always entertaining and inspiring. The band will be sorry to see him go, but look forward to being able to say they knew him when…

It doesn’t get much better than Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands! ! $25 Advance/$30 at the door. Reservations advised. Fine refreshments for sale. Art Gallery open during events. Wheelchair Accessible. www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org . 707-874-9392.

Patrick Ball: Come Dance With Me In Ireland: A Pilgrimage to Yeats Country Saturday, November 18th 8 - 10 PM

Patrick Ball is one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world, and a captivating spoken word artist who rekindles the fire and wonder of an evening of Irish storytelling. He has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken word albums which have sold over one-half million copies internationally and won national awards in both the music and spoken word categories. He brings new life to two cherished traditions in playing the legendary brass-strung harp of Ireland and weaving in the marvelous tales to create a richly theatrical and hauntingly beautiful performance. www.patrickball.com Patrick was given a Fellowship by the National University of Ireland in Galway last year to study W.B. Yeats, and the fine result is this solo dramatic performance based on the life and works of Irelands greatest poet.

Patrick Ball tours extensively in the U.S., Canada and world wide to great acclaim. Luckily for us, he lives in Sonoma County with his wife artist Susan Ball, and his beloved dog Max, and has graced our stage several times. Join Patrick once again on a spellbinding journey to the West of Ireland Yeats country- in a dramatic evening of enchanting music, memories and magic by this American master of the Gaelic narrative and instrument! $20 Advance/$23 at the door. Fine refreshments available. Art Gallery open during events. Wheelchair Accessible .

Book Launch: The Ballet Lover Sunday, November 19th 3 - 5 PM

The Ballet Lover, as told from the point of view of a young ballet-loving journalist, exposes the beauty and cruelty in the professional world of ballet, the intense performances, the backstage intrigues, and the stars…Rudolf Nureyev and Natalia Makarova.

A short reading by the author, Barbara L. Baer, followed by a conversation about the novel, and ballet, with Baer and ballerina and SSU dance instructor, Jennifer Jaffe. Moderated by writer Susan Swartz. There will be time for questions from the audience, book sales and signing.

Free event, but donations are always appreciated. Refreshments and beverages for sale. Wheelchair accessible.

 

Barbara L. Baer has lived in Forestville for nearly four decades. In earlier years, she was less settled, living in India and Uzbekistan, traveling to watch ballet performances in Paris,meet a soviet pomegranate botanist in Turkmenistan, watch tortoises move slowly in the Galapagos. She was always writing and is fortunate to recall adventures and experiences for her fiction and essays, including a novella Grisha the Scrivener and publications in many places, from The Nation to Redbook to Orion Magazine.

Alleluia Anyway: Occidental Community Choir’s Winter Concerts Dec. 2,3,8,9

OCC ushers in the holiday season with its unique blend of original compositions, old favorites, and contemporary and classical music from across the spectrum of genres and traditions. This year’s offering celebrates the necessary art of kindling light during the dark months of winter, as well as the dark times we face in our lives and in our world.

Quirky, fresh, funny, touching, and inspiring, the 40-plus member OCC is a West County cultural icon, keeping the community bonfire burning since 1978. Guest Music Director, OCC alumna Sarah Saulsbury.

Get your tickets early!
Special discount price for Community First Night December 2.

The December 2 concert will also feature a community sing-along starting at 7:30, one-half hour before concert show time.

 

For tickets and more information please visit occidentalchoir.org

Guitar Virtuoso Peppino D’Agostino Saturday, December 16th 8 - 10 PM

 

Occidental Center for the Arts is pleased to present once again the internationally renowned acoustic guitarist and composer Peppino D’Agostino ! A self taught musician who emigrated from Italy in 1984 to pursue his dream, Peppino has helped redefine the boundaries of the acoustic guitar. His keen melodic sense, remarkable technique, open tunings and percussive effects are the basis of his unique and original compositional style which has been inspiring musicians and audiences alike for decades. Add to that his warm, playful personality, emotional intensity, and broad musical tastes covering classical, folk, Irish, Italian, Brazilian, flamenco and jazz traditions and you have the recipe for his dynamic “minestrone music”. His live performances combine beautifully complex up -tempo instrumentals and a warm and engaging personality that is addictive. http://peppinodagostino.com/

As a six string guitarist, composer, and arranger steeped in classical discipline, Peppino has had an amazing recording and performing career that has spanned three decades and garnered critical acclaim and awards the world over (voted #1 Best Acoustic Guitarist by Guitar Player Magazine ). He has released eight solo albums and 17 recordings. In 2016 D’Agostino had his first sold out tour of China, and composed a soundtrack for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He has performed in over thirty countries and at countless international festivals and important venues. Also a master teacher, he has published three instructional DVDs (his newest interactive video software Poetica Musica is available on his web site) , composed a movie soundtrack, helped design his own signature Seagull guitar, and collaborated with some of the best musicians in the world -Tommy Emmanuel and Leo Kottke among others. D’Agostino co-founded The Pacific Guitar Ensemble with David Tannebaum in 2010, one of his best known musical collaborations.

We are thrilled to have this international treasure grace our stage for the fourth time! Tickets are $25. Fine Refreshments available for sale. OCA is accessible to people with disabilities. Art Gallery open for viewing and gift purchases during all events.