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

 

 

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.

Paul McCandless/Christian Foley-Beining Collaboration! Saturday, January 27th 7 - 9 PM

Jazz lovers take note! OCA is pleased to present the Paul McCandless/Christian Foley-Beining Collaboration. This stellar quartet features Grammy winner Paul McCandless on saxophone, bass clarinet and oboe and renowned guitarist Christian Foley-Beining playing acoustic and electric guitar; with Tom Shader on bass and Tom Hayashi on drums. They will be playing original compositions by McCandless and Foley-Beining.

Paul McCandless is a gifted multi-instrumentalist (oboe, bass clarinet, saxophone, woodwinds) and composer whose soaring lyricism and grounding in both classical and jazz disciplines has been integral to the sound of the original Paul Winter Consort as well as the innovative quartet OREGON. His 1996 Grammy with Bela Fleck & The Flecktones was followed by two nominations in 2001 for a CD featuring OREGON and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Orchestra. www.paulmccandless.com .

Christian Foley-Beining is a German native who studied at Swiss Jazz School and Berklee School of Music as well as being on the faculty of Musician’s Institute in Hollywood for eight years. He has taught and played guitar with Joe Pass, Pat Metheny, Ted Greene, Larry Carlton and others and is now based in Sonoma County.
www.thechristianfoley-beininggroup.com

Enjoy this exciting collaboration of gifted jazz musicians at OCA’s acoustic sweet spot with cabaret seating and fine refreshments for sale. Wheelchair Accessible. 

Tickets are $18/advance and $22 at the door (if available). Click the brown paper tickets link to purchase tickets online, or phone 707-874-9392 to purchase by phone. Box office (in OCA Gallery) is also open Tu-Fri-Sat-Sun 11 AM to 4 PM.

Comedy Cabaret: Sandy & Richard Riccardi! Sunday, February 11th 4 - 6 PM

 

OCA is pleased to host an afternoon-almost-Valentine’s-Day Cabaret featuring the popular comedy cabaret duo of Sandy Riccardi (vocals) and Richard Riccardi (piano and vocals). This talented and clever couple combine ‘tastefully raunchy’ original comedy songs with progressive political parody- plus expert musicianship – to charm your socks off …maybe more! With over 35 million views on social media, the Riccardis have been dubbed “ My new favorite singing songwriting team!!!” by Rosie O’Donnell. Their political hits e.g. ‘Covfefe’ and ‘Boy from Mar-A-Lago’ (https://youtu.be/lK7oa7AjCNM ) leave no doubt as to their persuasion, while their intelligent and sexy comedy songs, beautifully sung and delivered about New Age (‘Tinder-ly’) and Older Age love and life will leave you roaring with laughter and/or tears.

 

Richard Riccardi has played for such greats as Joel Grey, Martha Raye, Diahann Carroll, Tom Jones, Wesla Whitfield and Mel Torme; as well as numerous Broadway tours. He frequently records at Skywalker Ranch for movies and video games, and it is entirely possible he’s the guy playing piano on your ringtones. Sandy spent 11 years in NYC doing musical theater and light opera with NY Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Westchester Broadway Theater, and many more. www.partyriccardi.com

Come to the Comedy Cabaret from 4 to 6 pm! Bring your Funny Valentine or your own loveable self to our acoustic’ sweet spot’, with cabaret seating and really fine refreshments for sale; including Korbel champagne, wine and beer. $22 Advance/$25 at the door includes comp chocolates at your table. Wheelchair Accessible.

Cajun Mardi Gras Dance Party! Suzy Thompson & Aux Cajunals Saturday, February 17th 7 - 9:30 PM


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Mardi Gras is early this year! So come on down to OCA to celebrate with a unique Cajun Mardi Gras Dance Party featuring Suzy Thompson and Aux Cajunals. Renowned roots musician and master teacher Suzy Thompson is a powerful singer who plays Cajun accordion, fiddle and guitar as she joins her husband, famed flatpicker Eric Thompson and vocalist daughter Allegra of ‘Thompsonia’ plus other fine musicians for some foot-stomping, smoking hot Cajun dance music as Aux Cajunals. Suzy has performed with many influential roots groups (Bluegrass Intentions, Klezmorim, Blue Flame String Band), has recorded with Louisiana’s finest musicians, and formed the award-winning ‘California Cajun Orchestra’. Learn more about them at Ericandsuzy.com.

You won’t want to miss this!! $20 Advance /$25 at the door includes Dance lesson at 7 pm. The band starts playing at 7:30 pm.There will be instructors and plenty of dance space available. Beads will be provided! Wear costumes, YES! (Cajun style to borrow).Fine refreshments including local sausage, beer and wine for sale. Let the bon temps roll!!

OCA is Wheelchair accessible.

A Trio of Voices: Poets Hottel, Meshulam and Emerson celebrate latest books Sunday, February 18th 2 - 4 PM

                

Local poets (pictured from left to right) Donna Emerson, (The Place of Our Meeting), Jodi Hottel, (Voyeur) and Phyllis Meshulam (Land of My Father’s War) will take you from home to farm, Yo-Yo Ma to Georgia O’Keeffe, to New York, Italy, Tibet and many places in between with their three separate and unique books of recently published poetry. This is a free event; donations heartily welcomed. Selected readings, Q& A, book sales and signing. Donna’s son, Jared, will play violin, fiddle, ukulele, and sing at the opening of the event.

Hottel’s Voyeur is the result of an ongoing interest in ekphrastic poetry related not just to visual art but many artistic forms, including literature and film. When a work of art creates heightened emotion, she responds with poems as varied in style as the works of art themselves.

In poetry that ranges from formal to experimental, Phyllis Meshulam in Land of My Father’s War, her first full-length poetry collection, chronicles her parents’ journey through separation during World War II, her own history, and the search for the lands of our roots and redemption.  

Donna Emerson’s first full-length poetry collection, The Place of Our Meeting, celebrates significant encounters between human beings, generations, between people and nature, and human relationships with art and music. Settings range from California to New York. Poet Molly Peacock calls Donna “a new American pastoralist.”

 

No charge to attend; donations gratefully accepted. Book sales, refreshments. Wheelchair accessible.