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 or visit



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



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).

“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. ( ). 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 or phone 707-874-9392.

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



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.”

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. . 707-874-9392.

Odd Sundays Singing Sunday, October 15th 4 - 6 PM

This is an opportunity to come together with fellow singers and make a joyful noise in a casual choral setting; all levels of experience welcome. Each class will include warm-ups, exercises and games to improve our musical fluency and expand our ease and confidence with our own vocal expression. The ongoing repertoire will center on “Twenty-Five Anthems for Interfaith and Community Choirs,” by Peter and Mary Amidon, along with some other rounds and songs from a variety of sources.

Every first and third Sunday of the month from 4:00-6:00 (exception – no class 10/29). $10 per class, plus a one-time $20 materials fee. For more information and to register, please contact Sarah Saulsbury:


Gallery Exhibit: 6th Annual Pointless Sisters Art Quilt Show October 6 - 29, 2017

“Blues in the Night” quilt by Jan Nilsen

The Pointless Sisters is an art quilt group whose members’ quilts have been shown nationally and internationally. Using a variety of non-traditional quilting and surface design techniques its members produce stunning and innovative fiber arts.

The group of 50 contemporary artists challenge each other annually to produce quilts with a common theme. The two most recent challenges will be in this exhibit: “Black & White & One Color” and “Flowers” .

The 50 members meet regularly to further their commitment to bringing art quilting to the community, share their knowledge and discuss new trends, and promote their exhibits.

Recent exhibits include the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, who invited the Pointless Sisters to create an exhibit on the Russian River Watershed, highlighting the diversity of agriculture, wildlife and natural resources of the area.

Annual exhibits are also held in Santa Rosa at the Laguna Foundation, the Finley Community Center, and the Rincon Library.

A hosted reception with the artists will be held on Saturday, October 7th from
2-5 PM and is open to the public.

The OCA  gallery is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm, during Occidental Center for the Arts events and by appointment. For information dial: 707-874-9392 or on the net at


“Canna” quilt by Carroll Hirsch


“Winter Roots” quilt by Bev Lagos

The Larry Stefl Group – Brazilian Jazz! Saturday, October 21st 8 - 10 PM


Get ready for the unique sound of The Larry Stefl Group! Playing the Brazilian jazz compositions of Cartola, Baden Powell, Moacir Santos, Tom Jobim and Hermeto plus jazz standards and original compositions, this ensemble of highly accomplished Bay Area musicians will get your pulses racing and your feet tapping with their rhythmic melodies and lyrical stylings.

Composer Larry Stefl, a founding member of the Berkeley Jazz Guitar Ensemble, plays guitar and contributes the (Portuguese) vocals. He is joined by Jim Broadstreet on trumpet and flugelhorn; Jim Davidson on piano and melodica; Fred Randolph on stand up bass and Paul Yonemura on drums.

Come to the OCA Cabaret and enjoy this evening of lush Brazilian melodies and rhythms at OCA’s acoustic sweet spot. Dance space available. Fine refreshments including wine and beer for sale. Wheelchair Accessible. $18 Advance; $20 at the door. 707-874-9392.

Book Launch: Nevertheless, They Persisted: Stories from the Left Coast Sunday, October 22nd 4-6 PM

The nine women writers who contributed to this book grew up in Twentieth Century America. Coming as we do from careers in education, journalism, law, science, construction, community organizing, music and art – we have over 700 years of aggregated experience in facing all the cultural issues – the childhood brainwashing, skewed socialization, institutionalized discrimination, sexism and misogyny. We are no strangers to discouragement, limited opportunity, glass ceilings, uneven playing fields and even physical attacks. We have faced all those challenges in our struggle to make authentic lives, to find our truth and employ our skills to benefit people who seek the same goals. Our memoir, fiction and poetry selections share the tactics and strategies we have employed to come to consciousness, to meet adversity and thrive in spite of it all.

Four years ago we created a writers’ sanctuary of freedom, acceptance, and encouragement. It was a beautiful surprise. Out came notebooks of writing and poetry to be employed in further meditation, creative exploration and discovery. We faced down our internal and external critics. We urge you to do the same. Start your group!

Join us for this inspiring event! Free admission, all donations gratefully accepted. Selected readings, book sales and signing. Refreshments for sale.

West County Writers Circle

The women pictured are from left to right:  Diane Masura, Bev Riverwood, Meryl Krause, Blythe Klein (lower row) Alexis Lorenz, Noel Bouck  (absent) Jana Lane, Janet L. Langton, Helen Caswell

Call to Artists: ‘The River’ Exhibition Entries accepted Wednesday, November 1st

The OCA Gallery is pleased to announce that our November-December exhibit will be entitled “The River”.  Let your creativity flow as you envision images evoked by the river, real or imagined, realism or abstraction, 2 dimensional or 3.  We encourage submissions of all media – original works only, not previously displayed at OCA. Open exclusively to Sonoma County Artists.

Entries will be accepted Wednesday November 1st from 4 – 7 pm in the OCA Gallery; entry fee is $15 for the first piece, $10 each additional piece for up to four pieces total.

Artist reception for “The River”  is November 4th from 4 – 7.

“The River” exhibition runs Nov. 4 through January 14.  Gallery open Fri., Sat. and  Sun. 11 – 4.

Community Sing with the Threshold Choir – Dias de los Muertos Sunday, October 29th 3 - 5 PM


In observance of Dias de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), OCA hosts a Community Sing with local members of this unique non-profit a cappella chorus who sing at the bedside of those who are at the thresholds of life. Through rounds, parts singing, original songs and songs from around the world, come join in circle for “Kindness made audible” as we sing and share stories to honor our ancestors, loved ones, and ourselves. . There will be an ancestor altar. Donations gratefully accepted. Light refreshments served. Facility is accessible to people with disabilities.  707-874-9392. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct. (Bohemian Hwy @ Graton Rd. in Harmony Village.)


Rhythm Future Quartet: Gypsy Jazz! Friday, November 10th 8 - 10 PM

Occidental Center for the Arts is pleased to welcome back the acoustic jazz ensemble Rhythm Future Quartet, on tour from New York and Boston. Named after a Django Reinhart tune, this virtuosic foursome performs dynamic and fiery arrangements of Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions with a newly minted sound. Led by award-winning composer and jazz violinist Jason Anick and Finnish jazz guitar star Olli Soikkeli, the quartet also includes young Djangofest award winner Max ORourke on second guitar, and top call bassist Greg Loughman.

Dedicated to expanding the boundaries of Gypsy jazz in today’s musical universe, the quartet has a recent award-winning CD Travels (Best Jazz Album of 2016), which reflects their experiences touring around the world , drawing on diverse international rhythms and musical idioms.

“Worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django-” The Wall Street Journal

Dont miss these internationally acclaimed young rising stars back for a third concert at OCAs acoustic sweet spot! $25 Advance/ $29 at the door. Fine Refreshments for sale including wine and beer. Cabaret and Concert seating. Wheelchair accessible. Art Gallery open during events. 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. 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 .

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.

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!. Fine Refreshments available for sale. OCA is accessible to people with disabilities. Art Gallery open for viewing and gift purchases during all events.

OCA Reader’s Theatre Group 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, @7pm

readers theaterAll interested in learning, sharing and reading 2-3 short plays, please come!.  A fun opportunity to express yourself. FREE

Readers Theater is readers reading a script adapted from literature, and the audience picturing the action from hearing the script being read aloud. It requires no sets, costumes, props, or memorized lines. Instead of acting literature as in a play, the performer’s goal is to read a script aloud effectively, enabling the audience to visualize the action. Performers bring the text alive by using voice, facial expressions, and some gestures.

Regular READER’S CHOICE nights: Can be play, poetry, story, essay, your own writing,OR ??????

For more information, call Judith Reimuller 707-829-2176 or email Joan at

Meet in the OCA classroom.


Call to All Writers Book Launch Series

All genres will be considered: Prose (Fiction, Non-fiction), Poetry. Preference will be given to local Sonoma County writers or material about Sonoma County. Application Procedure: Send a sampling of 2-3 chapters if prose; 5-10 pages if poetry. Please include brief bio and any writing credits. You can email, and/or hard copy to:

Occidental Center for the Arts
Attention: Book Launch Committee
3850 Doris Murphy Way
Occidental, 95465

This is an on-going series: Submitted work will be reviewed by Book Launch Committee. Writers will be notified as soon as possible. One or two writers will be featured at each reading.

Thursday Night Figure Drawing by Bill Wheeler Thursdays, 7-9 pm

Bill Wheeler Figure Drawing GroupEvery Thursday 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Drop-in, $15 per person

Live models, 5- to 20-minute poses.
All experience & skill levels welcome.
Bring your own drawing or watercolor materials.

Hosted by Bill Wheeler.


OCA classroom is at 3820 Doris Murphy Circle. Payment accepted at the door, cash or check only. No minimum requirement of classes.

OCA is located at 3850 Doris Murphy Ct. in Occidental, CA 95465
Phone: 707.874.9392 Email:
Open every Friday & Saturday 11 – 4 pm, by appointment and during events. Facilities are accessible to people with disabilities.