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



Guitar Virtuoso Peppino D’Agostino Saturday, December 17th, 2016 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. Peppino’s newest and most ambitious solo CD Penumbra blends his own melodic originals with the works of contemporaries like Sergio Assad; many influences, from Celtic to Brazilian touches, melt into a unique and gorgeous result, balancing the classical with a rock and ethnic-influenced style. CDs will be available for purchase.

D’Agostino recently 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 third time! $25 General. Fine Refreshments available for sale. Tickets can be purchased by clicking the icon to the right. You may also reserve will-call tickets and pay at the door, phone at 707-874-9392 to reserve will-call. OCA is accessible to people with disabilities. Our Art Gallery is open for viewing and gift purchases during all events.

Laughing Gravy: Gram Parsons & Beyond Saturday, April 8th 8-10 PM


This popular band of accomplished local American roots musicians has been paying musical tribute to Americana country-rock icon Gram Parsons since 2003, when Laughing Gravy was founded by ‘The Last Record Store’ owner, radio personality, purchase brown paper bag ticketsproducer (Jackalope Records) and musician Doug Jayne. He still leads the band, which features long-time collaborators Allegra Broughton and Sam Page from Solid Air, Kevin Russell and Bobby Lee of Rhythm Rangers, and Dan Ransford of Hot Grubb.

Laughing Gravy’s first Gram Parson’s tribute album was nominated for a Best Country album Grammy award in 2005 (The Dixie Chicks won it). This much anticipated concert at OCA will offer up some of the band’s choice originals and topical covers ,including protest songs; with the second set dedicated to Gram Parsons’ music. Their show mixes stories and songs, and is guaranteed to be a DANCE PARTY! Don’t miss the fun! $15 Advance/$20 at the door. Fine Refreshments including wine and beer for sale. Art Gallery open for viewing.; 707-874-9392.

Four Shillings Short Sunday, April 9th 4-6 PM

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Four Shillings Short is the Celtic, folk and world music duo of Christy Martin (from California) and Aodh Og O’Tuama (from Cork, Ireland) , who take you on a musical journey through time and across seas . These accomplished multi-instrumentalists will delight as they perform traditional and original Irish and Scottish tunes, Medieval and Renaissance music with dashes of Indian ragas with Middle Eastern flavorings on a fantastic array of over thirty instruments, including hammered dulcimer, mandolin, bodhran, North Indian sitar, doumbek, bouzouki, psaltery, percussion, charango, pennywhistles and recorders, banjo and guitar, percussion and vocals. This husband and wife duo of 21st Century troubadours tour the U.S. and all over the world performing over 150 concerts a year ; last appearing in 2015 at OCA and Salmon Creek School (sponsored by Occidental Community Council).

Don’t miss this uniquely delightful performance by a world – class duo bringing their musical virtuosity, captivating story-telling and fine Irish humor to OCA’s excellent acoustical space once again. This is a great show for kids of all ages! $12 General /$5 children ages 5-17. Children under 5 free. Family price available by request – call 707-874-9392 or email Fine Refreshments for sale. OCA is accessible to people with disabilities. Art Gallery open for viewing during events.

Around The World With French Oak Gypsy Band! Saturday, May 27th 8 - 10 PM



French Oak Gypsy Band gives a fresh spin on French and American Swing Era classics . Playing classic international jazz standards in the style of Django Reinhardt, this stellar group mixes French chanson, Gypsy jazz, Dixieland and Django swing; also traditional and modern world folk music.

It features the magnetic vocals of Stella Heath, who leads the group along with French/American Gabe Pirard (both formerly of the popular band Djiin) on guitar and vocals, with veteran reed player Jimmy Inciardi on saxophone, James Foster on drums and Josh Fossgreen on bass rounding out the full band version. Check out stellaheathmusic.compurchase brown paper bag tickets

Don’t miss this evocative evening of classic jazzy tunes to listen or dance to with this popular local band of musical gypsies who infuse their performances with skill and fun! $15 Advance/$20 at the door. Fine refreshments. Art Gallery open for viewing. Accessible to persons in wheelchairs.

Purchase advance tickets through Brown Paper Tickets or pay with cash/check in person at the OCA gallery, Tues – Fri – Sat – Sun 11 AM to 4 PM. Questions? Call  707-874-9392.

Call Down the Angel – The David Randolph New Way Media Festival* Saturday, June 3rd 2 - 4 PM

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Call Down the Angel is a journey through the spiritual desert of contemporary America, simultaneously individualistic and evocative of the collective subconscious. Susan T. Mashiyama, Kirk Lumpkin, Ed and Justin Coletti, Steve Shain, Kirk Charles Heydt, Nico Morris and David Madgalene present original songs and poems in this heartfelt love letter to the black and unknown bards who created the roots gospel blues music of the Southeastern United States.

No charge to attend. For more information visit

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This event is not an OCA sponsored event and therefore not eligible for member benefits.

Jayme Stone’s FolkLife Saturday, June 3rd 8 - 10 PM

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 Two-time Juno-winning banjoist, composer and instigator, Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world. His award-winning albums both honor the banjo’s long role in the world’s music, turning historical connections into compelling sounds. His latest album Jayme Stone’s Folklife (2017) follows the bends and bayous through the deep river of song and story. This ensemble of versatile musicians includes Jayme Stone on banjo and vocals, Moira Smiley (voice & Brown Paper Ticketsaccordion), Sumaia Jackson (fiddle, voice), and Joe Phillips (bass, voice). Enjoy spellbinding singing, virtuoisic playing and captivating storytelling as they offer Sea Island spirituals, Creole calypsos and stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes with a fresh, inventive spin from Library of Congress’ Folklife archives.
$25 Advance / $28 at door

An Evening With Holly Near Friday, June 9th 7 - 9 PM


Occidental Center for the Arts is pleased to welcome back to our artistic community renowned singer/songwriter/teacher/feminist/social change activist Holly Near! This special concert is titled An Evening with Holly Near, accompanied by Tammy Hall (piano) and Jan Martinelli (bass). Respected around the world for her music and her activism, Holly Near has been singing for our lives for over 45 years. Having grown up singing folk, pop, jazz and musical theater she is not a traditional folk singer and much to everyone’s surprise, she does NOT play the guitar. Her lyrics can be tender, humorous and inspirational as well as biting and challenging – and all the while she keeps it personal. Gifted with a powerful voice and a love for entertaining, Ms. Near puts on a great show purchase brown paper bag ticketsreflecting on the world in which we live, the complexities of love and integrity.

Tammy Hall is a remarkable force on keyboards. Her ability to cover a broad range of style brings beautiful texture to the material, allowing Holly to move seamlessly through folk, jazz, and theatrical interpretations of the music. When not working with Holly, she is an instructor and mentor with many non-profit arts organizations making music and theatre accessible to under-funded inner city children. Ms. Hall has traveled extensively working with Harlem Gospel Singers, The Montclair Women’s Big Band, Regina Carter, Linda Tillery, Alive, Melba More, Darlene Love, and more.

Jan Martinelli has played bass with Holly since the early nineties, both on recordings and on tour. She is fiercely rhythmic as well as having a lyrical quality well suited to Holly’s repertoire. Jan is part of Wild Mango, a women’s Latin band that moves from merengue to bolero to samba to funk with rich undertones of Middle Eastern spice. When not recording or touring, she sits in with a jazz big band. Ms. Martinelli also works as Holly’s musical assistant, managing the charts and teaching the arrangements to artists who move in and out of Holly’s touring schedule.

You will want to get reservations for this not-to-be-missed fusion of fabulous talent at OCA’s acoustic sweet spot! $25 Advance/$28 at the door. Note: 7 pm start time! Fine Refreshments for sale including wine and beer. OCA Art Gallery open during events. Accessible to people with disabilities requiring wheelchairs.



Hiroya Tsukamoto: Solo Guitar Saturday, June 10th 8 - 10 PM


Hiroya Tsukamoto is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer/songwriter originally from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing banjo when he was thirteen years old, then the guitar, winning a scholarship to Berklee School of Music in 2000. Now residing in New York with his wife and young child, Hiroya has been performing internationally since his debut album “The Other Side of the World” was released with his jazz/world fusion band Interoceanico to great acclaim in 2004. He has released two solo albums (‘Heartland’ and ‘Places’) and won prestigious songwriting competions the world over, appearing at Blue Note in NY with Esperanza Spaulding, Kendrick Scott (The Crusaders), and other musical greats, as well as Japanese National Television. He performs more than 100 concerts a year across the U.S. and the world.

Appearing on the OCA stage for the third time, this talented young composer with multi-cultural influences is playing acoustic solo guitar and singing both Japanese folk songs and his own unique compositions with English translations. He delivers skillful and innovative guitar instrumental solos; his soothing vocals impart a mood of peace and tranquility that will transport and enchant you. Don’t miss this amazing talent on stage at O.C.A.’s acoustic sweet spot!!

…”chops, passion and warmth. Zealously recommended.” Jazz

“Hiroya Tsukamoto plays with fluid mastery, pristine tone, and great warmth.”- Celine Keating, Acoustic Magazine.

$18 Advance/$20 at the door. Fine Refreshments for sale. Cabaret seating; Wheelchair accessible.

Call to artists: ROOTS Exhibit Entries accepted Tuesday, May 30th from 3:30 - 7:30 PM


The OCA Gallery presents “ROOTS” – an exhibition of works by Sonoma County artists.

The theme of “ROOTS” can be interpreted as personal roots, historical roots, ancestral roots, tree roots, seedling roots or other roots of your choosing! The exhibition runs Friday, June 2nd through Sunday, July 30th. A reception will be held on Saturday, June 3rd from 4 – 7 PM.

Entries for this juried show must be presented in person on Tuesday, May 30th between 3:30 and 7:30 PM. We do not take online submissions. Open to Sonoma County artists, this exhibit will include all media. This show will be juried by Susan St. Thomas. Works are limited to 5’ high and 4’ wide. Two-dimensional works are to be framed, or with gallery wrapped edges, wired on the back for hanging. Three dimensional works must weigh less than 50 lbs. Accepted pieces will be listed on the OCA website within 2 days. All items are to be for sale.

Up to four submissions per artist will be accepted for consideration. Fee for first submission is $15, $10 for each additional entry. 40% gallery commission per sale. Payment of entry fees can be made by cash, check or credit card.

Unframed prints of accepted works are also welcome for our print rack.

Questions? Email us at

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

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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.