Gallery Exhibit: Pointless in Occidental September 16 - November 13th


September 16 through November 13th

Opening Reception:  Sunday, September 18th, 2-5 pm

Improv Bargello

Improv Bargello – Sue Kelly

My Eye

My Eye – Sue Kelly

POINTLESS IN OCCIDENTAL – In addition to many contemporary art quilts, this popular annual exhibit features 2 of the group’s recent challenges – “Abstract Designs” and the ’Russian River Watershed”, the latter reflecting the diversity of the Russian River from its headwaters to the mouth of the river, highlighting the agriculture, wildlife and natural resources of the area. It has recently been a featured exhibit at the Laguna de Santa Rosa and also the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.

Gallery is open Fridays thru Sundays, 11-4 pm; and during OCA events.

My Favorite Color

My Favorite Color – Sue Kelly

Helm: Classical/ Folkloric Music & Dance from Turkey and the Arab World Sunday, September 25, 5-7pm


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OCA continues to be the place to enjoy the uniquely wonderful music of many world Buy tickets onlinecultures! HELM, based in Marin County, features accomplished musicians Ling Shien on Arabic woodwinds, accordion and vocals with Mark Bell and David Two Hawk on percussion; joined by Paul Anderson on oud and Lani Rhoades on qanun. Playing original compositions that have become classics in the worlds of Tribal and Belly dance, as well as traditional music from Turkeunnamedy and the Arab world, HELM has toured internationally and provided sound tracks for film and television and produced 8 plus albums.They also play frequently at Redwood Café for Open Belly on the first Monday of every month. Helm music (website)

Joining the multi-instrumental troupe will be dynamic dancers Kendra Chatfield (Tribal, Fusion, Oriental Bellydance plus modern hoop dance) and Lily Goessling. Only $15! Donations for the dancers encouraged. Don’t miss this exciting performance on SUNDAY from 5 to 7 pm at OCA. Fine Refreshments for sale. Facilities are accessible to people with disabilities.

Meredith Axelrod: Popular Songs from a Bygone Era Saturday, October 1 , 8pm–10pm

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We are pleased to welcome back the engaging vintage Americana singer and guitarist  Meredith Axelrod; last seen on the OCA stage as part of the ‘Songcatcher’s Tour” with Jim Kweskin. Performing solo and with a band, this Chicago native and Bay Area transplant is a fine multi-instrumentalist and unique vocalist who delivers heartfelt renditions of ragtime, music hall, minstrel, pop standards, boogie woogie jazz, country, old time blues, and even jugtime tunes from times gone by. Buy tickets online Meredith sings and plays guitar as if she had time-traveled back to pre-mic days, learning from the original recordings and tools of musicology, and bringing her own charm and humor with a large dose of devotion to these American cultural treasures. 

Don’t miss this delightful concert at OCA’s acoustic sweet spot. $15 General.  Fine Refreshments including wine and beer available for sale. Reservations by  phone (will call) 707-874-9392. OCA is accessible to people with disabilities.



Book Launch: Still Time by Jean Hegland Friday, October 7th, 7pm

Despite dementia taking its toll on Shakespeare scholar John Wilson’s memory, he 9781628725797believes he still has important work to do. When his estranged daughter pays him a reluctant visit, that work takes an unexpected—and even more urgent—turn. Hegland, author of critically acclaimed Into the Forest, offers us a deeply moving novel about memory, Shakespeare’s green worlds, and the gift of second chances. Admission is free but all donations are gratefully invited. There will be selected readings, a Q&A, followed by book sales and signing. Refreshments will be offered for sale. OCA’s facilities are accessible to people with disabilities. 

Jean Hegland is the author of three novels as well as a book of creative nonfictionThe Life Within: Celebration of a Pregnancy.     

Her first novelInto the Forest, was a BookSense Reading Group Pick, a Readers’ unnamed (4)Choice Book Club Favorite, and a Book of the Month Club alternative selection. It has been translated into over a dozen languages, adopted for a number of campus- and community-wide reading programs, and adapted as a film starring Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood.

Her second novel, Windfalls, is described by Midwest Book Review as “a profound look at motherhood,” while Publishers Weekly calls it “a good prospect for reading groups.”

Early admirers of Jean’s most recent novel, Still Time, include novelist Karen Joy Fowler, eminent linguist and Shakespeare scholar David Crystal, and philosopher, novelist, and National Humanities Medalist Rebecca Goldstein.

Jean is an avid teacher and a frequent presenter at writing workshops and conferences, both in the US and abroad. She lives in the woods west of Healdsburg, where she is always at work on another book.

the pickPocket ensemble Saturday, October 8, 8pm

Come to the OCA World Café ! and go on a mezmerizing musical journey with contemporary chamber café music by Bay-area based the pickPocket ensemble. This accomplished instrumental ensemble led by Rick Corrigan (accordion, piano, & composition ) features Chloe Allen on violin; Yates Brown- guitar, banjo, bass & sitar; Colin Williams on double bass; Matthew Souther, trumpet and John Slattery on percussion. Buy tickets online the pickPocket ensemble has toured internationally, released 6 CD’s of original music, and have been featured in films and NPR productions that showcase their original, richly atmospheric sound.

 Picture yourself sitting in a Parisian or Bulgarian café and enjoy this evocative “new music for the world café”; with strains of jazz, flamenco, tango and chamber music delivered in an intimate and engaging style by these fine world class musicians.

$20 General. Cabaret seating (first come, first served). Wine, beer and “world class refreshments” for sale. OCA is accessible to people with disabilities.


‘Songs in the Key of AVD’: Andrea Van Dyke Sunday, October 16 , 5-7pm

Songstress Andrea Van Dyke, a.k.a. ‘Cabaret Lady”, presents favorite ballads, blues, Brazilian bossas, jazz and pop classics and originals for your Sunday afternoon enjoyment.unnamed-5 She is accompanied by a dream team of exceptional local musicians: John Simon on piano, Tom Shader on bass and Christian Foley-Beining on guitar.Buy tickets online
Andrea has been booking, promoting and producing OCA events since 2010 as a dedicated volunteer. She is a long-time Sonoma County resident, community actress, costumer and singer (Occidental Community Choir) who has produced many cabaret concerts as well as the popular “Holly Day Show” for Pegasus Theater from 2005-2008. She relishes her turn in the spotlight this time, so please Come to the Cabaret!

Don’t miss this delightful concert at OCA’s acoustic sweet spot. $15 Advance/ $18 at the door. Fine refreshments including wine and beer available for sale. Purchase tickets online, or phone in will-call reservations at 707-874- 9392. OCA is accessible to people with disabilities. The OCA Art Gallery will be open for viewing before show and during the intermission.

Annual Community Sing : Threshold Choir Sunday, October 30, 3-5pm


Written by founder Kate Munger

Dias de los Muertos ( Day of the Dead), is celebrated on November 1 and 2 of this year 2016. In honor of our community ancestors, Occidental Center for the Arts is hosting a Community Sing with local members of the Threshold Choir. This unique chorus is a non-profit network of a cappella choirs with 100+ chapters world-wide. Composed of primarily women’s voices, this is a dedicated non-religiously affiliated organization whose mission is to sing for and with those at the thresholds of life ; often at bedside. Frequently described as “Kindness made audible”, this music is deep, heartfelt and accessible. Through rounds and parts singing, rich harmonies, original compositions and songs from around the world, Threshold Choir members invite us to come and join the circle as we sing to honor our ancestors, loved ones, and ourselves.

There will be space on the Ancestor Altar for small momentos or other offerings. Local Threshold Choir members will lead songs and share stories of singing at bedside. Donations will be gratefully accepted; to be split evenly between the two non-profit groups hosting (OCA) and presenting (Threshold Choir) to support on-going work for our communities. Light refreshments will be served. Please don’t miss this special afternoon of “Kindness made audible” and join us in singing as we give and receive!

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.