Blame Sally Members Concert: Monica Pasqual & The Handsome Brunettes plus Dear John Love Renee Saturday, June 9, 2018 8 - 10 PM


Oakland-based pianist, singer /songwriter Monica Pasqual has won 6 Emmy Awards and 5 Independent Music Awards. Her song ‘Bird in Hand’ was ranked third by the Folk Radio DJ chart in 2011. She has composed soundtracks for PBS, The History Channel, and National Geographic TV. In 2000 Pasqual formed the popular Bay Area band Blame Sally with Renee Harcourt, Pam Delgado, and Jeri Jones; which has had great national and international success for over a decade, recording 8 albums. Monica’s highly acclaimed new solo album ‘Is Fortune a Wheel’ is a haunting meditation on love, loss and the stages of grief. It was recorded with ‘The Handsome Brunettes’: Josh McClain on cello, Blame Sally percussionist/vocalist Pam Delgado, and guitarist Velvy Appleton of Spark & Whisper.


Award-winning singer/songwriter Renee Harcourt of Blame Sally (now living in Sebastopol) and NYC transplant John McConnel are ‘Dear John Love Renee’, and they deliver smart song-writing, tight harmonies and rootsy acoustic guitar in the Americana/Folk/Pop genre. Renee’s songs have been featured on all major TV networks including NPR and BBC and won an Independent Music Award for Blame Sally. Joining them is Sam Page on upright bass and harmony vocals, and Pam Delgado. Their sound has been compared to The Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel with a hint of Broadway and The Grateful Dead! .

Do not miss this extraordinary double bill concert at OCA’s acoustic ‘sweet spot’! $22 Advance/$26 at the door. Fine Refreshments include wine and beer. Art Gallery open during events. Wheelchair Accessible.

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



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 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.

Founded by Bill Wheeler, this class continues in his honor and is coordinated by a dedicated group of local artists.


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

For information on the class, contact Pieter Myers at or phone 707-953-3535.

“Connections” Gallery Exhibit April 13th - June 3rd


An exhibition of work by Sonoma County Artists

Exhibit runs Friday, April 13th through Sunday, June 3rd
Gallery is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to 4 PM
and during the intermission of auditorium events.

Opening Reception Saturday, April 14th from 4 – 7 PM

Local artists express all kinds of connections in a variety of media…

to community, to family, to nature and to each other.

This exhibit was juried by Rik Olson.


 “Ice, Water, Afloat – Sawyer Glacier” painting by Lesley Pickford



“Homage to ‘Clouds’ by O’Keefe” – weaving by Su McMurtry


“Interwoven Threads – The Oak and the Mushroom” Painting by Judith Kinsey



“Frankenstein – Male Dancer” and “The Blondy” wood sculptures by Minh Ta


T Sisters: Sassy Sister Folk! Sunday, April 29th 4 - 6 PM


OCA is pleased to welcome back the Oakland-based singer-songwriter siblings Erika, Rachael and Chloe Tietjen, known as the T Sisters!

With their soaring sibling harmonies, sassy stage presence, and inventive songwriting, these three rising stars embody a fresh and soulful take on folk/Americana music, with moments of breathtaking a cappella to swells of energetic indie Americana. The sisters’ contemporary yet classic sound invites a range of likenesses, from the Andrews Sisters and the Pointer Sisters to modern family bands like the Avett Brothers and First Aid Kit.

With the release of their 2014 debut album Kindred Lines (produced by Laurie Lewis), followed by their T Sisters album in 2016, the sisters have been in demand, with performances on ‘Prairie Home Companion’ and major folk/Americana festival circuits. They have collaborated with and supported acts such as Amos Lee, The Wood Brothers, Todd Rundgren, The California Honeydrops and more. Enjoy their lively originals and covers of folk, Americana, gospel, soul, R & B, and country at OCA’s acoustic sweet spot. Reservations advised! $19 Advance/$24 at the door. Fine Refreshments available. Wheelchair accessible. Art Gallery open.

Occidental Community Choir Spring Concerts – The Great Wheel* May 5, 6, 11, 12

Creative, quirky and consistently melodious for almost 40 years, OCC’s community of singers and songwriters, under the inspired direction of alumna Sarah Saulsbury, presents a Spring concert sure to delight!

This program of eclectic and (mostly) original works and spoken word with instrumental accompaniment celebrates the seasons, cycles, and all things that spin.

Artist-in-Residence Bonnie Brooks will join us onstage May 5, 6 & 12.

Get your tickets early at
Special discount price $10 Community First Night May 5. $15 Adults. Kids 12 and under Free.

An Evening with Daniel Ziblatt Friday, May 18th 7 - 9 PM

OCA’s Book Launch Committee Presents
An Evening with Daniel Ziblatt

Daniel Ziblatt is pictured at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell

Please join us for this special event featuring Occidental native Daniel Ziblatt.  Harmony school alum and current Harvard Professor of Government, Mr. Ziblatt has recently co-authored international best-selling How Democracies Die with Steven Levitsky.

In this book, Ziblatt and co-author Steven Levitsky offer a bracing, revelatory look at the demise of liberal democracies around the world—and a road map for rescuing our own. “Many Americans are justifiably frightened by what is happening to our country. But protecting our democracy requires more than just fright or outrage. We must see how, historically, citizens have risen to meet the great democratic crises of the past, overcoming their own deep-seated divisions to avert breakdown. History doesn’t repeat itself. But it rhymes. The promise of history, and the hope of this book, is that we can find the rhymes before it is too late.”

Mr Ziblatt will share his insights on the book and sign copies; books for sale, refreshments. $5 admission; no one turned away for lack of funds.

“We live in perilous times. Anyone who is concerned about the future of American democracy should read this brisk, accessible book. Anyone who is not concerned should definitely read it.” – Daron Acemoglu, Coauthor of Why Nations Fail

“Levitsky and Ziblatt are leading scholars of democracy in other parts of the world, who with great energy and integrity now apply their expertise to the current problems of the United States.” – Timothy Snyder, Author of On Tyranny