Gallery Exhibit: Myth and Magic October 5 - November 18

Our current exhibit “Myth and Magic” is an all media exhibit juried by local artist Jennifer Mazzucco.

Sonoma County artists have contributed an amazing array of creations in a variety of media! Don’t miss this amazing exhibit of local talent!

Exhibit runs Friday, October 5th through Sunday, November 18th and the gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am – 4 pm, and during live performance intermissions.

A hosted opening reception with the artists will be held on Saturday, October 6th from 4 – 7 PM. Come and meet the artists!

 

Best in Show! Awarded to:

Changing Woman painting by Gretchen Butler of Cazadero

Changing Woman painting by Gretchen Butler

Gentle Yoga classes by Smiling Tree Yoga Offered Wednesdays 9-10:15 AM

 

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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.

For more information, contact Gail by email at gail@smilingtreeyoga.com or visit smilingtreeyoga.com

 

 

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 joanjustjoan@hotmail.com

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 info@occidentalcenterforthearts.org, 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 prints@petermyers.com or phone 707-953-3535.

Cancelled: Drumming Workshop with Barbara Borden and Larissa Montfort!* Saturday, October 20th 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Due to circumstances beyond our control, this event is being rescheduled to June, 2019. Details on the new date will be posted soon. Thank you for your interest.

Acclaimed drummer, composer and teacher Barbara Borden joins colleague Larissa Montfort to share Djembe & Chants and Dundun Dance lessons!

No experience necessary! Drums provided  – bring your enthusiasm!

This workshop features two drumming disciplines:

West African Djembe & Chants
Yes, it is possible and a whole lot of fun to drum and chant at the same time! You will learn African chants and accompanying drumbeats on your djembe. Beware…the vibrations from your voice and drum may cause you to enter a blissful state!

Dundun Dance
Drum while you dance, dance while you drum! Dundun dance is an artform from the Baga women of northern Guinea. Build your coordination and technique as you learn several stick patterns and dance simple moves around the drums.

About the presenters:

Larissa Montfort has been exploring her passion for West African, Congolese, and Afro-Cuban rhythms since 1995 with many teachers. She has traveled to Guinea, West Africa several times to study dance and drum. Larissa teaches and performs West African inspired drumming and dundun dance. In her own words Larissa shares: “Drumming allows me to express my joy, strength, and freedom, while serving the spirit of the
music, the dance, and the empowerment of women. ”

Barbara Borden—drummer, percussionist, teacher—performs solo and in collaboration with other musicians, artists & healers. Barbara has been playing drums for 60 years and teaching private lessons and drumming groups for 30 years. “I love to drum! Drumming brings me great joy and meaning that I can pass on to others. Equally as satisfying is to share knowledge and techniques I have learned to help them achieve their musical goals.” Borden is the subject of David L. Brown’s documentary, Keeper of the Beat and dedicates her life to keeping the heartbeat of joy, compassion, understanding, and creativity alive.

Cost to participate in the workshop is $110 if registered by October 1st/ $135 thereafter. To register use paypal or send check to Barbara Borden,
PO Box 1424, Mill Valley.

 

Got questions? Email barbara@barbaraborden.com or call 415-388-5340.

 

Cancelled: Movie Screening: Keeper of the Beat! Saturday, October 20th 7:30 PM

This event is being rescheduled to June, 2019. We apologize for any inconvenience. Stay tuned for new date to be posted soon.

 

Please join us for this special movie event!

Keeper of the Beat chronicles a woman’s journey into the heart of drumming.

In this film, acclaimed drummer, composer and teacher Barbara Borden tells her story in eloquent words and toe-tapping music. Keeper of the Beat  showcases the unfolding of Barbara’s identity as she grows from a little girl in love with drumming to a world-class percussionist practicing “drumbeat diplomacy”. Filmed on four continents!

In addition to the hour-long movie, there will be live drumming and Q & A with Barbara herself! Refreshments available. No charge to attend!

 

Book Launch: Galahad’s Fool by Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller Sunday, October 21st 3 - 5 PM

 
Drawing on Conrad and Elizabeth’s 57-year career in puppetry, Galahad’s Fool is “an experimental labyrinthine work that highlights the all-consuming nature of art, the ebb and flow of the artistic process, and of life itself.”
A year after his wife’s death, a grieving puppeteer struggles to build a solo show. But what’s intended as lightweight farce becomes a raw myth of loss. The essence of this novel concerns a couple’s lifelong creative collaboration and what happens to the surviving partner after that bond is broken by death The puppeteer’s story of a hardscrabble quest parallels his own struggle to embrace life once again.
Event begins with a 10-minute puppet piece by the authors. Selected readings, Q&A, book sales and signing. Refreshments by donation; wine and beer for sale.
FREE admission, but all donations happily accepted.

Laughing Gravy: Gram Parsons and Beyond! Friday, October 26th 7:30 PM

Sonoma County’s Laughing Gravy is back! with ‘An Evening of Cosmic American Music’. This popular band of super-accomplished American roots musicians has been paying musical tribute to country-rock icon Gram Parsons since 2003, when LG was founded by radio personality, producer and musician Doug Jayne. Much of their material is original, but on this night, the focus will be mainly on songs that were either written or covered by Gram Parsons, who would have turned 72 on November 5.

Laughing Gravy is Doug Jayne on acoustic guitar and vocals; Allegra Broughton on acoustic guitar and vocals; Kevin Russell on banjo, mandolin, guitars and vocals; Sam Page on bass and vocals; Dan Ransford on drums; Bobby Lee on pedal steel and vocals; and Ron Stinnett on keyboards and accordion.

You will not want to miss this rollicking collaboration of super talents! $18 Adv/$22 at door. Fine refreshments. Dance space. Art gallery open. Wheelchair accessible.

Book Launch: Sail Cowabunga!
A Family’s Ten Years at Sea
Sunday, November 11th 2 - 4 PM

”No, we didn’t make it around the world, but we were able to wrap the world around us”, Petaluma author Janis Lasky Couvreux writes in her memor, Sail Cowabunga! A Family’s Ten Years at Sea.

From Bordeaux, France to San Francisco, California, her memoir follows this Franco-American couple and their two young sons across the Atlantic Ocean and into a ten-year journey at sea. Through their adventures and misadventures, tragedies, and glories across four continents, the Couvreux family rarely had a dull moment living on the water.

Janis chronicles in vivid and lively detail how they fended off a midnight intruder, sailed to the microscopic St. Peter and St. Paul rocks on the equator, explored the jungles of French Guiana and Devil’s Island, and sailed through Cuba in the turmoil of the late 80s.

Janis Lasky Couvreux is an award-winning writer, journalist,
Franco-American, lover of languages, travel and adventure addict, sailor, mom, and grandmom. Formerly a newspaper reporter and freelance journalist, Janis is currently a blogger at Huffington Post, Pryme Magazine, and The Lady Alliance, where she writes about living bilingually, crossing oceans, backpacking adventures, and raising kids outside the box. Some of Janis’ vignettes have been recently published in Luna Luna Magazine, Longreads, and Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, and she won the first place Adult Nonfiction award at the 2017 San Francisco Writers Conference.

There will be readings by the author, a slide show of their odyssey, Q&A, book sales and signing. Admission is free to all our book parties, but donations are happily accepted. Refreshments served. Wine and Beer for sale.

 

 

Patrick Ball: Celtic Harp & Story Saturday, November 17th 7:30 PM

OCA is pleased to welcome back for his fifth performance on our stage the world renowned Celtic harpist and modern day bard Patrick Ball. 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.

In Celtic Harp & Story, Patrick Ball rekindles the fire and wonder of an evening of Irish storytelling. The passion of the Irish for eloquence and wordplay, their deep devotion to a mythical past, and their ability to find joy and humor in a dark and often supernatural world make for stories unrivaled in the world of the oral tradition. Patrick Ball weaves the marvelous old tales of wit and enchantment together with ethereally gorgeous instrumental harp melodies into a warm and magical performance that will leave the audience spellbound. www.patrickball.com

 

Patrick tours extensively in the U.S., Canada and world wide to great acclaim. He and his wife, artist Susan Ball and their beloved dog Max have recently relocated to the magic isle of Ireland. Do not miss this spellbinding evening of glorious harp music and lyrical storytelling filled with laughter and mischief, politics and magic by this American master of the Gaelic narrative and instrument! $20 Adv/ $24 at the door. Fine refreshments. Art Gallery open. Wheelchair accessible.