You wouldn’t think a novel about a man trying to figure out a way for he and his wife to die would be funny. But when it involves NASA and Homeland Security. A car and an airplane with vivid personalities adds to the Flight of the Pickerings, a novel by Joghn Grayson Heide. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully invited. OCA is located at 3850 Doris Murphy Way, Occidental, CA. For more info call 707-874-9392. OCA is wheelchair accessible.
Learn modern dance technique, tools for choreography and movement composition, improv skills, and how to create a show from start to finish!
Register before May 26th for Early Bird price $120 per student
Join award winning choreographer and dance teacher Rachel Wynne this summer, to learn modern dance techniques, choreographic and improv tools and theater etiquette. Co-create your own show! Make new friends! Be creative, in a conscious and supportive environment. Rachel has performed, taught and choreographed in Ireland, the U.K., Europe, India, Costa Rica and New York City. She is the recipient of awards from the Irish Arts Council, Irish National Dance Awards, and the West Village Musical Theater Festival in NYC.
- 12-15 year olds: Thursday 4:30-6 PM
- 16-19 year olds: Thursday 6:15-7:45 PM
- All experience levels are welcome!
- Two classes may be missed excluding the final class which is rehearsal.
- Culminating show is Friday, August 26th
- Please note, if we do not meet the minimum requirement, cancellation of class may occur with full reimbursement.
Juried by Max DuBois * Opening Reception Friday May 20, 5:30 p.m. * with Poet Laureate Gwynne O’Gara * Fine Refreshments * Free with donations appreciated. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Gwynne O’Gara will be unable to attend. However, her writing will be available for purchase at a nominal fee, and a poetry reading by Cynthia Poten will be given.
Juror Max DuBois has shown her monotypes and paintings in the San Francisco Bay area. She is the owner of Gallery 8 and “From the Inside Out,” her design studio, both located at 300 South A Street, Santa Rosa, CA.
OCA kicks off the first Local Talent Friday of the summer season with this popular band named for that beautiful stretch of highway in western Sonoma County. Singer/songwriter/ guitarist Doug Blumer joins wife Nancy Irish and friends, playing original Americana and pop songs from the folk, rock, country genres with emphasis on big harmonies, acoustic guitars, exceptional lyrics and a positive vibe! for your dancing and listening pleasure. Fine refreshments including beer and wine for sale. Shop the lively Occidental Farmer’s Market then boogie on down to OCA! $10 at the Door.
Occidental Center for the Arts is pleased to welcome back 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 violinist Jason Anick, RF also features Finnish jazz guitar star Olli Soikkeli, 19 year old Djangofest winner Max O’Rourke on second guitar, and Greg Loughman on bass. Dedicated to expanding the boundaries of Gypsy jazz in today’s musical universe, the quartet has just released a new CD Travels, which reflects their experiences touring around the world , drawing on diverse international rhythms and musical idioms. .
Don’t miss these stellar young jazz musicians back for a second concert at OCA’s acoustic sweet spot! $25 General. Fine Refreshments for sale. Cabaret and Concert seating. Wheelchair accessible. Reservations: will be on BrownPaperTicket.com, or call 707-874-9392 for will call and pay at the door. There are no seats reserved.
Generously underwritten by Ken Bellucci
You wouldn’t think a novel about a man trying to figure out a way for him and his wife to die would be funny. But when it involves NASA and Homeland Security, a car and an airplane with vivid personalities and timeless issues of love and loss you get The Flight of the Pickerings, a hilarious first novel by John Grayson Heide. Q/A, book sales, and refreshments offered. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. For more info call 707-874-9392. OCA is wheelchair accessible.
O.C.A. is pleased to welcome to our stage the amazing family of Thompsonia! Eric and Suzy Thompson’s deep devotion to southern roots music combines with daughter Allegra’s fresh approach to create feel-good Cajun, blues, old-timey music with a quirky edge and abundant groove. Suzy and Allegra’s smoothly matched vocals are featured with stellar lead mandolin and guitar from Eric as the trio performs witty originals alongside obscure Americana and rockabilly tunes. . Promoting their new ‘Thompsonia’ CD collaboration with Cindy Cashdollar, Bill Kirchen , Paul Knight and Jody Stecher , you will not be able to resist dancin’ and tappin’ along to this accomplished and totally entertaining trio.
5pm String Band Blues Workshop! $20. Jug band and hillbilly blues with lyric sheets handed out; talking about the history of the tunes and teaching new ones. Bring instruments and play/sing along . Register on BPT or by phone. 8pm Concert-$25. BOTH –Only $35. Not to be missed!
Fine Refreshments including wine and beer for sale. Dancing space. 707-874-9392.
The Machiavelvets return to the OCA stage! This enigmatically original instrumental quartet, childhood friends from Mill Valley and their faithful Australian bassist, chart new and alternative musical territory. Performing their musical vision of reckless futuristic space jazz, the MachiaVelvets’ taut arrangements display an endless array of sophisticated grooves, while effortlessly balancing superlative melodies with inspired improvisation. Inspired by music from Weather Report, The Allman Brothers, and Miles Davis, The MachiaVelvets is a favorite of both jam band and jazz fans and not to be missed.
Now celebrating their long-awaited new release “MACH 3: Unfounded Optimism”!, join local musicians Dan Patchin, Craig Herzog, David Stickney, and Todd McMechen as they precariously balance their signature high-energy instrumental jams on a razor’s edge separating blissful contentment and certain doom. ‘Reckless futurism’ never sounded so good! Only $12. Come on down after the Occidental Farmer’s Market and try something completely different! Fine Refreshments including beer and wine for sale. Wheelchair Accessible.
Occidental Center for the Arts is pleased to welcome back the acclaimed recording artists of COUNTY LINE TRIO , who celebrate over 45 years of performing their hugely popular and highly entertaining “Salute to the Kingston Trio”. This rousing show incorporates the original arrangements of the many hit songs – from Tom Dooley to Worried Man , Scotch and Soda, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, and many more great folk classics of the legendary Kingston Trio, blended with banter, jokes and just plain fun. County Line Trio is currently composed of Tod Brendlen, Bob Lawrence, and Dean Hammer. They have opened for Pat Paulsen, Glenn Yarborough, Teri Gibbs, and even John Stewart of the original Kingston Trio. www.countylinetrio.com
The County Line Trio has performed in numerous venues, welcomed by enthusiastic audiences eager to take a nostalgic trip back in time to that toe- tapping original sound consisting of simple arrangements of three-part harmony accompanied by acoustic guitar and banjo. Don’t miss this truly entertaining journey down memory lane with County Line Trio on stage at OCA! $20 General. Fine Refreshments for sale. Wheelchair accessible.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet in the OCA classroom.
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 email@example.com, and/or hard copy to:
Occidental Center for the Arts
Attention: Book Launch Committee
3850 Doris Murphy Way
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open every Friday & Saturday 11 – 4 pm, by appointment and during events.
OCA is Wheelchair accessible.