John Grayson Heide Book Launch Friday, June 24th 7 pm

20150905_101342_HDR~2~2You 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 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.

Gallery Exhibit: Songs From the Sea May 20-July 10

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.


by Mary Prisland

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.

Book Launch: John Grayson Heide Friday, June 24, 7pm

You wouldn’t think a novel about a man trying to figure out a way for him and his wife20150905_101342_HDR~2~2 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.

Thompsonia! Suzy, Eric and Allegra Thompson Saturday, June 25th. String Band Blues Workshop at 5pm. Concert at 8pm.


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 Jodypurchase brown paper bag tickets Stecher , you will not be able to resist dancin’ and tappin’ along to this accomplished and totally entertaining trio.

5-6 PM String Band Blues Workshop! Bring your instrument, your voice, or just your ears, and we’ll explore jug band blues, old-time country blues, hillbilly blues, maybe even some Cajun blues — the blues is  the quintessential American music form! Bring instruments and play/sing along.

Register on BPT or by phone 5pm Workshop$20. 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! Friday, July 1, 8-10 pm

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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 inspiredpurchase brown paper bag tickets 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.  


County Line Trio: Salute to the Kingston Trio Sunday, July 10, 4-6 pm

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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 evenpurchase brown paper bag tickets John Stewart of the original Kingston Trio.

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.

Greenhouse: Celtic Fusion Friday, July 15, 8pm


OCA celebrates Local Talent Friday with the popular band Greenhouse, offering ‘Celtic with a kick’. Formed in 1991, Greenhouse has been at the forefront of the Celtic revival with a sound that melds the time-honored traditional music of Ireland and the British Isles with innovative, contemporary arrangements with a World Beat sensibility.

Acoustic guitar, fiddle, mandolin and tin whistle meet percussion, flute and didgeridoo with thrilling vocal harmonies to create their Celtic fusion. Anchored by founder Michael Rofkar and lead singer Patricia Casey, join some of Sonoma County’s finest musicians at OCA’s acoustic sweet spot and enjoy! $10 at the door. 8 pm start time . Come on down after the Occidental Farmer’s Market! Fine refreshments including beer and wine available for sale. Wheelchair accessible.


Call to Artists: Leaf and Petal, Root and Seed July 15th - September 10th

The Occidental Center for the Arts

Invites Artists to Submit Works

For a Juried Exhibit:

Leaf and Petal, Root and Seed

The OCA’s 2016 July/September juried art exhibit will honor plants. Area artists are invited to submit up to four pieces that explore the extraordinary ways in which plants nourish and sustain human life. The oxygen that plants release to the air that sustains all animal life is only the beginning of their gift to human life. Plants are sources of medicine, spirit and imagination, not to mention sustenance. Their miracles of color, light, form, pattern and texture are an ongoing source of inspiration, solace and joy, as are the life-sustaining cycles of growth from acorn to oak tree, from seed to flower and fruit.

Submission Requirements

All mediums welcome. Two-dimensional works can range in size, the maximum being 4’w x 5’h. Submission date is Tuesday July 12th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm at OCA Gallery. Please submit originals only. The fee for having your work considered is $15 for the first piece and $10 for each piece thereafter. All entries must have wire hangers and be framed or have clean looking or gallery wrapped edges. Unframed prints of accepted works are welcome to be placed for sale in the print rack. An Honorarium of $50 will be awarded the Best in Show.

The Exhibit will open with a reception on Friday, July 15 and will remain on display through Saturday, September 10th. The reception is from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Submission request attached as well as Entry Form.

Questions can be addressed to

Alive! Reunion In Concert Saturday, July 16, 8–10pm

OCA is pleased to present Alive! on our stage for the first time. This iconic all women’s jazz quintet originated in the SF Bay Area in 1975, and held a unique and formative role in women’s music and the jazz scene up until 1985. With infectious rhythms, stunning vocals, innovative arrangements and intelligent, heartfelt compositions, Alive! received an enthusiastic reception in the international jazz community with both live performances at festivals and clubs and four recordings: Alive!, Call It Jazz, City Life, and Always Alive!

Original members include Keeper of the Beat Barbara Borden on drums and percussion, Carolyn Brandy (congas and percussion), Susanne DiVincenzo on acoustic bass and cello, and fabled vocal artist Rhiannon on vocals and percussion. Joining these amazing and accomplished performers for the Alive! Reunion series as they celebrate their 40th year! is pianist extraordinaire Tammy Hall.

Do not miss this powerful performance by the legendary women artists of Alive! who state : “We believe in the revolutionary, healing and spiritual power of music.”

$25 General. Fine Refreshments including wine and beer available for sale. purchase brown paper bag ticketsWheelchair Accessible. Reservations advised. or Phone: 707-874-9392. OCA Art Gallery open for viewing during all events.

Shawn Thwaites Rebel Quartet Saturday July 23, 2016 8-10 pm

Buy tickets online O.C.A. presents a unique musical offering on Saturday July 23, 2016 at 8 pm: Shawn Thwaites Rebel Quartet. Shawn Thwaites is a reputable and versatile Trinidadian-American steelpan musician and educator from Washington, D.C. His trademark style integrates his Trinidadian ancestry and his D.C. upbringing, intertwining jazz, hip-hop, funk, calypso, reggae and more. Also an alumni of the Berklee School of Music, Shawn has performed with several steel orchestras in prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center , as well as toured world wide with notable artists such as Lauryn Hill, Walter Beasley, and Greg Philliganes. He has travelled five continents with the Muslim hip-hop group Native Deen, as he puts it: “spreading the positive message that all Muslims are not radicals”. A passionate music educator , Shawn formed the ‘Pan United Youth Movement’ steel drum youth orchestra in collaboration with The Boys and Girls Club of Martinsville, Virginia. His daughter Kamari is the youngest member.

Shawn Thwaites

Shawn Thwaites formed the STRQ in 2015. This dynamic and eclectic ensemble of talented musicians, with the steeldrum born out of the colonial history of Trinidad at the helm, attempts to fuse intricate works of Caribbean, African, American and European composers into a worldly mix. Bringing together elements of jazz, R & B, hip hop, Afro-beat, and Calypso, STRQ pushes the limits of innovation while remaining loyal to authentic world sounds.

Don’t miss this innovative world musician and his eclectic ensemble at OCA’s acoustic sweet spot! $15 Advance; $18 at the Door. Fine refreshments for sale. Wheelchair Accessible. 707-874-9392.

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

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 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.
OCA is Wheelchair accessible.