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 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.

Dance and Choreography Youth Summer Course Thursdays, June 9th through August 25th

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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

Click here for Registration Form

Join award winning choreographer and dance teacher Rachel Wynne this Rachelsummer, 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.

Rachel _Flipped_ soloAll Classes/Rehearsals take place over 12 Thursdays in our wonderful auditorium! Classes begin June 9th through August 25th, 2016

  • 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.

Please call 874-9392 for more information.Rachel, Xtina

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.


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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.

Local Talent Friday: The Bohemian Highway Friday, June 3, 7–9pm

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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.

Rhythm Future Quartet: Gypsy Jazz! Sunday, June 12, 5-7pm


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 Soikkeli19 year old Djangofest winner Max O’Rourke on second guitar, and Greg Loughman on bass. Dedicated to purchase brown paper bag ticketsexpanding 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,  or call 707-874-9392 for will call and pay at the door. There are no seats reserved.

Generously underwritten by Ken Bellucci

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

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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.

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! 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.

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.