This Month at the Occidental Center for the Arts

Artists’ Reception for Call & Response Exhibit
Saturday, June 9th 4 – 7 pm
Please join us for a hosted reception to celebrate the opening of our “Call & Response” invitational exhibit! Enjoy the latest creations of local artists Dave Gordon, Adam Wolpert and Victoria Wagner. Exhibit runs Friday, June 8th through Sunday, July 29th; gallery open Fri-Sat-Sun 11 AM to 4 PM.
Monica Pasqual & the Handsome Brunettes
and Dear John Love Renee
(members of the band Blame Sally)
Saturday, June 9th at 8 PM
OCA is pleased to host a concert by talented bandmates from the popular Bay Area band Blame Sally, featuring six-time Emmy winner and singer/songwriter Monica Pasqual with her new ensemble ‘The Handsome Brunettes’–Josh McClain on cello, Velvy Appleton on guitar, Blame Sally percussionist /vocalist Pam Delgado, and Jessie Turner. They join forces with Blame Sally’s award-winning songwriter Renee Harcourt and John McConnel of Dear John Love Renee, plus bassist Sam Page and Pam Delgado for a double bill of exceptional talent at OCA’s acoustic sweet spot. Reservations advised.
$22 Advance/ $26 at the door.
Double Book Launch: “Geoffrey Doover” and “Travel Sketching”
by Patrick Fanning
Friday, June 15th at 7 PM
Join local author Patrick Fanning as he discusses his latest books: novel “Geoffrey Doover” and art instruction book “Travel Sketching”.
Fanning spent more than 20 years writing and publishing self-help books as co-founder of New Harbinger Publications. Now retired from the publishing business, he was one of the founders of the Graton Gallery and is an active board member at OCA. He continues to write, paint and teach and is currently leading the team developing our new auditorium lobby.
No charge to attend, refreshments available. Selected readings, book sales & signing.
Roy Zimmerman
Saturday, June 16th at 8 PM
America’s foremost satirical musician Roy Zimmerman ( brings his show to OCA!
ReZist is ninety minutes of Zimmerman’s original songs, a funny and forceful affirmation of Peace and Social Justice. “Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful and heartfelt form of expression,” says Roy, “because in calling out the world’s absurdities and laughing in their face, I’m affirming the real possibility for change.”
Roy’s songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and his videos have garnered tens of millions of views. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. He’s shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Holly Near, Robin Williams, Arlo Guthrie, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin, and tours the country constantly with his wife and co-writer Melanie Harby. Enjoy the irreverence- it’s contagious!
$20 advance/$25 at the door.
Flying Leap Improv Theatre
Friday, June 22nd at 7:30 PM
Come one, come all to a fabulous evening of improvisational comedy and song with the Flying Leap Improv Theatre Ensemble!
A talented ensemble of local actors will dare to touch your heart and mind by acting upon your audience suggestions. Anything can happen! Come laugh and enjoy the excitement of ‘Improv without a net’ at OCA’s acoustic sweet spot.
This ‘Friday Night Live’ show begins at 7:30 PM in the auditorium, with cabaret seating and wine, beer and fine refreshments available. Come on down after the Occidental Farmer’s Market!
$15 at the door
Those Were The Days: William Florian
Sunday, July 8th at 4:00 PM
OCA is pleased to welcome back the former singer for the New Christy Minstrels, William Florian as he presents ‘Those Were The Days: The Spirit & Songs of the 60s’. Enjoy an upbeat musical journey through America’s greatest folk and pop songs of the 60s, including hit songs he performed with the New Christy Minstrels.
$15 advance/$20 door.
Bastille Day at OCA!
Featuring Un Deux Trois and La Guignette
Saturday, July 14th at 8:00 PM
Come to the OCA Cabaret and enjoy our classy celebration of this unique holiday with the evocative sounds of two French music trios extraordinaire!
La Guignette (Al Hass, Christine Lelaure and Robert Lunceford) will take you back in time to the French and Italian street cafés of 1900-1960s. Un Deux Trois (Josh Fossgreen, Lisa Iskin and Robert Lunceford) play a unique mix of traditional French music, Bal Musette from the cafes of Paris, and original compositions.
$20 advance/$23 door.
In the Gallery
OCA’s art gallery is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM and during event intermissions. Are you an artist? Join our artist email list for upcoming exhibit entry announcements!
Current exhibit: “Call & Response” June 8 – July 29th; features Adam Wolpert, Victoria Wagner & Dave Gordon. Reception Saturday, June 9th 4 – 7 PM.
Upcoming exhibits:
“Silver Linings” featuring the artwork of SRJC students, August 3rd – 26th; reception Aug. 4th
Pointless Sisters’ Annual Art Quilt Show – August 31st – September 30th; reception Sept. 1st