Saturday October 30, 2021 @ 8 pm. Halloween Bash with The Thugs at Occidental Center for the Arts. Come in your costume to frolic and dance to the Cosmic Americana of local favorites The Thugz! This group of talented musicians will rock and roll us with classic jam tunes and their unique psychedelic originals. Proof of COVID vaccination required for entry. Advance tickets required. $22 General/$17 for OCA Members. Fine refreshments for sale include wine and beer. Tickets@www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct. Occidental, CA. 95465. 707-874-9392. Become an OCA Member and get a free event ticket!
Sunday October 10 @ 4 pm. Stella Heath Quartet and Monica da Silva and Chad Alger at Occidental Center for the Arts. Join us for an afternoon concert featuring two sets of wonderful music outdoors in our amphitheater! starting with Monica da Silva and Chad Alger. This Brazilian American duo’s delightful music has been featured in films (Lady Bird), TV (BBC, Paramount) and international compilations (Putamayo World Music). Local treasure Stella Heath will follow with her talented ensemble for catchy tunes evocative of 1930s pop and French classics. Admission $25 General /$20 OCA members @ www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org. Limited capacity for social distancing – get your advance tickets early! Our amphitheater is concrete, you may bring your own cushion or stadium chair. Limited ground level seating for our physically limited patrons, please inquire ahead. Fine Refreshments for sale include wine and beer. Become an OCA Member and get free tickets! 3850 Doris Murphy Ct. Occidental, CA. 95465. 707-874-9392.
The nonprofit, multi-cultural Cotati Accordion Festival is Roaring back this coming September 25th and 26th LIVE in La Plaza Park in downtown Cotati, Ca.Our 30th anniversary celebration will be replete with the polka tent, the jam tent, the zydeco dance party, the Ray’s Deli and Tavern Stage, the two main stages, a kid’s area, food, beer and wine.
Headliners such as Cory Pesaturo and Sergi Teleshev will be performing along with 40 acts ranging from zydeco, klezmer, Indie, conjunto, western, to rock, and much more.
There is a free shuttle service, kids 15 and under are free when accompanied by a parent, and we will have some special surprises in honor of our 30th anniversary.
We will comply with any guidelines from the Sonoma County Department of Health. We will have masks available for anyone who wishes one, and sanitation stations to help keep people safe. Currently, because we are an outdoors event, we are deemed a safe environment.
Tickets are $21.00 at the gate for one day and $29.00 at the gate for two days. However, you can go to www.cotatifest.com and take advantage of the early bird specials with tickets at $19.00 for one day and $27.00 for two days. For more information contact us at email@example.com or call Scott at 707 479-5481.
Sunday July 11 @ 4 pm. Second Sunday Summer Series #2 at Occidental Center for the Arts, featuring Solid Air and Heartwood Trio. Enjoy Sonoma County’s finest musicians live in our outdoor amphitheater! Seating will follow current public safety guidelines, please bring cushions or stadium chairs to sit on. Wheelchair/special needs seating will be facilitated .There will be fine refreshments available for sale, and our new plaza will be open. Advanced tickets are required. Admission is $20 for OCA members, $25 for non-members. Our first Sunday concert sold out, so be sure to get your tickets early at www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org. Become an OCA Member and get free tickets. We are thrilled to celebrate the safe return of live music with you! 3850 Doris Murphy Ct. Occidental, CA. 95465. 707-874-9392
Sunday, June 13 @ 4- 6 pm. Occidental Center for the Arts 2021 Summer Series Concerts. OCA is delighted to invite you to join us in our outdoor amphitheater for – at last! – a live music concert featuring two stellar Sonoma County acts: Mimi and Gabe Pirard (Dijin, SonoMusette) and the Phil Lawrence Band! There will be limited seating following current public safety guidelines in our amphitheater, which is shady by 4 pm. Please bring cushions to sit on. Advance tickets are required, and will be on sale to the public starting May 24th. Tickets are $20 for OCA members, $25 for non-members. There will be refreshments available for sale, and our new lobby and plaza will be open for safe and socially distanced use. Wheelchair access/seating will be facilitated. We can’t wait to see you! More info at www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct. Occidental, CA. 95465. 707-874-9392. OCA is a non profit performing and fine arts center dedicated to ‘Keeping the Arts in Our Hearts’.
Saturday, March 27 @ 8 pm.’Celebrating Women in Music’ . Occidental Center for the Arts proudly carries on it’s longstanding Women’s History Month tradition with a blockbuster lineup performing songs written by women .This virtual event showcases a rich variety of exceptionally talented musicians across multiple genres, including Elliott Peck • Jenny Kerr & Philbilly Milner • Essence • Lara Louise • Emily Lois & Dave Monterey • Ariel Marin • Mariah Parker • Kate Vargas • Rainbow Girls • Solid Air • Nina Gerber & Chris Webster • Tumbleweed Soul • Nagavalli • Lucy Kaplansky • The Musers. This most excellent program will premier at 8 pm March 27th on YouTube and Facebook; available thereafter to replay from the comfort of your home. Free; Donations appreciated. OCA looks forward to when we can all gather safely again for live music! Keeping the Arts in Our Hearts at www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org.
Ari Gold, the charismatic queer musician who was mentored by RuPaul, opened for Chaka Khan and sung with pop-soul titan Diana Ross, has died. He was 47.
Gold, according to multiple news reports, passed away from leukaemia.×
Performing since he was just five years old, Gold went from voicing the squeaky Cabbage Patch Kids and recording catchy jingles to touring the world with Cyndi Lauper and modelling for Boy George.
Born in 1974, Gold quickly seized the house music scene as an openly gay musician in New York City, US, in the early 2000s. Living up to his surname, Gold spun up award-winning and chart-topping hits such as “See Through Me” and “Where the Music Takes You”.
The Bronx native’s music, equal parts finger-snapping and lyrically powerful, often explored spirituality and sexuality. They were even featured on NBC’s Scrubs and ABC’s Cougar Town.
Friends described Gold as a world-wise and ambitious record producer who paved the way for future queer talent – he sang of same-sex love in Manhattan music clubs and honky-tonks years before mainstream artists would feel comfortable doing the same.
They had first met in 2002 and remained close ever since, with Gold appearing in the queen of drag’s 2007 film, Starrbooty.
Saturday, December 19, 2020 @ 7 pm. Occidental Community Choir presents ‘Somewhere To Begin’, A Virtual Concert directed by Gage Purdy . One of West County’s treasured choral communities for 42 years, OCC offers for the winter season a digital collection of songs and spoken word that speaks directly to the heart of our uncertain times. Somewhere to begin… somewhere to resume…. somewhere to make peace. As we enter into this socially-distanced Northern California winter, we invite you to virtually enjoy our ‘ Music From Home’, from wherever you are currently nesting. Directed and digitally mastered by Gage Purdy, OCC offers songs of hope, connection, inspiration, and calls-to-action; some rousing and others poignant, including compelling original songs and spoken word from our own members. Free; donations gratefully accepted at https://www.patreon.com/occidentalchoir. Please visit our website at https://www.occidentalchoir.org to view our virtual concert on Saturday, December 19th at 7pm and click on the YouTube link; available to watch anytime after 12/19 . Thank you for your support, and keep on singing from your heart!
Gay love letters written by Polish composer Frédéric Chopin were deliberately mistranslated by historians to conceal his sexuality, a music journalist has claimed.
According to The Guardian, Swiss music journalist Moritz Weber had been researching letters written by Chopin during lockdown earlier this year when he discovered a “flood of declarations of love aimed at men”.
His findings were explored in the two-hour radio show Chopin’s Men, aired on the arts channel of Swiss broadcaster SRF, and Weber insisted that some of the composer’s writing must have been intentionally mistranslated.
In one letter, Chopin said that rumours about his love affairs were a “cloak for hidden feelings”, and his writing also hints at an interest in “cottaging”, or looking for sex in public toilets.
In one letter to a male school friend, he wrote: “You don’t like being kissed. Please allow me to do so today. You have to pay for the dirty dream I had about you last night.”
There are 22 letters on record from Chopin to the same friend, Tytus Woyciechowski, and he often began them with “my dearest life”, and signed off: “Give me a kiss, dearest lover.”
But the English-Canadian biographer Alan Walker insisted in his 2018 book Fryderyk Chopin: A Life and Times that the homoerotic love letters penned by Chopin were the result of “psychological confusion”, and added that Woyciechowski was a “bosom friend”.
Chopin gay love letter was edited to suggest it was about a woman.
In an 1829 letter to Woyciechowski, Chopin wrote: “My ideal, whom I faithfully serve, […] about whom I dream.”
However a translation of the letters published by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw, Poland, described his “ideal” as a woman, despite the original letter using the masculine version of the Polish noun.
A spokesperson from the institute spoke on the radio show, and admitted that there was no actual proof that Chopin had had relationships with women, only rumours and accounts from family members.
The translator of the 1829 letter told The Guardian: “He was a romantic who definitely didn’t discriminate between men and women in his expressions of ‘love’. But to say that there is some sort of conspiracy behind ‘missing’ letters in the various critical editions is absurd.
“The institute is indeed a politically conservative organisation, but I didn’t find any bowdlerisation in the Polish edition, nor any ‘correction’ of my notes to passages where Chopin’s sexuality was concerned.”
Whether or not the editing of Chopin’s love life was intentional, Weber said he hopes that shining a light on his sexuality will help people better understand his music.
In a letter Woyciechowski, Chopin wrote: “I confide in the piano the things that I sometimes want to say to you.”