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.”
|The World Premiere of the Cotati Accordion Virtual Festival will be taking place this coming August 22nd and 23rd from 11:00am to 3:00pm online for all to view. There will be no fee, donations will be accepted, and the platforms will be forthcoming.|
Internationally acclaimed virtuosos from 9 different countries, such as Cory Pesaturo, Alex Meixner, Pietro Adragna and Gary Blair, will be performing live, along with streaming chats, interviews, The Lady-of-Spain-a-Ring, The Grand Finale, raffles and more.
The World Premiere of the Cotati Accordion Virtual Festival will give the viewers a chance to see the accordion played at artistic levels never imagined by the uninitiated. Whether you are an accordion aficionado or just curious, the performances will be unforgettable.
Cyndi Lauper, Troye Sivan, Todrick Hall, Rufus Wainwright, Kim Petras, Allie X and more artists are set to appear on “Stonewall Gives Back!” A Live-streaming Concert For The LGBTQ nightlife community.
The concert will be hosted by “RuPaul’s Drag Race” judge Michelle Visage and Tyler Oakley. Guest and performers at the event will include Alan Cumming, Allie X, Betty Who, Carlie Hanson, Darren Hayes, Dave Mizzoni, Greyson Chance, Issac Dunbar, John Cameron Mitchell, Kim Petras, Leland, Lorna Luft, Matt Rogers, MUNA, Nina West, Our Lady J, Pabllo Vittar, Peppermint, Rufus Wainwright, Todrick Hall, VINCINT and Troye Sivan. Lauper will be giving a special performance.
“The Stonewall Inn in New York City has, for decades, served as a beacon of hope in the LGBTQ+ community,” said World of Wonder co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey. “World of Wonder similarly strives to build opportunities and access for the community, while standing beside them and The Stonewall Inn in the struggle for equality. In that same spirit, we are thrilled to partner for this one-night-only concert to offer help and support to the LGBTQ+ community during this difficult time.”
The event is being executive produced by Erich Bergen, who recently produced The Rosie O’Donnell Show fundraising event as well as the “Saturday Night Seder” streaming event which raised $2.9 Million. “I think this pandemic has made it even more clear just how vulnerable some of our communities actually are,” said Bergen. “We are coming together to respond to this crisis in a collaborative way, through music, which is the great unifier.”
Co-Producer and Golden Globe nominated songwriter and producer Brett McLaughlin adds, “So many careers are built and sustained by the support of the LGBT nightlife community. It’s our turn and duty to support them during this time of need. I’m so grateful that many of my friends jumped at the chance to give back when asked. This is going to be an incredibly special evening.”
“Stonewall Gives Back!” will live-stream Thursday, April 23rd at 8PM ET/7 CT on World of Wonder’s YouTube Channel. All proceeds from the benefit concert will go to a fund where industry professionals can apply for a grant.
|Dear friends and supporters of the arts:|
I hope you are all safe and warm, and finding ways to keep yourselves entertained. As you know, OCA has put all of its activities on hold for the duration of the County’s shelter-in-place order. So far, we have rescheduled all ticketed events through May, and will resume small classes and group meetings as soon as the authorities deem it safe to do so. We’ll all miss getting together for the Fool’s Parade, now cancelled as well, but we look forward to lots of clever foolishness in 2021.
In the meantime, there is an abundance of art and music being shared online, including free virtual tours of museums and galleries around the world, free streaming concerts, and more.
Below you’ll find links to websites and video recordings of some of our performers who’ve been rescheduled this season. You can use the links to enjoy a “couch tour” of live and recorded performances while we keep our safe distances.
We’re also sharing below some of the incredible artwork in our “She Persisted” exhibit, honoring the achievements of women throughout time.
We hope you enjoy the artwork and music, and that you will plan to see some of these wonderful performers later this year at OCA.
Even though our activities are on hold, OCA’s overhead expenses continue to accrue. With no event revenue we are facing challenges with our financial commitments including the upcoming property tax bill. If you are able, this is a great time to make a donation to OCA and show your support for our community venue. You can make a secure contribution online with this link.
Your support for OCA is greatly appreciated and will help ensure that we can continue bringing quality artistic and musical programs to West County.
We’ll update you again soon, and remain hopeful that our vigilance with social distancing is effective in suppressing the spread of COVID19. As always, feel free to reach out if you have any questions, comments or concerns.
I hope you enjoy the images from our exhibit, and use some of the links below to lift your spirits, take a break from the news media, and enjoy a musical or artistic interlude. You’ll be glad you did!
Tina MarchettiExecutive DirectorOccidental Center for the Artstina@occidentalcenterforthearts.org
West County’s Arts and Entertainment Hub
|“She Persisted” Art ExhibitionScroll down to see more images from the exhibit.|
|“Honoring Jane Lathrop Stanford” by Lesley Pickford. Oil on Canvas, $600.“Sarah Grimske Suffragette” by Johanna Regan. Oil on Canvas, $600.|
|Livestream Concert: Dirty CelloThursday, March 26th at 8 PM|
Join Rebecca Roudman and crew for a live performance – direct to your living room! Brought to you via Bandsintown. Click here to RSVP.
Rebecca’s Klezmer band SF Yiddish Combois currently being rescheduled at OCA. Check out more of their great music on their website.
|Sarah Baker & FriendsSoul Blues with a Blues Rock Twist|
Check out videos from Sarah’s new album “Baker’s Dozen” on Sarah’s YouTube channel.
Sarah’s performance at OCA is currently being rescheduled.
|Mariah Parker’s Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble|
This supergroup of Bay Area musicians includes Paul McCandless, Matthew Montfort, Brian Rice, Kash Killion, Ian Dogole, Duru Demetrius, Debopriyo Sankar and Fred Randolph.
Check out the ensemble and other great performances by Mariah on herYouTube channel.
Mariah and friends have been rescheduled to perform on September 12, 2020 at OCA.
|Art enthusiasts: did you know that you can tour exhibits in the Louevre for from your home? Click here to see the Louevre’s virtual tours!|
There are also many awesome virtual tours of museums available online. Click here to check out some options!
|“She Persisted” Art ExhibitionSelected Images|
|BEST IN SHOW“If you choose to betray us, we will never forgive you”.Chris Cheek, Acrylic. $4,000.|
|“Still Breathing” by Jessica Morell. Encaustic. $875. “Not Again” by Trudi Hauptman. Fabric, yarn. $500.|
|“Liberty” by Marylu Downing. Mixed Media, $850.“Minnie Mouse” by Saroj Heron. Acrylic, $200.|
|“Letting go/Letting in” by Jessica Morell. Encaustic, $425.“Protect” by Mylette Welsh. Acrylic, $1,500.|
|“Untitled” by Nancy Kees Dunn. Pit fired clay, terasigalatta slip, $250.“Morning Tea for 50 – Women’s Work” by Lesley Pickford. Oil on canvas, $1,000.|
|“Stormy Weather” by Mylette Welsh. Acrylic, $1,000.“In the light” by River Mortenson. Acrylic, $3,525.|
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From the Sebastopol Center for the Arts
In light of the current coronavirus pandemic, and with heavy hearts, the leadership of Sebastopol Center for the Arts has decided to postpone all public events, gallery exhibits, programs and classes. This includes the postponement of the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival.
We believe it is time to step back from our public activities and focus on the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and audience. We will maintain our current staffing, but will be closed to the public until further notice.
The Center’s leadership, board and executives are evaluating coronavirus-related conditions on a daily basis. Our evaluation includes adhering to directives from the City, County and State, as well as examining our own health and financial liabilities.
Please stay in touch with us via our website where this notice and new updates will be posted regularly. If you want to reach out to us with specific questions or needs, call 707.829.4797 Ext 1008 and leave a message. Or email us at email@example.com.
From Occidental Center for the Arts
In the spirit of promoting the safety and well-being of our audiences, performers and artists, we are suspending our events and activities until the end of March.
This decision has been made with hope that social distancing now will assist with the containment of COVID19, and will allow us all to resume normal activities as quickly as possible. We will be rescheduling all of the events impacted by this decision, and will inform you as soon as new dates are secured. If you had already purchased tickets to an OCA event between March 14 and March 29, you will automatically receive a refund.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. On behalf of myself, the OCA Board and our dedicated volunteers, we look forward to resuming our excellent musical and artistic experiences very soon!
From Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
With the latest recommendations from Sonoma County officials and Governor Newsom to cancel or postpone large-scale events, the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts will be contacting all of the artists and arts groups scheduled to perform in the 1600-seat Ruth Finley Person Theater through the end of March. We will be working diligently to reschedule performances.
As soon as we know the status of each event, we will communicate with all ticket holders regarding next steps: current tickets will be honored on rescheduled dates or, for cancelled events, how to obtain refunds or convert tickets to a tax-deductible donation.
The health of our patrons, students, artists, volunteers and employees is paramount. We will keep our community updated via email, as well through social media channels and on our website at the following link: https://lutherburbankcenter.org/healthandsafetyupdate/
In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact our Patron Services staff at 707.546.3600 (Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.).
March Santa Rosa Symphony concerts cancelled
Santa Rosa Symphony, in response to local, state and CDC guidelines, has cancelled all performances through the end of March. The Symphony will keep patrons updated via email,srsymphony.org and social media channels regarding its rescheduling efforts, and it is in direct contact with its subscribers and single ticket buyers.
To protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, the California Department of Public Health announced Wednesday, March 11, 2020, that gatherings and events of more than 250 people be canceled, at least through the end of March, which includes the Youth Orchestra Showcase Concert on March 15 and the Symphony’s upcoming “Showcasing Cotemporary Women” classical concerts March 21-23, 2020.
“We believe this is vital to minimize the potential health risk to our patrons, musicians, volunteers and staff,” said Santa Rosa Symphony President and CEO Alan Silow.
We are hopeful that by May we will be able to celebrate and engage in classical music once again, together.
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Francesco Lecce-Chong, the Symphony’s fifth music director in its 92 years, began his tenure in 2018. The Symphony is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming, comprehensive music education and community service. The organization infused the local economy with more than $4 million in 2018.
Currently in its 92nd season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 30,000 youths annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained the Santa Rosa Symphony national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first-place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).