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OUT AND ABOUT IN PETALUMA: ‘Streetcar,’ Marcia Ball, and gravitational waves

Gravitational waves at the Sitting Room

Exciting new developments in the science of astronomy will be explored and explained by Professor Lynn Cominsky, a co-investigator on the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope mission. Dr. Cominsky is the chair of the Physics and Astronomy department at SSU. The Sitting Room, at 2025 Curtis Drive, in Penngrove, is a privately funded oasis of books and conversation. Dr. Cominsky’s presentation, rescheduled from previously in the month, will take place Saturday, Nov. 11, from 2-4 p.m.

‘Streetcar’ at Petaluma High presents classic drama

PHS’s Troy Performers presents a two weekend run of the Tennessee William’s classic play “A Streetcar Named Desire,’ a scathing, gorgeously written exploration of mental illness, sexism and classism, and the crippling cost of self-delusion. Nov. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18 (shows at 7 p.m.), at Petaluma High School, 201 Fair St. $8-$10.

Nanowrimo at the bookstore

Over the last several years, the month of November has become something of a season of wonder for fiction writers, who annually set aside daily work-time this month, and use it to attempt the start and completion of a novel. It’s National Novel Writing Month, aka Nanowrimo, and yes, because of this month-long literary holiday, people really DO write whole novels in just 30 days. To assist such steady-minded wordsmiths, Copperfields is inviting writers to drop into the bookstore downtown, laptops in hand, where tables and a quiet space to work are set up for them. Remaining Nanowrimo Write-In dates this month are Thursday, Nov. 9 and Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 6-8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 19 from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Copperfields Books, 140 Kentucky St.

Petaluma playwright presents ‘Tamalko: A California Story,’ at Tomales Town Hall

Gina Cloud, of Petaluma, has written a number of plays, including Fertile Fields, staged two years ago. Her latest effort is ‘Tamalko: A California Story,’ based on research about the Coast Miwok, or Tamalko, who once populated this area. The story, set in the present and the past, shows the effects of colonization, the California missions, and the gold rush on the original residents of Marin and Sonoma. The show will be staged four times, Nov. 11, 12, 18, and 19, at the historic Tomales Town Hall, 27150 Maine St., Tomales. Shows at 3 p.m. For info visit Tomalestownhall.org/events.

Marcia Ball at the Mystic

Celebrated for her iconic brand of rootsy-rocking, piano-pounding, swamp-stomping blues, barroom chanteuse Marcia Ball returns to the Mystic for a midweek hump-day celebration filled with music, stories and feel-good fun. Wednesday, Nov. 15. 8:30 p.m. $34. Mystic Theatre, 21 Petaluma Blvd. MysticTheatre.com.

Christmas craft fair at the Methodist Church

All those looking for gifts with a home-made touch will want to put this one on their calendars. Dozens of local crafters and bakers and makers of jam will be hawking their wares on Saturday, Nov. 18, as the Petaluma United Methodist Church presents its annual Christmas Craft Fair. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free. 410 D St.

‘I, Daniel Blake,’ at SRJC Petaluma

As SRJC’s Fall Cinema Series winds down into its final few screenings, the Petaluma Film Alliance presents ‘I, Daniel Blake,’ Ken Loach’s remarkable drama from the UK. Starring Dave Johns, the film follows the titular hero as he recovers from a heart attack, and finds his life in turnaround due to the nation’s complex healthcare system. Along the way, he befriends a single mother with kids, and attempts to help them out, as a way of keeping his own spirits up. The screening begins at 7 p.m. and will be preceded at 6 p.m. by a lecture courtesy of professor Mike Traina. Wednesday, Nov. 15. $6 ($5 for students). Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway.