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OUT AND ABOUT IN PETALUMA: Jokes, Music, Art and Ice

ICE AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Beginning on Friday, Jan. 12, Petaluma’s Tea Room Café hosts The Secret Beauty of Ice, a one-of-a-kind exhibition of photographs by Leslie Curchack and Stanford Rose, whove spent the last ten years shooting pictures of ice in the North East Sierras. Evidently, water does not freeze the same way twice, as this assortment of wintry-streams and icy rivers demonstrates. Following a reception on Jan. 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the show runs through Jan. 24. 316 Western St.

JOKES AND SONGS

Cinnabar Theater hosts YouTube sensations Sandy and Richard Riccardi, whose hilarious, politically charged musical parodies (“Tiki Torch Nazis,” “Boy From Mir-a-Lago”) have earned over 34 million views. Also on the bill is comedic singer-songwriter Lauren Mayer, writer of ‘The Sexual Harrassment Prevention Song,’ and others. Sunday, Jan. 14, Cinnabar Theater, 3333 N. Petaluma Blvd. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. CinnabarTheater.org.

MUSIC AND HISTORY

Kayleen Asbo’s popular Monday morning music-themed lectures continue with “The Glories of the Baroque,” beginning on Monday, Jan. 15, with “The Italian Baroque,” and continuing with “The French Baroque” (Jan. 22), and “The English Baroque” (Jan. 29). All classes begin at 10:30 a.m. Single classes cost $30 at the door (cash only, though). Sign up at Kayleenasbo.com.

BOARD GAMES AND FOOD TRUCKS

Continuing its goal to make eating out more fun, The Block – Petaluma’s popular food truck park and taproom – has launched weekly Family Game Nights, every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. In addition to having a variety of classic and newfangled board games to check out and play at one of The Block’s many indoor and outdoor tables, there is a family friendly trivia contest beginning at 6:30 p.m. Food, of course, will be available at one or more of The Block’s rotating roster of rolling culinary emporiums. TheBlockPetaluma.com.

SEAFARERS AND DESPERADOS

To mark its 40th anniversary, the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum is celebrating with a new series called, succinctly, Third Wednesdays at the Museum. Beginning on Jan. 17, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the museum will host historian John Schubert, author of “The Hidden History of Sonoma County.” A compilation of true stories from the county’s past, the book includes depictions of captain Bodega y Quadra, from whose name so many local landmarks was taken, and Charles Henley, who was taken from the county jail by masked vigilantes in 1876. $5 suggested donation. 20 Fourth St.

PUBLIC ART AND AUCTIONEERING

The Petaluma Arts Center’s Idea Lounge continues with another Art vs. Life conversation at Della Fattoria Lounge. This month, representing art, Amy Critchett will deliver a talk titled ‘Public Art and Community: Della Fattoria to the Bay Bridge,’ and Kenn Cunningham will talk on the topic of ‘Going Once, Going Twice: My Life as an Auctioneer.’ Thursday, Jan. 18, 6:30 p.m. (socializing), 7 p.m. (Idea Lounge begins). $18 general public; $15 PAC members. 143 Petaluma Blvd. PetalumaArtsCenter.org.

DIRT AND CONVERSATION

‘Don’t Step On It: It’s Alive!’ That’s the title of a soil-related talk to be given by Karen Guma, on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 10:30 a.m., at the Petaluma Library. The presentation will cover the living nature of dirt, including dimensions of soil health, positive dirt-related practices, composting, and carbon sequestration. 100 Fairgrounds Drive.

ART AND SCIENCE

The Petaluma Arts Center presents its first exhibition of 2018, with ‘The Power of Ten: Scaling Up,’ featuring ten (or more) artists all examining issues of scale. A fusion of art and mathematics, the very concept of scale – defined by many as “a ratio of size in a map, model, drawing or plan” and “the relative size of one thing in relation to another” – will be expressed in paintings, photography, sculpture, architecture, design and film. The exhibitions is designed, in the words of a museum press release, to “bring out the artistic side of the scientist and the scientific side of the artist.” Following a reception for the artists on January 20, at 5 p.m., the exhibition runs from Jan. 23 through March 24. For hours and details visit Petalumaartscenter.org.

VILLAGE NETWORK AND QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Petaluma’s Village Network – a non-profit helping seniors to age safely and comfortably in their own homes – hosts its monthly Q&A on Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Village Network offices, 402 Petaluma Blvd., from 11 a.m. to noon. Meet other Village members, and get answers to questions about what the organization offers. Visit the website at VillageNetworkofPetaluma.org.

PORK SCALLOPINI AND FIREFIGHTERS

Taste of Italy is a fundraiser for the Penngrove Social Firemen, and it is what it sounds like - lots and lots of Italian food, including pork scallopini, Little Hill chicken, Ravioli, Salad, French (French?) bread. Saturday, Jan. 20. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., and dinner is served at 7 p.m. $25. Penngrove Community Club House, 385 Woodward Ave. For tickets, call Joe Pedrani at (707) 585-0766.

BIRDS AND BARS

(Once a month, Jameson’s Roaring Donkey, in downtown Petaluma, hosts a unique blend of art and (optionally) alcohol, as artist Jonny Hirshmugl leads attendees through the processes of starting and finishing a painting. Each time, always on Mondays, it’s a different painting. The next several weeks have a conspicuously ornithological theme. On Jan. 8, participants will be guided through painting a fluffy owl. On Jan. 15, they will be tackling a colorful peacock, and on Jan. 22, get ready to paint a bird perched on wintry branches covered in snow. Oh, yes, and the bar will be open, so . . . Each session costs $45 (you pay for your own drinks, though), and all art materials are provided, along with step-by-step guidance from Hirshmugl. And you get to take your finished painting home with you, of course. Space is limited, so reservations are required. RSVP at Art2Nite.com.