Out and About: 10 things to see, watch, stream and do in Petaluma
LAST WEEKEND FOR CINNABAR’S ‘MAC BETH’
Petaluma’s Young Repertory company has three more performances of its streaming production “Mac Beth,” by Erica Schmidt. This clever adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” is an all-female drama featuring seven schoolgirls who form an underground “Macbeth” club, which turns very, very dark. Shows at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets for the pay-per-view screenings can be purchased at CinnabarTheater.org.
SRJC PRESENTS ACTOR-CREATED SHOW ‘OVERCOME’
Santa Rosa Junior College’s Theatre Arts Department is closing its all-virtual spring season with an actor-created performance piece titled “overcome,” the lower-case “o” being part of the title. Directed by Reed Martin of Sonoma’s Reduced Shakespeare Company, and choreographed by Alyce Finwall, the production is an exploration of the students’ relationship to tragedy and triumph, devastation and joy. What they’ve created is a visual collage of stories, songs, poems, scenes and dance based on the challenges they’ve faced and overcome. The show streams live on YouTube on for three more times: April 30 and May 1 at 7:30 p.m., and on May 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available on a donation basis, and can be obtained by visiting TheatreArts.santarosa.edu.
LOCAL AUTHOR EVENTS WITH YVONNE MICHRIE HORN, JOY LANZENDORFER
"100 Things to Do in Sonoma County Before You Die,“ by Santa Rosa travel writer Yvonne Michrie Horn, is a breezy little book crammed with fun things to see, eat and do all over the county. Joy Lanzendorfer’s ”Right Back Where We Started From“ is a debut novel from Petaluma’s Joy Lanzendorfer, focusing on three generations of women whose lives are built on secrets. Copperfield’s Books will host live Zoom-based conversations with these two local writers. Horn’s event will be on Thursday, April 29, 7 p.m., and Lanzendorfer will appear on Thursday, May 6. These Zoom-based events are free, and can be viewed by registering at CopperfieldsBooks.com.
MAY YOUR HEALTH MOVE FORWARD
What used to be known as Petaluma Walking Day has been transformed into a whole month of interactive events, many virtual, now called “May Your Health Move Forward,” because (pun alert!) it takes place in the month of May. A collaboration between the Petaluma Health Care District and the City of Petaluma, the program presents a series of wellness and exercise experiences, many indoor, and some (no surprise) outdoor. Allowing for the innovations local folks have made to adjust to COVID-19 closures of gyms and sports activities, the program asks local to sign up and receive a weekly email featuring regular activity ideas and challenges. Participants are encouraged to report back on the month-long event’s Facebook page, with pictures and updates about their own activities. Find the page by searching “May Your Health Move Forward” on Facebook.
Rivertown Poets, sponsored by Aqus Cafe, continues on the first and third Monday at 6:15 p.m. Poetry fans can log onto Aqus’ Zoom system to hear local poets reading from their own work, from the safety of their homes. Each Rivertown Poets event features two poets reading from their work, and an open mic event. Participants will be able to “sign up” to read their own work in the second part of the program. Sandra Anfang hosts. Aqus.com/online. The Zoom link is Zoom.us/j/6508887879.
THE HAPPYS PLAY BREWSTER’S BEER GARDEN
Petaluma favorites The Happys play high-energy surf-punk with a poppy, hook-filled sound that lives up to the bands name. Check them out on Saturday, May 1, at Brewster’s Beer Garden (229 Water Street) between 5-8 p.m. Check out the full calendar of musical appearances at BrewstersBeerGarden.com.
THE MUSERS AT ADOBE ROAD
As live music returns to downtown Petaluma, Adobe Road Winery continues its weekly spring concert series on Thursday nights, pairing award-winning wines with in-person appearances by some of the Bay Area’s best musicians. The events are held outdoors in Adobe Road Winery’s wine garden (with nice, warm heaters!), from 4:30-7 p.m., at 6 Petaluma Blvd. N., in a magical open-air space adjoining the parking lot at the Great Petaluma Mill. On April 29, the venue welcomes the folk trio The Musers. Reservations recommended. For info visit AdobeRoadWines.com.
FAMILY BICYCLING LESSONS
On Thursdays, from 3-4:30 p.m., the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition will host $5 family bicycle lessons, designed for those who really want to ride, but haven’t quite mastered it yet. Through this gently designed, step-by-step course, patient instructors will assist first-timers in finding their balance and rolling on with a sense of safety and confidence. Lucchesi Park, 320 N. McDowell Blvd.
OUTDOOR FITNESS TRAINING AT LUCCHESI PARK
On Monday and Wednesday afternoons, weather permitting, the city of Petaluma hosts outdoor cross training, yoga and pilates classes in the far part of the front parking lot near the Luchessi Community Center at Lucchesi Park. Instructors from Petaluma’s Total Body Fitness conduct the classes, which run from 5-6 p.m., and cost $7. Participants bring their own weights and mats, and wear masks until everyone is safely in (distanced) place on the field. Sanitizer gels and sprays are available. To sign up, call the Petaluma Community Center at 707-778-4380. Passes with eight pre-paid classes can be purchased.
TUESDAY FARMERS MARKET
Farmers Markets, especially in the pandemic era – where social distancing is the norm and masks are generally agreed to be a good and helpful thing – are a great way to shop, wave at people we know, get to be outdoors and still, you know, take care of one another. Lucchesi Park on Tuesdays is the place to be, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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