Out and About in Petaluma

'Troubadors and Courlty Love,' a lecture on Eleanor of Aquitaine and her grandaughters, at the Petaluma Historical Museum, Monday MArch 12, 7 p.m.



As part of the Petaluma Historical Museum’s month-long lecture-and-performance series “The Art of Women, Sex and Politics,” Kayleen Asbo will be telling the little-known histories of Eleanor of Aquitaine and her amazing granddaughters, whose contributions to art, poetry, music and architecture contributed to 12th Century Europe’s understanding of romantic love. The “class” will include audio-visuals and a live musical performance. Joining Asbo will be musician and vocalist Catherine Braslavski. Monday, March 12, 7 p.m. $30. Tickets available at


Imagine the entirety of Greek mythology condensed into a single evening, described by two battling narrators, with the help of a wacky, cross-dressing cast rampaging through the tales of Pandora’s Box, Jason and the Argonauts, Hercules, and more. Presented by Cinnabar’s Young Repertory artists, the show runs March 9-11, at Cinnabar Theater, 3333 N. Petaluma Blvd. $15 adults, $10 youths.


Long-time Petaluma resident and poet Donna Emerson will be joined by Santa Rosa’s Ed Coletti on March 10, at 1:30 p.m., at Copperfield’s Books, where the two will read selections from their own work. Emerson’s newly released book is “The Place of Our Meeting,” published by Finishing Line Press. Petaluma writer Susan Bono will host the free event, which will include signings of the book, and refreshments. 140 Kentucky St.


Historian Kayleen Asbo and mythologist Nancy Castille — co-curators of the new exhibit “Women and the Search for Wisdom” at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum — will be discussing the myth of Inanna in the second in a series of Sunday Salons at the Museum. The pair will be discussing the powerful ancient Sumerian myth, and its influence on modern views of mid-life personal growth and creative development. Sunday, March 11, 3 p.m. Free. 20 Fourth St.


Kyli Rose, McEvoy Ranch’s “Garden Gal,” will host a workshop on Sunday, March 11, guiding attendees through the making of succulent arrangements, and giving tips on deigning and caring for your own succulent garden. The 2½-hour workshop starts at 10:30 a.m., and costs $85 per person. All materials will be provided, and a flight of wine and olive oil tasting is part of the package. McEvoy Ranch is at 5935 Red Hill Road. Register at


The cclaimed psychologist and Harvard professor Steven Pinker is the author of “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress.” The entertaining book makes the case that health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are actually on the rise. He will be appearing at Copperfield’s Books on Monday, March 12, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $37.84 (+ fee), admitting up to two, and includes a copy of the book.


The monthly meeting of the Petaluma Garden Club will feature master gardener Karen Guma, discussing issues of soil health, good and bad soil practices, and basic composting. The meeting will be held Monday, March 12, and is open to the public, and includes coffee and snacks. Petaluma Veterans’ Building, 1094 S. Petaluma Blvd. 9:30 a.m. registration.

ANNUAL SPAGHETTI DINNER The Native Daughters of the Golden West will be cooking up muontains of pasta this Tuesday, March 13, as they present their yearly spaghetti dinner at Hermann SOns Hall, 860 Western Ave., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All the extras included. $15 adults, and $5 children under 8.


“Tools to Grow Your Business” is the topic of this month’s Women in Business breakfast at the Palm’s Grill, 100 S. McDowell Blvd. on Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30 a.m. The no-host breakfast draws women interested in networking and picking up useful business tips. Chamber of Commerce CEO Onita Pelle-grini will discuss ways to grow your business using Chamber tools, and Economic Development Manager Ingrid Alverde will talk about the City’s resources for small businesses.


This Oscar-nominated 2002 drama, screening at the Petaluma SRJC on Wednesday, March 14, was shot in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, looking as threatening and brutal as it is golden, luminous and magical. The story focuses on a young criminal trying to survive on the harsh streets of Rio. The film will be pre-ceded by a lively pre-show lecture by film educator Mike Traina. $6. SRJC campus, 680 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy. 6 p.m. pre-show., 7 p.m. screening.


The second part of the JC’s 2-week Italian Film Festival begins commences on March 15 with “Ti Ricordi di Me?” (‘Do You Remember Me?’), the odd romance of a narcoleptic and a kleptomaniac. The screening is free and begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Carole L. Ellis Auditorium. SRJC’s Italian teacher Caterina Labriola will introduce the film.