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Out and About in Petaluma

‘PETALUMA LADIES’ IMPROVEMENT CLUB’

Katherine J. Rinehart, the manager of the Sonoma County History & Genealogy library, will join author and historian John Sheehy for a discussion of Petaluma’s onetime Ladies’ Improvement Club, in an event subtitled “Municipal Housekeepers of the Past.” In observation of Women’s History Month, and in conjunction with the Petaluma History Library and Museum’s current exhibit ‘Women and the Search for Wisdom,’ the free event will take place Sunday, March 19, at the downtown History Museum, 20 Fourth St., at 4 p.m.

‘WOMEN OF QUESTIONABLE VIRTUE’

Also at the Historical Museum, the current month-long lecture series (titled ‘Women, Sex and Politics in Art, Music and Literature) continues with an eye-opening presentation by historian Kayleen Asbo. The talk, with visuals, will tell the stories of real-life 16th century Venetian courtesans Veronica Franco (an acclaimed poet, and the subject of the 1998 movie ‘Dangerous Beauty’) and composer Barbara Strozzi, who wrote extraordinary works for the lute. Other artistically inclined courtesans of the time will also be discussed, with musical performance by vocalist Amy White, and musician Dominic Schaner, on the lute and theorbo. Monday, March 19, 7 p.m. $30. PetalumaMuseum.com.