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It’s back! The Petaluma Arts Center’s popular monthly series of talks (with a twist) brings two speakers together, one representing the arts, one representing “real life.” This month’s Idea Lounge will feature costumer Heidi Wright, with a talk entitled “Costume Shop Chronicles,” laying bare the life of a professional costumer. She’ll be representing art, of course. Bringing a perspective from the Life side of the spectrum, the Argus-Courier’s News Editor Yousef Baig will present a talk titled, “Being American with the Enemy’s Skin: a First-Generation Muslim Perspective in Post-9/11 America.” Says Baig (speaking from the other side of the cubicle where this item in being written), “It’s not going to be as dark and serious as it sounds.” $18 general, $15 for PAC members. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.). The Idea Lounge is held every third Tuesday at Della Fattoria, 143 Petaluma Blvd.



Wes Anderson’s delightfully-skewed animated oddity “Isle of Dogs” takes place in the future, in and around Japan, after thousands of pet dogs have been quarantined on a refuse dump island. Bearing many of the identifiable flourishes of Wes Anderson (“The Royal Tenenbaums,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”), including the filmmaker’s signature symmetrical frame compositions, and scenes identified as separate “chapters,” the film is perfect for the SRJC’s popular Film Alliance Cinema Series. “Isle of Dogs” has breathtaking animation and cinematography, with voice performances by Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel and Scarlett Johansson. The movie screens on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m., but do come at 6 p.m. for Alex Pirolini’s pre-show “lecture,” calling attention to all the cinematic Easter eggs and stylistic doodads you should be looking out for. At the SRJC’s Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway. Tickets are $6.



Wind & Rye Kitchen in Penngrove will host an intimate dinner and tour at Coyote Family Farms, on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 4-9:30 p.m. Beginning with a tour of the grounds led by owners Sonya and Alex Perotti, the evening then moves to Wind & Rye’s dining room, for a feast of local goodness created from Coyote Farm’s own fall crops and produce. Prepared by Backyard Restaurant’s chef Daniel Kedan, the meal will include desserts and wines, and will be served family style. 4 p.m. tour, 5 p.m. cocktails, 6 p.m. dinner. Limited to 35 guests, tickets are $140 per person, and include everything.


Petaluma’s North Coast School of Ballet presents three classic fairytales, translated into the visual poetry of dance,” with wolves factoring large in at least two of them. “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Peter and the Wolf,” and “The Wizard of Oz” will all be danced by members of the school. Saturday, Oct. 13, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 14, 1:30 p.m. North Coast School of Ballet Annex, 110 Howard St. Tickets $12. Visit


Petaluma’s Village Network has moved its monthly meeting to a new location at 955 Petaluma Blvd., S. The organization hosts a free introductory meeting every month. The next one will take place on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to noon. The local nonprofit assists older adults (50 and up) in aging well while remaining in their homes. This meeting will give an overview of the Village Network’s model. Family members and caregivers are welcome as well.

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