Your Petaluma Weekend: Waltzes, jazz and rock, outsider art and ‘Willy Wonka’

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Petaluma’s own Prince of the Waltz returns to the Aqus Café for an evening of virtuoso violin, as Kyle Craft treats his audience to some of the greatest, most beautiful waltzes ever written. 198 H St. 7 p.m. No cover.


If you miraculously traveled back in time to the 1970s, took a fast freeway ride in a Chevy Monza (or even a Ford Pinto), turned the radio up really loud – and then somehow captured the whole experience in a bottle and magically transformed that bottle into a rock ‘n roll band, that band would probably be The Rusty Reds. Petaluma’s own pumped-up purveyors of happy-hearted, party-pleasing classic rock tunes takes Rosen’s 256 North back to the ‘70s. 256 N. Petaluma Blvd. 7:30 p.m. No cover.



As seasoned as a bottle of cognac recovered from the basement of the world’s coolest and jazziest secret dance club, the six members of The Sideman have centuries of combined experience on stage, having supported some of the best and most famous performers in the world. Trot on down to Red Brick (101 Second St.), and see for yourself what Peter Welker, Cliff Hugo, Steve Steinberg, Todd Tribble, Ruben Valtierra and Morris Acevedo sound like as Petaluma’s most maximally skilled musical ensemble. 7 p.m. No cover.


It’s hard to say what’s more exciting, that Lovin’ Dead is going to be jamming this weekend in Petaluma or that they’re going to be doing it at the newly reopened Big Easy, on American Alley at the western edge of Putnam Plaza. Petaluma has really missed the popular nightspot during its painfully long (but happily not too long) absence. Lovin’ Dead, playing the tunes of the Grateful Dead with love, energy and high degrees of skillful fun, will be part of the welcome wagon now that the Big Easy doors are open again. 128 Ameri-can Alley. 8 p.m. No cover.


The Petaluma Arts Center combines efforts with Petaluma’s Alchemia Gallery and Studio (plus the North Bay nonprofits Cedars and Marin Ventures) for ‘The Inside Face of Outsider Art: New Perspectives from the North Bay.’ The new exhibition features the work of artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “The bold artistic voices of these artists express a unique vision of the world in a variety of mediums including ceramic, canvas, paper and fiber arts,“ says a press release describing the event. The show, which runs through May 27 at the Arts Center (130 Lakeville St., near the SMART station), opens Saturday night with a reception for the artists. All are welcome. 5-7 p.m.


Based in the Bay Area, the renowned Pearl Jam tribute band known as Corduroy will bring their superlative interpretations of hits by “the world’s greatest rock band” to the Mystic Theatre. They will be joined by another electrifying ensemble, Alice in the Soundgarden, a mash-up tribute band honoring the music and legacy of Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. Mystic Theatre, 21 N. Petaluma Blvd. $13. 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.).



“I’ve got a golden ticket!” “Welcome my friends, welcome to my chocolate factory!” “We’ll begin with a spin, traveling in the world of my creation. What we’ll see will defy explanation.” “Oompa Loompa doomp-a-dee-do.” “Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker.” “So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it.” “Is it raining? Is it snowing? Is a hurricane-a-blowing?” “Help … murder … police.” “You’re turning violet, Violet!” “She was a bad egg.” “The suspense is terrible ... I hope it’ll last.” Gene Wilder, the ultimate Willy Wonka, returns to the big screen in the spectacular 1971 musical movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved book. Catch it again as part of Boulevard Cinema’s weekly Flashback series. 200 C St. 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The film runs at the same times on Wednesday, April 17.

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