You can’t salsa on your laptop, but you can learn how to make your computer dance. You can eat pasta with an aioli sauce, but have you ever had a full portion of Aioli jazz after a pasta dinner? You can see a movie about transformers, or you could go to the movies and be truly transformed. You can get the blues because your grass won’t grow, or you could grow to really like bluegrass, Bill Monroe style.
In some form or another, all of the above activities are happening in Petaluma this week. Have at it.
Art 21 and The Petaluma Arts Center host a free, public sneak-preview of “Change,” an episode from the Peabody award-winning documentary “Art in the 21st Century,” at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at 230 Lakeville St. Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui and Catherine Opie use their work to tell stories of cultural, material and aesthetic transformation and actively engage communities as collaborators and subjects. More info: Virginia May at 762-5600, ext. 101, or PetalumaArtsCenter.org. Discussions are free and open to the public.
Yoga One celebrates its grand opening 3-8 p.m. Sunday, April 1, with a ballroom, swing and salsa dance party at 110 Kentucky St. Expect giveaways and free prizes, plus Helen Andrade of Steppin’ Out Dance Studio offers free dance lessons. More info: 888-2286.
Sonoma Community Center offers “The Mac and the Muse,” a four-week course for laptop users 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday and Fridays starting April 4 at the center, 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma. The course is geared to advanced beginners seeking to learn universal computer and design skills. Course cost is $112-125 plus $20 materials fee. More info: sonomacommunitycenter.org or 938-4626 ext. 1.
Cinnabar Theater presents The Aioli Trio at 8 p.m. Friday, April 6, at 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N. Dhyani Mas on guitar, Lewis Jordan on alto saxophone and Michel Snethlage on violin will perform works with Spanish, classical and jazz influences. Musicians will join ticketholders afterwards for a glass of wine in the foyer. Admission is $15; free for kids under 12. More info: 763-8920 or cinnabartheater.org.
The First Church of Christ Scientist hosts the last of its spring concert series at 8 p.m. Saturday at 522 B St. Laurie Lewis and The Right Hands will perform American Folk and Bluegrass music. Her band includes Tom Rozum on mandolin, Chad Manning on fiddle, Patrick Sauber on banjo and Scott Brown on bass. Tickets are $24 door, $21 advance through BrownPaperTickets.com. More info: 762-5600 ext. 101 or petalumachurchconcerts.com.
— Sheldon Bermont