Does the phrase “Dammit, Janet, I love you,” ring a bell? That’s right: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” in all its musically comic transvestite glory returns to the Phoenix Theater, complete with live shadowcast. Of course it’ll be the late show: doors open at 11 p.m., and the film begins rolling at 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. To buy some, visit

Interested in learning more about the art and craft of screenplay writing? Petaluma Community Access offers a course in professional scriptwriting using the application Celtx. “Scripting 101: Celtx” is taught by Thomas Harrigan, PCA’s programming director, who’s worked in Hollywood and with Pixar. Cost is $25 and the class takes place from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 17. Call 773-3190 to register.

Are you one of the many fans of author Joyce Carol Oates? If so, here’s a chance to spend some time with her. Copperfield’s Books offers an evening with the author at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17. Oates will discuss her latest book, “The Accursed,” a historical novel set in early 20th-century Princeton. Copperfield’s is at 140 Kentucky St. Visit

Tired of the same old, same old lunch routine? Why not try Lunch Beat Petaluma and dance away your lunch hour? DJVal – aka Val Richman – spins the platters and offers lively tunes to inspire your best dance floor moves. Of course you don’t need a partner; just go and have a good time. This month’s Lunch Beat is from noon-1 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Petaluma Valley Athletic Club, 85 Old Corona Road. Cost is $5.

Meet at the Apple Box Friday, April 19 for a reading by local Iranian-American authors from the newly published “Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian-American Writers.” The stories are about the diversity of the Iranian-Americans who were part of the Iranian diaspora following the 1979 Iranian revolution. The event is from 6-8 p.m. and the Apple Box is in the Great Petaluma Mill, 224 B St. Call 762-5222.

It’s late April, and that means it’s time to start getting in the mood for Butter and Egg Days. The opening ceremonies, honoring this year’s Good Eggs, John and Joetta Furrer, are at noon, Saturday April 20 at the Petaluma Museum, 20 Fourth St. Afterward, take a lunch break and, at 2 p.m., head over to the Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive, to meet Christopher Riebli, author of “The Body’s Perfect,” set in Petaluma, beginning in 1956.

In the mood to celebrate spring? So are the fine folks at the Petaluma museum – with a little classical music. A spring gala concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, features pianist Elizabeth Walter, soprano Carol Menke and members of the San Francisco Symphony playing Beethoven’s Spring Sonata and Schubert’s Trout Quintet. Tickets are $25-$35. Call 778-4398 or go to

Want to learn more about the Petaluma River? Take a three-hour narrated trip, find out the river’s history and its past and present importance to the city and enjoy watching birds and wildlife. Cruises begin at 9 a.m. and leave from Cavanagh Landing on April 20-21 and May 18-19. Cost is $40. Visit dolphin or call 510-527-9622.

Find out all about bees at a family-friendly presentation by Ettamarie Peterson, the Bee Lady. “Bees in California History” is from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 21 at the Petaluma Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd. Peterson has been a beekeeper for 17 years. The event is sponsored by Petaluma American Association of University Women. Contact for more information.