Want Valentine’s Day to last all month long?
Petaluma organization Guided To Safety has a great lineup of events the entire month of February, from movies to a dance-a-thon aimed at bringing the community together to raise awareness about partner violence and celebrating love for ourselves and others.
On February 3, the group will hold a screening of Until the Violence Stops at La Dolce Vita wine lounge. The film shows women from all over the world uniting and courageously revealing their intimate and deeply painful experiences with abuse ranging from rape to female circumcision.
Get ready for an uplifting film about empowerment and the importance of dialogue in the healing process. 6:30pm. Tickets $5 and available at BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door. 151 Petaluma Boulevard South.
On February 9, check out the artists’ reception for We Are Rising at Worthy of Love, at 226 Petaluma Blvd. North Curated by Sheridan Gold, the show features work by local artists on the theme of women’s sensuality and power. 5-8pm. Free.
On Valentine’s Day proper, it’s time to dance as Guided to Safety holds a series of flash mobs throughout Petaluma, followed by a community dance event at the Lucchesi Community Center. For more information on flash mob locations, visit their Facebook page.
According to director Trisha Almond, it’s a community invitation to “walk out, strike, dance, rise up” and demand an end to the 1 billion women on the planet who will be raped, beaten or sexually abused during their lifetime. 320 North McDowell Boulevard. 3-9pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and at the door.
The events cultivate with The Vagina Monologues on February 28, a series of vignettes—both humorous and touching— about women’s sexuality and based on Eve Ensler’s groundbreaking play. Directed by Jennifer March, founder of Petaluma Readers Theater. 7pm. Rooster Run Event Center, 2301 E. Washington St. Tickets $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Additional shows March 1 and 2.
Advance tickets for all events may be purchased online at www.BrownPaperTickets.com. Tickets for One Billion Rising and The Vagina Monologues are also available from Viva Cocolat and Massage Envy.