Mar. 27: 'The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter' at the Napa Valley Museum

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There was, in fact, an actual WW II–era riveter named Rosie—Rose Will Monroe, who helped build B-29s in Michigan—but with the passage of time, she’s been lost to big-band jazz and poster iconography. Such as it was in 1942 when Kay Kyser’s swing-era hit “Rosie the Riveter” entered the phrase into wartime parlance, and J. Howard Miller’s famous “We Can Do It!” poster secured the image. Forty years after women worked in factories getting paid less than men for the war effort, filmmaker Connie Field conducted interviews with five real-life Rosies and interspersed them with historical footage; the resulting film ‘The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter’ is a 65-minute gem. Following a screening of the film, a panel of women veterans who served in the armed forces will share their experiences. Watch an underrepresented history come alive on Saturday, March 27, at the Napa Valley Museum. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 2pm. $5. 707.944.0500.Gabe Meline

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