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Feast It Forward Studio is open
Cindy’s to be commissary kitchen
Details on Oak Knoll Resort project
Market Wine, Bubbles & Bites
Napa Stories about the wildfires
Calistoga Harvest Table on sale 
Festival Napa Valley free series
News for the wine community
Spencer Wolff chef at Sterling
Issues in Fermentation Management
Vinitech-Sifel in Bordeaux
This week in Napa Valley
This week at the Cameo Cinema
Tuesday at the Napa Farmers’ Market
Winemaker class on Arizona wines
The Slackers in Paradise Tour
Wine Wednesday at Cadet
A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
Vines, Wines, and Rock ‘n’ Roll
Taco and sake pop-up
Sunset Cinema at Charles Krug
Family Movie Night: Zoo
Mike Greensill - Evening Jazz |
David Kelleher Solo Acoustic at Silo’s
JaMSession with David Ronconi
The Storytellers in St. Helena
Calistoga Concerts in the Park
Copia concert: Complicated Animals
Terrie Odabi at the Blue Note
Grape Study: Bordeaux Blends
Straight No Chaser at Blue Note
St. Helena Farmers’ Market
Art and more at Brasswood
Jessel welcomes Olaf Schneider
Family Programs at the Library
Bastille Day fête at Back Room Wines
Valley Players with The Old Friends
Will Durst at Lucky Penny
Mustards Pour-Off Pair-Off dinner
Art in the Library: Maggy Walton

Journey Revisited at Silo’s
Summer city concerts
Hamilton Musical Camp Performance
The Hot Club of Cowtown
American Idol at the Uptown
Calistoga Farmers Market
Saturday at Napa Farmers’ Market
Growing Olives
Glass artist Randy Strong at Museum
Feast It Forward Studio opening
Creativity Jam at di Rosa
Farm Dinner at Greystone for bees
Bastille Day at Raymond Vineyards sold out
Let the Sunshine in at Jarvis
Bastille Day at Bouchon
Bastille Day with Y. Rousseau Wines
Free family fun activity: Smart Cookie
Carnivale du Vin
Duo Gadjo at Beringer
The Grand Opening of Pendleton
Paula Poundstone at the Uptown
Garden music at St. Clair Brown
The Charles Krug Comedy Series
Poco at Silo’s
Alex Bugnon at Blue Note
A Tribute to Elvis Presley
Music on the River at Compadres
Summer Sundays at Goose & Gander
Yountville Music in the Park
Future events
Laird Family Estate Golf Scramble
Event for Mary Luros
Guest chef dinner at The Charter Oak
Craft Beer, Spirits and Oyster Festival
NapaShakes screens Rice’s Dream
A celebration at Stags’ Leap Winery
Farms, Barns & Vines at Baldacci
Rutherford Chili Ball
Ceja lobster feast
Heritage Fire Returns to Napa Valley
Starlight Supper Club
Judd’s Hill at Napa Valley Bistro


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Music and Drama in Napa Valley

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Lucky Penny Community Arts Center 

  • July 13 Will Durst's Durst Case Scenario: Midterm Madness
  • July 28 Comedy Night with Johnny Steele 
  • Aug. 3-12 The Tasting Room by Barry Martin
  • Aug. 19 Lucky Shorts short story festival
  • Oct. 19-Nov. 4 Blithe Spirit
  • Nov. 31-Dec. 16. Scrooge in Love
  • Jan. 18-27, 2019. The Enchanted Bookshop
  • Feb. 15-March 3, 2019. Forever Plaid
  • March 22-April 7, 2019. Bingo, The Winning Musical
  • April 26-May 12, 2019 Reasons to Be Pretty/Reasons to Be Happy
  • May 31-June 16, 2019 Cabaret
  • Sept. 7-23 Into the Woods

Visit or call 266-6305.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center is at 1758 Industrial Way in Napa.

Uptown Theatre  

  • July 12  - Straight No Chaser American Idol: Live! 2018
  • July 14 - Paula Poundstone

  • July 21, 22 - Ry Cooder
  • July 28 - Tig Notaro
  • Aug. 4 - Robert Cray
  • Aug. 11 - Amos Lee
  • Aug. 12 – Clint Black
  • Aug. 18 - Cesar Millan
  • Aug. 23 – Colin Jost
  • Sept. 6 - Abba the Concert
  • Sept. 12 – The Mavericks
  • Sept. 16 – Craig Ferguson – HOBO Fabulous Tour
  • Oct. 6 - Simon & Garfunkel Story
  • Oct. 12 - Get The Led Out
  • Oct. 19 - Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes
  • Oct. 20 – Steven Wright
  • Nov. 16 – Hollywood Babble-On – Kevin Smith & Ralph Garman
  • Nov. 18 – An Unpredictable Evening with Todd Rundgren
  • Dec. 9 – Dweezil Zappa: Choice Cuts!
Most shows are at 8 p.m. The Uptown Theatre is at 1350 Third St. in Napa. The box office phone is 259-0123 x 6 and website is

Blue Note Club

  • July 10 Locals Night featuring Jim Kimo West and Ken Emerson / Slackers In Paradis
  • July 11 A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix Feat Guidance Band

  • July 12 Terrie Odabi

  • July 13 Hot Club of Cowtown

  • July 14 Alex Bugnon

  • July 15 Henry Kapono

  • July 18 Guidance Band CD Release Party

  • July 19 Obsidian Son

  • July 20 The Humidors

  • July 21 Bria Skonberg

  • July 24 Locals Night Mix It Up: Open Jam Music, Mixology, the Menu and You!
  • July 25 Ron Artis II & the Truth
  • July 26 Roots of a Rebellion
  • July 26 Roots of a Rebellion
  • July 27 Doyle Bramhall II
  • July 31 Locals Night with Roem Baur
  • Aug. 1 Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
  • Aug. 2-4 Maxi Priest
  • Aug. 8 Carlos Henrique Pereira
  • Aug. 11 More Than Acoustic featuring members formerly of Boston, Night Ranger
  • Aug. 15 Brian Melvin's Fog with Barry Sless featuring Brian Melvin,BR
  • Aug. 16 Tom Braxton
  • Aug. 17 Damien Escobar
  • Aug. 18 Kahulanui
  • Aug. 23 Tyrone Wells
  • Aug. 24 & 25 Michael Lington
  • Sep. 6-8 Omar Sosa
  • Sep. 12 Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
  • Sep. 19 Katie Thiroux
  • Sep. 20 Mordy Ferber Quartet
  • Sep. 21 & 22 Lisa Fischer
  • Sep. 27-29 Brian McKnight
  • Oct. 10 The Reverend Shawn Amos
  • Oct. 11 Yolanda Brown
  • Oct. 23 Locals Night with Roem Baur
  • Oct. 24 Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
  • Dec. 13-15 The Manhattan Transfer
  • Dec. 18 Locals Night: Holiday Soiree + Toys for Tots Drive featuring Roem Baur
  • Feb. 7-19 Ottmar Liebert

Visit or call 880-2300.

The Blue Note is at 1030 Main St. in Napa.

Napa Valley Opera House Ballroom (JaM Cellars Ballroom
Upstairs in Margrit Mondavi auditorium)

  • Oct. 12 Allen Stone with Nick Waterhouse
  • Nov. 30 A John Waters Christmas

 Visit or

Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St. Napa. 880-2303

Silo's Club

  • July 12 Mike Greensill plays piano
  • July 21- Orleans
  • July 22 Napa Valley Jazz Society Presents: Jay Leonhart duo
  • July 28 - Charlie Hunter Trio
  • Aug. 30 LATIN NIGHT at Silo's: Julius Melendez w/Conjunto Seis de Montuno

Silo's is at 530 Main St. in Napa. See

Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater

Napa Valley Performing Arts Center
Here’s the whole announced season for Napa Valley Performing Arts Center (though two performances* will be at Copia, not Lincoln Theater,

  • July 9-13 Justin-Siena‘s Comedy Improv Theatre Workshop

  • July 7-15 Valley Players present The Old Friends by Horton Foote

  • July 26 Festival Napa Valley presents The Red Violin Live with Joshua Bell and Orchestra

  • July 27 Festival Napa Valley present Dance Gala featuring: San Francisco Ballet

  • July 28 Festival Napa Valley presents Bernstein Centennial selections from West Side Story featuring Michael Fabiano and Larisa Martinez

  • July 30-Aug. 3 VOENA Summer Camp

  • July 16-Aug. 9 Napa Valley Dance Center‘s summer Intensive Workshop

  • *Aug. 18 Reds, Whites and Bluegrass at Copia

  • Sept. 8 National Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering

  • Oct. 5-14Valley Players present Ordinary Day by Lorraine Midanik

  • Dec. 6-7 Transcendence‘s Broadway Holiday Spectacular

  • Feb. 15-24, 2019 Valley Players present Farce of Habit by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten

Get information and tickets at or 944-9900.

Napa Valley Jazz Society

All shows are Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m. and at Silo's in Napa except as indicated.

Get information and tickets at

E & M Presents

Buy tickets at For more information, visit, email or call 224-4353 or 501-8567.


Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

Napa Valley Music at Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

Visit or call 256-7500.

Napa Valley Theater 
at Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

Visit or call 256-7500.

 Books by Paul Franson

The 2018 NapaLife Insider's Guide to Napa Valley

by Paul Franson


The NapaLife Insider's Guide to Napa Valley tells the stories behind the valley and its people, and learn everything from the best views in Napa Valley to why Napa Valley is the unique place it is.

Buy at for $19.99 Buy Kindle version at  for $4.99

Spinning the Bottle Again

By Paul Franson and Harvey Posert

Spinning the Bottle Again contains strategies, tactics and case studies of wine  public relations. It’s a heavily updated and revised version of the seminal book on wine public relations, Spinning the Bottle.

Spinning the Bottle Again is a collection of theory, practical information and case studies about promoting wine, wineries and wine related issues.

Print version is $19.95 from Createspace, part of Amazon, at

Kindle version from $9.99.

Escapes to Paradise: Adventures and Misadventures in the Romantic Caribbean Sea

by Paul Franson

You may dream of buying a boat in the tropics, but you’d do well to read this book before you do.

Author and sailor Paul Franson has had some of the best times in his life on the varied islands of the West Indies, but he’s also had some experiences that he can be philosophical about only decades later.


The book also includes tales of other sailing adventures, a guide to sailing some popular islands, and a cookbook of Caribbean recipes.


Print version $9.99


Kindle version $4.99 from

You can also contact Paul Franson to find out how to buy copies locally or pdf versions for use on computers and tablets. Email