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California Dreamin’ and surfboards
Orchard Supply Hardware is closing
Food Corral departing, seeking home
Restaurants not opening soon
Platform 8 adds breakfast, more items
Carpe Diem open Sunday
Kitchen Collective memberships sold
Sunday Brunch on Greystone Terrace
Stanly Lane resort to be Auberge
The Francis House in Calistoga
Silverado hosts tennis tournament
News of the arts and entertainment
Film Festival Calistoga drive-in
Open Mic nights at Capp Heritage
Open Studios Napa Valley
Olivia Dodd leaving Arts Council
Napa community wide yard sale
Sirignano becomes executive chef
Professional Culinary Program
Community Classes for Enthusiasts
College garden and outdoor classes
News for the wine community
Potelle introduces Fourmeaux wines
Silicon Valley Bank opens Napa office
Calistoga vineyard estate for sale
New at Cuvaison Estate Wines
Ashes & Diamonds conversations 
Feast It Forward wine class
Wine Industry Expo & Conference
Hints for publicizing events
This Week in Napa Valley
This week at the Cameo Cinema
Tuesday at the Napa Farmer’s Market
Tapatio tequila cocktails and dinner
Locals Night with Gentlemen Soldiers
Industry Night at Mark Herold Wines
Live Music at Andaz
Japan: The Cookbook 
WineWednesday at JaM Cellars
Painting birds in watercolor
Newfound Wines at Cadet
David Correa Trio at Blue Note
Vegan wine dinner at The Meritage
A musical Mid-East Tapestry
Open Mic at Uncorked at Oxbow
St. Supéry celebrates CaBacon
Latin Night at Silo’s
JaMSession: Zack Freitas
Tom Braxton & Band at Blue Note
Family Movie: The Miracle Season
Summer rosé tasting
Down by the River with Bookmine
Karen MacNeil at The CIA Copia
Ashes & Diamond dinner
Live Music at The Saint
Music on terrace at Merryvale
JaMSession: Serf and James
Jackson Michelson at Silo’s
Anuhea at Blue Note
Osteria Live with Roots Man Project
Saturday at Napa Farmer’s Market
It’s a Grand Night for Singers
Gail Chandler at Gallery 1870
Live music at Beringer
Haulin’ Oats tribute band at Silo’s,
String Quake folk concert at Ca’ Momi
Crocker Starr Carnivus Maximus
Falconry at Bouchaine
Ciderfest at CIA Copia
Summer Sundays at Goose & Gander
Peter Coyote & Dick Grace at Museum
Aldea Change A Life Gala Fundraiser
Napa Valley Book Fest
St. Supéry Harvest Celebration


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Music and Drama in Napa Valley

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Lucky Penny Community Arts Center 

  • Sept. 7-23 Into the Woods
  • 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

Visit or call 266-6305.

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

Uptown Theatre  

  • 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
  • Nov. 30 - Jonny Lang
  • Dec. 1 - Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen
  • Dec. 6 - Jake Shimabukuro
  • Dec. 7 - An Irish Christmas
  • Dec. 8 - Aaron Lewis
  • Dec. 9 -Dweezil Zappa
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

  • 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 Soirée + Toys for Tots with 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

  • Aug. 31 Jackson Michelson + guest Mark MacKay
  • Sept. 1 Haulin’ Oats / Stung – Tribute Band Blow Out!
  • Sept. 6, Phillip G. Smith & The Gentlemen of Jazz
  • Sept. 7, The Rhythm Method 4
  • Sept. 8, Latin Rhythm Boys w/ Special Guest Artie Webb
  • Sept. 9, Delphi Freeman
  • Sept. 14, Notorious
  • Sept. 15, The Best Intentions – Motown of the 60s, 70s & 80s
  • Oct. 14 The Dawdlers - Napa Live: Inside Out Music Crawl
  • Oct. 14 Larry Fuller Trio - presented by Napa Valley Jazz Society
  • Nov. 7 Mike Yung

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,

  • 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