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Independence Day in Napa
Napa Lights the Valley
News of the performing arts
Cinema and music at Charles Krug
Lincoln /Museum Americana Series
Coming up at Capp Heritage
Performing Arts Center schedule
News of the visual arts
di Rosa closed for installation
Nancy Willis at Upper Valley Campus
Veterans Home Exhibitions
Living in Uncertain Times, Part 2
News of the literary arts
Creative writing at College
Creative summer fun for kids
Narrative Filmmaking Camp
Summer of STEM
Summer classes at Lincoln Theater
Justin-Siena’s comedy improv
Napa Valley Dance Center workshop
VOENA Summer Camp
News for the wine community
Kerrin Laz coming to CIA Copia
Auction Napa Valley sells out tickets
Indelicato Wine Institute chairman

Vintners serve at Veterans Home
Boisset introduces Indian wine
Stills return to Napa
New Napa distillery
This week in Napa Valley
This week at the Cameo Cinema
Argentine Winemaker at CIA at Copia
Napa Tuesday Farmers’ Market
Locals Night at Blue Note
CIA chef’s tour of Napa Valley
Failla at Cadet Wine Wednesday    

Variety Circus with Drea
Third Thursdays at Five
Summer Solstice yoga at Mondavi
Blair Crimmins and the Hookers
Grape Study: Grenache
Latin Night at Silo’s
Calistoga Concerts in the Park
St. Helena Farmers’ Market
Mumm gallery photos by Todd Hido
Cheers to 35 years of truckstop deluxeTasting of unusual bubbles
Napa City Nights
Comedy at the Blue Note
Motown & Classic Soul Revue at Silo’s
Late night music at Ca’ Momi Osteria
Napa Saturday Farmers’ Market
Growing herbs & cocktail garnishes
Calistoga summer sidewalk sale
Summer kickoff at Provenance
Global knife demonstration
Repin and the Russian Romantics
Golf with St. Supéry
Home Winemakers Classic
Quintessa summer solstice party
Worlds Apart at Jarvis
Whitehall Lane Winery lobster dinner
Dinner with chef Jossel at Farmstead
Despicable Me 3  in American Canyon
Electric Flag alumni at Blue Note
Martha Davis & The Motels at Silo’s
Northern California: Love letter Art
Summer Sundays at Goose & Gander
Compadres Music on the River
Ratatouille benefit for Camp Hope
Alliance Française presents L’Odyssée


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Lucky Penny Community Arts Center 

  • June 30 The Dynamic Duet Daniela Innocenti Beem and Julie Ekoue-Totou 
  • 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  

  • June 28 – Chris Isaak
  • June 30 - Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • 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. 18 - Cesar Millan
  • Sept. 6 - Abba the Concert
  • Oct. 6 - Simon & Garfunkel Story
  • Oct. 12 - Get The Led Out
  • Oct. 19 - Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes
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

  • June 19 locals Night Mix It Up: Open Jam Music, Mixology, the Menu and You! 
  • June 21 Blair Crimmins and the Hookers
  • June 22 Emma Willmann
  • June 23 Electric Flag with Barry Goldberg, Harvey Mandel & Nick Gravenites
  • June 26 Locals Night Featuring Secure the Sun + TBD 
  • June 27 Danielle Nicole
  • June 28 Reed Mathis
  • June 29 Funk Revival Orchestra
  • June 30 Comedy At the Blue Note: Andy Bumatai with Guest Kamaka Brown
  • July 5 Chase Jackson Quartet
  • July 6 John Lee Hooker Jr.
  • 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)

  • June 30 Class Of 1998's 20 Year Reunion
  • 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

  • June 21 Mike Greensill plays piano
  • Jun 21 LATIN NIGHT at Silo's: Julius Melendez w/Conjunto Seis de Montuno,
  • June 22 Tom Shelf featuring Wand Diamon
  • June 23 Martha Davis and the Motels
  • June 28 Mike Greensill plays piano
  • June 29-Firefall
  • June 30-Firefall 
  • July 4 Fireworks viewing party with Rhythm Method 4
  • June 5 Mike Greensill plays piano
  • July 5 Erick Baker - Singer/Songwriter from Nashville!
  • July 6  LATIN NIGHT at Silo's: Latin Rhythm Boys
  • July 7- Don Bassey & Friends Birthday Bash!
  • 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,

  • June 23 Symphony Napa Valley: Repin and the Russian Romantics

  • June 24 Ratatouille showing for Camp Hope

  • June 29 Jayme Stone‘s Folklife

  • *July 1 Symphony & Salsa Spectacular: A Stars and Stripes Celebration at Copia

  • July 6 Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters

  • 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.

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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

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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.


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