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NapaLife is the insider's guide to Napa Valley; this is only a taste of the whole newsletter. The weekly newsletter is published by insider Paul Franson.

NapaLife runs 12 to 20 pages each week including a list of almost everything happening in Napa Valley in the next week. It is e-mailed each Monday and an online version is also available. It costs only $1 per week, $50 per year.

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Fires devastate parts of Napa County
JCB Salon Privé opens
Enjoying the Film Festival
Charles Krug sponsors Film Festival
News for the wine community
U.C. Davis wine grape short course
This week in Napa Valley
The Crucible postponed
This week at the Cameo Cinema
Burgundy with Samantha Sheehan
Mike Greensill at Silo’s
Wine Wednesday
Thursday, Oct. 19
Don Bassey & Friends at Silo’s
Jennifer Vranes at Gallery 1870
La Notte Latina     Second Street Band at Silo’s Book Signing at Beringer
Sausage 101
Dinner with Silver Oak and Twomey
A haunting at Kitchen Collective
Jarvis presents What's in a Name?
Guitarzilla Monsters of Surf Guitar
Osteria Live!
Teatro Bistecca
Joe Galambos at White Barn
Napa Strong benefit concert
Music on the Lawn
El Día de los Muertos
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Clairdee’s Letter to Lena Horne
Mike Thompson's holiday party


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Silo's Club

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

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

Visit or call 880-2300.

Napa Valley Opera House Ballroom (Upstairs JaM CellarsBallroom in Margrit Mondavi auditorium)
  • Nov. 8 – 12 Napa Valley Film Festival
  • Dec. 2 USAF Band of the Golden West
Opera House Ballroom, 1030 Main St. Napa. 880-2303

Uptown Theatre
  • October 21 - Howie Mandel
  • October 28 - Louis Prima Jr. & The Witnesses
  • October 29 - Home Free
  • November 8-12 - The Napa Valley Film Festival
  • November 25 - The Fab Four
  • November 30 - An Irish Christmas
  • December 1 - Comedian TJ Miller
  • December 2 - Hotel California
  • December 7 - Chris Isaak's Holiday Tour
  • December 8 - the Pixies (2nd Show!)
  • December 9 - the Pixies
  • December 22 - Todd Rundgren
  • January 27 - Five for Fighting
  • April 5 and 6 Boz Scaggs
  • February 16 - Sebastian Maniscalco
  • April 20 - Kathleen Madigan
  • May 20 - Weird Al Yankovic
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

Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater
  • Nov. 4 Howell Mountain Harvest Celebration
  • Dec. 9 VOENA: Voices of the Season...Wonderland
  • Dec. 10 Holidays in Buenos Aires
  • Dec. 16 & 17 The Nutcracker
Get information and tickets at    or 944-9900.
Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

E & M Presents

  • Jan. 14 Doktor Kaboom in “Lookout, Science Is Coming”! 

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

Napa Valley Music

Visit or call 256-7500.
Napa Valley Theater 

Visit or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center
2016-17 Season
  • Oct. 27 - Nov. 5 The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  • Dec.  1 - 23 Annie
  • Jan. 19 – Feb. 4 8x10: Ten Minute Play Festival
  • Feb. 23 - March 11 Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical
  • March 29 - April 8 Scream Queens
  • April 27 - May 13 The Miss Firecracker Contest
  • June 1 - 17 Hands on a Hardbody  
Visit or call 266-6305.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center is at 1758 Industrial Way, Suite 208
in Napa.
 Books by Paul Franson

The 2017 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