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March 23 2015

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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.

This week in NapaLife

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  • Lucky Penny’s 2015-2016 Season
  • Napa Valley Vintners wine winners
  • New hours for The Runway By Patrick
  • Ralph Lauren Home at Silver Trident
  • Del Dotto extends delicacies
  • Napa Community Garden
  • A festival for Boomers
  • McKinstry Street closing next week
  • NVT OnDemand to launch in Napa
  • Wine Library’s Wine Seminar
  • Emmylou Harris with Rodney Crowell
  • Honey Wine book wins award
This week in Napa Valley

  • Finding Gaston with Peruvian dinner
  • Vintner Vinyl with Emma Swain
  • This week at Cameo Cinema
  • Vine Trail public meetings
  • Altan with Liz Carroll at City Winery
  • Brian Coutch at Silo’s
  • Music at Uva Trattoria this week
  • Jonny Lang at the Uptown Theatre
  • Mad Fritz Tap Takeover at Farmstead
  • Kostow at St. Helena Library
  • Chef and Somm Series at Silverado
  • Lucky Penny presents Bonnie & Clyde
  • Matthiasson dinner at the Thomas
  • Everyone Orchestra at City Winery
  • Locals Thursday with Nate Lopez
  • Riesling Fan Club of Napa Valley
  • A Tribute to Johnny Cash at Silo’s
  • Nate Lopez at River Terrace Inn
  • Dinner music with Mads Tolling
  • Paula Poundstone at City Winery
  • Oregon wine tasting at Back Room
  • Mustards’ shells and pods for March
  • Kollar’s Easter workshop for kids
  • The Big Gay Train
  • Jamieson Ranch Vineyards spring fest
  • Peter Feliciano at River Terrace Inn
  • Progressive dinner with Auberge
  • Gaucho plays Gypsy Jazz at Silo’s
  • Pretty Muddy Mud Run
  • Wags N Wine supper at Peju Province
  • The Four Sopranos,
  • World of Wine fundraiser
  • WineSpirit: The Art & Science of Wine
  • César Chavez and Dolores Huerta Day
  • Beyond Four Cups: The Napa Seder
  • An evening with Spike Lee

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Music in Napa Valley

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City Winery at the Napa Valley Opera House

  • March 24 NVOH Presents Altan with special guest Liz Carroll
  • March 27 NVOH Presents: Paula Poundstone
  • Mar. 28 World of Wine 2015 Patron dinner presented by Napa Valley Family Services
  • Mar. 29 Spike Lee
  • Mar. 30 Vintner Vinyl Olivia Brion

  • Mar. 31 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks “The Big Sleep"
  • April 1 Trivia Nights with Ted Davidson -
  • April 1 Emerging Artist Showcase hosted by Shelby Lanterman -with Kristen VanDyke, Amber Snider, Sara Rodenburg 
  • April 2 Lilly Hiatt
  • April 2 Sun Kings - A Premier Tribute to The Beatles
  • April 3 North Mississippi Allstars with Anders Osborne (sold out)
  • April 4 Poor Man's Whiskey
  • April 7 & 8 Yoga Girl - Rachel Brathen
  • April 10 Cash'd Out
  • April 12 NVOH Presents: Transcendence Theatre Company: Oh What A Beautiful Mashup
  • April 17 Young Dubliners
  • April 18 Arlo Guthrie - Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour (sold out)
  • April 19  NVOH & Lucky Penny Present: An Evening with Sandy & Richard Riccardi "Tastefully Raunchy"
  • April 22 Reckless Kelly with with Rosie Flores
  • April 23 Janis Ian and Tom Paxton 
  • April 26 NVOH & Terry Bradford Present: "Baubles, Bangles & Beads" The Concert
  • April 27 Eldar Trio
  • April 28 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “The Band Wagon“
  • April 29 Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra
  • April 30 Steve Earle & The Dukes
  • May 1An Evening with Pete Yorn - You & Me Acoustic
  • May 3 Andy McKee    
  • May 7 Rivvrs with Anadel
  • May 8  Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell (sold out)
  • May 9 The David Bromberg Quintet
  • May 11 Rhiannon Giddens with Bhi Bhiman
  • May 13 Nellie McKay
  • May 14 Rebirth Brass Band 
  • May 16 Pine Hill Project
  • May 17 NVOH presents: Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
  • May 18 Asleep At The Wheel
  • May 20 “Phantom” star Franc D’Ambrosio  
  • May 24 NVOH and Lucky Penny presents: “Lucky Penny Presents Future Stars Singing Broadway Blockbusters” -
  • May 26 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “Love in the Afternoon“
  • May 28 The Monophonics
  • May 29 Bottlerock After show with Los Lobos
  • May 30 Bottlerock After show with Chris Robinson Brotherhood
  • June 6 Robben Ford
  • June 9 Todd Lundgren
  • June 12 Gordon Lightfoot
  • June 16 World Party
  • June 18 Bob Schneider
  • June 19 Marty Balin
  • June 20  Mike Doughty -
  • June 22 Elaine Elias
  • June 27 Rudy Colombini & The Unauthorized Rolling Stones
  • June 28 An Evening with Leo Kottke 
  • June 30 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “Witness for the Prosecution“
  • July 2 Active Child
  • July 11 John Mayall
  • July 28 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “Double Indemnity“
  • Aug. 6  Maria Muldaur's Way Past Midnight
  • Aug. 14 Marc Cohn plus Phil Cody
  • Aug. 25 NVOH Present's Tuesday Night Flicks: Hitchcock's “To Catch A Thief” 
  • Sept. 20 NVOH and Lucky Penny presents: “I’m the Greatest future Star Musical Theatre Competition for Kids
  • Oct. 25 NVOH and Terry Bradford present Terry Bradfrod's Voice Studio Concert

Most events start at 8 p.m. 

Buy concert tickets or get information on a becoming a member at 260-1600 or

Uptown Theatre 

  • March 25 Jonny Lang 
  • April 16 Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam
  • April 25  Drive-By Truckers
  • May 1  The Boxmasters featuring Billy Bob Thornton
  • May 3 Los Lonely Boys
  • May 16 Comedian Hannibal Buress
  • May 17 The Mavericks
  • Aug 1  Mary Chapin Carpenter
    Sept 19  Comedian Steven Wright

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  

Most shows are at 8 p.m.

Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theate

  • March 29 Peter Coyote with Symphony Napa Valley
  • April 11- 12 TedxNapaValley "Redefining Success"
  • April 24, 5 pm The Peacemakers: Concert for Trafficked Children
  • Napa Valley Youth Symphony: Red Gala
    April 25, 8 pm
  • May 31 Symphony Napa Valley presents Tango and Opera Sensations
  • June 10-11 Napa Valley Jazz Getaway
  • June 28 Symphony Napa Valley presents Viva Vivaldi!

Get information and tickets at or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

  • Apr 10-26 Once On This Island with Music Napa Valley 
  • May 1 Suitcase Full Of Swing NVC Jazz Ensemble
  • May 1-10 Kalos Kai Agathos by Jon Tracy           
  • May 3 Musical Mélange North Bay Wind Ensemble,
  • May 8 The Planets by Gustav Holst with the NVC Orchestra
  • May 9 Voice Recital
  • May 17 Candide (Concert Version)

Visit, or or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center

  • March 26-April 4 Bonnie & Clyde
  • April 23-May 10 8 x 10: A Festival of 10 Minute Plays
  • June 4-20 Cowgirls: The Musical
  • July-August Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Lucky Penny productions also appear at other venues includinghave its ongoing Sunday series at  the Napa Valley Opera House once a month.