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Silo’s closing at end of year
Mike Greensill brunch at Blue Note
Development of the Cinedome area
Upcoming at Silo’s
Upcoming at the Blue Note
Holidays in Yountville
Yountville Holiday Movie Series
CANVAS Experience Magazine
Girard opens winery in Calistoga
Cornerstone opens tasting room
Specials at Charlie Palmer Steak
Friday Featured Vintner Tastings
Get ready for the holidays at the CIA
Domaine Carneros bubbly ice cream
Women’s March Napa Valley,
News for the wine community
A Goldilocks vintage in Napa Valley
Halkovich Heitz VP of operations
Building Value in a Wine Business
Seminar on Advanced Wine Sales
Wine compliance/regulatory issues
2019 DTC Wine Symposium
This week in Napa Valley
This week at the Cameo Cinema
Offices closed for Veterans Day
Compline Wine World Tour
Free Film Festival community day
A Rooftop Cigar Dinner
The Struts are sold out
 Napa Farmer’s Market canceled
Tuna the Wonder Dog
World War I: A War to End All Wars
Mezcal dinner at Gran Electrica
Ragtag Sullivan at Locals Night
The Business of Writing
Get Inside Your Reader’s Brain
Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!”
Bouchon Beaujolais Nouveau Menu
Pint night at Pizzeria Tra Vigne
Manzanita at Blue Note
Beaujolais is my Co-pilot
Compline/Scribe Winery Party
Risotto with Janet Fletcher
Music of Four Centuries
Taste wines from Piedmont
Bookmine’s Book Club
The Smooth Jazz Alley at Blue Note
Gifts ‘n Tyme Holiday Faire
Southside Café pop-up dinners
Jarvis Conservatory Puppet Festival
Thanksgiving wines at Back Room
Michael Herklots at Napa Cigars
Music at River Terrace Inn
Sandemonium at Blue Note
Hollywood Babble-On Tour
The Boombox at Silo’s
Saturday at Napa Market’s Marker
American Folk Art Holiday Festival
Van Winden’s Holiday Open House
Crocker & Starr holiday kickoff party
Hillary Homzie Apple Pie Promises
Splurge-Worthy Whiskies
Benefit for The Oxbow School
Generation Gap Big Band Jazz
Music at Capp Heritage
Music at The Saint
Forejour tribute
LolliPOPS! at Lincoln
Greensill & Maxie Reid at Silo’s
Lenore Hirsch’s double book launch
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Music and Drama in Napa Valley

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Lucky Penny Community Arts Center 

  • 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  

  • Nov. 16 – Hollywood Babble-On – Kevin Smith & Ralph Garman
  • Nov. 17 - Chris Isaak Holiday Tour
  • 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
  • Dec. 15 - Tower Of Power
  • Jan. 26 - JJ Grey & Mofro
  • Jan. 27 – Rosanne Cash
  • March 1  - Irish Rovers
  • March 22 – Matt Nathanson
  • May 10 -   Iliza Millennial

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

  • Nov. 13 Locals Night with Ragtag Sullivan
  • Nov. 14 Manzanita Tickets
  • Nov. 15 The Smooth Jazz Alley featuring Guitarist Joel Del Rosario
  • Nov. 16 Sandra Bernhard
  • Nov. 17 Sandra Bernhard
  • Nov. 20 Locals Night Mix It Up: Pro Jam Music, Mixology, Menu and You
  • Nov. 22 Closed
  • Nov. 23-24 Joshua Radin
  • Nov. 27 Locals night David Ronconi Band
  • Nov. 28 DJ Williams and Shots Fired
  • Nov. 29 Beat-Lele ukulele tribute to the Beatles
  • Nov. 30 – Dec.. 1 Squirrel Nut Zippers Holiday Caravan
  • Dec. 2 Nina Gerber & Jerry Jones' Duo Quartet
  • Dec. 5 Eki Shola with Michael Fortunato
  • Dec. 6 Sal's Greenhouse
  • Dec. 7-8 Bob James
  • Dec. 9 Art Responds: Films on Fire
  • Dec. 12 Holiday Swing: Svetlana & The Delancey Five
  • Dec. 13-15 Manhattan Transfer
  • Dec. 18 Locals Night: Holiday Soiree + Toys for Tots with Roem Baur
  • Dec. 19 Barrio Manouche
  • Dec. 20 Octobop Christmas Show
  • Dec. 21-22 Jessy J. Christmas Performance
  • Dec. 23-26 Closed
  • Dec. 27 Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
  • Dec.. 28-31 Kenny G
  • Jan. 1-3 Closed
  • Jan 5 Bands in the Bay Feat: The Risky Biscuits, Van Goat, Serf and James, Basi Vibe, and DJ Scotty Fox
  • Jan. 11-12 Eric Darius
  • Jan. 17 Peter Harper
  • Jan. 18-19 Anthony David "Hello Like Before Tour" Celebrating the Music of Bill Withers
  • Jan. 25-26 Cassandra Wilson
  • 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)

  • Nov. 30 A John Waters Christmas

 Visit or

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

Silo's Club

  • Nov. 16, The Boombox
  • Nov. 17, Forejour – Tribute to Foreigner & Journey
  • Nov. 18 Sunday Jazz – Mike Greensill & Janice Maxie Reid
  • Nov. 23, Terrie Odabi
  • Nov. 24, The Unauthorized Rolling Stones + Rudy & The King
  • Nov. 25 Sundays at Silo’s – Livestreamed Musical Variety Show
  • Nov. 30, Papa Joe & The New Deal
  • Dec. 1 Caravanserai – Tribute to Santana
  • Dec. 2 Napa Valley Jazz Society Presents: Hot Club of Baltimore – Musicians inspired by Django
  • Dec. 7 Garage Band 101 for Adults
  • Dec. 8 The Best Intentions – Motown of the 60s, 70s & 80s
  • Dec. 9 Garage Band 101 for Kids
  • Dec. 14 Island of Black & White
  • Dec. 15 Tribute Band Blow Out! Hot for Teacher and Stung
  • Dec. 16 Garage Band 101 for Adults
  • Dec. 17 Phoenix Rising: Benefit – Napa City Firefighters Charitable Fund
  • Dec. 21The Deadlies annual Holiday bash
  • Dec. 22 The Rhythm Method 4: Holiday Show
  • Dec. 28 Illeagles – Tribute to The Eagles
  • Dec. 29 When Does Cry tribute to Price
  • Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Partywith N2L!

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,

  • 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

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.


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