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April 25, 2016

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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.

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This week in NapaLife

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Meritage Resort begins expansion

Feast it Forward studio and store at Oxbow

American Canyon Farmers’ Market

Bike rental opens on Vine Trail

Freshly smoked meats for dinner

Balls of dough

Restaurant wine list award winners

Grocery Outlet open

Arts in April this week

Hours for facilities at Lake Berryessa

News for the wine community

Bulgheroni winery begins renovation

Wines & Vines Oak Conference

osť Today, the 2016 competition

Business Journal Wine Conference

Vineyard Economics Seminar

National ASEV conference

This week in Napa Valley

CinemaBites East Side Sushi

This week at Cameo Cinema

French regional dinners

Hen-House Brewery at Uva

Claypool Cellars at Cadet Wine Bar

Passover dinner at Cindy’s

Todd Rundgren at the Uptown

David Kelleher solo at Silo’s

Live music this week in Napa Valley

Trapped for Planned Parenthood

Black Tie at Calistoga Theater Co.

Blind Tasting - Guess the Grape

Brandon Heath at the Uptown

Sherry tasting and lesson

Lucky Penny’s Andrews Brothers

Crystal Bowersox at the Uptown

Amber Snider at Silo’s

Nancy Rose at Bookmine

Italian foods of spring at Mustards

Chef & Somm dinner at Silverado

Lyndsey Elm from The Voice at Silo’s

Friday music at Wine Train Station

Genuwine dance party

Kitchens in the Vineyards

Strawberry Spectacular class

La Strada Dell’arte street art festival

Creating art circles for peace

Independent Bookstore Day

Engage Art Fair

Go Green Workshop

Preview party for Nimbash

Lynn Mahon at Silver Trident

Grapes and Hops at The Meritage

Mixed media by Trait de Genie

Silo’s Got Talent semi-finals

River School Riviera Rendezvous

La Damnation de Faust at Jarvis

Tour de Cure

Voena at Silo’s

Beer dinner with Hermitage Brewing

Future events

Janet Fletcher’s best British cheeses

Benefit for Mary Luros 

California home energy upgrade

Magnolia dinner at Kitchen Door

Cameo Cinema’s 103rd birthday bash

United Village Transformation

Michael Franti benefit

Italian chef at La Toque

Kentucky Derby Gala


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Music and Drama in Napa Valley

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Uptown Theatre

April 27 -  Todd Rundgren
April 28 - Brandon Heath Benefit Concert
April 29 – Crystal Bowersox
May 5 - Author David Sedaris
May 6 - The Marshall Tucker Band
May 12 - Jewel 
May 15 - Comedian Jo Koy
May 20 – Los Lonely Boys
May 22 – Kris Allen

BottleRock Presents:
  • Thursday May 26 - Cheech and Chong
  • Friday May 27 - The Pharcyde, with Special Guest K. Flay
  • Saturday May 28 - Gogol Bordello
  • Sunday May 29 - Robert DeLong
  • Monday May 30 - Rodrigo y Gabriela
June 12 – Who’s Bad – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band
June 16 - Al Di Meola

June 17 - Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues

June 26 – Al Di Meola
July 1 – Judy Collins
July 6 – Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
July 14 – Comedian Brian Regan
July 16 – Hotel California – A Salute to The Eagles
Sept 16 – Art Garfunkel
Sept 17 – Get the Led Out – The American Led Zeppelin
Sept 23 – Iris DeMent and Loudon Wainwright III 
Dec. 8 - Lewis Black 

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

May 6 California Symphony presents: A Grand Finale
May 14
LolliPOPS! free concert series
May 19 Napa Regional Dance Foundation: Dance Inspires Messages
May 21 VOENA: Voices of Broadway
May 22 Napa Regional Dance Company presents Unseen
June 9 Brian Culbertson's Jazz Getaway Jazz Legend Night
June 10
Brian Culbertson's Jazz Getaway Funk night
June 12 Little Feet - 2016 Recital
June 26 Symphony Napa Valley presents Double Double
July 9 The Fab Four
July 30 La Santa Cecilia
Aug. 14 Dan Goodman Nonsense and Verse 

Get information and tickets at or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

May 13 Cool Jazz Napa Valley College Jazz Ensemble "Stormwatch"
May 15 Symphonic Evolution Napa Valley College Orchestra Concert

Visit, or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center

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

April 15 - May 1 Andrews Brothers by Roger Bean
May 13 - 29 I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Revenge Of The Space Pandas (or Binky Rudich and the Two Speed Clock ) Youth Academy Summer 2016 Production


Books by Paul Franson

The 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 printed copy from Bookmine, me or 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