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Farmer and Fox to be Brasswood
New downtown festival
Silverado Market and Bakery
JCB grand opening in Yountville
St. Clair Brown Winery music
Auction Napa Valley tickets on sale
Performing Arts Center seeks help
Film Festival adds staff
Clever move by Harvest Inn
Cindy will get your goat
Classical Arts Film Festival at Jarvis
This week in Napa Valley
A big week in Napa Valley
This week at Cameo Cinema
French regional dinner
Book club discusses codebreakers
Mardi Gras dinners
Mardi Gras at Hurley’s
Mardi Gras at Silverado Resort
Mardi Gras celebration at The Q
Fat Tuesday at Farmstead
Marketing and PR for Arts in April
An inside writer’s look at Hollywood
Harumph and Phifer Pavitt at Cadet
Jason Wright Flamenco at Silo’s
Music at Uva Trattoria this week
Sip & Support Soroptimist Sunrise
The Great Study of Chardonnay
JourneyDay and friends at Silo’s
Valentine truffle-making party
Chateauneuf-du-Pape at Back Room
Pair Off Pour Off Friday at Mustards
Meritage Masters and Makers
The Tuneriders at Silo’s
Valentine’s weekend at Cairdean
Late-night music at Ca’ Momi
Bottled Poetry with Silvi at St. Supéry
Valentine’s weekend at V. Sattui
Making Valentine cards at Museum
Valentine Eve dinners
Beringer Vineyards
Chimney Rock Winery
The Hess Collection
Valentine’s Eve with Kellie at Silo’s
Merryvale Vineyards
Premier for Tunnel Vision at Napkins
Flamenco at the White Barn
Valentine’s Day experiences
Chocolate experience at Kollar
A Taste of Hall
Ben & Jerry’s Valentine’s Special
Cheese & wine with Janet Fletcher
Beringer pairings passport
Stinky cheese and wine
Valentine’s Day dinners
Valentine’s Day entertainment
Lucky in Love with Lucky Penny
Carlos Reyes at Silo’s
Antony and Cleopatra at Cameo
Future events
Unearthing your roots
Youth Symphony’s Red Gala


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Music and Drama in Napa Valley

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Uptown Theatre

Feb 19 - Charlie Musselwhite & North Mississippi Allstars
Feb 20 – Indigo Girls
Feb 26 - The Charlie Daniels Band
March 4 - Dana Carvey
March 11 - Keb' Mo'
March 12 – John Hiatt
March 19 – David Crosby
March 20 – Peter Frampton

March 26 – Jackie Greene
March 31 - Patty Griffin with Sara Watkins and Anais Mitchell
April 29 – Crystal Bowersox
May 5 - Author David Sedaris

May 20 – Los Lonely Boys
July 14 – Comedian Brian Regan
Sept 17 – Get the Led Out – The American Led Zeppelin 

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

Feb. 19-27 Justin Siena Theatre presents: Once On This Island
March 4-6 CabFest Napa Valley
April 3 Symphony Napa Valley presents: Genesis - As It Was
May 6 California Symphony presents: A Grand Finale
June 5 Symphony Napa Valley presents: East Meets West

Get information and tickets at or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

Feb. 21 Joe Galambos, Guitar Masters Series
March 4-20 Guys & Dolls
April 3 Ellington, Strayhorn & The Cotton Club Dr. Roberto-Juan Gonzàlez And The Keith Saunders Trio
April 8-17 Pericles by William Shakespeare
April 17 Lord Nelson Mass Napa Valley College Chorale
April 24 Timbres & Textures North Bay Wind Ensemble Concert
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.

Jan. 29 - Feb. 14 In Love With the 8 X 10: Ten Minute Play Festival
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 $9.99

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