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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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Fieldwork Brewery open at Oxbow Market
Lucky Penny’s I Wanna Be Bad
Cadet closing for three days this week
News of our wine community
New winery coming to Oakville
Lagniappe Estate for sale
Vintage Wine Estates buys Delectus
Ronnie Wood art at Cliff Lede
Stags Leap appellation collection
Napa County WDO seminar
This week in Napa Valley
Cinemabites Cooking Up a Tribute
This week at the Cameo Cinema
Lyonnais dinner from Bank Café
Napa Tuesday Farmers’ Market
Oxbow School Visiting Artist Lecture
Wine Down at Provenance
Evening jazz with Mike Greensill
Australia Thunder at Lincoln Theater
Will Durst - Elect to Laugh 2016
C4INC at Silo’s
St. Helena Farmers’ Market
Vine Trail Oak Knoll opening
Shirley Roy at Kitchen Collective    Midnight Harvest at Silo’s
Art for Manetti Shrem Museum
Syrah styles at Back Room Wines
Big Red October at Mustards
Seamus Mullen at Farmstead
Swanson Vineyards at Ad Hoc
Masters Dinner with Veuve Clicquot
Napa Saturday Farmers’ Market
Singer Victor DesRoches at BurgerFi
Guy Buffet at North Bay Gallery
Local author fest at Bookmine
Di Party di Rosa benefit art auction
Florence and the Uffizi Gallery
Tribute band Fleetwood Mask
The Little Mermaid at college theater
Songwriters in the Round
Movie Night at Connolly Ranch
Pumpkin carving at Farmstead
Alex & Gayle’s Quadra-Palooza
Art, music and wine at Quent Cordair
Hard Hats & Heels for Habitat Home
VOENA at Silo’s
Sci-fi author event at Bookmine
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Napa Food Day

Vega Sicilia dinner at Bottega


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Music and Drama in Napa Valley

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Uptown Theatre

Oct 29 – Richard Thompson and The Blind Boys of Alabama

Nov 9-13 - The Napa Valley Film Festival

Nov. 18 and 19 – Boz Scaggs

Dec 1 – An Irish Christmas

Dec. 2 – Chris Isaak

Dec. 8 - Lewis Black 

Dec 16 – Jonny Lang

Dec 17 - Citizen Cope

Jan. 28 Tom Papa

Mar 4 - The Irish Rovers

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

Oct. 27-30 Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

Nov. 4 Francis Ford Coppola and Ralph Macchio - The Making of The Outsiders

Nov. 5 Howell Mountain Harvest Celebration!

Nov. 9-13 Napa Valley Film Festival

Nov. 16 Orquesta Victoria tango orchestra

Nov. 19 Pablo Sainz Villegas

Dec. 3 Mariachi Los Camperos

Dec. 5 7 USAF Band of the Golden West Holiday Concert

Dec. 10 Voices of The Season on Broadway

Dec. 11 Holidays in Vienna with Symphony Napa Valley

Dec. 17-18 The Nutcracker

April 8 Symphony Gala and Concert

June 25 Mostly Mozart

Get information and tickets at or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

Napa Valley College 2016-2017 Music Season

Nov. 6 Master Series: Dr. Roberto Gonzalez 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 20 Chorale Americana with Napa Valley College Chorale directed by Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes 3 p.m.

Dec. 4 Strings Ring Napa Valley College Orchestra directed by Harry Cadelago 3 p.m.

Dec. 9 Cool Jazz with NVC Jazz Ensemble directed by Brian Simpson 8 p.m.

Dec. 11 Windfall with North Bay Wind Ensemble directed by Harry Cadelago 3 p.m.

Feb. 12 Master Series: King, Wilkes, Silva & Osten 3 p.m.

April 23 Master Series: Dr. Roberto Gonzalez 7:30 p.m.

April 30 Bach to the Future with Napa Valley College Chorale directed by Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes 3 p.m.

May 5 Hot Jazz with NVC Jazz Ensemble directed by Brian Simpson 8 p.m.

May 7 Strings Sing Napa Valley College Orchestra directed by Harry Cadelago 3 p.m.

May 21 Windspring North Bay Wind Ensemble directed by Harry Cadelago 3 p.m.

or call 256-7500.

Napa Valley Theater 2016-2017 season

Oct. 15-30 Disney's The Little Mermaid directed by Jennifer King

2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Oct. 29, second showing at 7 p.m.

March 3-12 To Kill a Mockingbird based on the novel by Harper Lee directed by Jennifer King 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

April 21-23 Emergence Theater Festival 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

Visit or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center
2016-17 Season

Oct. 14-23 I Wanna Be Bad: An Original Speakeasy Musical created by Shannon Rider, written by Shannon Rider and Barry Martin

Nov. 4-20 The Miracle Worker by William Gibson

Dec 2-17 The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical with music and lyrics by David Nehls, book by Betsy Kelso

In repertory with

Dec 3-18  ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas by Ken Ludwig

Jan. 27-Feb. 12 A Little Night Music with music and lyrics by Steven Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler based on Ingmar Bergman's comedy of manners, Smiles of a Summer Night

Feb, 24-March 12 Kids Rule the 8 X 10 Festival of 10 Minute Plays

April 21-May 7 Maple and Vine by Jordan Harrison

June 2-18 Clue: The Musical with book by Peter DiPietro, music by Galen Blum, Wayne Barker and Vinnie Martucci, lyrics by Tom Chiodo

Youth Summer Academy Show 


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Spinning the Bottle Again
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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.
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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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