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April 23, 2018

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Pizza, breakfast and lunch at Copia

Francis House to open in July.

Another gym coming to south Napa

The Ackerman Heritage House

Wellness Wednesday at Spa Terra

Women of Wine (WOW) tour

All-day happy hour at Tarla

Wine Train adds Quattro Vino Tour

New things to see and do

Cycling in the Vineyards

Americana Series at Lincoln Theater

Monastery Books & Gifts

Downtown Napa brunch tour

Sofie Contemporary Arts gallery

New wine tasting experiences

Napa 4th of July Parade seeks entries

News for the wine community

Napa Valley Hospitality Symposium

Ayesha Curry to debut wine brand

Brut Custom Crush formed in Napa

Napa’s Heitz Cellars Sold

ASEV National Conference

Vineyard Economics Symposium

This week in Napa Valley

This Week at the Cameo Cinema

Tuesday at the Napa Farmers’ Market

The Q 11th Anniversary Celebration

Film class at the Cameo Cinema   

Locals Night with 3 on a Match

Dine & Donate for ParentsCAN

Wine Wednesday at Cadet

Battle of the Valley basketball game

Dave Stryker Trio

Rail Arts District (RAD) open house

Arts Council Spring Soirée

Robert Louis Stevenson Poetry Night

GSM at Back Room Wines

Middle Eastern food, music & dancers

Mike Greensill - Evening Jazz at Silo’s

Latin Night at Silo’s

The M-Tet

Fish fry to-go at La Saison

Guest chef dinner at Farmstead

Springtime rosé tasting

Barbara Winiarski and Passages


A dinner for No Kid Hungry

Napa Solano Home & Garden Show

Kitchens in the Vineyards preview

Kitchens in the Vineyards Tour

Vineyard to Vintners weekend

Miss Firecracker Contest at Lucky Penny

Pink and White Party

Music at Alba in the River Terrace Inn

Mustards’ dinner series

Works on Paper exhibit and sale

Jeffrey Halford & The Healers

Keiko Matsu at Blue Note Napa

Late Night at Ca’ Momi Osteria!

Sol-Etudes Eurythmy recital     

Saturday at Napa Farmers’ Market

Flowers & Foliage for the House

Gail Chandler at Gallery 1870

Bicycle racing at Calistoga Speedway

Rutherford Fireman’s Ball

Napa Youth ensemble at Jarvis

‘Torch Songs of World War II’    ‘

Arts in April at Bardessono

Hall Cabernet Cook-off

Art at Flora Springs

Art, Sip & Stroll

Forejour at Silo’s

Fresh Tastes of Spring

Japanese Whiskey 101

Plein Air Painters

Images of China

Garage Band 101 for Adults

Beringer Founders’ Day

Poetry and Prose

Future events

Cameo Cinemabite

Youth in Music

Camille Creek School fundraiser

Timbers and Textures

Stand Up for Planned Parenthood

Harvest Inn cigar weekend

Spring Fling at Crocker & Starr

Cuban Night at Markham

Janet Fletcher’s World Cheese Tour:

ZD Wines Crush Challenge


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Music and Drama in Napa Valley

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Lucky Penny Community Arts Center 

  • April 27 - May 13 The Miss Firecracker Contest
  • May 19 I'm the Greatest Future Star Musical Theatre Showcase for Kids 

  • May 26 Live Comedy
  • June 1 - 17 Hands on a Hardbody
  • Aug. 19 Lucky Shorts short story festival
  • Oct. 19-Nov. 4. Blithe Spirit
  • 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
  • Sept. 7-23 Into the Woods

Visit or call 266-6305.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center is at 1758 Industrial Way in Napa. 

Blue Note Club

  • April 24-Locals Night featuring 3 On A Match

  • April 25-Dave Stryker Trio

  • April 26-The M-Tet

  • April 27-Keiko Matsui

  • April 28-Keiko Matsui

  • May 2-Ben Misterka and Collectivity

  • May 3-Kenny G.

  • May 4-Kenny G.

  • May 5-Kenny G.

  • May 6-Kenny G.

  • May 10-wellRED: From Dixie With Love Featuring Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan & Corey Forrester

  • May 11-wellRED: From Dixie With Love Featuring Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan & Corey Forrester

  • May 12-Cecil Ramirez

  • May 15-Locals Night featuring Analog Us+ Cabbagehead + Noema

  • May 18-Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

  • May 19-Chris Standring Album Release Show

  • May 29-Locals Night featuring JourneyDay & Belle + Take Flight A Capella

  • June 1-The Baylor Project

  • June 2-Alvon Johnson: Ambassador of the Blues

  • June 8-Jonathan Fritzén

  • June 9-Jonathan Fritzén

  • June 14-Alpha Rhythm Kings

  • June 15-Acoustic Alchemy

  • June 16-Mojo Green

  • June 30-Andy Bumatai, Kamaka Brown

  • July 13-Hot Club of Cowtown

  • July 20-The Humidors

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)

  • April 29 NVOH presents U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West Winds
  • May 20 Voena: Voices of the Yesterday
  • May 25 Bottlerock aftershow with Bleachers with Welshly Arms
  • May 26 Bottlerock aftershow with Thievery Corporation and DJ Aaron Axelsen
  • June 30 Class Of 1998's 20 Year Reunion
  • Oct. 12 Allen Stone with Nick Waterhouse
  • Nov. 30 A John Waters Christmas

 Visit or

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

Uptown Theatre  

  • April 26 - Charlie Daniels Band
  • April 27 - Crystal Bowersox

  • April 28 - The Wailers

  • April 29 - Rick Springfield
  • May 4 - Richard Marx

  • May 10 - Stephen Stills & Judy Collins

  • May 11 - David Sedaris

  • May 12 – Rufus Wainwright
  • May 19 Paramount’s Laser Spectacular featuring the Music of Pink Floyd

  • May 20 - Weird Al Yankovic

  • June 6 - Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot!
  • June 9 – Comedian Brian Regan

  • July 14 - Paula Poundstone

  • July 21 - Ry Cooder
  • June 28 Chris Isaak -
  • Aug. 11 - Amos Lee
  • Oct. 12 – Get The Led Out

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

Silo's Club

  • April 26-Mike Greensill – Evening jazz
  • April 27-Jeffrey Halford & The Healers
  • April 28-Forejour - Tribute to Foreigner & Journey
  • April 29-Garage Band 101 for Adults
  • May 3-Mike Greensill – Evening jazz
  • May 4-Papa Joe & The New Deal
  • May 5-Zebop - Tribute to Santana
  • May 6-Sundays at Silo’s – You've Got A Friend: The Carole King Songbook
  • May 10-Mike Greensill – Evening jazz
  • May 11-Neon Velvet – Modern Rock & New Wave Hits
  • May 12-The Cripple Creek Band
  • May 13-NVJS presents: Ken Peplowski + Diego Figueiredo Duo
  • May 17-Mike Greensill – Evening jazz
  • May 18-Carlos Reyes & Friends - Two Shows!
  • May 19-Ambrosia
  • May 20-Sundays at Silo’s – Antsy McClain
  • May 24-Mike Greensill – Evening jazz
  • May 25-BottleRock official aftershow: The Districts + Anchor & Bell
  • May 26-BottleRock official aftershow: Magic Giant + Flor
  • May 31-Mike Greensill – Evening jazz
  • June 2-Boys of Summer - Tribute to The Eagles
  • June 9-JOEL the Band - Tribute to Billy Joel
  • June 29-Firefall
  • June 30-Firefall  
  • July 7-Don Bassey & Friends Birthday Bash!
  • July 21-Orleans  
  • July 28-Charlie Hunter Trio

Silo's is at 530 Main St. in Napa. See

Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater

  • April 28 Torch Songs of World War II with Opus Trio

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.

  • May 13 – Duo of Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo and the master of clarinet and sax Ken Peplowski

  • June 10 – Ali Ryerson Quartet featuring the jazz and classical flutist

Get information and tickets at

E & M Presents

  • June 16 Olate Dogs at Lincoln Theater

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

  • May 4 Symphonic Evolution Napa Valley College Community Orchestra

  • May 8 Spring Guitar Ensemble

  • May 12 Spring Voice Recital

  • May 13 Timbres & Textures Napa Valley College/North Bay Wind Ensemble

  • May 16 Applied Honors Recital

  • May 20 North Bay Wind Ensemble

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.

Buy at 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