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NapaSport to open March 3
O’Rielly to manage Gran Electrica
Exciting new places to stay 
Francis House
The Ink House
Wine Country Inn
Vista Collina Resort
Community news
Third Street Napa breaks ground
What happened at Lake Berryessa?
BottleRock sold out in an hour
Film Festival calls for entries
Film Festival winter sale
Participate in Arts in April
Arts in April city and town events
Yountville Short Film Festival 
‘The Bachelor’ at Hall winery
Music at Ca’ Momi
Artist Judy Donovan’s works
CIA at Copia adds new classes
More activities at CIA at Copia
Wine train Sweetheart Special
Miminashi Sunday brunch
Happy Hours at Ca’ Momi
Ristorante Allegria Happy Hour
Happy Hour at Market
Brannan’s adapts to modern eating
Crab Special at La Strada
Taste Napa Downtown card
News for the wine community

Three highlights from GFA Review
DtC meeting sold out; stream it
Unified Wine & Grape Symposium next week
VESTA spring classes
Napa Vintage Report
LandSmart vineyard planning workshops
Free erosion control materials
This week in Napa Valley
Ride the Vine for free
Martin Luther King Jr. day events

Cinema Bites at the Cameo
Spoon at Opera House
Locals Night at Blue Note
Mike Greensill at Silo’s
World Jazz at Blue Note
Upstart Night at Cadet
Bookmine Book Club
Poetry and Painting
The Dustbowl Revival
Bookmine Book Club
Poetry and Painting
Low & Slow at Mustards
Don Bassey & Friends at Silo’s
A Speakeasy at St. Clair Brown
Laith Al-Saadi of The Voice
Otis & The Smokestacks
Growing Berries
Women’s March Napa Valley
Authors at the Library
Napa Craft Beer and Spirits Festival
Oxbow Public Market 10 Years
New Releases at Vintners Collective
Festival of 10 Minute Plays
Galette des Rois at Jarvis
An Acapella Extravaganza
Calistoga Sons/Daughters crab feed
Fire Relief Fundraiser at Silo’s
VOENA Carnegie Hall Benefit
Wine Country Women reception
Turning tables on the wine writer
Sake 101 dinner at Miminashi
Coming up
Hurley’s Robert Burns Supper
Bookmark Napa Valley
Wine dinner with Charles Krug
Vine Trail Loco-Motion
Markham Vineyards Lobster Dinner
Hurley’s Mardi Gras
Valentine’s Day with Veuve Clicquot
‘My Funny Valentine’
Berryessa Senior Center Crab Feed


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Blue Note Club

  • Jan 16 - Locals Night with David Correa Trio
  • Jan 17 - Alexa Weber Morales & Boca Mundial
  • Jan 18 - David Sanborn
  • Jan 19 - Laith Al - Saadi of the Voice
  • Jan 20 - David Sanborn
  • Jan 24 - Mark Hummel's Blues Harmonica Blowout
  • Jan 25 - One Grass Two Grass
  • Jan 26 - Henry Kapono
  • Jan 27 - Jody Watley
  • Jan 30 - Locals Night: Serf and James + Alec Lee + First In Flight
  • Jan 31 - The Lowest Pair
  • Feb 1 - The Sam Chase & The Untraditional
  • Feb 2 - Waipuna
  • Feb 3 - The Hot Sardines
  • Feb 4 - Waipuna
  • Feb 6 - Locals Night with Jules Leyhe
  • Feb 9 - Pete Escovedo Orchestra
  • Feb 10 - Pete Escovedo Orchestra
  • Feb 15 - Nicolas Bearde "Jazz for Lovers" an evening to share with your special Valentine
  • Feb 16 and 17 - Lee Ritenour
  • Feb 20 Napa Craft Beer and Spirits Festival noon in JaM Cellars upstairs
  • Feb 20 - Locals Night with 3 On A Match
  • Feb 21 - "Four and More" featuring Mike Clark, Mike Zilber, Peter Barshay and Keith Saunders
  • Feb 22 - Ottmar Liebert

Visit or call 880-2300.

The Blue Note is at 1030 Main St. in Napa.

Napa Valley Opera House Ballroom (Upstairs JaM Cellars Ballroom in Margrit Mondavi auditorium)

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

Uptown Theatre  

  • Jan. 27 - Five for Fighting

  • Feb. 3 - 3 Redneck Tenors

  • Feb. 16 - Sebastian Maniscalco

  • Feb. 17 - Dave Davies

  • Feb. 23 - Eddie Izzard

  • March 3 – The Everly Brothers Experience 

  • March 10 - Chris Botti

  • April 4 and 5 - Boz Scaggs

  • April 8 - Postmodern Jukebox

  • Apr 14 – Arlo Guthrie

  • April 20 - Kathleen Madigan

  • April 21 – Art Garfunkel

  • April 27 - Crystal Bowersox

  • April 28 - The Wailers

  • May 11 - David Sedaris

  • May 20 - Weird Al Yankovic

  • June 9 – Comedian Brian Regan

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

Jan. 20 13th Annual Acapella Extravaganza

Feb. 1-4 Valley Players Present: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Feb. 10 Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano

Feb. 17 Sleeping Beauty with Atlantic City Ballet

Feb. 23 Bumper Jacksons
Feb. 28 Luxury Marketing Council's 2018 Winery Boot Camp
March 2 La Viņa Wine Auction Supporting Napa Valley Language Academy

March 4 USAF Band of the Golden West

March 16-25 Justin-Siena Theatre Presents: Guys and Dolls

April 28 Torch Songs of World War II with Opus Trio

Get information and tickets at or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

E & M Presents

Buy tickets at For more information, visit, email or call 224-4353 or 501-8567.

Napa Valley Music

  • April 14 Beethoven Choral Fantasia College Chorale
  • TBD Spring Chorale/Prima voce Concert
  • 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 

  • March 2-18 Sister Act
  • April 13-15 Emergence Festival

Visit or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center
2016-17 Season

  • Jan. 19 – Feb. 4 8x10: Ten Minute Play Festival

  • Feb. 23 - March 11 Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical

  • March 29 - April 8 Scream Queens

  • April 27 - May 13 The Miss Firecracker Contest

  • June 1 - 17 Hands on a Hardbody  

Visit or call 266-6305.

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


Silo's Club

  • Jan 17 - Mike Greensill – Evening Jazz
  • Jan 18 - Don Bassey & Friends
  • Jan 19 - Otis & The Smokestacks
  • Jan 20 - SONA & Friends – Fire Relief Fundraiser!
  • Jan 24 - Mike Greensill – Evening Jazz
  • Jan 25 - Jeff Oster – Live!
  • Jan 26 - Bodhi Shrugs
  • Jan 27 - The Boombox!
  • Jan 31 - Mike Greensill – Evening Jazz
  • Feb 1 - Acoustically Speaking
  • Feb 2 - San Francisco Airship – Jefferson Airplane Experience
  • Feb 3 - Danny Click & The Hell Yeahs
  • Feb 4 - Sundays at Silo’s: This One’s For You – The Songs of Barry Manilow
  • Feb 8 - Robert Foley Band
  • Feb 9 - The Rhythm Method 4
  • Feb 10 - Mustache Harbor – Yacht Rock Explosion
  • Feb 11 - Tuck & Patti – Stories & Songs Beyond The Spotlight
  • Feb 15 - Don Bassey & Friends
  • Feb 16 - AgapeSoul
  • Feb 17 - Journey Revisited – Tribute to the Music of Journey
  • Feb 22 - Delphi Freeman
  • Feb 23 - The Tuneriders
  • Feb 24 - Total Recall ‘90s
  • Feb 25 - Oaktown Funk with Mike Clark, Linda Tillery, Ray Obiedo
  • Mar 2 - Purple Haze – Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
  • Mar 3 - N2L
  • Mar 4 - Sundays at Silo’s: The Elvis Songbook by Jim Anderson & The Rebels

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

 Books by Paul Franson

The 2017 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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