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April q3 2015

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This week in NapaLife

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Shiro closed

Don Perico moving across the street

City to improve downtown plaza!

More on downtown improvement

Napa looking for dock operator

Spring has sprung at the Thomas!

BottleRock to star contemporary art

New shows at City Winery

Hours of Operation at Lake Berryessa

Napa Country Iris Gardens

News for the wine community

Von Strasser Winery property sold acquired

Trefethen straightening winery

Trefethen promotes Kays, Brambila

This week in Napa Valley

AA  Arts in April

AA  Wine & Art Exploration at Hall

AA  Contemporary art at Peju Province

AA  Conversations at Napa Valley

Lagunitas beer dinner at the CIA

This week at Cameo Cinema

French regional dinner 

WSJ’s Lettie Teague’s new wine book

Shallow Royale at City Winery

Capturing Grace at the Cameo

Music at Uva Trattoria this week

Emerging artists at City Winery

Silo’s Idol tryouts

Tax relief day at Silverado Grill Resort

Blind Tasting - Guess the Grape


Cascada Duo Flamenco at Silo’s

Explore Napa Valley Cooking School

Taste Tour of Italy at Back Room

Once On This Island at the college

Beer Drinkerz & Hell Raiserz

The Natural at Merryvale

Live music at La Condesa

Dinner music with Wesla and Mike

The Young Dubliners at City Winery

Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam sold out

Tomato plant sale and education day

Spring Fling at Kennedy Park

Dinner music with Mads Tolling

Arlo Guthrie is sold out

iPhonography at the Andaz

Oyster Girls at Jamieson Ranch

AA  Wwines, live paintings and music

Clif Family’s Grab Some Grenache

AA  Cairdean Estate Rosgal Gallery

AA  Pottery & Crafts in Pope Valley

AA  Huether’s creative expression

AA  Wine, brunch and sculpture tour

AA  bASH Wine & Food pairing

Timmy G at River Terrace Inn

Songwriters at Capp Heritage

AA  iPhonic Art at Markham Vineyards

AA  Youth Chamber with Ballet

Von Strasser black and white dinner

April in Carneros

Wine Valley Cycle for Sight

AA McDonough photos at Lava Vine

Fribute to Foreigner and Journey

Janet Fletcher’s Yogurt book

Raw-milk cheese appreciation day

Spring Fling at Napa Christian school

AA  Tour with artist Kelleen Sullivan

AA Modern Art One Hop at a Time

Sandy and Richard Riccardi raunchy

Future eventsn

Paniz at Silverado Cooking School

Restaurant at Napa Cooking School

Lobster boil at Monticello Vineyards

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Music in Napa Valley

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City Winery at the Napa Valley Opera House

  • April 17 Young Dubliners

  • April 18 Arlo Guthrie - Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour (sold out)

  • April 19  NVOH & Lucky Penny Present: An Evening with Sandy & Richard Riccardi "Tastefully Raunchy"

  • April 22 Reckless Kelly with with Rosie Flores

  • April 23 Janis Ian and Tom Paxton 

  • April 26 NVOH & Terry Bradford Present: "Baubles, Bangles & Beads" The Concert

  • April 27 Eldar Trio

  • April 28 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “The Band Wagon“

  • April 29 Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra

  • April 30 Steve Earle & The Dukes

  • May 1An Evening with Pete Yorn - You & Me Acoustic

  • May 3 Andy McKee    

  • May 7 Rivvrs with Anadel

  • May 8  Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell (sold out)

  • May 9 The David Bromberg Quintet

  • May 11 Rhiannon Giddens with Bhi Bhiman

  • May 13 Nellie McKay

  • May 14 Rebirth Brass Band 

  • May 16 Pine Hill Project

  • May 17 NVOH presents: Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

  • May 18 Asleep At The Wheel

  • May 20 “Phantom” star Franc D’Ambrosio  

  • May 24 NVOH and Lucky Penny presents: “Lucky Penny Presents Future Stars Singing Broadway Blockbusters” -

  • May 26 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “Love in the Afternoon“

  • May 28 The Monophonics

  • May 29 Bottlerock After show with Los Lobos

  • May 30 Bottlerock After show with Chris Robinson Brotherhood

  • June 6 Robben Ford

  • June 9 Todd Lundgren

  • June 12 Gordon Lightfoot

  • June 13  The New Mastersounds +  On The Spot Trio

  • June 16 World Party

  • June 18 Bob Schneider

  • June 19 Marty Balin

  • June 20  Mike Doughty -

  • June 22 Elaine Elias

  • June 27 Rudy Colombini & The Unauthorized Rolling Stones

  • June 28 An Evening with Leo Kottke 

  • June 30 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “Witness for the Prosecution“

  • July 2 Active Child

  • July 9 Calexico

  • July 11 John Mayall

  • July 28 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “Double Indemnity“

  • Aug. 6  Maria Muldaur's Way Past Midnight

  • Aug. 14 Marc Cohn plus Phil Cody

  • Aug. 25 NVOH Present's Tuesday Night Flicks: Hitchcock's “To Catch A Thief” 

  • Sept. 17 Donovan Frankenreiter 

  • Sept. 20 NVOH and Lucky Penny presents: “I’m the Greatest future Star Musical Theatre Competition for Kids

  • Oct. 18    A Very Special Solo Evening with Joan Armatrading

  • Oct. 25 NVOH and Terry Bradford present Terry Bradfrod's Voice Studio Concert

Most events start at 8 p.m. 

Buy concert tickets or get information on a becoming a member at 260-1600 or

Uptown Theatre 

  • April 16 Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam

  • April 25  Drive-By Truckers

  • May 1 The Boxmasters featuring Billy Bob Thornton

  • May 3 Los Lonely Boys

  • May 16 Comedian Hannibal Buress

  • May 17 The Mavericks

  • May 24 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

  • Aug 1  Mary Chapin Carpenter

  • Aug. 15 Jerry Jeff Walker Napa Summer Camp

  • Sept. 19  Comedian Steven Wright

  • Oct. 10  Chris Botti

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 Theate

  • April 24, 5 pm The Peacemakers: Concert for Trafficked Children

  • Napa Valley Youth Symphony: Red Gala

    April 25, 8 pm

  • May 31 Symphony Napa Valley presents Tango and Opera Sensations

  • June 10-11 Napa Valley Jazz Getaway

  • June 28 Symphony Napa Valley presents Viva Vivaldi!

Get information and tickets at or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

  • Apr 17-26 Once On This Island with Music Napa Valley 

  • May 1 Suitcase Full Of Swing NVC Jazz Ensemble

  • May 1-10 Kalos Kai Agathos by Jon Tracy           

  • May 3 Musical Mélange North Bay Wind Ensemble,

  • May 8 The Planets by Gustav Holst with the NVC Orchestra

  • May 9 Voice Recital

  • May 17 Candide (Concert Version)

Visit, or or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center

  • April 23-May 10 8 x 10: A Festival of 10 Minute Plays

  • June 4-20 Cowgirls: The Musical

  • July-August Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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