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March 19, 2018

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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.

NapaLife runs 12 to 20 pages each week including a list of almost everything happening in Napa Valley in the next week. It is e-mailed each Monday and an online version is also available. It costs only $1 per week, $50 per year.

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This week in NapaLife

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What’s new at the Napa boat dock

Kalifornia Jean Bar on First Street

Changes at the Farmers Market

Land Trust has record year

Tickets for Auction Napa Valley

Arts and entertainment

Supporters give Cameo laser projector

Film Festival in Sonoma

Raffle for BottleRock tix for NEWS

Food and restaurant news

Hodson becomes Bouchon chef

Brix to reopen on Mondays

Rooted Fork Foodie brunch tours

The Dinner Table at CIA Copia

Happy hour at River Terrace Inn

News for the wine community

John Anthony acquires first vineyard

Burgess debuts mountainside tasting

Tina Caputo returns to California

The war of the rosés

This week in Napa Valley

History at the library

Dinner in Abruzzo at Cinemabites


Locals Night with Full Chizel

Film Class at Cameo Cinema


Kanekoa uke rock at the Blue Note

Wine Wednesday at Cadet

Miminashi Tiki Night


Kith and Kin at the library

Sean Carscadden at the Blue Note

Great Grape Study

Whisky & Wagyu

Dean & Deluca appreciation night

Brett Dennen with Dean Lewis

Evening jazz with Mike Greensill

Comedy Night at Silo’s


Étude Wines Rosé Weekend

Spyro Gyra at the Blue Note

Fish Fry Fridays

Cigar Dinner at Hurley’s

Italian specials at Mustards

Sherry Tasting

Zumba class

Singing for Sing Napa Valley

Music at Alba

Music at Napkins

Justin-Siena presents Guys and Dolls

Taryn Cross Band at Silo’s



Beringer vault sale

Spring fling at Mark Herold Wines

Lobster Feed

When Doves Cry Prince Tribute Show

Art Exhibition Film at Jarvis

Garman and Smith cancelled

No Quarter tribute to Led Zeppelin 


The Glen Campbell Legacy

Egg hunt at Long Meadow Ranch

Egg hunt at CIA at Copia

Bud Break Festival

Rigo 23 and Frock at di Rosa

Future events

Poetry Springs writing workshop

Rutherford Dust Wine Experience

Oysters and Sauvignon Blanc

Search and Rescue Tournament

Swing for Sight golf and tour

A fundraiser for Malawi

E & M shows for kids and families


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Music and Drama in Napa Valley

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Blue Note Club

  • Tue, Feb 27    Locals Night Feat: PAPA JOE AND THE NEW DEAL
  • Wed, Feb 28    The Oakland Crush
  • Thu, Mar 1    The Lique
  • Fri, Mar 2    Earl Klugh
  • Sat, Mar 3    Earl Klugh
  • Tue, Mar 6    Locals Night Feat: Miss Moonshine
  • Wed, Mar 7    Ian Moore
  • Thu, Mar 8    Dmitri Matheny Quartet
  • Fri, Mar 9    Eric Darius
  • Sat, Mar 10    Eric Darius
  • Tue, Mar 13    Locals "Irish Hooley" Night w/ The Gentlemen Soldiers
  • Wed, Mar 14    One Eye'd Reilly - St. Patty's Day Celebration
  • Thu, Mar 15 Operation Access Benefit: Out of the ashes and into the Blues
  • Thu, Mar 15    Operation Access Benefit: Out of the Ashes and Into the Blues
  • Fri, Mar 16    The Rippingtons
  • Sat, Mar 17    The Rippingtons
  • Tue, Mar 20    Locals Night Feat: Full Chizel
  • Wed, Mar 21    Kanekoa
  • Thu, Mar 22    High and Mighty Brass Band
  • Fri, Mar 23    Spyro Gyra
  • Sat, Mar 24    Spyro Gyra
  • Sun, Mar 25    Spyro Gyra
  • Thu, Mar 29    Sol Horizon performing the music of Bob Marley
  • Fri, Mar 30    Freddy Cole
  • Sat, Mar 31    Freddy Cole
  • Thu, Apr 5    The Oakland Crush
  • Fri, Apr 6    Edwin McCain
  • Sat, Apr 7    Edwin McCain

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  

  • Mar 31 – Masters of Illusion
  • April 1 Easter Sunday

  • April 5 and 6 - Boz Scaggs

  • April 8 - Postmodern Jukebox

  • Apr 14 – Arlo Guthrie

  • April 20 - Kathleen Madigan

  • April 21 – Art Garfunkel

  • 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 20 - Weird Al Yankovic

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

  • July 14 - Paula Poundstone

  • July 21 - Ry Cooder
  • August 11 - Amos Lee

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

  • Fri, Mar 23    Taryn Cross Band

  • Sat, Mar 24    San Geronimo + special guest

  • Sun, Mar 25    Sundays at Silo’s // Rhinestone: A Salute to the Music of Glen Campbell featuring Andrew Kahrs

  • Thu, Mar 29    New West Guitar Group

  • Fri, Mar 30    Second Street Band

  • Fri, Apr 6    Tony Lindsay's Soul Soldiers - Two Shows!

  • Sat, Apr 7    Guitarzilla! – Monsters of Surf Guitar

  • Sun, Apr 8    Sundays at Silo’s – Mads Tolling & The Mads Men: Playing the ’60s

  • Fri, Apr 13    Rudy Colombini Band w/special guest The Red Rooster

  • Sat, Apr 14    Caravanserai - Tribute to Santana - Two Shows! featuring Tony Lindsay!

  • Fri, Apr 20    Garage Band 101 for Adults

  • Sat, Apr 21    Lydia Pense & Cold Blood - Two Shows!

  • Sun, Apr 22    Garage Band 101 for Kids

  • Fri, Apr 27    Jeffrey Halford & The Healers

  • Sat, Apr 28    Forejour - Tribute to Foreigner & Journey - Two Shows!

  • Sun, Apr 29    Garage Band 101 for Adults

  • Fri, May 4    Papa Joe & The New Deal

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

Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater

  • 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 Jazz Society

All shows are Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m. and at Silo's in Napa except as indicated.

  • April 15 – Annual Ellington tribute by Nigerian vocalist Douyé and her trio

  • 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

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 ChoraleTBD 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

  • March 29 - April 8 Scream Queens
  • April 27 - May 13 The Miss Firecracker Contest
  • June 1 - 17 Hands on a Hardbody
  • 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. 


 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.

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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.


Print version $9.99


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You can also contact Paul Franson to find out how to buy copies locally or pdf versions for use on computers and tablets. Email