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CIA at Copia opens teaching kitchen
Upscale restaurant replacing BurgerFi
Conaway’s Napa at Last Light
St. Clair Brown biergarten open
Brix special dinners
Attractions for locals at CIA at Copia
And the other great hope
College board approves pro baseball 
Donate cookbooks to fire victims
Day for the Queen ends
First Street Napa needs mural artists
Farmstead corkage to Jazz Society
Wesla Whitfield, 1947-2018
News for the wine community
Napa Cab averages $7,500 per ton
Napa Valley RoséFest
Phelps names Boyd president
C. Mondavi family notes 75 years
UC Davis Extension wine courses
This week in Napa Valley
This week at Cameo Cinema
Stone Brewing at the Bounty Hunter
Mardi Gras Specials
Blanchard’s Mardi Gras to go
New Orleans Cocktails at CIA at Copia
Mardi Gras Celebration at the Q
Hurley’s Fat Tuesday
Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch
Fat Tuesday at Calistoga Inn
Locals Night at Blue Note
Valentine’s Day
A Valentine's Night with Kellie Fuller
The CIA at Copia
Bella Notte Lunch
Tastemakers: Made with Love
Don't Be Bitter(s): Single Day
Bubbles for Every Occasion
Dinner at the CIA at Copia
Alba at the River Terrace Inn
Carpe Diem
Compadres    Live Fire Pizza
Tarla Mediterranean Grill
Kitchen Collective
Farm at Carneros
Veuve Clicquot at the Meritage
Charlie Palmer Steak Napa
Cordeiro’s Steakhouse
The Grill at Silverado Resort
Napa Valley Wine Train
Lucy at Bardessono
Bouchon Bistro
Two Birds One Stone
Acacia House
Goose & Gander
Janice Maxie Reid & Friends at Silo’s
Wine Wednesday at Cadet Wine Bar
Thursday Tap Takeover
Nicolas Bearde ‘Jazz for Lovers’
Mike Greensill plays Evening Jazz
Magic at the St. Helena Public Library
Sebastian Maniscalco at the Uptown
Don Bassey & Friends at Silo’s
Agape Soul at Silo’s
Napa Cigars Event
Mustards pour off dinner
Lee Ritenour at the Blue Note
Lucky Penny Local Bands Night
Music at Ca’ Momi Osteria
Dave Davies of the Kinks at Uptown
Chiarello Carnevale weekend
Chardonnay & crab at Mondavi
Evangeline Mardi Gras celebration
Russian-inspired Valentine's dinner
Sleeping Beauty at Lincoln Theater
Jazz Society with Allen and Asherie
Ratatouille at CIA at Copia
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Blue Note Club

  • 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  

  • Feb. 16 - Sebastian Maniscalco

  • Feb. 17 - Dave Davies

  • Feb. 23 - Eddie Izzard

  • March 3 – The Everly Brothers Experience 

  • March 10 - Chris Botti

  • March 24 - Ralph Garman & Kevin Smith-Hollywood Babble-On
  • Mar 31 – Masters of Illusion
  • April 5 and 6 - 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 4 - Richard Marx

  • May 11 - David Sedaris

  • May 12 – Rufus Wainwright
  • 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

  • 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 Viña 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 Jazz Society

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

  • Feb. 18 – Piano-sax duo of Ehud Asherie and Harry Allen
  • March 18 – Jack Jones and his group benefitting the NVJS Education Fund at Robert Mondavi Winery
  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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 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