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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.

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This week in NapaLife

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Chicago opens at Lucky Penny
Beer flowing at St. Clair Brown
Forno Piombo ovens show yard
Olive oil stores closing upvalley
Corner Napa adds lunch and brunch
No room at the film
Braceros featured at Museum
KVON/KVYN have new owners
Grocery delivery for Napa Valley
Dennis Quaid and The Sharks
Meadowood pool and fitness area
Great restaurant mystery
News for the wine community
Ashes & Diamonds to open Friday
Piazza Del Dotto opens this week
Round Pond winemaker Dowell
Duckhorn kicks off 40th harvest
Wine Market Council’s Rosé Survey
This week in Napa Valley
This week at the Cameo Cinema
County Historical Society Social
Napa Tuesday Farmers' Market
Men making NEWS
Locals night with Roem Baur
SommSelect dinner at The Corner
Morrisey pours Ehlers at Cadet
Wesla Whitfield & Mike Greensill
LGBTQ party for Napa Humane
Art about locality by Yountville Arts
Blanchard's fried chicken
An Evening in Rome     Don Bassey & Friends at Silo’s
Barrio Manouche at Blue Note
St. Helena Farmers’ Market
CaBacon Days at St. Supéry
This summer at Lake Berryessa
Classes at the CIA at Copia
Janet Fletcher's Wine Meets Cheese
CIA Skills: Cooking with Beer
Fried chicken Fridays at Southside
Fried chicken Friday at Whetstone
750 Wines and Bevan
Tony Saunders Band at Blue Note
Taryn Cross at Silo’s
Dinner with Lagunitas Brewing
Napa Saturday Farmers' Market
Boys of Summer Eagles Tribute
Montuno Swing at the Blue Note
It's a Grand Night for Singers
American Canyon Farmers' Market
Ciderfest at CIA at Copia
Napa Live is Back
Napa Live: High Noon on the Plaza
Tuck & Patti at Silo’s
Goose & Gander Summers Sundays
The fight for real cheese
Crocker & Starr Carnivus Maximus
Future events
Calistoga Wine Experience
Napa River Paddle Day
Napa Valley Aloha Festival
Vuckovich La Orquesta El Vucko


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Music and Drama in Napa Valley

Lucky Penny opens season with Chicago

Lucky Penny Productions opens its 2017-2018 season on Sept. 8 with the longest running American musical in history, Chicago. It will run through Sept. 24.

Based on a 1926 stage play titled Chicago, the musical version was brought to life in 1975 by Bob Fosse, who directed and choreographed the original production.

Though that first production was a success, the revival that came to Broadway in 1997 took Chicago to new heights as audiences recently immersed in the trial of O.J. Simpson found new relevance in a story of criminals who become celebrities (and vice versa).

The film version of Chicago was a critical smash and won the 2002 Best Picture Oscar.

“We’ve wanted to produce Chicago since we founded Lucky Penny,” said artistic director Taylor Bartolucci. “We were thrilled to finally be granted the production rights, and even more thrilled to have landed the talent we have for this show. Based on the word of mouth, and what we can see from early ticket sales, we are confident this is going to be a favorite for our audiences.”

A total of 17 actors make up the cast under the guidance of co-directors Taylor Bartolucci and Barry Martin, musical director Craig Burdette and choreographer Staci Arriaga.

Well-known local publicist Mia Malm advised; she danced for Bob Fosse for two years in touring companies of his Broadway show, Dancin'.

The music and lyrics for Chicago were written by John Kander and Fred Ebb, creators of Cabaret and a dozen other beloved musicals. They also wrote “New York, New York,” the title song from the film of the same name.

Buy tickets at Season subscriptions offer savings of 30 percent or more.

For assistance, email or call 266-6305.

Chicago will be presented at the Lucky Penny Community Arts Center at 1758 Industrial Way in Napa.

See for details on future events.

Silo's Club

Aug. 31, Don Bassey & Friends

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

Blue Note Club
  • Sept. 20-21 Nicolas Bearde

  • Sept. 26 Michael Kaeshammer

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

Visit or call 880-2300.

Napa Valley Opera House Ballroom (Upstairs JaM CellarsBallroom in Margrit Mondavi auditorium)
Local Artists Series
  • Sept. 23 Redhawk Western Swing Band
  • Sept. 30 Mad Bad Racket
  • Oct. 13 Vineyard Home Companion
  • Oct. 15 VOENA Carnegie Hall Benefit Concert
  • Nov. 8 – 12 Napa Valley Film Festival
  • Dec. 2 USAF Band of the Golden West
Opera House Ballroom, 1030 Main St. Napa. 880-2303

Uptown Theatre
  • Sept 9  Jackie Evancho
  • Sept 17 Dave Mason -- Alone Together Again Tour
  • Sept. 29 Get the Led Out
  • Oct 5 John Prine
  • Oct 6 Randy Newman
  • Oct 7 Shawn Colvin
  • Oct 8 The Mavericks
  • Oct. 13 Take Me To the River - Memphis Soul & R&B
  • Oct 19 – Boz Scaggs
  • Oct. 21 Howie Mandel
  • Oct 28 – Louis Prima Jr & The Witnesses
  • Oct 29 Home Free
  • Nov 30 – An Irish Christmas
  • Dec 9 the Pixies
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
  • Sept. 9 Third annual Napa Valley Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering
  • Sept. 16 Willie K
  • Sept. 17 Free community concert For the Love of Music: Fall Fusion
  • Sept. 24 Magic Men Live!
  • Oct. 10 Jo Koy
  • Oct. 14 Repin and the Russian Romantics
  • Oct. 21 A Night at the Sands
  • Nov. 4 Howell Mountain Harvest Celebration
  • Dec. 9 VOENA: Voices of the Season...Wonderland
  • Dec. 10 Holidays in Buenos Aires
  • Dec. 16 & 17 The Nutcracker
Get information and tickets at    or 944-9900.
Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

E & M Presents

  • Oct. 7 Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live

  • Jan. 14 Doktor Kaboom in “Lookout, Science Is Coming”! 

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

Napa Valley Music

Visit or call 256-7500.
Napa Valley Theater 

Visit or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center
2016-17 Season

  • Oct. 20 - Nov. 5 The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  • Dec.  1 - 23 Annie
  • 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, Suite 208
in Napa.
 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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