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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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Brazilian churrascaría to Oventi site

BottleRock lineup and day passes

Countdown to Flavor! Napa Valley

Hotel Yountville may open up

Carpe Diem finally being uncovered

The Red Hen has music

Preparing for the Super Bowl

A gut buster before the Super Bowl

Kitchen Door Super Bowl take-out

To go from the Q for the Super Bowl

Apply for spring Citizens Academy

News for the wine community

Trinchero adds Ziata Wines

Pontet-Canet buys Williams’ estate

This week in Napa Valley

Compadres’ Giants golf outing filled

This week at Cameo Cinema

Music at Uva this week

Hip Hop Yoga Night 

An evening with Daou Mountain

Juslyn vineyards at Molinari Caffè

Poetry Out Loud competition

Syria T. Berry at Silo’s

Miner Family Night at The Q

Market dine and donate

The Great Grape Study of Sangiovese

Shelby Lanterman at Silo’s

Lucky Penny 10-minute play festival

Author forum for scholarships

Taste Tour of Spain at Back Room

Free concert at Lincoln Theater

Brian Coutch Band at Silo’s

Late entertainment at Ca’ Momi

Bennett Lane Cabernet release

Youth Symphony and Sinfonia play

Kiwanis of Napa Crab Feed

St. John the Baptist Crab Feed

Radical Landscapes at di Rosa

Silverado Resort to host charity event

Benefit for Cameo Cinema

Eleven Eleven Reds Release Party

Jackson Stone Band at Silo’s

Wine, romance and chocolate

Hall of Famers Rock the Red Zone

Super Bowl party at Harvest Table

Future events

Wine Country Hospitality Seminar


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Music and Drama in Napa Valley

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Uptown Theatre

Feb 19 - Charlie Musselwhite & North Mississippi Allstars
Feb 20 – Indigo Girls
Feb 26 - The Charlie Daniels Band
March 4 - Dana Carvey
March 11 - Keb' Mo'
March 12 – John Hiatt
March 19 – David Crosby
March 20 – Peter Frampton

March 26 – Jackie Greene
March 31 - Patty Griffin with Sara Watkins and Anais Mitchell
April 29 – Crystal Bowersox
May 5 - Author David Sedaris

May 20 – Los Lonely Boys
July 14 – 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. 5 Free community concert: For the Love of Music
Feb. 6  Napa Valley Youth Symphony and Sinfonia
Feb. 19-27 Justin Siena Theatre presents: Once On This Island
March 4-6 CabFest Napa Valley
April 3 Symphony Napa Valley presents: Genesis - As It Was
May 6 California Symphony presents: A Grand Finale
June 5 Symphony Napa Valley presents: East Meets West

Get information and tickets at or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

Feb. 21 Joe Galambos, Guitar Masters Series
March 4-20 Guys & Dolls
April 3 Ellington, Strayhorn & The Cotton Club Dr. Roberto-Juan Gonzàlez And The Keith Saunders Trio
April 8-17 Pericles by William Shakespeare
April 17 Lord Nelson Mass Napa Valley College Chorale
April 24 Timbres & Textures North Bay Wind Ensemble Concert
May 13 Cool Jazz Napa Valley College Jazz Ensemble "Stormwatch"
May 15 Symphonic Evolution Napa Valley College Orchestra Concert

Visit, or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center

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

Jan. 29 - Feb. 14 In Love With the 8 X 10: Ten Minute Play Festival
April 15 - May 1 Andrews Brothers By Roger Bean
May 13 - 29 I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Revenge Of The Space Pandas (or Binky Rudich and the Two Speed Clock ) Youth Academy Summer 2016 Production


Books by Paul Franson

The 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.
Buy printed copy from Bookmine, me or for $19.99
Buy Kindle version at for $9.99

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