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This week in NapaLife

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BottleRock comes to Napa Valley

Pat Kuleto’s home for $8.5 million

Double happy hours at Ca’ Momi

Bouchon Bistro adds hidden burger

Major development at Mare Island

River Terrace joins Kitchen Collective

Porchfest needs volunteers

Ullman paintings at Mondavi

News for the Napa wine community

Climate change and wine quality

Clos Pegase industry night

Sponsored trip to VinTech

This week in Napa Valley

FlyWithWine warehouse sale

This week at the Cameo Cinema


Tuesday at the Napa Farmers' Market

Dave Itzkoff’s Robin at Napa Library

Locals Night ‘Mix It Up’ at Blue Note


Hands-On Pruning with David Heil

Wine Wednesday at Cadet

Jazz Mafia in Miles Davis tribute


First Responder Resiliency concert

Poolside Vibes

No events at Back Room this week

Free concert for BottleRock weekend

Peter Harper at the Blue Note

Benefit featuring Michael Franti

Dean & DeLuca pours Drouhin wines

Conversation about Napa Civic Center

American Post-Impressionists

Poolside Vibes

Mike Greensill - Evening Jazz

Latin Night at Silo's


St. Helena Farmers’ Market

Yao Wines summer concert series

Mustards dinner series

Ca’ Momi late music for BottleRock

Hamish Anderson at Blue Note

BottleRock 2018 official aftershow 

BottleRock official aftershow at Silo’s

Bottle Rock after parties at Cadet

BottleRock after party on the Archer


Saturday at Napa Farmers' Market

Pestoni spring release celebration

Ramon Ayala at Lincoln Theater

The One-Bottle Cocktail

Golf tournament with St. Supéry

Donizetti's La Favorite at Jarvis

BottleRock 2018 official aftershow

BottleRock official aftershow

Future events

Memorial Day brunch at Farm

Japan’s chef Zeniya coming to Kenzo

Wine Library wine weekend & tasting

Thomas Keller Golf Classic

Live music at Farmstead

Film Festival and Cameo film camps

Krupp Brothers release party

Summer at Swanson Vineyards


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Music and Drama in Napa Valley

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Lucky Penny Community Arts Center 

  • May 26 Live Comedy
  • June 1 - 17 Hands on a Hardbody
  • Aug. 19 Lucky Shorts short story festival
  • 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.

Uptown Theatre  

  • June 6 - Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot!
  • June 8  - Ziggy Marley - Rebellion Rises Tour
  • June 9 – Comedian Brian Regan

  • June 28 – Chris Isaak
  • June 30 - Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • July 14 - Paula Poundstone

  • July 21, 22 - Ry Cooder
  • July 28 - Tig Notaro
  • Aug. 11 - Amos Lee
  • Aug. 18 - Cesar Millan
  • Sept. 6 – ABBA the Concert 2018
  • Oct. 12 – Get The Led Out
  • Oct. 6 - Simon & Garfunkel Story
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

Blue Note Club

  • May 29-Locals Night featuring JourneyDay & Belle + Take Flight A Capella

  • June 1-The Baylor Project

  • June 2-Alvon Johnson: Ambassador of the Blues

  • June 8-Jonathan Fritzén

  • June 9-Jonathan Fritzén

  • June 14-Alpha Rhythm Kings

  • June 15-Acoustic Alchemy

  • June 16-Mojo Green

  • June 30-Andy Bumatai, Kamaka Brown

  • July 13-Hot Club of Cowtown

  • July 20-The Humidors

Visit or call 880-2300.

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

Napa Valley Opera House Ballroom (JaM Cellars Ballroom
Upstairs in Margrit Mondavi auditorium)

  • May 25 Bottlerock aftershow with Bleachers with Welshly Arms
  • May 26 Bottlerock aftershow with Thievery Corporation and DJ Aaron Axelsen
  • June 30 Class Of 1998's 20 Year Reunion
  • Oct. 12 Allen Stone with Nick Waterhouse
  • Nov. 30 A John Waters Christmas

 Visit or

Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St. Napa. 880-2303

Silo's Club

  • May 24-Mike Greensill – Evening jazz
  • May 25-BottleRock official aftershow: The Districts + Anchor & Bell
  • May 26-BottleRock official aftershow: Magic Giant + Flor
  • May 31-Mike Greensill – Evening jazz
  • June 2-Boys of Summer - Tribute to The Eagles
  • June 9-JOEL the Band - Tribute to Billy Joel
  • June 29-Firefall
  • June 30-Firefall  
  • July 7-Don Bassey & Friends Birthday Bash!
  • July 21-Orleans  
  • July 28-Charlie Hunter Trio

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

Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater

  • May 26 Ramon Ayala
  • June 6 Napa Valley Jazz Getaway Colors of Love
  • June 8 Napa Valley Jazz Getaway Friday Funk Night Comedian Sinbad Plus the Al McKay All-Stars performing the music of Earth, Wind, & Fire
  • June 16 E & M Presents Olate Dogs
  • June 17 Little Feet Recital
  • June 23 Symphony Napa Valley: Repin and the Russian Romantics
  • July 6 Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters
  • July 26 Festival Napa Valley Presents Joshua Bell's World Premiere Performance: The Red Violin Live with Orchestra
  • July 27 Festival Napa Valley Dance Gala Featuring San Francisco Ballet
  • July 28 Festival Napa Valley presents Bernstein centennial: selections from West Side Story
  • Dec. 6-7 Transcendence‘s Broadway Holiday Spectacular

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.

  • June 10 – Ali Ryerson Quartet featuring the jazz and classical flutist

Get information and tickets at

E & M Presents

  • June 16 Olate Dogs at Lincoln Theater

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


Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

Napa Valley Music at Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

Visit or call 256-7500.

Napa Valley Theater 
at Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

Visit or call 256-7500.

 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.

Buy at for $19.99 Buy Kindle version at  for $4.99

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


Kindle version $4.99 from

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