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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 Napa Valley

Donate for Habitat for Humanity

French regional dinner

This week at Cameo Cinema

Napa Farmers' Market lunch class

Band of Horses sold out

Silverado at Molinari on T.A.P.

Greensill plays Evening Jazz at Silo’s

Cliff Lede Vineyards at Cadet

Nashville's Sean McConnell at Silo’s

Blind tasting – guess the grape

Bubble Bar at Bardessono

JourneyDay, Belle Mouraille at Silo’s

Fenix Drum & Dance Company

Mittman in Yountville show

Still Absolutely Fabulous

Birds and Bubbles

Musical Picnic in St. Helena    

St. Helena Farmers’ Market

Iberian tasting at Back Room

Pair Off Pour Off Fridays at Mustards

The Lucky Penny Comedy Trifecta

Trout Steak Revival at Farmstead

Chef and Somm dinner

The Powell Brothers at Silo’s

Clay Hess and Ron Block at Silverado

Napa City Nights

Blues, Brews and BBQ

Caffè la Dolce Vita at the White Barn

Lyndsey Elm from The Voice at Silo’s

Ninth Harvest Stomp sold out

Lucia Di Lammermoor at Jarvis

Sharpsteen Museum’s wine cellar

Laurie Kilmartin at Lucky Penny

Benedetto release party and concert

Whetstone Harvest kick-off party

Future events

A Big Night for Slow Food

Collabria Care and Hospice gala

Carmelite benefit dinner

Free music in Napa Valley


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Music and Drama in Napa Valley

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Uptown Theatre
Aug 23 – Band of Horses
Sept. 3 – An Evening with Molly Ringwald   
Sept 16 – Art Garfunkel
Sept 17 – Get the Led Out – The American Led Zeppelin
Sept 23 – Iris DeMent and Loudon Wainwright III 
Sept 24 – Big Head Todd and the Monsters Present: Songs of Willie Dixon 
Sept 24 – The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band
Oct 4 – The Gregg Allman Band 
Oct 5 – Ani DiFranco
Oct 10 – Colbie Caillat
Oct 14 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Oct 29 – Richard Thompson and The Blind Boys of Alabama
Dec 1 – An Irish Christmas
Dec. 8 - Lewis Black 
Dec 16 – Jonny Lang

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

Get information and tickets at or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

Visit, or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center


Long Meadow Ranch Bluegrass plus

Friday, Aug. 26 Trout Steak Revival

Saturday, Sept. 3 The Lil' Smokies at Native Sons Hall, St. Helena

Saturday, Sept. 10 David Grisman Bluegrass Experience

Sunday, Oct. 2 LMR All-Star Big Band benefit concert for the Timothy W. Hall Foundation


Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, 738 Main St., St. Helena

Napa City Nights

Napa City Nights is a free concert series held every Friday night from 6:30 to 10 p.m. during the summer in the Veterans Memorial Park Amphitheater  in downtown Napa.

Aug. 26 The Pat Jordan Band, Whitney Nichole Band and Jeff Campbell


Compadres’ Music on the River

Compadres’ annual Music on the River starts Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and continues from 4 to 7 p.m. every Sunday until Labor Day weekend. Here are the next month’s offerings:

Aug. 28 - The Nitelites

Compadres Rio Grille is at 505 Lincoln Ave. in Napa. Call 253-1111.

Goose & Gander summer Sundays on the patio

1-4 p.m. in the garden patio with no cover charge.

Aug. 28 Worlds Finest

Sept. 4 Ordinary Sons

1245 Spring Street in St. Helena

Farmstead Friday music

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch features a local artist at our restaurant's outdoor bar every Friday evening for live bluegrass, classic rock and folk music.  The music starts at 6 p.m., following happy hour, and food and drinks are for sale.

Aug. 26: Sow Belly Trio

Sept. 2: Kyle O'Brien

Calistoga Concerts in the Park

Thursday Nights 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Pioneer Park at 1308 Cedar St. in Calistoga

Aug. 25 Boys of Summer

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.
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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.
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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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