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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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More stores coming to Century Center
Traditional Home Showhouse
Napa Holiday Trolley
Opera House seeks programs
Winter in Wine Country
Ag 4 Youth
Silverado Resort hires tennis pro
Castello di Amorosa pays for rides for staff
This week in Napa Valley
French regional dinners
This week at Cameo Cinema
Cooking School Restaurant
Polyrhythmics at the Blue Note
Paint the town at VeloVino
Azur Wines at Cadet Wine Bar
Locals’ night at Silo’s
Meyer cookware sale
Wine Industry Network conference
Tatuaje at Napa Cigars
The Space Between Us
Tree lighting at Harvest Inn
Riesling tasting
Freddy Cole Quartet 
Obsidian Son at Silo’s
An Irish Christmas at the Uptown
The Great American Trailer Park Musical Handle with Care at UpStage 
Burgundy under $50 at Back Room
Papa Joe and the New Deal.
Calistoga Farmers’ Market
Walk with a Doc
Mariachi Los Camperos
Mondavi tree lighting celebration
Napa B&B Holiday Tour & Taste
Gundlach Bundschu holiday bazaar
Napa lighted boat parade
Charlie Hunter Quartet
It's a Grand Night for Singers
Rutherford holiday festival 
Tuba Christmas in Napa
Strings Ring at College
Inglenook Holiday open house
Napa Valley College vocal recital
Garage Band 101 for Kids
Upcoming events
USAF Band of the Golden West
White truffle dinner at Terra
Mike Thompson’s celebration


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Music and Drama in Napa Valley

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Silo's Club
  • Nov. 30 Mike Greensill 5 p.m. and singer/songwriter Joe Kaplow 7:15 p.m.
  • Dec 1 Obsidian Son with Sean Patrick Garvey
  • Dec. 2 Papa Joe & The New Deal
  • Dec. 3 Charlie Hunter Quartet Jazz/Fusion
  • Dec. 4 Garage Band 101 for Kids
  • Dec. 7 Mike Greensill Evening Jazz 5 p.m. and Syria T. Berry 7:15 p.m.
  • Dec. 8 The Young Fables from Nashville
  • Dec. 9 N2L sold out!
  • Dec. 10 Soul 4 The Season -with Tower of Power's Rick Stevens, Cold Blood's Lydia Pense, Paula Harris & Dana Moret
  • Dec. 22 Vintage Christmas featuring Kellie Fuller, Sandy Riccardi & Mike Greensill
  • Dec. 31 Rockin' Country New Year's Eve with The Cripple Creek Band
  • Jan. 7 Petty Theft - Tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  • Jan. 15 Tony Levin 
  • Feb. 26 Dweezil Zappa

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

Blue Note Club

  • Nov. 29 Polyrhythmics
  • Dec. 1-4 Freddy Cole Quartet’s special Christmas tribute to Nat King Cole
  • Dec. 8 Erik Jekabson Quintet
  • Dec. 9 Denise Perrier
  • Dec. 10-11 Mike Stern
  • Dec. 13 Shelby Lanterman
  • Dec. 14-15 ArtistWorks Jazz All-Stars feat.
  • Dec. 16-18 Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet
  • Dec. 21 Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
  • Dec. 22-23 Carolizing Christmas: The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol featuring Joe Warner
  • Dec. 27 Cari Q Two
  • Jan. 4 Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
  • Jan. 11 Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
  • Jan. 12-15 Karrin Allyson
  • Jan. 18-19 Amendola vs. Blades feat. Scott Amendola and Wil Blades
  • Jan. 20-21 Michael Lington Two
  • Jan. 26-28 Eric Johnson Solo

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

Visit or call 880-2300.

Napa Valley Opera House (Upstairs stage)

to come

Uptown Theatre

  • Dec 1 – An Irish Christmas
  • Dec. 2 – Chris Isaak 
  • Dec. 8 - Lewis Black
  • Dec 16 – Jonny Lang
  • Dec 17 - Citizen Cope
  • Jan 27 Rick Astley 
  • Jan 28 Tom Papa
  • Feb 3 – The Everly Brothers Experience
  • Feb 4 – Rufus Wainwright
  • Feb 18 Jake Shimabukuro
  • Mar 4 - The Irish Rovers
  • Mar 11 The Beach Boys
  • Mar 25 – The Official Blues Brothers Revue

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

  • Dec. 3 Mariachi Los Camperos
  • Dec. 5 Seventh USAF Band of the Golden West Holiday Concert
  • Dec. 10 Voices of The Season on Broadway
  • Dec. 11 Holidays in Vienna with Symphony Napa Valley
  • Dec. 17-18 The Nutcracker
  • Jan. 5 Harold Pinter’s The Lover presented by The Valley Players
  • Jan. 28 12th Annual A Cappella Extravaganza
  • March 9 Lunafest 
  • April 8 Symphony Gala and  Concert
  • May 4 Nonsense and Verse with Dan Goodman
  • June 24 Willie K: A Fundraiser for The Lest We Forget Foundation
  • June 25 Mostly Mozart

Get information and tickets at    or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center
Napa Valley Music 

  • Dec. 3 Vocal Recital 8 p.m.
  • Dec. 4 Strings Ring Napa Valley College Orchestra directed by Harry Cadelago 3 p.m.
  • Dec. 7 Guitar Ensemble 7p.m.
  • Dec. 9 Cool Jazz with NVC Jazz Ensemble Stormwatchdirected by Brian Simpson 8 p.m.
  • Dec. 11 Windfall with North Bay Wind Ensemble directed by Harry Cadelago 3 p.m.
  • Feb. 12 Master Series: King, Wilkes, Silva & Osten 3 p.m.
  • April 23 Master Series: Dr. Roberto Gonzalez 7:30 p.m.
  • April 30 Bach to the Future with Napa Valley College Chorale directed by Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes 3 p.m.
  • May 5 Hot Jazz with NVC Jazz Ensemble directed by Brian Simpson 8 p.m.
  • May 7 Strings Sing Napa Valley College Orchestra directed by Harry Cadelago 3 p.m.
  • May 21 Windspring North Bay Wind Ensemble directed by Harry Cadelago 3 p.m.

Visit    or call 256-7500.

Napa Valley Theater 

  • March 3-12 To Kill a Mockingbird based on the novel by Harper Lee directed by Jennifer King 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
  • April 21-23 Emergence Theater Festival 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

Visit or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center
2016-17 Season

  • Dec 2-17 The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical In repertory with
  • Dec 3-18 ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas by Ken Ludwig
  • Dec. 6 Holiday Sing a Long
  • Jan 7 and 8 Private Lives, Private Lies
  • Jan. 27-Feb. 12 A Little Night Music with music and lyrics by Steven Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler based on Ingmar Bergman's comedy of manners, Smiles of a Summer Night
  • Feb, 24-March 12 Kids Rule the 8 X 10 Festival of 10 Minute Plays
  • April 21-May 7 Maple and Vine by Jordan Harrison
  • June 2-18 Clue: The Musical with book by Peter DiPietro, music by Galen Blum, Wayne Barker and Vinnie Martucci, lyrics by Tom Chiodo
  • Youth Summer Academy Show 

Visit or call 266-6305.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center is at 1758 Industrial Way, Suite 208
in Napa.

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