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Wine Train to auction barrel tasting
Chinese eatery to replace Uva
What’s up with Copia?
San Diego brewery coming to Borreo
Napa Valley’s huge week
Vintners honor wine list winners
Galp„o Gaucho to open in June
Celebration of grads at Tarla
Weekday lunch at Evangeline
ReThink Food at the CIA
Electric tour van
Reasons to visit west Carneros
Sunset gardens move to Cornerstone
Viansa reopens  
Don’t sent the media pdfs!
Arts and entertainment news
Imaginarium Festival Gala
Long Meadow Ranch bluegrass series
Silo’s Coffee House series
Compadres’ Music on the River
Huichica Music Festival
The Art of Grace Slick
Arts Council State of the Arts
Treasury employees volunteer
News for the wine community
GI Partners buys most of Far Niente
Vineyard Economics Seminar 
This week in Napa Valley
French regional dinners
This week at Cameo Cinema
Signing A Glass Full of Miracles
Anniversary of Judgment of Paris
Paris Tasting dinner at the CIA
Judgment of Paris at Silverado
Free live music at Napa Valley restaurants and bars this week
Harvest lunch at Calistoga Ranch
Mike Greensill at Silo’s
Chateau Montelena at Cadet
Jason Wright at Silo’s
Vintage High Big Band
Pinot Noir Fan Club of Napa Valley
You’re Perfect, Now Change
Final weekend of Calendar Girls
St. Helena Farmers’ Market
Silverado chef and somm Dinner
Compadres Aloha Friday
Pair Off Pour Off Fridays at Mustards
Weekend Wine Courses at the CIA
BottleRock events
Previews to BottleRock Thursday
Michael Franti benefit at Auberge
Cheech & Chong at the Uptown
BottleRock parties on the Wine Train
After BottleRock Friday
Atlas Genius at Opera House
The Pharcyde at The Uptown
Bowman and Schindler at Ca’ Momi
Cadet after party
After BottleRock Saturday
Grouplove at Opera House
San Fermin at Silo’s
Gogol Bordello at the Uptown
The Joy Formidable at Ca’ Momi
Cadet after party
After BottleRock Sunday
Chevy Metal at the Opera House
Robert DeLong at the Uptown
After BottleRock Monday
Rodrigo y Gabriela at The Uptown
After BottleRock
Clambake at Calistoga Ranch
Il Trovatore at Jarvis
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Music and Drama in Napa Valley

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Uptown Theatre

May 20 – Los Lonely Boys
May 22 – Kris Allen

BottleRock Presents:

  • Thursday May 26 - Cheech and Chong
  • Friday May 27 - The Pharcyde, with Special Guest K. Flay
  • Saturday May 28 - Gogol Bordello
  • Sunday May 29 - Robert DeLong
  • Monday May 30 - Rodrigo y Gabriela
June 3 – Author Sebastian Junger
June 12 – Who’s Bad – A
tribute to Michael Jackson and Prince
June 17 - Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues
June 26 – Al Di Meola
July 1 – Judy Collins
July 6 – Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
July 14 – Comedian Brian Regan
July 16 – Hotel California – A Salute to The Eagles
Juky 23 – Dr. John & The Nite Trippers
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 
Oct 4 – The Gregg Allman Band 
Oct 5 – Ani DiFranco
Dec. 8 - Lewis Black 

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

May 19 Napa Regional Dance Foundation: Dance Inspires Messages

May 21 VOENA: Voices of Broadway

May 22 Napa Regional Dance Company presents Unseen

June 9 Brian Culbertson's Jazz Getaway Jazz Legend Night

June 10 Brian Culbertson's Jazz Getaway Funk night

June 12 Little Feet - 2016 Recital

June 26 Symphony Napa Valley presents Double Double

July 9 The Fab Four

July 30 La Santa Cecilia

Aug. 14 Dan Goodman Nonsense and Verse 

Get information and tickets at or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

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.

May 13-29 I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

June 12 Lucky Shorts”Short Story Celebration

Revenge Of The Space Pandas (or Binky Rudich and the Two Speed Clock )

Youth Academy Summer 2016 Production


Long Meadow Ranch Bluegrass plus

Monday, July 4th Sierra Hull plus fireworks 

Saturday, Aug. 13 Fruition

Sunday, Aug. 21 The Brothers Comotose

Friday, Aug. 26 Trout Steak Revival

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

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

Robert Mondavi Winery summer concert series


All the shows are on Saturdays:

July 2, American Authors with fireworks display the concert
July 9, Blues Traveler
July 23, Ingrid Michaelson
July 30, O.A.R.

Sign up at

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.

June 3 The Bonedrivers, N2L and Fred Brennan
June 10 Twice as Good, Grover Anderson and Journey Day & Belle
June 17 Rosetown Soul, Delphi Freeman and Bruno Grossi
June 24 Renee Wilson, Dylan Black Project and Maddy Hudson
July 1 Girls & Boys, The Grain Band and Jessica Martindale
July 8 Jimmy Smith Band, Ordinary Sons and Shelby Lanterman
July 15 The Dr. D Band, Pacific Standard and Rose Paradise
July 22 Fourjour, The Deadlies and Francesca Lee
July 29 The Bad Jones, C4INC and Anthony Presti
Aug. 5 Sweet Hayah, Amber Snider Band and Vincent Costanza
Aug. 12 Soul Section and Napa School of Music
Aug. 19 The Billy Martini Show, Skunk Funk and James Patrick Regan
Aug. 26 The Pat Jordan Band, Whitney Nichole Band and Jeff Campbell


Silo’s Coffee House series

Silo’s Coffee House series will feature folk and bluegrass from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursdays. The June Coffeehouse schedule:

•    June 2, Evie Ladin Band
•    June 9, Kith & Kin
•    June 16, Lowatters
•    June 23 film O Brother, Where Art Thou?
•    June 30, Howell Mountain Boys

The cost is $15 in advance, $20 at the door and includes coffee and dessert. I assume you can buy wine, beer and cocktails if you don’t want to imbibe caffeine at night…

For information visit or call 251-5833.

Silo’s is at 530 Main St. in Napa.

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:

•    May 29: Jonny Fittipaldi & Friends – soulful R&B
•    June 5: STAX City - classic Memphis sounds, horns and all
•    June 12: Greg Richmond Band, with Tia Carroll - straight-ahead blues and R&B singer/entertainer.
•    June 19 (Father’s Day): Sweet Burgundy  
•    June 26: Double Shot – mix of rock and country rock standards

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.

June 5 Lonesome Locomotive

June 12 Kenya B Trio

June 19 Free Peoples

June 26 The Good Bad Band

July 3 Marty O’Reilly

July 10 Dixie Giants

July 17 the Sextones

July 24 Derek Irving and His Combo

July 31 Reservoir Days

Aug. 7 P.A. Furnace

Aug. 14 Kenya B trio

Aug. 21 Brad Parsons Band

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.

May 27: Kyle O'Brien

June 3: Misisipi Mike

June 10: James Patrick Regan

June 17: Lisa-Marie Johnston

June 24: Misisipi Mike

July 1: James Patrick Regan

July 8: Lisa-Marie Johnston

July 15: Sow Belly Trio

July 22: UltraFaux

July 29: Misisipi Mike

Aug. 5: Misisipi Mike

Aug. 12: Lisa-Marie Johnston

Aug. 19: Smorgy

Aug. 26: Sow Belly Trio

Sept. 2: Kyle O'Brien

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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