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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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Jazz returning to Calistoga
CIA at Copia opens
Land Trust adds 6,260 acres 
Mira building Yountville winery
Eagle Eye wines
Weird contradiction
UpValley Centers online auction
This week in Napa Valley
The Founder at Film & Fork
This week at Cameo Cinema
Women’s March meeting
Mayacamas Vineyards at Cadet
Lavay Smith and her Skillet Lickers
Mike Greensill at Silo’s
Scott Starr at Silo’s
Music at Uva Trattoria this week
Blind Tasting - Guess the Grape
Lennon tribute at Silo’s
Tour with the Curator
Story Pirates at Lincoln Theater
Mature wines from Kalin Cellars
Chef and Somm at The Grill
Out of the Shell at Mustards
Kids Rule the 8 x 10 short plays
Luvplanet at Silo’s
Dirty Cello comes to Blue Note
Music at Ca’ Momi
Drip irrigation and garden design
 ZAP wine festival
The Salesman at Jarvis
ParentsCAN benefit
Quintessa Vineyards iQ Series:
Napa Horsemen crab feed
Groove Dragon at Silo’s
Alvon Johnson at the Blue Note
Student-sponsored unity fair
Latin Jazz at the Blue Note
Dweezil Zappa at Silo’s
Future events
State of the Arts Summit
Mardi Gras at Hurley’s
Hall Cabernet Cookoff


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Music and Drama in Napa Valley

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Silo's Club
  • Feb 22 Mike Greensill - Evening Jazz
  • Feb 22 Scott Starr - solo
  • Feb 23 In The Spirit of Lennon - Drew Harrison
  • Feb 24 Luvplanet
  • Feb 25 Groove Dragon
  • Feb 26 Dweezil Zappa - Stories Beyond The Spotlight
  • Mar 1 Mike Greensill - Evening Jazz
  • Mar 1 Syria T. Berry - solo
  • Mar 2 Secure the Sun
  • Mar 3 The Rhythm Method 4
  • Mar 4  The Jean Genies – Tribute to David Bowie
  • Mar 8 Mike Greensill - Evening Jazz
  • Mar 8 Scott Pullman
  • Mar 9 Analog Jazz
  • Mar 10 The Garcia Project - Performing Classic Jerry Garcia Band Shows
  • Mar 11 N2L
  • Mar 12 VOENA
  • Mar 15 Mike Greensill
  • Mar 15 David Kelleher – Solo Acoustic
  • Mar 16 Kith and Kin
  • Mar 17 Papa Joe & The New Deal
  • Mar 18 Guitarzilla! – Monsters of Surf Guitar
  • Mar 19 Greg Kihn – Stories Beyond The Spotlight
  • Mar 23 Matt Jaffe 
  • Mar 24 Lumberyard
  • Mar 25 The Reunion – Fantasy Tribute to The Beatles
  • Mar 29 Mike Greensill
  • Mar 29 Audrey Moira Shimkas – Jazz Vocals
  • Mar 30 Jeff Oster 
  • Mar 31 Ridgeway Arts Presents Kari Ikonen
  • Apr 1 Fabulous Screwtops
  • Apr 7 The Boys of Summer – Tribute to The Eagles
  • Apr 8 Fleetwood Mask – The Ultimate Tribute to Fleetwood Mac
  • Apr 14 Obsidian Son
  • Apr 20 Robert Foley Band
  • Apr 21 8 Track Massacre
  • Apr 22 Total Recall 90’s
  • Apr 23 NVJS Presents Erik Jekabson String-tet
  • Apr 28 Secure The Sun
  • May 4 Shelby, Texas
  • May 13  Heartless – Premier Tribute to Heart
  • May 20 Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums featuring Miss Carmen Getit
  • July 22 Forejour – Tribute to Foreigner & Journey

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

Blue Note Club
  • Feb. 22 Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
  • Feb. 24 Dirty Cello Two
  • March 1 Steffen Kuehn
  • March 3-4 Yellowjackets
  • March 5 Jelly Bread
  • March 6 The Howard Paul & Jody Espina Quartetw/Andres Forrero
  • March 9-12 Spyro Gyra
  • March 14-15 Davina and The Vagabonds
  • March 16-19 Pat Martino Trio
  • March 22 Tommy Igoe Band
  • March 23-24 The Ray Obiedo Group
  • March 25 Bela Fleck and Abigail Washington
  • March 26-28 Kenny G
  • March 29 Davy Knowles
  • March 30-31 Diane Schuur
  • April 1-2 Diane Schuur
The Blue Note is at 1030 Main St. in Napa.

Visit or call 880-2300.

Napa Valley Opera House Ballroom (Upstairs Margrit Mondavi auditorium)

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

Uptown Theatre
  • Mar 4 - The Irish Rovers
  • Mar 11 The Beach Boys
  • Mar 18 -- Los Lobos
  • Mar 25 – Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones Tribute Show
  • Apr 1 – Rufus Wainwright
  • April 7 - Chris Isaak
  • Apr 22 - Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood
  • Apr 28 - David Crosby & Friends
  • Apr 30 – Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years of Frank
  • June 2 - Y&T
  • June 3 - Los Lonely Boys
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. 26 Story Pirates!
  • March 9 Lunafest
  • March 12 HipPOPS! concerts
  • March 24-26 and March 31-April 2 Justin-Siena Theatre presents Sister Act
  • April 4 The Naked Magicians
  • April 8 Brahams Requiem-Symphony gala and concert
  • April 11 Semi-Toned presents: Sing Theory
  • April 22 Diablo Ballet
  • April 29 Napa ValleyYouth Symphony’s Red Gala
  • April 30  For the Love of Music: Sonic Spring free community concert
  • May 4 Nonsense and Verse
  • May 14 LolliPOPS! concert
  • 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
  • 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
  • April 21-23 Emergence Theater Festival
Visit or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center
2016-17 Season
  • 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.
Books by Paul Franson

The 2017 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.

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