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 Dec. 15, 2014

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Pearl to close after 19 years in Napa

Atlas Social opening after New Year’s

Eight Noodle Shop

Turkey dinners at Press

Runway by Patrick open at Airport

Torc sells spirits via brewpub permit

Cindy Pawlcyn back with new chef

New experience at Hall Rutherford

Retail and office space at Napa Square

Napa Valley Vintners help 90,000

News for the wine community

Steve Tonella introduces wines

Terra Valentine has new location

Herb Lamb, 1950-2014

Masters and Makers @ Meritage

Alton Brown comes to the Uptown

Uptown Theatre schedule

BottleRock tickets on sale

This week in Napa Valley

This week at the Cameo Cinema

French dinners from Bourgogne

Lunch special at Brix

Locals Night at Oxbow Public Market

Olio nuovo dinners at Oenotri

Riders in The Sky Cowboy Christmas

Winter gypsies at Boho

Mike Greensill at Silo’s

Todd Morgan & Emblems at Silo’s

San Geronimo at Silo’s

Go By Ocean at Silo’s

Hunter and Amendola at City Winery

Italian regional menu at D’Amici’s

Howie Day at City Winery

Glühwein at Back Room Wines

Live music at River Terrace Inn

Mushroom Madness at Mustards

Dinner music at City Winery

Afrolicious & Lazyman at City Winery

The Nutcracker at Lincoln Theater

Duckhorn holiday celebration

St. Helena Chamber Singers concert

Dinner music series at City Winery

Voena Voices of the Season

Wintersongs by Sing Napa Valley

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Music in Napa Valley

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City Winery at the Napa Valley Opera House

  • Dec. 16 NVOH Presents: Riders in The Sky Present Christmas the Cowboy Way
  • Dec. 17 Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola
  • Dec. 18 Howie Day
  • Dec. 19 Dinner Music Series in the Restaurant with Wesla Whitfield and Mike Greenfield
  • Dec. 19 Afrolicious plus Lazyman    
  • Dec. 20 Dinner Music Series in the Restaurant with Wesla Whitfield and Mike Greenfield
  • Dec. 20 NVOH Presents Voena-Voices of the Season, Wintersong
  • Dec. 21 NVOH Presents Wintersongs by Sing Napa Valley
  • Dec. 23 Oakland Interfaith Gospel Ensemble
  • Dec. 26 Dinner Music Series in the Restaurant with Wesla Whitfield and Mike Greenfield
  • Dec. 26 Home for the Holidays with The Iron Heart plus Sanho the Indian plus We are Invisible Monsters
  • Dec. 27 Dinner Music Series in the restaurant with Mads Tolling
  • Dec. 27 Laura Jane Grace plus Billy the Kid and Dave Dondero
  • Dec. 28 Blind Melon    
  • Dec. 30  20,000 Days on Earth featuring Nick Cave
  • Dec. 31 Los Lobos
  • Jan. 2 White Album Ensemble (The Music of the Beatles)
  • Jan. 3 Petty Theft - San Francisco Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Jan. 4 A Tribute to Country Legend Patsy Cline-Starring Joni Morris
  • Jan. 7 Mark Cohn plus Phil Cody
  • Jan. 8 Baby Boomer Comedy Show
  • Jan. 9 Larry Coryell
  • Jan. 10 Lisa Loeb
  • Jan. 15 The Wood Brothers
  • Jan. 16 Blame Sally
  • Jan. 18 NVOH Presents Capitol Steps
  • Jan. 20 Willie Watson plus Mikaela Davis
  • Jan. 22 Dick Dale          
  • Jan. 23 Portland Cello Project*
  • Jan. 27 NVOH Presents Tuesday Night Flicks “Foreign Correspondent”
  • Jan. 28 An Evening with Eric Johnson and Mike Stern
  • Jan. 30 Chuck Prophet and The Mission Express
  • Jan. 31 Forejour - Foreigner & Journey Tribute
  • Feb. 1 NVOH Presents: The San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows -
  • Feb. 5 Front Country and Stray Birds
  • Feb 6 Dengue Fever
  • Feb 7 An evening with John Oates
  • Feb. 8 Isa Live: A Vegan Life In Four Courses with Isa Moskowitz
  • Feb. 9 Rufus Wainwright
  • Feb. 13 & 14 Citizen Cope
  • Feb. 16 Brett Dennen
  • Feb 18 Suzanne Vega
  • Feb. 20 Ryan Montbleau and Cris Jacobs
  • Feb. 21 Jackie Green
  • Feb. 24 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “A Night at the Opera“
  • Feb. 27 Wonder Bread 5 
  • Feb 28 Steep Canyon Rangers
  • Mar. 2 Alan Doyle: So Let's Go Tour
  • Mar. 7 Martin Sexton
  • Mar. 8 NVOH Presents Hapa
  • Mar. 10 Marco Benevento
  • March 14 The Juliana Hatfield Three
  • Mar. 20 Colin Hay
  • Mar. 22 NVOH presents Fearless - SF Gay Men's Chorus
  • March 24 NVOH Presents Altan
  • Mar. 28 World of Wine 2015 Patron dinner presented by Napa Valley Family Services
  • Mar. 31 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks “The Big Sleep“
  • April 3 North Mississippi Allstars with Anders Osborne
  • April 18 Arlo Guthrie - Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour
  • April 24 Janis Ian and Tom Paxton
  • April 26 NVOH and Terry Bradford Voice Studio Presents "Glitz & Glam"
  • April 28 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “The Band Wagon“
  • May 26 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “Love in the Afternoon“
  • June 30 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “Witness for the Prosecution“
  • July 28 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “Double Indemnity“
  • Aug. 25 NVOH Presents Tuesday night flicks: “North by Northwest“
  • Oct. 25 NVOH and Terry Bradford Voice Studio Presents "Glitz & Glam"

Most events start at 8 p.m. 


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Uptown Theatre  

  • Jan. 17 Roy Orbison Returns 
  • Jan. 23 The Beach Boys (sold out)
  • Jan. 29 Lindsey Stirling 
  • Feb. 6 Lucinda Williams 
  • Feb. 21 Crystal Bowersox
  • Feb. 28 David Cook, American Idol Winner 
  • March 6 Official Blues Brothers Revue 
  • March 13 The Fab Four Ultimate Beatles Tribute
  • March 17Jake Shimabukuro, Ukulele Virtuoso 
  • March 19 Alton Brown Live! Edible Inevitable Tour
  • March 20 Rick S[romgfield, Stripped Down Solo Tour 
  • March 21 Ani DiFranco 
  • March 25 Jonny Lang 
  • April 16 Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam
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

  • Sunday, Jan. 18, Golden Dragon Acrobats Cirque Ziva
  • Friday, Feb. 13, Mariachi Vargas 
  • Saturday, Feb. 14 Valentine's Day Swing Dance Celebration 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 29 Peter Coyote and Dmitry Sitkovetsky with Symphony Napa Valley  3 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 12, TEDxNapaValley Redefining Success 
  • Sunday, May 31, Tango and Opera Sensations with Maestro Michael Guttman
  • Sunday, June 28, Viva Vivaldi! with Maestro Michael Guttman

Get information and tickets at or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts         

  • May 1 Suitcase Full Of Swing
  • May 3 Musical Mélange
  • May 8 The Planets
  • May 9 Voice Recital
  • May 17 Candide (Concert Version)

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