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May 8, 2017

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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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River Terrance Inn’s new Alba restaurant
Blanchard fried chicken take-out
Wise Sons food at Hudson Greens
Brewery, café projects ok’d
Cooking School spring restaurant
News of the arts and entertainment
What’s JaM Cellars Ballroom?
Napa Porchfest
Summer music at Jessup Cellars
Self-serve bike rental in Napa Valley
Join Girl Gang (no boys allowed)
News for the wine community
Vineyard & Winery Management
Wheeler Farms opens to guests
Arrow & Branch into Wheeler
Vintners match Winiarski gift
Vineyard Economics Seminar
ShipCompliant Wine Summit
Creating Brand Ambassadors
Masi Amarone blending seminar
This week in Napa Valley
Water-wise landscaping workshops
Cheese Class: Us Versus Them
La Saison and Biophilia Botanicals
This week at Cameo Cinema
Napa Tuesday Farmers’ Market
Sake dinner at Miminashi
Roem Baur at Blue Note
Sake pairing dinner at Miminashi
Anton in Show Business
Cadet presents Cabernet Franc
Greensill plays evening jazz at Silo’s
Scott Pullman at Silo’s
Baroque and beyond on guitar
Sherri Roberts CD at Blue Note
Oakland Stroke at the Blue Note
Yountville Out Loud
Kid’s event with Escargot author
The Great Grape Study of Nebbiolo
Skylight Motion Picture
St Helena Farmers’ Market
Mayfair at College Winery
Santa Lucia wines at Back Room
Best of the season at Mustards
Holly Near in concert
Museum’s A-Maze-Ing Summer
West Park Goes Disney
Jill Vice: Tipped and Tipsy 
Brighton Beach Memoirs
Garage Band 101 - Adults
Paula West at Blue Note
Music at Ca’Momi Osteria
Napa Saturday Farmers’ Market
Oaks and native plants
Stewart Cellars spring soirée
Outland rosé party
Habitat for Humanity fundraiser
To Blend or Not to Blend
Boz Scaggs Oxbow School concert
Women in STEM
Nimbus Arts Nimbash
Original music at Jarvis
Recital for Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes
Mike Birbiglia for Aldea and Cope
Private train with Chappellet
JourneyDay and Jade in concert
Heartless tribute to Heart
Jelly Bread at the Blue Note
American Canyon Farmers’ Market
A Taste of Hall Wines
Mother’s Day
Angèle Restaurant and Bar
Farm at Carneros Resort
La Toque
Meritage Resort

Silverado Resort

St. Helena
Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch
Harvest Table at Harvest Inn
Calistoga spring fling sidewalk sale
LolliPOPS! free concert 
Mother’s Day with Clairdee
Future events
Paris Can Wait with Elli Coppola


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Music and Drama in Napa Valley

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Silo's Club
  • 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
  • May 9  Locals night Roem Baur

  • May 10 Sherri Roberts

  • May 18-20 David Benoit Trio

  • May 23 Locals night Roem Baur

  • May 24 Napa County Watershed Symposium 8:30 a.m.

  • May 24 JJ Grey & Mofro, Kuinka

  • May 25 Alvon Johnson

  • May 28 Funk Revival

  • June 1-3 Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars: John Lee, Freddie Hendrix, Cyrus Chestnut & Tommy Campbell

  • June 4 Tod Dickow & Charged Particles Play the Music of Michael Brecker

  • June 10 Jazz Getaway: Morgan James + Chase HunaSun

  • June 10 Upstairs Brian Culbertson Late Night Jam Session hosted by Marqueal Jordan
  • June 11 Gospel Brunch feat. The Jackie Tolbert Gospel Ensemble

  • June 11 Napa Valley Jazz Getaway: Cecil

  • June 12-14 Fred Hersch

  • June 16 Upstairs Bottle Rock Presents: Donavon Frankenreiter  June 20 Locals Night with Sweet HayaH

  • Tue June 27 Locals Night feat. Slackers in Paradise Jim “Kimo” West & Ken Emerson

  • June 21 Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

  • July 7 Upstairs A Benefit: The Bothers Comatose, Sam Chase (solo), The Highway Poets

  • July 12 Tod Dickow & Charged Particles Play the Music of Michael Brecker 

  • June 28 Upstairs Bottle Rock Presents: Galactic

  • July 13-15 Edwin McCain Trio

  • July 21-23 Andy McKee

  • July 29 Upstairs Delta Rae

  • Aug. 25-27 Livingston Taylor

  • Sept. 20-21 Nicolas Bearde

  • Sept. 26 Michael Kaeshammer

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

Visit or call 880-2300.

Napa Valley Opera House Ballroom (Upstairs Margrit Mondavi auditorium)
  • June 10 Upstairs Brian Culbertson Late Night Jam Session hosted by Marqueal Jordan
  • June 16 Upstairs Bottle Rock Presents: Donavon Frankenreiter  June 20 Locals Night with Sweet HayaHJuly 7 Upstairs A Benefit: The Bothers Comatose, Sam Chase (solo), The Highway Poets
  • June 28 Upstairs Bottle Rock Presents: Galactic
  • July 29 Upstairs Delta Rae
Opera House Ballroom, 1030 Main St. Napa. 880-2303

Uptown Theatre
  • June 2 Y&T
  • June 3 Los Lonely Boys
  • June 4 The Wailin' Jennys
  • June 15 Taj Mo: The Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' Band
  • June 17 Comedian Kathy Griffin 
  • June 23 Richard Marx
  • July 21 Judy Collins
  • July 22 Jay Leno
  • July 23 – The Robert Cray Band
  • Aug 18 – Comedian Rodney Carrington
  • Sept 17 -- Dave Mason -- Alone Together Again Tour
  • Sept. 29 - Get the Led Out
  • Oct. 13 - Take Me To the River - Memphis Soul & R&B
  • Oct. 21 - Howie Mandel
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 14 LolliPOPS! concert

  • June 3 Napa Valley Ballet Presents: Dance through the Decades & Princess Ballerinas

  • June 3 Napa Valley Ballet Presents: Procession of Angels 

  • June 4 Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project

  • June 8 Napa Valley Jazz Getaway: “Jazz Legend Night” 

  • June 9 Napa Valley Jazz Getaway: “Friday Night Funk Night” sold out

  • June 18 Little Feet- 2017 Recital 

  • June 25 Mostly Mozart

  • Oct. 7 Jo Koy

  • Dec. 9 Voena: Voices of the Season...Wonderland
Get information and tickets at    or 944-9900.

Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center
Napa Valley Music
  • May 21 Windspring North Bay Wind Ensemble directed by Harry Cadelago 3 p.m.
Visit or call 256-7500.
Napa Valley Theater 

Visit or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center
2016-17 Season
  • May 12-14 Jill Vice: Tipped and Tipsy
  • 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