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June 26, 2017

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This week in NapaLife

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Celebrate the Fourth of July
    American Canyon 
    St. Helena
Hamilton joins Festival Napa Valley
Locals Night at 1313 Main
Weekend BBQ and pizza at V. Sattui
Pizza on the lawn at Charles Krug
Live music on the lawn at Beringer
Wine Train winery tours
More on hotel staff housing
News for the wine community
Pope Valley Winery site for sale
Far Niente buys Vineyard
North Coast Wine Industry Expo
Spanish for Business hits 25 years
This week in Napa Valley
Slackers in Paradise
This week at Cameo Cinema
The Napa Tuesday Farmers' Market
Locals Tuesday at Dean & Deluca
Dave Cruz pop up at Miminashi
Les Demoiselles de Rochefort
Locals fried chicken at 1313 Main
Wesla & Mike at Silo’s
100 Men Who Care
Far Niente dinner at Bouchon
Correlation Wines at Cadet
BottleRock presents Galactic
Farms, barns & vines at Baldacci
A talk with Jean Charles Boisset
Calistoga Concerts in the Park
Great Grape Study - Gamay
Don Bassey & Friends at Silo’s
Music at JaM Cellars
St. Helena Farmers’ Market
Blind Tasting at Back Room Wines 
Chef and Somm at The Grill
Mustards celebrates 34 years
Blue Note presents Davell Crawford
BottleRock presents Suffers at Silo’s
Napa City Nights
Late night music at Ca’ Momi
Napa Saturday Farmers' Market
Trifecta Japanese pop-up dinner
It's a Grand Night for Singers
Petty Theft at Silo’s
American Canyon Farmers' Market
Sundays at Goose & Gander
Future events
Cruise the Napa River on 4th of July
Lil’ Smokies at Long Meadow Ranch
Party on the river
Festival Napa Valley's Sun Run
The United States of Cheese
Taste of Mount Veeder
Lobster feast at Ceja


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Silo's Club

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

Blue Note Club
  • June 25 The Comedy of Andy Bumatai 7 p.m.

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

  • June 28 Upstairs Bottle Rock Presents: Galactic

  • June 30 Favell Crawford
  • 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 

  • 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 28 Upstairs Bottle Rock Presents: Galactic
  • July 29 Upstairs Delta Rae
  • July 7 Upstairs A Benefit: The Bothers Comatose, Sam Chase (solo), The Highway Poets
Opera House Ballroom, 1030 Main St. Napa. 880-2303

Uptown Theatre
  • July 13 Aimee mann
  • July 21 Judy Collins
  • July 22 Jay Leno
  • July 23 The Robert Cray Band
  • July 28 Blackberry Smoke
  • Aug 8 ABBA: The Concert
  • Aug 12 Comedian Demetri Martin
  • Aug 18 Comedian Rodney Carrington
  • Aug 26 – Dave Koz and Larry Graham, Side By Side
  • Sept 9  Jackie Evancho
  • Sept 17 Dave Mason -- Alone Together Again Tour
  • Sept. 29 Get the Led Out
  • Oct 5 John Prine
  • Oct 6 Randy Newman
  • Oct 7 Shawn Colvin
  • Oct. 13 Take Me To the River - Memphis Soul & R&B
  • Oct. 21 Howie Mandel
  • Oct 29 Home Free
  • Dec 9 the Pixies
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

  • 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

Visit or call 256-7500.
Napa Valley Theater 

Visit or call 256-7500.

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center
2016-17 Season
  • 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
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Spinning the Bottle Again

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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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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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