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Lucky Penny presents Yesterday Again
This summer, Lucky Penny Productions has teamed up with Dezi Gallegos
and Natalie Herman, and Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Playhouse to produce
the world premiere of Yesterday
Following its premiere run at 6th Street Playhouse through Aug. 2, it
will move to Napa’s Lucky Penny Community Arts Center Aug. 7-16
This new drama by award-winning 19-year-old playwright Dezi Gallegos
follows Eric Baxter and Bella Kadie over the course of 25 years as
children, teenagers and adults – simultaneously.
This honest and poetic original theatre piece shows how lives intersect
and interweave, and probes at love’s relationship with time.
Yesterday Again contains strong language and sexual themes intended for
Directed by Sheri Lee Miller, the cast features an ensemble ranging in
age from 14 to late 50s, including Lucky Penny co-founder Barry Martin
and 6th Street Playhouse artistic director Craig A. Miller.
Tickets are $15-25.
Buy tickets for the 6th Street run at www.6thstreetplayhouse.com or
Buy tickets to the Lucky Penny run at www.luckypennynapa.com or call
Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8, and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Benefit at Vine Village
Vine Village, a loving home for mentally disabled adults in Napa, will
hold its annual celebration fundraiser, a wonderful dinner and auction
in the country farm setting of Vine Village on Aug. 9.
One of the auction items will be a three-liter bottle of 2007 Tierra
Roja, etched and painted, with dinner for eight in the Tierra Roja
Tickets are $100 at www.vinevillage.org.
You can also arrange to bid remotely by contacting
Home Vineyard – Part 2
The UC Master Gardeners of Napa County will conduct a public gardening
workshop, “Home Vineyard – Part 2” on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 9:30 a.m.
to 2 p.m. at the UC Oakville Experimental Station.
Time includes a lunch break. Bring a lunch and wear clothes and shoes
for the vineyard.
Topics covered include what to do, what to look for and how to plan for
harvest and crush in the vineyard; managing the vines after crush; and
preparing for winter and the next growing season. Home vineyard Master
Gardeners will present this workshop and answer your questions.
The charge is $5 per person. Sign up at ucanr.edu/2015homevineyard2.
For additional information, call 253-4221.
The UC Oakville Experimental Station is at 1380 Oakville Grade Road in
The Great Mexican-American
Indulge yourself in the wines from 15 Mexican-American vintners at the
Great Mexican-American Grape Stomp on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 2 to 5
p.m. at Mi Sueño Winery.
Treat yourself to wonderful wine, fabulous food pairings, live mariachi
music, grape stomp and silent auction lots filled with limited
production wines and winery experiences.
Proceeds benefit the Mexican-American Vintners Association scholarship
Special advance tickets are $75. Advance tickets are $100. Tickets at
the door will be $125. Visit www.nsmava.org or call 266-1296 to buy
Mi Sueño Winery is at 910 Enterprise Way, Napa.
Wine Library tasting
The Napa Valley Wine Library Association’s annual tasting will be held
at Silverado Resort and Spa on Sunday, Aug. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m.
This year’s tasting, “Toasting the Twelves,” celebrates the remarkable
2012 vintage. 2012 was no ordinary year here in the Napa Valley. The
vintage was called “spectacular” by Robert Parker and both “dazzling
and complicated” by Antonio Galloni.
Every current member receives an invitation to the Napa Wine Library
Association’s Annual Tasting, a great opportunity to taste the wines of
The Annual Tasting is a vintner’s choice with an abundance of 2012
selections to choose from. They expect more than 70 Napa Valley
wineries to take part this year, most pouring more than one wine, and
selected specifically by the winery for this occasion.
To renew your membership or join, visit www.napawinelibrary.com.
If you have any questions, email Jane Skeels at
Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services will hold their ninth
annual gala and auction at Napa Valley Reserve on Sept. 11.
This year’s theme is “Reflect & Rejoice.”
It will be a memorable evening of wine, food, and entertainment, with
auction items that create unique experiences and warm memories long
after the event is over.
Get more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 258-9084.
reThink Food at the CIA
reThink Food at the CIA Nov. 6-8 will feature entrepreneurs,
scientists, chefs and business and foodservice leaders for
presentations, tastings and insights into the future of food.
The conference presented by The Culinary Institute of America and the
MIT Media Lab calls on visionary chefs, growers, entrepreneurs and
innovators to prepare for the future of food and the intersection of
technology, behavior and design.
Get more information at www.re-thinkfood.org.
Melissa Etheridge stars at
Music Festival for Brain Health
The 21st Annual Music Festival for Brain Health will be held on
Saturday, Sept. 19 at Staglin Family Vineyard.
This year’s festival features two-time Grammy and Oscar winner Melissa
Celebrating over two decades of research funding, the Music Festival
for Brain Health is one of America’s most important fund-raising events
focusing on brain disorders, with an historical total raised surpassing
$220 million including leveraged grants from U.S. government agencies
and private organizations,.
The Music Festival for Brain Health benefits One Mind Institute and One
Mind, each partnering to support research, education, treatment, and to
fight the stigma surrounding brain disorders.
The Festival kicks off with the scientific symposium featuring keynote
speaker Geoffrey T. Manley, MD, PhD, Chief of Neurosurgery at San
Francisco General Hospital and Professor of Neurosurgery at the
University of California San Francisco. Dr. Manley will speak on
Healing the Injured Brain: A Team Science Approach to an Old Problem.
Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Ph.D., the Nash Family Professor of
Neuroscience, Chairman of the Department of Neuroscience and Director
of the Friedman Brain Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at
Mount Sinai in New York will moderate the symposium, which will also
feature the 2015 Rising Star scientists, along with Dr. Carrie Bearden,
Ph.D., Professor in the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human
Behavior at UCLA, who will speak on Conquering Psychiatric Disease
through Collaborative Science and provide an update on her research on
understanding neurobiological risk factors for the development of
The symposium is followed by a cult wine tasting paired with hors
d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Sean O’Toole of Torc Restaurant in Napa.
The day continues with an intimate concert performance Melissa
Immediately following the concert, enjoy an exclusive Napa Valley feast
under the stars at the VIP post-concert dinner created by Top Chef Chef
Hubert Keller of Fleur Las Vegas paired with Staglin Family Vineyard
Early bird festival passes prior to Aug. 1 begin at $750. Festival
passes will be $1,000 beginning Aug. 1.
Buy passes at www.music-festival.org.
Admission to the symposium only is free with prior registration.
Proceeds benefit mental health research projects throughout the nation.
For more information, telephone Cindy Dyar at 963-4038, email
Cindy@imhro.org or visit www.music-festival.org.
Dinner at Connolly Ranch
Dine under the stars at Connolly Ranch on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 5 p.m.
Enjoy an evening of farm-to-table food, live music and live and silent
auctions during Dinner at the Ranch.
Tickets are $150 at www.connollyranch.org with proceeds benefitting
free and subsidized farm experiences for more than 5,000 schoolchildren
each year at Connolly Ranch.
Connolly Ranch is at 3141 Browns Valley Rd., Napa.
Molly’s Angels Golf
Molly’s Angels 11th annual golf outing will be
Wednesday, Sept. 30 at Chardonnay Golf Club.
It is presented by Compadres and Ca’Momi Winery and
hosted by Giants alumni Vida Blue and Rich Murray.
For more information, call 224-8971 or visit
You can also pick up registration materials at Compadres
in Napa Valley
for details on future events
City Winery at the Napa
- July 27 Martha
Davis and The Motels
- July 28 NVOH
Presents Tuesday Night Flicks: “Double Indemnity”
- July 29 Stephen
Stills SOLD OUT
- July 30 Todd
Rundgren Global Tour
- July 31 Dinner
Music with Wesla Whitfield and MikeGreensill
- July 31
Foreverland: The Electrifying 14 Piece Tribute to Michael Jackson
- Aug 2 Mini-Feat
- Aug 3 Hot Club of
- Aug. 6 Maria
Muldaur's Way Past Midnight
- Aug 10 Leo Kaapana
and Mike Kaawa
- Aug 12 Creed
Bratton of The Office, Dirty Cello
- Aug. 14 Marc Cohn
plus Phil Cody
- Aug 19 Richie
Furay, Empty Pockets
- Aug 20 Gregory
- Aug 22 Eric
Hutchinson, Tess Henley
- Aug. 25 NVOH
Present's Tuesday Night Flicks: Hitchcock's To Catch A Thief
- Aug 29 Lydia Pense
& Cold Blood with special guest Rick Stevens
- Aug 30 Rockapella
- Aug 31 KT Tunstall
- Sep 1 KT Tunstall
- Sep 5 Super Diamond
- Sept 12 Marcia Ball
- Sep 15 The Doors'
legendary Guitarist Robby Krieger and his band Jam Kitchen
- Sep 16 Graham
- Sept. 17 Donavan
Frankenreiter, Peter Harper
- Sep 18 John
McCauley of Deer Tick
- Sept. 20 NVOH and
Lucky Penny presents: “I’m the Greatest future Star Musical Theatre
Competition for Kids
- Sept 22 Marc
- Sept 23 Justin
Hayward, Mike Dawes
- Sep 26 Dave Alvin
and Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones
- Sep 27 Little
- Oct 4 NVOH
Presents: Mark Hummel, Anson Funderburgh and Little Charlie Baty with
Golden State-Lone Star Revue
- Oct. 18 A Special
Solo Evening with Joan Armatrading, Matt Bednarsk
- Oct 19 Dick Dale
- Oct 24 Heartless
- Oct. 25 NVOH and
Terry Bradford present Terry Bradford's Voice Studio Concert
- Nov 18 and 9
Squeeze (acoustic set)-An Evening with Difford & Tilbrook
- Nov 21 Janeanne
Most events start at 8 p.m.
Buy concert tickets or get information on a becoming a
at 260-1600 or www.citywinery.com.
- Aug 1 Mary Chapin Carpenter
- Aug 15 Jerry Jeff Walker
- Aug 22 Casey Abrams
- Aug 29 Comedian Rodney Carrington
- Sept 18 - G. Love & Special Sauce
- Sept 19 Comedian Steven Wright
- Sept 27 Mavis Staples with Joan Osborne
- Oct 1 Boz Scaggs
- Oct 12 Boz Scaggs
- Oct 3 Get The LED Out, The American Led Zeppelin
- Oct 9 Colin Mochri & Brad Sherwood, Improv
- Oct 10 Chris Botti
- Oct 16 Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
- Oct 30 Dave Davies of the KINKS
- Nov 1 - George Clinton & Parliament
- Nov 4 - Jonny Lang
- Nov 11-15 Napa Valley Film Festival
- Nov 14 Comedian Kathleen Madigan
- Nov 25 An Irish Christmas
- Dec 2 Milk Carton Kids
- May 5, 2016 - Author David Sedaris
Most shows are at 8 p.m. The Uptown Theatre is at
1350 Third St.
Napa. The box office phone is 259-0123 x 6 and website is
Performing Arts Center
at Lincoln Theater
- Speakeasy Series: Laura Noel July 31
- Villalobos Brothers Aug. 15
- Dan Goodman presents Nonsense and Verse Aug. 20
- California Symphony Presents: Traditions New and Old
December 21, 5pm
- California Symphony Presents: A Grand Finale May 6,
Get information and tickets at
www.lincolntheater.org or 944-9900.
Napa Valley College
Performing Arts Center
Visit www.musicnapavalley.org, www.napavalleytheater.org
www.shakespearenapavalley.org or call 256-7500.
Lucky Penny Community Arts
Lucky Penny productions also appear at other venues
includinghave its ongoing Sunday series at the Napa Valley Opera
House once a month.
- Aug. 7-16 Yesterday Again
- Sept. 18 - Oct. 4 The Secret Garden
- Oct. 16 - 25 Gruesome Playground Injuries
- Nov. 6 - 22 Beyond Therapy
- Dec. 4 - 20 The Great American Trailer Park Christmas
- Jan. 29 – Feb. 14 In Love With the 8 X 10: Ten Minute
- April 15 - May 1 Andrews Brothers By Roger Bean
- May 13 - 29 I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
- Revenge Of The Space Pandas (or Binky Rudich and the
Two Speed Clock ) Youth Academy Summer 2016 Production
Summer converts at
Jamieson Ranch Winery
Jamieson Ranch Winery’s summer concert series returns
this year with an interesting variety of acts. Most are free, but
some require tickets.
- Aug. 15 – Stu Tails, 1-4 p.m.
- Sept. 5 – Charlie Wade, 1-4 p.m.
- Sept. 15 – Big Blu Soul, 1-4 p.m.
- Sept. 19 – Loose Blues, 1-4 p.m.
Get details at www.jamiesonranch.com.
Long Meadow Ranch
summer concert series
- Aug. 16 Hot Buttered Rum, San Francisco’s own
postmodern string band
- Aug. 30 West Coast favorites and high-energy string
band The Brothers Comatose along with North Lake Tahoe’s Dead Winter
- Sept. 20 bluegrass The Infamous Stringdusters
- Oct. 4 LMR All-Star Big Band, a 20-player big band
drawn from an internationally accomplished group of musicians that has
played jazz across the world benefiting the Timothy Hall Foundation.
Tickets are mostly $35 in advance. For tickets and more
information, visit www.longmeadowranch.com or call 963-4555.
Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch is at 738 Main St. in St. Helena.
Robert Mondavi Winery
- Aug. 1 Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Visit www.robertmondaviwinery.com or call (888) 769-5299.
The Robert Mondavi Winery is at 7801 St. Helena Highway in Oakville.
Compadres' Sunday Summer
4-7 p.m. each Sunday.
- Aug. 2, Sweet Burgundy offers beautiful harmonies,
beautiful ladies and acoustic bliss.
- Aug. 9 - Johnny Fittipaldi & Friends: Napa
Valley's home grown soul man! Motown to Memphis
- Aug. 16 - Revolver: spot-on covers of late 60's and
early 70's favorites!
- Aug. 23 - Davies-Dukes: local favorites...these guys
need no introduction!
- Aug. 30 - Double Shot: more local favorites - old
school classic and country rock!
Compadres Rio Grille is at 505 Lincoln Ave. in Napa,
Priest Ranch Winery in
Thursday Night Live 6 to 9 p.m.
Summer concerts at
Jamieson Ranch Winery
- Aug. 6, Charles Wheal
- Aug. 20, Five A.M.
- Sept. 3, Sean Carscadden Trio
- Sept. 17, The J Silverheels Band
Napa City Nights
Napa City Nights, a free summer concert series at Veterans Memorial
Park, returns to downtown starting June 5.
Each Friday night lineup includes three local bands, with music running
from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Bring a blanket and a picnic, and enjoy the shows.
This summer's lineup:
- July 31: Nuclear Blonde, Whitney Nichole Band, Sara
- Aug. 7: BeaufunK, Amber Snider Band, Trevor Lyon
- Aug. 14: Harvey & the Wallbangers, Skunk Funk,
Kristen Van Dyke
- Aug. 21: The Soul Section, Graveyard Boots, Vincent
- Aug. 28: The Used Blues Band, Girls & Boys, Dawn
- Sept. 4: Brad Wilson, Funk Pickles, Doug Houser
Sebastiani Vineyards features music from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday
through Sept. 25.
They’ll also have food and wine for sale and the last Friday of the
month is Food Truck Friday in the parking lot with Pagan Pizza, Tips
Trips & Tri-Tip, Caribbean Spices, Got Ball Meatball Factory, Marks
the Spot and Seed on the Go.
Here’s the schedule (subject to change):
- July 31: Magic – A local favorite playing hits from
Motown. Food Truck Friday.
- Aug. 7: Big Iron – Classic dancing, drinking,
sing-along Bakersfield-style honky-tonk.
- Aug. 14: Rhett Hammer Blues Band – Playing Classic
Rock with soulful R&B.
- Aug. 21: The Incognito Band
- Aug. 28: Ten Foot Tone – Food Truck Friday.
- Sept. 4: Poyntlyss Sistars – Playing Rock, R&B,
Motown, and Pop through the decades.
- Sept. 11: Sugar Foot – High-caliber R&B, Rock,
Funk, Dance, & Groove music.
- Sept. 18: BackTrax – Dance the night away to all your
favorite covers from the 60’s to the 90’s.
- Sept. 25: The Rolling Blackouts – One of Sebastopol’s
finest bands playing Classic R&B. Food Truck Friday
Reservations are not required for these events and
there’s no cost to attend.
Sebastiani Vineyards is at 389 Fourth St. East in Sonoma.
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