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Top Five Reasons to Catch a Show at Uptown Theatre this Summer

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chrisIsaak_UptownTheater.jpg#1.   Best Headline Entertainment in the Valley!
The Uptown Theatre offers headline entertainment in a world class environment.  Uptown is a beautifully restored art deco period theatre originally opening in 1937 and brought back to its glory with state of the art sound system, lighting and comfortable seating.  Uptown Theatre has hosted a myriad of top named artists and this summer will be hosting hit-maker Kenny Loggins, comedian Lisa Lampanelli, crooner Chris Isaak, southern rock group The Marshall Tucker Band, comedian Dana Carvey and a special stop by Dave Mason and his Traffic Jam tour. 

More shows are always being added to the already amazing summer lineup so check the schedule regularly or subscribe to their newsletter for new show announcements here.

#2.  Beat the Heat in the Most Comfortable Venue in Town!  
The seats at Uptown are extra cushy and the leg room extra spacious. Customers have coined the catch phrase "Every Seat is a Great Seat" due to the wide aisles, soft slope of the floor and the best sound quality in Northern California. Not only is this theatre lovingly restored with beautifully appointed period murals and gold accents but whether you're in the front row or the last, the sound quality is just as good and the sight lines are great from every vantage point.  And best of all?  It's Air-conditioned!  Beat the heat after a long summer day of wine tasting, bike riding or sight-seeing by getting indoors where only the entertainment is HOT!

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#3.  Located in the Hub of Napa Valley!
Uptown Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Napa, which has become the hub of Napa Valley. Only a few steps and blocks away are world-class wines and restaurants. Dine at restaurants like Chef Morimoto's namesake restaurant for fresh, expertly prepared seafood and sushi.  You can never go wrong with dinner at Cole's Chop House for the very best in an American Steakhouse, or the newest restaurant along Main Street, Torc for elegant yet authentic California Cuisine with global influences.  There are scores of casual dining places in addition to a popping night scene where you can grab drink or glass of fine wine before or after a show at one of many wine bars that keep cropping up in downtown Napa.

BottleRock Napa Valley

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Top Chefs and Wineries Create a Unique BottleRock Napa Valley Festival
with Signature Wine Country Style

BottleRock Napa Valley sits at the epicenter of America's wine and food playground, and the 2014 event May 30-June 1 delivers an impressive line up of Napa Valley and Northern California's best chefs, restaurants and wineries for a gustatory festival experience that is second to none. And of course, let's not forget the music! This year's lineup features an exciting and diverse set of artists, bands and performers, including The Cure, Outkast, Eric Church, Weezer, The Fray, Heart, LL Cool Jay with DJ Z-Trip, Matt & Kim, Deerhunter, Matisyahu, Sublime with Rome, Gin Blossoms, Spin Doctors, Third Eye Blind and dozens more.

bottleRock2014Image.jpgSituated on four stages on 26 acres just blocks from Downtown Napa, more than 60 artists on four stages are surrounded by superstar vintners like Miner Family Winery, Cakebread Cellars and Schramberg and restaurants including Morimoto, Angele, The Thomas and Oakville Grocery.  Iconic chefs Ken Frank of La Toque, Richard Reddington of Redd, and Oenotri's Tyler Rodde headline the culinary stage in the Platinum Lounge with Master Sommeliers pouring rare wines, only in wine country.

"BottleRock Napa Valley is all about blending great music, food and wine...It really is a feast for your senses" said Latitude 38's CEO David Graham. "Fans will experience rock star on so many levels: top chefs and culinary superstars, world class winemakers and amazing musicians all rocking out together making BottleRock totally unique. There's just no other music festival that matches the quality of wine and food offerings BottleRock provides."

With a craft brew garden, restaurant garden, food truck rally and wine cabanas and full bars conveniently located all across the festival grounds, guests will find no shortage of opportunity to wine and dine BottleRock Napa Valley style.

Tickets Are Still Available!
3-Day VIP passes ($599), general admission 3-Day passes ($279) and single-day passes ($149) can be purchased at www.bottlerocknapavalley.com or www.ticketfly.com or charge by phone at 877.4.FLY.TIX (435.9849).) A very limited number of 3-Day Platinum Passes ($3000), and Single-Day Platinum Passes ($1,000) are also available.



Press Release: City Winery Napa at the Historic Napa Valley Opera House

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Opening Shows & Artist Line Up

City Winery Napa at the Historic Napa Valley Opera House is very proud to announce the much-anticipated artist lineup from the soft launch in April through June 2014.  Over the next few weeks ten new concert dates a week will be released until the complete schedule of approximately twenty shows per month is announced. All shows begin at 8pm unless otherwise noted. Tickets available at citywinery.com.

  • Bruce Cockburn : Thursday, April 10 ($35-45)
  • Jay Farrar of Son Volt: Wednesday, April 16 ($26-30)
  • Paris Combo: Thursday, April 17 ($25-35)
  • Lydia Pense & Cold Blood: Thursday, May 8 ($20-25)
  • Karla Bonoff: Friday, May 9 ($20-30)
  • Allen Toussaint: Friday, May 16 ($25-30)
  • John Mayall: Friday, May 23 ($40-50)
  • Leo Kottke: Saturday, May 24 ($30-40
  • Maria Muldaur: Friday, May 30 ($15-25)
  • Red Molly: Thursday, June 12 ($15-20)
  • Milk Carton Kids: Monday, June 16 ($15-25)
  • 10,000 Maniacs: Saturday, June 21 ($40-50)
  • Lewis Black: July 10, 11, 12 ($55-75)

Ring in the New Year in Napa Valley & Sonoma

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Ring in the New Year with dinners, parties, and other adult and family friendly festivities in Napa Valley and Sonoma this year. See our round up of event highlights and check out our calendar for more events!

Napa Valley New Year's Eve Event Highlights

  • calistogaChamber_NewYearsEve.jpgCelebrate! New Year's Eve Bash in Calistoga
  • Napa Valley is inviting you to enjoy their spectacular New Year's Eve Bash in Calistoga! Kick off the festivities with fine dining at your choice of participating restaurant. After dinner, the party continues at the Fairgrounds Events Center with a premium no-host bar featuring Stella Artois, Charbay cocktails, and Napa Valley wines. Delight in party favors and an over-the-top dessert bar while you dance the night away to classic party tunes performed by Double Funk Crunch. Wrap up the evening with a midnight toast with Schramsberg. So grab your friends and family and join the celebration! CLICK HERE for more details.


  • New Year's Eve Blackjack Ball on Napa Valley Wine Train
  • The annual Blackjack Ball kicks off the New Year in style aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train, with sparkling wine, gourmet food and a twilight ride through Napa Valley. Executive Chef Kelly Macdonald and his culinary team shine as they prepare multi-course gourmet meals to order in the kitchen car. CLICK HERE for more details.

  • Enjoy an exquisite five-course tasting menu at étoile Restaurant, delightfully paired with a selection of sparkling and still wines. Then dance the night away to  live music provided by Blue Moon Band in the Tasting Lounge. CLICK HERE for more details








Sonoma County New Year's Eve Event Highlights

  • Alchemy New Year's Eve Party at Spoonbar at H2Hotel
  • an out of this world New Year's Eve party planned at Spoonbar featuring famed San Francisco DJ J Boogie and a special 5 course celebration menu from Chef Louis Maldonado (Bravo's Top Chef Season 11 Contestant) with treats from start to finish. CLICK HERE for more details.
  • Great Bashby Club Midnight
  • Ring in the New Year in Sonoma Wine Country at the The Greaty Bashby which includes a casino, dancing, no host bar, heavy hors d' oeuvres, DJ, silent auction and midnight champagne toast. It's a party you won't want to miss! CLICK HERE for more details

**Visit the Wine Country Event Calendar for a list of all New Year's Eve parties, dinners, festivals, marked on the holiday calendar for December 31st

New to Napa Valley Film Fest - Lifestyle Pavilion

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In it's third year, the Napa Valley Film Festival (November 13-17, 2013) is upping the ante of hip and sophistication with the addition of the swank Lifestyle Pavilion.

nvff-lifestyle-pavilion.jpgThe Pavilion will be centrally located in downtown Napa's Oxbow Market and open to passholders and the public Friday, November 15th - Sunday, November 17th, 10am - 6pm. Experience the latest innovation in cars, technology, and culinary trends; attend film industry panels and cooking demonstrations; and enjoy premier wines at the Wine Pavilion and a chalice or two of Stella Artois. See all the hip details below and if you haven't gotten passes yet, what are you waiting for?! Click Here to buy festival passes now.

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LOUNGES:

CADILLAC LUXURY LOUNGE
See Cadillac's hottest vehicles at the Cadillac Luxury Lounge featuring their all-new 2014 CTS sedan, the centerpiece of the Cadillac line up, that ascends into the heart of the midsize luxury market with expanded performance, elevated luxury, and sophisticated technology.

SONY DIGITAL LOUNGE AND STAGE
Just like Dorothy landing in OZ, your world will burst into a kaleidoscope of vivid colors in the Sony Digital Lounge. Experience the clarity, beauty, and the rich colors of film on a Sony 4K TV. Red, aqua blues, and emerald greens burst from the 4K displays in sharp, realistic fashion.

STELLA ARTOIS
Since 1366, crafting the rich flavor of Stella Artois has been a serious pursuit of excellence. Served in the specially designed Chalice, where every sip is perfection. Thanks to its love affair with the silver screen, Stella Artois supports the prestigious Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival...and now, the Napa Valley Film Festival.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE STYLE LOUNGE
Come experience the magic of Hollywood through the latest styles and fashions. The beauty of nature juxtaposed with beautiful women...as seen in San Francisco Chronicle's annual wedding issue where such stunning photos serve as a perfect backdrop to Roche Bobois' celebration of exquisite interior design.

Wine Country Insider: Art Walking Tours

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by Courtney Cochran

When it comes to inspiration, wine country is about as alluring as it gets.  And so it is that wine country art - especially the kind you can meander amongst, on walking tours - takes on especially vivid expression. Whether it's made or just displayed in this lovely setting, it's more than worth a gander. Please allow us to steer you towards some rewarding walks.  

Napa: West End
Encompassing an approximately 6-block area in this once sleepy wine country seat, Napa's West End is a neighborhood offering arts of various intriguing sorts. From traditional art galleries - First Street's Quent Cordair comes to mind with its substantial collection of romantic realistic works - to tasting room installations to a fully restored, circa-1937 Art Deco theater, the Uptown, Napa's West End offers much to see on a stroll. Chris Isaak and Rusted Root are among the top-notch performances that can be seen at the Uptown, along with its colorful (original!) neon marquee. Or, come Saturday night, stop into Ceja Vineyards' tasting room for a rotating selection of artworks in addition to pours, then dance the night away via the spot's free salsa lessons.  

Need some mementos? Pick these up at the West End Napa gift store inside the contemporary Avia Hotel building. It's also where the neighborhood "living room" can be found, natch. The area is couched in the western portion of downtown Napa, approximately from School to Randolph streets and from First to Third streets.

napaArtWalk.jpgNapa ARTwalk Momentum: Art that Moves (Us)
Arts Council Napa Valley (ACNV) and the Napa Community Redevelopment Agency have announced the return of the Napa ARTwalk interactive public sculpture exhibition and tour in downtown Napa. The second ARTwalk, titled "Momentum: Art that Moves (Us)," launched on October 19th 2011 and will be on exhibition through April, 2013 in downtown Napa. 

Art works - which hew to a new theme each exhibition - are selected with the help of CaFE (callforentry.org) and a panel of local art administrators, artists, and city officials.  The cost is free, and exhibits can be accessed throughout the day, 365 days a year, at visitors' leisure.  Download a map here, and for more information, call 707-257-2117.

Don't Miss the 2nd Annual Napa Truffle Festival

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EVENT UPDATE!


Please CLICK HERE to see details for 2014 Napa Truffle Festival!


Past Event Details
World class cuisine meets cutting edge truffle science January 13-16, 2012! Featuring everything truffles--culinary, tastings, science, cultivation and more.

Truffles! Not the chocolate kind, black Périgord truffles - aka "black diamonds." These rare and delectable fungi will be the center of attention at the second annual Napa Truffle Festival, January 13-16, at the Westin Verasa Napa where they will be discussed, examined, probed, prepared, demonstrated and finally, paired with wines and feasted upon for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Festival begins with a Friday night reception where you and fellow truffle-lovers will hobnob with your hosts Chef Frank Toque of La Toque, and Robert Chang and Dr. Paul Thomas of the American Truffle Company. You'll also have a chance to meet the Michelin Star Chefs - sans toques - who have come from as far as Chicago and Italy to cook and demonstrate for you throughout the weekend. The next morning, you'll attend a breakfast with keynote address by distinguished food and travel writer, and former editor of Bon Appétit, Barbara Fairchild. Saturday and Sunday feature culinary and scientific programs - cooking demos, truffle orchard tours, and winery lunches, tours and tastings. Truffle dogs will also be on hand to sniff things out with dog training demos (petting allowed)!

nvTruffleFest2011_Pic2.jpgThe highlight of the Festival will be the Saturday night Truffles & Wine dinner at La Toque featuring a multi-course truffle menu and wine pairing (see last year's menu.  Each course will be prepared by a Michelin Star chef, including Michael Cimarusti of Providence in Los Angeles; Suzette Gresham-Tognetti of Acquerello in San Francisco; Marco Gubbiotti  of La Bastiglia in Spello, Italy; and Andrew Zimmerman of Sepia in Chicago.

The Festival concludes on Monday with a scrumptious Truffle Brunch at Westin's Bank Café, followed by a lively Napa Truffle Festival Marketplace at Oxbow Public Market  showcasing local wines and artisanal vendors with their specialty food products.

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ARTwalk launches 2nd Exhibition in Downtown Napa

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FishOnByTerrenceMartin.jpgNAPA, Calif.-- Arts Council Napa Valley (ACNV) and the Napa Community Redevelopment Agency have announced the return of the Napa ARTwalk public sculpture tour. The 2nd ARTwalk, titled "Momentum: Art that Moves (Us)", will launch on October 19th 2011 and will be on exhibition through April, 2013.

Downtown Napa's first-ever interactive public art exhibition and tour first launched in July 2010, and received an unprecedented amount of local support and media attention. Due to the success of the inaugural exhibition, the 2nd Napa ARTwalk will feature 13 new sculptures (an increase from 10 in 2010), as well as last year's People's Choice winning sculpture, "Fish On", by artist Terrence Martin (pictured to the right). One of the most familiar pieces in the 2010 exhibition, "Fish On" is a metal sculpture of a largemouth bass; it will also remain on view until 2013 . Napa ARTwalk's 2011-13 new artists include: Marissa Carlisle, Andrew Ferrales, Eric Furman, Matt Gil, James Haire, Loren Madsen, Ulises Meza, Robin Murez, C.J. Rench, Patricia Vader and Jeff Zischke.

The Napa ARTwalk will give the public an opportunity to vote on favorite sculptures online at www.napaartwalk.org throughout the 18-month exhibition period. Tour brochures, featuring a sculpture map, will be available year round in several downtown locations, including: Napa City Hall, The Goodman Library, Napa Valley Welcome Center, Artists of the Valley Gallery, and the Napa City-County Library. 

The Riddling Rack Is A No Brainer

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riddlingrack.jpgBy Deirdre Bourdet

Cold wet weather makes me want to hole up at home with a bottle of red wine and some truffle mashed potatoes.  Home is easy, it's warm, it's reasonably attractive, and it almost always has some really good wine on hand.  But when I dragged myself out on a random weeknight for pre-dinner drinks at the AVIA Hotel's Riddling Rack, I discovered another comforting nook in town with these same attributes--one that's also way cooler looking, and has vintage Dom Perignon by the glass.  

Aerial Spectacular: Napa Valley Ballooning

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Imagine this: You and your special someone are floating 2,000 feet above mist-shrouded vineyards bathed in early morning light, with no sound to accompany your reverie except the soft whistling of the wind itself.  As you turn to your companion to remark on the unmatched beauty of the spectacle below, you realize that you've never been suspended so high in the air with just a simple wicker basket for support - and also that you've never felt so blissfully removed from the frenetic pace of your life.  

Spa Deals in Napa, CA

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massage3.jpgPampering is in order. And these spas in the town of Napa are ready to deliver an hour or more of relaxation and soothe away all the cares of the day. Check out these special spa offers, many of them being offered through the end of the year!

Greenhaus European Day Spa - The Essence of Wine Therapy, 90 min. $165

Inspired by the serenity of the Napa Valley, this moisturizing treatment incorporates the finest anti-aging ingredients of vinotherapy chosen for their ability to hear and protect the body, mind and senses. Start your journey with a Sugar Body Exfoliation followed by a Chardonnay Butter Wrap and your Wine Country Wellness with a hydrating Grape Seed Oil Massage.

Upcoming Events in Napa, CA

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Sometimes planning a trip around an event is the best thing to do! If you're wondering what's going on in the town of Napa for the Fall and Winter months, see the events below!

SEPTEMBER
September 17  -- Oktoberfest at JV Wine & Spirits
Wine Education: Come join in the Friday night Winemaker Tastings for lively conversation, good fun, and a taste of some of the best wines in the world. This Friday we celebrate Oktoberfest! Must be 21 years of age to enter JV's tasting room. JV Wine, 301 First Street, Napa, CA
Fee: $5.00 tasting fee per personTime: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 253.2624

September 24  -- Live at Silo's - The Kevin Russell Band
Live Music: Blues: The biography of Kevin Russell "a true guitar man." Motor-City-born and raised, Kevin Russell has mastered a unique blend of rock, blues and soul -Kevin says; "you see, it's a Motor City thing!". Silo's at the Napa River Inn 530 Main Street Napa, CA 94559
Fee: $20 Advance $25 at Door (Club Members $14)Time: 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 251.5833

September 26  -- Margaret Cho at Uptown Theatre
Performing Arts: "Mature Content". Margaret started performing stand-up at age 16. Soon after, she won a comedy contest where first prize was opening for Jerry Seinfeld. Margaret' new tour, Cho Dependent, will feature new stand-up and a few live performances of songs. 1350 Third Street, Napa, CA
Fee: $50/60Time: Doors: 6:30 p.m. / Show: 8 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 259.0123

Napa's New Lease On Nightlife

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By Deirdre Bourdet

nightlife.jpgWhen I moved to Napa from San Francisco a few years ago, everyone warned me I was entering a nightlife dead zone. Everything shuts down at 9:00pm.  While that may have been true in the past, a slew of newcomers and new ventures by long-time residents has kicked things up a notch around here.

After nearly a decade of tortuously slow renovation, the Uptown Theatre re-opened its doors this May to reveal its newly restored deco-fabulous style. Fresh faced and fully equipped with all the modern amenities, the Uptown offers an unbeatable combination of historical charm and contemporary sophistication. 

The restored original ceiling murals and light fixtures custom built to replicate the originals radiate classic 1930s style, but the sound system and the seats are 100% modern--21-23 inches wide, as compared to the original theatre's 16-17 inch seats, and staggered to ensure there's not a bad seat in the house.  Even the nosebleed seats have perfect unobstructed views of the stage and perfect acoustics. A full bar offers patrons their choice of libations, including local wines and bubbly by the glass. 

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