Archive for January, 2010

Napa Valley Arts Week: Louisa’s picks for January 25 – 31, 2010

Monday, January 25th, 2010

The-Little-Tramp-charlie-chaplin-85240_250_338Start your week with a Chaplin masterpiece, celebrate the 130th anniversary of a local landmark, rock out to help raise money for Haiti relief — pace yourself, there’s a lot to do in Napa County! You can find complete listings online in the Master Arts and Culture Calendar, brought to you by Arts Council Napa Valley at

Jan. 25: The St. Helena Public Library presents the classic silent comedy “The Little Tramp,” in which Charlie Chaplin battles it out with technology, unemployment, jail and demanding customers. Known as Chaplin’s last silent film, this film is anything but—from the opening notes of the rich score (composed by Chaplin himself) to the first and last time the star’s voice is heard on screen. The film was deemed “culturally significant” by the Library of Congress in 1989 and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. 7 p.m., free: 1492 Library Lane, St. Helena, (707) 963-5244.

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Napa Valley Arts Week: Picks for January 19-25, 2010

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

raymanzarekLive music, a museum reception and a library talk by Ray Manzarek of the Doors–read on for more of my weekly picks, selected from the comprehensive Master Arts and Culture Calendar that’s brought to you by Arts Council Napa Valley at

Jan. 19: Versatile singer/guitarist Johnny Smith is always worth hearing, and this evening you can enjoy his soulful blues and carefully-crafted ballads during the Oxbow Public Market’s “Locals Night” open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Free admission, no minimum purchase: 610 First St., Napa,

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Napa Valley Arts Picks: Jan. 4 – Jan. 10, 2010

Monday, January 4th, 2010

busterkeatonby Louisa Hufstader

Not only is there plenty to choose from among the valley’s arts events this week, but many of the options are free as the breeze. Here are a few of my selections –find complete listings online at

Jan. 4: There’s always something to do on Monday evenings, thanks to the St. Helena Public Library’s weekly free film screenings. Over the past few months, the library’s adventurous programming has brought us movies about witchcraft, under-the-radar foreign films, and adaptations of novels by Truman Capote and Nelle Harper Lee. The library starts 2010 with silent films from the last century: Its “Masters of Silent Comedy” series kicks off tonight with Buster Keaton’s masterpiece “The General,” (1926) which in 2007 was ranked #18 in the American Film Institute’s list of Greatest Movies of All Time. 7 p.m., 1492 Library Lane, St. Helena.

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