Napa Valley Arts Week: Louisa’s picks for January 25 – 31, 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 www.nvarts.org:

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.

Jan. 26: Local rockers gather this evening for an open forum on the Napa music scene. Performers, presenters and fans alike will share their experiences and visions from 7 to 9 p.m. at arts-friendly Bloom Salon, 1146 Main St. in Napa; panelists will include Bloom owner and bassist Paul Slack, vocalists Jarrod Wilson and Serf Barnabei, drummer Collin Morris and singer/guitarist Jakey Lee.

Jan. 27: Bruce Davies of the group Davies Dukes hosts tonight’s jam session from 7 to 10 at Silo’s Jazz Club, 500 Main St., Napa. $10, (707) 251-5833, www.silosjazzclub.com.

Jan. 28: Thursday is bluegrass night at the Pizza Hut on Jefferson Street in Napa, where members of California Bluegrass play from 7 to 9:30 p.m. 3150 Jefferson St., (707) 318-1913.

Jan. 29: Master guitarist Eddie Duran returns to the Oxbow Public Market this evening, performing Brazilian music from 6 to 8 p.m. Free admission, no minimum purchase: 610 First St., Napa, www.oxbowmarket.com.

Jan. 30: This afternoon from 2 to 4, join the four artists whose works comprise the current “4 on Form” exhibition at the Napa Valley Museum. Learn the inspiration behind the artwork created by Fain Hancock, Chiara Mondavi, Marc Pandone and Peter Scaturro, whose paintings are connected through an appreciation of natural form. Admission to the artists’ forum is free to museum members, $5 for adult non-members, $3.50 for seniors and free for students. Reserve a spot at (707) 944-0500.

TetrazziniTonight, the Napa Valley Opera House kicks off its year-long 130th-anniversary celebration with a concert by soprano Ruth Ann Swenson, performing art songs, show tunes and a tribute to Italian soprano Luisa Tetrazzini, who appeared on the Opera House stage more than 100 years ago. The 7 p.m. show will be followed by a sparkling-wine reception with live music, food, entertainment and a display of historic photos and memorabilia. Tickets are $75 (performance only) and $130 (performance and party), available at www.nvoh.org, (707) 226-7372 or in person at the box office, 1030 Main St., Napa.

Jan. 31: Napa’s rock bands and their friends are joining forces for “The Haiti Earthquake Relief Benefit Concert” at Billcos Billiards and Darts, today from noon till 4 p.m. TV host Arty “Party” Reyes will emcee, and bands on the bill include Defying Truth, Serf & James, Boxx, Full View and Eddy Mac. Local businesses have donated raffle prizes; the suggested donation for admission starts at $5, with all proceeds donated to the Red Cross for relief work in Haiti. 1234 3rd St., Napa.

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