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

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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 www.nvarts.org. 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, www.oxbowmarket.com. Jan. 20: The arts truly are everywhere in Napa–including live on local public-access cable TV Channel 28, where Arty “Party” Reyes’ long-running Wednesday-night program frequently features local musicians and artists. Tonight, Arty welcomes back Arts Council Napa Valley’s executive director, Kristina Young, and energetic volunteer James Curt Byrum, a.k.a. “The Calendar Guy.” Tune in–or stream the show live at www.napavalleytv.org–for the latest in what’s happening on the arts and culture scene: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21: In the 1960s, Ray Manzarek was the producer, director and keyboardist for the legendary rock band the Doors. He left L.A. for Napa a few years ago, and tonight he will make a special appearance at the Napa City-County Library  from 7 to 8:30 p.m. According to reference librarian Rick Sager, Manzarek plans to talk about everything from “his college days to cosmic consciousness.” Admission is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 580 Coombs St., Napa; (707) 253-4235. Jan. 22: The Napa Valley Art Association holds an open painting workshop this afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. at its Napa location on Behrens Street. Association membership is $35 a year, which helps fund education and exhibition opportunities for local artists as well as art scholarships for students at local high schools and Napa Valley College. Information: (707) 255-9616, www.nvart.org Fain_Hancock_In_The_DeepJan. 23: Don’t miss tonight’s opening reception for an exciting new show at the Napa Valley Museum. Titled “4 on Form,” it features four artists who explore form found in nature: Fain Hancock, Chiara Mondavi, Marc Pandone and Peter Scaturro. Meet the artists and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; members free, adult non-members $4.50; seniors and ages 7 to 17, $3.50. The exhibition runs through Feb 28 at 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville; (707) 944-0500. Jan 24: Upvalley in Calistoga, you can catch the veteran septet Swing Seven every Sunday from 7 to 10 p.m. at Hydro Grill. Swing? Jazz? Latin? R&B? They’ll play it. 1403 Lincoln Ave.; (707) 942-9777. 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.