Napa Valley Arts Week Nov. 18 – Nov. 24

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turandotNov. 18: Spend a night at the Metropolitan Opera without leaving the Napa Valley, with Cinedome 8’s presentation of  “Turandot.” Franco Zeffirelli directs the famous Puccini opera, with Maria Guleghina as the ruthless Chinese princess of the title, whose hatred of men is so strong that she has all her suitors beheaded when they can’t solve her riddles. Marcello Giordani sings Calaf, the unknown prince who eventually wins her love and whose solos include the famous “Nessun Dorma.” 6:30 p.m., 825 Pearl St., Napa; $22. Nov. 19: It’s no ordinary opening night for Napa’s newest theater group, Lucky Penny Productions: The troupe has partnered with the historic Napa Valley Opera House to present four plays in the Café Theatre, beginning with this weekend’s production of the romantic comedy “Looking.” Four shows only, Nov. 19-21 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 22 at 2 p.m.; doors open tonight at 6 p.m., with Domaine Chandon bubbly and chocolate available at the bar. $25, or (707) 226-7372. Nov. 20: The White Barn Winter Fair kicks off this evening with a “Preview Night Wine Reception” from 5 to 8 p.m. at the White Barn in St. Helena. For a suggested donation of $10-15–which will go directly to Arts Council Napa Valley–you can enjoy wine, soup, dessert and light music along with the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind artworks, jewelry, cards, textiles and other artisanal goods in advance of this weekend’s free arts fair. 2727 Sulphur Springs Road, St. Helena; (707) 963-3408, Nov. 21: The Winter Fair, benefiting the woefully underfunded Arts Council Napa Valley, is open to the pubic today and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local artworkers will show and sell their handmade jewelry, paperworks, fine art originals and prints, wooden cutting boards, hand-blown glassware, holiday floral designs, textiles, ceramics and more; artisanal food and drink will be available. Admission is free and parking is plentiful; see Nov. 20 for address and contact info. Nov. 22: It’s the third and final day of the Napa Community Potters pottery sale, where shoppers will find both functional and sculptural gifts for the home and garden, including fall and holiday-inspired ceramic ware and mosaic pieces. Noon to 4 p.m. at the Napa Valley College Community Education Center, 1360 Menlo Ave., Napa. 01 Heyman DetailNov. 23: Sculptor Gordon Huether’s Hay Barn Studio and Gallery may be a little bit off the beaten track for Napa visitors, but it’s just outside of downtown Napa and well worth a visit any day of the week (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekends 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Along with Huether’s own works in glass, paper and other media, the gallery is showcasing photographs by Andre Vera and Vincent Goetz through Nov. 29. 1821 Monticello Road, Napa; (707) 255-5954, Nov. 24: The popular Locals Night celebration at the Oxbow Public Market continues every Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. with merchant specials on food and drink and live music beginning at 6 p.m. Tonight, it’s guitarist TJ Brown, a flamenco specialist who also plays rock, pop and blues, plus what he refers to as “dramatic, dreamy, introspective, atmospheric and Eastern-themed music.” 610 First Street, Napa. For more listings of the arts events and exhibitions around the Napa Valley this week, visit the Master Arts and Culture Calendar at the Arts Council Napa Valley Web site:



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