Eight suggestions for seven days: Dec. 28, 2009 through Jan. 3, 2010
I’m writing this at SFO as I prepare to jet off for a post-Christmas sojourn; sorry to miss New Year’s Eve in the Napa Valley, where more than a dozen events are beckoning! See them all at the Master Arts & Culture Calendar from Arts Council Napa Valley: www.nvarts.org.
Meanwhile, here are my latest picks for the week ahead.
Dec. 28: The Silverado Handweavers Guild hosts a presentation on Indian textiles with guest speaker Kristine Vejar. Refreshments will be served, and newcomers are welcome to attend and get acquainted. Senior Center, 1500 Jefferson St., Napa, 7 to 10 p.m.
Dec. 29: The Oxbow Public Market has a new bandstand, and tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. it will be graced by the swinging guitarist Eddie Duran, a veteran of the San Francisco bebop scene who has played and recorded with jazz greats including Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, George Shearing and many others. (707) 226-6529, www.oxbowmarket.com
If the life of an “Artmonk” intrigues you, at 7 p.m. the Gordon Library at 1219 First St in Napa is hosting an evening with Christopher Fulling-McCall and Nathan Rosquist of the Art Monastery Project, presenting an introduction to “the Otherhood and what it means to be an Artmonk.” Here’s what they’re up to: “Transforming an old Italian monastery into an international arts production house.” More info at www.artmonastery.org
Dec. 30: Here’s something for the kids, aged 5 to 13: Miss Pam’s Art Safari at the Carolyn Parr Nature Center, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Youngsters will learn to draw animals from nature using colored paper and pencils–and Miss Pam’s drawing secrets. $7. including materials; free to Nature Center members, who pay for materials only. Reservations: (707) 255-6464; 3107 Browns Valley Road, Napa.
Dec. 31: Usher out the Old Year in grand style with Marvin Hamlisch, whose solo piano concert at the Napa Valley Opera House is titled “One Singular, Sensational New Year’s Eve Celebration!” Winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony and Pulitzer Prize, Hamlisch will play favorites from classic shows like “A Chorus Line,” “The Way We Were,” and “The Sting.” After the performance, the party moves downstairs to the Café Theatre for dancing, dessert and champagne. $165 (performance/party), $95 (performance only), $75 (party only): www.nvoh.org.
Jan. 1: Napa TV Channel 28 presents an hour-long televised concert, with interviews, by award-winning multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Barbara Higbie. A championship fiddle player, pianist and composer, Higbie is joined by friends Teresa Trull, Vicki Randle, Julie Wolf, George Brooks, Celso Alberti and Dewayne Pate onstage at Berkeley’s legendary Greight and Salvage club. 5:30 p.m. www.napatv.org.
Jan. 2: Enjoy an evening in “Cave of the Drums” with noted percussionist Dave Auerbach, and help support Arts Council Napa Valley! A portion of the proceeds from tonight’s concert at Clos Pegase Winery’s resonant Cave Theatre will benefit your favorite non-profit county arts network. 2 to 3 p.m., 1060 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga; $45, (707) 224-4222. Read more in “Worth the Drive: Carols in the Caves” at http://tinyurl.com/y8mvw5f
Jan. 3: This afternoon, the New Shanghai Circus brings its astonishing athletes, acrobats, jugglers and contortionists to the Lincoln Theater, where they get down to the business of fearlessly defying gravity and executing breathtaking feats as they present more than 2,000 years of seemingly impossible Chinese circus tradition. 4 to 6 p.m., $39/$29/$15 (children 12 and under); 100 California Drive, Yountville, www.lincolntheater.com.