by Louisa Hufstader
Christmas week brings a sumptuous array of arts choices, from “an orchestra of cars” this afternoon to an intimate cabaret performance on Christmas Eve. I’ve got shopping to do, too, so let’s make this quick:
Dec. 21: “Polyphonic Exhaust” is a musical composition with 32 parts, written and recorded by Napa artist Skyler Barto. Barto has put one part on each of 32 compact discs, and this afternoon at 4 he’s inviting drivers with CD players in their cars to join him for a public performance. “You’re perfectly welcome to come late” says Barto, who premiered the piece with fewer cars last summer; it was a fascinating event, with the sound of the music changing as listeners walked among the circled automobiles. Today’s performance should be at least as intriguing, whether you’re a participant or spectator. COPIA parking lot, 500 First Street, Napa.
Also today, at 6 p.m., the Napa Valley Chorale’s “Candy Cane Carol Sing-Along” brings Napans together in song at the First United Methodist Church, 624 Randolph St. in downtown Napa.
And tonight at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville, relive the British Invasion with “Yesterday And Today,” a top Beatles cover band that recreates the sound of The Beatles’ music down to every detail.
Dec. 22: The one-man band known as Residual Sugar brings its eclectic spin on Christmas carols and other songs to the Oxbow Public Market for Locals Night, from 6 to 8 p.m. Residual Sugar features “Tom, ‘Just Tom,’” playing 12-string, electric six-string, hand percussion and vocals. 610 First St., Napa, www.oxbowpublicmarket.com
Dec. 23: It’s always a swinging good time when Philip Smith & the Gentlemen of Jazz play Uva Trattoria in downtown Napa. Enjoy their instrumental prowess and tight vocal harmonies from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. at 1040 Clinton St., (707) 255-6646.
Dec. 24: Distinguished vocalist Wesla Whitfield and her husband, jazz pianist Mike Greensill, play a special Christmas Eve show at Silo’s Jazz Club in downtown Napa tonight at 8. www.silosjazzclub.com.
Dec. 25: Merry Christmas! Napa’s rollicking Irish band, John Kelly and Green Grass, entertains at Suppertime from 6 to 8 p.m.; the eatery is in the Napa Premium Outlets complex, at 629 Factory Stores Drive off First Street in Napa. (707) 224-3097.
Dec. 26: From 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., $10 will buy you a one-hour guided tour of di Rosa Art Alive, considered the most significant collection of Bay Area art in the world, A gift to the public from passionate art collector Rene di Rosa, di Rosa Art Alive houses approximately 2,000 works of art by more than 800 artists, display on 217 scenic acres in the Carneros District. 5200 Sonoma Highway, Napa, (707) 226-5991, www.dirosaart.org.
Dec. 27: Join artists, crafters, musicians and other creative types for Napa’s monthly “Really Really Free Market,” from noon to 3 p.m. in downtown Napa’s Veterans Memorial Park. Recycle those awkward gifts, or find something you can use–give what you can, take what you need, with “no bartering, trading or currency exchange.”
As always, you can find complete listings of Napa Valley events at the Arts Council’s Master Arts and Culture Calendar: www.nvarts.org.