Art Notes: A Night at the Dream Bowl | Arts and theater


Blue Note Napa presents Kellie Fuller and the Mike Greensill Quartet for “A Night at the Dream Bowl: 1940s” on Thursday, August 25.

The Dream Bowl opened on Napa-Vallejo Highway in 1941 and hosted the biggest entertainers of the era, including Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Count Basie.

Fuller, Greensil and the band will revive the music that started romances, inspired servicemen and women, and brought people together with swing dancing.

A special pre-show interview with Michael Amen, author of “The Dream Bowl: Where Goodman, Ellington and The Grateful Dead Convene,” begins at 7:00 p.m., and music begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6pm and dinner, wine, beer and cocktails are available throughout the evening.

Tickets range from $15 to $30 and can be purchased at

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Blue Note Napa is at 1030 Main St. on the first floor of the Napa Valley Opera House in Napa.

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New to the Napa Valley Museum

The Napa Valley Museum has two new food exhibits in its Spotlight Gallery.

John Donohue: All the Restaurants of Napa Valley is a visual journey through the culinary landscape of Napa Valley from the artist who painted All the Restaurants of Paris, New York and London. A former New Yorker editor and artist, Donohue has donated tens of thousands of dollars to restaurant workers.

“Sally Schmidt: Six California Kitchens” explores the life and legacy of Yountville chef Sally Schmidt, a pioneer of California cuisine who, with her husband, Don, founded The French Laundry. Schmidt started a culinary movement built around seasonal, local produce, inspiring generations of chefs and helping establish Napa Valley’s reputation as a food and wine destination.

The Napa Valley Museum is at 5 Presidents Circle, Yountville. Find more information at

“Anything Brilliant” at Lucky Penny

Lucky Penny presents “Every Brilliant Thing,” a solo show starring Craig A. Miller.

The Guardian called Every Brilliant Thing “one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see about depression – and possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, period.”

Craig A. Miller, former artistic director of the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, collaborated with Lucky Penny on numerous productions before leaving California to become an assistant professor of acting and directing at the University of Idaho.

He brings this one-man show to Napa for two performances on Saturday, August 13 at 7:30pm and Sunday, August 14 at 2:00pm.

All seats are $30. Buy tickets at

Lucky Penny is at 1758 Industrial Way, Napa.

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