Evy Warshawski brings Napa Valley’s multi-layered arts scene to readers every other Thursday with up-to-date information on current and future happenings in the performing, visual and multi-disciplinary arts.  A performing arts presenter for over two decades, she keeps her eyes on the stage and ears to the ground to bring the arts front and center.

It’s film festival week, and for my family, a time to reminisce about last year’s event. My daughter Leah and son-in-law Todd Soliday’s documentary, “Big Sonia,” won both the top jury award for Best Feature Documentary as well as an Audience Award for the film.

Grab your dancing shoes, and get ready to step-together-step, slow-quick-quick and side-together-side — a new Arthur Murray studio is opening soon near downtown Napa

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On Friday night, Festival Napa Valley features the world-class San Francisco Ballet on stage at Lincoln Theater. It’s a rare treat for aficionados of professional dance -- an art form sorely missing from the valley’s cultural calendar.

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The first weeks of summer have brought remarkably blue skies, deliciously warm weather and a parade of exquisite flowers that color the landscape. School is out, vacations are realized and the pace of life slows way, way down, right?

In the wake of BottleRock and as May rolled into the first weekend of June, I found myself facing a musical quandary.

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I was beyond curious when, years ago, I heard strange popping and crackling noises emanating from my husband Morrie’s upstairs office. Creativity was definitely in the works.

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Art can hit a nerve when a truly remarkable experience shakes you up, moves your soul, won’t leave your brain, reshapes your knowledge of history and then compels you to annoy friends and family — because you want them to share your elation!

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Enter the 31-years strong Napa Valley Roasting Company between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on any given Friday, and you’ll be treated to a live, musical perk.

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There have been rumors afloat regarding the possible elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and privatizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Say it isn’t so!

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After a tumultuous week of trying to digest our current political reality, I was relieved to stumble upon just the right antidote at just the right time — a series of future, in-the-works installations called “Hearts Across the Valley.”

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I would bet that Debbie Baumann, Barbara Nemko, Patricia Giusti Quinn and June Alane Reif — founding members of Napa’s newest theater venture, the Valley Players — have read Marsha Sinetar’s popular 1989 book, “Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow.”

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The proliferation of arts performances, activities and experiences taking place in 2016 packed theaters, schools, sidewalks, galleries, restaurants, wineries and non-traditional spaces such as barns and porches!

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Some of us choose to record our family histories in books, photos, audio recordings or through other creative media. Our eldest daughter, Leah Warshawski (and husband Todd Soliday), opted for a more arduous challenge — a documentary film about her grandmother (and my mother-in-law)!

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The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind,” said William Saroyan, Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award-winning novelist, playwright and short story writer.

Full disclosure: I love watching films. Independent films, documentaries, narrative features, shorts, films with an educational bent, foreign films with subtitles and films I’ve never heard of that just might deliver a one-two punch.

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In the 1948 book titled “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living,” Dale Carnegie used the phrase, “If you have a lemon, make lemonade.”

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Imagine my surprise when I walked into the chiropractic offices of Craig Maurer last week and was greeted by paintings of Elvis Presley, the Dalai Lama, Bette Midler, Yo-Yo Ma, Andy Warhol and Martin Luther King Jr. among many others! The artworks exuded light and playfulness and consumed ev…

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I met John Ray in small group, strength-training classes at my local gym. I was impressed at how diligently he and his wife, Sue, lifted weights, swung heavy kettle balls and finessed the TRX straps.

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Folkie” is defined as “a singer, player or fan of folk music.” Yours truly falls into the fan category.

For the past few months, I’ve been working with Silo’s in Napa to put together a talent competition for local performers called “Silo’s Got Talent.” It’s reminiscent of the popular “NV Idol” we created at the Napa Valley Opera House some years back although this time around, kids and adults …

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It was a gray, wet and chilly day last week when I came upon a quote by Anton Chekhov: “People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.”

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Everything old is new again at Wildcat Vintage Clothing, the charming, retro retail store owned, managed and meticulously curated by the inimitable Thea Witsil.

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When word hit the street that John Travolta was coming to town, I couldn’t help but flash on two vivid memories: The first was my obsession, at the time, with the 1977 movie “Saturday Night Fever.” The second was how I wore down the plastic grooves playing (and replaying) the original soundt…

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A very big “something” will be taking place Nov. 13 through 15 when Shakespeare’s prestigious Globe Theatre of London settles into the Barrel Room at the Culinary Institute of America for four captivating performances of the comedy “Much Ado About Nothing.”

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Sonia, my 90-years-strong mother-in-law, is a huge fan of all things leopard print.