St. Helena Chamber Singers

Craig Bond’s St. Helena Chamber Singers and Orchestra will perform on Dec. 16-17.

Glenn Jones photo


Murder on the Orient Express,“ based on Agatha Christie’s best-selling novel, is the featured film at the Cameo Cinema next week. What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one a thrilling mystery, with 13 strangers stranded on a train and everyone considered a suspect. One man (Kenneth Branagh) must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Branagh directs and leads an all-star cast including Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad. Rated PG-13 (1H 54M). It plays Friday at noon; Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 2, 5 and 7:45 p.m.; Tuesday at 5 and 7:45 p.m.; Wednesday at 2 and 7:45 p.m.; and Thursday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m.

Also playing is “The Florida Project,” about a precocious 6-year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childlike wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times. Rated R (1H 51M). It plays Wednesday at 5 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 7, at 2 and 7:45 p.m.

Thor: Ragnarok“ plays Thursday, Nov. 30, at 2, 5 and 7:45 p.m. Rated PG-13 (2H 10M).

British filmmaker and installation artist Isaac Julien will be in conversation with Aebhric Coleman, director of the Kramlich Collection, for an exclusive North Bay showing of Julien’s work during a special benefit showing at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Tickets for the showing and reception are $75. Afterward, 40 attendees may also dine at Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen. Tickets for the screening, reception and dinner are $150. All proceeds benefit Friends of the Cameo.

There will also be a free screening, with a Q&A with Nicole Archer, Assistant Professor, at the San Francisco Art Institute, at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.

Two of Julien’s works will be shown. “Western Union, Small Boats (The Leopard)“ creates a dialogue about human migration and the struggle with displacement and the loss of sense of place. The work wavers between the splendor of Palazzo Gangi, one of the filming locations of Luchino Visconti’s historical epic “The Leopard,” and the vastness of the Mediterranean. Not rated (20M)

Baltimore“ deals with the cinematization of video art, on one hand, and the queering and racing of the museum, on the other. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the Kunstfilm Biennale in Cologne. Not rated (13M).

Details: or 287-4172.


Instructor Matthew Baum will teach a photography class for novice and experienced photographers alike from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and 14. “The Language of Photography: Developing One’s Personal Vision” will help photographers develop their work through critique and discussions. The course is intended to deepen students’ relationships to photography, both as image makers and appreciators, and also to generate community among Napa Valley photographers. There is no prerequisite for the course other than an interest in making photos that better express one’s ideas, emotions and visions.

Cost: $75.



St. Helena pianist Mike Greensill will perform from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday in November at The Saint wine bar, 1351 Main St. Greensill also performs from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at Silo’s, 530 Main St. in Napa. Admission is free.


Craig Bond’s St. Helena Choral Society has announced several Christmas concerts.

The St. Helena Children’s Chorus and St. Helena Teen Choir Winter Christmas Concert will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at the St. Helena Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

The St. Helena Chamber Choir and Orchestra Christmas Concert “Cantiques De Noel” will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at the St. Helena Performing Arts Center. The program will include music by Charpentier, Bolling, Faure, Rutter and selections from Handel’s “Messiah.” Tickets are $20 and available at the Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company in St. Helena and online at


Project KIKS will hold a Hurricane Harvey and Irma Benefit Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Lincoln Theater in Yountville. Performers will include Dr. Love & the Love Foundation (R&B and soul), Luv Fyah & 7th Street Band (reggae), Orquesta La Secarda (Latin jazz and salsa), Peggy Shropshier and Amon Carter (gospel) and DJ Uhuru. Doors open at 2 p.m., and the concert will run from 3 to 8. Tax-deductible donations can be made at (link to Project KIKS Charitable Fund).

Details: or 944-9900.


Historian Jay Greene will discuss “Cathedrals: Spirituality in Glass and Stone” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the St. Helena Public Library. During the High Middle Ages in Europe there emerged a new ecclesiastical architecture we call Gothic cathedrals, which united the genius of imagination with the skills of stonecutters and glassmakers, along with dozens of other crafts, to celebrate Christian worship and express civic pride. Their soaring beauty took decades to create and many have outlasted the ravages of war. Tuesday’s program is supported by the Friends & Foundation, St. Helena Public Library.

Admission: Free.

Details: 963-5244 or


Kith & Kin, Napa Valley’s traditional Irish music band, at a Celtic Holiday show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Silo’s Napa. Kathi Brotemarkle, Ron Brunswick, Linda Howard, Ann Gilleran and Michael Waterson will share songs and tales of the season from the Emerald Isle and beyond. There will also be wines and ales, cocktails and small plates.

Tickets: $13 in advance, $17 at the door.

Details: 251-5933 or


The White Barn Winter Faire returns Dec. 8-10. Back by popular demand, the event features two stories of hand-crafted gifts designed and created by local and Bay Area artists. Warm your bones by the fire or sip mulled cider and peruse the unique gifts, clothing, jewelry, toys and other crafts. Admission is $20 to the preview night from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 8, and free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 9 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 10. The White Barn is at 2727 Sulphur Springs Ave.

Details: 987-8225 or


The Calwell Snyder Gallery, 1328 Main St., will celebrate its 10th anniversary with live music, small bites, wine and the work of more than 30 artists at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. RSVP to 200-5050.