NOW PLAYING AT THE CAMEO
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” a darkly comic drama by Oscar winner Martin McDonagh, is the featured film at the Cameo. After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Oscar winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated. Rated R (1H 55M). It plays Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday at 2, 5 and 7:45 p.m.; Monday at 2 and 7:45 p.m.; Tuesday at 5 and 7:45 p.m.; and Thursday, Dec. 14, at 2 and 5 p.m.
“New Chefs on the Block“ is the latest in the Cameo’s CinemaBites series at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11. The movie is an intimate, multi-year portrait of two chefs and their staffs in Washington, D.C., who struggle to open and maintain their first restaurants. The film begins with each restaurant under construction and follows them through their first year of business. Against all odds, one becomes the most famous new restaurant in America, winning Bon Appetit magazine’s Best New Restaurant award and a James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic. The other chef redefines success while his wife mulls leaving her high-paying job to work at the new pizza shop full-time. Not rated (1H 36M). There will be a live Skype interview with producer/director Dustin Harrison-Atlas, hand-crafted Neapolitan-style pizza from Cook Tavern, Frog’s Leap Zinfandel and Mad Fritz beer. Proceeds benefit the St. Helena Farmers’ Market and the Cameo’s educational programs. Tickets are $45 inclusive.
“Murder on the Orient Express,“ plays Thursday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. Rated PG-13 (1H 54M).
“The Florida Project“ plays Thursday, Dec. 7, at 2 and 7:45 p.m. Rated R (1H 51M).
Details: CameoCinema.com or 287-4172.
ARTIST RICKY LEE
AT THE LIBRARY
Artist Ricky Lee, whose intensely colored abstracts are featured in the St. Helena Public Library during the month of December, will be on hand for an artist reception at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the library. Lee has been taken under the wing of local artist Nick Cann. Lee explains why he paints: “I like to draw what I feel inside. When I draw, I get into very different places. I like to think that the drawings are thoughtful and time consuming.” This will be Lee’s first exhibit. Refreshments will be served. The reception is sponsored by the Friends & Foundation, St. Helena Public Library.
Details: 963-5244 or SHPL.org.
A CELTIC HOLIDAY
WITH KITH & KIN
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 are $13 in advance and $17 at the door.
Details: 251-5933 or silosnapa.com.
Kith & Kin will also perform at the Calistoga Inn’s 27th annual Pauper’s Feast at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at 1250 Lincoln Ave. in Calistoga. Tickets are $21 plus tax for food and live music.
Details: 942-4101 or CalistogaInn.com.
MIKE GREENSILL AT SILO’S
St. Helena pianist Mike Greensill performs from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at Silo’s, 530 Main St. in Napa. Each Wednesday he presents a noted Bay Area vocalist.
Details: silosnapa.com or 251-5833.
AT THE WHITE BARN
The White Barn Winter Fair 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 $15 to the preview night from 5 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8, and free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The White Barn is at 2727 Sulphur Springs Ave.
Details: 987-8225 or TheWhiteBarn.org.
OF CALDWELL SNYDER
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.
AND BIG BLACK
Calistoga jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich’s quartet will perform with special guest percussionist Big Black at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Blue Note Napa. Vuckovich and Black have performed together with greats like Vince Guaraldi, Stan Getz, Kenny Burrell, Chet Baker and more. The show is presented by the Napa Valley Jazz Society.
THE POETRY OF BOB WINTERS
Local poet Bob Winters will read from his latest book “Another Revolution” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at the St. Helena Public Library. Winters will also tell a holiday story from his memoir “Not Quite Kosher.” Winters has published more than 18 books in the past years, winning awards for his non-fiction work and his poetry. A retired Vietnam veteran, Winters earned a bachelor’s degree in History & Sciences from Sonoma State University and a master’s in Education from CSU Stanislaus. An open mic for other poets will follow.
Details: 963-5244 or SHPL.org.
COOL YULE AT THE BLUE NOTE
Mike Greensill, Sandy Riccardi and Kellie Fuller will present Cool Yule at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Blue Note Napa. Inspired by retro Christmas TV specials featuring the likes of Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, The Carpenters and The Osmonds, the show will feature a mix of heart-warming and jazzy songs to get audience members into the holiday spirit.
ST. HELENA CHORAL SOCIETY
Craig Bond’s 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: $20 and available at the Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company in St. Helena and online at sthelenachristmas.brownpapertickets.com.
AT THE BLUE NOTE
The Sextones will perform their brand of smoked-out soul at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at the Blue Note Napa. The band members have toured the nation and shared stages with Macy Grey, Ziggy Marley and Alan Evans of Soulive. Their debut album “Moonlight Vision,” released in April, was the result of over a year spent in post-production, tweaking knobs and placing the project under a microscope until it reached its final state.