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.
If you happen to be a rabid news junkie like yours truly, you’re likely to hear about the trials and tribulations affecting America’s public schools.
Rarely a week goes by that I don’t get asked the question: “What’s happening at the Opera House?” This can occur at a dinner with friends, in my swimming aerobics classes, in a casual setting where I might run into someone who thinks I look vaguely familiar, or in conversations with those wh…
Who among us doesn’t know — or know of — friends, neighbors, colleagues and families who lost cherished homes, priceless possessions and, if you’re an artist, treasure troves of irreplaceable work in the Northern California wildfires?
You know you’ve secured a place in history when the moniker “Notorious” is linked with your name, a plastic action figure has been created in your honor and you’re celebrated as a multigenerational, pop culture icon.
If you were asleep in Napa on Aug. 24, 2014 at 3:20 a.m., it’s a sure bet you awoke to a cacophony of smashing, falling, crushing, shattering and breaking sounds.
When fiddler/violinist/composer Jeremy Kittel emailed me a few months ago looking for a fill-in date for his impending tour, I was delighted to hear from him and happy to help.
Two terrific reasons to support artists in the schools’ programs are palpable in beginning and advanced World Percussion classes, taught by acclaimed professional musician and visual artist John Hannaford.
In today’s divided and politically-charged environment, activism percolates in contemporary theater productions. Think: San Francisco Mime Troupe, Teatro Compesino and Oakland’s Ubuntu Theater Project, among many.
Lately, I’ve been hearing ads on the radio encouraging me to take the “Happiness Experiment” and read the “Positivity Blog.” It’s a sign of these turbulent times. Tempting as those invitations may be, I’ve just taken to switching the radio “off.”
Back in the day, the only school “fundraiser” I remember participating in was hawking holiday cards at my neighbors’ doors in Kansas City, Missouri.
Authors B. Joseph Pine II and James H. Gilmore coined the phrase, “The Experience Economy,” in their 1999 book of the same name. In it, they assert that “future economic growth lies in the value of experiences and transformations — goods and services are no longer enough. Businesses must orc…
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
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.
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?
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!
Behind rows of stacks, tables of DVDs and counters lined with computers, Napa County’s flagship library is in the midst of its multi-year, $2.7 million renovation.
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!
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.”
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.”
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!
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)!
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.
As the author of this bi-monthly column devoted to the arts in Napa Valley, I would be remiss not to dedicate a remembrance to arts maven Margrit Mondavi who passed away on Sept. 2.