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Jeff and Susan Bridges at the Napa Valley Museum

The Napa Valley Museum Yountville presents two new exhibitions until April 30, 2023

In the main gallery, “Jeff Bridges: Pictures” explores the work of the Oscar-winning actor, author and photographer.

Bridges, with dozens of high profile credits to his name, is also a photographer whose work has been published and featured in exhibitions.

For more than 30 years, he has captured the world of cinema on film sets using his specialized Widelux F8 panoramic camera. The result is a surprisingly candid photographic work offering a different vision of Hollywood.

In the Spotlight and History galleries is “Susan Bridges: Inside Heaven’s Gate”.

While filming the 1980 Western “Heaven’s Gate,” she took behind-the-scenes photos of the cast, sets, and sets. In a photo collection that brings the 19th century into the 21st century, his photos capture glimpses from the director’s chair and portraits taken on location near Glacier National Park in 1979.

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The museum is open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 55 Presidents Circle in Yountville. Info, 707-944-0500;

‘Dear Zoe’ at the Sebastiani Theater

The Sebastiani Theater in Sonoma will screen Brenda and Marc Lhormer’s film, “Dear Zoe,” Nov. 4-13.

The Lhormers, who live in Sonoma, also produced the hit film “Bottle Shock” (2008) before founding the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF).

After leaving NVFF in 2019, they got back into making movies. “Dear Zoe” is a harrowing coming-of-age story of 16-year-old Tess (Sadie Sink), growing up in Pittsburgh, who comes to terms with the death of her little sister with unexpected help from her father. slacker (Nick Rossi) and his wild but attractive young neighbor (Kweku Collins).

“We are thrilled to share our new feature with our own community, especially in one of the most special cinemas in the country,” said Marc Lhormer, who also wrote the screenplay.

“We invite people who love touching, character-driven films to come and see ‘Dear Zoe’ as it should be – on a huge screen in a movie theatre. We are very proud that our film recently won awards at film festivals in Maui (Indie Gem), Woods Hole (Audience Choice, Best Actress), Phoenix (Ensemble Cast) and Sedona (Humanitarian Award) We look forward to speaking with our local audience about “Dear Zoe” and its moving themes.

The Lhormers will be at the Sebastiani Theater for screenings from November 10 to 13.

“Finding a Place: Travel and Finding a Home”

Book Passage at Corte Madera will host two local writers, Georgeanne Brennan and Sasha Paulsen, who will talk about their books on Sunday, November 6 at 11 a.m.

Brennan, a travel and food writer, has published numerous cookbooks on French cuisine, but she also wrote a memoir “Pig in Provence”, about moving to France to live on a farm with her husband. and her daughter.

Paulsen, editor of the Napa Valley Register, has turned time spent in the Kingdom of Tonga into a novel, “Where Time Begins,” about a rootless heroine who unexpectedly finds a family.

At Book Passage, Brennan will also share samples of a new aperitif wine she created with winemaker and owner of Berryessa Gap Winery. Inspired by a French tradition, they infuse wines with local produce, such as Meyer lemons, figs, oranges, quinces and walnuts to create L’Apero Le Trois, wines for “a moment in time “.

Usually these wines are only available for tasting in Winters, where Brennan and her husband have a farm.

The Book Passage bookstore and cafe is located at 51 Tamal Blvd. in Corte Madera.

Napa Youth Symphony Fall Concert

The Napa Youth Symphony Chamber Ensemble Series returns to Jarvis Conservatory on Saturday, October 29 at 7 p.m.

The program will include Sinfonia, Bridge Ensemble and the Napa Youth Chamber Ensemble

Sinfonia director Debbie Walden will conduct Mozart’s ‘The Abduction from the Seraglio’, Mendelssohn’s Nocturne in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and Ralph Ford’s ‘Dark Adventure’,

New Bridge Program Director Raja Orr will lead the ensemble in a performance of Joe Hisaishi’s “Merry Go Round of Life” and Bela Bartok’s Romanian folk dances “Stick Dance” and “Fast Dance”.

Yasushi Ogura returns as Director and Head Coach of the Napa Youth Chamber Ensemble to conduct “London Trio No. 2” – Andante, Allegro and “London Trio No. 3” – Allegro by Joseph Haydn.

Tickets are $15 at

Jarvis Conservatory is at 1711 Main St., Napa. Information, 707-255-544.

Kyle Stoner joins the cast of ‘Clue’

Napa native Kyle Stoner, who studied acting at Napa Valley College, takes on a variety of roles in “Clue,” which debuts Nov. 1 in the Center Repertory Company’s new production at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.

“Clue,” based on the board game whodunit, runs until November 20.

Stoner has appeared in Bay Area theater productions including 42nd Street Moon, Ray of Light Theatre, New Conservatory Theater Center, Berkeley Playhouse, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Jewel Theater Company and Altarena Playhouse.

Center Repertory Company is offering paid tickets for the October 29 and 30 premieres.

For tickets ($45-$70) and more information, visit or call the box office at 925-943-7469.

Fall Colors Photo Walk at Jack London State Historic Park

On Nov. 12, Deborah Large, who has been photographing and leading the walk at Jack London’s Beauty Ranch for 10 years, will lead a fall color photo walk from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., starting in the parking lot of the Ranch, to the right of the entrance booth.

Although the course is designed for all levels of photographers, participants will get the most out of the course by becoming familiar with camera controls, whether DSLR, point- and-shoot base or smartphone.

Reservations are required and can be made at Tickets are $15 per person, plus a $10 admission fee per car (up to nine passengers).

Access to some photography locations is over uneven and rocky surfaces. For more accessibility information, call 707-938-5216.

For information on other upcoming events at the park, visit


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