415-558-0474 Archives for 2009 | Events Calendar

February 13th & 14th, 8 pm | 2009

Le Jazz Hot 

Le Jazz Hot

is the new quartet of the Hot Club of San Francisco is celebrating “Gypsy jazz”, music of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli’s pioneering Hot Club of France, but breathes new life into the music with innovative arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with music that will take you back to the Parisian jazz clubs of the 1930’s.
[Le Jazz Hot]

Performances benefit Aldea

March 8th, 4 pm | 2009


International Women’s Day Salon

Sacred - Astute & Provocatively Witty
Readers: Sarah Forni, Jennifer Garden, Susan Garden, Becca Smith, Theresa Whitehill
Script: Becca Smith
Introduction: Musical interlude: Anne Azema: The Unicorn
Medieval French Songs of the 12th & 13th century
“Of Saint Leocadia, the glorious virgin, the honeyed one, the sweet, the gentle, the merciful...”
Part I: Six poems from Jane Hirshfield’s poetry anthology entitled
Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women
“somewhere in space hangs my heart, sparks fly from it,
shaking the air, to other reckless hearts” - Edith Sodergran

Part II: Musical Interlude: Sweet Honey in The Rock: Oughta Be a Woman
Returning to a Wild Country: Ten poems about women
“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” - Simone De Beauvoir
Part III: Musical Interlude: Eartha Kit: My Heart Belongs to Daddy
Deconstruction & Re-interpretation: four poems by men about women
“yes that was why I liked him because I saw he understood or felt what a woman is and I knew I could always get round him and I gave him all the pleasure I could leading him on till he asked me to say yes and I wouldn’t answer first only looked out over the sea and the sky I was thinking of so many things he didn’t know of” - James Joyce Ulysses.

Benefits St. Helena Public Library Foundation

March 14th, 8 pm & 15th, 3 pm | 2009

Kith and Kin 

Kith & Kin

Kith & Kin will perform a Saint Patrick’s Day tribute to their founder, John Kelley. Kelley, who died Dec. 14, 2008 after a brief battle with cancer, has been playing Irish music at the White Barn since the mid-1980s. For this concert, Kelley’s musician twin brother, Michael, will fly in from the East Coast to perform with the seven Napa Valley singers and musicians of Kith & Kin.

More than 300 people gathered in St. Helena for Kelley’s memorial service so a sold-out concert is expected; make your reservations early. The White Barn’s historic carriage-house theater will be filled with traditional Irish music on guitar, mandolin, fiddle and tin whistle, with lively barney and vocal ballads—just as Kelley would want. “He sang from his soul and it tugged at you,” says Nancy Garden, The White Barn founder. “He was something special.”

$25 - include St. Patrick’s Day desserts, wine and coffee at intermission
Benefits St. Helena’s Rianda House

April 5th, 19th & 26th, 3 pm | 2009

Poetry & Prose

Themes of American Humorists
- Funny Bones 4/5
Join us for an afternoon of American Humor at The White Barn. From Mark Twain to Woody Allen, we'll sample the wise cracks, bon mots, aphorisms, and anecdotes that have kept us chuckling over the years. How has American humor changed ...or has it? The battle of the sexes still rages; politics continue to make us laugh/cringe; religion has always been easy fodder for humorists. We'll read stories and essays from Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker, Ogden Nash, George Carlin, & many others.

The Language of Leaves
- Nature Poetry in Celebration of Earth Day 4/19
Celebrate Earth Day by joining us at the White Barn for a chance to reveal yourself to the like-minded as a tree-loving, dirt worshiping, bird watching, fish catching, mountain climbing, gardening, poetry fiend! The selection will include many beloved American classic poems from Thoreau, Frost, Sandburg and Whitman. Modern poets such as Gary Snyder, Stanley Kunitz, Mary Oliver, W.S. Merwin, Wendall Berry and more.

Baptism of Fire
- Love Poetry: Mystical, Romantic & Everyday Passions 4/26
Delight in an afternoon anthology of poetry that encourages & emboldens, not just the heart but also the senses. Our program on will celebrate a breadth of perspectives on love from Roman and English Ancients to ecstatic 12th century mystics and from Modernist poets to the Beats and contemporary verse. Our theme: I yearned for love and love answered.

$10/ea. or $25/3
Benefits Calistoga Library

May 30, 6 pm | 2009

Swing Fever…Picnic & Dance

Swing Fever
Come picnic and dance to the big band sounds of the 1930s and 1940s. Bring a picnic—tables will be waiting on The White Barn’s lawn at 5 pm—and your dancing shoes. The Swing Fever dance band will play from 6 to 9pm for your listening and dancing enjoyment. Evenings are cool so bring a wrap.

Since 1978, the Bay Area’s Swing Fever Band has been performing jazz of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong and many more. Bryan Gould—trombonist, vocalist and bandleader—leads the five-piece swing band, while Denise Perrier, a native of Louisiana who has performed in the San Francisco area for more than 30 years, will be the guest vocalist.

$30 Adults
Benefits White Barn Children's Programs

September 12th, 6 pm & 13th, 4 pm | 2009


Bella Notte Opera arias

An Evening of Opera Arias featuring:
Soprano Angela Cadelago, a Metropolitan Opera Regional Finalist from the Napa Valley, will perform the arias with tenor Adam Flowers, baritone Torlef Borsting, and pianist Kristin Pankonin. Angela’s father, the much-loved Harry Cadelago, taught music in the Napa Valley Unified School District for nearly 40 years and is now teaching at Napa Valley College. Angela has appeared as Adina in Berkeley Opera’s 2008 production of L’Elisir d’Amore and as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with Pacific Repertory Opera. In March 2009, her portrayal of all four heroines in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann opposite Adam Flowers as Hoffmann, garnered rave revues. She has also appeared in recital in Italy, at the Spoleto Festival, and in Denmark as a featured student of the renowned Illeana Cotrubas.

Adam Flowers has appeared in leading roles with Houston’s Opera in the Heights, in Tokyo with the Musashino Kokkaido, with the Rimrock Opera in Montana, the Sacramento and West Bay operas and Opera San Jose. Torlef Borsting recently appeared as Horace Tabor in Berkeley Opera’s The Ballad of Baby Doe, and the baritone soloist in Haydn’s Mass in Time of War with the Oakland Symphony, following numerous other performances throughout the West Coast.

September 12: 6pm - Dinner under the stars and performance / $125
September 13: 4pm - Music program and dessert intermission / $35
Benefits Music in the Vineyards


October 10, 8 pm | 2009


Jazz with Robert Gastelum

St. Helena’s own jazz trumpeter and his combo. The son of one of St. Helena’s most musical families and a graduate of St. Helena High School, Robert Gastelum honed his skills at the renowned Berklee School of Music in Boston where he expanded his passion for Latin jazz. The 25-year-old trumpeter has already performed extensively during his young career, including with Jorge Santan and Little Joe y la Familia.

Accompanying Gastelum at The White Barn will be a combo of five San Francisco Bay salsa musicians: saxophonist Pete Cornel, pianist Marco Diaz, bassist Saul Sierra, percussionist Julio Perez and conguero Eric Mendez.

Benefit St. Helena Community Band

October 23, 24, 8 pm | 2009

Valley of the Vampires

Gothic tales and films take a bite. Costumes are encouraged so dig out a cape and some fangs and join us for an evening of vampire lore, Gothic tales, camp horror, shadow puppets, film clips, costume prizes, refreshments and more.  

The Theatre des Vampire producers David Garden, Jr. and Becca Smith will join the haunting cast of Michael Waterson, Jack Stuart, Michael Ross and Elizabeth Gardiner.
Benefits St. Helena Food Pantry

November 13, 14, 8 pm & 15, 3 pm | 2009

The Gin Game, November 13, 14@8pm, 15@3PM,  

The Gin Game

Written by D. L. Coburn
This Pulitzer Prize winning drama, humor and psychological warfare crackle over a card game between two quick-witted residents of a retirement home. The play, directed by Robert Reddington, stars John O’Malley and Gay Nathan.

The Gin Game director, Robert Reddington, was the Drama Supervisor of the Chicago Park District for the last 17 years of his 32-year career, designing and overseeing citywide theater programs as well as acting as Artistic Director and General Manager of the Theater on The Lake. Bob has acted in and directed numerous productions. He appeared as Jack in “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Brian in “A Death of Joe Egg,” and Henry Higgins in “my Fair Lady.

Actor John O’Malley has spent much of his adult life in the academic theater world. Dr O’Malley was a faculty member in the Speech and Drama Department and the Theater School at De Paul University for 33 years, teaching, among other subjects, acting and theater history. John has directed many productions such as “A Taste of Honey,” “Lady House Blues,” “ Death of a Salesman,” and “Hamlet.”

Actress Gay Nathan has performed in several White Barn productions, first as Gertrude Stein in “Gertrude Stein and a Companion” and next in Horton Foote’s “The Carpetbagger’s Children”. Gay is active in theatre in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Benefits Hospice of Napa Valley

November 20th, 5-8 pm & 21-22nd, 10-5 pm | 2009

The White Barn Winter Fair, November 20-22, 2009 

Holiday Craft Fair

The White Barn has decided to revive an old tradition and to once again hold its beloved White Barn Winter Fair. A variety of talented local artisans and craftsmen will join together at the White Barn Winter Fair to benefit the Arts Council Napa Valley.

The event will feature a wide selection of unique handmade crafts and one-of-a-kind creations. Visitors will find everything from the unusual to the unique sure to fit every taste and budget. Shoppers may purchase beautiful handmade jewelry, cards, fine art originals and prints, wooden cutting boards, hand blown glass ware, holiday floral designs, textiles, ceramics, artisan food, potions, striking recycled items, and so much more!

Preview Night, Friday November 20th will run from 5-8pm and include wine, a winter soup, dessert and light music. Friday's suggested donation $10-15 directly benefits the Arts Council Napa Valley. Preview attendees will have the opportunity to purchase fine goods in advance of the general public while they enjoy a festive evening.

Just in time for holiday gift shopping, decorating and entertaining, you won’t want to miss this wonderful event! Visit the Fair on Saturday and Sunday November 21 & 22 from 10am to 5pm. Free admission and plenty of free parking.

November 20:5-8pm - Wine Reception Benefit / $10-15 suggested donation
November 21 & 22:10am-5pm
Benefits Arts Council of Napa Valley

December 4-5, 10-12, 8 pm & 6th, 13th, 2 pm | 2009

Plaid Tidings 

Plaid Tidings

The holiday version of Forever Plaid, sure to start the holiday season off on the right note!

A brand new show tied-up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow on top! Filled with Christmas standards that have all been "Plaid-erized", our boys are back to do their Christmas Special. At first they aren't sure why they've returned, but a phone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney lets them know that they're needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world.

Sprinkled among the Christmas offerings are audience favorites like their riotous three minute and eleven second version of "The Ed Sullivan Show" - this time featuring the Rockettes, the Chipmunks and the Vienna Boys Choir, and a Plaid Caribbean Christmas which puts the "Day-O" in Excelsis!

This is one holiday treat that is truly "heaven-sent!"

Benefits Land Trust of Napa County