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April Kicks Off Month-Long Artistic Revelry in Napa Valley

Baron Wolman, Rolling Stone magazine’s first chief photographer

The recent explosion of experiences in Napa Valley, from biodynamic tours and classes to winery boutiques and art exhibitions, have turned the Valley into a veritable adult playground. Now, Winery galleries are one of the main attractions in the Valley’s theater of options, and their success gave rise to Arts in April, a month of art-related festivities spanning from Calistoga to American Canyon.  Here is how it all works, and some of the parties we recommend. 

Coming Soon: Rocksmith, to Cultivate Your Inner Rock Star (by Teaching You Guitar)

The French company Ubisoft, which is the world's third-largest game developer, maintains its local headquarters at 625 Third Street, and is about to launch what may prove to be a revolutionary new game next month called Rocksmith.

Now, bear with me here. I'm not one to throw the adjective "revolutionary" around loosely. First, as a former 60s activist, I'm keenly aware of how overused that term has always been, and how rarely anything (particularly a product) described as revolutionary actually turns out to be so in the real world.

But this time, the adjective may prove fitting.

First, some context. Remember Guitar Hero? Or the large number of imitator games that followed?

I'll never forget the day I walked into a startup in 2008 in downtown Redwood City, where I first watched a bunch of geeks playing fake guitars, perhaps seeking to replicate the emotional high of being an actual rock star, albeit before a virtual crowd.

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