"Picture of Dorian Gray," by Oscar Wilde: Dramatic Reading to Original Music by Paul Marotta

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Art on First Fridays returns to on First Street. Writes Wildcat owner Thea Witsil, who is also one of the organizers of Napa Porchfest:

"We are excited to welcome Paul Marotta, who, as a guitarist, pianist, bassist, vocalist and composer was a part of the Cleveland DIY proto punk rock scene in the early 1970s and who now makes his home in the Napa Valley. Paul played in both Mirrors and Electric Eels and then started The Styrenes, where he developed an eclectic and accomplished underground sound, relying less on assaultive volume and full frontal musical attacks and more on a willingness to tackle virtually any tune, any style including pop tunes." 

Friday, Marotta performs a 32-minute rock-and-roll song cycle based on the original text of Oscar Wilde's 1890 novel of horror and aesthetics, The Picture of Dorian Gray.

A visual art exhibition is also part of the show, according to Witsil's Facebook event for the evening:

"We'll be featuring new work by Napa photographer Cheryl Laube with a series of cyanotypes, a photographic printing process that gives a cyan-blue print, ie, blueprint. 

As a mixed media artist Cheryl has the aptitude for depicting secrets of the unconscious. Her work has a dream-like quality to it that is unintentional. When she creates a pieces she plays with color and materials that depict vibrancy when juxtaposed with its content."

The Wildcat gallery is open from 6 to 9 p.m. with Marotta's performance scheduled for 7:30 p.m.


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