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THAR SHE BLOWS: Whale Tales, Sea Shanties, and More Melvillainy
Nov 15, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm| Free
Moby-Dick Marathon NYC is on hiatus this year, with plans to return November 14–16, 2014. For 2013 we’re gathering on what would be marathon weekend (tied to the novel’s U.S. publication on November 14, 1851) with a special one-night whaling and Melville variety show celebrating Moby-Dick in life and literary culture. Featuring:
– sea shanties classic and contemporary from Amy Virginia Buchanan with Hugh Trimble (Amy produced last year’s theatrical performance of chapters 37–40 at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe)
– “The Illustrated Whale”: Erin Chapman on Rockwell Kent, the “stormy petrel” of American art
– a preview of “Moby-Dick” the sitcom with Nick Douglas (Slacktory)
– “I Spent Three Years on a Whaleship and All I Got Was Scurvy” with Brigid Harmon, who in 2011 spent 3 weeks on Nantucket reading whaling log books
– a round of Moby-Dick or The Card Game with King Post
– Michelle Legro reads Owen Chase’s original account of the whaleship Essex, which was stove by a whale
– a book report on Moby-Dick from Lincoln Michel (Gigantic)
– the exploding whales of the Pacific Northwest with journalist Mary Pilon (New York Times)
– “When We Lived Together in the Belly of a Whale, Some Nights Were Perfect” by Mara Sternberg, read by Molly Rose Quinn
– giveaways and tomfoolery from Melville House
– Moby-Dick trivia, spelling challenges, an appearance by Moby Dick, and more!
Plus clam chowder from sponsor Littleneck Brooklyn, brews from sponsor Harpoon Brewery, and more facts and fun.