The Show Must Go On!

Experience the virtual adventure! November 21-22, 2020

Here is a message from Venice Oceanarium!

It’s time again to join Captain Ahab and the crew of the Pequod on their voyage to hunt the White Whale (spoiler alert – our inner demons). Since 1995, The Venice Oceanarium has set up camp on Venice Beach for its weekend-long, marathon reading of Herman Melville’s classic Moby-Dick. 

Thousands of students, families, literati and beach bums keep rediscovering Melville’s masterful recounting of Man vs (inner) Beast. His detailed and insightful tale of whaling, life aboard ship among a culturally diverse crew, mixed with exploration of class and social status, good and evil, and the existence of God, is as compelling today as it was in 1851. 

Alas! It’s November 2020. Due to COVID-19, it’s not safe to assemble on the beach. “We were crestfallen at the notion of cancelling our annual tradition – especially our 25th anniversary.” says Venice Oceanarium founder, Tim Rudnick. “So we searched for the silver lining in this dark cloud and I’m thrilled to share that we’re creating an interactive, virtual reading of Moby-Dick!” Rudnick continues “We welcome readers of any age, any language and anywhere in the world to participate in our largest reading ever.” 

Thar she blows! 

  • WHO? Calling all Ishmaels! Anyone can participate. Any age (children welcome), any language, anywhere in the world!
  • WHAT? Interactive literary virtual reading of Herman Melville’s masterpiece, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. Grab your harpoon and read a chapter (or two or three). With a little modern magical technology, a smartphone and your oratorical help, we’re creating a video treasury of Moby-Dick chapter readings. Multiple interpretations of the same chapter is part of the fun. 

  • WHEN? Whenever you have time. Our 25th annual (virtual) celebration is Saturday, November 21st & Sunday November 22nd. The deadline to submit is November 16th. 
  • WHERE? Your couch, your zoom room, wherever your want!
  • WHY? Be a part of history and help the Venice Oceanarium create the largest online compendium of Moby-Dick! Read an amazing book and learn about gray whales. 
  • HOW? Just read your chapter(s) aloud and record the video with your phone, ipad or other device. Nothing special, just reading into the screen. No copy of the book handy? No problem – Project Gutenberg has you covered!

Click here for more detailed instructions on how to upload your video.

Venice Oceanarium, A Museum Without Walls, is a grassroots non-profit, which encourages kids (of all ages) to appreciate the environment and become stewards of our precious oceans. Their programs foster appreciation of the wonders of the sea through an integrative approach by blending art, literature, poetry, music and science. They also produce the extremely popular, annual Grunion Party! 

Photo courtesy of Venice Oceanarium

Photo courtesy of Venice Oceanarium

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