To celebrate Herman Melville’s 200th birthday, Canio’s Cultural Café in Sag Harbor is celebrating with a three-day event from June 7 to 9. The weekend will include readings by actors Harris Yulin and Alec Baldwin, among other events.
Leading up to the weekend, on Thursday, May 30, at 6:30 PM at John Jermain Library, there will be a screening of John Huston’s 1956 classic “Moby Dick” starring Gregory Peck, with Richard Basehart and Orson Welles.
The pre-marathon warm-up will be held with a reception for an exhibition of artist Robert Carioiscia’s Whaling prints, in homage to Sag Harbor and “Moby-Dick” at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor on Thursday, June 6, from 5 to 6:30 PM.
On Friday, June 7, the marathon begins starting at 12:30 PM through 2:30 PM at Canio’s. From 3 to 6:45 PM, at the Old Whalers’ Church, Alec Baldwin will read along with Harris Yulin as Father Mapple. Organist Walter Klauss and Choral Society of Hamptons will sing the hymn. Back at Canio’s from 7 to 10 PM, Josh Gladstone will perform as Captain Ahab.
On Saturday, June 8, the celebration continues at the Whaling Museum from 10 AM to 12:45 PM, John Jermain Library from 1 to 4 PM, and Canio’s from 5 to 11 PM. On Sunday, the weekend concludes at Eastville Community Historical Society from 10:30 AM to 12:45 PM, followed by Canio’s Books with an after party from 1 to 5 PM.
Canio’s was the first institution to sponsor a “Moby-Dick” Marathon. The weekend is its largest fundraiser for the year. For more information, visit www.caniosculturalcafe.org.