Moby Monday — The Wind(lass)y City

Chicago does Melville this month as artist Tim Vermeulen, known for his “obsessive self-portraiture,” exhibits paintings based on iconic passages of Moby-Dick, a book the show’s description calls “one of the strangest productions in the history of all the arts.” Vermeulen’s paintings are on display at Chicago’s Packer Schopf Gallery through February 13.


Meanwhile, puppeteer Blair Thomas and singer/songwriter Michael Smith will present a new “chamber puppet cantata” version of the book at Millennium Park January 28 through 30. This marks the first time your none-too-hardy correspondent has ever wanted to visit Chicago during January.

Margaret Guroff is the editor and publisher of Power Moby-Dick.