Friends of Worcester Public Library book sale today and tomorrow

Today, November 14, and tomorrow, Saturday, November 15, from 10am-4pm in the Saxe Room at the main branch of Worcester Public Library, the Friends of WPL will hold our Fall book sale.

Friendly reminder –

When you pay (incredibly low) yearly dues to the Friends, or make book donations, or purchase from the Food for Thought Cafe and Bookstore, or buy bags full of books at our book sales, you support the Friends’ many programs, including museum passes and the Give and Take bookcase at Union Station.

So please support the Friends as much as you can.  If you come on Saturday between 2-4pm, I’ll be working the sale.

 

Seats of power

At 10:30 this morning, Charlie Baker was meeting with the mayor of West Springfield at town hall.

An hour later, he was at Springfield City Hall to meet with the mayor of that city.

Come 1:15, he was in Worcester, meeting in a building that only reflects the image of our city hall, in a meeting led not by the mayor or the city manager, but by the head of the local chamber of commerce.

Some might find that odd.

But those would be folks who live in cities where the easternmost high school isn’t called “North High” and the westernmost high school named “South High.”

Worcester, as always, is the Uranus of the Commonwealth: off what should be a normal axis.

I suppose we should feel grateful that the mayor and city manager were invited to the meeting.

It’s unclear whether this means that we’ve dispensed with the pretense that either our elected officials or our city manager are running the city, or if Worcester is run by a Borg-like collective.

Which would make Ed Augustus Locutus.

WPL Sundae Sunday – October 19

The main branch of the Worcester Public Library will once again celebrate Sunday openings by holding Sundae Sunday on Sunday, October 19 beginning at 1:30pm.

Ice cream sundaes will be served, music will be played, and balloon animals will be shaped.

(Mr. Balloon is amazing; I recommend getting there early for a ticket if someone in your life wants a balloon animal.)

(Image: Hand Painted Cherry / Cherries Ice Cream Sundae Glasses, a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic licensed photo from SLV‘s photostream.)

CWW: Wachusett Dam open – October 12

Via Coulter Press….The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announces the opening of the top of Wachusett Dam in Clinton for the public to walk across on the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you can get there, I recommend visiting.  It’s not the Hoover Dam, but it’s still pretty impressive.

(Image: Wachusett Dam, a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic licensed photo from Matt Chan’s photostream.)

PHIL-204

Item 10b on tomorrow’s City Council agenda:

Request City Manager provide interpretation and recommendations to the City Council concerning commercial wall murals and/or signs addressing the following questions: At what point is art considered a sign? Is a sign not a sign just because it is painted directly on a structure? Are there rules in place that address this or do we need to consider a new ordinance? Further, request City Manager include in this discussion the painting of portions of exteriors in bright or fluorescent colors as part of signage’s attraction. (Russell)

Sadly, I think I’ve taken this class before:

PHIL-204: Philosophy of Art, Esther Howland Chamber, Tuesdays at 7:30pm.
Professor Russell (no relation to Bertrand) will lead this seminar on aesthetics, or the philosophy of art.  Seminar will include readings from Plato, Aristotle, Kant, and Hume, as well as the Worcester City Charter, Artworks in Our Parks, and Robert’s Rules.   We will explore many questions, keeping strictly to a three-minute limit per speaker, including but not limited to:

  • Which of the representations present in the Wall O’ Washingtons is the Platonic ideal of our first president?
  • Which city-owned sculpture constitutes the biggest waste of marble?
  • Fisher Boy: calmly waiting for a pole or tragic figure?
  • How does one best free Dolphin Boy?
  • Big flashing signs: distraction to drivers or nuanced performance art?
  • Rogers-Kennedy Memorial: why?
  • Allen Court, Denholm’s, Canal District: compare and contrast to Oilzum

Prerequisites: PHIL-101: Intro to Philosophy and PHIL-102: Intro to Palmieri.