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.)


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 PHIL102: Intro to Palmieri.

End Demand Worcester

I know many readers care about prostitution arrest rates in the city.

If you’ve been living under a hole (which is where I spend much of my time), you may have missed some publicity for a group called End Demand Worcester, which will have a rally this Wednesday at 5:30pm at the Main South CDC.

As this blog has pointed out numerous times, the arrest rates for men compared with women in prostitution-related arrests is appalling.

As I’ve said in years past, I remain skeptical of impounding cars and other “shaming” techniques for johns because (1) those can also negatively impact women and children and (2) very few men are actually convicted of these crimes — it usually turns into a case that’s continued without finding for a year or two and eventually dismissed.  The criminal justice system would have to radically change (and I’m not sure I’d want it to) to make these work.