April 20th – 26th

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The Valley Nerd Watch!


You can look forward to a really interesting SciTech Cafe later this month. It’s about Diamonds and photons and how awesome Diamonds are.

There’s a book club meeting next week discussing Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks, so get started reading today, and you might manage to almost make it halfway in by the time the group meets!

Oh! And although it’s technically next month, get ready for Free Comic Book Day May 2nd! We grew up collecting comic books, and we can highly recommend amassing an enormous collection of comic books, because they are beautiful. FCBD is a chance to get a bunch of previews and fun free books from the local comic shops, and it’s also a chance for those local shops to subtly shame you into then purchasing something you ingrate.

Don’t forget to pick up books and games by local creators!

As always, be sure to check out the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week!

THIS WEEK


Board Games:

Saturday, April 25th
Off the Wall Games [41 Russel Street, Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:00am – 7:00pm
Warmachine Tournament
Warmachine! A game that unfortunately we are not super capable of discerning from any other miniatures game. BUT we can say it has some really neat mech design, the Warjacks look very cool. Big old armor suits in the best sci-fi fantasy tradition. The tournament will be 35 points, standard 45 minute Deathclock. It starts at 11am, and registration is at 10:30am. There’s a $10 entry fee!

Books:

Monday, April 20th – Thursday, April 30th
Emily Williston Memorial Library [9 Park Street, Easthampton, MA 01027] all day.
Friends Seeking Book Donations
Emily’s Friends of the Library are seeking book donations for the big Spring Book Sale! Donations need to be clean! The library will also accept CDs and DVDs, but not magazines.

Card Games:

Saturday, April 25th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:00pm – 11:00pm
Magic 101
Learn how to play Magic: The Gathering! It’s one of the most popular collectible card games in the world, so you’ve probably heard of it. It’s also a daunting prospect to actually play, as it’s kind of complicated and strange! Get a handle on the game in a friendly environment at Modern Myths this Saturday!

Comics:

Wednesday, April 22nd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Melissa Mendes Signing
Come see Melissa Mendes talk for a bit and then sign things! She’s a wonderful local artist hailing from Hancock, MA. She’s done a lot of interesting work, including a comic she’s currently putting out called “Weight”, based off her grandmother’s journals. You can check out her work here! You’ll need to get a standard $5 day pass for this event, given back immediately as store credit.
Thursday, April 23rd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Graphic Novel Book Club: The Wicked + The Divine Vol 1
The Wicked + The Divine is the pick for Graphic Novel Book Club this month! Last month was a blast, and we can only imagine a book about superpowered godlike popstars who must die within two years of becoming superpowered will be a great discussion! You’ll need to get a standard $5 day pass for this event, given back immediately as store credit.

Entertainment:

Tuesday, April 21st
Luthier’s Co-Op [108 Cottage St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00pm
Not strictly nerd-based, but open to nerding should you feel the desire. This open mic night is about telling true stories that you feel will entertain a crowd. It’s a chance to get a big room of people to understand how funny or interesting that one thing you like is, which nerds should relish. This month, the theme is “Stories about songs that define moments”!
Friday, April 24th
The Platinum Pony [30 Cottage St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 10:00pm
Cosplay drag show! Dress up in the most villainous attire you can manage! There’s a costume contest in which you can win excellent gear for your lair, and there will be several performances over the course of the night! It’s a 21+ show, and tickets are $10!
Saturday, April 25th
Coolidge Museum at Forbes Library [20 West St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00am – 12:00pm
A community ukulele club! They meet regularly to sing together, and improve their playing. They play in public on occasion, and welcome beginners and experienced players to play, sing, or listen!

RPGs:

Saturday, April 25th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Star Wars RPG
Did the recent Star Wars trailer whet your whistle for Stormtroopers? Maybe give this RPG a play! They will be happy to write you into this ongoing adventure for a bit, though try to understand if you get handed kind of a weird sidelined character like the guys who get a name at the end of each movie before their X-Wing blows up.

Science:

Monday, April 20th
Seelye Hall, Smith College [Seelye Dr, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30pm – 6:30pm
See UMass Amherst Professor Nilanjana Dasgupta speak about the scarcity of women pursuing careers in science. What drives the disparity? What are the solutions? You can check out the abstract to an article she wrote with Jane G. Stout here to prepare for the talk!
Tuesday, April 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St, Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00pm
Quest for the Eastern Cougar (Talk)
Robert Tougias speaks about his experiences tracking the enigmatic Cougar! The cougar is one of the coolest wild cats in our opinion, and has a vast and varied range. Mr. Tougias helped track down cougar populations and wrote about it for years, hear first hand about his experiences!
West Springfield Public Library [511 Main St, West Springfield, MA 01089] at 3:30pm
Science Rocks!
Kids can explore the fun side of science by learning how to grow seeds in a CD case! You can also take this time to explain to kids what CDs were, and why they needed to be encased! For ages 9+, call to register at 4130736-4561, extension 3!
Wednesday, April 22nd
The Quarters [8 Railroad St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 8:00pm
Another Night in Space
Earth is in Space! The Quarters is on Earth! Get it? Anyway, cosmos on the projector and space cocktails served in beakers make this definitively a Science-based drinking event!

Video Games:

Friday, April 24th
Community Room at Forbes Library [20 West St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Minecraft Club
Minecraft! The surprise hit indie game that made the creator a billionaire and enriched the lives of millions with a weird sort of lego-freedom-survival-builder-game. Participants need to bring their own Minecraft log-in. They have laptops for use, but you can also bring your own device! Please make sure to register at the children’s desk or call to reserve a spot [413-587-1010]!

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