September 7th – September 13th

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TopatoCon! We know we’ve been talking about this for a while but for real everyone, it’ll be fun. We’ll be there, you’ll be there, a bunch of artists and writers and comedians and developers and cool folks of all stripes and occupations will be there. You’ll have the option to give them money in exchange for services they render! You’ll get to chat with them, and confirm that you’re a cool person that cool people like to speak with!

Also, there’s a really neat activity going on at TopatoCon arranged by our very own Pioneer Valley Game Devs! The TopatoJAM! A free experimental game jam held alongside the con. What that means is that attending TopatoCon is encouraged, but not required to participate. But you MUST register!

topatojamSo what is it? Well. It’s a thing where you try to make a game wicked fast. It’s open to developers of any skill level, but you know be sure you’ve got a clear idea of what it is you can do. Cost is free, but they suggest you donate. Kick $5 their way. Come on, just… they’re neat right? You like this sort of thing. Support it at least as much as you support a sandwich.

Teams can be formed before the game jam or after you arrive. The game jam theme will be announced at the event start! There aren’t any overnight facilities for the jam, so check for accommodation on your own!

The TopatoJAM will run from Saturday at 10:00am to Sunday at 6:00pm. Bring your own laptop/whatever, and money for food if you don’t like the free pizza/snacks/coffee/water.

As always, be sure to check out the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week! And don’t forget to check out the updated Book Clubs List!

THIS WEEK


Art:

Friday, September 11th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St., Northampton, MA 01063] at All Afternoon
Free Second Friday
Come to the stunningly nice museum that we have just right down here in Northampton, but for free and also there are family fun activities and hey why not still donate, come on, you like the art! Seriously, what a nice museum!
Saturday, September 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Artists’ Reception for Landscape and Waterscape by Joan Anderson, Carmine Angeloni and Jane Morrison
*LONGEST TITLE AWARD* Hey, take a look at a lot of nice pictures, why not? It’s a chance to see a lot of artwork that is beautiful. The artists seem really nice, too. They’ve all done interesting things while also learning to make pictures that look awesome. More information at the gallery website!

Board Games:

Friday, September 11th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00pm
Tabletop Game Night
Bring a game you’d like to share with the Pioneer Valley Geeks & Gamers! Beginners are welcome. They mostly play Euro strategy games, but we recommend you bring them something huge and ridiculous and American with 500 little meticulously detailed plastic figures. Take that, Europe!

Books:

Thursday, September 10th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00am – 12:00pm
What’s Your Story? Memoir Writing Workshop
Mary Clare Powell will lead a memoir-writing workshop at the Greenfield Public Library beginning September 10th! The 8-week class will be held Thursday Morning. We recommend you use this course as an opportunity to steal the more interesting experiences of your peers in order to weave them into one epic ur-memoir.
Saturday, September 12th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00am – 12:00pm
Meet the Editor: George Forcier
Meet the Editor of the Recorder, George Forcier! Refreshments will be provided. Otherwise, this event is a mystery! We’d like to imagine that this will give you the opportunity you need to become fast friends with this kindly-seeming local newspaperman! Over refreshments.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00am – 1:30pm
Fall Book Sale
Between attempts to charm George Forcier, why not browse some books at the book sale? It will be held in the stacks in the library basement. Hardcovers are $2 a piece, paperbacks just a $1. Pay whatever you’d like though! It all goes to support the library. Also if you bring a cloth bag you can FILL it for $1! WOW! Do not bring an enormous car-sized cloth bag and steal all the books.

Comics:

Sunday, September 13th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Comic Creator’s Jam
Have you any interest in making a comic book, traveler? Jam-packed with japes and images to fascinate the minds of children and adults alike? Enter, then, and visit with some real nice folks who make comics and live in a town near you! Talk about comic stuff! Writers, artists, inkers, letterers, all are welcome!

Computers:

Friday, September 11th – Sunday, September 13th
UMass Hotel and Conference Center [1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00am
NERDSummit 2015
The big one! The best one! The pinnacle of summits! Learn with the local tech community at a three-day conference of talks, workshops, coding challenges, food, and fun! It’s really a great time as far as we can tell, wish we could make it. Go take a look if you’re interested in computers, why don’t you?
Saturday, September 12th
UMass Hotel and Conference Center [1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00am
Project Management Meetup
We guess this happens at the same time as the NERDSummit? Anyway! Do you manage projects? Well, talk to other people who manage projects and learn how to manage projects better, so you have an easier time of it.

Entertainment:

Wednesday, September 9th
MassMutual Center [1277 Main St., Springfield, MA 01103] at 6:30
Sonia Sotomayor
Holy moly everyone! We kind of forgot that the Law-Knowers could descend from the Law Temple and speak to us, mere Law-Mortals! Seriously though, wow! A chance to meet one of the glittering immortals we’ve chosen to interpret the constitutionality of our fumbling attempts at legislation. And it’s one of the cooler glittering immortals, too. RBG is obviously the coolest. Submit questions to info@springfieldpublicforum.com, there is general admission first-come, first-serve seating!
Friday, September 11th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] 6:00pm – 9:00pm
13th Anniversary Party
Join the fine people at Modern Myths Northampton for their 13th Anniversary Party! Good word! Thirteen dang years, and still going strong. Not just strong, strong enough to give you a party with door prizes, pizza, soft drinks and CUPCAKES from Cafe Evolution in Florence!
Saturday, September 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00am – 10:45am
Forbes Library Tour
Forbes Library is amazing! Lots of cool services and collections all in a giant old building that is pretty. But, it’s also so huge and intimidating that it’s tough to navigate for the novice. Join a group for a guided tour! Preregristration is appreciated, but not required. But, you know. It’s appreciated. Preregister with btabor@forbeslibrary.org. Meet in the front lobby!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00am – 10:45am
Forbes Library Tour
Forbes Library is amazing! Lots of cool services and collections all in a giant old building that is pretty. But, it’s also so huge and intimidating that it’s tough to navigate for the novice. Join a group for a guided tour! Preregristration is appreciated, but not required. But, you know. It’s appreciated. Preregister with btabor@forbeslibrary.org. Meet in the front lobby!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Forbes Doctor Who Club
Would you like to spend some time traveling through space on Doctor William H. Who’s whimsical flying phone-booth? Why not hang out with other people who share you appreciation for the show that taught us all how shiny it was to boldly go where no man has gone before. May the force be with you, by Grabthar’s hammer!
Sunday, September 13th
Wistiriahurst Museum [238 Cabot St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 – 3:30pm
Seasonal Teas: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in the Rose Garden
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland! Don your most eminently mad cap, or create one when you arrive! The rose gardens are open, and there’s a lovely tea party with croquet, crafts, and special guests. Tea, lemonade, and treats included! There’s $15 general admission, $12 for members, $10 for children 10 and under.

RPGs:

Saturday, September 12th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Public RPG: Pathfinder Pirates
Pathfinder pirates! What pirate should you pretend to pathfind as? The best pirate, obviously. But which pirate is the best pirate? We searched ‘the best pirate’ online and it came up with Black Bart! Welsh, suave, ruthless. Role-playing a Welsh person is kind of like role-playing an English person only you’re the butt of more jokes.
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Public RPG: Dungeons & Dragons
A special one-session D&D module hand-crafted by the staff at Comics N’ More! We’d like to take a moment to recommend that if you are playing D&D, you avoid standard combat at all costs. Frustrate the GM by using all the weird fantasy items at your disposal rather than just a sword-bash! Pre-made characters are provided, hosted by Lex Mandrake!

Science:

Wednesday, September 9th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:00pm – 6:30pm
What Kids Want to Know about Sex and Growing Up
Join Brooke Norton for a free public screening of this movie! Brooke Norton is a Certified Sex Educator, and she’s studying to be a Sex Therapist at UMass Boston’s Family Therapy program. This is an opportunity for kids and adults to learn more about science stuff that everyone kind of feels uncomfortable talking about, but that we should probably still talk about! There’s also free pizza.
Saturday, September 12th – Sunday, November 22nd
Historic Deerfield [84B Old Main St., Deerfield, MA 01342] at 12:00pm – 4:30pm
Archaeology Lab
Archaeology is a science for action scientists! Adventurers! Well, adventurers whose adventure is mostly in the travel planning, and who then spend a truly distressing number of hours gently brushing at things. Mostly those things turn out to be rocks. But sometimes not! Take your kids to learn about the science of archaeology and get their hands dirty with some neat artifact activities!

Video Games:

Friday, September 11th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Minecraft Club
Man who would have guess the Minecraft would become the single toy that every child plays with perpetually? It’s so great but also odd. Kids are electrical-engineering calculators inside of a computer game for fun and that is awesome. Please bring your own log-in, and sign up at the children’s circulation desk! For more info: click here.

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