September 28th – October 4th

IMG_20150926_161004143The Valley Nerd Watch!


Holy heck this one’s late. Sorry about that, the weekend took a lot out of us. But it was also really, really excellent. You can check out our TopatoCon 2015 Post-Show post for a lot of information about what we saw and what was neat.

But basically, that was a great time. Eastworks hosted a bunch of extremely talented people, those talented folks had the opportunity to make a bit of money selling their excellent wares, and things mostly seemed to be going very well. There were also special cocktails for the event which was fun. Volunteering was a hoot and a half, with a lot of very nice and put-together people there to make sure we were always doing something useful.

We didn’t even get to speak with everyone we were hoping to, simply because there were so many wonderful people there! Next year can’t come soon enough.

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


Books:

DAY, MONTH DATE
Chapin Auditorium [Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:30pm
Naomi Klein, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate”
Naomi Klein, award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author, will come to Mount Holyoke to talk about hew newest book. Basically, the future is terrifying. Re-watch Mad Max as often as you can in preparation.
Thursday, October 1st
Pizza Paradiso [12 Crafts Ave., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30pm
‘Alternate’ Hugo Nominated Short Fiction + Dinner
Do you love science fiction? Do you love short science fiction you could easily read before Thursday? Well you’re in luck! Some extremely neat people are going to meet up to have dinner and discuss excellent sci-fi. Spots are limited, so be sure to RSVP at the meetup group!
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00pm
Write On! Instructor Meet and Greet
You’re a writer, eh/ Well, you could always use help from some old hands at the art of wordsmithing. That’s where the Write On! classes come in! Odyssey Bookshop is going to be running a writing program. If you’re interested, why not meet the instructors? See if you’d like to work with them. You can register for the course at 413.534.7307 or in the store. The first class is Wednesday, October 14th.
Saturday, October 3rd
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 11:00am
Lisa Papademetriou and Sarah Mlynowski
A morning of Magic and Mischief at the bookstore! Watch for books being enchanted to flit about and bit you, that’s a common hazard of whimsical magicks. Two wonderful authors will talk about their newest books, and also… event attendees will be asked to test their magical abilities? Whoa. This could be it.This could be our chance to enter the New England regional Hogwarts equivalent: The Dunkin Donuts Center of Magical Studies Presented by Gilette.
Friday, October 2nd
Jones Library [43 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Jenny Hubbard – YA Author and Poet
Jenny Hubbard visits Amherst for a reading and a book signing with her two ALA-acclaimed novels! One of which is set in Amherst! Both of the books blend pose and poetry and sound pretty neat.

Card Games:

Thursday, October 1st
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Magic the Gathering for Kids!
Do you know a kid whose fondest desire is the ability to summon monstrous beasts with which to rend their many foes to thin strips of foe-jerky? Keep an eye on that kid. Don’t turn your back on them. Maybe introduce them to Magic as an outlet? Let host Evan Curran take care of the rules explanations!
Saturday, October 3rd
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00pm
Battle for Zendikar Release Event
Finally! Battle for Zendikar! Get that danged Zendikar and let it have what-for! This is a $25 sealed event, and there’s a bunch of nifty prizes on offer.
Sunday, October 4th
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00pm
Battle for Zendikar Release Event
Finally! Battle for Zendikar! Get that danged Zendikar and let it have what-for! This is a $25 sealed event, and there’s a bunch of nifty prizes on offer.

Entertainment:

Wednesday, September 30th
Springfield Symphony Hall [34 Court Street, Springfield, MA 01103] at 6:00pm
Ambassador Nicholas Burns
Hear about the realities of politics from a person who was stuck deep in it for a long time. He’s got a lot to say about America’s role as a leader internationally, but watch him clam up when you ask what exactly America is doing to placate the Mole Lords. It’s only a matter of time before they emerge to wreak devastation, Ambassador! Don’t leave this problem for our children!

Movies:

Tuesday, September 29th
Jones Library [43 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:30pm – 6:15pm
First Amendment Film Festival: The Wizard of Oz
Celebrate Banned Books week at the Jones Library by finding and banning all the literature you can! Wait no wait. Wait, okay, libraries actually celebrate by DISPLAYING previously banned literature. That makes more sense. Apparently the original Wizard of Oz was banned by all public libraries in Chicago because of its “ungodly” influence, “for depicting women in strong leadership roles”. Dang, past people. Let’s hope we’re not this embarrassing when we become past people.
Jones Library [43 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:30pm – 6:15pm
First Amendment Film Festival: The Color Purple
The Color Purple is based on a book of the same name about a young African American girl named Celie Harris. Her life involves many of the problems faced by African American women, including poverty, racism, and sexism. She finds self-worth through the help of two strong female companions. It was a big box-office hit, and nominated for a bunch of Oscars. It’s also been banned a whole bunch for a variety of reasons with the common connecting thread of “people are just the worst”.
Wednesday, September 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on the Library Lawn!
When you think about it, doesn’t it make more sense that this whole movie takes place in the mind of Sloane Peterson? It’s so obvious in retrospect that she’s sublimating her own competing desires to act out and stay in by projecting them on to ‘Ferris’ and ‘Cameron’.
Saturday, October 3rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00pm – 4:30pm
The Salt Mines
Come check out a raw, mostly forgotten piece of LGBTQ history. Released in 1990, The Salt Mines takes viewers into the word of Sara, Gigi, Giovanna, and other people navigating the world of shifting gender and sexual identities, immigration, homelessness, and sex work. It’s set mostly in the NYC winter salt deposits and sanitation trucks turned into makeshift shelter. It’s about community in the most difficult places. Afterward, there will be time for reflection and conversation.

RPGs:

Thursday, October 1st
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm – 10:30pm
Indie RPG Night
Play obscure, interesting, fun RPGs! Sometimes they’re by local creators, too! Which is neat. A lot of them use systems you may never have played, and it’s always a joyous time getting a new set of sea legs. It’s a friendly time with good people. There’s a $5 entry fee that’s immediately converted to store credit!
Saturday, October 3rd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Star Wars RPG
Oooh, we’ve got an idea. Why not play in a terrifying alternate universe in which the Imperial Fleet has repeatedly won major victories over the rebels, killing most of the heroes of the Rebellion in the process? … We’ve been playing a lot of Star Wars Armada as the Imperials and it’s going to our head.

Science:

Wednesday, September 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Silent Presence – The French in New England
Jeanne Douillard has been understanding the history of the French in New England for over 25 years. She’s done a heck of a lot of work and she’s going to educate you about this often overlooked cultural group over the course of her talk! She’s not a historian or expert, but she’s done the legwork to check her facts with professionals, like any cool nerd.

Video Games:

Sunday, October 4th
The Quarters [8 Railroad St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00pm – 10:00pm
MAKETALKPLAY: The Reality of Virtual Reality
Virtual reality. From Johnny Mnemonic to re-watching Johnny Mnemonic, we’ve all seen how powerful it can be. This month’s MAKETALKPLAY will help you figure out the overwhelming world of virtual reality! First, Elliot Mitchell of Vermont Digital Arts will give a crash course in the current state of VR, and how to develop your first VR project in Unity. Then, Pat King of Woodpenny Games will talk through his studio’s dev process for making a virtual reality music app for Google Cardboard!

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