February 29th – March 6th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


So this past week we had a chance to check out The VVitch, and we recommend it to all of our readers who like tense drama about devoutly religious families set in the 1600’s and also those who’d like to hear a whole crowd of 16 year-old horror fans go “Wait… what? That wasn’t even scary!” simultaneously. For real though it was a pretty neat film andwe recommend you check it out even if you’re not usually into horror flicks or not usually into family drama films.

We also got to check out a neat game made by Worcester-based Zephyr Workshop, A.E.G.I.S. It’s pronounced “technically, there’s no record of how to pronounce words written in ancient Greek so don’t worry about it.” It’s a game about combining robits, meaning you get the option to forgo squad tactics and just glomp together into your own personal Voltron/Megazord. It’s a good time! We’ll be writing something more detailed about it this week. We also got a chance to interview the lead designer, which will also go up this week!

We played Hanabi at a local bar, which is great! It involves trying to figure out how to arrange a bunch of cards from 1-5 in each of five colors without knowing what cards you’re holding. So you need to give clues about either the number or the color of cards to each other about what cards are what in order to make informed decisions. It’s hard as heck, but the scoring is on a continuum and it’s a co-op game so if you play with sensible people you’ll have a fun time even if you fail to get a perfect score.

Also we’ve been playing Grim Dawn again and we are doing our best to put a stop to that because wow that thing is just a beautiful, terrifying timesink. Really recommend it to anyone interested in Diablo-style Action RPGs, though. Lots of interesting systems of improving your tiny click-fighter, and some fun exploration elements.

Go check out the Valley Creators page! 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:

Wednesday, March 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30PM to 6:30PM
Submissions and Revisions
Are you a writer? Then you probably enjoy writing. What you probably do not enjoy is the process of submitting your work! Because it’s the worst and also demoralizing and anxiety-ridden. So do it with pals! Hang out and submit all your brilliant work with a bunch of other people ready to cheer you on when you shout out “sent!”
Thursday, March 3rd
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Amherst Art Walk and Poetry Night
The museum is going to be participating in art walks on the first Thursday of every month! There’s going to be a one-night-only art exhibit by Nancy Meagher, a poetry open mic, and a couple of featured poetry readers: Nina Shallman and Lori Desrosiers! It’s a treat for any poetry fans and also we’re guessing especially Dickinson fans.

Board Games:

Sunday, March 6th
Comics N’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00PM to 4:00PM
Sunday Heroclix!
Heroclix! You can make little superhero figures fight each other, which is fun! And supervillain figures. This week we suggest that you make a team of nothing but people who currently have mohawks, had mohawks in the past, or for whom you can make a compelling case that they would look cool with mohawks.

Books:

Monday, February 9th
Chapin Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College [50 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:30pm
Jhumpa Lahiri, In altre parole/In Other Worlds
Jhumpa Lahiri is going to read from and discuss her new memoir, which is presented in both Italian and English. The book focuses on exile, both linguistic and otherwise. Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of widely acclaimed works of fictions such as “Intepreter of Maladies” and “The Namesake”!
Tuesday, March 1st
The Jones Library [43 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00pm
Cammie McGovern, Just My Luck
Cammie McGovern returns to the Jones Library to read from and discuss her new middle-grade novel! It’s her middle-grade debut, and it’s a moving novel about a down-on-his-luck boy whose caring heart helps him cope with tragedy. Sounds adorable and also weepy!
Thursday, March 3rd
The Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00pm
Amy Dryansky & Deb Gorlin
Local poets will come down to Odyssey and read from their new poetry collections! Amy Dryansky’s poems tackle marriage, relationships, and motherhood. Deborah Gorlin’s poems involve speaking to the dead for recognition and commemeration. Sounds like it’ll be interesting and also probably sad.
Saturday, March 5th
Chapin Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College [50 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 2:30pm
A Discussion with Janet Mock
Janet Mock will speak at the 2016 Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference, which is free and open to the public. Janet Mock relays her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America. She imparts vital insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of a marginalized population.

Comics:

Wednesday, March 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Comics and Graphic Novels
Bang! Whip! Zing! Pow! Comics aren’t just for kids anymore! But for real there’s a bunch of wonderful work in the medium of comics and cartooning, a lot of it done right nearby! Join a trio of talented cartoonists – James Sturm, Tillie Walden, and James Lawson – as they show and read from their work!

Computers:

Tuesday, March 1st
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00pm
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Meet up with fellow coders to talk about your work! Make connections, gripe about how no one really understands the sort of work you do well enough to make cogent requests of your time, and imbibe delicious drinks!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, March 2nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00PM to 8:00PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: I See You Have Studied Your Agrippa
Jeff Lord, the Lord of the Jeffs and Duke of the Geoffs, will come to the GPL to present an astonished crowd with sweet sword moves! Presumably there will also be some element of explanation and discussion, though we wouldn’t be opposed to just a silent dance of blades for two straight hours.
Thursday, March 3rd
Palmer Public Library [1455 North Main Street, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Anime Club
Anime! It’s cartoons. Watch and discuss with fellow fans in a friendly place! It’s a great opportunity to share your knowledge and expand your horizons. Also we saw some of the One Punch Man anime and it was pretty cute.
Friday, March 6th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St., Hadley, MA] at 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Good Brew @ The Goodwin
A tasting event to benefit the Friends of the Goodwin Memorial Library. Too bad you can’t support the library itself, but it’s nice that they’ve chosen to put the focus on their pals. Drink local beers all brewed using Hadley’s own Valley Malt! Tickets are $10 each.

Movies:

Tuesday, March 1st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Film Screening: The Princess Bride
To prep for Jeff Lord’s presentation about swords on Wednesday, the library has wisely chosen to provide a free showing of this classic swording film! It’s fun, and some people are super duper into it, so maybe go check it out!
Sunday, March 6th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Film – Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love
Marvin Hamlisch is responsible for a lot of iconic music from movies and shows like “A Chorus Line” and “The Sting”. He also won a bunch of awards! The Book Center is going to show a detailed documentary of this musical master!

RPGs:

Thursday, March 3rd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00PM to 10:30PM
Indie Role-Playing Games
Indie games! Did you know that due to the Confluence of the Spheres in the Time That Went our sleepy little Happy Valley is a nexus of RPGs? At Indie RPG Night you can try interesting new games that you may have missed, including those by local creators like Dread and Apocalypse World and Questlandia!
Palmer Public Library [1455 North Main Street, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00PM to 6:00PM
RPG Club
Join fellow adventurers at Palmer Public Library to take on amazing adventures in fantastic worlds! Not certain what exactly they tend to play, but they’d sure love to have you. And if you want a quick game to pick up, we recommend locally-developed game The Dread Geas of Duke Vulku!

Science:

Wednesday, March 2nd
Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Lecture by Professor Steven Nelson, “Structural Adjustment: Mapping, Geography, and the Visual Cultures of Blackness”
Steven Nelson, the director of the UCLA African Studies Center and professor of African and African American art history at UCLA will investigate works from artists who focus on understanding African Ancestry, diaspora, and urban spaces. After the lecture, there’s a reception! Probably food too, nice.
Thursday, March 3rd
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00PM to 7:00PM
Gone With the Wind: Tracking Human Impacts on Wildlife
As we sit waiting for the inevitable Mad Max future it’s just getting more important to dedicate ourselves to bold conservation efforts to preserve what biodiversity we have left. Dr. Paul Sievert will talk about why we’re seeing so many plants and animals becoming endangered and how we can conserve everything from the most adorable little bat to the most adorable giant albatross!
CORC (3rd Floor of the Library) Hampshire College [893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00pm – 7:15pm
Bridge to Graduate School Program: Information Session
Learn about graduate school applications with the help of the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers! Students interested in pursuing graduates studies are encouraged to attend. Our advice is to think very, very hard about the exact thing that a graduate education will allow you to do, assuming that tenure will basically not exist by the time you’ve gotten out.
Saturday, March 5th
Damon Education Center, Historic Northampton [46 Bridge St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00pm
Martians and a Hole in the Sky: Amherst Astronomer David Todd
David Todd was a professor in the Valley around the turn of the last century. He built a telescope at Amherst College that was not only one of the best around in 1905 but is still around today! He was a leader in studies of the Sun’s atmosphere and the planet Mars. Professor George Greenstein will talk about the research of this interesting local scientist!
Woodbury Room, Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Introduction to Green Burial – On the Same Page Amherst
Dr. Carol Coan will introduce people to the neat idea of green burial! You’ll learn about what one is, what makes it green, and where it cfan be done! Dr. Coan is an anthropologist with a special interest in what we do with bodies after death, making the rest of this event description really make a lot of sense.

Trivia:

Thursday, March 3rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00PM to 8:30PM
Jones Library Trivia
Mark “Harpo” Power … wait, for real? Harpo? Deep cut on the nickname there. Anyway! Harpo’s going to host trivia! Enjoy the art walk, then come for trivia night! Two rounds of 15 questions a piece, suggested donation of $5, maximum 5 per team!

Video Games:

Friday, March 4th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30PM to 4:30PM
Minecraft Club
Construct! Destroy! Deconstruct! Reconstruct! It’s a wild world out there, and all you have is a shovel and also actually a ton of other fun tools you can construct and little furnishings it’s delightful. Registration is required for this event, check at the children’s desk for sign-up info. The club meets for an hour to do free play, group games, and challenges!
Sunday, March 6th
The Quarters [8 Railroad St., Hadley, MA] at 6:00pm – 9:00pm
MAKE TALK PLAY: Global Game Jam Game Demo
So the Five College Global Game Jam event hosted at Hampshire College last month was a big success! THe PVGD want to say thank you to all the people who attended and helped out by hosting a shindig and having people shocase their games! Sounds like a cool time for all.

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