March 21st – March 27th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Hello all! If there’s a snowstorm tonight do not even worry about it. This is just weather, wacky New England weather. There is, we are assured, no possible manner in which meddling with that old snow globe could possibly have caused the world to rip itself free from the bonds of normal space and plunge itself into what we’re tentatively calling “the Cold Underneath”. Above all else it’s important to remember that the stars in the sky are definitely still stars and not eyes no matter how often you see them blink. Just stay indoors and keep a red candle burning on each level of your dwelling and we’re 95% certain it’ll all be cool.

Did you know that a bunch of really excellent people make things in the Valley? Of course you did. Well, we’re going to highlight a couple of them on account of them being so neat and having recently been added to the page.

The Mother of Beasts not only picked basically the most excellent possible pseudonym of all time but also makes really neat things! She creates handmade familiars like bats and mandrake roots and ghosts and gerblins and mothmans and the best part is she makes them stuffed animals so they’re a lot less gross and messy than your average familiar and they love you more than your average cat. She even individually names each one of them!

Right now they’re available for a very short time every Saturday because they’re really popular, and for good reason. Make sure to check every Saturday at noon to get your hands on one of these fantastic beasts every time the shop restocks!  The average price seems to be somewhere from $30-60, and there are usually several of the same design so you have a couple chances to grab one you love.

Next up is Pat Nietupski who’s making Legends of Fomora,a real solid fantasy webcomic. It’s about a couple kids who are attempting to complete a quest to kill a legendary beast on account of it killed the stubborn one’s dad. What makes it interesting to us is that the kids read as children. Mostly scared and out of their depth, dealing with a world in which you don’t have much choice about when your childhood ends in the best way they can.

It’s already got about a year’s backlog, and it’s building to a climax as we speak! There’s no better time to start reading. And if you like what you read, kick in to support Pat on Patreon! It’ll allow him to devote more time to his art and that sounds nice.

You should follow both Pat Nietupski and The Mother of Beasts on Twitter!

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:

Saturday, March 26th
Mead Art Musuem [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Meet at the Mead: Out to Sea! (For Families)
Throw your family into the raging sea at the Mead! Watch them as they deseperately attempt to keep themselves awaaait nope it’s a fun afternoon open house for all ages involving tours, making art, and performances about art and seafaring. Well, that’s probably safer if maybe a little less dramatic.

Board Games:

Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00pm to 8:00pm
40k Apocalypse!
40k Apocalypse! The close of a two month long campagin of the classic giant people hitting other giant people with giant gunswordchainswordgunpikes tabletop wargame! Entry fee for the league is $5, but if you’re already in it this event is free. Heck, stop by for a little while just to check out how some gigantic fights with cool looking minatures are going while you browse the store!

Books:

Tuesday, March 22nd
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Jane Sutcliffe: Will’s Words
Jane Sutcliffe will be reading from her book about how one guy’s popular plays about murder and poo jokes basically reinvented the English language in the course of trying to cheat the rhyming meter.
Gamble B, Mount Holyoke College [50 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Heather Hansen: Prophets and Moguls, Rangers and Rogues, Bison and Bears
Mount Holyoke alumnae Heather Hansen presents her new book! It’s about the National Park system! Which is all things considered a rare example of people managing to not light something beautiful on fire just to see what will happen. Learn just how hard it was to institute this wide-ranging system when it was conceived of over 100 years ago!
Wednesday, March 23rd
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Michelle Hoover: Bottomland
Michelle Hoover reads from and discusses her novel following the Hess family from World War 1 into the post-war world. While attempting to rid themselves of the anti-German sentiment that has sprung up after the war, their two youngest children vanish. Now they need to struggle to maintain what they have while piecing together what happened to their daughters.
Thursday, March 24th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tony Tulathimutte: Private Citizens: A Novel
Private Citizens is a loving satire of Millenials which sounds a lot like something you’d say before writing a completely awful satire about how young people are dummies. But according to the description on Odyssey’s site it’s “expansively intelligent and full of heart” so that probably means it’s actually got interesting things to say about how the current generation of 20-somethings is dealing with a world where they’re both priviliged in many ways and also totally SOL in many ways.
Mama Iguana’s [274 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Sci Fi Book Discussion: The City & The City
Perhaps the least outwardly strange book we’ve ever read by China Mieville, but also our favorite. A tightly written mystery that takes place in two cities that share the same physical location, it takes the sort of political structures that already exist in the modern world and just tilts them all the way into mind-bending absurdity. Absolutely interesting book that we think you should read and talk about. Be sure to join and RSVP in the meetup group! http://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/227260323/
Saturday, March 26th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 9:30am to 2:00pm
Friends of Greenfield Public Library Book Sale
Buy some books from the library at a reduced price in order to increase the total number of books you have available in your home to read or to increase the number of books a friend or relative has available to read.

Entertainment:

Thursday, March 24th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Laser Tag in the Library!
Children in grades 5th – 8th are encouraged to come simulate vaporizing each other with powerful laser blasts in the library!
Friday, March 25th
Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College [893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00am to 9:00pm
DEAFinitions: A Deaf Studies Conference
The Hampshire College ASL Collective will host a conference to provide space for people to discover and explore th emulifaceted experiences of Deaf lives. Sponsors and students will provide a space for people to celebrate Deaf culture and history along with workshops about DeafSpace architecture, Deaf education, dance, art, queer identity, and many more topics! The conference is free, but registration is required at www.tinyurl.com/deafinitions

Movies:

Monday, March 21st
FPH East Lecture Hall, Hampshire College [893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Film Screening: Muzzafarnagar Baaqi Hain (Muzzaffarnagar Eventually)
The dynamics of a riot that claimed dozens of lives and displaced tens of thousands of people in North India are explored in a thorough investigation. Many current university protests in India have been sparked by one group or another attempting to screen this documentary.
Wednesday, March 23rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00pm to 8:30pm
The Hunger Games Part Mockingjay Part 2
Did you miss the latest installment of the wildly popular YA novel on the big screen? Now’s your chance to see it on the Library’s nice big screen! Talk about how the book was better to make the librarians feel smug, they deserve it.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30pm to 8:30pm
The Rise of ISIS
Are you less interested in a movie about a fictional bloody conflict than you are a hard hitting documentary about a real conflict shaping the world today? Watch Frontline investigate the miscalculations and mistakes that led to the rise of the brutal ISIS regime in Iraq. Correspondent Martin Smith will report on how the country came undone, and what it means for the U.S. to return to fight a new war. Presented by the Northampton Committee to Stop War.

RPGs:

Saturday, March 26th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 12:30pm to 3:30pm
D&D 5th Edition
Hosted by kindly wizard Neal Robinson, this is your chance to live out a fantastic adventure with friends! You can stop by, grab a pre-made character, and get to the action right away! The best thing to do in our opinion is to pick some defining character trait and just lock on to that as your driving impetus in interactions. That way role-playing gets a little less awkward. Also! Do a voice! Everyone has a more fun time when you have a character voice.
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:00pm to 8:00pm
The Curse of Stroud 8 Hour Event!
For a mere $20, you get to hang out for 8 hours of D&D and pizza as you try to escape the DEATH HOUSE! Grab a character, join a team, and see if you can get through this puzzlebox of an adventure! You’ll fight werewolves, wolfweres, wereweres, wolfwolfs, vampires, Draculas, Frankensteins, corpse monsters built by scientists named things other than Frankenstein, all the horror hits!

Science:

Monday, March 28th
Union Station [125 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00pm to 8:00pm
SciTech Café: Engineering Plant Defenses to Fight Cancer
Come to another delightful SciTech Café to learn about the wonderful world of plantlife! How do they protect themselves? How can we exploit their ability to protect themselves in order to protect ourselves? How can we protect ourselves from the inevitable retaliation these clever plants unleash upon we theiving mammals? Professor Susan Roberts – head of Chemical Engineering at WPI – will explain!

Video Games:

Tuesday, March 22nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Minecraft Group
Contact Bev Bullock via whatever means available to you. For some, simple blood-scry will suffice. Others posted to more distant membranes will have to rely on the elusive crystalline singing spiders whose favor can be gained only by losing a part of what makes one human. Then, talk about this club to play Minecraft in the Greenfield Room! Probably bring your own computer, probably it is for children!
MYSTERY LOCATION at 1:00pm to 2:00pm
GlowLime Games: Ryan Canuel from Petricore Games
Ryan Canuel, CEO of Petricore Games, comes to speak about the indie development processa nd how to transition from a small team of student game developers to a fully fledged studio. Hosted by GlowLime Games, the Pioneer Valley Game Developers, and the Hampshire Tech Entrepreneurship Fund. Go check it out if you’re at all interested in producing a game!

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