April 4th – April 10th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


This is a late one on account of our needing to take last-ditch action against the Dread Winter! It was a heck of a fight but we have good news! It’s only going to be freezing cold for another couple of months. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel!

Remember that NEXT Monday, April 11th, is going to be another excellent Nerd Nite! There are two great speakers this month and we’re excited to have them. We’ve got Max Price, an anthropologist who’s going to discuss ancient livestock practices in the Middle East with a particular focus on pig husbandry. We also have Muira McCammon, who’s going to discuss the topic of her M.A., the Guantanomo Bay Detainee Library.

You should read the comic “The Anchor and Owl“! It’s by a local and it’s neat. It centers around a young woman fleeing something terrible who takes a position as the innkeeper of the Anchor and Owl Inn. The inn is more mysterious than it might seem, though! Lots of characters and situations and mystery. It’s still just at the start, but that just means you can say you got in on the ground floor!

Also we just read this rather distressing article that’s worth reading if you’re into these hobbies: Tabletop Gaming has a White Male Terrorism Problem.

Annnd finally we kind of totally missed ConBust on account of nothing more than our thinking it was supposed to be in May. We hope it was lovely and everyone had a fun time. ConBust is pretty great! Sorry!

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, April 6th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Submissions and Revisions
A free drop-in group gathering to polish and send out submissions of work to literary magazines, agents, and editors! It’s a tough process that’s made a lot easier with a bunch of pals around to give you support.
Thursday, April 7th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Art Walk and Poetry Night
A free art exhibit, open mic, and poetry reading! Held in conjunction with the Amherst Art Walk.
Friday, April 8th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Superheroes of Art and Nature is the threme for the 4pm – 6pm art making session, during which you can create an Earth Day superhero! Also you can just see a cool art museum for free, so that’s great too!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Jewelry Making Class
Join Cindy Bennett in a jewelry making class, where you’ll learn to make everything from earrings to bracelets! Please sign up in advance at the library. Also wait until you get home to enchant the jewlery, the magical energies released attract specters and ghouls.
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children of the Game: Northampton Little League Baseball Portraits
Check out some photos of super intense little league players at Arts Night Out with Robert Aller’s new exhibit!
Saturday, April 9th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Art Walk/APB Show
Art Walk Easthampton means that Comics N’ More will host art that you can walk around and look at. This month the creators of the comic collection Against Police Brutality, or APB. All proceeds from the sale of APB will go toward the Innocence Project.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Jones Library Makerspace (Ages 8-12)
The ongoing Makerspace program gives children a place to explore with a lot of tools and techniques in order to create awesome things! Pre-register in the youth room!
Sunday, April 10th
Florence Civic Center [90 Park St., Florence, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Edible Books
So this is a weird little event that is wonderful. Basically people cook food or prepare food or whatnot up some food that is somehow representative of a book whether directly or via some intervening theme. Also you get to eat them! Entry fee is $10 to enter a book, $5 to attend the event.

Board Games:

Saturday, April 9th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Tabletop Gaming Day
Take your favorite game to this pleasant and private community room and meet up with fellow players! They tend to do Catan-style Euro games, but bring whatever tickles your fancy! They’re friendly, they’ll be happy to give it a shot.

Books:

Tuesday, April 5th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Indira Viswanathan Peterson: Arjuna and the Hunter
Author Indira Peterson is going to speak about the difficulties of translating an ancient Sanskrit poem for 21st century readers. She’ll also be talking about the story itself and the impact of Harvard University Press’s new Indian classics in translation series, the Murty Classical Library of India. There’s also a reception with Indian snacks!
Wednesday, April 6th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Paul Mariani: The Whole Harmonium
Paul Mariani will discuss his new biography of Wallace Stevens. Who we will fully admit we just ofund out is one of the most important American poets of the 20th century. We should probably read more poetry. Interestingly Stevens was an insurance exec in Connecticut back when the state was The Center of the Insurance World. He didn’t publish his first poems until he was 44. Should be interesting to hear about!

Comics:

Sunday, April 10th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Comic Creator’s Jam
Do you create art in the form of comics? Do you create art, and think comics are fun? Hang out with a bunch of other artists at a big table and have fun drawing and talking and sharing pictures of Gundams. It’s like being at a cool camp for a few hours.

Computers:

Monday, April 4th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Configuration Management – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
Join up at the meetup [http://www.meetup.com/nohowebdev/events/229787156/] to discuss configuration management with the Digital Repositories Team Lead/DevOps Team Member Gavin Morris of Common Media Inc. He’ll talk about his decision to use Ansible and show off some demos!
Tuesday, April 5th
Amherst Media [246 College St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Western Mass CiviCRM Meetup
Do you use CiviCRM or have any interest in using it? Then talk to these people! Open to everyone, regardless of skill level or experience! What is CiviCRM? It’s an open source Constituent Relationship Management software geared toward the needs of non-profit and other civic organizations!
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Talk to coders and web designers and all the sorts of kindly folks who make the web not so terrible to take a look at! They will explain the best possible time to deploy the [blink] tag!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, April 6th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
ABCs of Genealogy With Dave Robison
Do you want to know where your family is from? Do you want to know why the sea calls to you? Do you want to know why you dream of cyclopean altars calm beneath the waves, raditiating a terrible energy? Do you want to know why your eyes bleed at high altitudes? Come talk to Dave Robison!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
David Polansky: Music Through the Ages
Is he playing music? Is he discussing music? Is he doing both? What kind of music? All of it? Some of it? Is he the Source of music? We know the answers to none of these questions, because the whole of the description is just “music through the ages”. Solve the mystery for us, dear readers!
Saturday, April 9th
Mama Iguana’s [274 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Meet and Greet (new members welcome!)
Meet new people! Make new friends! Friends who like sci-fi a ton! Hang out at the private room in Mama Iguana’s and chit-chat about whatever it is you find most interesting. Odds are someone else in the group will also find that interesting! In this way you will forge a lasting friendship!
The David Ruggles Center [225 Nonotuck St, Northampton, MA 01062] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Northampton Association Walking Tour
Take a look at the historic places in Northampton with knowledgeable guides! Possibly. We know literally nothing about this but the title. Could be they take you on a tour of the history of walking.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
UMass Quidditch
Remember that game from Harry Potter that explicitly did not make any reasonable sense and was designed around allowing the protagonist to be decisive in every match? Play that with other people only none of you fly! It’s pretty much guaranteed to be a bit silly and fun.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Forbes Doctor Who Club
Doctor Who? The Doctor, of course! Hahaha make that joke every 3 minutes and you will be the toast of the Doctor Who Club. All are welcome to come talk and watch Doctor Who!
Sunday, April 10th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Talk: The New World Haggadah with Ilan Stavans
Author and scholar Ilan Stavans talks about his noew book, a contemporary Haggadah that focuses on the Jewish experience from Moses to the Americas. What’s a Haggadah? It’s the text recited at a Passover Seder, including the story of Exodus.
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Bookshop Music Session: Sugar Foot Singers
Music in the bookstore! Pandemonium! Terror! Fun creative live music surrounded by nice books. If you buy a ticket you’ll get an extra 20% off in-store purchases beginning an hour before the performance. It’s $10 for general admission, $6 for students and seniors.

RPGs:

Thursday, April 7th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Indie RPG Night
Indie RPGs! Do you like D&D? You’ll love these small and interesting games that explore areas D&D fears to tread! Do you not like D&D? Yeah also this you’ll like this too. Do you not know what D&D is? This’ll still be fun!

Science:

Monday, April 4th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Meet Percy: Therapy Dog Extraordinaire
Percy Jackson is a therapy dog who visits teens and adults in the community with his owner Cathy Beck. He’s a 6 year-old Border Collie who has a bunch of training to work as a therapy dog and a service dog for Cathy who’s legally blind. He’s pretty frigging cute too! Learn how he’s been trained to work as a therapy dog in this free chance to meet a cute smart dog that does lots of cool stuff!
APH Lobby, Hampshire College [893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Jay McClelland on Cognitive Science and Deep Learning
Explore the exciting new science on the horrifying homonculi we’re building to replace us no matter how vehement our screamed protestations become! Learn about how machines might begin to take advantage of human learning techniques, and what differences may remain between us and machines once SkyNet comes online. Mostly about how our weak bones will be comparatively easy for iron-people to snap?
FPH West Lecture Hall, Hampshire College [893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Heidi Feldman Talk – Redesigning Health Care for Children with Disabilities
In a talk focusing on how to improve the lives of children with disabilities, Professor Heidi Feldman will disuss the limitations of traditional health-care approaches to chronic disabilities and offer alternatives that can help children lead better lives. Sounds nifty!
Wednesday, April 6th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
When the Road Came Through: How Construction of I-91 Changed Western Massachusetts
An enormous number of miles of road were constructed as a result of the Interestate Highway Plan from the 50’s to the 70’s. It changed things a lot. Learn how a new highway cutting across the farms and towns of Western Massachusetts changed a heck of a lot about how the Valley works from historian Barry Deitz’s illustrated talk! It’s free and open to all and refreshments will be served!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Discovering New England’s Stone Walls
Kevin Garnder will give an informal talk about the main topics of his book “The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls” The basic technique is hitting a stone with a plow, going “God’s teeth! This is horrible! Farming in this area is the hardest and worst!” Then wrenching the stone out of the ground and tossing it onto the wall that’s being built next to you as you go. He’ll build a miniature one to show the techniques off!
Thursday, April 7th
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe – Fast & Furious: Physical Extremes of Animal Movement
When we think about extremes of animal movement usually it’s cheetahs. Basically it is always cheetahs. But they’re slowpokes compared to… JELLYFISH? But for real we had no idea, that’s neat. Learn about the downsides to life at highway speeds, and what we can learn by studying these animals with Zanne Cox at the OEB Science Cafe!

Video Games:

Saturday, April 9th
Prescott Tavern, Hampshire College [893 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
GlowLime Games: Pitch & Interest Meeting
Hear about the Hampshire student game development studio GlowLime Games! Pitch a game, get involved with the projects they’re already doing, and meet dedicated game devs!

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