April 18th – April 24th

The Valley Nerd Watch!

We’re pretty sure you already know this but we just want to take a second to say that Broadside Bookshop are good people.

We hate to admit it, but we became poor readers over the past few years. We wound up using our personal time in grad school mostly to play videogames until our eyes bled, and as fun as that is it just doesn’t usually give the same sort of intellectual thrill a decent book provides. Nor does it do much to improve your vocabulary. Though we do have Crusader Kings II to thank for teaching us way more about lines of succession than we’ll ever need to know, and also Zunism.

So we’re making a concerted effort to devour books as we used to, starting with two sort of horror-ish we’re pretty sure books by Peter Clines: “14” and “The Fold”. They’re both centered on “lots of odd little things build up to something something the world’s in danger” and we’re into that, though it remains to be seen if either manage to stick the landing. Being compared to Lost is both a compliment and a warning.

Our initial assumption was that we’d grab them off Amazon because it’s the default. But we figured it wasn’t a bad idea to check our local shops. Turns out, Broadside works as a more convenient Amazon that also gives us an excuse to step out of work for a coffee! Check out their site to search the catalog, order stuff, and either ship things to you at a decent rate (free for anything over $25) or just have them hold them in the store. Heck you can even delay payment until you pick them up, and you get a danged phone call when they’re all set.

It’s kind of silly to be bowled over by this, but it was a nice reminder that part of what we like about the Valley are all the independent operators doing what they can to provide useful services.

Also a brief review of The Witcher 3 which we’ve been playing for what feels like a decade: this game is good and pretty but holy heck could it use maybe 1/5 of the stuff. Too much of the things that the game makes a point of showing your are just fluff. We gave up diving the depths for the Witcher equivalent of $5 and some buttons a while back, and the map is still chock-full of little ?s. A focus on the main story broken up by contracts would make a lot more sense.

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!



Monday, April 18th
FPH East Lecture Hall, Hampshire College [893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The Poetics of Queer Futurity: A Reading with Poet and Novelist Andrea Lawlor
Andrea Lawlor got an MFA at UMass Amherst and teaches writing at Mount Holyoke. She edits fiction for Fence and her work has appeared in literary journals. Join her for a night of poetry!
Wednesday, April 20th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
In Celebration of Emily Dickinson: A Reading with Jane Yolen and Burleigh Muten
People who enjoy poetry boy do we have an event for you. A free reading from works about Emily Dickinson by two local authors! Jany Yolen is the author of “My Uncle Emily” and “The Emily Sonnets, The Life of Emily Dickinson” and Burleigh Muten is the author of “Miss Emily”. Both of them are going to get some awards which is nice for them and you should clap and then they’re going to let you in on some secrets about one of the most influential and interesting artists to ever make a home in the Valley.

Board Games:

Tuesday, April 19th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Game Night
Games! Games can be anything, really. From hoop-and-stick to stick-and-hoop to hoops-on-the-ground you can use almost any comindation of rounded and straightened sticks to have a good time! It’s possible there exist other games that somehow use non-hooped items to generate fun, but we’ve not heard of them. Bring your hoop and your stick to the Game Night at Palmer and impress your new friends!


Tuesday, April 19th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Magdalena Gomez, author of ‘Shameless Woman’
An evening of poetry with a local author! Her newest collection has been praised by a lot of folks, and she’s been a performance poet, playwright, and keynote speaker since the 70’s. That means this will be a good show of some great work.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children’s Book Writers Group
Do you write books for children? Do you WANT to write books for children, like you’re working on it but maybe not professionally employed? Talk to other people about it! Talk about what makes a good children’s book, talk about what it takes to get published, trade ideas, trade critiques, basically make yourself better by helping others! The best of times.
Wednesday, April 20th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Shel Horowitz, author of Guerilla Marketing to heal the World: Combining Principles and Profit to Create the World We Want
Learn from author Shel Horowitz about how you can potentially leverage capitalism to cause actually good things to happen but hey worst-case you make a faustian bargain to make money while abandoning your every principle. But for real! This is something we think about a lot, worth finding out if there’s useful advice.
Thursday, April 21st
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Daniel Czitrom, author of New York Exposed: The Gilded Age Police Scandal that Launched the Progressive Era
A local author! Mount Holyoke history professor Daniel Czitrom talks about the first major crusade to clean up Gotham, before Batman started his poorly planned bat-based scheme. He goes into great detail to provide the full story of how the effort to root out crooked cops and politicians became a more throrough reckoning of everything that New York had come to mean.
Friday, April 22nd
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Sujani Reddy, Author of Nursing and Empire: Gendered Labor and Migration from India to the United States
Professor Sujani Reddy will discuss her recent interdisciplinary study about the lives of Indian nurses whose careers have unfolded in the contexts of empire, migration, familial relations, race, and gender. Reddy shows how the nursing profession developed against a complex backdrop of imperialism in India. After WW2, facing limited work at home, a growing number of nurses migrated from India to the US during the Cold War.
Saturday, April 23rd
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Lisa Yee, Wonder Woman at Super Hero High
The Odyssey is SUPER excited to welcome SUPER author Lisa “SUPER” Yee to the SUPER store! Oh gosh we can’t keep that up. Check out a fresh take on Wonder Woman’s origin, where she’s a teenager and therfore more directly relatable as she solves problems familiar to you, the youth! The event is for kids 8+, but young and old, superfans and convert, are welcome to join in on the SUPER fun!


Monday, April 18th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Queers in Comics & Games
A discussion group for those of you who are interested in comics and games, and therefore probably the store that sells both comics and games. The focus is on queer/LGBTQIA+ representation in comics and gaming, and the conversation is lovely! Make new friends, find out about cool things to read and play, have a good time! Admission is $5, but you get it back immediately as store credit.


Monday, April 18th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Configuration Management – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
Join up at the meetup  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! He’ll also talk about about and give demos of the most popular alternatives to Ansible: Chef, Puppet, and SaltStack!
Thursday, April 21st
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
April 2016 Western Mass Drupal Users Group
Topics: D8 Theming. They’re looking for people to present, particularly on ‘recipes’, how you created functionality on a particular proect. If you want to present, just let them know at the group


Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
Preservation of family papers with Archivist Julie Bartlett Nelson! Examples and options will be presented about how to preserve papers and photos from your family. Probably these techniques work on paper items not related to family, but we can’t guarantee it. Also there are cookies! Delightful.


Wednesday, April 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Easy Rider
The Forbes Film Club brings a free screening of the 84th best American film, Easy Rider! Why not just play the #1 best American film every night? It’s the best, we’re wasting time with the 84th best. Hmph. Well, anyway, Easy Rider is about two counterculture bikers having a road trip that is very difficult and sad. If you like this film, absolutely do not look for the sequel!
Friday, April 22nd
Amherst Cinema [28 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Big in Japan: Akira
Akira! It’s kind of terrifying and violent but it’s also so well-constructed that it broke into the larger culture of the US like almost no other anime before or since. See it for the first time on the big screen! It’s going to be pretty amazing, folks. We’re going!


Wednesday, April 20th
CSI Faculty Lounge, Hampshire College [893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Oral History Symposium: Power, History, & Agency from Below
Featuring speakers and topics as varied as: Dykee Gorrell, From Shackles to More Shackles: The 500 Year Holocaust and the Fight for Black Lives, Jane Pierre: Blackness in Red, White, and Blue: Listening to Black Seventh-day Adventists Immigrants, Grace Ramsay: The New Generation: Voices of the Lesbian Herstory Archives Young Volunteers, Lily Sarosi: Rumbling Noise and Looking Out the Window: An Oral History of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, and Anastatia Spicer: Tracing Feeling: Silent Betrayal and Sexual Violence in Queer Communities. Interesting speakers discussing important topics.
Thursday, April 21st
FPH Main Lecture Hall, Hampshire College [893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Will Paris Make a Difference? Living with Climate Change
The 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris ended with an agreement that some are calling a great diplomatic success and others a beacon of false hope. Professor Dale Jamieson of NYU will outline some of the challenges ahead.
Saturday, April 23rd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
My Buried Life: Adelene Moffat in Crete, 1903
From 1889 to 1907, Adelene Moffat was the moving spirit of the Home Culture Clubs, a social project founded in Northampton by George Cable. She was a lesbian woman, a social service pioneer, a painter, a civil rights activist, and a world traveller. Basically she makes us feel significantly less cool, she’s cool. In 1903 she moved to Crete to work as an archaeological artist in Crete, basically acting as a pre-camera photographer of artifacts. Yeesh that sounds like a great gig. Check out some of her paintings and learn more about her from Senior Lecturer at Northwester Frances Freeman Paden, who’s writing a biography of her!
Sunday, April 24th
Garonzik Auditorium, Deerfield Academy [7 Boyden Ln, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The Line of Forts: An Eighteenth Century DEW Line
Right, get it? Haha wow that’s a heck of a spot-on summation of how the Line of Forts worked. It was basically like the DEW line but in the 18th century! What’s that? You doubt we know what either of those mean? Hm. You’re a real perceptive sort. Alright give us a minute with wikipedia. Ahhhh okay we get it now. The DEW Line was the Distant Early Warning Line, a system of radar installations along the Arctic during the Cold War and the Line of Forts was that, but during the French-Indian War only without any technology beyond like… wood. Learn more at the Deerfield Academy!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
“From off my Father’s Tree!” Apples of New England and the Dickinson Family Orchard
The Dickinsons grew a lot of the produce they ate, which because this is New England meant some danged excellent apples. Pomologist and former executive director of the New England Apple Association Russell Powell will lecture at the museum about the tradition of apple growing and provide a tour of the newly restored Dickinson family orchard! Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for members, and $5 for k-12 students.

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