May 30th – June 5th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We hope all of you are having a lovely, if incredibly hot and muggy weekend. Jump into a pool if you are able, otherwise attempt to reconcile the vehemence with which you railed against winter cold with the horror of the summer heat as is the Massachusetts way.

We just got to re-watch Captain America: Civil War at a drive in, and our verdict is that the movie is significantly improved by the addition of fried pickles. This brings up the tantalizing prospect that every movie is improved by the consumption of fried pickles! In the spirit of inquiry we have committed ourselves to a multi-year study of this phenomenon and are currently writing grants to get together the resources we need to really get to the bottom of the issue.

We also saw the Alice in Wonderland sequel, Alice: Through the Looking Glass and can say that while it too benefited from pickle-fry accompaniment it was absolutely not super interesting. Best part was probably how Anne Hathaway never moved except to glide with hands held outstretched.

We’re really excited for JiffyCon, coming up in just a couple of weeks, June 11th! We will be there with a bunch of flyers that have useful information on them for the sort of person who likes to be well-informed and excellent. We’ll also just chat with whomever comes up to our little table because we are extremely personable. See you there!

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:

Monday, May 30th
Amherst Books [8 Main St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cheney/Lawless/Power/Theoharides @ Amherst Books
A bunch of poets! Chris Cheney was born and educated in MA, and recently released his debut collection of poems: “Lay Me Low”. Amy Lawless is the author of two books of poems including “My Dead”, and collaborates with Cheney. Ali Power is the author of the book-length poem “A Poem for Record Keepers”. Halie Theohardes is coming out with her second book “Final Rose” this September!
Thursday, June 2nd
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Art Walk and Poetry Night
As always, there will be lovely art on display all night, as well as a Poetry Open Mic. The Featured Readers following the Open Mic will be Halie Theoharides, author of the chapbook “Into the Leaf Gloom”. She’s the managing editor of jubilat and the co-illustrator of the Emily Dickinson Tarot Deck, and Ann Ward, Senior Poetry Editor of Cosmonauts Avenue and Co-Curator of Springhouse Magazine and currently an MFA candidate in fiction at UMass Amherst!

Board Games:

Sunday, June 5th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Dicemasters Draft
Dicemasters is a fun looking game about rolling dice, which is probably implied by the name. Basically grab a bunch of 6-sided dies with different effects and stats on each side, and try to roll to get what you need to build a team that beats your opponent. Drafts involve picking out your dice at the event to try to maximize the potential of your team and counter your opponent!

Books:

Wednesday, June 1st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Misfits: Asperger’s/Autism Young Adult Support Group
This month, there’s going to be a discussion about John Elder Robison’s book “Look me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s”. It’s an entertaining and inspirational memoir of growing up in an unusual family, feeling different, and the dramatic changes that have happened since his being diagnosed with Asperger’s at age 40.

Entertainment:

Tuesday, May 31st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Ancient Greek Language Study Group
A weekly gather (a few weeks in) to study the Ancient Greek Language with retired professor Nicolas Gross. Study’s going to be based on Athenaze Book 1, 2nd edition. To get more info, get in touch at nicolaspgross [at] gmail [dot] com.
Wednesday, June 1st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Tiny House Northeast
Isa Bauer, Project Manager and lead designer from Tiny House Northeast will discuss the basics of planning for and owning a tiny house on wheels, both the challenges and advantages! Challenge: so small that there is barely space for you + an atom. Advantage: the most adorable form of housing!
Friday, June 3rd
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Garden Days
The prelude to the Salad Days, the Garden days are alright but not amazing really. Volunteer in the garden at the museum and create a “pollinator patch” to help out some of our local bees/hummingbirds, learn about the history of the land, and generally help make beautiful things grow!
Saturday, June 4th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Re-Frame Your Gilty Pleasures: A Hands-on Gilding Workshop with Conservator Bill Myers
Learn about the art and history of framing while learning how to gild! A selection of picture frames will be available for you to adorn. Also for real: best title we have ever seen, that’s some dedicated punnery A+ job! Space is limited! Call 413-259-3097 to register!
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Pomeroy Terrace Historic District Walking Tour
Join guide Steve Strimer for a walking introduction to the proposed new historical district! See some impressive old houses that have nifty designs and learn about the history of a place close to home! If you live in the proposed district, this is the perfect time to stage elaborate tableaux that make people think these houses are haunted!

Movies:

Saturday, June 4th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Movie Sangha – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
See a classic film, then have a nice discussion and activity afterward! Seems like it goes kind of long? Then again, there’s not really a set limit on how long you can do yoga after a film we suppose. If there’s yoga, we should say. It’s definitely an event that’s open to suggestions! Go, watch, discuss, make new friends!
Sunday, June 5th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
In Search of Israeli Cuisine
A profile of chefs, home cooks, farmers, lots of folks from the many cultures that make up Israel today. A portrait of the people who make up Israel today told through food! Students pay $4, members $6, and the public $8!

RPGs:

Thursday, June 2nd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Indie RPG Night
Are you an interesting person interested in interesting RPGs? Interesting. We’ve got a proposal for you: check out this night of fantastical RPGs that might have passed you by! It’s a great opportunity to find wonderful new games, often by local creators! This is on account of our local creators being extremely cool and good at making fun RPGs.
Saturday, June 4th
Amherst Unitarian Universalist Church [121 North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Changeling: The Lost LARP – Mind’s Eye Society
This season is all about mystical climate change! Sounds like a heck of a topic to inspire heated discussions and some intrigue. LARPs are a really fun time, and this one seems pretty low-key. Costumes are encouraged but not required. There’s a $5 site fee, but no site fee is charged for new players or for Five Colleges students! If you donate anyway, you’ll get prestige! And a warm feeling from supporting a fun thing!

Video Games:

Sunday, June 5th
The Quarters [8 Railroad St., Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY – Lightning Talks
Lightning talks! June is going to be a bunch of quick 5-minute talks about a variety of topics related to game development. It’ll be a great opportunity to learn some new things and also eat hot dogs while playing video games!

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