September 12th – September 18th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Our friends got married yesterday! It was wonderful and we think they are both the best, good job friends! They’re both very smart and very cool and this is the start of a beautiful marriage. Hooray for love and large parties with a lot of strange traditional elements!

We had an amazing time playing the COIN game Falling Skies this weekend and it was pretty neat! It went a ton faster than we’re used to with COIN, in part because we absolutely annihilated an overconfident Caesar, setting off a series of events that ironically wound up costing us a victory since it made it impossible for the Romans to mess with the competing Gallic tribes. Delightful game!

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out our Patreon and 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:

Tuesday, September 13th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Conversations on a Bench featuring David E. Little
Talk to a man who runs a museum about art and life and we’re not saying you should do this but what if you just went down that list of questions to fall in love? http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/fashion/no-37-big-wedding-or-small.html
Thursday, September 15th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
2016 Amherst Poetry Festival Day One
Woo boy, lots of stuff here. There’s a poem scavenger hunt, there’s a poetry walk about death that also includes a free doughnut, then there’s a poem open mic along with featured readers Karen SKofield, Eric Wasileski and Adam Grabowski. More details at https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/amherstpoetryfestival
Friday, September 16th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM
2016 Amherst Poetry Festival Day Two
Again! Tons of stuff! There’s a panel presented by local collective Slate Roof Press about poetry of home and exile. Then the Center for Humanistic Inquiry will present “Poems of displacement”. Then there’s going to be after-dark poems with Donald Vincent otherwise known as Mr. Fantastic’s cool brother Mr. Hip. Then finally, a Poetry Slam at Bistro 63! So much to do! More information here: https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/amherstpoetryfestival
Saturday, September 17th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Marathon
All of Emily Dickinson’s 1,789 poems will be read, starting at 6am. This will take 14+ hours. It seems like maybe someone made a bet? Or like is this how they keep her vengeful ghost contained? Yeesh. Wow. Welp, it’s definitely a good way to remember a great poet and hear some of her work! Like any particular piece. Because this is all of them!

Board Games:

Saturday, September 17th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
There are four sections: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Round one starts promptly at 10am, and there are trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each section. Entry is free! Bring a chess set and a clock if you’ve got them, and a bagged lunch. Be the coolest person there by bringing 10 chess clocks.
Sunday, September 18th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Heroclix!
New week, new team: this time you must construct your team entirely of people who have one larger limb. That’s right, it’s going to be like Hellboy and then exclusively asymmetrically designed 90’s characters almost all from Rob Liefield!

Books:

Sunday, September 11th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
The Poet and the Bard
Find out more about the relationship between Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson! She took inspiration from his work to such a degree that it’s hard to understate, and from her love of his work became more engaged with her own impulse toward poetry. Admission is $15 for nonmember adults, $10 for members, and $5 for students K-12
Thursday, September 15th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Affinity Konar, author of Mischling, in conversation with editor Lee Doudreaux
Affinity Konar, whose book Mischling is about twin sisters who fight to survive the evils of the second world war will speak to Lee Boudreaux about the more obscure mechanics and secrets of the Final Fantasy series just kidding no it’s probably about the book Mischling which sounds both terrifying and inspiring. Anthony Doerr calls it “One of the most harrowing, powerful, and imaginative books of the year”!
Saturday, September 17th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Peace and Justice in Children’s Books at the Greenfield Public Library
The GPL and the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice celebrate International Peace Day with children’s books! Patricia Hynes will speak about this collaboration, Kat Lyons will read aloud from some books, and you’ll have refreshments! Delightful day for the whole family.

Card Games:

Sunday, September 18th
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant St., #B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier – Dublin 2017
The winner of this PPTQ will qualify for the Regional Pro Tour Qualifier and a chance to play in the first Pro Tour of 2017 and possibly to qualify for the Pre-Pre-qualifier where you can almost qualify to qualify to place in the 2018 ULTRA TOUR. It’s $30 with a cash pay-out based on attendance, decklists required, $30 entry fee!

Comic Books:

Sunday, September 11th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Comic Creator’s Jam
Get together with your fellow creative types to discuss the business and the art of making comics! Lots of locals have done some really impressive and interesting artwork and they’re happy to talk to you about what works for them! Plus you get to play fun drawing games to get the creative juices flowing and you’ll probably make a friend!

Community:

Tuesday, September 13th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Writing a Resume
Writing a resume is terrifying and there’s not really a 100% correct way to do it. Get some help. For real, if not this then ask your friends. But like, this one is probably a good place to start if you’re beginning the process. Good luck!

Computers:

Wednesday, September 14th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
Dev teams! Are you an Agile team? Do you want to be one? Come to share and learn! There’s a show and tell focus this month, where people will show their current agile-ish processes followed by some Q&A and discussion. Last Call Media, Queen Lake Consulting and Knectar, the company founded and staffed entirely by hummingbirds, will all be in attendance to show you what’s up!

Entertainment:

Thursday, September 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator: The Castle on the Hill with Dylan Gaffney and Elise Bernier-Feely
Forbes Library was dedicated October 23rd, 1894 and nicknamed the “Castle on the Hill”. See images of the building, collections, and staff and share your own memories of the library! Find out how the library managed to fend off the Mirror-Ships of the Shifting Realms! Discover the secret of the statue that weeps tears of blood whenever an animal is harmed on the grounds of the library! See where the defense mech is stored! An educational experience indeed!
Friday, September 16th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
14th Anniversary Party
Happy birthday to Modern Myths! A party is in order! Food, soft drinks, vegan cupcakes, and door prizes for everyone! Also a GRAND PRIZE of a Lifetime VIP pass that comes with $140 in store credit!
Saturday, September 17th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Leather and Wool: Early Industries in the Lost Village of Roberts Meadow by John Clapp
John Clapp will talk about his forthcoming book, “The Lost Village of Roberts Meadow”, focusing on the rise and fall of this mysterious village’s wool and leather industries. While the village’s early days in the pocket dimension next to ours were prosperous, they had a real hard time as the Bargheist attacks grew more frequent, making the Leather Trees and Wool Dragons harder to harvest from.
Sunday, September 18th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
From Northampton to the Boundry Waters
Take in the beauty of the Connecticut River in a 16-person Dragon Boat and fight off the mer-people that populate it using the on-board Dragon Cannons, high score gets a t-shirt! You’ll also learn about the natural and cultural history of the river with Betsy Powell, founder of Paradise City Dragon Boat, and Laurie Sanders, co-director of Historic Northampton and naturalist!

Kids:

Thursday, September 15th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Laser Tag at the Library!
Lasers! Lasers in the hands of children. This is what we’ve come to, having our youth vaporize each other for our entertainment. I can’t believe libraries are in support of this but we can do nothing but inform you of the terrible truth. Write your congressperson to ask them to end child-vaporizing!
Saturday, September 17th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
David Soman, The Monster Next Door
From the creator of Ladybug Girl and Three Bears in a Boat, this funny and endearing tale of friendship is perfect for fans of The Adventures of Beekle, but absolutely NOT a good fit for fans of any other book. It’s a real specific niche audience. Have fun with your kids learning about a silly monster and a boy becoming friends, becoming enemies, and… becoming friends again? It’s almost too beautiful to hope for.

Movies:

Wednesday, September 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Summer Stock on the Silver Screen: Meet Me in Saint Louis
Judy Garland, Tom Drake, Margret O’Brien, and other names that aren’t Judy Garland so we don’t recognize them make this a musical that’s hard to beat! It’s about… singing mostly. St Louis probably comes up? But likely that’s a distant second to having attractive people with nice voices sing about life and love!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
All Guantanamo is Ours
The Cuban story of Guantanomo, as told by Cubans. Cuban perspectives on a US military base in their territory, occupied by the US since 1903 and used as a convenient point for extradition despite ostensibly being enemy territory. This is a free film screening followed by discussion. Learn more about a topic that you’ve likely got a real surface-level understanding of despite like a decade and a half of recognizing the name Guantanomo.
Friday, September 16th
Amherst Cinema [28 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
Cowboy Bebop is a fine show with some smooth as heck designs and a killer soundtrack that all the neat folks like. The movie isn’t as good as the show! But it’s fun! Plus it’s on a big screen. We like that Cowboy Bebop made the show’s universe feel large even though it was all in the Solar system. Kind of like Firefly. Kind of like Firefly in a LOT of ways!
Sunday, September 18th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
For the Love of Spock
A look at the late, great Leonard Nimoy and his most beloved character, Mr. Spock! Written and directed by Leonard Nimoy’s son Adam, and narrated by Zachary Quinto, it includes interviews with both the original cast members and the new series cast members! Spock is delightful. He’s so emotionless and cold except like every other scene. Students $4, Members $6, and general admission $8!

RPGs:

Saturday, September 17th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM
D&D Storm King’s Thunder GIANT ADVENTURE
An all-day D&D mega-adventure as you take part in a special excursion against the giants! It’s $20 per player for a full day of gaming including pizza and a soft drink. You need to register and pre-pay ASAP to guarantee a spot, though! There’s a limit of 15! Also, you shouldn’t fight giants they’re so big.
Sunday, September 18th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
7th Sea RPG
The 7th Sea RPG! Set sail and be an adventure-pirate! Wear your ruffliest shirt! RUFFLIER! Yes, now you’re ready. Buckle up your swashes and try to steer toward the fun-rogue side of piracy instead of the deprivation-and-terror side of things. Oh, although you could totally make this like a horror RPG, crew all slowly losing hope as food goes low and the wind dies, strange sounds below deck… oh! Or just straight up a Sunless Sea campaign!

Science:

Monday, September 12th
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo
The best thing you can possibly do with your night! It’s got the most charming and personable human being in the Valley hosting it so that’s a big draw and also this week they’re pairing Language and Weather, the Natural Couple That We All Agree Makes Sense! We’ve got linguist Brian Dillon talking about how we hear what we want to hear and then we’ve got weather enthusiast Jasper Lapienski talking about the local weather, using data going back hundreds of years! That’s right the Valley knew future nerds would want to know about the weather so they got on that quickly.

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