October 24th – October 30th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


The Spooky Month comes to a close this week! Well, almost. Make the most of it! Watch scary movies! Tell scary stories! Play a lot of Dread with your friends, because it’s by a local creator!

This week we called on our lovely readers to head to Comics N’ More to help them out through a trying time and we’d like to reiterate that! Basically they got double-charged, that’s a huge deal when you’re a small business, and it’d help them to have some people go buy things from them. Well. It would always help them if you bought stuff from them, but the point is it would be a particularly welcome bit of help right now.

Also! We just got to play two new games we’d like to talk about: Captain Sonar and 80 Days, they share very little in common.

Captain Sonar is a game for up to 8 players and is basically real-time battleship with some extra twists and a job for each player? We kind of liked it but kind of found it to be like… we thought it might be a talky excitement game and because of the fact that it’s important to deny information to the other team, it winds up being more quiet and serious than other games of that sort we’ve played. It was neat and we want to try again

80 Days is a choose-your-own-adventure style game about travelling around the world in 80 days and it’s awesome! It’s been out for a while but we hadn’t given it a shot yet and it’s just really really danged interesting. The little stories are always intriguing and the constant forward momentum provides a neat backdrop for not just constantly exploring until you’ve exhausted all of the writing.

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:

Wednesday, October 26th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 12:15 PM to 1:00 PM
When in Rome Gallery Talk
Anna Lee, Postdoctoral Fellow & Lecturer in History of Photography, Smith College; Explore how different approaches in depicting monuments affect viewer experience of works of art in the exhibition, and the ways photography in the 19th century created particular conditions for image-making and interpretation. It’s always interesting how photographic methods influence photographic interpretation!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Closing Reception for Animation Art by Sachio Cook
Sachio Cook is an animator from Yamagata, Japan and Queens, NY who is currently based in Northampton. She earned her BFA in Traditional Animation from the School of Visual Arts in 2011 and has since been working in the animation industry. Notable credits as an animator include Disney XD’s Motorcity and Adult Swim’s Superjail! and China IL, see her work and have a nice reception at the same time!

Board Games:

Sunday, October 30th
Comics N’ More at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Heroclix
This week, we recommend that you create a team entirely of people whose power requires a specific passphrase to activate!

Books:

Wednesday, October 26th
Holyoke Community College in the Leslie Phillips Forum at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ilan Stavans, author of Words in Transit: Stories of Immigrants
Words in Transit collects the personal stories of almost thirty people who’ve made the Happy Valley their home! They were recorded by New England Pulbic Radio, and the lovely book showcases photographic portraits by Beth Reynolds.
Yiddish Book Center at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Jonathan Safran Foer, Here I Am
A novel about a family in Washington D.C. dealing with their own crises and personal problems as a war in the Middle East escalates. It’s one of those dramatic novels about marriages that people seem to dig.
Thursday, October 27th
Packards at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Book Discussion + Dinner
A classic of science fiction by legendary author Philip K. Dick, about what it means to be human as well as what it means to be a person. It’s probably the most straightforwardly effective of Dick’s books in our opinion. Less vibrantly psychedelic than a lot of his works, but really interesting and forward-thinking.
Friday, October 28th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
The Common at the Mead
The Common literary magazine welcomes parents, students and the general public for a cocktail hour reception. Join them for wine, snacks and brief readings from newly released Issue 12 as well as Issue 11: Tajdeed, The Common’s special issue of translated Arabic fiction. All readings will be in English. Pick up a copy of Issue 12, with artwork by Rico Gatson.
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Toad and Snake, Mushrooms and Bats: A Halloween Walk and Evergreens Tarot Readings
A Halloween walk followed by Tarot readings from the Emily Dickinson Tarot deck! Emily Dickinson was always into toads, snakes, mushrooms, bats, winter, and all that spooky jazz! You can share in her celebration of otherworldly weirdness! Tickets are $13 per person, $7 for Museum members. Reserve your ticket here. 
Saturday, October 29th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Middle-Grade Halloween Panel with Erin Petti (The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee) and Natasha Lowe (The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel
Witches, ghosts, magic, awesome novels, and a COSTUME CONTEST! Best witch and best ghost each get a reward! Each author will be there to talk about their books and just about the magic of Halloween in general!

Community:

Tuesday, October 25th AND Wednesday, October 26th
Robert Crown Center, Hampshire College at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
19th Annual Eqbal Ahmad Symposium
Hampshire has asked panelists to address the kinds of activism that have surged in response to the constant confrontation with police violence and the racialized system of injustice, how the communities they work with are experiencing and responding to this moment, and how they view its significance. Seems like a worthwhile way to get some important perspectives!

Entertainment:

Monday, October 24th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
An Introduction to American Indian Music
Craig Harris, author of Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow: American Indian Music, presents an exciting multimedia journey into North America’s soundscape! Should be interesting music!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
An Introduction to American Indian Music
Craig Harris, author of Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow: American Indian Music, presents an exciting multimedia journey into North America’s soundscape! Should be interesting music!
Tuesday, October 25th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Introduction to American Indian Music
Craig Harris, author of Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow: American Indian Music, presents an exciting multimedia journey into North America’s soundscape, again!
Springfield Public Forum at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Farnoosh Torabi
The host of CNBC’s Follow the Leader and monthly financial contributor to O, The Oprah Magazine, as well as the host of the daily podcast So Money will be in town to talk to you about financial management strategies that will give you the comforting illusion that you’re in charge despite the fact that most financially relevant events will be out of your control.
Wednesday, October 26th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Fandom Club
Fans! Are you a fan of anything? Any particular property, object, color, concept, vague sense of identity? Join a Fandom meetup where you can talk about all your favorite things with other people who are big fans of either those or other things!
Thursday, October 27th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ghost Story Open Mic
Do you have a spine-chilling ghost tale to tell? Do you want to spookify a whole group of folks? They’re going to dim the lights and share stories of the paranormal and unexplained! If you’re actually a ghost, this is like PRIME time for you to scare a ton of people wicked easily.
Sunday, October 30th
Yiddish Book Center at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Breath in a Ram’s Horn: The Jewish Spirit in Classical Music, with Daniel Asia
Composer, conductor, professor, and activist Daniel Asia talks about the origins of Yiddish song in Eastern European culture, its continuation on the American scene in the music of Yiddish composer Lazar Weiner, and its influence on Asia’s own award-winning music. The admission cost is $8 for a student, $10 for a member, and $12 for general admission.

History:

Tuesday, October 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Dear Florrie… Letters to N. Perry, Maine
In 2014 the Historical Society of Pembroke, Maine received a stash of nearly 900 letters “discovered” in a nearby garage.  Sent to Florence Lyman during the summer months between 1898 and 1932 primarily from Northampton family and friends, the letters offer unusual insight into local lives in transition. Ask them the story of the person who … stole and stashed hundreds of letters? What the heck?
Wednesday, October 26th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Paying the Price for Peace: the Story of S. Brian Wilson
Paying the Price for Peace: the Story of S. Brian Wilson :  Vietnam veteran S. Brian Willson was run over and nearly killed by a military train during a non-violent protest in 1987. Since then, he has not stopped protesting the US government’s continual decisions to wage war. This is a free film screening followed by a discussion, hosted by Northampton Peace and Social Justice.

Kids:

Tuesday, October 25th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Cat in the Hat for President

Join the Odyssey Bookshop and Jenny Powers of the Springfield Museums in a night of art, politics, and seussical rhyme! This program is aimed at grades K-3, or anyone who needs to work through their emotion about the election which at this point we think is everyone?

Thursday, October 27th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Here They Come: A Halloween Visit with David Hyde Costello

David Hyde Costello brings a range of skills to the stage in a one-man variety show. With ukulele accompaniment, Costello opens with an original song. He gives a spirited reading of his book and then draws a new monster on the spot, created entirely by taking ideas from the audience. To close, David introduces us to a character from his book ­ a young hobgoblin who emerges tentatively from a box to answer kids’ questions (answers are given in Hobgoblin language and translated by David). This all sounds pretty adorable!

Saturday, October 29th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Passport to Chemistry
Kids will learn how to shrink things with heating! Plastic art designs will go into toaster ovens, which will make them shrink! It’ll be a great opportunity to understand a bit of chemistry and also seriously make it clear to them that they can’t ever put plastic in a toaster at HOME or wow jeez that’s going to be an issue. For ages 6-10 and adult caregivers! Please pre-register in the Kids’ Room or at 413-259-3091/kids@joneslibrary.org
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Scientific Kids Club
Join Ralph and Steven in this interactive program as they explore their surroundings and cultivate curiosity for the natural world. For October’s program, in keeping with the season, they will look into the rustic life of the pumpkin, culminating in a pumpkin dissection! This program is for ages 8-11 (give or take). Please register online here, as space is limited. It’s pretty horrifying that first they’re going to introduce you to the idyllic life of the noble pumpkin before cutting one open in front of you!
Sunday, October 30th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Special Storytime: Jonathan Bean
In Real Cowboys, Kate Hoefler’s realistic and poetic picture book debut about the wide open West, the myth of rowdy, rough-riding cowboys and cowgirls is remade. Working in layers of stenciled four-color imagery, artist Jonathan Bean beautifully echoes the allusive, musical quality of the text while nodding to the archetypes of the Old West. Book signing to follow program. 

Science:

Monday, October 24th
Union Station [125 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Gravitational Waves: Measuring Ripples in Space from a Billion Years Ago
How can you detect a collision that happened over a billion years ago? How can you measure something that changes a two-mile long building by less than the width of an atom? Why do scientists think this new technology will teach us things about our universe we could never have learned before? Gary Felder will bring you answers to all these questions and more! He will expand your understanding of the universe to a degree you can’t imagine!
Wednesday, October 26th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Climate Change and the Connecticut River
This talk will give you an introduction to what sort of changes we can expect in the Connecticut River basin as we move into the 21st century. Spoiler: it’s not going to be great! Hopefully we’ll still have water. Speaker Dr. Richard N. Palmer is Department Head and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts.

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