Month: February 2018

February 26th – March 4th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We watched the very good Netflix show based on the comic by Massachusetts local cartoonist Charles Forsman: “The End of the Fucking World”. It’s more British than the comic, and also it moves and there’s sound. It was really, really good and also sad! We cried.

We recommend picking up a copy of the comic to support a great artist and your local comic shop! It’s available at both Comics N’ More in Easthampton and Modern Myths in Northampton!

Come to the next Nerd Nite! It’s March 12th and it will feature lions and also the possibility of distance-diagnosing our extremely terrible president! Last time we got $60 for the Northampton Survival Center, which means that we helped feed a bunch of people in our community! Let’s get even more this time!

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:

Monday, February 26th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Trash Art
Make art out of trash teens! Wait no make art out of trash, teens! They provide the trash, you turn it into something that looks cool!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Screenwriting, Scripts and Film (The Modern Real and Surreal)
Abraham Ravett, filmmaker, Holding Hands With Ilse; Wade Wofford, screenwriter/director, The Answer; Ellen Kaplan, screenwriter/director, Mixed Blessings; Jake Hulse, screenwriter/director, Heroes Don’t Come Home will all come to speak about their processes!
Tuesday, February 27th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Teen and Tween Art Club
Teens! Tweens! Art! That is the whole deal.
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Public Lecture: Bodies in Earth: Postwar Japanese Ceramics, Photography, and Installation Art
Professor of Art History and Visual Studies at the University of California, Irvine Bert Winther-Tamaki will discuss the top of artwork in Japan in the 1950s to 1970s! “Images and actions that foregrounded the touch of skin and flesh to soil or clay evoked thoughts ranging from death and abjection to pastoral nostalgia and agricultural fertility.”
Wednesday, February 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zines! Teeny Zines, Clean Zines, Spleen Zines, Green Zines, Mean Zines, Tambourine Zines! All sorts of zines!
Thursday, March 1st
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus
Pop-up art exhibit in the Homestead from 5pm to 8pm, open mic signups from 5pm to 6pm with the open mic starting at 6pm and featured readings following the open mic! Get art into your brain! This night will feature people who’ve appeared in the student-run literary magazine The Circus!
Saturday, March 3rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Pottery Demonstration
The Pied Potter will demonstrate four techniques of forming clay and will throw on the wheel in a variety of forms including a dragon! He’ll discuss the language of the potter while teaching participants about pressure and motion. You’ll get to make some some pinch pots too! Also afterward he WILL steal all the children in town we think? We’re not really certain what other meanings Pied has.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Artist of the Month: Artist Reception
Artist reception! Which artist? Could be any artist! Might even be one of the big ones, like Leonardo or Michelangelo or Raphael or Van Gogh!

Books:

Wednesday, February 28th
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, 106B at 7:15 PM to 9:00 PM
Nancy MacLean, Democracy in Chains
Learn terrible truths about the functioning of our dear Republic! File them away with the hundreds of thousands of other terrifying facts you have learned this past definitely like a century right it cannot have been under a century. This book takes you through the decades of work that has been done to privatize public goods, destroy unions, and suppress voting in order to dis-empower the majority of Americans. It’s not like a fun read, it sounds like. But it’s probably useful to understand!

Community:

Wednesday, February 28th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Department of Children and Families Foster Care Information Session
An informational session on how to become a foster parent! It’s a good way to learn about how to help out a kid or multiple kids in need!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Reading with Rooster
Children! Teens! Read to a frigging dog! Rooster is such a cute doggy and you can read Rooster a book and that’s an opportunity no one should pass up!
Thursday, March 1st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Holi Celebration
Learn about Holi, a festival of colors celebrated primarily by Hindu Indians! It’s a good time to create neat artwork.

Computers:

Tuesday, February 27th
Click Workspace [9 Market St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Intro to Cloud Foundry – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
Cloud Foundry is an open source cloud application platform-as-a-service which we think means you hire someone to put all of your work on their computer. During the talk you’ll get to explore some of the fundamentals of the whole thing and what you can do with it. John Tuttle from CyberArk will be your guide through this computational wonderland!
Thursday, March 1st
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Municipal Network Organizational Meeting
A meeting to work on getting Northampton to finally put in free high-speed internet access as a municipal utility! It’s the sort of thing that probably should have been done a decade and a half ago but we can get on it now.

Entertainment:

Monday, February 26th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series RESCHEDULED: Pairing Tea with Chocolate
We think it pretty much just works like, because they’re both nice to taste! But if you’d like to figure out the absolute best way to eat two tasty things, this is it! Also you get samples!
Thursday, March 1st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime is an art form that we have scattered experience with but a lot of people wicked like. The nice part about anime is that you pretty much only need to pick one show and you’ll have 11,000 hours to get through. We once started watching One Piece, saw it had 500 30-minute episodes, and slowly walked into the sea.
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Srinivas Reddy and Nitin Mitta Live at the Mead!
A closer look at New Publics: Art for a Modern India, 1960s-90s will feature a talk by exhibition curator Yael Rice. Then, Snrinivas Reddy and Nitin Mitta will join folks for a tabla and sitar performance!
Saturday, March 3rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Doctor Who Club
All are welcome to explore time and space with the Doctor! Hang out and enjoy a screening of a classic episode! Then hang out and talk with folks because hey you’ve got something in common right? Based on our understanding of the show though we have to say it’s a good idea not to hunt any aliens with the folks in this club!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Rendering the Galaxy: Translator Tyran Grillo Discusses Yoshiki Tanaka’s “Legend of the Galactic Heroes”
“Tanaka’s grand space opera has long been known to fans outside of Japan due to the popularity of its anime adaptation, but the novels in translation are at last giving those same fans (and new readers alike) every satisfying detail with renewed clarity. Grillo will discuss the significance of this groundbreaking saga, read from his translations, and discuss the challenges of rendering such a complex work into English. An informal Q&A will follow” Translation is always really interesting! Plus this is supposed to be a good anime!
Sunday, March 4th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Star Trek Deep Space Nine – 25th Anniversary Viewing and Potluck
Potluck, then watch a bunch of DS9! Bring something Star Trek themed! Preferably delicious food as well! Possibly both at once. Join up at https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/248117301/ for more info!

History:

Tuesday, February 27th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 5:30 PM to 7:15 PM
Crystal Products of the Frost King: Ice Harvesting and the Natural Ice Industry in New England
Dennis Picard will demonstrate the Ice Harvesting trade! He’s been doing it for more than 20 years at museums using his antique tools of the trade. He’ll share the tale of this massive industry that is fading into the mists of time! Free and open to the public! Plus, you’ll get some of that sweet sweet ice!

Kids:

Tuesday, February 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids aged 6-10 are welcome to come hang out and build things out of LEGO! The original, the acronymical, the spectacular fun building block set! Build a bracelet, a model, a toy, even a person! That’s right you heard it here first you can build a fully functional human being out of LEGO.
Wednesday, February 28th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
LEGO Club (Ages 6-10)
Build LEGO! It’s fun and if you do it here it costs your parents less than $900.
Sunday, March 4th
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 with Jeanette Bradley
Join Jeanette Bradley as she reads from her debut book “Love, Mama”, and shares an art project that children can complete! They’ll decorate a small box to mail their own special things in, which is both decorative and useful!

Movies:

Wednesday, February 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Countdown to Zero
Countdown to Zero is an urgent contemporary call to work to dismantle the horrific nuclear Sword of Damocles that we’ve set up for ourselves. It traces the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the current status which is that we’ve got enough nuclear weapons to basically reduce Earth to a cinder. Post-film, speakers Timmon Wallis and Vicki Elson of the national Treaty Compliance Campaign will talk about their efforts to get states, business, individuals, and really anyone who’ll listen to work to ban nuclear weapons!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:50 PM
Film: Holding Hands With Ilse
A documentary by Abraham Ravett about the search for the teenage German girl who took care of him in 1948-1950 in Walbrzych, Poland. He had only her first name and an old photo. Using only that as a guide he explore Western Poland. Abraham Ravett will be there to introduce the film!
Sunday, March 4th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Film: The Jester (Der Purimspiler)
Lively circus! Vaudeville music! Impressive set pieces! The Jester provides a glimpse of 1937 Warsaw’s thriving Yiddish revues and cabarets, soon to be destroyed. Find out more and purchase tickets here: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit-shop/calendar-events/film-jester-der-purimspiler-sunday-march-4-2-pm

RPGs:

Thursday, March 1st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play a game where you pretend to be another person! That covers a pretty wide range, so we don’t know exactly what’ll be up here but for some reason most of these games involves swords and dragons at some point. Even if someone tells you you’re going to be playing an RPG about minding a small convenience store, take a few levels in Longswords just in case.

Science:

Monday, February 26th
Union Station [125 Pleasant St, Northampton] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Shining Light on and in the Brain: Using Lasers and Viruses to Understand Brain Circuits in Songbirds
So like 40% chance this is the kick-off to a mad villain’s plan to use an army of songbirds to destroy the country but at least AS ADVERTISED it’s about how we can control brain cells with light, why anyone would shine a laser into a brain, and definitely the mad villain thing folks please keep your head on a swivel! Luke Remage-Healey is a professor of psychological and brain sciences at UMass. Research in the Healey lab is focused on the neural basis of natural behavior.
Tuesday, February 27th
Hampshire College, FPH Hall [893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Dr. Kate Stone, Developer of Interactive and Electronic Paper
Founder of Lab Novalia, Dr. Stone works on adding capacitive touch to everything and then connecting them to the internet! This allows for neat things like scores that play music when you touch them! Meet Dr. Stone and learn about new technology while you eat some refreshments! Free and open to the public!
Wednesday, February 28th
Hampshire College, FPH Hall [893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Social Complexity in Dolphins by Janet Mann, Georgetown University
Join Hampshire’s Marine Mammal class for this lecture by renowned researcher Dr. Janet Mann of Georgetown University! She’s the director of the Shark Bay Dolphin Research Project and the Potomac-Chesapeake Dolphin Project! Mann’s work focuses on social networks, female reproduction, tool use, and social learning! Dolphins are neat so learn more about dolphins, basically.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Introduction to Geneaology with Hillary Schau
Part one of a five-part free series that will help you find your ancestors! Class size limited to to 12, so register by calling (413) 420-8107. This class will focus on sources – the census and vital records!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Geneaology Drop-in Lab
A free drop-in lab for anyone interested in learning more about their family history! You need a Library Card, but nothing else! Hillary Schau will lead you through it!
Thursday, March 1st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Our Place in the Stars: Family Astronomy Show
RESCHEDULED! Amateur Astronomer and Deerfield Academy student Abigail Lupi is bringing her telescopes to the library! After an informative talk, families will be invited to use the telescopes to do some stargazing! Spot Betelgeuse, but don’t do it more than two times! Hot chocolate will be served! Recommended for kids aged 8+.

Video Games:

Sunday, March 4th
Another Castle [30 Olive St. Suite 2, Greenfield MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY | Jerry Berlongieri talks audio for games
Music! Sound! It’s all vital to making a game that feels like something that’s worth playing! This month’s MAKE TALK PLAY will feature an industry veteran giving some tips about game audio! He’s worked on Descent, Spider-Man, Call of Duty, James Bond, and Skylanders! We’ve got some experience in game audio too: one bleep should follow two bloops, but never three! You’re welcome. If you drive in, park in a space facing the train and bus station!

 

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February 19th – February 25th

The Valley Nerd Watch!

 


Folks! FOLKS!

Black Panther was a hell of a film. Fun, with a half-dozen excellent supporting characters, some very well-constructed jokes that fit with the folks telling them, an extremely bright and interesting visual palette and some just frigging neat ideas. And a great villain! Charismatic and interesting with motivations that follow from his experiences, pretty much the tops for any Marvel film.

Black Panther has pretty solidly vaulted to the top of the heap of anything made by Marvel we can recall. Thor: Ragnarok was one of our recent faves because it was willing to go farther afield from the tone of the other films, into explicit comedy. We were impressed with how much Black Panther managed to do with a more standard dramatic action film.

Also, though we agree with some of the action complaints, we definitely appreciated that this had a final CGI-filled fight sequence that we could follow and appreciate because we had been introduced to characters and their motivations before things kicked off.

Bottom line is that it was really neat, worthwhile filmmaking. Highly recommended for anyone and everyone!

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, February 20th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Gallery Talk with Mead Director and Chief Curator David E. Little
Pretty much what it says on the tin! This one will be about HOUSE: Selections from the Collection of John and Sue Wieland. It features 58 artworks that present interpretations of the house. Which house? YOUR house. Free and open to all!
Wednesday, February 21st
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
A Conversation with Sonya Clark, Followed by Her Performance of “Unraveling”
A conversation with two renowned artists, class of ’89 and ’90, for an evening of performance and protest. Following a discussion, Clark will perform “Unraveling”. All are invited to participate by unraveling threads of the Confederate battle flag. Really not a bad idea to do just whenever and wherever you see a Confederate battle flag.

Books:

Tuesday, February 20th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children’s Book Writers Group
Adults who write for children are invited to a critique group! Speak to other people about your work, and trade opportunities for development as well as writing and publishing tips. You can also read and discuss stories with other members! For more info call the library at 413-772-1544!
Wednesday, February 21st
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ami Campbell, Love Let Go: Radical Generosity for the Real World
This is a book chronicling what happened when a LaSalle Street Church gave every congregant $500 to go “do God’s work in the world”. It sounds both like it’s an uplifting story of generous people and a really solid argument for socialism.
Thursday, February 22nd
Mount Holyoke College, Gamble Auditorium [South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Luvvie Ajayi – Mount Holyoke College Black History Month Keynote Speaker
“Mount Holyoke College celebrates Black History Month with social media expert, New York Times best-selling author, and pop-critic, Luvvie Ajayi. Sponsored by the Association of Pan-African Unity, Mount Holyoke African and Caribbean Students Association, and the Division of Student Life. ” You can grab a copy of ‘I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual’ to read before the talk at Odyssey Books!
Packards [14 Masonic St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet book discussion and dinner
Read the book and then talk about it! Also, get some nice food at the same time. Sounds like a fun time: “In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.”

Card Games:

Friday, February 23rd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic: Booster Draft
Draft cards, play magic, win prizes! A $16 entry fee includes tax, and gets you 3 booster packs to draft with, and adds a pack to the prize pool! Everyone gets at least 1 prize pack, and extra packs and foil cards will be awarded for exceptional play!

Community:

Wednesday, February 21st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Reading with Rooster
Children! Teens! Read to a frigging dog! Rooster is such a cute doggy and you can read Rooster a book and that’s an opportunity no one should pass up!
Thursday, February 22nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Center for New Americans English Class
English class and childcare! Learn while your kiddos play!
Saturday, February 24th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Adulting 101 – Learn how to Create & Manage a Personal Budget
Teens and young adults ages 14-22, get some tips on budget-making! What does it mean to make and stick to a budget? We personally recommend you keep a budgie. Those little birds are cute, and they know their stuff when it comes to responsible spending!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 PM to 12:00 PM
Democratic Town Committee
Open to the public, though only Democrats can vote for convention delegates.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
League of Women Voters
Open to the public! Participate in the democratic process!

Entertainment:

Tuesday, February 20th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Performance of “The Hair Bow Anthems” by Regina Carter
Master Jazz Violinist, MacArthur Fellow, and just we assume a very good musician in general Regina Carter will perform “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” using violin bows that have been restrung with human hair by contemporary artist Sonya Clark! Followed by an artist talk.
Wednesday, February 21st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Valentine’s Day Soiree
It’s slightly late for V-day, but whatever! Not like there’s a time limit on soirees! The party is open to kids of all ages and their caregivers! There are crafts, games, music, party favors, all the necessary soiree ingredients! Contact asanches@palmer.lib.ma.us for info!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
The Ukulele Scramble
“The Ukulele Scramble are Richard Perlmutter and Robin Hoffman. They sing and play rare, obscure and under-performed songs from the past 500 years; especially works from the Renaissance, and Parlor and Art Songs from the 19th Century. They update, revise and rewrite lyrics for many of these songs, often humorously, and perform them on ukuleles and other small stringed instruments. The group is based in Western Massachusetts.”
Thursday, February 22nd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Anti V-Day Party
More of a ^-day party, then! Hahaha yes, nailed it.
Saturday, February 24th
The Stationery Factory [63 Flansburg Ave., Dalton, MA] at 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Villaintine’s Masquerade Ball
Villains, mischief-makers, and ne’er-do-wells! Join your fellow foul foes for a night of dinner, dancing, drinks, games, and more! Dress up like your favorite villain and have a classy, slightly evil time! General admission is $70! “Dress code: Dress up as your favorite villain (keeping in mind that in order to be a safe and fun event for all, real-world hate groups and villains that promote them will not be allowed), or come in your best formal wear. Don’t forget to wear a mask!” Get to know more at: http://massrenfaire.com/villaintines-masquerade-ball/!
Sunday, February 25th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Winter Lecture Series: Risky Business: Getting Ahead in the Early Republic
“Soldier, Engraver, Counterfeiter: Richard Brunton’s Life on the Fringe in America’s New Republic,” Presented by Deborah Child, Independent Scholar. Find out more about an interesting person from early America!
MYSTERY LOCATION at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Star Trek Deep Space Nine – 25th Anniversary Viewing and Potluck
Potluck, then watch a bunch of DS9! Bring something Star Trek themed! Preferably delicious food as well! Possibly both at once. Join up at https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/247551876/ for more info!

Kids:

Tuesday, February 20th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Special Storytime with Sigrid Schmalzer and Melanie Chan
Moth and Wasp, Soil and Ocean is a story about the memories of a farm boy who’s inspired by Chinese scientist Pu Zhelong to become a scientist himself. It’s written by Sigrid Schmalzer, professor of history at UMass Amherst and illustrated by Melanie Chan. Learn about Chinese culture, the history of insects, and more! Then there’s a paper-cutting art project and a book signing!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Ninjago: Build Before You Watch (Ages 5+)
Build some Ninjago LEGO before you watch the film!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Family Movie Matinee: The Lego Ninjago Movie (PG)
Can the six Ninja warriors defend their island home, Ninjago? Can they also survive their greatest challenge– high school?
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club Special Edition: Make your own LEGO Batman mask!
Pretty much what it says! Make a neat mask!
Wednesday, February 21st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Rona Leventhal Presents “Travelin’ Shoes: A Multi-Cultural Storytelling Extravaganza”
“Sit back, put your feet up and join Storyteller Rona Leventhal for a journey around the world and back! Rona is one person, but many voices. Through her, skies talk, turtles sing, and magic happens! Rona will have you dancing, swaying in your seats, making funny noises, singing, and laughing, as she shares stories from the silly to the serious, from the mysterious to the monstrous!”
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Aviation Workshop: Ages 12 and up
Learn how airplanes fly, and build some great model airplanes that fly! Call 413-420-8119 to reserve a spot!
Friday, February 23rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Kids Movie: Despicable Me 3
Despicable Me 3: a movie! If you’d like to see it, why not do so for free in the library?

Movies:

Tuesday, February 20th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Film: The LEGO Ninjago Movie
LEGO movies have generally been surprisingly good, being that they’re movies about a toy line. We haven’t heard amazing things about this one, but probably if you hear “LEGO” and “Ninja”, you’d be into it!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Sound of Music Sing Along
“Get ready to yodel in Western Mass! Sing along to all the great songs from the Sound of Music. A fun, liberating night out the whole family will enjoy. Come in costume or bring a movie themed prop and get ready to sing your heart out. Intermission refreshments.”
Wednesday, February 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Film: Wonder
Wonder is a movie about a kid with Treacher-Collins syndrome going to school and trying to fit in. It generally got some good reviews, seems like it might be interesting! There’s also a dog on the poster, which is good.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Film Club: Do The Right Thing
“The Forbes Film Club presents a free screening of Spike Lee’s classic 1989 film Do the Right Thing. Synopsis from IMDB.com: On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.”
Thursday, February 22nd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Teen Movie: Hidden Figures
Watch the incredible true story of the people who got mankind to the moon! Three black female mathematicians pretty who played a vital role in early work in spaceflight are profiled across a tumultuous time in the US space program. Snacks provided!
Sunday, February 25th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film: There are Jews Here
More than a million American Jews live in once-thriving small towns that have seen better days. This film tells their stories by looking at what Jews are doing to keep their communities alive. Find out more and purchase tickets here: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit-shop/calendar-events/film-there-are-jews-here-sunday-february-25-2-pm
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Film Screening: I Know a Man… Ashley Bryan
A film about a 94-year-old creative wonder whose heart skips and jumps like a child! Presumably in the like metaphorical sense not as a medical concern.

RPGs:

Wednesday, February 21st
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, February 22nd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost uncle who’s also secretly a god’.

Science:

Wednesday, February 21st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Introduction to Geneaology with Hillary Schau
Part one of a five-part free series that will help you find your ancestors! Class size limited to to 12, so register by calling (413) 420-8107.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Genealogy Drop-in Lab
A free drop-in lab for anyone interested in learning more about their family history! You need a Library Card, but nothing else! Hillary Schau will lead you through it!
Friday, February 23rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Our Place in the Stars: Family Astronomy Show
Amateur Astronomer and Deerfield Academy student Abigail Lupi is bringing her telescopes to the library! After an informative talk, families will be invited to use the telescopes to do some stargazing! Spot Betelgeuse, but don’t do it more than two times! Hot chocolate will be served! Recommended for kids aged 8+.

February 12th – 18th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


If you know of any way that a person could make a living playing Monster Hunter literally all day please get in touch with us it’s urgent.

This week we want to highlight some really neat Easthampton ❤ Valentine’s Day Events <3!

First off: Check out Chuck Fosman at Comics N’ More in Easthampton! He’s the cartoonist behind the comic turned hit Netflix show “The End of the Fucking World”! You’ll get to have books signed, hear cool behind-the-scenes stories, and hang out! It’s 6pm to 9pm!

Second: Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat! This week they’re doing Robo Rally, which is so danged fun you simply must give it a shot. That’s 7pm to 11pm!

As always, you should head to Nerd Nite NoHo this Monday at the World War 2 Club in Northampton! We’re going to start talking heist movies and social media faux pas at around 7:00pm, and there will be cookies!

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:

Monday, February 12th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Monet’s Magic: Pastel Paint Monet’s Wonderous Water Lillies
Join the Museum of Fine Arts pastel demonstrator Gregory Maichack as he shows everyone how to create an Impressionist pastel painting! He’ll share his water garden photos that he took on site at Monet’s home studio and will paint with you from the same imagery that Monet famously used! But better. But like, he’ll help you out! All supplies provided, advanced registration required!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Warrior Writers Workshop
Local writer and veteran Eric Wasileski will lead a writing workshop! Military veterans and their families are very welcome, though the event is also open to the public. Warrior Writers works to build a community that allows for artistic expression and helps people witness the full range of military experiences.
Tuesday, February 13th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Galentine’s Day Breakfast at the Mead
All people who identify as women are invited to the Mead for a look at some of the favorite gals in the collection! There will be waffles and informal conversation inspired by the exhibition “Fragmented Identities: The Gendered Roles of Women in Art Through the Ages”, and led by the women who make up the Mead’s curatorial, education, and programming departments. Also there are good odds it’ll wind up an impromptu Parks & Rec fan meetup.
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Collecting 101: Cast Your Vote
Students from a course at the Mead have brought forward their top picks for a new work to put up in the Mead, join to hear some short talks and pick a favorite! The Mead will purchase whatever wins the popular vote, and sink the rest of the works into the sea.
Wednesday, February 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Create all things zine! Make your dream zine, or a zine about dreams!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Make a Valentine Drop-in Craft
Make a Valentine for friends, family, and whoever else you’d like to give a Valentine card to! It’s a lovely time at the library!
Thursday, February 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Anti-Valentines Day Crafting and more
Craft valentines, teens! Or anti-valentines! BUT DON’T ALLOW THEM TO COME INTO CONTACT WITH EACH OTHER.
Friday, February 16th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
Learn about the way that Emily Dickinson used her flower collection! This discussion led by Karen Sanchez-Eppler, Professor of American Studies at Amherst College, will focus on how Dickinson used her words to cross time and space! Wait this isn’t the Doctor Who meetup is it?

Board Games:

Wednesday, February 14th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat
Play fun board games at a nice bar! Local board game evangelist Justin Dowd will help lead you through a great new featured game every week and there are a ton more available to play! This week’s featured game is Robo Rally, which is a spectacular game! It’s like a simultaneous programming challenge!
Saturday, February 17th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play boardgames with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! We really recommend Clank! or Not Alone if they’ve got those!
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. It’s a 4-round Swiss System and there are trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Entry is free!

Card Games:

Friday, February 16th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic: Booster Draft
Draft cards, play magic, win prizes! A $16 entry fee includes tax, and gets you 3 booster packs to draft with, and adds a pack to the prize pool! Everyone gets at least 1 prize pack, and extra packs and foil cards will be awarded for exceptional play!

Comic Books:

Wednesday, February 14th
Comics N’ More Easthampton [31 Union St., Easthampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Valentine’s Day with Chuck Forsman
From the description: “Join us for an intimate evening with cartoonist Chuck Forsman, creator of the hit NETFLIX show “The End of the XXXXing World”. Chuck will be here signing copies of the newest printing of the collected TEOTFW, sharing anecdotes from the production, and just kinda chilling. There will also be snacks. Possibly beer.”

Community:

Monday, February 12th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Transportation Justice
Discuss and advocate for better regional public transit! A worthwhile endeavor indeed. Everyone needs an easy way to get from here to there and back again!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
AANE Women’s Support Group
Every second Monday of the month, this monthly support group for women on the autism spectrum meets to discuss a variety of issues and ways to deal with them. Please register at http://www.aane.org/events/!
Thursday, February 15th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Tibetan Community of Western MA
From the site: “Prayers for long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and world peace. Free and open to the public.” Make some connections with the Tibetan community of Western MA!
Friday, February 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
5CLIR Legislator’s Forum
Hear area legislators give a summary of their accomplishments in 2017 and their outlook for the coming year! It will feature Senator Stan Rosenberg, and State Representatives Peter Kocot (First Hampshire District), John Scibak (Second Hampshire District) and Stephen Kulik (First Franklin District). Get involved in your community!

Computers:

Wednesday, February 14th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Atlassian User Group Meetup
Get more information and register here: https://aug.atlassian.com/events/details/atlassian-northampton-presents-northampton-aug-kickoff-meeting! It seems like some sort of cloud… something? And maybe a management technique? It’s got one of those websites that’s very friendly but opaque. You probably know if you’re in the market for this sort of thing, but it does look like it’ll have pleasant folks and food!
Thursday, February 15th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Western Mass WordPress Developers and Admins
Talk about your current projects, bring up problems and provide solutions, and then brainstorm new topics! Plus, they’ve got official sponsorship now! That means big new things on the horizon, along with a bunch of new members! Bring a laptop!

Entertainment:

Tuesday, February 13th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Electric Vehicles: The Future is Now!
Learn about electric vehicles that are currently available! Learn how to match a vehicle with your driving needs! Learn how to charge one, how to pair EVs with home solar, and costs and incentives for buying one! It’s a good way to think about how to make a necessary new car purchase as non-terrible for the world as you can manage.
Thursday, February 15th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime is an art form that we have scattered experience with but a lot of people wicked like. The nice part about anime is that you pretty much only need to pick one show and you’ll have 11,000 hours to get through. We once started watching One Piece, saw it had 500 30-minute episodes, and slowly walked into the sea.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
Get cookies! Walk around Forbes and listen to a show and tell about various museum objects they’ve got on hand! Just a nice as heck time.
Saturday, February 17th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunderland Short Story Series: Myka Plunkett & Troy David Mercier
Dramatic readings by professional actors, bringing to life excellent short stories! Myka Plunkett will be reading “The Lone Pilgrim” by Laurie Colwin, and Troy David Mercier will be reading stories from “Man Seeking Woman” by Simon Rich! The tough part is after the event you need to deal with the rampaging stories that were so foolishly brought to life!

Kids:

Monday, February 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Animals Spell Love Story-time and Craft with Author David Cundy
A gorgeous book about love, starring sixteen animals and sixteen languages! From Czech to American Sign Language, animals will spell out “I Love You!” Learn the language of love: language! Create your own word-pictures, and get your book signed! Intended for ages 5-10!
Tuesday, February 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!
Friday, February 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Minecraft Club
Children! Play some Minecraft with friends!
Saturday, February 17th
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 with Jeanette Bradley
Join Jeantte Bradley as she reads from her debut book “Love, Mama”, and shares an art project that children can complete! They’ll decorate a small box to mail their own special things in, which is both decorative and useful!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Happier Family Comedy Show
Happier Valley Comedy is the heart of improv comedy in Western Mass! Let your family’s creativity flourish in an accepting improv atmosphere! Geared for kids aged 5-12, call 413-559-6336 to get tickets!

Movies:

Monday, February 12th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Alice’s Ordinary People: Film Screening and Lecture with Filmmaker Craig Dudnick
Alice Tregay was one of the ordinary people who worked hard to change the world for the better. She spent decades fighting for human rights, and this will be a chance to learn more about her! Ask the filmmaker questions after the screening!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Alice
WATCH THE MOVIE FIRST! Then come here and talk about the movie! This is the first feature length film from Czech filmmaker Jan Svankmajer. It was made in 1988 and appears to be a nightmare brought to life, in a combination of stop motion animation and real actors and again literal nightmares. You can use your library card to check it out on Kanopy! https://forbes.kanopystreaming.com/video/alice
Wednesday, February 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Accidental Anarchist
Hosted by Eleanor Finley, U Mass. PhD candidate in Anthropology, this film is a documentary about the radical-feminist-anarchist democracy that formed in Rojava Syria. It’s told through the eyes of a British diplomat as he explores a culture that in which he finds a lot to admire. Interesting as heck, neat to have a local expert around to talk to as well!

RPGs:

Wednesday, February 14th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, February 15th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost uncle who’s also secretly a god’.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play a game where you pretend to be another person! That covers a pretty wide range, so we don’t know exactly what’ll be up here but for some reason most of these games involves swords and dragons at some point. Even if someone tells you you’re going to be playing an RPG about minding a small convenience store, take a few levels in Longswords just in case.
Saturday, February 17th
Comics N’ More Easthampton [31 Union St., Easthampton, MA] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The Lollipops! Superhero RPG
From the description: “The Lollipops are a team of teen superheroes, who ran off to outer space on a rescue mission. Players take on the role of characters similar to the Teen Titans or the New Mutants who get involved in adventures on an intergalactic scale. We are using FATE rules, which are very simple and allows a lot of player control over the developing story. All materials provided, including pre-generated characters. This is a long running game, but new players are encouraged to come join. We are very LGBTQ-friendly.”

Science:

Monday, February 12th
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo: Social Media and Heists!
Two excellent talks! Joe Van Ellen will present ‘Heist, Heist Baby (Too Bold, Too Bold): A discussion on caper culture, and certainly not an outline on how to plan and execute your own successful swindle’ and then Ebru Kardan will present ‘Don’t #AskMeAnything: A review of social media fails and blunders by people who should know better’! A wonderful night with wonderful people!

February 5th – February 11th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Hey! Guess what is neat?

You know the extremely popular podcast The Adventure Zone? Well their current game “Amnesty” is Powered by the Apocalypse! They’re playing a version of Monster of the Week, which is based on our very own excellent local RPG system!

It’s basically like Lumpley Games is the reason that people listen to the McElroy family podcasts! Or it might be the like decade of comedy that they’ve produced across three dozen podcasts. But we think it’s the influence of our wonderful local tabletop game designers!

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, February 7th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Gallery Talk by Alla Rosenfeld
A gallery talk with the Curator of Russian and European Art, Alla Rosenfeld! This is offered in conjunction with the Varieties of Nonconformism exhibition on view at the Russian Center Art Gallery through the 11th. Free and open to all! Learn about some nonconformist artwork on your lunch break!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Screenwriting, Scripts and Film (The Modern Real and Surreal)
See a bunch of great filmmakers talk about screenwriting! Abraham Ravett, filmmaker of Holding Hands With Ilse, Wade Wofford, Screenwriter/Directgor of The Answer, Ellen Kaplan, Screenwriter/Director of Mixed Blessings, and Jake Hulse, Screenwriter/Director of Heroe’s Don’t Come Home!
Thursday, February 8th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
A Conversation with John Wieland ’58
A conversation with an alumnus and the Chief Curator of the Museum, David E. Little. Afterward, attend the reception opening “HOUSE: Selections from the Collection of John and Sue Wieland”. Free and open to all! Dang, we wish we had enough cash that our collections were worth hosting an opening to view. Anyone interested in displaying a ton of comics?
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Spring Exhibitions Opening Reception
Celebrate the opening of some new artwork! Including HOUSE: Selections from the Collection of John and Sue Wieland, Fragmented Identities: The Gendered Roles of Women in Art through the Ages as well as New Publics: Art for a Modern India, 1960s–90s! Get some refreshments and dance to a live DJ!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
“Common Threads” Poetry Discussion and Tea
Get cozy and talk poetry! Facilitated by Diana Gordon, you’ll discuss eight poems by Massachusetts poets featured in Common Threads 2018, an annual publication by MassPoetry. Please reserve a space by calling 413-542-2034!
Friday, February 9th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Hands on art making from 4pm-7pm! You can construct a robot sculpture inspired by Tahano Miho’s Robot Girl in the exhibition “Modern Images of the Body from East Asia”! You can also get a guided tour starting at 6pm and some free refreshments! Go hang out in your great local museum!
Saturday, February 10th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Valentime Making & Story Time
Love! Ah, love. It’s a many-splendored thing, isn’t it? Yeah we just came up with that description because we’re very good at words. Join folks at the Odyssey to make Valentine’s cards using characters from picture books and featuring a reading of Love by Matt De La Pena and Loren Long. Open to all ages!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Artists’s Reception: Lennie Kaumzha
Mosaic-fusion paintings by artist Lennie Kaumzha will be on display and also you’re probably gonna get cheese and wine!
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.

Board Games:

Saturday, February 10th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play boardgames with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! We really recommend Clank! or Not Alone if they’ve got those!
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Tabletop Game Day
Board games! Join up with other friendly locals to play board games and card games and generally hang out in a nice reserved space in the back of the Burger King! They mostly play your standard suite of nice Euro games, but they’re open to whatever you’re interested in bringing as well! Sign up here: https://www.meetup.com/thepvg/events/246455490/

Books:

Thursday, February 8th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Christopher Tinson, Radical Intellect Liberator Magazine and Black Activism in the 1960s
Christopher Tinson, Ph.D is an associate professor of Africana Studies and History at Hampshire College. He’ll read from and speak about his book, which covers the 60’s era rise of black radicalism. Specifically, taking a look at the magizine Liberator, who were a touchstone of thought and organizing in during that period.
Saturday, February 10th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
YA Event – Elizabeth Byrne and Lyndsay Ely
Two talented YA authors come to speak about their newest books! The Grave Keepers is a unique coming-of-age story set in a society obsessed with grave keeping and Gunslinger Girl is a coming of age story about Serendipity Jones, armed with six-shooters and perfect aim in a lawless city!

Card Games:

Friday, February 9th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic: Booster Draft
Draft cards, play magic, win prizes! A $16 entry fee includes tax, and gets you 3 booster packs to draft with, and adds a pack to the prize pool! Everyone gets at least 1 prize pack, and extra packs and foil cards will be awarded for exceptional play!

Community:

Wednesday, February 7th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Reading with Rooster
Children! Teens! Read to a frigging dog! Rooster is such a cute doggy and you can read Rooster a book and that’s an opportunity no one should pass up!

Computers:

Tuesday, February 6th
Common Media [84 Russell Street, Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
A quick update on ongoing projects to start up the discussion, followed by some time to get hacking! Bring your laptop so that you can contribute! It helps to know your way around GitHub, because most of the coordination relies on that! Dinner and drinks are on them!
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A rendezvous of the most fantastic sort! It’s a chance to hang out with web developers and coders and just folks in general, talk about web dev stuff and just hang at a nice local bar!

Entertainment:

Saturday, February 10th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
First Book Friendiversary!
The Carle teams up with the folks at First Book to observe Friendiversary! It’s an annual celebration of friendship and reading! Bring a friend and join this celebration of books with Elephant, Piggie, and a host of ther friends from the museum! A FREE Mo Willems book to every child who attends while supplies last! More info here: https://www.carlemuseum.org/content/first-book-friendiversary-4
Sunday, February 11th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Star Trek Discovery Finale Potluck
First, a potluck! Then Discovery episodes 14 and 15! Bring something delicious to eat or drink, or both, and pitch in a couple bucks to cover the subscription cost! It’s the best way to see the thrilling finale of this series! https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/246917792/

Kids:

Tuesday, February 6th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids aged 6-10 are welcome to come hang out and build things out of LEGO! The original, the acronymical, the spectacular fun building block set! Build a bracelet, a model, a toy, even a person! That’s right you heard it here first you can build a fully functional human being out of LEGO.
Wednesday, February 7th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Learn Ukulele With Julie (Ages 8-12)
Learn the basics, play some songs, have some fun! Beginners can come early to learn the basics 3:30 – 4:00, and then there’s lessons for everyone at 4:00pm – 5:00pm! Ukuleles will be provided! Pre-register in the Kids Room or call 413-259-3091!
Thursday, February 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Comics Club
Callie at the Childrens/YA Department will hang out and discuss comics with you! And help create and share new ones! Artists supplies will be on hand if you want to make your own comics. Intended for elementary, tween, and teen readers and artists!
Friday, February 9th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Music for Munchkins
A class for little kids aged 12-24 months to sing, rhyme, play with instruments, tell stories, and move around! Registration is required, see the Youth Room, and siblings are welcome!
Saturday, February 10th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Music In the Library!
A special event for families with young children! With special guest Chris Hough Sirard! Make some music with your kiddos!

Movies:

Monday, February 5th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Movie: Pretty in Pink
Teens! And specifically only teens! Come watch a movie about teens that is considered a classic by Old Teens! You can see why it’s a thing that people have remembered but also there’s a lot to talk about with regards to what it portrays as relatable teen probs, which is common when revisiting teen films!
Thursday, February 8th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Teen Movie: Everything, Everything
A movie for teens! About teens! They’re very sad romatic teens, separated by circumstance but brought together by fate! Oh what woe!
Sunday, February 11th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film: A Home on the Range
The little-known story of Jews who fled the pogroms and hardships of Eastern Europe and traveled to California to become chicken ranchers! Find out more and purchase tickets here: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit-shop/calendar-events/film-home-range-sunday-february-11-2-pm

RPGs:

Wednesday, February 7th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, February 8th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost uncle who’s also secretly a god’.

Science:

Thursday, February 8th
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe: Battle of the Sexes
Hear all the dirty details about ocean sex that you’ve been afraid to ask! Does sex happen in the ocean? Oh you’d better believe it does! It’s wild down there. Dr. Dara Orbach will discuss the anatomy, mechanics, and behavior involved in marine mammal reproduction!