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+.

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