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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