March 5th – March 11th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We saw the movie ‘Annihilation’ this past week, because we had heard it was good despite the fact that the trailer made it look like it was entirely about people being hunted by a monster and shooting things.

It’s not! It’s a very, very weird alien story. A lot like the book, but so different in tone and content that it’s worth also reading the book if you like the film.

It is extremely violent in places, though. So be ready to see some gore. But it’s mostly a movie about a beautiful weird forest and what makes someone an individual. And a bear with a skull for a face. It’s a tapestry!

Also we played Star Trek Panic at Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat this past week and we had a great time with it! One thing we weren’t huge fans of was the fact that it does have that co-op game bane of one competent player quarterbacking for other folks. Because there’s no real thing that separates players, it quickly hits a stride of everyone debating every move every turn, which can make it hard for new players to get into.

Still, very fun to play once everyone was able to contribute to the decisions more effectively. Also go to Wednesday Games, it’s so nice. We got free pizza!

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:

Thursday, March 8th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Seasons, Sunrise and Farms: Photographs by Catherine Lee
See artwork highlighting the beauty of local farms and their historic houses and barns! Catherine Lee was born in Rome, but settled in Western Mass at age five. She’s a painter and a photographer of local landscapes, and you can see her stunning images while presumably eating cheese because it’s a reception.
Friday, March 9th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Free art! Can’t find a better price than that. From 4pm to 7pm, make Itty Bitty Art! Make a tiny drawing, collage, or painting inspired by the tiniest work of art available in the museum! Then, go on a tour to explore their wonderful art while getting some complimentary light refreshments! Delightful times for delightful people.
Saturday, March 10th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Gallery Tour: Treasures from the Collection
A special tour of the treasures from 15 years of collecting! Take a closer look at some masterworks, and see rarely seen objects that reveal the artistic process! We hear they have the pulsating gem-heart that powers a lot of the local YA authors.

Board Games:

Saturday, March 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!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Board Games
Board games! The library has a bunch of them on hand, so bring your friends and play! Maybe bring one of your own, maybe even donate a copy of a game you love so other people can play it!

Books:

Friday, March 9th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dupin Did It: A Reading from ‘An Exaggerated Murder’ & Discussion of ‘The Purloined Letter’
From the site: ” Josh Cook reads from his critically acclaimed detective novel, An Exaggerated Murder and discusses Edgar Allen Poe’s classic detective story, “The Purloined Letter.”” But what’s the book about? “If Sherlock Holmes and Ignatius J. Reilly had a baby, that child would be Trike Augustine, private investigator. Rude, slobby, irritatingly brilliant, quick-witted — that’s Trike. With the help of his saner, more reasonable employees, Trike has been tasked with finding a missing billionaire, but will the stupid clues stump the smart man, or will Trike manage to keep himself and his associates out of harm’s way and solve the case before it’s too late? An Exaggerated Murder is a fantastic, funny, smart debut, and I eagerly await more from Cook.”
Saturday, March 10th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Meet Jane Yolen
Free with museum admission! Jane Yolen has written her 365th book! Wild! She’s published in poetry, picture books, middle grade, graphic novels, YA, nonfiction, basically every genre possible! She’ll share her inspirations, writing process, and answer a Q&A!

Card Games:

Friday, March 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!

Comic Books:

Thursday, March 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Comics Club
Join Callie in the YA department to talk comics! Share comics! Create Comics! There will be supplies to make your own books, and time to get some good recommendations! Intended for elementary, tween, and teen readers and artists.

Community:

Wednesday, March 7th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
League of Women Voters
The monthly meeting! Maybe you’d like to join?
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, March 6th
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A regular meetup with folks who make code! You don’t need to bring anything but your Conversation Skills and your Desire To Hang Out and Eat or Drink. Talk to folks about work, or not work! Network, but in a way that feels less grasping and desperate than more focused social engagements sometimes can. The Foundry’s a nice place to hang out, too!

Entertainment:

Tuesday, March 6th
Hampshire College, FPH Hall [893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
An Evening with Khary Lazarre-White
From the site: “Khary is a social entrepreneur, author, organizer and attorney. Khary will be reading excerpts from Passage, his new novel, published in September 2017 by Seven Stories Press and distributed by Penguin Random House.”
Hampshire College, Art Gallery [893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM
Listening: A Lecture/Performance by Jamila Jackson
From the site: “Jamila Jackson will be presenting her research in storytelling, contemplative dance, and embodied leadership. Join her as she uses music, dance, and contemplative practice to explore her connections between listening, indigenous wisdom, embodiment, slime mold, and social change.” Wait… read that back to us?
Wednesday, March 7th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Gut-Mind Connection
Georgia Ede, MD will return with a repeat of her talk “Beyond Medication: How to Improve Mood, Attention, and Memory Through Diet”. Based on a quick look at the website “www.diagnosisdiet.com“, it looks like the basic pitch is: Vegetables are actively harmful to mental and physical health, eat exclusively meat if at all possible. So ketogenic diets, basically. Which frankly we lack the capacity to evaluate properly, but we’re gonna go one step further and say that only eating a specific animal is healthy, but you’ll have to come to our talk to find out which one.
Saturday, March 10th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
From Emmeline Pankhurst to Ms. Magazine: William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman, and Feminism – On the Same Page Amherst
From the site: “Julie de Chantal explores the history of feminism in the United States from the 1840s to the 1970s. She will especially focus on the influence of Massachusetts’ feminist movements upon William Moulton Marston and his Wonder Woman character.” Neat! Julie de Chantal is a Lecturer at the Department of History at UMass, so she knows her stuff.

Kids:

Monday, March 5th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
STEAM Activities
Science! Technology! Engineering! Art! Mathematics! By their powers combined, they are activities that kids can do to learn things!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Teen Room Activities
Teens! Make buttons, hang out, read, make other stuff, play games, basically do a bunch of things at the library because the library is a genuinely fun place for teens!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Craft
CRAFT! Craft what? NO TIME. CRAFT! CRAFT FASTER! NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE, CRAAAAFT!
Tuesday, March 6th
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!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Stories with Nathan
The real story here is that at least as far as we can tell from the image, Nathan is a sentient giant worm person and that is pretty danged neat. Kids, meet a sentient non-human creature who will read stories to you! Expand your horizons a bit!
Wednesday, March 7th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
CFCE Read and Learn
This appears to be reading with just the standard human people doing the reading. BOO! Bring back Nathan the giant worm who can read!
Thursday, March 8th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Stories with Nathan
Nathan’s back! Back to undulate your children to Story Town! Back to defy all known natural sciences with his enormity and literacy!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Teen Room Activities
Teens! Make buttons, hang out, read, make other stuff, play games, basically do a bunch of things at the library because the library is a genuinely fun place for teens! This time, do it on the most wild night at the library: Thursday!

Movies:

Monday, March 5th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Teens! See a Cool Teen do a bunch of crimes and because of those crimes experience one of his most cherished and memorable days. We’re not saying that doing a lot of crimes is a good idea but we are saying it sure seems to work out for this teen, and he’s very cool.
Thursday, March 8th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film & Discussion Series: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Re-Invented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class
From the site: “In several incisive videos, Ian Haney López lays out how the racism of Dog Whistle Politics has poisoned our political life ever since the late 1960’s and has enabled the wealthy to get policies enacted that hurt white people and people of color alike. He has some surprising perspectives about the intersection of race and class and strong recommendations about how we can help stop the plutocrats by telling this story.” Then, talk to the group about action projects advancing anti-racism in our communities. Free and open to the public!

RPGs:

Wednesday, March 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, March 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 warrior’s “jilted former roommate who always wanted to see the world”.
Saturday, March 10th
Comics N’ More Easthampton [31 Union St., Easthampton, MA] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Great Goblin Bake-Off: A Song of Icing and Fryer
Play using the Fate system, and join an adventure at: the Great Goblin bake-off, and competition is fierce! At least it would be if the other bakers hadn’t been kidnapped. What is the Witchhunters plan? What is the secret goblin magic? How are you supposed to roll out croissant dough if you can’t let the butter soften? All this and more in the most thrilling adventure of any lifetime! First-timers are welcome! The Fate system is really easy to pick up and play and all materials will be provided.

Science:

Wednesday, March 7th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Introduction to Geneaology with Hillary Schau
Part three 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 one is about immigration and naturalization resources.
Thursday, March 8th
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe: Backyard Extinctions: The Plight of the Puritan Tiger Beetle
Learn about how to save a species from the brink! Doctor Roger Gwiazdowski has been working to breed Puritan Tiger Beetles in captivity in order to save this tiny but critical part of our shoreline ecosystem! Learn what they are, why we need them, and how we can save them in this talk!

 

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