September 3rd – September 9th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Congratulations to Valley Creator Joshua A.C. Newman on a successful Kickstarter for The Bloody-Handed Name of Bronze! It sounds excellent and you should definitely check out the preview!

Joshua A.C. Newman’s The Bloody-Handed Name of Bronze is a tabletop roleplaying game of those who speak the secret Language of Names that spoke the world into existence. When you portray one such Namedealer,you will make treaties with anything bearing a name — and you will thrive and suffer from the consequences of those promises.

…And it is a game of fated heroes, driven by their long-dead ancestors — and their own great passions — to pursue their destiny for the benefit of the dead, and to die bathed in glory.

It is a game of passions and cunning, of tricksters and hard-found justice.

It is a game of pursuing what you desire. It is a game of getting what you want from your companion characters when you have no reason to trust them, and about using those you don’t trust to aid you in your pursuits.

It is a game about flight from the consequences of your promises, and the power that comes from both lies and the truth.

It is a game about charging toward that against which you have been commanded, and the power one has to turn against an abuser.

The Codex Edition contains these rules, with additional examples, explanations, and commentary.

It’s a good danged RPG!

Also! Nerd Nite Northampton is happening Monday, September 10th! It’ll be excellent!

We’ll have Kerstin Nordstrom, with ‘What Can Sand Piles tell us About Traffic and Cancer?’ and Gabrielle Hartley with ‘BetterTogether: Relationship Hacks from a Seasoned Divorce Attorney’!

ALSO We’ll have a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT at this Nerd Nite that will be A BIG DEAL so you should try to make it out!

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, September 6th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Arts Night Out
A bunch of fun stuff! A pop-up contemporary art exhibit in the Homestead from 5pm – 8pm, you can sign up for open-mic from 5pm to 6pm, after which the open mic begins! Featured poet this time is Nausheen Eusuf, a PhD candidate in English at Boston Univeristy. “Her poetry has appeared in The American Scholar, Poetry Daily, Southwest Review, Salmagundi, PN Review, The Common, and World Literature Today, and has been selected for inclusion in Best American Poetry 2018. Her first full-length collection Not Elegy, But Eros was recently published by NYQ Books (US) and Bengal Lights Books (Bangladesh). Website: www.nausheeneusuf.com.”
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.
Saturday, September 8th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Button Making
Design your own buttons with a button maker! Maybe you need a button to keep your shirt closed? Maybe you need a button to launch your master plan? Maybe you need a button that says “I made a button!” all of these are possible with a button-maker!

Books:

Wednesday, September 5th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Science Fiction and Fantasy Discussion: Annihilation
We’re letting you know about this one because the book’s neat and it’s also short enough to read in like a couple afternoons. We recommend it! Also as they always say “Anyone interested in Science Fiction or Fantasy is welcome. Although we focus on this month’s selection, we will discuss any topics related to Science Fiction or Fantasy, books or movies. Copies of the discussion book are available in the library to check out.”!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, September 5th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Gavel Club
That’s it. Gavel. Club. Gavel Club? Like… do you discuss your favorite gavels? How many different types of gavel are there? Whatever you do with Gavel Club, this is the time to do it!
Thursday, September 6th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Dream Landscapes: The art of dreaming, dreams as art Landscapes/Dreamscapes Lecture by Dr. Annie Rogers
“Professor of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Psychology at Hampshire College, psychoanalyst and poet, Dr. Annie Rogers will explore how visual artists imagine & make dreamscapes, and how their work conveys the unconscious as a realm of human experience.” Please don’t ask the doctor to explain your dreams.
Saturday, September 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Play Reading: The Pitch
“A free public reading of a new play, THE PITCH, performed by excellent regional actors. In two acts, the story is about a retired sportswriter who reluctantly agrees to collaborate with a young reporter on a biography of a boyhood friend of the older writer, an obscure pitcher who threw only one pitch in the major leagues nearly fifty years earlier. But it soon becomes evident there’s a secret at the heart of the pitcher’s story – one the older writer fiercely intends to protect. Starring John Haag and Julian Findlay. Written by Stan Freeman. Directed by Robert Freedman. Free admission.” This play’s also intended to trick the King of Northampton into revealing his perfidy but that shouldn’t affect your enjoyment.
Sunday, September 9th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Lost in Space (2018) and Potluck
“Special request regarding the potluck…please try to only bring items without sugar or gluten (or chip in $5 instead of bringing something and I’ll make more food). We’ll watch Lost in Space episode 5 and perhaps something else too.” Food and sci-fi! The perfect combo! RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/254257249/!

History:

Wednesday, September 5th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Quilt History
Quilts, it’s time for you to learn your history! Or, alternately human beings it’s time for you to learn about how quilts have been used in the past. One or the other.
Saturday, September 8th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Beauty in the Details: Exploring the Styles of Victorian Architecture- Workshop and Walking Tour
Holyoke! A city with a kind of wild number of literal mansions, just dotting around the place. That’s apparently due to a 19th-century building boom that created a ton of fine old Victorian homes. “Join us as Eric Gradoia, Director of Historic Preservation at Historic Deerfield, returns to Holyoke. We start at 10:00 AM with a brief workshop on identifying popular Victorian home styles. Then we will take an informal walking tour of the historic Oakdale neighborhood north of the Library, where Eric will provide an architectural historian’s view of the area’s hidden and not-so-hidden gems. We plan to conclude at approximately 12:30. Free.” Free! FREE!
Historic Deerfield [5005, 5005, 80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Museum Store Pop-Up Shop with Joe Dowden, Box Maker
“Since 1996, Joe Dowden has been handcrafting reproduction Shaker oval boxes and carriers. Meet Joe and browse his Shaker box collection at this pop up shop on Saturday, September 8.” Boxes, the drawer you can carry around!

Kids:

Tuesday, September 4th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! It’s fun!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Henry’s Big Kaboom: A Children’s Sing-Along
Mary Ames Mitchell, a descendant of Henry Knox, will tell kids about how her ancestor transported artillery from upstate New York to Boston, passing right through Palmer! During the American revolution to be clear, not just on a dare or something. Wholesome explosion-based entertainment for kids!
Saturday, September 8th
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: Heidi E. Y. Stemple and Jane Yolen
“In Monster Academy, authors Heidi E. Y. Stemple and Jane Yolen present colorful monster children who have familiar human issues such as making friends and learning to help others. Come along with Principal Frank N. Stein into a bright, energetic classroom where the class pet is a big purple boa constrictor, recess is in a swamp, and class bats help build a Creepy Castle in the Monster Maker’s Lab. An irresistible romp from start to finish!” Good kids books for kids to listen to, and a book signing afterward!
Sunday, September 9th
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 Deborah Blumenthal and Masha D’yans
“Join author Deborah Blumenthal and artist Masha D’yans as they read from their new picture book Polka Dot Parade. Highlighting the life and work of legendary New York Times street fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham, this book will encourage kids of all ages to search for inspiration and decide for themselves what is truly beautiful.” Book signing afterward! It’ll be a lovely time for listening and learning.

Movies:

Tuesday, September 4th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
GPL Teen Pizza and Movie Night
Pizza and a movie: the ultimate chance to have pizza and also watch a movie. Teens, don’t let this slip by! This is your chance to have pizza and watch a film! It’s a hoot to do so with pals!
Thursday, September 6th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film & Discussion Series: King in the Wilderness
“This 2018 documentary chronicles the final chapters of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, revealing a conflicted leader who faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. King in the Wilderness reveals stirring new perspectives on Dr. King’s character, his radical doctrine of nonviolence, and his internal philosophical struggles prior to his assassination in 1968. Free & open to the public.” History lessons are always useful.
Friday, September 7th
Amherst Cinema Arts Center [28 Amity St., Amherst MA] at 9:15 PM to 11:55 PM
The Man Who Fell to Earth
Hang with the friendly folks of the Western MA Sci-Fi Meetup at this great meetup! “Meet in the lobby at 9:15. We’ll sit together in the cinema. Screening starts at 9:45. This is the 140-minute full uncut version of the film. Thomas Jerome Newton (David Bowie) crashes to Earth and immediately registers a series of world-changing patents in an effort to return to his parched planet and dying family. But will the authorities let him go? THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH is a daring exploration of science fiction as an art form. The story of an alien on an elaborate rescue mission provides the launching pad for Nicolas Roeg’s visual tour de force, a formally adventurous examination of alienation in contemporary life.” RSVP here! https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/254009539/

RPGs:

Saturday, September 8th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Contact Tristin Anderson at a mysterious pub by the name of trisdragon2@gmail.com to begin your wonderous adventure in the Boys and Girls Library Activity Room! KAPOW!

Technology:

Tuesday, September 4th
Northampton Brewery [11 Brewster Ct, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Hang out and talk to folks who do technology work, basically! It’s a good time and you can meet nice new people!
Thursday, September 6th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton High-Speed Community Network Coalition Organizational Meeting
What they’re doing at this meeting: “Figure out next steps. At this time (August 3), it’s unclear if the mayor will publish our proposed surveys on the city’s website, as he suggested he would do when we met with him in May. Regardless, we feel we need to engage a broader section of Northampton residents and businesses, so the mayor and City Council can see this effort is important to the community. Our primary focus will be to focus on how we can do more outreach and organize a potential demonstration. We’ll be working on improving our social media presence in the meantime.”

Teens:

Wednesday, September 5th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
YA Pride: Queer YA Book Club
A youth-led LGBTQIA+ group and “overall chill space” to which can arrive teens of all identities and orientations to discuss queer YA lit and sometimes movies! Contact youth facilitator Carter Moon at CarterMoon58@gmail.com or Rachel at rdowd@holyokelibrary.org!

Video Games:

Tuesday, September 4th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday Night Smash League – Super Smash Bros Melee
Ah, the best Smash Bros we assume because it’s the one we hear most about! Signup starts at 7pm, matches start at 8pm, double-elimination bracket and it’s $10 to enter. You can win money! Spectators also have to pay $10 so frankly it seems like you should not be a spectator, because why not just play the danged game maybe you’ll find out you’re a natural. Ages 13+! Try beating people exclusively with Yoshi if you want everyone to feel very annoyed.

 

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