September 10th – September 16th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Come to Nerd Nite! It’ll be a really fun one and also we’ll have big news to announce! And prizes!

‘Take it With a Grain: What Can Sand Piles tell us About Traffic and Cancer?’

Granular materials are all around us, yet are still poorly understood, hence an explosion of interest in these systems in the physics community in the last few decades. Granular materials also serve as a model systems for any dense system of interacting “particles,” be it crowded cars on the road or crowded cells migrating in the body. This presentation will explore several examples of where research into granular materials has given insight into more humanly relevant examples, such as traffic and cancer.

‘BetterTogether: Relationship Hacks from a Seasoned Divorce Attorney’

Seasoned divorce attorney, mediator and author Gabrielle Hartley explains that by making three important shifts earlier on in their relationship many of her clients may have been able to avoid coming to her office in the first place. This talk explores how by incorporating these simple skills rather than splitting  you may become better together.

Also we got Spider-Man the game but can’t play it until we finish some work and daaaang we want to play that danged game!

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, September 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zines about jeans are all the rage right now!
Thursday, September 13th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception
“Please join us to celebrate the opening of our new lineup of fall exhibitions at the Mead Art Museum. Drawn from our permanent collection, these exhibitions offer new narratives of gender and time, and reveal new directions in the Mead’s collecting practices. All are invited for an artistic experience that explores themes across centuries, continents and media!” Art! Cheese! Delightful!
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.
Friday, September 14th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Landscapes/Dreamscapes, Arts Night Out and Print Fair
“View the exhibition Landscapes/Dreamscapes on Northampton’s Arts Night Out. The September Print Fair will feature eight artists showing and selling their original hand-pulled prints: Nancy Haver, Erika Radich, Maggie Nowinski, Margo Temple, Janet Winston, Kate Jenkins, Doris Madsen, Lilian Jackman”
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
“4–7 PM Hands-on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Canvas Constructions: Use precise lines to construct your own tape resist painting made up of basic shapes, inspired by László Moholy-Nagy’s K I. 6 PM Open Eyes: Guided conversation exploring a different art object each month. Museum Shop open + complimentary light refreshments.”
Saturday, September 15th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Close Looks at the Mead
“Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes. Free and open to all!”
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
A Community Celebration: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Turns 50!
Tons of events! Eric Carle will speak about his work, you can meet Western Mass Pollinator Networks, meet the Very Hungry Caterpillar themself, see a presentation with Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens, see an ASL reading of the book, and then get refreshments! Delightful celebration of a spectacular book!

Books:

Monday, September 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Preston Browning Jr. Author Reading
“Preston M. Browning, Jr., a retired English professor, has published three books: Flannery O’Connor: The Coincidence of the Holy and the Demonic in O’Connor’s Fiction, Affection and Estrangement: A Southern Family Memoir, and the most recent, a collection of ten essays entitled Struggling for the Soul of Our Country. He has been writing poetry for decades, with poems appearing in The Friends Journal, Phase & Cycle, The Pikestaff Forum, The Ecozoic Reader, and other journals.” Hear poems from a good poet!
Tuesday, September 11th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Author Panel: Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, & Scott Westerfeld (Moderated by David Levithan)
“Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi) and the Newbery Honor-winning novel Doll Bones. Her other books include The Good Neighbors graphic novels, and the novels The Cruel Prince, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, The Darkest Part of the Forest, Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside. With Cassandra Clare she is the author of the Magisterium series, a New York Times bestseller. She currently lives in the realm of Western Massachusetts. Cassandra Clare is the author of City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Her The Infernal Devices series has spawned three #1 bestsellers. With Holly Black she is the author of the Magisterium series, a New York Times bestseller. Born overseas, Cassandra spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of books. She lives in Massachusetts. Scott Westerfeld is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Uglies series, which has been translated into 35 languages; the Leviathan series; Afterworlds; Horizon; and many other books for young readers. He was born in Texas and alternates summers between Sydney, Australia and New York City.” So many great authors together in one place!
Wednesday, September 12th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
John Bonifaz, The Constitution Demands It: The Case for the Impeachment of Donald Trump
“Three veteran constitutional attorneys say there’s no way around it: The Constitution demands that Donald Trump must be impeached. And in clear language using compelling logic rooted firmly in the Constitution, they detail why the time to start is now—not in the indefinite future after criminal investigations have ended. In fact, much of Trump’s impeachable conduct lies outside the scope of ongoing federal criminal investigations.” Vote, folks. Vote for the love of heck.
Thursday, September 13th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Wayétu Moore, She Would Be King
“Wayétu Moore’s powerful debut novel, She Would Be King, reimagines the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. Wayétu Moore is the founder of One Moore Book and is a graduate of Howard University, Columbia University, and the University of Southern California. She teaches at the City University of New York’s John Jay College and lives in Brooklyn.” Get a signed book at the event!

Community:

Thursday, September 13th
Northampton Brewery [11 Brewster Ct, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Meet and Greet the Western MA Sci-Fi Meetup
“Here’s a chance to get together in a different setting and meet new folks! Please note, I’m posting it in a few different meetup groups, so it won’t be just members of this group for this particular event. Note that even if there is a chance of rain, it should be ok as there is an awning. Easiest place to park is the parking garage (first hour is free plus it’s basically right next door to the Brewery).” Good food, good beer, good folks to talk about sci-fi with!

Entertainment:

Monday, September 10th
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St, Northampton] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo
Nerd Nite! This month we’ll learn what sand has to do with cancer and learn how to be happy together from a divorce attorney! And a big announcement from the excellent host! It’ll be exciting!
Tuesday, September 11th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
From Northampton to the Boundary Waters
“For the third consecutive year, Historic Northampton is teaming up with Paradise City Dragon Boat for a trip on the Connecticut. Betsy Powell, Head Coach of Paradise City Dragon Boat, will begin the outing with a paddling lesson. Once we’re a ways up river, Laurie Sanders, naturalist & Co-Director of Historic Northampton, will explain about the rich human and natural history in this stretch between Elwell Island and the Hatfield boundary. ​Registration required|$25-$35 | Ages 18+” A dragon boat is nothing compared to a boat dragon. They can breathe yachts.
Wednesday, September 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Rub Wrongways Fifth Musicians in Residence Event
“The members of Rub Wrongways Records, an independent record label from Northampton, are embarking on a musical odyssey in 2018 as the Forbes Library Musicians in Residence. The label’s Jason Mazzotta and Henning Ohlenbusch, two well-known staples of the area’s music scene, will curate a series of performances and workshops.” This is the fifth event! Free and open to all!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Last Warlord: The Life and Legend of Dostum
“Author Brian Glyn Williams will discuss his new book, The Last Warlord: The Life and Legend of Dostum. The book details how, after 9/11, the CIA contacted the mysterious Afghan-Mongol warrior to help U.S. Special Forces-Afghan cavalry campaign succeeded against all odds in liberating Afghanistan’s holiest shrine and brought warriors from vastly different cultures together to fight their common Taliban enemy.” Like in that one movie!
Thursday, September 13th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! We’re watching Azumanga Daioh right now. It’s very, very funny. What a good show. What a good dog.

History:

Tuesday, September 11th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Does My Voice Count? Voter Suppression Then and Now
“This slide presentation and discussion follows the work of a handful of students, moved by compassion and the call to action for social justice by going to Mississippi to help register black voters during Christmas vacation in 1965. We will also explore the consequences of the 2013 repeal of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. More than 50 years later, what has changed?” Free and open to the public!
Friday, September 14th
​33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA 01060 at 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Historical Footnotes: Dancing Through Northampton’s History
“Historic Northampton and A.P.E.@Hawley Street join forces for a special collaboration on September 14 & 15 to celebrate the opening of the new Flexible Performance Space at the Arts Trust’s building, 33 Hawley Street. Linking contemporary dance works, site-specific films, music, and visual art with Northampton’s rich history, twelve area artists and their collaborators will offer a range of surprising ecological and cultural perspectives, all with ties to Northampton’s past.” $15 at the door, $12 online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3596843 Event no. 3596843!
Saturday, September 15th
​33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA 01060 at 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Historical Footnotes: Dancing Through Northampton’s History
Same thing as the Friday show!
Historic Deerfield [5005, 5005, 80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: It’s Pumpkin Time
Pumpkin Time! The best time of the year for Pumpkins! “Before the pumpkin spice lattes and muffins of today, people were eating dishes made from Connecticut Field and Long Island Cheese pumpkins. It was a dependable crop and stored well over the colder months providing a reliable source of food. Meet the workhorse of the Colonial kitchen – the pumpkin.” The workhorse of the Colonial field was the horse.
Historic Deerfield [5005, 5005, 80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM
A Clean Sweep: The History and Crafting of Brooms
“Come to the History Workshop and learn all about brooms, and broom making. See our crop of broom corn, sweep with a hand-made broom and make a small, serviceable whisk broom to take with you.” Everyone could use a good whisk broom!

Kids:

Monday, September 10th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Library Building Blocks Club
“Bring your imagination to the library for our exciting Library Building Blocks Club. We will spend about an hour developing masterpieces with lego blocks. The creations will be on display in the Boys’ and Girls’ Library for all to see. This program is open to children ages 3 and up. “
Tuesday, September 11th
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, September 14th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Story Time
Stories, songs, crafts, and general merriment for children aged 3-5 and their caregivers!
Saturday, September 15th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Raina Telgemeir Fan Club
Grades 4-7 are welcome to come hang out and talk about the extremely excellent work of graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier! She’s so good. Discuss your favorites with fellow fans, and make a craft! Just drop by, no registration necessary!

Movies:

Monday, September 10th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Movie Screening: 12 Strong
“The film, based on Doug Stanton’s non-fiction book Horse Soldiers, tells the story of U.S. Army Special Forces sent to Afghanistan immediately after the September 11 attacks. The CIA contacted the mysterious Afghan-Mongol warrior to help U.S. Special Forces wage a covert war in the mountains of Afghanistan that ended in a stunning victory. It sheds light on how the desperate Special Forces-Afghan cavalry campaign succeeded against all odds in liberating Afghanistan’s holiest shrine and brought warriors from vastly different cultures together to fight their common Taliban enemy.”
Wednesday, September 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Censored Voices
“Censored Voices is an Israeli film drawn from censored audio tapes made within weeks of soldiers returning from the 1967 Six Day War. The film project was the initiative of Israel’s best known anti-war author and activist Amos Oz to be shown in advance of the current 70th anniversary of the Israeli state and the Palestinian Nakba. These men were appalled at what they were required to in the 1967 war and nearly 50 years later gather to discuss the tapes in a 2015 film made by Israeli filmmaker Mor Loushy complete with raw, real military footage. Oz and his friends are seen a half-century later listening to those tapes of their younger selves and discussing how they see the impact of that war on current Israel/Palestine, and the Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Free and accessible. The Resistance Film series is co-sponsored by The Resistance Center of Western MA and the Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars.” Scheduled for June, but it’s here now!
Saturday, September 15th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Movie: Isle of Dogs
“Find out what happens when a boy goes looking for his dog, in this fun animated sci-fi movie.” Do NOT mix this up with A Boy and His Dog.
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Family Movie – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
“Drop in to the Lang Auditorium for a free movie! We provide snacks and drinks. A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory. Rated: G (1 hour 40 minutes) Registration NOT required.” Also, many children are murdered using candy!
Sunday, September 16th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “Absent”
“For over a century, Mărculeşti was a vibrant Jewish agricultural and mercantile community in Bessarabia (now present-day Moldova). In July 1941, the village was the site of an unimaginable atrocity. Seventy-four years later, few speak honestly about what happened. Absent is a cinematic portrait of the ghost village of Mărculeşti, its current inhabitants, and their complex relationship with history.” COST: Student | $4, Member | $6, General Admission | $8

RPGs:

Thursday, September 13th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPG Club is for fans of RPGs! Meet up with fellow players and chat about playing roles! Maybe try out one of the many RPGs made by Valley Creators!

Science:

Tuesday, September 11th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Green Burial – The Environmentally Friendly Option
Green burial might be the best option if you want to not continue destroying the environment from the great beyond, but we’re going to stay true to the traditions of our family. We’ll hide our Phylactery somewhere no mortal will ever uncover and continue to bedevil the world as a lich until the sun burns out. This presentation will give you some info about green burials in general and options for green burial in Massachusetts!
Thursday, September 13th
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe: Exploring the Highs and Lows – How Rewards and Drugs Interact with Our Brains
Dr. David Moorman will explain how your neurological reward system plays an important role in your daily life, and how adding drugs to the equation can toss some wrenches at this complex system. Always good to learn more about the thing that lets you learn more!

Technology:

Tuesday, September 11th
Common Media [84 Russell St., Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
“After quick updates on our ongoing projects, we’ll discuss upcoming projects and then get hacking to make a difference in our communities. We’ll be meeting from 6:00 – 8:30pm on the second Tuesday of the month. Dinner and drinks are on us!” Free dinner just for making your community better? Lovely!
Wednesday, September 12th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup: Getting real about forecasting
“Agile Methods Meetup September: Getting real about forecasting… stop lying and start communicating! Let’s talk about forecasting! How are you using your tools? What are the challenges? Be sure to RSVP here so we know how much food to get: https://aug.atlassian.com/events/details/atlassian-northampton-presents-getting-real-about-forecasting-stop-lying-and-start-communicating” If you get good enough at it eventually you can see the entire history of the universe spread out in front of you like a map. Great for sprint planning!

Teens:

Monday, September 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Sun Prints
“The Teen Arts Program presents Sun Prints! Use light-sensitive paper to make art from nature’s finest shadows. Materials provided. This is a teens only event.” Be sure not to accidentally summon any Shadow Demons.
Wednesday, September 12th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Creative Writing Group
Drop by the Teen Room to play writing games, work on your writing, and get inspired to write more! Write!
Thursday, September 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Comics Club
“Join Callie for the September meeting of the Comics Club! We’ll discuss, share, and create comics and graphic novels! There will be artists’ supplies, materials to put your own books together, and time to receive and give recommendations! Intended for elementary, tween, and teen readers and artists, this meeting will run from 3:30 to 4:15.” Comics are great! Check out Comics N’ More in Easthampton to get more comics!

Video Games:

Tuesday, September 11th
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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