October 1st – October 7th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Are you interested in helping the Valley using your l33t hax0r skillz? Like the kids still definitely say? You should check out Hack for Western Mass! They just improved the website of a local museum, The David Ruggles Center for History & Education, making it so much more usable we can’t emphasize it enough. And that’s important! People need to know about figures like David Ruggles, someone we should be proud called Florence home.

David Ruggles was an African-American abolitionist, writer, publisher and hydropathic practitioner who was a courageous voice of black freedom. He assisted hundreds escaping slavery, and mentored future abolitionist luminaries Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and William Cooper Nell.

Also, good and bad news. Good news is that the move mostly went well. We now exist as pure energy in a plane inaccessible to all but the most enlightened. The bad news is that because of the difficulty of inter-planar travel, we’ll be unable to remain the host at Nerd Nite NoHo!

We’re really going to miss it. That was a hell of a fun way to spend several years. Plus there’s nothing like getting laughs for the same five jokes on rotation every month! If you’re interested in helping out Nerd Nite NoHo in our stead, just head to Nerd Nite NoHo on October 15th and talk to Ebru, or contact noho@nerdnite.com!

Also, Spider-Man for PS4 is a great game about being Spider-Man, but we agree that Spider-Man’s Take on Police Feels Out of Touch to a vertigo-inducing degree.

Also wow what a packed week, this is revenge for missing last week we think!

ALSO REGISTER TO VOTE IMMEDIATELY AND THEN VOTE WHEN YOU CAN VOTE. AND VOTE YES ON PROP 3!

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, October 1st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Warrior Writers Workshop
Local writer and veteran Eric Wasileski will lead a writing workshop! Military veterans and their families are very welcome, though the event is also open to the public. Warrior Writers works to build a community that allows for artistic expression and helps people witness the full range of military experiences.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Poetry Discussion Group: Poet Hoa Nguten
“We will discuss the work of poet Hoa Nguyen who is giving a reading at UMass on October 18th. This weekly poetry discussion group is open to everyone including regulars and drop-ins. All voices are honored: first-time poetry readers and life-long devotees. Every Monday, the group convenes to discuss the work of a particular poet, usually contemporary, and sometimes one reading in the area. Copies of the poems are provided for each participant. No prior reading or preparation required.
Thursday, October 4th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 12:15 PM to 1:00 PM
Gallery Talk: Women, War, and Revolution
“Jennifer Heuer, Associate Professor of History at University of Massachusetts Amherst, explores the portrayal of women as symbols in war and revolution in conjunction with the special exhibition Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment. Professor Heuer is author of The Family and The Nation: Gender and Citizenship in Revolutionary France, 1789-1830.”
Saturday, October 6th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Sunderland at 300: An Exhibit by Local Plein-Air Artists
“Area artists are sharing their appreciation of Sunderland’s beauty with paintings done in and around town using a variety of media. Painting en plein air (literally in full air) is done “on location” amidst the atmosphere and natural light of a spot.” That’s really neat! We should spend more time appreciating all the prettiness of the Valley, it’s a nice place.
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!” Just put them on the danged actual website, Facebook for goodness sake.

Board Games:

Wednesday, October 3rd
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Wednesday Games
Wednesday games is excellent and you should 100% attend every chance you get. Lots of good drink, good folks, and often delicious pizza! Gosh we will miss it now that we’ve ascended to the Over-Plane. Always tip well, too. We’re pretty sure that board gamers get fewer beers than sports fans so you gotta make up for it in the tipping!

Books:

Tuesday, October 2nd
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliot Ackerman, Waiting for Eden
“Eden Malcom lies in a bed, unable to move or to speak, imprisoned in his own mind. His wife Mary spends every day on the sofa in his hospital room. He has never even met their young daughter. And he will never again see the friend and fellow soldier who didn’t make it back home–and who narrates the novel. …. What makes a life worth living? A piercingly insightful, deeply felt meditation on loyalty and betrayal, love and fear, Waiting for Eden is a tour de force of profound humanity.”
Wednesday, October 3rd
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Keith, O’Brien, Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History
“Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands of fans flocked to multi‑day events, and cities vied with one another to host them. The pilots themselves were hailed as dashing heroes who cheerfully stared death in the face. Well, the men were hailed. Female pilots were more often ridiculed than praised for what the press portrayed as silly efforts to horn in on a manly, and deadly, pursuit. Fly Girls recounts how a cadre of women banded together to break the original glass ceiling: the entrenched prejudice that conspired to keep them out of the sky.”
Thursday, October 4th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
GennaRose Nethercott, The Lumberjack’s Dove: A Poem
“In the ingenious and vividly imagined narrative poem The Lumberjack’s Dove, GennaRose Nethercott describes a lumberjack who cuts his hand off with an axe—however, instead of merely being severed, the hand shape-shifts into a dove. Far from representing just an event of pain and loss in the body, this incident spirals outward to explore countless facets of being human, prompting profound reflections on sacrifice and longing, time and memory, and—finally—considering the act of storytelling itself. ” Weird ours just turned into a normal pigeon.

Card Games:

Monday, October 1st
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Monday Night Modern
“$5 entrance. 4 rounds. 4-0 $20 credit. 3-0-1 $15 credit. 3-1 $10 credit. 2-0-2 $5 credit. Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance.”
Tuesday, October 2nd
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday Summer Pauper
“$5 Entrance. Ban list and common rarity used is the MTGO list. Full rules can be found here on the mothership: https://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/formats/pauper. Prizes very based on the number or rounds”
Thursday, October 4th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday Booster Draft
“$13 Entrance. 3 rounds. 3-0 $19.50 credit or 6 packs. 2-0-1 $13 credit or 4 packs. 2-1 $6 credit or 2 packs. Keep what you draft! Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance”
Friday, October 5th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday Night Magic
“$5 Entrance. 4 rounds. 4-0 $20 credit. 3-0-1 $15 credit. 3-1 $10 credit. 2-0-2 $5 credit. Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance.”

Entertainment:

Wednesday, October 3rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Liars, Cheats, and Creeps
“The First Wednesday Speaker Series is pleased to welcome Patricia Peters Martin, Ph. D., and Renee Forte on Wednesday, October 3 at 6pm in the LeVanway Room of Greenfield Public Library for a discussion of their book Liars, Cheats, and Creeps: Leaving a Sociopath Behind, written as a lifeline for women who are involved with partners who lie, cheat, and mistreat them.”
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, October 4th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
First Thursdays Concert Series – Ukulele Scamble
“The duo of Robin Hoffman and Richard Perlmutter, based in Western MA, sing and play ukuleles. Their act, called The Ukulele Scramble is funny, entertaining and masterful. It also starts with a repertoire that’s unusual for ukulele players – classical music. Robin and Richard love Beethoven, Bach and Brahms, as well as Renaissance music, and art and parlor songs.” Fun ukulele music played by excellent players!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Puerto Rican Cultural Drawing Experience
“This workshop is designed through a method for creating images using repetitive patterns. It is easy to learn and do by examples of Caribbean mystical ancient art and others Puerto Rican cultural pictographic. Is open to a wide range of ages and skill levels. The materials are simple, it supports relaxation, focus, inspiration, and a sense of well-being and artistic satisfaction”

History:

Monday, October 1st
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Digging at the Dickinsons’: Findings from the 2018 Field School in Historical Archaeology
“View Emily Dickinson’s world through the eyes of an archaeologist during this presentation at the Museum. Faculty and members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst archaeological field school will present findings from their work on the grounds of the Emily Dickinson Museum in the summer of 2018.”
Tuesday, October 2nd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Photographed Letters on Wings: How Microfilmed V-Mail Helped Win World War 2
“Tom Weiner will speak at Historic Northampton on his book, PHOTOGRAPHED LETTERS ON WINGS: How Microfilmed V-Mail Helped Win World War II. The book tells the heretofore untold story of the mail – close to 2 billion letters – that was sent to and from the many fronts of the war using microfilm. World-renowned bookbinder Bill Streeter wrote the book’s preface in which he explains why he provided the research materials to Tom Weiner and why he wanted such a book honoring both V-Mail and his cousin, Henry Streeter, who died while serving in the war.” That’s so neat! We had no idea about microfilm use for this sort of thing. The past is so interesting!
Wednesday, October 3rd
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Before You Became Improbable: An immersive journey through the Dickinson-Higginson correspondence
“It took eight years of correspondence before Thomas Wentworth Higginson arrived in Amherst to meet his elusive advisee, Emily Dickinson. Before You Became Improbable reimagines the day of that meeting, offering audience members an encounter with her words and poems in a remarkably personal theatrical experience.” You can get tickets here, and one or two folks will leave from the museuem every four minutes or so.
Thursday, October 4th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Before You Became Improbable: An immersive journey through the Dickinson-Higginson correspondence
Tickets here!
Friday, October 5th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Before You Became Improbable: An immersive journey through the Dickinson-Higginson correspondence
Tickets here!
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Tavern Fare
Learn what folks ate at taverns! Hearty meals for hearty folks! That’s right, most people at nothing but heaping plates of fresh hearts, it was a terrifying time happy halloweeeeen!
Saturday, October 6th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Before You Became Improbable: An immersive journey through the Dickinson-Higginson correspondence
Tickets here!
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Historic Trade Demonstration: Blacksmithing with Rick Martin
“Learn how blacksmiths honed their craft with Blacksmith Rick Martin during our Historic Trades series of early American craft demonstrations.” And once you’ve learned the trade, YOU’RE the new Blacksmith!
Historic Deerfield [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:

Tuesday, October 2nd
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!
Wednesday, October 3rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM
Dinosaur Story Time for Dinofest
“Celebrate the Great Greenfield Dinofest with a Dino Story Time on Wednesday, October 3 @ 4 pm. Kids ages 5 and up are invited for dinosaur themed stories, songs and dino mask making. Make a mask and wear it to the Dinofest!” Ooh ooh if you love dinosaurs check out the absolutely amazing Dinosaur Empire books by Abby Howard! They’re very neat and the best part is they’re far more up-to-date on the actual factual dinosaur facts than a lot of kids books. Feathers everywhere!
Saturday, October 6th
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: Jon Agee
“Join author/illustrator Jon Agee as he reads and discusses his latest picture book, The Wall in the Middle of The Book, an amusing allegory for our time, ideal for engaging a conversation about what it means to be different, and how the cure for fear may involve breaking down the walls instead of building them up.” A good lesson for an era that could use fewer walls!

Movies:

Tuesday, October 2nd
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! No idea what movie but we’re going to go ahead and guess they watch that one film about a horse from the start of filmmaking
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 11:55 PM
“Sleep” Screening at the Mead
“Warhol’s Sleep (1963) marks the artist’s foray into durational film and captures John Giorno, Warhol’s lover at the time, as he sleeps. Built on intricate sequences of looped imagery, Sleep is among Warhol’s most formally complex works on film. Join us for an immersive screening of Sleep (4 hours, 45 minutes), with introductory remarks by Guilford. All are welcome to move in and out of the screening throughout the evening. Popcorn will be served!” Wow, that’s a marathon! Sounds interesting though.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Frankenstein Film Fest: Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein
“The Jones Library celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with a Frankenstein Film Fest! In today’s 1948 film, Bud and Lou not also meet Frankenstein, but also battle Dracula and the Wolf Man in this spook spoof featuring monster stars Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney.” Ah, the 40’s, when films still had original ideas!
Wednesday, October 3rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 5:15 PM
Hocus Pocus Movie Screening
A 1993 Disney Halloween classic! Three witches come back to life to wreak havoc but in a funny way. It’s weird in that classic Disney Teen Movie way, and remains fun for all ages!
Thursday, October 4th
Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
German Film Series: “Faraway, So Close!”
“There will be two screenings of “Faraway, So Close!”, one at 4 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. Nastassja Kinski, Willem Dafoe and Peter Falk star in this sequel to Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire). Find out what happens when angel Cassiel (Otto Sander) renounces eternal life to join his friend, ex-angel Damiel (Bruno Ganz), and Marion (Solveig Dommartin) in post-unification Berlin, only to get caught up in a web of organized crime. This film will be shown in German with English subtitles. Please contact mhowes@amherst.edu for more information.” Weird! We didn’t know that Willem Dafoe had been in German films! We’re very bad at finding non-US movies.
Sunday, October 7th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
FILM | In A Dark Wood
“Following a musical composition from the writing stage to the world premiere to the first recording, In A Dark Wood charts the path of composer Mathew Rosenblum’s Lament/Witches’ Sabbath, a highly personal concerto written for world famous clarinetist/composer David Krakauer.” It does occur to us that we still have absolutely no concept of how someone begins writing a musical work. Student $4, Member $6, GA $8!

Technology:

Tuesday, October 2nd
Northampton Brewery [11 Brewster Ct, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Hang out with a bunch of folks who do some sort of technical work in the Valley. If it’s your first time there, ask where Matthew is and then just sort of surf the wave of his excitement that someone new showed up for a while!
Thursday, October 4th
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.

Teens:

Monday, October 1st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Make Postcards from Vintage Books
Make postcards from vintage books! Materials and also snacks will be given freely. Open only to teens! Only teens can be trusted to craft effective postcards from original copies of the Necronomicon!
Tuesday, October 2nd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Writer’s Circle
Write creatively using prompts or your own ideas! Share your work and get feedback from your peers! Intended for ages 14-18 and folks who would like to write a lot! Any questions? Contact Bridget in Young Adult Services at bkennedy@palmer.lib.ma.us!
Wednesday, October 3rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
TinkerLab for Tweens and Teens
Tinker with stuff we imagine! It’s a good time, and the Library probably has a bunch of fun stuff with which to tinker. It’s a great time to stretch your imagination!
Friday, October 5th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Comic Club (Ages 12 – 17)
“Join graphic artist Madeleine Dye to learn about comics and create your own! Please pre-register in the Kids’ Room or at teens@joneslibrary.org/ 413-259-3091. Registration closes 24 hours in advance. “
Saturday, October 6th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Sew What: A Drop-In Embroidery Group for Teens
Beginners welcome, materials are free and provided for you! It’s for folks ages 13-18, and you should embroider something real cool. That’s not in their description we’re just cheering you on!

Video Games:

Tuesday, October 2nd
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 natrual. Ages 13+! Try beating people exclusively with Yoshi if you want everyone to feel very annoyed.
Saturday, October 6th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Lee’s Atari High-Score Challenge Day – Prodigy Gold Star FTW!
“Entry: $12 for all day admission and Atari challenge, For ages 13+, Open from noon to midnight! The goal is simple. At arrival (and you may arrive anytime between noon and 11pm), we will give you a sheet listing 10 Atari 2600 games for you to rack up the highest score you possibly can in a certain amount of tries for each of the 10 games. The person with the most individual game wins at the time of close (midnight), is the grand winner! For your amazing skills, you will be awarded the FIRST official Prodigy Gold Star Metal-of-Skill as well as an official document stating what you accomplished to be such a winner! We will announce the magnificent winner at midnight at Prodigy but also the following morning on social media so you can come claim your well deserved award! “
Sunday, October 7th
The Quarters [8 Railroad St., Hadley MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY | Networking and Multiplayer Games
Networking and networking! “This month we’re hanging out at our favorite Choco Taco joint, The Quarters! Come hang out with us and other game developers and talk about things that are game development related. If you have nothing to talk about on that subject, then share a funny story about your belly button. We like meeting new people! We’ll be hanging out and running multiplayer games on the projector from 7 – 10pm so take a break and come visit with us!” Talk about game development with some folks who are also in game development!

 

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