Feb 11th – Feb 17th


This week the big news is Nerd Nite NoHo! Go to it, because it’s a good time for you and yours!

Deets
World War II club
50 Conz Street, Northampton MA
Monday, February 11, 7:00pm, $5.00 admission (cash only)
Guests are welcome to bring their own food or order take-out at the venue
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First Talk: ‘Et tu Brute? Intuitive User Design Meets Brutalism’
Second Talk: ‘Five Fascinating Fungi Found Fruiting in our Forests’
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‘Et tu Brute? Intuitive User Design Meets Brutalism’
Modern principles of web design focus most heavily on the user experience and being able to successfully assume and satisfy the user’s needs. From menu headings to links, skim friendly and hierarchical written copy to clear functionality, web designers make hundreds of decisions to craft a perfectly intuitive web experience so the user doesn’t have to think. Brutalist websites, by contrast, are abrasive and grungy with many rough edge interactions. With no clear discernment for comfort, they seem to throw out the playbook on intuitive design, or do they?


Sage Shea is a digital content strategist at Mount Holyoke College and a freelance marketer and wedding photographer. He has a long time hope of offering accessible education to local businesses in the Pioneer Valley especially to business owners who face considerable intersectional barriers.
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‘Five Fascinating Fungi Found Fruiting in our Forests’
They say every mushroom is edible once. Local wild mushroom expert Marty Klein will talk about some of the most interesting local fungus among us. He’ll discuss the diversity of mushrooms growing all around us and the important roles they play in the ecosystem.


Marty is an Easthampton-based artist/naturalist/educator who has been learning and teaching about mushrooms for decades.
He has been foraging and studying wild mushrooms for 40+ years, has eaten over 80 wild varieties, and lives to tell the tale.
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$5 entry – cash only. Guests under 21 years are welcome in the banquet room area, but are restricted from the front bar, so please have your ID on you if you’d like to order alcoholic beverages.

Also we have been playing and enjoying Apex Legends this week. It has an impressively boring name, but it’s been a lot of fun to play. We tend to bounce off multiplayer things, but it makes it easy to communicate without having to use a mic, and it has matches that are zippy enough to not feel like you’re locked into focusing only on the game for an hour every time you play.

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out our Patreon! 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 11th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sail Away with Pastel Painting
Learn how to use pastel paints with award-winning pastel artist Gregory Maichack! Participants will make a sailboat painting inspired by Monet’s Sailboat at Le Petit-Gennevilliers! Anyone from absolute beginners to experienced artist welcome!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Poetry Discussion Group: Mary Oliver
“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. “
Wednesday, February 13th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Crafternoons: Danish Heart Basket
Monstrous. Who would wrest the heart from a Dane’s chest for the sake of art? But if you must… if you MUST. Do it in the Palmer Public Library.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zines are keen so come create a zine! It’s a fun little magazine (get it) that you can pass around to friends and even strangers! It can be about whatever you find interesting, and that’s what makes it fun! There are a ton of great folks who come to make art here!
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, February 15th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Poetry Discussion Group
“Session Topic: “To a discerning Eye – ”: A Look at Emily Dickinson’s Artistic Milieu. No art historical experience or artistic skill required: just a willingness to engage thoughtfully with Dickinson’s words and the art of her time, which may include works by such artists as Thomas Cole, J.M.W. Turner, and Julia Margaret Cameron. Leader: Keely Kempster Sarr”
Saturday, February 16th
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!”
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Family Arts and Crafts
“Children and families are invited to attend Family Arts & Crafts day at the Holyoke Public Library on Saturday, February 16. The theme for this week’s craft will be Chinese New Year: The Year of the Pig. We will be starting around 11:00 with a read aloud of Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel before creating our Chinese New Year decorations. The activity room will be open the rest of the day, so feel free to drop-in anytime after 11:00 am until closing(4:00) to create your Year of the Pig art. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Gregg Mitchell at gmitchell@holyokelibrary.org.”

Board Games:

Tuesday, February 12th
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Board Games at Off the Wall Games
“Weekly Board Game Night! This week’s board game is Puerto Rico then player’s choice from our games library. As always there is an optional $5 for pizza if there’s enough interest, and all boardgames are 15% off. Any questions, feel free to contact Mayham Games or Isaac Gibbs” It’s hosted by Local Creators Mayham Games!
Wednesday, February 13th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:45 PM
Chess Club
“Do you play chess? Meet up with other chess players in the meeting room of the GPL. The first Wednesday of each month will feature a timed chess tournament. For more information, contact calderrossi@gmail.com”
Thursday, February 14th
2 Flights Up Game Studio [399 Main St., Dalton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Game Night
“Doors open at 6 pm! There will be board games, card games, and people to teach them! 2 Flights Up is a month-to-month fee-based gaming association. The membership fee is $5 a month. You can save money by buying a year’s membership for $50. This will include the All Day Game Days and every Thursday game night. This fee will be due only in the months that you come to 2 Flights Up to play games. If, for instance, you don’t come at all in February, you don’t pay for February.”
Friday, February 15th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Co-Op Board Game Night – Feat. Forbidden Desert
“Cost: $12/human (regular admission cost), but BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE if you’re here for the co-op games. Let us know at the door; a great post-Valentine’s date night, no? Ages 13+! Open 4pm to midnight. Admission includes all night, unlimited gameroom play! Bring your friends and work together for this co-op board game night, hosted by Goose Gosselin. Goose will be available from 6pm to 10pm to play and/or assist your gameplay. Forbidden Island will be the showcase; a simple to learn co-op. Or… bring your own game and gather with others!”
Saturday, February 16th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
There are four sections: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. It’s a 4-round Swiss System and there are trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Entry is free!

Books:

Monday, February 11th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Book to Movie Discussion Group
Talk about books made into movies with other folks who like talking about that! Our favorite recent book to movie transition was Annihilation! It was a good book and a good movie, even though there were lots of differences!
Tuesday, February 12th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Amy Rodgers, A Monster with a Thousand Hands: The Discursive Spectator in Early Modern England
This is really neat! A book about how the imagined spectator in early modern England affected the cultural practices that were attended by early modern English folks. Like, how did playing to the crowd affect what sorts of stories English playwrights told? Really neat! “Amy Rodgers’ research focuses on early modern literature and culture, audience and popular culture studies, theories of adaptation, and dance studies.”
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
The Locals: When a Billionaire Takes Over a Small Town in New England – On the Same Page-Amherst
“Ray La Raja is a professor in political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and associate director of the UMass Poll, which conducts Internet-based surveys of voters nationally. His research focuses on political parties, interest groups, elections and campaign finance.” He’ll be presenting about the book “The Locals” by Jonathan Dee, which is about a billionaire taking over a small New England town, and that not going well. Which seems almost familiar somehow…
Wednesday, February 13th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Christopher Castellani, Leading Men
“Amy Rodgers’ research focuses on early modern literature and culture, audience and popular culture studies, theories of adaptation, and dance studies.” This is actually the origin story of popular Marvel super hero Iron Man.
Saturday, February 16th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Peternelle van Arsdale, The Cold Is in Her Bones and Liz Byrne, The Grave Keepers
Two great books! The first about demons and possesion and young love by Peternelle van Arsdale “Peternelle van Arsdale is a book editor, essay and short story writer, and the author of The Beast Is an Animal. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she is at work on her third novel. Visit her at PeternellevanArsdale.com.”. The second about a family of grave-keepers and also ghosts! by Elizabeth Byrne “Elizabeth Byrne grew up in New Jersey and earned her MFA at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. You can find her on Twitter @heylizbyrne.”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Children’s Author Visit: Eric Bennett
“Author Eric Bennett will read from his latest kids book, Noodles’and Albie’s Mermaid Parade, delightful tale of two friends, a penguin and a fish. Eric will bring to life penguin culture, Antarctica.” Penguin Culture! Delightful.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Illuminate Book Club
“Illuminate is a book club that unites teenagers from different schools in the Franklin County area in meaningful conversation about coming of age and the power of language through flexible discussion and engaging activities.”

Card Games:

Monday, February 11th
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Modern Mondays at Off the Wall
“Monday Modern! // 7 p.m. // $5 to play! 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”
Friday, February 15th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
FNM at Off The Wall Modern Format
Friday Night Magic, Modern format! Play some magical cards with your pals at Off The Wall!

Community:

Tuesday, February 12th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Amherst Community Connections: One-Stop Resource Center
“Amherst Community Connections (ACC) provides information and referral on emergency services including housing, food stamps, fuel & utility assistance, and emergency financial assistance to anyone in need. For those who cannot come during ACC’s walk-in hours, an appointment can be made by calling the office at 413-345-0737.”

Entertainment:

Monday, February 11th
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite: Brutalism and Mushrooms
“First Talk: ‘Et tu Brute? Intuitive User Design Meets Brutalism’: learn about the idea of intuitive vs unintutive design and how brutalism might straddle them both! Second Talk: ‘Five Fascinating Fungi Found Fruiting in our Forests’ Learn about mushrooms, our delicious forest friends … and enemies.” $5 entry! Cash only.
Wednesday, February 13th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime! The sport of kings. Fruits Basket is a weird anime. That’s pretty much all we have to say about Fruits Basket.
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Prodigious Smash V – feat Ultimate & Melee!
“Calling all Smash players. Here’s the deal…There will be two brackets and you may only enter one; one for Smash Ultimate and another for Smash Melee. Either bracket will be a $5 bracket entry. Cash only; cash prizes. There is an ATM upstairs in Eastworks. Admission to Prodigy Gameroom: $5/human (cash, credit, mobile) if you will be entering one of the brackets. Venue fee waved if you bring a full Ultimate setup (Switch, Adapter, and Monitor). $10 for regular admission without entering a bracket. Ages 13+. With admission, you are granted full access to all 1100+ plus games in the room from 4pm to 10pm so come early and take advantage of the admission. Brackets will begin at 7pm sharp. Please let us know if you will be running behind so we can account for your entry. Bring your own controller!”
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Galentine’s Day: A Celebration of Friendship
“Join us for a waffle breakfast to celebrate platonic friendship and the closing of Fragmented Identities: The Gendered Roles of Women in Art Through the Ages. This program is offered with support from Amherst College’s Human Resources Activities Committee.”
Thursday, February 14th
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center [289 Main St Greenfield, MA, 01301] at 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Drag Queen Bingo
“Join drag queen entertainers Jenayah De Rosario and Liz every second Thursday of the month, starting at 8 p.m., for Drag Queen Bingo! Games are 10 rounds for $10 or $1 a game, with fabulous prizes to win! We will be serving amazing cocktails and delicious food. If you feel like a snack but aren’t much of a player, feel free to join anyway—there’s no door charge”
Saturday, February 16th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunderland Short Story Series: Stories Celebrating Black History Month
Dramatic readings by professional actors help to bring short stories to life! First up is Lia Russell-Self reading “One Friday Morning” by Langston Hughes. Then, Nicole M. Young reading “Kiswana Browne” by Gloria Naylor!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The Fountain of Ukes
Come see the fantastic Fountain of Ukes! The magical musical wonder that provides us all with what we crave: fresh, hot, well-tuned ukuleles! This is your chance to snatch one out of the stream of ukes that constantly pours from this enormous fountain! It’s your one chance this year, and no one knows where the Fountain may appear next!
Sunday, February 17th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
ALL AGES Sunday Family Morning!
Another all-ages day? You’re lulling them into a false sense of security, children. The time for the final blow draws near… $12 per person! Kids must be with a participating adult!

History:

Wednesday, February 13th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
How to Apologize for Slavery
This is an after-hours event, so use the back entrance! “Dr. Theodore R. Johnson, an NYU professor and public policy expert, will explore the role of State apologies in redressing slavery. Sponsored by Critical Connections and the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding. Free and open to the public.”

Kids:

Monday, February 11th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Mandarin Storytime in Partnership with Jones Library (ages 2-6)
Join volunteer Xin for stories in Mandarin! Bring your kids ages 2-6 to hear some good stories.
Tuesday, February 12th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Dad Storytime
“Come to this storytime with your Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, or the significant male role model in your child’s life. We will sing, do a craft and read stories. Children ages 3-8 year old.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! It’s fun!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:15 PM to 6:30 PM
Pokemon Club
Cards! Games! Pokemon Go! Which just got battling! That’s going to be awesome! Also tournaments, other card games, trading, drawing, and snacks! They changed the name to just “Pokemon Club” to reduce wind resistance.
Wednesday, February 13th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Weekly Storytime and Craft
“We’ll read 3-5 books followed by a craft (or scribbling). Attendees are also welcome to play in the castle after the story-time is over. Though the books that we’ll be reading will be intended for kids 0-6, all ages are welcome! Each week will have a different theme that carries through the book selections and the craft. February’s theme is “LOVE”. If you have questions, please email web@odysseybks.com or call 413-534-7307 and speak with either Kinsey or Laure.”
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Bookworms
“Join us as we read a book together and do activities based on the book. The first 10 students to sign up get a free copy of the book to keep. Students in grades 1&2. Registration is required at pbrose@westath.org.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Writing Club
“Are you an aspiring writer? Join us on the second Wednesday of each month, at the tables past the fishtanks. We’ll warm up with a few writing prompts, have some snacks, and get writing! If you feel comfortable sharing your work, we’ll have time for that at the end of the meeting. Feel free to bring writing projects you’re currently working on! For writers ages 8 and up.”
Thursday, February 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Comics Club
“Join Callie in the Children’s & YA Department for a monthly meeting to come up with ideas, make your own books, and talk about your favorite comics! Intended for elementary and tween readers!”
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Fur-ever Friends: A Reading Buddy Workshop
“Children and families are invited to celebrate Fur-ever Friends this Valentine’s Day at the Holyoke Public Library. We will be starting around 6:30 PM with a read aloud of The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond before creating our own Valentine’s Dog to bring home. All materials are provided but space is limited. A non-refundable $7.00 fee per participant is required upon registering. For more information, call 413-420-8101 or e-mail Gregg Mitchell at gmitchell@holyokelibrary.org”
Saturday, February 16th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Happier Family Comedy Show
Happier Valley Comedy is the heart of improv comedy in Western Mass! Let your family’s creativity flourish in an accepting improv atmosphere! Geared for kids aged 5-12, call 413-559-6336 to get tickets!

Movies:

Wednesday, February 13th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
GPL Movie Night
Movie Night! Which movie? Who is to say? But probably a very good one! That’s what we figure.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Boys Like Us
““Boys Like Us” –filmed in Northampton by a Northampton High School senior–explores how masculinity in progressive communities is expressed and created as well as the ways men participate in gender equality. Filmmaker Sylvia Thread created “Boys Like Us”, as her senior capstone project at NHS. Three Northampton men interviewed in the film—Tom Weiner, Thomas Schiff, and Bill Dwight—will participate in a post-film panel discussion. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E8VZclph-0”
Thursday, February 14th
Images Cinema [50 Spring St., Williamstown, MA 01267] at 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Audition: Anti-Valentine’s Day Screening
Haha wow yeah definitely anti-valentine. “A stomach-turning masterpiece. Japanese film-maker Takashi Miike pretty well invented the genre of J-horror as it came to be understood with this shocking, scabrous, satirical movie from 1999.”
Sunday, February 17th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “Stefan Zweig”
“The years of exile in the life of Stefan Zweig, one of the most read German-language writers of his time, between Buenos Aires, New York and Brazil. As a Jewish intellectual, Zweig struggles to find the right stance towards the events in Nazi Germany, while searching for a home in the new world.” Student | $4, Member | $6, General Admission | $8

RPGs:

Wednesday, February 13th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Step inside another life! RPGs are fun time games for folks who like to play pretend around a table!
Saturday, February 16th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons? We have dungeons. Dragons? Eeeeessssh. Hmm. HMmHmHMMMph. Dragons. Real dragons? The big kind? Fire ones? We don’t have fire ones… Ice? No no no ice dragons. What’s that? Like a dead dragon? We could get you a dead dragon! Wait, but still moving? Oh UN-dead, no no none of those. SSsssss sss s s hm. Hm. We can do gerblins! Will those do?

Technology:

Tuesday, February 12th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile in your organization: what tools and processes are you using?
“Bring your organization’s agile story! Share what’s working and what isn’t. Let’s meetup and share our knowledge of process, communication, structure, team roles, dos and don’ts… etc. MAKE SURE TO RSVP HERE: https://aug.atlassian.com/events/details/atlassian-northampton-presents-agile-in-your-organization-what-tools-and-process-are-you-using/. This is an Atlassian Sponsored NERD event. https://nerdsummit.org”

Teens:

Monday, February 11th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Paint
“Are you more of a Renoir or a Picasso? Is your best friend Bob Ross? Come explore your painting instincts, no matter your painting experience. Snacks and materials always provided, no sign-up required. This program is for teens only.” We’re more of a … … there’s no one famous enough to remember specifically for painting prowess who’s also like well-known to be bad at painting! Hm. We’re bad at painting is what we’re saying.
Saturday, February 16th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Anti-Valentines Day Activities
“In celebration of Anti-Valentines Day, we’re making non-mushy buttons, cards, and crafts!” If you’re not into love at the moment, it’s probably good to hang out with other folks who feel the same way!

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