Feb 18th – 24th


This is a short week for a lot of folks, which is nice. Why not spend your time buying comics at wonderful local store Comics N’ More? We’ve heard wonderful things about Judas by Jeff Loveless and Jakub Rebelka!

Also since we haven’t told you to do so in a while, it is a good idea to support excellent local charitable organization The Northampton Survival Center! They do good work providing food to people in need in our community. It’s a terrible thing that anyone in the Valley goes hungry, and it’s good to alleviate it if you can.

Also because we just heard another three danged separate references to the “This Is Fine Dog” from people this week, why not donate to the person who created artwork that significantly impacted the way the world conceives of going about your day when everything is terrifying – a very modern concern? That’s local artist KC Green! He’s a good artist, and his Patreon has neat stuff for you!

Also be sure to check out Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat in Easthampton at 7pm! It’s always a great time!

Also… you’re great! Thanks for reading.

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:

Wednesday, February 20th
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.
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Artist Talk with Stephen Viteiello
“”Listening, Hearing and the Human” is a course taught by Associate Professor of Music Jeffers Engelhardt and Associate Professor of Music Darryl Harper that asks us to think about listening and hearing as culturally specific practices that are guided by particular histories, identities, technologies and other factors. All are invited to a talk by sound artist Stephen Vitiello, followed by a discussion led by Professors Engelhardt and Harper. This program is made possible with support from Amherst College Departments of Anthropology and Sociology and Music as well as Arts at Amherst. This event is free and open to all.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Our Work and Why We Do It
“Our Work and Why We Do It is the Forbes Library’s Writer in Residence reading series. This series is interested in exploring the ways in which the written word may create and sustain social worlds through inquiry, practice, experimentation, story and lyric.”
Thursday, February 21st
Gamble Auditorium, [Mount Holyoke College Art Museum Lower Lake Rd, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Morgan Parker and Danez Smith: Poets in Conversation
“The Weissman Center for Leadership and the APAU Black History Month Committee present award winning poets Morgan Parker and Danez Smith: Poets in Conversation. Parker and Smith will share their work and together, will discuss the transformative role of poetry in the contemporary moment. Organized in collaboration with the Association of Pan-African Unity’s Black History Month Committee. Free and open to the public. Book signing to follow.”
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Symmetry in Art & Science
“All are invited to the Mead for a talk on symmetry with Amherst College Assistant Professor of Chemistry Chris Durr. Join us to learn more about a chemist’s perspective on symmetry, structure, and time. Attendees will walk away with a greater understanding of how scientific principles play out visually in our galleries. Free and open to all!”
Saturday, February 23rd
The Arts Trust Building [33 Hawley St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Photographer. Rosamond Purcell. Reception with Rosamond Purcell. Film, Conversation and Book Signing
“Finding unexpected beauty in the discarded and decayed, photographer Rosamond Purcell has developed a body of work that has garnered international acclaim, graced the pages of National Geographic and over 20 published books. This film details Purcell’s fascination with the natural world – from a mastodon tooth to a hydrocephalic skull – offering insight into her unique way of recontextualizing objects both ordinary and strange into sometimes disturbing but always breathtaking imagery. 6 pm: Reception with hearty appetizers | $20 ($5 students). 7 pm: Film, conversation and book signing |$10. Limited seating. Reservations strongly encouraged.”
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!”

Board Games:

Tuesday, February 19th
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 Modern Art 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” Modern Art is a ton of fun!
Wednesday, February 20th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games – Space!
“Alright folks, it’s time to get spaced! This week I’ll be featuring the dead simple and wonderful Space Base. Space Base is a quick-to-learn, quick-to-play dice game using the core “I roll, everyone gets stuff” mechanism seen in games like Settlers of Catan and Machi Koro. It’s a strategic engine builder using where the cards you buy and the order you buy them have interesting implications on your engine beyond just the ability on the card you buy. Players can take their engine in a number of directions: long odds and explosive gains, low luck and steady income, big end-game combos to launch from last to first, or a mix-and-match approach. Rahdo Runs Through Space Base: https://youtu.be/HtqOx9NBcrg”
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 21st
2 Flights Up [399 1/2 Main St, Dalton, MA 01226] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Game Night
“Doors open at 6pm! 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.”

Books:

Tuesday, February 19th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Author/Illustrator in Residence
“Join us during February break as we create our own picture book with author/illustrator David Hyde Costello.” The first session will be brainstorming! Then you’ll be able to observe his progress in a studio space in the library over the course of the week. At the end of the week on the 22nd at 10:30am, he’ll present the final work!
Friday, February 22nd
The Arts Trust Building [33 Hawley St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Sleuthing & Serendipity: The “Discovered” Adventure of Two Intrepid Women Naturalists Who Helped Inspire Congress To Preserve The White Mountains.
Valley authors Allison Bell & Maida Goodwin will describe three remarkable stories: (1) how three independent research projects reunited long-separated photographs and letters (some with secret code) that (2) tell the story of a 1902 hike in the White Mountains of two women naturalists, who subsequently took leading roles in the successful effort to protect the White Mountains of New Hampshire and (3) the region’s extraordinary alpine habitats and hiking trails. Limited seating. To reserve your place, register online. $8 members/donors of Historic Northampton, BAMC and students; $12 all others”
Saturday, February 23rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Book Discussion of “The Locals” – On The Same Page Amherst
“Join us for an in-depth discussion of our selected community read title, led by Jones Library librarian Linda Wentworth. All are welcome. “

Card Games:

Monday, February 18th
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 22nd
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 19th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Author Talk: Douglas Selwyn — All Children Are All Our Children
“What would schools and communities look like if the health and well-being of all our children were our highest priorities? More important than test scores, profits, or real estate values? What actions would we take if we wanted to guarantee that all our children were growing up with what they needed to be healthy, happy, and successful—and not just some of them?”

Entertainment:

Wednesday, February 20th
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, February 21st
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Toastmasters
People talking in public to get over the fear of talking in public, we think! Or like that might not be the literal reason for this but it’s the way we’ve generally known people to interact with it! Be nice!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
Get cookies! Walk around Forbes and listen to a show and tell about various museum objects they’ve got on hand! Just a nice as heck time. This month is a celebration of our beloved fish, Paco, in the Children’s Department. We’ll have a very special Paco coloring sheet, and a showcase of photos of Paco (and friends) over the years. You can submit your photo ahead of time to childrens@forbeslibrary.org, or bring it with you on the day!
Friday, February 22nd
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Virtual Reality Night w/ Pioneer VR! (Oculus Rift)
“Admission: $12 for access from 4pm to midnight, VR from 7pm to 9pm. Ages: 13+. Pioneer VR runs a VR Night once again here at Prodigy! System will be available from 7pm to 9pm. Arrive early to ensure a chance to play!”
Saturday, February 23rd
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!

History:

Tuesday, February 19th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Geneaology Drop-in Lab
A free drop-in lab for anyone interested in learning more about their family history! You need a Library Card, but nothing else! Hillary Schau will lead you through it!
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
The Search for Lickingwater and the Making of Northampton A Public Talk and Book Signing by John Sinton
“John Sinton will talk about the physical creation of the Connecticut River Valley and of Nonotuck village. How did Northampton come to occupy primary of place in the Valley for its first one hundred fifty years? The central section of the presentation will focus on the Mill River itself, its major diversions in 1710 and 1940, and the role the river played in the formation and development of Northampton. Free and open to the public. ​Donations welcome. First come, first served.” Wait first come first served what? The talk?
Wednesday, February 20th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Speaker Series – Hikes Through History with Alison O’Leary
“Have you ever wandered through the woods and wondered who had been there before you? In Massachusetts, many parks and trails have been carved out of historical sites. Author Alison O’Leary, an award-winning journalist and coauthor of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s new guide Best Day Hikes Near Boston, will share her favorites with your audience through this hour-long program.”
The David Ruggles Center [225 Nonotuck St, Northampton, MA 01062] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Basil Dorsey Day Talk: Ruggles and Dorsey in early Florence
“We will celebrate Basil Dorsey and his neighbor and assistant on the UGRR, the fiery abolitionist David Ruggles. Ruggles and Joshua Leavitt guided Dorsey to Northampton and Charlemont by 1838. Dorsey then came to Florence in 1844 and became the villages chief teamster for its goods.”
Thursday, February 21st
The Arts Trust Building [33 Hawley St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
The Search for Lickingwater and the Making of Northampton A Public Talk and Book Signing by John Sinton
“John Sinton will talk about the physical creation of the Connecticut River Valley and of Nonotuck village. How did Northampton come to occupy primary of place in the Valley for its first one hundred fifty years? The central section of the presentation will focus on the Mill River itself, its major diversions in 1710 and 1940, and the role the river played in the formation and development of Northampton. Free and open to the public. ​Donations welcome. First come, first served.” Wait first come first served what? The talk?
Saturday, February 23rd
The David Ruggles Center [225 Nonotuck St, Northampton, MA 01062] at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Walking Tour: “Basil Dorsey and his Formerly Enslaved Neighbors”
“We’ll walk to home sites of Basil Dorsey and other formerly enslaved citizens, Joseph Willson, Ezekiel Cooper, Lewis French, Henry Anthony, William Wright, and George Hodestia.”
Sunday, February 24th
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Winter Lecture Series – Native Voices: Recovering American Histories
“This winter’s series is devoted to re-centering indigenous peoples’ experience and perspectives within broader American narratives and histories. Each presenter will share new scholarship and insights that bring to light Native men and women as active participants and autonomous history makers.” This week is “Fictive Kin: Frank Speck, Gladys Tantaquidgeon and Other Native Informants,” Presented by Margaret Bruchac, University of Pennsylvania.

Kids:

Tuesday, February 19th
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.
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Read-Out at the Library!
Stretch out around the “camp fire”, wear your PJs, bring a pillow, sleeping bag, or blanket! There will be a selection of books to choose from or you can bring your own. A relaxing evening of reading with friends! Open to children of all ages and their families,
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!
Wednesday, February 20th
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.”
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Traveling Zoo of Forest Park Visits PPL
Seven excellent animals from the zoo will be visiting the library!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Meet Mary Pope Osborne
“Meet Mary Pope Osborne, author of the Magic Tree House series, the No. 1 best-selling chapter book series of all time! Guests can get books stamped with Mary’s signature and take photos with her. Showtime with Shakespeare, a theatrical production of Osborne’s Magic Tree House adventure book, Stage Fright on a Summer Night, will be performed by Berkshire Theatre Group at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm this day.”
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Family Movie & Crafternoon: Ratatouille (G)
“From 2:00-3:00 we be crafting a paper collage feast! At 3:00 the movie begins! Ratatouille tells the delectable tale of Remy, a rat who dreams of becoming a gourmet chef. “
Friday, February 22nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:30 PM to 2:15 PM
Braille Storytime and Meet a Guide Dog!
“Enjoy a Braille Storytime with Barbara Black, and meet her guide dog, Miss Pie! Barbara will talk about a day-in-the-life for her dog, share a favorite book, and answer questions. We’ll also have a collection of Braille children’s books available for check out. Great for ages 2-8!” It’s a very cute doggie!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Lego Club (Ages 5-10)
“Use our library LEGO collection to engineer and build a cool creation. We’ll have a special photobooth area set up so you can document the amazing things you create!”
Saturday, February 23rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Drag Queen Story Hour
Drag queens will read stories! Pretty straightforward!

Movies:

Tuesday, February 19th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Teen Movie: The Hate U Give
“Come watch and discuss The Hate U Give, based on the powerful, best-selling, and award winning novel about systemic racism and youth acitivism.”
Wednesday, February 20th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Norm of the North 2: Keys to the Kingdom
The second movie starring Norm, a Polar Bear, that will likely be entertaining for kids and not so much for people who aren’t into childrens animated films.
Thursday, February 21st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Inequality for All: Screening and Discussion – On the Same Page Amherst
“This documentary presents a passionate argument on behalf of the middle class by Robert Reich – professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member – as he explains how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy as the massive consolidation of wealth by a precious few threatens the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy itself. Following the screening, there will be a discussion led by Donald Tomaskovic-Devey. “
Saturday, February 23rd
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Family Movie: Bernie the Dolphin
“Drop in to the Library for a free movie! Set in St. Augustine, Florida, ‘Bernie the Dolphin’ is a family adventure about a brother and sister who befriend a badly sunburned dolphin separated from his family and uncover a secret plan that could destroy the beach and their new friend’s home. The kids must devise a clever plan to stop the bad guys, protect the sea life, and, most importantly, save their best friend, Bernie. We provide snacks and drinks. Registration NOT required. Movie is rated G and is 88 minutes long.”

Science:

Thursday, February 21st
The Taproom [1 Mill Valley RD, Suite C Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Science Cafe: The Origins and Future of Language
Panelists Dr. Dan Vahaba, Maggie Ugolini, and Dr. Adrian Staud will present about langauge! Does a sound no one understands count as language? Are humans the only ones who use langauge? Are emojis language? Hear the panel debate the biological basis of language, ways it can go wrong, and where language might be headed in the future!

Teens:

Thursday, February 21st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Anime/Manga Club
Manga/Anime fans will have the chance to watch anime, read manga, draw, and meet other fans! A solid meetup group if you enjoy anime and manga!

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