Feb 25th – March 3rd


Comics N’ More is moving! They’re going to a better space that is not in a basement, which is a real improvement over basically any basement. We’re sure there are nice basements and all, but generally you want to exist above ground while you do business. There’s just something about having the option to have windows that brightens up a space.

They’re going to a location on Cottage Street! It’ll be ground level, accessible, and generally wonderful. If you’d like to help make sure that they can land in the new location on their feet, you should donate to their GoFundMe!

Comics N’More is growing and is ready to MOVE ON UP
We have grown a lot over the last four years and recently we went through a big influx of new customers. To continue to grow and best serve our community we need to move to an accessible and modern space. We’ve loved what we have accomplished in our labyrinth of a basement location, and what we have built here will be a strong foundation for what we’re going to turn into next. 


Our lease is in it’s final year and we want to get in front of the challenges that come with moving.  We wish to stay in our beloved town of Easthampton. The community here has embraced us and helped us thrive. We don’t want to lose that. We have a location picked out that we are VERY excited about.


We want to be the best of all comics shops that we can be. We need y’alls help in financing our move and our the costs that go along with such a venture. Moving a small business like ours is hard no matter what the circumstance – bbut we are optimistic and excited to push things forward and greatly appreciate every bit of help. 

Thanks so much.
LETS DO THIS!

– Xtian and Phoebe
IG: @comicsnmore
www.comics-n-more.com


They do an amazing job selling great comics (NOT Board Games!) and have been very helpful and kind to local creators. We would love to see this be their best year yet, and you can help!

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 Book Clubs List!

THIS WEEK


Art:

Monday, February 25th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Drawing for the Terrified!
“Adult workshop, ages 16 and up. Join artist B.Z. Reily in this friendly workshop designed to get pencil to paper. Take inspiration from the exhibition, Out of The Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age. Have fun with drawing and pick up tips and skills along the way. See Workshops for Adults & Educators http://shop.carlemuseum.org/category/workshops-classes/adults-educators to sign up.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Open Art Day
“Explore our new teen maker cart and collage, sketch, paint, sculpt, or whatever else you can think of. Have you been meaning to draw a comic? Make a birthday card? Learn watercolor? Now’s your chance. Snacks and materials always provided, no sign-up required. This program is for teens only.”
Wednesday, February 27th
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.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zines in between keen and mean are here to be seen! Great people, great art, mimeographs! What’s not to like?
Thursday, February 28th
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!”
Friday, March 1st
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Emily Dickinson Museum Tours
Tour the Dickinson Museum! Be inspired by the spirit of a person who used to live in Amherst and seemed to find a lot of the folks in Amherst really annoying and also who was absolutely amazing at writing poetry!
Saturday, March 2nd
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Emily Dickinson Museum Tours
Tour the Dickinson Museum! Be inspired by the spirit of a person who used to live in Amherst and seemed to find a lot of the folks in Amherst really annoying and also who was absolutely amazing at writing poetry!
Frost Library, Amherst College [Amherst, MA, 01002] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Poets of Amherst: A Conversation with Shayla Lawson and Nuar Alsadir ’92
“As part of Amherst College LitFest 2019, the Emily Dickinson Museum’s Executive Director Jane Wald hosts a conversation with poets Shayla Lawson and Nuar Alsadir ’92. This event is free, open to the public and will be followed by Q&A. Light refreshments will be served.”

Board Games:

Tuesday, February 26th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Playtesting at Off the Wall Games
“Attention tabletop game designers/players, we’re running a FREE playtesting event. Bring your protoypes and/or minds to playtest some games from local designers. No desire to play potentially broken games? That’s fine too come on by and play some games from our ever growing game library. There is an optional $5 which will go toward pizza also get 15% off all board games that evening. Any questions, feel free to contact Mayham Games or Isaac Gibbs”
Saturday, March 2nd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Chess Club (Ages 7+)
Play chess if you’re 7 or older!

Books:

Tuesday, February 26th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children’s Book Writers Group
Adults who write for children are invited to a critique group! Speak to other people about your work, and trade opportunities for development as well as writing and publishing tips. You can also read and discuss stories with other members! For more info call the library at 413-772-1544!
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 27th
Hooker Auditorium [Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ayesha Harruna Attah, The Hundred Wells of Salaga
“This event is co-sponsored by the Mount Holyoke College Betty Shabazz Cultural Center, the Mount Holyoke African and Caribbean Students’ Association, and the Division of Student Life. Based on true events, a story of courage, forgiveness, love, and freedom in precolonial Ghana, told through the eyes of two women born to vastly different fates. Aminah lives an idyllic life until she is brutally separated from her home and forced on a journey that transforms her from a daydreamer into a resilient woman. Wurche, the willful daughter of a chief, is desperate to play an important role in her father’s court. These two women’s lives converge as infighting among Wurche’s people threatens the region, during the height of the slave trade at the end of the nineteenth century.”
Thursday, February 28th
Packards [14 Masonic St., Northampton, MA] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Left Hand of Darkness book discussion + dinner
“For our first 2019 book discussion we’ll be reading The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin, and we’ll meet to talk about it on Thursday, February 28.” It’s a classic! You 100% should read this book this week and then head to https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/257477603/ and join the event! ” There is a limit of 12 attendees for this event, to make sure everyone has a chance to participate in the discussion. Please RSVP before it fills up!
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Sonia Nieto and Alicia Lopez, Teaching, a Life’s Work: A Mother-Daughter Dialogue
“A must-read for new teachers and seasoned practitioners, this unique book presents Sonia Nieto and Alicia L pez, mother and daughter writing about the trajectories, vision, and values that brought them to teaching, including the ups and downs they have experienced and the reasons why they have stubbornly remained in one of the oldest, most difficult, and most rewarding of professions. “
Amherst College Johnson Chapel [Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
National Book Awards on Campus: A Conversation with 2018 Fiction Finalists Jamel Brinkley and Brandon Hobson
The national book awards! The best books! In the nation! For you! Followed by a Q&A and a book signing.
Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium [170 Chestnut Street, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
On the Same Page with Jonathan Dee
“Join us for this event with Jonathan Dee, author of our 2019 community read, The Locals. Dee will speak about the book and the themes he explores in it. Books will be available for purchase and signing.”

Card Games:

Monday, February 25th
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, March 1st
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:

Friday, March 1st
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Discover the Lost Art of Concentration
“Join us for a series of conversations and close-looking sessions designed to help visitors gain focus and clarity through extended looking at art. We’ll provide tips and techniques to help you hone your observational acumen and deepen concentration at this series of morning programs. Tea will be served. This event is presented in collaboration with Amherst College Human Resources, and is free and open to all.”

Entertainment:

Wednesday, February 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Music and Social Justice Series: Ben Grosscup
“BEN GROSSCUP leads songs at picket lines, rallies, marches, conferences, and house concerts to inspire and agitate for justice and peace. Drawing upon activist folk singing traditions, he brings new songs to to the movement-building spaces where they are most relevant. He works with unions and other peace and social justice organizations to raise political consciousness and help people sing together for a common purpose. He has performed for nurses and teachers unions, climate justice organizations, anti-death penalty groups, indigenous rights groups, and other social justice groups. He performs a wide range of politically inspired music—much of it original. He is working on his debut CD release.”
Thursday, February 28th
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.
Friday, March 1st
Frost Library, Amherst College [Amherst, MA, 01002] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
A Conversation with Rebecca Carroll
“As part of Amherst College LitFest 2019, Associate Professor and jazz musician Darryl Harper ’90 will host a conversation with Rebecca Carroll, a cultural critic and the editor of special projects at WNYC and the author of several books about race and blackness, including 1997’s Sugar in the Raw. This event is free, open to the public and will be followed by a Q&A. Light refreshments will be served.”
Amherst College Johnson Chapel [Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
An Evening with Jennifer Egan
“Jennifer Egan is the author of Manhattan Beach, which was awarded the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her previous novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award.” Followed by a Q&A and book signing!
Saturday, March 2nd
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, March 3rd
Another Castle [30 Olive St. Suite 2, Greenfield, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY | The Importance of Art Direction: A look at Mario Odyssey
“We’re really looking forward to March. First off, March means we’re one month closer to summer, but more importantly, we have a fantastic MAKE TALK PLAY presentation by our close friend and longtime PVGD member, Creath Carter! TITLE: The Importance of Art Direction: A look at Mario Odyssey (and why it’s so hard to spell). DESCRIPTION: Creath Carter breaks down the lack of continuity in one of last years most popular games, and uses it as a case study for the relationships between themes and styles, with specific attention paid to the character design and material treatment across world and environment creation. This will be a great one!”

History:

Friday, March 1st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
AHS History Bites: Indigenous Amherst: The life and work of Charles “Ohiyesa” Eastman and his family
“Charles Eastman was a Native American (Santee Dakota) author and activist, and resident of Amherst from 1911-19. In the latest of the Amherst Historical Society’s History Bites Lunchtime Lecture series, on Friday, March 1st, at 12:15 Kiara Vigil, Assistant Professor of American Studies at Amherst College, will highlight Charles Eastman’s life, his position as a “public face for the Indian people” and how he successfully navigated circuits of power using academia, the literary marketplace, and the federal government’s Indian Service. “

Kids:

Tuesday, February 26th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Experimental Art
Dress for mess! Registration required, ages 8-12!
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!
Wednesday, February 27th
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.”
Thursday, February 28th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
BINGO for Books
“This is a FREE parent/child event for children ages 5-8 years old. Registration is required and space is limited to 10 children and a family member. This program is sponsored by the Westfield CFCE and the Westfield Boys and Girls Library.”
Saturday, March 2nd
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 Leslea Newman
“Gittel and her mother were supposed to immigrate to America together, but when her mother is stopped by the health inspector, Gittel must make the journey alone. How will she find her family? Both a heart-wrenching and heartwarming story, Gittel’s Journey offers a fresh perspective on the immigration journey to Ellis Island. The book includes an author’s note explaining how Gittel’s story is based on the journey to America taken by Lesléa Newman’s grandmother and family friend.”
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Music & Movement at the Library
Music, music making, music appreciation, and movements for children ages 0 – 5 and their caregivers!

Movies:

Monday, February 25th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 5:45 PM to 8:00 PM
Oscar Nominee Film Series
A screening of Black Panther! One of the better movies to come out of the whole gigantic superhero movie phenomenon. It’s just extremely neat, we like Shuri a lot! Free and open to the public.
Wednesday, February 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Death and Taxes: A Film about War Tax Resisters and Their Motivations
“Twenty-eight people offer their motivations for –and methods– of resisting the war machine with their tax money. This unnarrated film introduces viewers to war tax refusal and redirecting tax dollars to peace. Most say it is a matter of conscience barring them from financially supporting war or other actions they find morally unacceptable. They explain that tax resistance can range from including a protest letter with full payment to withholding payment completely. Some of the resistors say they have taken on lifestyles that keep them below the legal threshold for taxable income. Others explain their drawn-out dealings with the IRS. A placard at one point explains that of the tens of thousands of tax resistors since World War II, fewer than 30 have been jailed. The combination of the speakers’ good humor and their apparent sincerity makes this film recommended for anyone interested in learning about using tax resistance as a method of protesting wars and war funding.”
Sunday, March 3rd
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
FILM | GI Jews with director Q&A
“GI JEWS: Jewish Americans in World War II tells the profound and unique story of the 550,000 Jewish men and women who served in World War II. Through the eyes of the servicemen and women, the film brings to life the little-known story of Jews in World War II – as active participants in the fight against Hitler, bigotry and intolerance. Lisa Ades is a documentary filmmaker who has produced and directed award-winning films for PBS and cable television for more than 25 years.” Students $4, Member $6, General Admission $8.

RPGs:

Thursday, February 28th
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, March 2nd
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?

Science:

Monday, February 25th
Union Station [125 Pleasant St, Northampton] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SciTech Cafe: What Does Physics Tell Us About Time?
“Kaća Bradonjić received her B.S. in philosophy and physics from Northeastern University and her Ph.D. in physics from Boston University. Situated at the intersection of physics and philosophy, Kaća’s research is focused on foundational questions of the physical interpretation of the mathematical formulations of gauge theories of gravity, and particularly on the role of conformal and projective structures. Kaća’s artistic work explores the use of metaphor as means of understanding the relations among physical, intellectual, and emotional spaces. A project of note is Projections, a series of paintings based on impressions of academic talks. Prior to coming to Hampshire College, she taught at Wellesley College and Boston University. More details about her work can be found at http://www.kacabradonjic.com ” This sounds fantastic! Time is so odd!
Saturday, March 2nd
Amherst College Johnson Chapel [Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
The Once and Future Planet: Science Journalism in the 21st Century with Charles Mann ’76 and Elizabeth Kolbert
“As part of Amherst College LitFest 2019, Cullen Murphy ’74, editor-at-large for The Atlantic, hosts a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Kolbert and Charles C. Mann ’76, author of New York Times bestseller 1493. The event will be followed by Q&A and book signing. It is free and open to the public.”

Teens:

Tuesday, February 26th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Games and Gab
“Come by the Teen Room to play games and hang out with Laura from River Valley Counseling! Laura will be on hand to answer your sex education questions in a safe and judgement free environment.” Dang that’s better than our experience asking our sex education questions in that pit with the pendulum. They weren’t judgemental but frankly it didn’t feel safe.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:15 PM to 6:30 PM
The Pokemon Club
Pokemon cards, pokemon games, pokemon go! Tournaments! Card games in general! Trading! Art! Snacks! Pokemon Let’s Go comes out in like a week, that could be fun at the next one! Yaaay pocket monsters
Thursday, February 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM
Workshop for Young Sound Artists and Podcasters
Learn how to record and edit audio, and make a piece of sound art of start a podcast! Intended for all teens who haven’t somehow already become internationally successful artists/podcasters. Sign up at the YA Desk or call (413) 587-1010.!

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