March 25th – 31st


The Comics N’ More moving party was delightful! Great people showing a lot of support for a great bunch of comix-mongers. We didn’t manage to get any of our silent auction bids, but that just meant that other wonderful folks did! All the money went to help out with the move and we really cannot wait to see the new digs! See the new Comics N’ More at 64 Cottage St., Easthampton MA! Also don’t miss out on their next big party on Free Comic Book Day this May 4th!

We also got to play a bit of an in-progress RPG by local creator Epidiah Ravachol recently! It’s extremely neat and it’s called Lincoln Green.

It’s about being a member of a merry band of thieves, robbing from the rich and feeding the poor! It is all the nice parts of being Robin Hood basically. We only got to the character creation portion, but it’s a lot of fun creating a character! We tried out the anthropomorphic (who knows where that idea came from?!) version of the game, which basically just adds a fun character-trait – what animal species you are – to an already really neat base game.

We created Ham Guiscard: goat gourmand and accidental outlaw cook for the Merry Folk! You pick a background (most folks are farmers, but dang if there isn’t a huge list of possible medieval jobs. Cordwainer!) and goes through species to just sort of general experiences as a person that contribute to your capacity to face down problems. Probably our favorite part of the character creation process is that we never really felt a pressure to make the character “practical”. The goals of the game are wide-ranging and general enough – rob the rich, feed the poor, humiliate the authorities – that it doesn’t really matter if you’re a dab hand with a sword.

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:

Tuesday, March 26th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
A Space of One’s Own: Silence, Solitude, and Creativity
A presentation by local presentation expert Barry Deitz about writers and artists who have used the concepts of silence and solitude to influence their creative output! Thoreau, Woolf, Pynchon, Salinger, Darger, and others will be discussed! We’ve tried using silence and solitude to make our own creative work but no one paid attention…
Graham Auditorium, Hillyer Hall, Smith College [Northampton, MA] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Neo-traditionalism and the Eco-ethics of the African Feminist: Artist + Scholar in Dialogue
“Artist Ifeoma U. Anyaeji is featured in the exhibition Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials. She will discuss her neo-traditional “Plasto-yarning” technique in dialogue with Chelsea Mikael Frazier, a cultural studies scholar working at the intersection of Black feminist theory and environmental thought. Moderated by Emma Chubb, Charlotte Feng Ford ’83 Curator of Contemporary Art.” This sounds like a fascinating discussion!
Wednesday, March 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Make a zine about your favorite songs! Make a zine about your favorite authors! Make a zine about your favorite zines! Then, get someone else to make a zine about their favorite zines about favorite zines and include your zine.
Thursday, March 28th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Dimensionism: Opening Keynote and Reception
“Join us for a keynote talk with American Art Curator Vanja Malloy as she explains her pioneering research on Dimensionism, an art movement during the early twentieth century in which American and European artists responded in their work to the air of excitement from the scientific discoveries happening around them. After the talk, come experience this first-of-its-kind exhibition, Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein at the opening reception. This program is offered with support from the Arts at Amherst Initiative. Free and open to all!”
Friday, March 29th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Writer’s Lunch Workshop
“This two-hour writing workshop runs on Fridays from noon to 2 pm. Joannah Whitney leads the program, which includes writing exercises and discussion as well as an opportunity to share what has been written. Participants are encouraged to attend the open writing periods during the week as well. There is no charge for the workshop and registration is not required.” Get a good write in! It’s a good time for you to learn about writing and write a bunch!
Saturday, March 30th
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, March 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”
Thursday, March 28th
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.”
Saturday, March 30th
2 Flights Up [399 1/2 Main St, Dalton, MA 01226] at 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
All Day Game Day!
“This is a full day of tabletop gaming goodness! There will be 2 sessions of scheduled events and a growing game library available all day. The scheduled sessions will run from 11:00 AM to 4PM and from 5PM to 10:00PM. During these sessions, there will be friendly and experienced GMs available to teach a variety of tabletop games. You are also welcome to bring along any games of your own that you would like to play with new friends.” It costs $5 and it’s not technically in the Valley, but folks in the Berkshires need help too!
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Bolt Action Tournament
“1250 points, may use two infantry selectors or 1 infantry and 1 armor selector, $15!” We have no idea what any of that means but we assume YOU do if you’re interested in this!

Books:

Tuesday, March 26th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Once & Future, Cori McCarthy, Amy Rose Capetta
“When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.” This sounds good as hell! Arthurian legend stuff is fun and fighting for equality is good!
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 Founders and Us with Joseph Ellis
“In his latest book, American Dialogue: The Founders and Us, historian Joseph Ellis looks back to the American founding for wisdom from Jefferson, Adams, Madison, and Washington. What did the words “the pursuit of happiness” and “we the people” mean then, and what do they mean now? How can the Founders help us frame the arguments we need to have about race, economic inequality, jurisprudence, and foreign policy? As the title suggests, and the Founders knew, argument itself is the answer.” We feel like maybe the Founders should have really specifically outlined “Please do not venerate us as god-kings, it’s a bad idea”

Card Games:

Monday, March 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 29th
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:

Thursday, March 28th
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:

Wednesday, March 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Music and Social Justice Series: Yosl Kurland
“Yosl Kurland was inspired by Pete Seeger as a teenager back in the 1960s to dream of singing for peace and justice. In 1991, Pete invited him and the Wholesale Klezmer Band to do just that, in Yiddish, at the 100th anniversary of Carnegie Hall, and at subsequent concerts in our own region. Yosl, a founding member of the Wholesale Klezmer Band since 1982 sings and writes songs in Yiddish, English and Hebrew.”
Thursday, March 28th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime is an art form that we have scattered experience with but a lot of people wicked like. Promised Neverland has been really good so far!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime is an art form that we have scattered experience with but a lot of people wicked like. The nice part about anime is that you pretty much only need to pick one show and you’ll have 11,000 hours to get through. We once started watching One Piece, saw it had 500 30-minute episodes, and slowly walked into the sea.

History:

Monday, March 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Church and Synagogue Records workshop
“Forbes Library is pleased to offer a Workshop on Church and Synagogue Records. The focus will be on organizing and protecting organizations’ historical records of all types: vital records, minutes, sermons, photographs, annual reports, bulletins and newsletters, membership lists, and other records of the life and history of the institution. Church and synagogue historians are particularly invited, but others who have an interest in the history and records of Northampton religious organizations are also very welcome to attend. There is no charge.”
Friday, March 29th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
AHS History Bites: Cowls in Amherst: A Founding Family
“Cowls Building Supply advertises; ‘Family Owned and Operated since 1741.’ Join the Amherst Historical Society as Cowls’ current manager, Ms Cinda Jones, presents Cowls in Amherst: A founding family’s generational contributions to building community.”

Kids:

Tuesday, March 26th
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, March 27th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Weekly Storytime and Craft
A story! A craft! Both together? Too much. Too much delightfulness! Kids 0-6 are the taget audience but all ages are welcome to experience the joy of reading.
Friday, March 29th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Marvel Mayhem
“Join us to celebrate everything Marvel! We’ll make buttons, play games, and finish with Live Clue: Marvel Edition. Pizza will be served! For grades 5-12 *Early Release Day* Registration is required, space is limited”
Saturday, March 30th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Northampton Community Music Center presents In The Nick of Time
“$5 Museum Admission extra, not required Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales. Limited seating; early arrival recommended.” There are a lot of things that are extra, not required. A car is like $10,000 but it is extra, not required!
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Family Movie: Ralph Breaks the Internet
Ralph Breaks the Internet! Snacks! Drinks! All the nice things!

Movies:

Monday, March 25th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 5:45 PM to 8:00 PM
Oscar Nominee Film Series
Screening of sing-based tearjerker A Star Is Born! Did you know this movie has been made like 5 times? It has! It’s weird how some films get remade a bunch but it doesn’t feel like it. Probably because they don’t do it four times in a few years like Spider-Man.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion : Blancanieves
“Far Out Film Discussion is formatted like a book club: check out the film, watch it at home, and attend the meeting to discuss it. (We will not be screening the film at the program.) We meet the last Monday of each month. Our next movie is Blancanieves, a silent film from 2012 based on the fairytale Snow White.” This is the version the Disney animated feature was based on. Remeber, watch the movie before you attend!
Tuesday, March 26th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Hate U Give (PG-13)
Movie begins at 6pm, and a discussion of themes will follow! Light refreshments will be served, no word on when discussion of the light refreshments will begin. Probably contemperaneous with the refreshing.
Thursday, March 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Acessibility Focus: Film Screening: Going Blind
“Going Blind is a 2010 documentary about coping with vision loss by writer and director Joseph F. Lovett. Rick Ely, a local assistive technology educator and low-vision advocate, will take questions after the film. The film will be shown with audio description.”
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Population Connection Film Screening
“Join other local ‘Population Connection’ members for a screening of The Wilson Center’s “Healthy People, Healthy Environment” film series which transports viewers to Tanzania, Nepal, and Ethiopia to explore an innovative approach to international development called integrated population, health, and environment (PHE), that seeks to protect both people and the ecosystems that sustain them. Free and open to the public.”
Saturday, March 30th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival: Promise at Dawn
“This epic drama about the extraordinary life of renowned writer and war hero, Romain Gary, is a heartfelt testament to the special bond shared between a Jewish mother and son. The film follows the celebrated novelist from childhood poverty in Poland, to his education in France and exploits as a World War II aviator. The mélange of rich vignettes is seen through the prism of his relationship with his eccentric and domineering mother, Nina, who pushed beleaguered Gary to fulfill his potential. Nominated for five César Awards, this breathtaking saga contemplates the complex emotional truths of a parent’s self-sacrifice and impossible dreams for a child. Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg (Norman, Melancholia) and Pierre Niney (Yves Saint Laurent).”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Documentary about Romania
Well. That’s really straightforward! Documentary, check. About? Well, we’re going to get there… Romania. Yep. That’s it!

RPGs:

Thursday, March 28th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play a game where you pretend to be another person! That covers a pretty wide range, so we don’t know exactly what’ll be up here but for some reason most of these games involves swords and dragons at some point. Even if someone tells you you’re going to be playing an RPG about minding a small convenience store, take a few levels in Longswords just in case.
Friday, March 29th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield MA [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 10:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Magestry Spring 2019, Event 1
“First game of the spring season! Welcome back to Elmerton just before the New Year when the blood begins to thaw and New Life emerges from the depths of Winter. Come join the heroes of this small township as they work to overcome the problems they face. Combat, role-play, political intrigue, and more await you on Magesta! New Players can play their first game for only $40 and NPCs always play for free. Email us at Info@Magestry.com to make an account on our database and sign up for games!”
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield MA [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Magestry Spring 2019, Event 1
Third day of th event! Remember that if you’re an NPC you attend for free! It even rhymes!
Saturday, March 30th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Contact Tristin Anderson at a mysterious pub by the name of trisdragon2@gmail.com to begin your wonderous adventure in the Boys and Girls Library Activity Room! KAPOW!
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield MA [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 7:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Magestry Spring 2019, Event 1
Second day of th event! Remember that if you’re an NPC you attend for free! It even rhymes!

Science:

Monday, March 25th
Union Station [125 Pleasant St, Northampton] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SciTech Cafe: Future Foods: How Modern Science is Transforming the Way We Eat
“What is food architecture? How does sound and color impact taste? Will we all have 3D food printers in our homes? Should nanotechnology and gene editing be used to enhance our foods? Would you eat bug-foods if it led to a more sustainable food supply? Should vegetarians eat themselves? Can nutraceuticals or probiotics stop cancer? What is the molecular basis of a tasty sustainable burger?” Wait. Wait. What … was the one about vegetarians?
Thursday, March 28th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Tick Tock
“Everything you need to know about tick born diseases, prevention and treatment presented by UMASS School of Nursing.” Slides 1-20 are just “SO GROSS!”, ticks are so gross!
Saturday, March 30th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The Mysteries of DNA Explained – Part 2, with Dave Robison
“DNA testing for family history research has conquered many brick walls, but is it for you? Perhaps you are still deciding whether to not to test, or maybe you already have your results. In either case, Dave Robison’s two presentations will answer many of your questions and help you make informed decisions about next steps regarding DNA testing.”

Teens:

Monday, March 25th
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 to that panel of dog show judges. We weren’t in any danger but frankly they felt judge-y.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Social Justice and Theatre
“Once a month a local artist visits the Teen Arts Program to talk about their work and their life as an artist. This month Trenda Loftin is coming to talk about social justice and theatre. Exploring the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality has been at the heart of Trenda’s work since she entered college.”
Tuesday, March 26th
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
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Teen and Tween Art Club
A teen and a tween are invited to create art! Or possible multiple teens and tweens, we can’t be sure. Either way, there’s art to be made!
Thursday, March 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.!
Saturday, March 30th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Teen Crafternoon
Make a craft! No need to be an artist, just be interested in messing about with the supplies provided!

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