October 21st – 27th


Not this week but next week we need all our dear readers to go check out “5YearsLater: A Celebration” at Comics N’ More!

“It is our great pleasure to invite yall to celebrate our 5 Year Anniversary. We’ve been rearranging and setting things up just right to offer a unique and welcoming space with a eclectic variety of funny book offerings for sale. The celebration has begun with the introduction of hundreds of new graphic novels, TPBS and collected editions. On Wednesday, Oct. 10th we will be finally opening up our new BACK ISSUES ROOM! There’s all sorts more to come and be put out for sale for the first time all month long so you’d better watch out!”

Back issues! Hundreds of new comics! A great opportunity to head to a wonderful local shop and spend literally every dime you have! Five years as a comixmonger is a long time! It’s so wonderful that we have such an amazing shop in the Valley. Speaking as comics fans, there is legitimately not a better place to go for comics in a hundred miles in any direction. If you’re not already getting a weekly pull, start!

Also a fun time every month is SciTech Cafe! “The Shape of Space” next Monday the 28th at Union Station is going to feature Patricia Cahn, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Smith College, she’ll help explain… How do mathematicians classify shapes? How is a donut the same as a coffee cup? How can we describe different three-dimensional worlds, including, but not limited to, the one we live in? What about four-dimensional worlds?

Ooh and we just saw that a new game cafe is opening in Holyoke! The Avalon Game Cafe is going to have food and games and also booze! All the nice things in life! ” This fall, a new food & entertainment space is opening on Dwight Street in Holyoke. Check out the family fun and afterschool programs in the afternoon, and cocktails and events for adults in the evening.” Sign up for their mailing list in order to get notice about their opening!

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out our Patreon! And don’t forget to check out the Book Clubs List!

THIS WEEK


Art:

Monday, October 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: DIY Costume Makeup
“Make your own Halloween makeup with household ingredients. As always, snacks and materials are provided. This event is for teens only. “
Wednesday, October 23rd
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, October 24th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Dancing the Museum
“This performance, lecture and public conversation will focus on the increasing presence of dance in the programming of museums and galleries. This international trend has fostered unprecedented collaboration between dancers and curators, catalyzed new modes of spectatorship for dance and museum, and opened fresh possibilities for intermedia, site-specific projects at the intersection of dance and the visual arts.”
Friday, October 25th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Gallery Talk: Defiant Vision: Prints & Poetry of Munio Makuuchi
“Join Aprile Gallant, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs and Senior Curator and Floyd Cheung, Professor of English Language and Literature and American Studies for a tour of this timely new exhibition. In 2005, Professor Cheung became aware of the poetry and art of Munio Makuuchi and shared his knowledge and curiosity with Aprile Gallant. This exhibition marks their decade-long collaboration, as well as their work with Smith students, to bring Makuuchi’s work to public attention. Born in Seattle in 1934, Makuuchi and his family were among 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry confined to incarceration camps during WWII. This childhood experience would be a catalyst for Makuuchi’s art as well as his rootless existence. During his tumultuous life, Makuuchi was consistently shaped by challenges, yet the more obstacles he faced, the more defiantly he pursued his vision. (Meet in the exhibition gallery, first floor)”
Saturday, October 26th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM
Saturday Close Looks
“Join us on Saturdays to explore works of art on view with student museum educators. Keep coming back each week for fresh perspectives! Free and open to all! “

Board Games:

Tuesday, October 22nd
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tabletop Tuesday
Ages 13+. From dungeon delving to spell casting, Tabletop Tuesdays have your board game fix covered for the week! Last week, a band of strangers took the roll of heroic adventures flushing out a perilous raider encampment in an ongoing game of Dungeons & Dragons. Meanwhile, across the room, spells were being cast and reversed at lightning speeds, as our local Magic the Gathering players duke it out. Interested in joining the fray? Tabletop Tuesdays are only $5 for access to our wide tables, extensive boardgame collection and of course lots of dice. If you’re a DM looking to lead your own band of adventurers, you get in for free! Plus you get access to countless DM resources, like map tiles and over 300 pre-painted token for heroes and monsters. Adventure awaits you at Prodigy.
Wednesday, October 23rd
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Wednesday Games – Evil!
“It’s October and that means it’s time to get SPOOKY! This week, Celena is kindly lending me her copy of the Disney Evil-A-Thon, Villainous! In Villainous each player takes on the role of an iconic baddie from Disney’s animated films. While everyone shares the same basic actions, each character’s win condition is wildly different! Prince John just wants power! The Red Queen must win the Croquet tournament! Maleficent must cover the world in curses! I’ve played it a couple of times now and it has a surprising amount of depth! Geek and Sundry walkthrough! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1JoAR9icU0&feature=youtu.be So come identify with your bad self and be the evil you wish to see in the world. Also, bring your friends and enjoy a beverage or two! See you Wednesday!”
Thursday, October 24th
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.”
Friday, October 25th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Game Developer Night! – Walranth Gaming Group Edition
“This Game Dev night is featuring games by the Walranth Gaming Group and centering around an board game event they have coming up! The board game day they are putting on is the start to what they hope will be an every year gathering. They are bringing gamers together in a safe judgement free area for a day of battling each other, battling dragons or just gathering resources to build your kingdom. Who knows what may happen but fun will be had. They are going to have a magic tournament, a zombiecide campaign and various other board games to play. It’s only $12 per ticket at the door, but if you reserve a ticket in person at Prodigy, they will drop it to $10 per ticket or $11 per ticket and you get our special custom dice. It’s going to be a fun day and pizza will be provided”
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
BattleTech Organized Play
“Off The Wall will be running Organized BattleTech on Friday nights. We will be following the rules in the Mercenaries supplement. Each player will generate a Mercenary Group consisting of 4-6 Mechs, and will play 2 Missions a week, one with their company and one as a random set of Mechs to fulfill someone else’s Mission. Each game will be clocked at 2 Hours with the intention of keeping games moving and finishing. The campaign will start in the 3030’s with Level 1 Tech and will build toward 3050 and the Clan Invasion. However, this is a longterm goal.”

Books:

Monday, October 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Local Authors Deb Habib and Ricky Baruch present… Making Love While Farming
Woah not what we expected from a public library! Oh wiat it’s a book of essays and stories recounting the humurous and harsh realities of a honeymoon of thousands of miles walked, years farming, and living off the grid. Sounds neat!
Tuesday, October 22nd
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
David Heatley
“Brimming with black humor, Qualification explores the ultimate irony: the author’s addiction to 12-Step programs. David Heatley had an unquestionably troubled and eccentric childhood: father a sexually repressed alcoholic, mother an overworked compulsive overeater. Then David’s parents enter the world of 12-step programs and find a sense of support and community. It seems to help. David, meanwhile, grows up struggling with his own troublesome sexual urges and seeking some way to make sense of it all. Eventually he starts attending meetings too. Alcoholics Anonymous. Overeaters Anonymous. Debtors Anonymous. Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous. More and more meetings. Meetings for issues he doesn’t have.”
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!
Thursday, October 24th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Rachel Seidman
“From the Women’s Marches to the MeToo movement, it is clear that feminist activism is still alive and well in the twenty-first century. But how does a new generation of activists understand the work of the movement today? How are their strategies and goals unfolding? What worries feminist leaders most, and what are their hopes for the future? In Speaking of Feminism, Rachel F. Seidman presents insights from twenty-five feminist activists from around the United States, ranging in age from twenty to fifty. Allowing their voices to take center stage through the use of in-depth oral history interviews, Seidman places their narratives in historical context and argues that they help explain how recent new forms of activism developed and flourished so quickly. These individuals’ compelling life stories reveal their hard work to build flexible networks, bridge past and present, and forge global connections. This book offers essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the contemporary American women’s movement in all its diversity.”
Friday, October 25th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Eleanor M. Rasor
“Twelve Dead Princesses is a dark retelling of the classic fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Shortly before Lark, soon-to-be-queen of Belmarros, comes of age, she and her eleven sisters fall ill. On the brink of death, they are saved by Sol, a tattooed stranger with powerful magic, and find themselves owing him a debt. Sol, however, is more than meets the eye, and he wants the princesses to dance for him at night in his otherworldly kingdom. As they dance, Larka finds it increasingly difficult to balance their secret visits, her responsibilities as future queen, and her growing attraction to Sol.”

Card Games:

Monday, October 21st
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”
Tuesday, October 22nd
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Magic the Gathering Tuesdays
“Tuesdays night are the place to be for magic! We are holding three different events. Standard showdown @6pm/ $5 / Three rounds. Every 3-0 wins a standard showdown pack. Pauper @7:30 pm/ $5/ Three Rounds. Every 3-0 wins a showdown pack. Pick up Commander! Starts @5pm/ Free Entry/ Get a random promo card just by showing up! Prize Support for 8+ players. 3-0 $15 store credit +standard showdown pack. 2-0-1 $12 store credit. 2-1 $9 store credit”
Friday, October 25th
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!

Comic Books:

Saturday, October 26th
Comics N’ More [64 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA 01027] at 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Comics N’More Halloween Comic Fest
“FREE COMICS! CANDY! Come dressed in your Halloween best for an extra free comic! ” Free comics and candy? Literally no reason not to head to Comics N’ More!

Community:

Tuesday, October 22nd
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Craftivism for Reproductive Justice
“Join the Reproductive Justice Alliance and the Women’s and Gender Center for an afternoon of craftivism at the Mead. Artists from the Survivor Art Collective in Easthampton will participate in conversation over lunch and then lead art-making workshops in the galleries. Buttons, stickers, zines, and other works of art will be sold throughout the week in the Keefe Campus Center and in the WGC. All proceeds will benefit a reproductive justice work in western Massachusetts.”
Friday, October 25th
Comics N’ More [64 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA 01027] at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
LGBT+ N’More: Comics & Community
“Come join other LGBT+ folks for a fun 90 minutes of chatting, chilling and comics! Hosted every 4th Friday. 530-7pm. Accessible parking and entrance behind our building on Pine St. Free Event.” The folks at Comics N’ More are delightful, so this night will also be delightful!

Entertainment:

Monday, October 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Unbelievable Feats of Mind! by Alexander
“By day, Alexander is a professor of philosophy. By night, he explores the mind’s strange ways, including the history of magic, mediums, cons, and charlatans. A fun, interactive, and mind-opening demonstration of the impossible! Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.HeReadsMinds.com
Wednesday, October 23rd
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Prodigious Smash #47 – feat Ultimate & Melee!
“Calling all Smash players. Here’s the deal…This event will feature two main brackets; Smash Ultimate Singles and Smash Melee Singles. Every second Wednesday will feature PM instead of Melee! To enter there is; $5 Venue Fee. $5 Bracket Entry Fee. *Cash only, there is an ATM upstairs in Eastworks. **Venue fee will be waived if you provide a FULL set up. Streamed by Team Spilled Fries: https://www.twitch.tv/teamspilledfries
Springfield Symphony Hall [34 Court St., Springfield, MA 01103] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
The Problem We All Live With: The Achievement Gap
“Nikole Hannah-Jones is an award-winning investigative reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine. A MacArthur “Genuis” Award recipient, she investigates the way racial segregation in housing and schools is maintained through official action and policy. Nikole has written extensively about school resegregation across the country and the utter disarray of hundreds of school desegregation orders. She has also chronicled the decades-long failure of the federal government to enforce the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act and wrote one of the most widely read analyses of the racial implications of the controversial Fisher v. University of Texas affirmative action Supreme Court case.”
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Speaker Series-Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trail
“Those who attend this program will be treated to a modern day adventure. Sam Ducharme set out on a 2180 mile, 14 state backpacking trip from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mt. Katahdin Maine. During his six month journey he documented the rugged beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, the wildlife, the hardships encountered on the trail, as well as the people, culture and humanity at its finest. Come join him as he takes you through the trail towns, over the mountaintops and through the backcountry. The images and stories will leave you with a renewed awe of the beauty of our country and its people”
Thursday, October 24th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! We just finished season 2 of Mob Psycho 100, what a nice show!
Saturday, October 26th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
A Harry Potter Halloween
“Join us on the back lawn of the Greenfield Public Library as we celebrate Halloween, Hogwarts style. Stop by Diagon Alley to borrow a wand from Ollivander’s Wand Library, and learn some basic charms and spells from Hermione. The festival will include an exhibition Quidditch match between the current local Muggle champions, the Welsh Green Dragons, and Hogwarts wizards. You can also hear Professsor Trelawney’s divinations, and observe Hogwarts class demonstrations. But be prepared for mischief – this party is hosted by the Hogwarts ghosts!”

History:

Wednesday, October 23rd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Jumpstart your Genealogy
“This four-class session runs October 16-November 6. You may pre-register for one, two, three, or all four sessions. The class is aimed at those new to genealogy and those who want a refresher on researching and organizing their family histories and is led by professional genealogist Hillary Schau. Free. New this year: family historian José Méndez will offer bilingual (Spanish/English) research assistance at each class as needed. To pre-register for one or more sessions, call the History Room at (413) 420-8107. For the class schedule and descriptions see: http://www.holyokelibrary.org/historynews.asp
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
The Life and Legacy of Joseph Hawley
“Joseph Hawley was one of eighteenth-century Northampton’s most influential citizens. Hawley was a leading lawyer in Massachusetts, which, along with his political abilities, landed him a seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Here he met leaders of the Sons of Liberty and future president John Adams, all of whom came to rely on his expertise and leadership as the American Revolution drew nearer. Radical in his convictions, Hawley urged his fellow citizens to take up arms against British tyranny as early as August 1774. Throughout his life, he proved to be an ardent advocate for freedom and justice for all, being a proponent of democracy, religious freedom, and abolitionism. While having a profound impact on the young United States through his efforts on behalf of American independence, Hawley was also a compassionate benefactor to the people in his beloved Northampton. Hawley’s story will be told through what his desk, on display at Forbes Library, symbolizes: his love of learning, role in the Revolution, and lasting legacy. This talk is presented by Samantha Dinnie, a Hawley researcher and admirer currently studying early American history at Western New England University. “
Saturday, October 26th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Western New England Chapter of the Assoc. for Gravestone Studies
Sharing information about historic cemeteries and gravestones

Kids:

Tuesday, October 22nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
LEGO Club
“Come enjoy a fun afternoon playing with LEGOs! For ages 5 and up.”
Wednesday, October 23rd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Origami Class
“Hi kids & parents, come in to the Holyoke Public Library to our activity room, in the 2nd floor for some origami classes, something simple to do, just to relax when you get out of school. And create your own origami, stress free. For more information contact Enya Medero by email: emedero@holyokelibrary.org or call us at 413-420-8101.”
Saturday, October 26th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Monster Mash Family Dance Party
“A family friendly dance party for kids of all ages! We’ll have spooktacular tunes, crafts, and photo opportunities. Costumes welcome!”

Movies:

Saturday, October 26th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
‘Wild Nights with Emily’ Screening and Q&A
“In the mid-19th century, Emily Dickinson is writing prolifically, baking gingerbread, and enjoying a passionate, lifelong relationship with another woman, her friend and sister-in-law Susan. Beloved comic Molly Shannon leads in this humorous yet bold reappraisal of Dickinson, informed by her private letters. While seeking publication of some of the 1,789 poems written during her lifetime, Emily (Shannon) finds herself facing a troupe of male literary gatekeepers too confused by her genius to take her work seriously. Instead her work attracts the attention of an ambitious woman editor, who also sees Emily as a convenient cover for her own role in buttoned-up Amherst’s most bizarre love triangle.”

RPGs:

Thursday, October 24th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPG Club is for fans of RPGs! Meet up with fellow players and chat about playing roles! Maybe try out one of the many RPGs made by Valley Creators!
Saturday, October 26th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 12:00 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!

Teens:

Tuesday, October 22nd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 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
Wednesday, October 23rd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Holyoke Media Pop-Up Recording Studio
Come to the Teen Room to learn about media literacy and gain hands-on experience recording songs, doing interviews, and sound mixing with Iohann from Holyoke Media.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Teen Halloween
Teens on Halloween are contained in the library, where they egg clever facsimilies of houses so that we can remain safe from their antics.
Thursday, October 24th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:15 AM to 4:15 AM
Podcasting Workshop for Teens!
“Learn how to record and edit audio! Start a podcast, record a family oral history, or make sound art. Recording equipment is provided, but feel free to bring a smartphone or tablet if you have one. All skill levels are welcome! Sign up required. Visit us at the Young Adult and Children’s Desk, call (413) 587-1010 or email csieh@forbeslibrary.org. “
Saturday, October 26th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Zombie Laser Tag (ages 11-17)
“Join us for special zombie laser tag after hours at the library! Teams of 5 will compete among the stacks in our lower level. Plus other fun activities while you wait for your time to play!”

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