December 2nd – 8th


Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. If your workplace didn’t give you Friday off as well, they are a bad workplace. No one should be forced to travel Thanksgiving night.

We’caught the back half of the last season of The Expanse with our mom this weekend and it’s really pretty danged solid. We can remember bouncing off the first season a bit, but anything that’s engaging even when you’ve got no idea who anyone is or why they’re doing what they’re doing probably deserves a chance. There’s something really neat about seeing an establishing shot of spaceships slowing down on approach by firing engines in front, it’s so rare to see!

Also we’ve probably already recommended it, but you should check out Disco Elysium, it’s interesting!

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, December 3rd
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Panel discussion: Munio Makuuchi
“Panelists will explore why Makuuchi wasn’t more recognized during his lifetime, and the relevance of his poetry and prints 20 years after his death. Speakers include Curator Aprile Gallant, Professor Floyd Cheung, Printer Andrew Balkin and art historian Margo Machida.”
Thursday, December 5th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus Open Mic and Featured Artists
“Join us at the Emily Dickinson Museum during Amherst Arts Night Plus on December 5, 2019 for our monthly Open Mic. Poets, writers, and performers of any kind are welcome! Come early to view the pop-up, contemporary art exhibition in the Homestead by our featured artist. The open mic begins at 6:00 p.m. and will be followed by this month’s featured readers. Those who would like to share their work should arrive between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. to sign up.”
Saturday, December 7th
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, December 3rd
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Tabletop Tuesday
“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 lightening speeds, as our local Magic the Gathering players duked 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.”

Books:

Wednesday, December 4th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Michael Klare
“A book talk and signing with author Michael Klare, director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College and author of All Hell Breaking Loose: The Pentagon’s Perspective on Climate Change.”
Saturday, December 7th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Olaf Olafsson Book Talk and Signing
“A book talk and signing with Olaf Olafsson, author of the Odyssey First Editions Club December selection, The Sacrament. Mr. Olafsson will be in conversation with local author Chrysler Szarlan. In The Sacrament, critically acclaimed novelist Olaf Olafsson looks deeply at the complexity of our past lives and selves; the faulty nature of memory; and the indelible mark left by the joys and traumas of youth. Affecting and beautifully observed, The Sacrament is both propulsively told and poignantly written—tinged with the tragedy of life’s regrets but also moved by the possibilities of redemption, a new work from a novelist who consistently surprises and challenges.”
Sunday, December 8th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
AUTHOR TALK | Ilan Stavans
“Internationally renowned essayist and cultural commentator Ilan Stavans spent five years traveling from across a dozen countries in Latin America, in search of what defines the Jewish communities in the region, whose roots date back to Christopher Columbus’s arrival. In the tradition of V.S. Naipaul’s explorations of India, the Caribbean, and the Arab World, he came back with an extraordinarily vivid travelogue. Stavans talks to families of the desaparecidos in Buenos Aires, to “Indian Jews,” and to people affiliated with neo-Nazi groups in Patagonia. He also visits Spain to understand the long-term effects of the Inquisition, the American Southwest habitat of “secret Jews,” and Israel, where immigrants from Latin America have reshaped the Jewish state. Along the way, he looks for the proverbial “seventh heaven,” which, according to the Talmud, out of proximity with the divine, the meaning of life in general, and Jewish life in particular, becomes clearer. The Seventh Heaven is a masterful work in Stavans’s ongoing quest to find a convergence between the personal and the historical.”

Card Games:

Monday, December 2nd
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, December 3rd
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday Pioneer Magic Tournament
Pioneer Format. $5 Entry! That’s it, very simple. Is Pioneer the Pioneer Valley format? Or just… another Magic format? We’re not up on formats, that’s for you to discover!
Friday, December 6th
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!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, December 4th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Prodigious Smash Week 52 – 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
Thursday, December 5th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! Fire Emblem Three Houses is good anime! Give it a shot if you like tactics games where you date people.

History:

Saturday, December 7th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
A Century of Restaurants in Northampton
“Restaurant historian Jan Whitaker will present an illustrated history of Northampton’s restaurants of the 20th century. Jan will discuss the town’s prominent and influential restaurants of the past, along with its ordinary and forgotten places. She will look at the highs and lows of the city’s restaurant history, from the Great Depression to the “renaissance” of the 70s and 80s. $5 for members and donors. $10 all others”
Sunday, December 8th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Nonotuck Life Along the Kwinitekw: Revisiting Indigenous Histories in Northampton
“Traces of Indigenous history can be difficult to see beneath the bustle of present-day cities situated along the Kwinitekw (Connecticut River). Yet, many generations of Native people lived here, sustained by local flora and fauna and supported by trade and diplomacy with their Native neighbors. In this talk, Dr. Margaret Bruchac critically analyzes colonial documents, archaeological records, and the writings of town historians, who re-imagined the colonial era in ways that erased Indigenous perspectives. $5 for members, $10 for all others. Registration recommended!”

RPGs:

Thursday, December 5th
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, December 7th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! DUNGEONS! D! U! N! G! E! O! N! S! Less into the dragons though, they’re so mean. Contact Tristan Anderson at trisdragon2@gmail.com for more… info… aw shoot we’re sorry Tristan’s a dragon

Science:

Wednesday, December 4th
Union Station [125 Pleasant St, Northampton] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SciTech Cafe
“Can the gossip you hear around the watercooler shape how you feel about someone, even if you don’t think it’s true? Can the stories you encounter online have an impact on you even if you don’t believe them or endorse them? Prof. Jeremy Cone received his Ph.D in Social Psychology from Cornell University in 2012. He spent a year as a visiting assistant professor at Williams in 2012-201, followed by a post-doc in the Human Cooperation Lab at Yale University from 2013-2015. He rejoined the faculty at Williams as an assistant professor in 2015. His research focuses on understanding the nature and operation of implicit processes, including especially implicit attitude change.”

Technology:

Wednesday, December 4th
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Webdive! Dive into the web! Have a fun time talking to folks about the web and what you do with the web, which is primarily catching flies.

Teens:

Monday, December 2nd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
YA Harry Potter Ornaments
Ages 11-18 can make their very own Harry Potter inspired ornaments to decorate whatever ornament-requiring thing they feel like decorating!
Tuesday, December 3rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Zine Club (ages 11-17)
Zines! Keen on zines, teens? Check this out!
Thursday, December 5th
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. “

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