December 9th – 15th


We got CONTROL, the un-searchable game by Remedy, last week. It is neat! It is a combination of the cult web horror-story wiki SCP and the cult TV series The Lost Room. Lots of mundane magic/horror, surrounded by Brutalist DC-bureaucratic suits who are trying to keep it all under… wraps.

It’s a great setting that’s consistently able to wring some impressive beauty from endless expanses of flat concrete. And it’s not badly written, which is a rarity for a straightforward action game. Unfortunately, it’s very much a straightforward action game. They added a bit of fluff in an overly-complicated upgrade system, but combat amounts to flinging things at whatever your targeting reticle says is an enemy until the music gets quiet again. It would have been better served as a narrative-focused adventure game about gazing at massive Brutalist architecture!

Although honestly we’re way more excited about Wildermyth, a tactics RPG that Sin Vega at RockPaperShotgun is head over heels for:

“Wildermyth lives inside your head in a way that I can compare only to 80 Days and Six Ages. And I haven’t even told you about the time the Stone Maidens lost three people in a single battle, until Kest the rogue snuck past the overwhelming army and assassinated their leader in a bid to save her lover’s life. Or the time Orthai asked her friend to cut her arm off and incorporate its tendons into a disused tunneling zombot to help them both escape from prison. Or the time I took a week off work to catch up on a dozen games and spent the whole time playing one simple, beautiful, brilliant game that I absolutely demand you all support so its creators can make more of it. It’s in early access but already well worth it on Steam and itch.io.”

That sounds so neat! We love games that make you want to tell a story about your time playing. We’re going to give that shot this week!

Also next week is a fun party for you to go to! The Agile Methods Meetup Holiday Party will occur on the 17th!

“Let’s get together and end the year with fun conversation and laughs at the Platform Sports Bar in Northampton, MA!

PLEASE REGISTER HERE: https://ace.atlassian.com/events/details/atlassian-northampton-presents-2019-holiday-party/

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:

Wednesday, December 11th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
“Embodied Taste” Opening Reception
“Embodied Taste explores art that takes food, in all its complexities, as a starting point, and sees how collaborations, connections, sensual experiences and stories are consumed every time you take a bite. This exhibition was organized by students enrolled in “Eat! An Exhibition Seminar at the Mead,” a course led by Amy C. Hall, visiting assistant professor of anthropology, and Emily Potter-Ndiaye, the Dwight and Kirsten Poler & Andrew W. Mellon Head of Education and Curator of Academic Programs. Join us for the opening reception of Embodied Taste to learn more about this exciting exhibition directly from student curators. Free and open to all!”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! MAKE A ZINE! AT THE CLUB! A ZINE ABOUT CLUB…. SANDWICHES!
Thursday, December 12th
Comics N’ More [64 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA 01027] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Crafts N’ More
“Come to the shop for an open craft night! We’ll provide some materials, but feel free to bring whatever you want to work on! We’ll eat snacks, have some laughs, and make some friends! Open to everyone! More details TBA”
Friday, December 13th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
“From 4–8pm, participate in hands-on art-making and a guided conversation in the galleries. 4–7pm Hands on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Light up the Night—Create luminous treasure boxes to light up the dark days of winter, inspired by the shape and colors of the reliquary box on the 2nd floor of the museum. 6pm Open Eyes: Guided conversation exploring a different art object each month. Museum shop open + complimentary light refreshments.”
Saturday, December 14th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Birthday Open House
“You are cordially invited to celebrate Emily Dickinson’s 189th birthday at her home, the Emily Dickinson Museum! On December 14 join us for a festive open house. Tour the houses for free, enjoy the Holiday decorations and live music, create an artistic postcard to add to our “The World Writes Back: Postcards to Emily Dickinson” project, and, of course, enjoy coconut cake made from the poet’s own recipe. All are welcome and no fee or reservations are required.”
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Now and Then: Meet the Artists!
“Celebrate the opening of Now & Then: Contemporary Illustrators and their Childhood Art with exhibiting artists Elisa Kleven, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Barbara Lehman, Grace Lin, Raúl the Third, Shadra Strickland, Don Tate and Evan Turk. See their childhood art displayed next to their professional picture book art!”

Board Games:

Thursday, December 12th
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, December 10th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Jen Matos
“A book talk and signing with Jen Matos, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education at Mount Holyoke College and author of La Familia and Other Secrets to Latinx Student Success. This event is co-sponsored by the Mount Holyoke College Department of Psychology and Education. It is free to attend, but RSVPs are encouraged.”
Sunday, December 15th
Amherst Woman’s Club [35 Triangle St., Amherst, MA] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
“Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life”, with Marta McDowell
“The cultivated world of plants, wildflowers, trees, and shrubs provided Emily Dickinson with a constant source of inspiration and companionship. On December 15, take a seated “tour” of Dickinson’s gardens with the author of Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life: The Plants and Places that Inspired the Poet. Led by celebrated garden historian and 2018 Gardener-in-Residence Marta McDowell, this talk will treat visitors to a seasonal exploration of the poet’s passion for the natural world. A book signing follows the talk. Books will be available for purchase at the program. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. Parking for this program is available at the Amherst Woman’s Club. “

Card Games:

Monday, December 9th
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 10th
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 13th
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:

Monday, December 9th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
2020Census Information Session
“Elaine Arsenault, of Census2020, will be in the Main Room of the Greenfield Public Library, on Monday, December 9, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, to answer questions, offer employment information, and accept applications. The Census Bureau is recruiting people in Franklin Coounty to assist in the 2020 Census count. You can earn extra pay while helping your community; 2020Census jobs provide great pay, flexible hours, weelky pay, and paid training.The Census Bureau is recruiting people in Franklin County to assist in the 2020 Census count. This information session is free and open to the public.” The census is important! Learn more and be sure to be nice to census workers!

Entertainment:

Thursday, December 12th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
All Ages Disney Trivia Night!
“Take a break from the Holiday rush! Bring friends, family or just people who know LOTS about Disney and join us for an evening of trivia and laughs!”
Saturday, December 14th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Gingerbread Decorating
“Join us for a family friendly program of decorating gingerbread. This program is open to all ages. Registration is required and space is limited.”

Kids:

Tuesday, December 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 AM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!
Saturday, December 14th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Young Readers’ Book Signing Day
“Authors Jessica Peill-Meininghaus (I’m a Gnome!), Crysta Ascolillo (Puppy Magic), Padma Venkatraman (The Bridge Home), and Victoria J. Coe (Fenway & Hattie) will be in-store to read from their books and sign personalized copies.”

Movies:

Wednesday, December 11th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Music Movie – Blinded by the Light
“From writer/director/producer Gurinder Chadha (“Bend It Like Beckham”) comes the inspirational drama “Blinded by the Light,” set to the music and lyrics of Bruce Springsteen’s timeless songs. “Blinded by the Light” tells the story of Javed (Viveik Kalra) a British teen of Pakistani descent, growing up in the town of Luton, England, in 1987. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father. But when a classmate introduces him to the music of “the Boss,” Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in Springsteen’s powerful lyrics.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Greensboro: Closer to the Truth
““Greensboro: Closer to the Truth,” documents the first ever Truth and Reconciliation Commission held in the United States 25 years after what is now know as “The Greensboro Massacre, a violent episode in the nation’s history. The Closer to the Truth Project uses the film to support local reconciliation and justice efforts in communities all across the U.S. Northampton-based member of the project , Dr. Marty Nathan (whose first husband was killed in the massacre) will lead the post-film discussion.”

Science:

Thursday, December 12th
The Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe: How to Survive in a Toxic World
“Life on Earth evolved in a toxic world. How did life survive? How toxic is our world today? We will sit down with toxicologist and author Emily Monosson to explore how toxicants have driven evolution of life in ancient and modern times”

Teens:

Monday, December 9th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Nail Polish Art
“Find new purpose for polish! Come hang out with other teen artists, use our supplies, and eat some snacks. This program is open to teens only.”
Tuesday, December 10th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Writer’s Circle
Write creatively using prompts or your own ideas! Share your work and get feedback from your peers! Intended for ages 14-18 and folks who would like to write a lot! Any questions? Contact Bridget in Young Adult Services at bkennedy@palmer.lib.ma.us!
Thursday, December 12th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Mini String Art Craft
“All crafting abilities welcome! All materials provided!”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 AM
Comics Club
“Join Callie in the Children’s & YA Department for a monthly meeting to come up with ideas, make your own books and talk about your favorite comics! Intended for elementary and tween readers.”
Friday, December 13th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Film Series
“Come relax and watch a film in the Teen Loft on the comfy bean bags and enjoy a snack. Prepare for the end of the Star Wars Saga with a showing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (PG-13 | 152 minutes). For grades 5-12. No registration, just drop in.”
Saturday, December 14th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
“Watch the movie! Drink Butterbeer! Complete puzzles for a chance to win a House Scarf!”

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