Culture

August 14th – August 20th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


This pleasant weekend we got to see our mom and celebrate the 100th birthday of our grandma, which was nice. There were small children there and when you made faces at them they either looked confused or they made the same face back which is pretty much all we ask for out of a social gathering!

Also hey guess what we’re making cookies for Nerd Nite NoHo tomorrow! We’re doing a bake-sale/charity drive again and they’re going to be as always extremely good and you’re going to love them. Nerd Nite is to reiterate tomorrow at 7:00pm to 9:00pm and it’ll be a blast as always! Wesley Olds will be speaking about weather forecasting and Adam Marks will talk about song mash-ups! Come say hi at the door! If you tell us you enjoy the Nerd Watch we’ll be extremely excited!

We got to play Not Alone at the Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat this past week and it was really neat! Fast hidden-movement game that’s pretty quick to pick up. Our previous experience with hidden-movement was the excellent but super-intimidating Whitechapel, and it was nice to play one that was boiled down to a real basic but effective “which of these places will be safe this turn?”

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:

Monday, August 14th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Learn to play the Ukulele with Julie Stepanek!
Learn to play the only instrument that looks like a small guitar besides a guitar that’s quite small. Julie brings her 20 Ukuleles and her prepared lessons to get the playing started! This is limited to 20 participants! Reserve a Ukulele by registering early by calling 413-420-8101! We suppose you could also just attend willy-nilly, but you may wind up watching 20 other people learn to play Ukulele.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Henry David Thoreau: The Man and His Work
Local presenter extraordinaire Barry “the Presenter” Deitz will speak on Thoreau, his life, and his works! Learn more about a person who really made a heck of an impact pretty much describing how nice the Valley is to people for a large bit of his life. We think. Look don’t spread this around but we’re pretty sure we’ve never read a single word Thoreau wrote and it’s making us feel a bit embarrassed.
Friday, August 18th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Free Fun Friday!
Visit the museum for free! Crafts, tours, scavenger hunts, and more!

Board Games:

Wednesday, August 16th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Family Night
Bring your family and hang out at the library! Games, puzzles, all sorts of projects for families to do together! And if you find that your family is getting large and unwieldy just play like a 7-player game of Risk and someone will definitely estrange themselves.
Saturday, August 19th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board games at a wonderful local store! The staff will help you set yourself up, and you’ll quickly be exploring fun new games with a whole bunch of other friendly Valley residents! There’s also always a game demo available to show you something new! Beginners welcome, ages 13+ recommended, younger folks welcome with a parent!

Books:

Wednesday, August 16th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Kamila Shamsie, Home Fire
A family is riven by secrets and forced to pit love against loyalty! Isma has finally started pursuing her dreams, but she can’t stop worrying about her sister Aneeka or her brother Parvaiz. Then, Eamonn enters the picture… is he a chance at love? A chance to help Parvaiz? What sacrifices will Isma make for love?

Card Games:

Friday, August 18th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic BOOSTER DRAFT
Play Magic in the Booster Draft format which we are not super familiar with but it seems like you basically get a bunch of booster packs and draft a deck from them. Your $16 entry fee includes MA Sales Tax and purchases your 3 boosters, as well as adding a pack to the prize pool! Everyone who participates will get at least one prize pack, and special promos will go to exceptional players! This is an intermediate-level event, ages 13+ recommended! Younger players allowed with an adult accompanying them!

Computers:

Tuesday, August 15th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Troubleshooting Tablets
Technology is a cruel mistress that each day claws at us. Fight back against the spiraling confusion of technological influence in your life by taking this class by Rita Gavelis and learn about how to explore and learn about tablets and get great tips about figuring out how to fix them when they cease to work!
Thursday, August 17th
Amherst Media [246 College Street, Amherst, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
August 2017 Western Mass Drupal Users Group Meeting
If you love Drupal, dopal yourself a favor and attend this event! Learn the tip of the month, the module of the month, hear some lightning talks, and then listen to the presentation “Using Patternlab with Drupal!” It’s a great chance to get better at the Drupal you knowpal and lovepal!

Entertainment:

Monday, August 14th
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo: Weather and Song
Nerd Nite! The nitiest nite we know. It’s going to get extremely wonderful in there as we learn from Wesley Olds why our weather forecasts aren’t down to the second, and from everyone’s favorite Adam Marks how to make music mashups!
Thursday, August 17th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! Watch one about sports! There’s a bunch of neat sports-related anime we think. There’s not a ton of sports-related serial media that we’re aware of in non-animated media. Friday Night Lights? That’s the one we know. We don’t know a lot about anime or sports, so learn for us!
Sunday, August 20th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Fourth Annual Ice Cream Social on the grounds of Historic Northampton
Herrell’s will bring the On the MOOOve get it like a cow haha ice cream trailer! The Florence Community Band will be there! You’ll eat ice cream! You can get a nice membership discount!

Kids:

Tuesday, August 15th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Graphic Novel Fan Club
Do you love graphic novels and are you 12-17 years old? Come speak with other people who love graphic novels and are 12-17 years old! We personally really liked reading the first volume of Usagi Yojimbo recently, as well as Womanthology: Space! There are a ton of wonderful things out there for you to read and share and use as inspiration for your own creations!

Movies:

Sunday, August 20th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
FILM | Dough
A dramatic comedy or ‘Comatic’ as everyone says film about an old Jewish baker and his new assistant, a Muslim teenager. They grow to become unlikely friends as the teen navigates the difficulties of life as an immigrant.

RPGs:

Thursday, August 17th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPGs are great! Play Noirlandia, or Questlandia, or Dread, or Monsterhearts, or Apocalypse World, or Dogs in the Vineyard, or One Thousand and One Nights, or Breaking the Ice or any of a lot of amazing games created right here in this Valley! They’re all very good!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
Play the old familiar, the classic, the one with dungeons and also dragons! You’ll be exploring the Dwarven fortress Stone Tooth! The adventure is recommended for characters of at least level 3. To enter, you need to get a $5 day pass, but that becomes store credit immediately!

July 31st – August 6th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Good to see you again! We hope your week was wonderful. We had a great chance to hang out at the incredible Wednesday Games Night at the Brass Cat this past Wednesday, and we highly recommend you check it out!

We got to play a little “trick-taking” card game called Spires with some very friendly folks and it was good and makes us kind of understand what the heck our parents and grandparents were doing with Bridge, sort of. It’s a card game about bidding to get the cards you want but also about trying to force your opponents to take your trash cards by tricking them into bidding against you!

Very fun, we lost by an astonishing amount as a sort of ploy to trick everyone into thinking we’re terrible at card games so that when we finally figure out how to play them well we’ll astound people. We’re playing the long game!

We also got some amazing comic books at the Sidewalk Sale this week thanks to Modern Myths being out there with some great reads! We may have fallen off on our monthly collecting but they’ve got a bunch of weird one-shot things that are super neat.

Continue being lovely, all of you!

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:

Monday, July 31st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Closing Reception for Zea Mays Printmaking Members Exhibition
A final chance to see excellent art and also probably eat some nice cheese.
Wednesday, August 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Artists’ Reception for Lisa Yeisley, Shannon Ryan, and Ray Radigan
See some amazing artwork, eat some nice finger foods!
Thursday, August 3rd
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus
See some poets! See some art! It’s a good time!
Friday, August 4th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Writer’s Lunch Workshop
A writing workshop led by Joannnah Whitney that includes exercises and discussion as well as a chance to share what you write! There’s no charge and you don’t need to register! Just show up and write!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM
treading our path: the 2017 tiny tour
The tinydance project stops at Forbes for two family friendly dance projects! All money collected furing the project will be donated to the Prison Birth Project. They’re also collecting bicycle repair tools for the Holyoke Urban Bike School!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:30 PM to 1:15 PM
treading our path: the 2017 tiny tour
The tinydance project again! Still tiny, still dancing!
Saturday, August 5th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Maker Space
A father and son team will bring in a 3-D printer and a bunch of other gadgets for a morning of creation and fun!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Nature Poetry Ramble with David K. Leff
Naturalist and New England Trail poet-in-residence David K. Leff will guide you along a sensory awareness and poetry walk along Amherst’s Emily Dickinson Trail! Drink in the scenery and go slowly and observantly through the landscape while David regales you with poems by Dickinson, himself, and others!

Board Games:

Thursday, August 3rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Summer Community Read and Family Game Night
Discuss the fantastic “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library”, then discuss it tonight! There are also great games for all ages!
Saturday, August 5th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board games at a wonderful local store! The staff will help you set yourself up, and you’ll quickly be exploring fun new games with a whole bunch of other friendly Valley residents! There’s also always a game demo available to show you something new! Beginners welcome, ages 13+ recommended, younger folks welcome with a parent!

Books:

Tuesday, August 1st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 8:15 PM
Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club
Read and enjoy the classic genres: sci-fi and fantasy! Share with your friends!
Friday, August 4th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Your Next Great Read LIVE!
Join Forbes on social media @ForbesLibrary, tell them a title you enjoyed, and then they’ll respond with a few titles they think you’ll like!

Card Games:

Friday, August 4th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic (Casual/101)
Learn to play Magic in a casual setting with the friendly staff of Modern Myths! Test out a cool new deck, play with constructed decks if other folks are into it, get special door prizes! It’s the perfect night for new Magic players or people who just want to take it easy! It’s $5 to attend, which is immediately converted to store credit.

Comic Books:

Wednesday, August 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Comics Club
Kids! Join Ralph to discuss and share your favorite comics, and make some of your own!

Community:

Wednesday, August 2nd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Moms of Color Western Mass
A weekly support group for moms of color, pregnant women and children welcome. This group is an intentional place for women of color, and is free and open to the public!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM
Forbes Library Tour
Tour the library! Become acquainted with the many-folded null space that it contains! Escape if you can, fool!
Friday, August 4th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
World Breastfeeding Week Celebration
No details on this, but we are going to assume this involves a cake. Any celebration without a cake is no celebration at all.

Computers:

Tuesday, August 1st
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Talk to people about web design and really whatever else you like! Do it in a friendly local bar that also has some nice food! It’s a good time for all and sundry.

Entertainment:

Wednesday, August 2nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series
We have no idea who is speaking but we’ll let you in on a little secret: it is definitely the one person you most wish to hear speak! It’s your moment! You can finally see them in person!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Lawn Concert by Zay-Tunes with Sahina Bellydance
Zay-tunes is an ensemble of Western Mass musicians playing the music of the Middle East! The band will be joined by belly dancers Sahina, and friends! Free for everyone, bring a blanket and a chair!
Thursday, August 3rd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! The anime we have heard is pretty neat today is Mob Psych 100 we think. All we know is someone said it had a wholesome physical activity club which sounds nice.
Saturday, August 5th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Potluck/The Expanse/Babylon 5
Bring food or drink to share! After the potluck they’ll be watching the first episode of The Expanse and the first episode of Babylon 5! Experience two great sci-fi shows in one night!
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Roger Tincknell Sing-tastic Songs!
Roger Tincknell has performed around the world for all ages over the past 40 years! He’s a yodeler! He’s a singer! He’s a multi-instrumentalist! He’s going to entertain the heck out of you and that’s a guarantee the Nerd Watch will happily stand by.
Sunday, August 6th
Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
PVGD: Three-year Anniversary cookout & Potluck on Sugarloaf!
Burgers! Veggie and beef! All for you! Every burger is yours! It’s your responsibility now! They just made them, you need to care for them and raise them! Join the PVGD at the top of Mount Sugarloaf to celebrate a fun anniversary and just generally meet new people and catch up with old friends.

Kids:

Tuesday, August 1st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
GPL Teen Pizza and Movie Night
Teen Librarians Francesca and Steve are hosting a movie and they’re providing the pizza to go with it! Intended for ages 12-17, and free!
Wednesday, August 2nd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Storytellers Davis Bates & Roger Tinkell – Youth SRP
Youth! Listen to some stories from some excellent storytellers! You youth need more stories, it’s important to hear a bunch of stories! The best part of listening to stories is that you learn how to tell stories better at the same time!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Sunshine Story Time
All 3-5 year-olds welcome to a special story with puppets and rythm instruments!
Friday, August 4th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Summer Makerspace (Ages 8 and up)
Make something amazing in the library!
Saturday, August 5th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM
YA Summer Reading Party
A summer reading party followed by Glow-in-the-dark Capture the Flag and Laser Tag! Ages 11-17, registration required!

Movies:

Monday, July 31st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Exterminating Angel
Check out the film, watch it at home, discuss it here! This isn’t a screening! The current film is Exterminating Angel, written and directed by Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel!
Sunday, August 6th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
FILM | Beautiful Tree, Severed Roots
Kenny Mann’s documentary film about her parents’ lives as Jewish refugees who immigrated to Kenya during World War 2 and the turbulence that Kenya experienced during the mid-20th century.

RPGs:

Thursday, August 3rd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPGs are great! Play Noirlandia, or Questlandia, or Dread, or Monsterhearts, or Apocalypse World, or Dogs in the Vineyard, or One Thousand and One Nights, or any of a lot of amazing games created right here in this Valley!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
Play the old familiar, the classic, the one with dungeons and also dragons! You’ll be exploring the Dwarven fortress Stone Tooth! The adventure is recommended for characters of at least level 3. To enter, you need to get a $5 day pass, but that becomes store credit immediately!
Friday, August 4th
Ye Olde Commons [120 Northside Road, Charlton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Future Imperfect LARP Fall 1 2017
The robot war is underway! The citizens of Touchstone are trying to bring together the colonies on this planet together to defeat the automaton menace and save the Mothership initiative! This is the first day of a multi-day extravaganza! Get tickets at http://www.future-imperfect.com/fisite/event.php
Saturday, August 5th
Ye Olde Commons [120 Northside Road, Charlton, MA] at 7:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Future Imperfect LARP Fall 1 2017
The robot war is underway! The citizens of Touchstone are trying to bring together the colonies on this planet together to defeat the automaton menace and save the Mothership initiative! This is the second day of a multi-day extravaganza! Get tickets at http://www.future-imperfect.com/fisite/event.php
Sunday, August 6th
Ye Olde Commons [120 Northside Road, Charlton, MA] at 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Future Imperfect LARP Fall 1 2017
The robot war is underway! The citizens of Touchstone are trying to bring together the colonies on this planet together to defeat the automaton menace and save the Mothership initiative! This is the final day of a multi-day extravaganza! Get tickets at http://www.future-imperfect.com/fisite/event.php

July 24th – July 30th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Hello all you wonderful people out there! We’re extremely glad to bring you another issue of the Nerd Watch!

This week let’s celebrate that local creators at Make Big Things made not just double, not just triple, not just quadruple, but QUINTUPLE their Kickstarter goal for their new game Damn the Man, Save the Music! They’re putting out an absolutely delightful sounding game about saving a failing record store in the mid-1990s! And they made enough to hit their stretch goal of releasing an extra Sci-Fi/Douglas Adams inspired game “The Record Store at the End of the Universe”.

Make Big Things is one of the prides of the Valley, making tabletop RPGs that plumb interesting experiences and innovative play styles, and you owe it to yourself to check out their recent release Noirlandia as well as their original game Questlandia! Yay for Make Big Things!

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:

Monday, July 24th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Learn Ukulele with Julie
Learn the most tiny and fun of guitars: Ukulele! Sooner than you think you’ll be belting out songs and by the end of the hour you’re going to have a seven-album recording deal with a major studio, we guarantee it!
Tuesday, July 25th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Book to Art Club
Create your own alphabet and learn the art of hand-lettering! All the supplies will be provided and you’ll also get a copy of “The Sun is Also a Star” which sounds neat and accurate. You’re going to use it for a string art project next meeting! Also there are refreshments and AC!
Wednesday, July 26th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Family Workshops at the Mead
Come to the Mead to experience the wonder of air conditioning and making good art! Visitors are invited to participate in a variety of fun activities, from film screenings to art-making!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Keen zines for zine fiends, never before seen zines, zines for teens and tweens, Halloween zines, zines about queens, all the zines you can fit in your… … machine!
Thursday, July 27th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Upcycling Workshop
Learn about upcycling from Lou’s Upcycles! You’ll learn about how to make plastic bags useful again view the process of fusing them! Fuse and reuse, we always say!
Sunday, July 30th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Sketch at the Mead
Draw at the Mead! Artists are welcome to sketch in the galleries or outside in the courtyard! Paper and pencils and drawing boards AND gallery stools provided!

Board Games:

Wednesday, July 26th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Family Game Night
Play games with your family and friends! It’s a good night for a bunch of friendly people!
The Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Game Night at the Brass Cat
Play games with your family and friends! It’s a good night for a bunch of friendly people! With a Mission Cantina food truck and good beer!

Books:

Monday, July 24th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Thoreau Open Mic
Kick off the GPL Thoreau celebration we’ve decided to call Thoroughly Thoreau Thrills! This open-mic night will be a chance to read your favorite Thoreau works!
Wednesday, July 26th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Kory Stamper, Word by Word
Kory Stamper, Lexicographer for Merriam-Webster, takes you through how dictionaries are made and helps you understand the complex world of obsession over every single word! A must-see if you want to get in on the ground floor of this year’s hottest new words, like strealf and minump.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
A Book Discussion of Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau
Come discuss what Thoreau thought about Cape Cod, and enjoy some cake and refreshments in celebration of his birthday! Weirdly most of his thoughts about Cape Cod had to do with the quality of the Mozzarella sticks at local eateries. Register for the discussion at 413-283-3330 and pick up a copy of the book at the library!
Saturday, July 29th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Find Waldo in the Pioneer Valley Party and Grand Prize Drawing!
Did you find Waldo at local businesses this summer? Well, if you found 20 or more Waldoes, you’re eligible for the Grand Prize drawing.. If you found fewer than 20 you’re eligible for a great party with snacks!

Comic Books:

Thursday, July 27th
Northampton Sidewalk Sale [Between GoBerry and the Northampton Box Office] at 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Modern Myths at the Sidewalk Sale!
Get a bunch of great books for really cheap! Old comics for less! Graphic novels half-off! It’s a deal bonanza!
Friday, July 28th
Northampton Sidewalk Sale [Between GoBerry and the Northampton Box Office] at 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Modern Myths at the Sidewalk Sale!
Get a bunch of great books for really cheap! Old comics for surprisingly litte! Graphic novels half-off! It’s a deal extravaganza!
Saturday, July 29th
Northampton Sidewalk Sale [Between GoBerry and the Northampton Box Office] at 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Modern Myths at the Sidewalk Sale!
Get a bunch of great books for really cheap! Old comics for amazing prices! Graphic novels half-off! It’s a deal stanza!
Sunday, July 30th
Northampton Sidewalk Sale [Between GoBerry and the Northampton Box Office] at 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Modern Myths at the Sidewalk Sale!
Get a bunch of great books for really cheap! Old comics for practically nothing! Graphic novels half-off! It’s a deal that exists!

Entertainment:

Thursday, July 27th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
In Conversation: Eric Carle and Annie Lionni
Eric Carle’s meeting with Leo Lionni in 1952 led to not just a job but also a long friendship! Eric Carle will be joined by Annie Lionni, granddaughter of Leo Lionni, as they share their memories of Leo Lionni and discuss the parallels between Carle and Lionni’s careers! There’s a Q&A afterward and a light reception! Books autographed by Eric Carle will be available in the Museum Shop!
Saturday, July 29th
Cummington Fairgrounds [97 Fairgrounds Road, Cummington, MA] at 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Massachusetts Renaissance Faire
Enjoy jousting, delicious food, bards, fire shows, magic, games, and excitement for all ages! Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for ages 6-15, and children 5 and under are free!

Kids:

Tuesday, July 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Jungle Jim’s Minecraft Madness
Balloon artistry, magic, comedy, improv, and more in this action-packed performance that’s a Minecraft fan’s dream! Join Jungle Jim on stage for the Building Block Madness Tournament, the Zombie Chase, and the Balloon Firework Rocket Extravaganza!
Wednesday, July 26th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Reading is Magic! With Ed the Wizard!
It’s not often that one of the legendary Order of the Silver Secrets comes to our humble Valley but when they do, they love to teach people about how reading is a kind of magic we can do every day! Ed also teaches kids how to brew a potion that turns people into newts but that’s his own thing, the Order has specifically requested he not do that at these events.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Sparky’s Puppets
Enter the world of stories via puppets! Humorous, colorful puppet people will get kids laughing and learning and generally feeling like hey stories are very fun and good and so are puppets. Recommended for kids ages 3-10!
Friday, July 28th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Laser Tag (Ages 11-17)
Registration required ahead of time! Hunt your friends through the library and then shoot them with lasers!
Saturday, July 29th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
End of Summer Reading Program Party
Ice cream! Water games! We assume that water games are where you just play videogames but under water. There are also drawing for raffles during the party! See if you won anything! Also you did win something: ice cream.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Experience the Book: A Picnic with Hector Fox and Friends
Celebrate Hector Fox and his woodland friends! Author/Illustrator Astrid Sheckels will appear as Hector the Fox himself! Sign up to reserve your spot in this world of imagination! 413-772-1544 x5104!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Starlight Theatre presents The Little Mermaid Jr.
The Starlight Youth Theatre is proud to present Disney’s beloved Little Mermaid but with adorable kids, we presume! We’re pretty sure the players are youths and that’s why it’s the Little Mermaid Jr. It’s possible that the youth just run the theater company.

Movies:

Wednesday, July 26th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Let the Fire Burn
Let the Fire Burn is a 2013 documentary film about one of the of the most under-reported clashes between the government and US citizens in our history: the stand-off between MOVE and the Philadelphia Police Department. This horrifying event is brought to life through archived news coverage and interviews.
Saturday, July 29th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Hot Summer Saturday Movie Matinee: Queen of Katwe
Based on the true story of a young girl from the streets of Uganda whose world changes when she’s introduced to chess! Thanks to the support of her family and community, she pursues her dream of becoming an international chess champion! Free and open to the public!
Sunday, July 30th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
FILM | Portrait of Wally
Egon Schiele’s tender portrait of his mistress was locked up in a legal battle between the Leopold Museum and the Jewish family from whom the Nazis seized the painting in 1939. Learn more about the history of this iconic image, from the painting of it to the theft to the post-war confusion and resurfacing of the image!

Science:

Saturday, July 29th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Tom Ricardi, “Birds of Prey”
Meet and learn about the coolest birds! Sorry songbirds you’re very neat but these are the best birds because they are very fast and make loud, terrifying shrieks. Tom Ricardi, an avian expert who operates a rehab center for birds of prey in Conway MA, will be on hand to demonstrate and teach you about these beautiful animals!

May 29th – June 4th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Have a good Memorial Day tomorrow, readers!

Get excited for the June 12th Nerd Nite at the World War 2 Club in Northampton! It’s going to be about the vagaries of our economic system, which is a topic both tragic and comic! Kind of comediotragious, which is a word to describe that sentiment we just invented.

Check out the Western MA Film Maker’s Group! They’re having a get-to-know-you potluck June 11th! If you are interested in making films and you live around here you really kind of have no excuse, there’s not going to be a more specifically tailored group for you to hang out with we don’t think.

We would like to also take the opportunity this week to point you toward a bunch of locals with Patreons:

Worlds Without Master is a great fantasy RPG/Story/Comic magazine!

Xenoglyph is a bunch of neat art and RPGs and writing and such!

Meguey Baker is a lot of interesting games in the vein of like… tag. Real base-level intriguing social games.

Legends of Fomora is a fantasy comic about a place with children adventurers and ant-creatures and magic and very dangerous forests and the first arc is pretty neat!

KC Green is the person from the Valley that has maybe most made a splash in the general culture? He’s also very good at making comics!

And that’s not even all of them! Wow, we do have a vibrant creative community full of people who definitely deserve to get some of your cash, don’t we?

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:

Wednesday, May 31st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Ukulele With David Hyde Costello
Learn to play ukulele in a nice environment! No musical background neecessary, beginners welcome! It’s free and open to adults onnly, register at (413) 283-3330!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Needle Felting and Fiber Crafts
Create beautiful needle and fibercrafts! The helpful and talented Lisa Melnick will teach you to create three-dimensional objects out of simple materials! You should bring some materials if you’d like, and supplies will be available for purchase at the library!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Writing Room Reading
Listen to a reading of some of the work from a bunch of different writers who’ve been hanging out and working at Forbes! Naila Moreira, Susan Stinson, Alice Thomas, and many more will be there to share their work!
Thursday, June 1st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Teen Writing Workshop
Instructor Abby Forcier will be on hand to offer guidance and support for any written work you care to produce! Anything that strikes your interest you can work on and then share with the group if you like!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus
Open mic! Poetry Reading! A one-night special art exhibit! Open mic signups from 5pm – 6pm, and then it begins at 6pm. The featured poets are Tara Jean Bernier and Catherine Weiss, and the featured artist is Julia Waves.

Board Games:

Wednesday, May 31st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Game On!
Board games in the teen room! Have fun with the library collection or bring your own!

Books:

Saturday, June 3rd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Holyoke Remembers Mary Doyle Curran
Mary Doyle Curran was a writer born in Holyoke in 1917, who got a PhD and then was a professor at UMass Boston! She was an important part of the Irish American community and keynote speaker Jules Chametzky will let you know more about this neat person! And there’s a bus tour of Curran’s Holyoke!

Comic Books:

Saturday, June 3rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Wonder Woman Day
Celebrate Wonder Woman during the opening weekend of the film! GPL will have exhibits, activities, freebies, screenings of the original “Wonder Woman” TV show, and more! All ages are welcome, and the event takes place throughout the library!

Community:

Saturday, June 3rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Kick-off Party: Awareness Fair, Summer Reading Sign-ups, and Book Sale
Stroll through a Bazaar on the West Lawn and meet people from various community organizations to learn what they do, sign up for summer reading, see the AEIO Ukes perform, get a balloon twisted by local jim Jim, see Percy Jackson the therapy dog do freestyle tricks, get a temporary tattoo, and buy some great books! A spectacular day for the whol family!

Entertainment:

Friday, June 2nd
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Garden Days
Help make the Dickinson Museum beautiful by helping out in the garden! Join a group of other friendly volunteers to cultivate the beautiful grounds! No need to be an expert, just learn from the folks who volunteer there all the time! You can also tour the archeaological dig going on at the same time!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Products of My Farm Are These: Farming with the Dickinsons
Landscape historian and garderner Marta McDowell will lead a program about the various edibles that the Dickinson’s grew, cooked, and ate! You’ll also see how you can grow your own delicious fruits and vegetables in your own New England garden! This will take place both indoors and outdoors, so dress for the weather! It’s $10 for museum members and $13 for non-members!
Saturday, June 3rd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Super PAC Band: An Acoustic Concert on the grounds of Historic Northampton
Historic Northampton will host the Super PAC Band, a group of talented local musicians who “play for the general good will and your listening pleasure!” Sounds delightful! Bring a blanket, picnic, and your friends and family!

Kids:

Saturday, June 3rd
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Wonder Woman Day
Create your own superhero identity! Make a unique symbol for them and a backstory, and also work on some Wonder Woman coloring pages! Recommended for ages 4-11! There’s still time to get your character into Justice League or Infinity War if they’re neat enough!

Movies:

Tuesday, May 30th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Teen Movie: A Thousand Words
Watch Eddie Murphy in a really odd family film that takes an old aphorism and turns it into a sort of terrifying curse designed to teach someone how to listen better via the threat of death. Gruesome!
Wednesday, May 31st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 8:30 PM to 9:50 PM
Moana Lawn Screening
Hang out on the library lawn for a screening of the recent hit Disney animated movie Moana! When a terrible curse is incurred by the demigod Maui, a chieftan’s daughter answers the call to set things right! Free for all, bring blankets and a picnic!
Sunday, June 4th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cinema Sunday: Funny Face (1957)
Enjoy a screening of a classic musical at the Carle! A romatic comedy starring Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn, and Kay Thompson! We presume that like many Fred Astaire films there’s a strong subplot about the community organizing behind all those coordinated song and dance acts.
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film: The Green Park
The story of The Green Park, a glamorous hotel on the British Riveria! The kosher establishment opened in 1943, and this film follows decades of Jewish history that took place in and around it.

Science:

Saturday, June 3rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Massachusetts Birds of Prey
We’re kind of assuming this is just a big room full of birds of prey. Watch out! They’ll scratch you right up.

April 3rd – April 9th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Hello friends! Hope you’re having a lovely start of spring.

Remember to come out to Nerd Nite NoHo next Monday! It’s going to be a very nice time where two excellent people will present about two excellent topics. We’ll have nature guide Kery Emma Ellis discussing the scourge of “Greenwashing” by people attempting to pretend their products and services are “good for nature” despite being “basically just lying and using green and teal on the packaging a lot”! That’s going to be followed up with Greg Dennis, Research Director for Voter Choice Massachusetts, talking about ranked choice voting!

We’d also like to specifically point out the 2017 Pioneer Valley Zine Fest! Zines are fun and neat and there are a ton of folks who are going to be there with really cool artwork so you should go see them and say “Wow, nice job! Here is the amount of money you’ve indicated this zine or other piece of artwork costs!”

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, April 4th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:45
Slate Press Poetry Reading
Anna M. Warrock and Cindy Snow will present readings from their new works! Anna M. Warrock has had a poem installed permanently in the Boston subway which means she’s going to probably eventually inspire some kind of post-apocalyptic cult eventually. Cindy Snow has been featured in a bunch of poetry reviews and she does peer tutoring at Greenfield Community College. Both of them have chapbooks out for your reading pleasure!
Wednesday, April 5th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Kota Ezawa: Gardner Museum Revisited
Converse with artist Kota Ezawa as he discusses his installation! It’s currently on display and by chatting with the artist you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the art presented!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The 13th Annual Palmer Public Library Poetry Pageant
The theme this year is friendship! Donate $25 to the library and bring a poem about friendship to share! Listen to your friends talk about friends!
Thursday, April 6th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus: Poetry Night and Art Exhibition
Drop into the museum for an open mic, poetry reading, and one-night art exchange in the museum! Open mic begins at 6pm and the featured readers follow: Jenna Baillargeon is a second year at Hampshire, and is the featured Open Mic reader, and students of The Literacy Project will be reading original memoirs and poems afterward, accompanied by Judith Willams on the keyboard.
Saturday, April 8th
Flywheel Arts Collective [43 Main St., Easthampton, MA 01027]
2017 Pioneer Valley Zine Fest
Zines! Zines for miles! Join zine creators and fans from around New England! It’s a great chance to see amazing artwork and give the people who produce it a few bucks! Zines are keen!

Board Games:

Wednesday, April 5th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Brass Cat Wednesday Game Night
Games! Beautiful board games! Have a great time playing games and enjoying a friendly community! Have a drink at a nice bar and hang out with people who are nice also. This wee, Forbidden Island and Innovation are the featured games!
Saturday, April 8th
Off The Wall Game Shop [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Malifaux Tournament
See http://www.the131.com/forum for details! This tournament will test your ability to command the forces of weird grossness in the game Malifaux, which is distinct from other tabletop games in a manner we are not qualified to comment upon. Mostly we notice that there are a lot of Frankenstein monster looking things.
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Tabletop Gaming Day
Game! At a table! With tops! Play with tops, is what we’re saying. Play with the bet game of all: tabletops. The game of kings! Beyblade we just realized our joke game is also Beyblade. But for actual this meetup usually goes for Euro-games like Settlers/Carcassone etc, but they’re open to whatever you’re interested in!

Books:

Wednesday, April 5th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ellen Meeropol, Kinship of Clover
How do you stay true to the folks you care about while trying to change the world? That’s what botany major Jeremy has to struggle with when he gets wrapped up with a group of eco-terrorists trying to save the plants he loves, and is inextricably bound to.
Friday, April 7th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
John Scalzi, The Collapsing Empire with Scott Lynch and Elizabeth Bear
The Odyssey Bookshop is hosting a big ol’ sci-fi hootenanny! John Scalzi will talk about his latest book, and he’ll be joined by fellow wonderful authors Scott Lynch and Elizabeth Bear! The book’s about a far future where humanity finds a sort of hyperspace river that allows FTL travel, but then finds that it’s slowly moving around and soon the quick travel that maintains an interstellar empire will no longer be where it needs to be! It sounds neat!
Saturday, April 8th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
YA Panel Featuring Kim Savage, Kady Cross, and Eva Darrows
Three excellent YA authors on a panel talking about their three recent books that are all about tragic circumstances and young women dealing with difficult issues.
Hooker Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Lindy West, Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman
Lindy West will speak and read from her memoir! Hilarious tales of how to handle just generally the unfortunate bits of being alive. Lindy West is a prolific writer and generally regarded as “wicked good at writing and also wicked funny”.

Community:

Thursday, April 6th
Sacred Heart Church [395 Chestnut St., Springfield, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
End Mass Incarceration in Massachusetts
Pioneer Valley Project invites you to join them in the fight to end mass incarceration in Massachusetts! If you’re into the idea of repealing mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenses, changing some felony thresholds, increasing funding for re-entry programs and education during incarceration then you should help them fight for these reforms!

Computers:

Tuesday, April 4th
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A regular meetup of coders and web developers that heads to the Foundry and hangs out and just generally chats and has a good time. You can join them to have a nice time as well!

Entertainment:

Monday, April 3rd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Staged Reading of Getting Out
A staged read by the Holyoke Community College theater department of the play Getting Out, a play by the Pulitzer-winning author of ‘Night Mother. The play is the story of Arlene, a woman struggling to survive on the outside after being incarcerated for eight years in a Kentucky Prison.
Tuesday, April 4th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The Wonderful World of Model Railroading
Have you ever wanted to make a tiny world that’s entirely comprised of people frozen in time save for the trains? Are the trains the masters of this world, or do they merely exist in some other state of being? Well two railroad enthusiasts, George Reneris and Harry Ruddock, will help answer questions about how you can put together a sweet model railroad!
Wednesday, April 5th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Clutter Control 101
Figure out how to get your stuff to stop being a gigantic terrible pile of nonsense that you don’t need or want! Dave Downs will offer some upbeat tips for getting all your various junk into a place where it can no loner bother you!
Friday, April 7th
UMass Center at Springfield [1500 Main St., Springfield, MA 01115] at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Less Medicine, More Health
Dr. Gilbery Welch, author of “Less Medicine, More Health: 7 Assumptions that Drive Too Much Medical Care” will present in a free public forum! He’s a general internist with an interest in the issues created by overzealous efforts to detect early disease, mostly over-screening for cancer. It’s worth taking a look, maybe you’ll be less inclined to freak out over your own health!
Saturday, April 8th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Community Building as Resistance: The Northampton Association at 175 years.
Commemorate the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Northampton Association of Education and Industry! First you’ll get a walking tour of the Northampton Association Lands, and then you’ll see two lectures and a panel, about Abolition and Community in Northampton in the 1840s and construction of the progressive industrial village of Florence. And finally, a panel about the meaning of the Northampton Association Experiment!

History:

Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Free Community Day
This is a huge day! There’s a bunch to learn about ancient Rome! Inspired by the exhibition of the Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii that’s currently ongoing at the museum, there are a ton of things going on! Make your own fresco! Tour with a docent! Watch seventh-graders perform skits about ancient Rome! Stroll through a recreated Roman Garden!

Kids:

Monday, April 3rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Mucho Gusto Spanish Free Sample Classes
A free bilingual Spanish/English story hour with Laurie Davidson of Mucho Gusto Spanish! It’s for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers!
Saturday, April 8th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Explore Music and Sound! Presented by UMass Music Educators
Students ages 9-12 are invited to try instruments and see demos performed by students from the UMass School of Education. Thinking about learning to play? Give it a shot today!

Movies:

Tuesday, April 4th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Finding Babel
Finding Babel chronicles a grandson’s search for the legacy of the greatest prose writer of the Russian Jewish community, and whose subversive work led t his tragic end. Isaac Babel is best known for his short story collections Odessa Stories and Red Cavalry, he challenged the ideology of the early Soviet Union and that challenging writing resulted in his execution in 1940 by the Soviet Regime. This movie tracks his grandson’s journeys through Ukraine, France, and Russian to confront the relevance of his ancestor’s work.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
GPL Teen Pizza and Movie Night
Pizza and a movie: the ultimate chance to have pizza and also watch a movie. Teens, don’t let this slip by! This is your chance to have pizza and watch a film! It’s a hoot to do so with pals!

RPGs:

Sunday, April 9th
Camp Timber Trails [1266 East Otis Road, Tolland, MA] at 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Magestry LARP Spring Game #1
Magestry is looking for anyone interested in being an orc, a monster, a brigand, a barbarian, a general-purpose rough customer! They need a lot of NPCs to take care of an increasing number of PCs! You can play for free and even get food! You don’t even need to stay the whole weekend, a couple of hours would be a big help! Find out more by contacting NPC@Magestry.com or checking out the meetup at https://www.meetup.com/larping/events/238838016/

March 20th – March 26th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


NERDSummit was yesterday and today! Delightful time, good learning, nice people. Still time to check out a couple presentations if you’re in town! Nerdsummit.org to see what’s still on order!

This week we really want you to check out this extremely cool-looking kickstarter by notable local creator Rob Daviau! It’s for a remake of a classic old game called “Stop Thief!” that people liked a lot and that looks neat and we’re interested in playing so we’re going to try to get you folks to make sure it’s funded so we can get a copy!

From the site:

In Stop Thief!, you and the other players are private investigators. A thief commits a crime somewhere in the city. However, you never see the thief on the board. Each turn, the thief makes a new sound, telling you what kind of space they moved to. By piecing the different sounds together and finding the right pattern on the board, you can figure out where the invisible interloper is and try to catch them. If you succeed, you collect the reward. If you collect enough money, you win the game.

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 21st
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Painting Landscapes in the Gallery
Professor Dave Gloman will discuss The Fawn’s Leap by John Kensett, 1859. This talk will also feature a painting demonstration! Learn how to paint, and learn how to appreciate that paint once it’s one a thing.
Friday, March 24th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Poetry Discussion Group: Emily Dickinson and Animals
Learn and discuss! Poetry and conversation about Emily Dickinson’s relationship to animals! Find out which bears in Amherst were chill and which were really annoying to hang out with after a while!

Board Games:

Saturday, March 25th
Off The Wall Game Shop [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Kings of War Tournament
For only a $10 entry fee, you can definitely become one of the kings of War! War is a lovely place, despite the name, kind of like Denmark, lots of civic infrastructure. In order to become king you will need to win this miniatures tournament featuring the game Kings of War. You get 1500 points!

Books:

Wednesday, March 22nd
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elinor Lipman, On Turpentine Lane
Elinor Lipman’s new novel has just come out! It’s about a woman returning to her claustrophobic suburban hometown, writing thank-yous to donors for her old alma mater, dealing with a distant fiance and a close mom, who finds some interesting artifacts in her new home’s attic that might change her life!

Comic Books:

Monday, March 20th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Queers in Comics and Games
Talk to excellent people about comics and board games and video games, it’s a lovely time!

Community:

Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Women, Crime, and Justice: Mass Incarceration and Mothering
Nicole Hendricks will present about the rising number of women incarcerated in correctional facilities and how that has affected motherhood. Our country now incarcerates more women than any other in the world. As this crisis builds, we need to think about who’s incarcertated and why, and what impact it has on our communities.
Tuesday, March 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dick Evans: Marijuana, Beyond Legalization
Explore the space beyond legalization of marijuana, oddly directly adjacent to the space beyond beds and baths.
Saturday, March 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Mariposa & the Saint: A Play Through Letters
A play written by Sara (Mariposa) Fonseca and Julia Steele Allen through a prison wall. Now Mariposa speaks directly to the audience from the isolation of solitary confinement. Learn how you can help stop people from being tortured via solitary in the US! Light refreshments will be served, donations welcome!

Computers:

Tuesday, March 21st
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
User Experience, Accessibility, and Inclusive Design
This is as yet not set to a location and also there’s not so much any details for it, but we figure it’s something lots of people could use some education about! Make sure people who use the things you make have an easy time doing it!
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Elixir/Erlang for Scalability and Reliability – Monthly Ful Stack Meetup
Learn about Elixir/Erlang, and how it can address the problems of scale and reliability in your software. Get history and background on Erlang and Elixir, see a demonstration of a simple distributed program and a basic web app!

Entertainment:

Saturday, March 25th
Smith Vocational High School, Northampton MA at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The River’s Family Music Meltdown and Bash
Meltdown! Spring family music and fun for all in the Valley! There’s no better way to celebrate the slooooow approach of Spring!

History:

Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Punishment in Paradise: the History of Incarceration in Northampton, 1654 – Present
MIke Ryan will discuss crime and punishment in Northampton and how Northampton developed jails and prisons. He’ll talk about how the philosophies of incarceration have changed here over the last 350 years. The brief switch to a Phantom Zone based correctional facility in the 70s was a bit of a historical oddity.
Weinstein Auditorium at Smith College at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
27th Annual Phyllis Williams Lehmann Lecture with John R. Clarke
John R. Clarke will discuss new research strategies and recent discoveries at Oplontis. Oplontis is a villa near the famously incinerated city of Pompeii, and since 2006 Dr. Clarke’s research team has been tasked by the Italian Ministry of Culture to study and excavate the villas that were first uncovered at Torre Annunziata. Learn about history and how to learn about history, it sounds neat as heck. Lunch served afterward!
Graham Auditorium, Hillyer Hall at Smith College at 1:45 PM to 2:45 PM
Leisure and Luxury: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Structuring the Exhibition
A panel discussion about how people put together the exhibition at Smith College. Barbara Kellum, Professor of Art, will moderate and Elaine Gazda, Regina Gee, and Tim Liddell will be part of the panel!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 11:00 AM to 1:15 PM
Using Irish Records for your Family History
Even if you know your ancestors were from Ireland, there’s a lot more to discover about them! Using Irish public records and resources, Lisa Dougherty, the Genealogist in Residence at the Irish- American Heritage Museum in Albany, NY will present an overview of what you can learn and how!
Sunday, March 26th
Deerfield Community Center [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Winter Lecture Series: Earthen Ware, Made in Boston”
Learn about earthenware and the partnership of Benjamin Leigh and John Allman to produce it during the revolution! PResented by Angelika Kuettner, Associate Curator of Ceramics, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation!

Kids:

Saturday, March 25th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
A Day with Superman and Superwoman Vision
Introduce kids to light! Like scientifically, not light the thing in the world. If you’re just now introducing your kid to light that’s very bad, kids should see light a minimum of a couple days after they’re born, we’re pretty sure. You need to pre-register, and it’s limited to 12 adult/kid pairs, ages 6-10. Bring sunscreen! Call 413-665-2642 to register!
Sunday, March 26th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Meet Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
The award-winning duo have conspired to create yet another funny tale about some sneaky shapes! Triangle is the first tale in a new trilogy about shapes! Shapes that are apparently not trustworthy! Instill a healthy paranoia about ideal forms in your children!

Movies:

Thursday, March 23rd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film Screening of Ava DuVernay’s film 13th
A film screening of the Oscar-nominated documnetary that explores the intersection of racism and criminal justice. Learn about today’s horrific prison labor system and what needs to change. Presented by Historic Northampton and the American Studies department at Smith!
Saturday, March 25th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Movie: Luck of the Irish
See this extremely odd Disney Family Movie about a teen who turns into a leprechaun in the grand tradition of Disney’s “turing into something related to your family history sort of” series of films. Pizza and snacks will also be served!
Sunday, March 26th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
Peggy Guggenheim was a central figure for modern art, collecting both artwork and the artists she loved via patronage. Guggenheim built one of the most important collections of modern art, forever enshrined in her palazzo in Venice. Learn more about this fascinating woman at the Book Center!

February 6th – February 12th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Hello all! A bit short on the top-matter and late tonight on account of a busy weekend!

We can continue to say that Pandemic Legacy is a very very good game that is a lot of fun to play, and we recommend you take a look at it!

Oh, also next Monday you should check out Nerd Nite NoHo at the World War 2 Club at 7:00pm! We’ll be donating money to charity and that’s always nice. Plus, just the event itself is a very good and fun event that people mostly tell us is great though we admit that may be somewhat related to our helping to run it but you know what we’ll take what we can get.

Have a great week, and be sure to let us know if we missed anything fun!

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:

Friday, February 10th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Romancing Northampton
New York City artist Emily Stedman has created a series of watercolor paintings based on archival photos from Historic Northampton’s collection. See them and also eat cheese and crackers like a fancy person at this reception!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Love museums? Don’t have money? See the best local museum! And give them $5 anyway if you do have money, because really it’s a great museum.

Board Games:

Saturday, February 11th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Tabletop Gaming Day
Game! Game with folks who are nice! Play whatever you like! They like Euro-style boardgames mostly but they’re open to whatever you feel like bringing too. Have a great time!

Books:

Wednesday, February 8th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Brunonia Barry, The Fifth Petal
From the description: “Do you think, inside, every one of us is a killer?” This is the question that haunts the people of Salem, Massachusetts, in THE FIFTH PETAL, a tale of otherworldly powers, ancient myths, and a gruesome triple homicide” But what separates this from just everyday life in contemporary Salem, MA?
Saturday, February 11th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Min Jin Lee, Pachinko
From the description: “PACHINKO is a tour de force following one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame and ruin them. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan.” sounds interesting!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Experience the Book Event – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Reserve a space at the Children’s Room desk to experience the book! Wear a costume and experience scenes from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! Someone’s going to dress as a Dementor and scare you we’re like 90% certain! It will also feature quizzes, treats, fun, and also games!

Card Games:

Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Aether Revolt Game Day
A Standard Constructed tournament showcasing decks that include new cards from the most recent Magic set! Compete for the chance to win an exclusive playmat and full-art alternate-art cards! Entry fee is $10 plus tax, all attendees will receive prize packs based on match wins. Ages 13+, intermediate-level!

Community:

Friday, February 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
5CLIR Legislator’s Forum
Make a difference in local politics! From the description: “Come hear our area legislators give a summary of 2016 accomplishments and their outlook for the coming year. Senator Stan Rosenberg, and State Representatives Peter Kocot, John Scibak and Stephen Kulik will brief us on critical matters affecting the State’s future. This is your chance to hear directly from those shaping public policies, and to be a part of a Question and Answer session following the presentations.”

Computers:

Monday, February 6th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
One-on-one Tech Tutoring
Learn about techology with a helpful person at the Holyoke Public Library!
Tuesday, February 7th
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Talkl to some very friendly people about web development and related computer tasks! It’s a calm gathering after what can be an annoying workday!
Wednesday, February 8th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
Learn about Agile! Share your stories about Agile! Learn to be more Agile! Equip gear that requires a high Agility and dodge attacks from your enemies! The topic tonight is estimation!

Entertainment:

Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Chocolate Tasting: From Bean to Bar to Palate
Cookbook author and former editor of Bon Apetit Dede Wilson will take you on a tour… a chocolate tour! We hope it goes better than that tour of the Wonka factory we went on, only two survivors of that one. Eat light before the event because you’re gonna taste a lot of fancy chocolates and you want a clean palate!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Henning Ohlenbusch Album Release Concert
A very good musician will play excellent and widely varying music from both his new album and his old favorites! It’s a great chance to see a wonderful show up close before someone discovers this incredible musician and he’s singing to stadiums!
Saturday, February 11th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Doctor Who Club
Who? Hahaha we love that joke but for real watch some good episodes and chat with friendly folks.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Chiara String Quartet Presents “Mole Music” Live!
Mole music. So. We’ve not had a lot of experience with the music of Our Friends Below, but we feel like it’s probably very dissimilar from human music. If you do go, be a respectful patron and do not heckle the moles because this is their music and it is not your place!

History:

Sunday, February 12th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Film: The Venice Ghetto, 500 Years of Life”
See the storied history of the 500 year-old Jewish ghetto in Venice through the eyes of a New York teenager who goes to visit with his family.

Kids:

Tuesday, February 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Kids’ Craft Club
Make some crafts with other kids and be proud of your capacity to create!
Wednesday, February 8th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
The Youngbloods Adventure Guild
An after-school adventuring club! Aimed at players 8-12 it takes place once per month and features adventures custom-designed for the players. The first month will be a select group of 5 kids, with a $50 registration fee for the month, which includes free play on the day and rewards for the players! Contact Modern Myths for more information!
Thursday, February 9th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Build LEGO with other kids! It’s the neatest toy that everyone likes a bunch.
Friday, February 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Make-Your-Own-Valentine Craft
Kids ages 4-12 can make a card that says a nice thing to someone else! Is there a reason we stop doing these at 12? This would work as like a weekly activity.
Saturday, February 11th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Saturday Morning Kids, Make Valentines
Make kids’ book themed Valentines!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
There are four sections, K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. The first round starts promptly at 10am, and there’s a four-round Swiss System. Trophies to 1st, 2nd, 3rd in each section. Free entry! But please bring a chess set and chess clock if you can and a bagged lunch!
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Saturday Playground & Parent Workshop “Why Does My Child Behave This Way?”
Learn about how to deal with behaviors from your little kiddo that are difficult! It’s something a lot of people have had to deal with, and so there’s some good advice about what to do.

Movies:

Wednesday, February 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film Screening: White Like Me: Race, Racism & White Privilege in America
Watch “White Like Me”, a film by anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise that explores race and racism in the US through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. Wise looks back on the institutional structures that maintain the racial inequality that we deal with every day.

Science:

Thursday, February 9th
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
OEB Science Cafe: A Day in the Life, Stories from Your Neighborhood Biologists
What does it mean to be a biologist? How do they spend their time? Where do they roost? What defenses do their hordes have and what level of loot can you find there? Learn all this and more from several biologists and their stories from the lab and field!