Culture

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!

November 21st – November 27th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This is a good holiday in general because it’s just about putting all of the food you possibly can into your stomach, and that’s what the true meaning of the holidays is.

If you’re going to have a good Thanksgiving with a lot of food and family and friends that is really nice and you should appreciate it! If you’re looking forward to a bunch of tense as heck political conversations we’re pulling for you and you should maybe take a look at this? It might help a bit. Also remember that Friendsgiving is also an option!

If you’re having a nice Thanksgiving, this is the perfect time to donate to Monte’s March! It’s the yearly event that raises a bunch of money for the Food Bank of Western Mass where local hero and nice person Monte Belmonte of 93.9 The River walks 43 danged miles from Springfield to Northampton and then from Northampton to Greenfield!

Give them what you can, because they’re super efficient with money! Like a couple bucks will get needed food to one of the 211,000 people in Massachusetts who need food! If you do a monthly donation of any amount they would appreciate it even more because it means they can count on you in their budgets and that makes a lot of things easier!

And have fun playing the new Pokemon also if you’ve got it!

Oh! And check out Hack for Western Mass! It seems really cool!

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, November 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Write-in
Write! Write like you’re going to write your way out of this trouble you got yourself into! This write-in will be an opportunity to get some work done on the next great American novel that you are writing! It’ll shock everyone when it is completed in a danged month!
Tuesday, November 22nd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Greg Rogers: Artist Reception
The public is invited to check out the art that Greg Rogers made! You’ll love looking at this good art and eating cheese and crackers!
Friday, November 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:50 PM
NaNoWriMo Write-in
Write! Write like they’re gaining on you! This write-in will be an opportunity to get some work done on the next great American novel that you are writing! It’ll shock everyone when it is completed in a danged month!

Board Games:

Saturday, November 26th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Colony Board Game Demo
Learn to play the board game Colony with the friendly host Justin who will teach you how. It’s a sort of production/building game where the hook is that some resources are volatile and some aren’t and you totally know if that sounds like a cool idea to you!
Sunday, November 27th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Blood Bowl
Blood Bowl is like football except fantasy characters play it and you don’t have to worry about the consequences of repeatedly concussing your Minotaurs. Also we’re pretty sure it’s only a moderate foul to murder the other players. It’s also a board game, to be clear. Look, this is like 4 iterations thick of game we can’t keep everything straight for you!
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Heroclix
Heroes! Click into place! This week only use heroes with asymmetrical designs! Like Hellboy and Cable. Asymmetry is very neat in hero designs everyone thinks this is the case!

Books:

Friday, November 25th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The Carle Bookshop Holiday Sale
Take 15% – 50% off books and toys all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! You get an extra 15% off if you’re a member!
Saturday, November 26th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Indies First/Small Business Saturday
Give back to your community OR get books for cheap! You can either get 20% off your purchase or you can give 20% of the purchase to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts! There’s also going to be cider for you and homemade cookies and a free gift with any purchase of $50 or more! There are also a bunch of guest booksellers who are going to have neat unique things in stock for you! A great opportunity to help your community!

Comic Books:

Monday, November 21st
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Queers in Comics and Games
A freewheeling discussion with a bunch of awesome folks about comics, games, and life. Get good recommendations, meet some new friends, be a good friend to others!
Friday, November 25th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Buck Friday
Comics for a buck! Buy comics for a single dollar, which is a really good price for a comic book! We’re really annoyed we’re going to be home for Thanksgiving when this deal happens, but don’t tell our family that please!

Movies:

Monday, November 21st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Monday and a Movie
Teens! Go watch a movie at the library, it’ll cost you $0! Watch a movie, talk about that movie after the movie, and you get to vote for the movie! Vote for the movie that every teen wants to see this winter season: the Yearling.
Friday, November 25th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Finding Dory
Watch a really delightful children’s film about a fish with a rare memory disorder which in retrospect weird choice for a really sweet film yeah? It’s good though! We liked it a bunch!
Saturday, November 26th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Kubo and the Two Strings
Watch a really delightful children’s film about a little boy who is very compassionate and nice to people and also has origami powers and needs to fight like a star-god? It’s a complex film that was nice and we liked a ton!
Sunday, November 27th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Outrageous Sophie Tucker
The story of Sophie Tucker, a genuine Superstar of Vaudville, Broadway, radio, television, and movies through a lot of the 20th century! She was a bold cool classy tough lady and it’ll be neat to learn about her and how she enchanted the world for years! It’s $4 for students, $6 for members, and $8 for The Rest Of Us.

November 14th – November 20th

The Valley Nerd Watch!

In times when we feel defeated and saddened by the state of the world, we often turn to the words of comfort our father used to give us:

“Life is an unending series of tragedies.”

In good times, it’s a joke about how little his nerdy little kiddo had to gripe about. In bad times, it’s a reminder that this is the life we’ve got and we need to make what we can of it, tragedy notwithstanding.

Or to quote his favorite philosopher Marcus Aurelius: “Do not act as if you were going to live ten thousand years. Death hangs over you. While you live, while it is in your power, be good.”

We’re worried about friends and family as we face a political administration that has repeatedly promised to harm them. We’re looking for opportunities to help, and if you’ve got any ideas for us we’d love to hear about them.

And in the service of being good:

If you’ve got the means, monthly sustaining donations or volunteering would be extremely helpful and appreciated at local charitable efforts:

For further-flung charitable operations, there’s a good list here.

People are also going around cleaning off the horrific graffiti that’s been popping up around the Valley threatening violence against minority groups, and you can check out the Facebook group that’s been coordinating those efforts here.

We’re going to be donating 50% of the proceeds of tomorrow’s Nerd Nite NoHo to the ACLU and we’re planning future donations. Justin Dowd of the Brass Cat Games Night has let us know that they’re encouraging folks to bring donations to Tapestry Health to the game night this week.

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, November 16th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Teen Writing Workshop (Ages 12 and up)
Write with others! Get advice! Get encouragement! Write the best thing!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zines! The underground. Zines! The forbidden. Zines! The mysterious. Zines! The circulation of maybe 3, but hey they’re fun to make so make some Zines and get your thoughts out there! Tiny magazines of your thoughts artisianlly crafted!
Saturday, November 19th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:45 PM to 4:45 PM
Neurodivergent Writing Info Session
“Through a grant from Western Mass Recovery Learning Community, I will be publishing a collection of short essays from members of the neurodivergent community. I’m looking for stories that show neurotypicals that we live full, emotionally complex lives. If you are interested, please submit a one page sample of your writing IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL, NOT AS AN ATTACHMENT. I will NOT consider it if the text is not pasted in the email. Those who get selected to contribute will receive a FREE copy of the final product. ” Email smith.terrencej@gmail.com to participate! A free book in exchange for an essay isn’t bad, even if we’re not fans of spec-work stuff.

Board Games:

Tuesday, November 15th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Palmer Library Game Night
Play boardgames at Palmer! Meet folks, use demo games from the library, bring your own favorites, be excellent to each other.
Wednesday, November 16th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Brass Cat Game Night
Join wonderful local hero Justin Dowd in his fun time games place where you’ll learn and play and meet nice people. He’s got all the board games and he brings a new theme every time! Other people also bring games and you can buy great beer and great food from a food truck nearby!
Saturday, November 19th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
There are four sections: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. It’s a 4-round Swiss System and there are trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Entry is free!
Sunday, November 20th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Colony Board Game Demo
It’s one of those games where you gather up production into your hand and try to turn it into various upgrades and victory points and such, but the interesting idea here is that SOME of the resources can be banked permanently like we imagine you know… wood, but some of them have to be used immediately! These games are real fun for us, we like the quick sprint toward the end when you start producing a billion of something you’ve produced 3 of for the past hour. An Envoy will teach you how to play for free!

Books:

Tuesday, November 15th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Robert Shaw and Jocelyn Mossman
Two amazing poets reading from their poetry collections! You may remember Robert Shaw from being like one of the very few poets we all know about. Not to say poets aren’t great! Poems are wonderful, but Robert Shaw is a name we just know, which isn’t the case with a ton of poets. Anyway the point is, go hear some beautiful poems from great people.
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sunderland Short Story Series
Dramatic readings by professional actors, to bring stories to life! Kermit Dunkelberg will be reading “Ed Has His Mind Improved” by Walter R. Brooks, and Myka Plunkett will be reading “Exchange” by Ray Bradbury.
Wednesday, November 16th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Susannah Richards presents: Hot Titles in 2016 for Classroom and Holidays
“Former 2013 Newbery Committee Member and children’s literature advocate Professor Susannah Richards will highlight dozens of great books including picture books, middle grade novels, nonfiction, graphic novels, and young adult novels. There will be refreshments, free promotional items for teachers, a special discount for purchases and special orders, and a maybe a surprise celebrity from the children’s book world during the event. Bring book loving friends!” This is so nice, books are great and so are refreshments.
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Mark and Jeannie Gionfriddo authors of Good Night, Dear Hart, Good Night
“Good Night, Dear Hart, Good Night opens with her idealistic, romantic adventures as a wealthy young college graduate; her marriage to Allen and their early trials and tribulations; and how Hart and Joe’s paths cross with Ponzi, whose own rise to power and rapid descent unfolds in alternating chapters. The book offers a fascinating look at a turbulent time in Boston’s history as well as an examination of Ponzi, the inventor of the first ‘get-rich-quick’ scheme that continues to be reinvented.” Always a very important thing to know about! It’s a good idea to keep your head on a swivel when it comes to investments that seem too good to be true.
Thursday, November 17th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Sabina Murray author of Valiant Gentleman
“The New York Times Book Review has stated that PEN/Faulkner award winner Sabina Murray writes historical fiction “…very beautifully, bringing it all close to us, to here, to now.” Her new novel, Valiant Gentlemen, is no different, spanning across four continents and forty years to reimagine the lives and friendships of humanitarian and Easter Rising Irish patriot Roger Casement, his closest friend, Herbert Ward, and Ward’s extraordinary wife, the Argentinean-American heiress, Sarita Sanford.” Sounds awesome! Listen to a reading, buy a copy, get it signed!
Friday, November 18th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
How did Dickinson want to be recognized and remembered? We may find some answers in Dickinson’s reaction to Thomas W. Higginson’s poem “Decoration.” There are few recorded instances of Dickinson exchanging poetry and commentary with another poet, so it’s a rare opportunity to explore how she read and responded to other’s poetry. Lead by the extremely great Melba Jensen, PhD in English.
Saturday, November 19th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Book Signing with Romola M. Rigali, Wayne E. Phaneuf, and Joseph Carvalho III authors of On Being Italian: A Story of Food, Family, and Faith
“Wayne E. Phaneuf, executive editor, Romola M. Rigali, former managing editor both at The Republican will be on hand to sign the newspaper’s newest book in its Heritage Series, On Being Italian: A Story of Food, Family and Faith. The event will feature a special treat for attendees.” Treats are 100% always great so no reason not to check this out!

Card Games:

Sunday, November 20th
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant St #B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
PPTQ Amokhet
A PPTQ! A qualifier fro the Pro Tour, and the winner will head to the Regional Pro Tour Qualifier for a chance to play in the PRO TOUR in Nashville! It’ll be $30, you’re playing standard constructed with a decklist required, and you’ll get a cash payout if you’re in the top players! Have fun and get to that pro tour!

Community:

Monday, November 14th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Live a Flourishing Life: Stress Management Workshop
Just guessing this might appeal to a lot of folks this week. Resilience Strategist Rita Schiano presents a lot of skills to help people feel in control of their lives!
Wednesday, November 16th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Single-Serve Desserts!
Make four different desserts to try and then eat those desserts and for real you deserve dessert right now.
Saturday, November 19th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Memory Cafe
The library will welcome people experiencing memory difficulties and their families to hang out and have some relaxation and refreshments and generally talk to folks who know how it is to deal with memory problems!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Racial Equity Leadership
We don’t entirely know what’s up with this but it sounds like a very good idea, you should check it out and talk to people and get back to us about what’s up!

Computers:

Thursday, November 17th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WordPress Developers and Admins
Solve WordPress problems with friends, bring your laptop to help the group get to the bottom of things! Talk about effective backup solutions, and also learn about interpreting integrated Google Analytics! You should sign up so you can get WordPress questions answered and be a better computerer. NCTV is located at the rear of Northampton HS. they’ll be in NCTV’s studio room!
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Introduction to the Internet
Learn what the internet is! How it works, how to use a search engine, what “the cloud” is, and when to stop learning about the internet so you stay happy!

Entertainment:

Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
White House Events in the Coolidge Era with Julie Bartlett Nelson
See scrapbooks of news clippings, invitations, searching charts, menus and more of the events hosted by or attended by Calvin and Grace Coolidge 1923-1929. And eat cookies!
Friday, November 18th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hungrytown
See folk duo Hungrytown perform their stunning act in which via the power of music they slowly but surely morph from a duo to a gigantic beings known as “Hungrytown: The Town that Devours!”

History:

Monday, November 14th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM
“From Nothing to Something: The Surprising Start and Rapid Spread of Basket Ball from Springfield to the World”
In this lively panel discussion, Professors Dennis Gildea and Derek Paar of Springfield College, along with Springfield College Archivist Jeff Monseau, will explore the history and spread of basketball from its origins into the twentieth century. Springfield gave this gift to the world and you should not forget it! Western Mass contributes.

Kids:

Wednesday, November 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Minecraft Club
Build your cares away in the blocky world of Minecraft!
Thursday, November 17th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Lazer Tag
Lazers! Shoot your friends with them in the library! Pretend it’s Star Trek and clumsily toss a Styrofoam boulder at someone! Grades 5th – 8th are welcome!

Movies:

Wednesday, November 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:15 PM
Strangers on a Train
Ahhhhh hahaha the poster is Alfred Hitchcock putting an L in the word “Strangers” to make it “Stranglers” old movie posters are awesome. See the movie about a person who thinks he’s got a foolproof plan for murder and the stranger he forces into it!

Science:

Monday, November 14th
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060]
Nerd Nite NoHo: Emotions and Architecture
Grad Student Andrea Cataldo will discuss “Quantifying Emotion in the Decision Process”! She’s very smart and great so the talk will be awesome. Then we’ve got Brianne Zulkiewicz who’ll talk about “Triple Deckers: New England’s Working Class Vernacular Architecture”, which is neat because it’s one of those things you sort of notice around here and then when you actually take second you realize how much pragmatic design decisions shaped the landscape you’re in.
Wednesday, November 16th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM
When in Rome Gallery Talk
Jon Caris and Scott Gilman from the Spatial Analysis Lab at Smith College will talk about the making, use, and interpretation of maps! They’ll talk about how historical maps like the “Nolli map” are re-purposed and re-imagined in the digital age!
Saturday, November 19th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Scientific Kids Club
Join Ralph & Steven in this interactive program as they explore their surroundings and cultivate curiosity for the natural world. This November’s meeting will focus on a library mystery to be solved using chemical forensic techniques. Who was the culprit: M&Ms, Skittles, or Kool-Aid? For kids aged 8-11! Give or take a bit you know your own kids, you know? Register online here.

Video Games:

Thursday, November 17th
Moriarty’s Pub [755 Liberty St., Springfield, MA] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Ego Death Presents: Super Smash Tourney!
There’s a $5 cover, ladies are free, and it’s welcoming to all ages. It’s been getting bigger and better really quickly! Folks at the events look like they’re having a super good time and you can win prizes so that’s nice. You can also play: Mario Kart, Street Fighter, Marvel Vs. Capcom, and Mortal Kombat. It’s like a pop-up arcade full of friendly people the best idea.

We’re on podcast The Chairmen of the Boards!

Loyal readers! You’ve yearned to hear us speak, wept at the lack of our dulcet tones tickling your eardrums, thrown yourself bodily out of your seats to protest the fact that text is a medium that robs you of the beauty that you know exists just beyond your grasp.

Well now you can hear us talk to local podcaster Jesse Mayhew of the venerable Chairmen of the Boards! It is a relatively freewheeling discussion of how the Nerd Watch got started and what a danged cool place the Valley is in general but particularly if you’re a big old nerd into board game things.

Nerds gather, and now his watch begins.

It shall not end until his death. He shall take no wife, hold no hands, father no children.

He shall wear no crowns and win no glory. (Unless you count the victory point track In Blood Rage or the Crown Counter In Citadels. These are obvious exceptions that we shouldn’t have to point out.)

He shall live and die at his post, He is the Foam LARP sword in the Darkness. The Watcher on the Wall (of discounted non-mint condition pre-owned games).

He is James Olchowski, Lord Commander of the Nerd’s Watch – and you owe him your allegiance!!

Dethroned and dispossessed, robbed of title and station, our intrepid host Jesse was shackled and marched to the wall where he was forced to take the Black (T-shirt with 3 wolves howling at the moon.)

He decided to make the most of it and interview James about The Valley Nerd Watch, The Pioneer Valley’s weekly newsletter and #1 resource for all things nerd!

Jesse was a lovely host, and we hope you have as nice a time listening as we did recording.

Halloween to November 6th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Happy Halloween! We had a great Halloween party this weekend where we were the prettiest princess and also we’re playing horror games all weekend and also watching horror films, which is why Halloween should always be a Monday.

Also in not Halloween news we finally got to try out a Vive VR headset and the Tilt Brush paint program and DAAAANG for real that is incredible in a way that is difficult to emphasize enough. It feels like you’re sculpting in zero gravity, and basically also like you’re a wizard.

We aren’t so great at sculpting so our creation was basically a glowing lines stick figure but we saw other folks make truly impressive sculpted creations in a really short time. It’s super interesting how unintuitive and difficult it looks when you watch someone work on the 2D monitor and then how simple and fun it is when you can see it in 3D!

Though prices being what they are we’re probably going to be getting one two decades from now.

Hey it’s still Halloweekend so you should play a horror game too! We recommend either Betrayal at House on the Hill or Dread or The Dread Geas of Duke Vulku or Monsterhearts or Fear The Living! It’s kind of weird that legit all the Halloween-themed board games and RPGs are from the Valley. Oh wait no it isn’t all the best games are from this, the happiest of valleys!

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, November 2nd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Teen Writing Workshop (Ages 12 and up)
Are you writing a novel this month? Wow! That seems like, wildly difficult. Jeez. Well, if you’re doing that extremely difficult task you should get some help! Hang out with other Teen Writers and get some motivation and encouragement! Write the Best Novel and become world-famous!
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Global Artists Speak at the Mead – Zanele Muholi
Join South African photographer and activist Zanele Muholi in conversation with Wendy Ewald, photographer and visiting artist-in-residence at Amherst College. Followed by a reception. Both do impressive work!
Thursday, November 3rd
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus: Poetry Night and Book Launch
A book launch and reading with Hannah Fries, Author of Little Terrarium. The title is a reference to the body that holds the person and the world that holds the people. Fries’ poems evoke wonder through lyricism and cover the gamut of human conscious experience to the five hearts of nightcrawlers. It sounds neat!
Friday, November 4th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
An Evening with Emily: Songs by Copland, Hall, Harbach, and Walker
An intimate performance in the parlor of the Amherst Women’s Club of Dickinson given by award-winning soprano Molly Fillmore! Accompanied by pianist Elvia Puccinelli, Fillmore will perform the popular Aaron Copeland song 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson. Jeez this night sounds classy as all get out wow.
Saturday, November 5th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Free November 5 Family Day
A ton of stuff is going on! There’s a grand tour, there’s LEGO Architecture, there’s free refreshments, there’s a food truck (bring cash), there’s a bunch of prints and postcards and such, it’ll be a great time! Plus you get to see one of our favorite museums for free!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Mural Unveiling and Celebration!
There’s a new mural in the children’s department by local author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka, who’ll do a reading after the unveiling! It’s going to be a reminder of the fact that Northampton is a pretty delightful town.
Sunday, November 6th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Gallery Talk | Balka’s Lower East Side with Laura Kruger
Curator Laura Kruger will talk about the YBC’s new visiting exhibit! It’s a multi-artist exhibit that focuses on the experience of Eastern European immigrants to New York “The Big Apple” City’s Lower East Side!

Board Games:

Tuesday, November 1st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sunderland Library Chess Club
Play the game of thrones! It’s one of the most popular games in the world for a reason. This club is available to anyone, expert or beginner! Study famous games and learn great strategies! Become the best at Chess and then travel the world defeating all comers on a journey to achieve the dream of becoming The Ruler of Chess! Children 3rd Grade and younger must be accompanied by adults!
Wednesday, November 2nd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Game On
Play some board games with your pals! It’s a bunch of fun to play board games and the library has some games for you to play! Or bring your own, it’s a good idea.

Books:

Saturday, November 5th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Richard Michelson, FASCINATING: The Life of Leonard Nimoy
A biography for children of Leonard Nimoy, the iconic Mr. Spock of Star Trek! Leonard Nimoy had a tough time breaking into acting but his experience as the son of immigrants helped him mold Spock into one of fiction’s most memorable characters!
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Local Author John Sheirer Presents: Making Common Sense Common Again
Do you think politics are wacky? Correct! This local author will take a comedic look at the world of politics and make you say “wow! yes it would be nice if people did things sensibly instead of in a silly manner!”
Sunday, November 6th
140 Pine St., Florence, MA 01062 at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Plagiarama! An Afternoon with author Geoffrey Sanborn
The David Ruggles Center is excited to sponsor an afternoon celebrating the publication of Geoffrey Sanborn’s book Plagiarama that explores African American abolitionist and literary figure William Wells Brown. He was also a great writer and became the first published African-American playwright in 1858! And he published the first history of African Americans in the Revolutionary War. Seems like someone worth learning about!

Community:

Wednesday, November 2nd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
FAFSA Q&A
Local higher ed professional TearNee Sodders will help you figure out this incredibly scary process! FAFSA is important because college costs a crudload so get every advantage you can!
Saturday, November 5th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
FAFSA Q&A
See above, but it’s a different time!

Computers:

Tuesday, November 1st
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A regular meetup of folks who code! No need to bring your laptop, just go hang out with folks who code and talk to them about how annoying seg faults are or why you hate people changing their design specs midstream!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
One-on-One Tech Tutoring
You can register for one-hour one-on-one sessions in English or Spanish if you have a valid library card! You do need to call 413-420-8118 to register at least 24 hours beforehand! Learn how to use technology in a friendly setting with wonderful library folks!
Thursday, November 3rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Introduction to Computers
Learn about computers and computing from the ground up! You’ll get introduced to the basic concepts behind what makes computers work and slowly work your way up to building an AI robot person with superhuman strength and a driving need to understand what this human… love… is?
Amherst Media [246 College St., Amherst, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
November 2016 Western Mass Drupal Users Group Meeting
Do you Drupal? Drupal with other Drupalers at this session! Get help with your ongoing projects or get started with Drupal!

Entertainment:

Monday, October 31st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Halloween Party!
Show off your Halloween costume, pick up some treats, play some games, and get tricked! Best costume will be trapped forever in the nether zone that the library was built on top of as a sort of mystical barrier.
Tuesday, November 1st
The Quarters [8 Railroad St., Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 1:00 AM
National Vegan Day
A whole menu of tasty vegan treats! BLT, Pulled Pork, Fried Brussel Sprouts, Chili… wait… wait a second folks we don’t know if The Quarters knows what vegan food is. There’s also Planet Earth on the projector!

Kids:

Thursday, November 3rd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Crafternoons at the Library
Craft things at the library! You can make buttons in the button maker, make jewelry, color, whatever idea you may have!
Saturday, November 5th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Hazel Mitchell, Toby
Author and illustrator Hazel Mitchell will be at Odyssey to give a reading and do a draw-along workshop for her new book about her dog Toby! Toby is a good dog name and also, a good dog! We know this because all dogs are good, dogs are the best.
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
I dealt a word of Gold’ Writing at the Emily Dickinson Museum: A Program for Junior Girl Scouts
Earn your Junior Scribe badge while learning about the trailblazing poet Emily Dickinson! It’s a behind-the-scenes tour of the Dickinson home and landscape. Harness your inner poet, Scouts!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Paintbox Theatre Presents: Grace for President
Grace is running for school president! But to get that coveted position she needs to campaign! Paintbox will distract and entertain you for the weekend before the real election! Distract yourself from the existential dread that suffuses your every waking moment this campaign season!

Movies:

Thursday, November 3rd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Campaign by Kazuhiro Soda
Kazuhiro Soda shot Campaign in 2005, following along a political campaign in Kawasaki Japan run by Kazuhiko Yamauchi, an inexpeirenced new candidate.

RPGs:

Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons? Easy. Dragons? Now we’re cooking with gas. D&D is a ton of fun! It’s an opportunity to hang out with friendly folks, it’s a chance to play-act as someone different than yourself, and it’s a fun game about stealing everything that isn’t nailed down and killing like basically everyone you meet!
Friday, November 4th
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Rd., Chesterfield, MA] at 8:00 PM to 12:00 PM
Magestry LARP Final Game in Elmerton
After 13 years of Chesterfield, Magestry is heading to a new place! This is the last game in Chesterfield and it’s going to be a blast! It’ll be big and fun and amazing and this is the best time possible to give it a shot! If you don’t have a bunch of cash on hand, be an NPC! All you need to bring is warm bedding and clothing without visible logos and the rest is taken care of! And everyone is welcome on Sunday for brunch!

Video Games:

Sunday, November 6th
The Quarters [8 Railroad St., Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY – AR for Tango (now with zombies!)
Keep yourself from the post-Halloween blues with Paul Hake of Hitpoint Studios and Pat King of PVGD and Zombies! Real Zombies! In your House! Blast them to smithereens quickly! You can learn about the creation of the Crayola Blaster AR game and the Lenovo Phab2 Pro, the first Google Tango mobile device! What’s Google Tango? We have legit no frigging clue. Wait we just looked it up it’s an AR app that lets you see stuff placed in the world via your phone!