Game

June 26th – July 2nd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Pandemic Legacy was really really good! It was down to the wire on our last two games and boy howdy jeez it was just a very good time. We planned to play one or two games and we just had to finish it out because dangit we were so close on our first loss in December.

We’re amazed at how effective that game was at remaining a real nail-biter until the bitter end, even with all the upgrades and exploits and just experience that you gather as you play. The twists and turns in the rules always keep you on your toes, and we often lost the first game of the month and eked out a win in the second, each time thinking well NEXT game’s gonna be really easy because look at this amazing upgrade we just got.

A true triumph of the Legacy style, and we really hope that Local Creator Rob Daviau turns his designer’s eye to more cooperative games.

And obviously we’re playing Pandemic Legacy Season 2!

Speaking of board games, we got a note from local boardgame creators the TESA Collective! They’re a co-op that created a game about organizing to enact social change, which sounds pretty cool! It’s called Rise Up: The Game of People & Power! We’ll have more on it 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:

Tuesday, June 27th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Craft: Henna – SUMMER READING Build a Better World
Design a henna “tattoo” at the workshop! They’re a semi-permanent way to make your hands and feet look cool, and that is fun! Learn about the tradition of henna and make your own body art! Pre-register in the Kids’ Room or call 413-259-3091 or email teens@joneslibrary.org! You receive an extra ticket to enter the weekly drawing of summer reading prizes for attending this activity!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Establishing Mood, Story, and Visual Interest in Landscape Photography
Explore essential elements of landscape photography that can make your unique vision come to life! Michael Zide, photographer and photo-educator, will help you understand both the technical and the aesthetic methods to make your vision of a landscape come to life!
Wednesday, June 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zines! Zines about beams! Zines about screams! Zines about Ice Cream! You can do a zine about anything you can dream!
Thursday, June 29th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Writing Workshop
Write! Write anything, really. The more you write the better you write! Bring whatever you’re writing and writing instructor Abby Forcier will be on hand to offer some guidance!
Sunday, July 2nd
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Sunday Sketch at the Mead
Sketch! Draw whatever you like in the company of other artists of all skill levels. Paper, pencils, erasers, drawing boards, and gallery stools all provided! Free and open to the public!

Board Games:

Tuesday, June 27th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Ice Cream and Air Conditioning Board Game Night
Settle in for some board games and ice cream! Intended for ages 12-17!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Game On!
Take a break from your summer homework to play a game with friends! The teen room has tons of teen games like Teen Pandemic and Teen Catan! No they’re the normal versions, teens just play regular games we apologize for the goof.
Wednesday, June 28th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Family Night
Family games, puzzles, and building projects! Everything you need for a good night with the family.
The Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat!
It’s the one-year anniversary! Play a bunch of board games with a friendly crowd in the nice outdoor area behind the Brass Cat! It’s a great Easthampton bar that is perfect for settling in and playing a bunch of games for a night. The featured game this week will be Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure. In Clank, everyone’s a treasure hunter looking to get the most out of the caverns beneath an abandoned castle before a dragon wakes! Watch this video to learn how to play ahead of time if you like! https://youtu.be/EZQyr5JkbBY

Books:

Wednesday, June 28th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Michael Ponsor, The One-Eyed Judge
Michael Ponsor, local author, former criminal defense attorney and current senior US district Judge fro Western Massachusetts returns to his character Judge Norcross for another novel following a dramatic court case! Sidney Cranmer faces a horrendous accusation from the FBI and U.S. District Judge David Norcross is hearing the case while caring for his young nieces!
Thursday, June 29th
Packards [14 Masonic St., Northampton, MA] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Childhood’s End + Dinner
For June, the lovely folks at the Western MA Sci-Fi Meetup are reading Childhood’s End! It’s a venerable classic of the golden age, and well worth reading for the first time or returning to if you’ve already read it! In it, aliens arrive on earth who look almost exactly like our worst nightmares, literal demons! But it’s not an invasion! It’s something far stranger.

Computers:

Sunday, July 2nd
The Quarters [8 Railroad St., Hadley, MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY: Game Dev Co-working
Local game devs! Paul Hake of HitPoint Studios, whom based on our data all of you worked for for around a year, is moving forward with a game dev co-working space to open in Greenfield soon! Join Paul and the PVGD to learn about the space, pricing, and sign up if you’re interested! Of course, also just have a fun time hanging out at The Quarters!

Entertainment:

Monday, June 26th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Mobile Mini-Golf in the Library
A fun unique mini-golf course in the library! Suitable for kids and adults of all ages, set up in the common area of the library and outside!

Kids:

Tuesday, June 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Forest Park Zoo on the Go!
Meet some animals from the zoo and learn about them! Animals are neat. Registration is required, please sign up at the children’s desk!
Wednesday, June 28th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Simple Machines!
In this presentation, David Costello will demonstrate how to build and use simple machines like wheel-and-axles, levers, pulleys, and inclined planes! David has samples of each type of simple machine, and a bunch of examples of how you can use them with puppets! Build a big enough ramp and it’s technically a simple siege machine!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
The Creature Teachers
As far as we can tell, a chinchilla, a lizard, a snake, a ferret, an owl, and some cockroaches teach you things. Possibly math?
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
David Hyde Costello Author Visit – Little Pig Saves the Ship!
Celebrate a local author! David Hyde Costello’s newest book, Little Pig Saves the Ship, is releasing this week, and he’s paying a special visit to the Jones to celebrate! Based on the adorable as heck cover image, the moniker “little pig” is a joke because the pig is clearly hundreds of feet tall, towering over the little ship!
Thursday, June 29th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM
June 29, 1999 … in 2017!
Asparagus in Antwerp! Courgettes in Cranston! Broccoli in Brussels! In David Wiesner’s book, a young girl’s science project sends seedlings into the atmosphere and precipitates an invasion of gigantic veggies! A special story-time will be followed by a collaborative project where young artists will create a window installation of what they see flying through the sky!

Movies:

Monday, June 26th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Dogtooth
Watch the film FIRST! They’re not screening it! It’s like a book club, but for weird movies! This one is a modern classic about a couple who keep their kids locked away from society, telling them that it’s not safe for them to leave. This leads to strangeness and tension, kind of predictably. You can watch via Kanopy.com, sign up with your Forbes library card and stream it online! https://forbes.kanopystreaming.com/video/dogtooth
Wednesday, June 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 8:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone
A free screening of the first Harry Potter film on the Forbes Library Lawn! You can bring a blanket and some snacks and the film will start when it’s dark! All are welcome, for more details check out cinemanorthampton.org!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: FIXIT
Learn about how for-profit healthcare is destroying lives and how Medicare for all could be a reasonable path out of the hole the US managed to dig itself into. Having recently taken a trip to Australia, believe us they’re super smug about how bad our healthcare system is. Let’s show the danged Australians and completely incidentally our big sister that the US can do better!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Movie Screening: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Celebrate the end of the school year with a modern classic about friendship and identity that we’ve legit heard is a solid movie despite the fact that the title is way more pant-focused than we tend to look for in our films.
Friday, June 30th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Family Summer Movie Matinee – October Sky
A free screening of October Sky, about a young kid in a coal-mining town who’s so inspired by the launch of Sputnik that he decides to build a rocket of his own. He gets some help from friends and the high school teacher who believes he can do it! This showing will include a take-home STEM activity for kids following the film!

Science:

Monday, June 26th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Food and Habitat for Pollinators through the Seasons
What plants look attractive to bees and other pollinators? Learn how to choose plants and shrubs that will help pollinators and contribute to the whole Valley erupting in flowers every year! Ashley will share tried-and-true plants and shrubs and techniques for planting!

May 22nd – May 28th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Boss Baby was oddly good, some real nice physical comedy animating from Dreamworks. Good job, Dreamworks! Good job team of probably 100 animators doing some of the most grueling and boring work possible for only acceptable pay!

We would also like to point you once again to the excellent new Valley meetup about film making! The Western MA Film Makers Meetup! It is neat, and it’s a good excuse to go to fun events and meet new people to spend time with. Who doesn’t need a bit of that in their lives?

Also! News this week: Greenfield Games changed locations! They’re no longer renting, either! They bought a place just down the street from their old location. It’s a bit bigger, a bit nicer, and in general it seems things are going well for them. Look for them at 228 Main St. in Greenfield!

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


Anime Club:

Wednesday, May 24th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime! Anime is sometimes great and sometimes not, debate which anime are which with some pals at this club!

Art:

Thursday, May 25th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Summer Exhibitions Opening Reception
Celebrating the opening of summer exhibitions, featuring alumni artists and collectors! THere are delicious refreshments and there’s a bar if you’re over 21! Well, technically there’s a bar whether even if you’re under 21, it’s just that if you’re under 21 the bar won’t give you alcohol. Free and open to the public!
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!
Friday, May 26th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Gallery Talk: Artist Michael Mazur ’57
Betsy Garand, Senior Resident Artist at Amherst College and Gail Mazur, poet and wife of the late Michael Mazur ’57. This event is in conjunction with an exhibit of his work, and it’s free and open to the public!

Board Games:

Tuesday, May 23rd
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!

Community:

Monday, May 22nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM
Animal Friend Loss Support Group
We’re pretty sure this is a support group for those of you who have lost an animal friend, which is very sad. If it turns out that the support group is entirely made up of animals talking to each other about friends they have lost we apologize but there was no description on the site!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Financial Skills
Learn to save! Learn to spend! Learn to hide quarters behind the ears of other people! All the necessary skills to become a financial wizard!
Tuesday, May 23rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:15 PM to 7:00 PM
Greenfield Tree Committee
Do you like trees? Want to have some say about where and when trees appear in Greenfield? This is literally the only group for you!
Wednesday, May 24th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Safe Schools Safe Streets Coalition
No description for this one but we have the impression they don’t actually mean they want to keep the physical schools and the physical streets safe but are using those as a sort of synechdoche for the community itself and in particular children within the community.

Kids:

Tuesday, May 23rd
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Whole Book Approach Storytime with Megan Dowd Lambert
Families will enjoy a Whole Book Approach storytime with Megan Dowd Lambert, author and Senior Lecturer in Children’s Literature at Simmons College!
Wednesday, May 24th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Young Writer’s Group
“Author and teacher Nell Wright will work with young writers ages 10-14 on Wednesdays. The group will meet in the Greenfield Room from 4 -5pm. The group is limited to 8 participants and preregistration is required. Call 413-772-1544 extension 5 for more information. This class is free thanks to the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library.”

Movies:

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!

RPGs:

Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play RPGs with some people! They’re going to be great and so are you! Try playing World Wrestling RPG! It’s fun trust us.

Science:

Tuesday, May 23rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Food and Habitat for Pollinators through the Seasons
What plants attract pollinators to your garden? What will make bees and butterflies really jazzed to see your plants? Ashley Schenk has been teaching permaculture-based landscape design since 2011, having founded Broadfork Permaculture. Learn how to plant, what to plant, and how to create neat wildflower meadows!

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!

November 7th – November 13th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We played Settlers of Catan recently, because we’re very hip to the indie board game scene you know. It was fun! It was more fun with some danged house rules to get it a little bit speedier because yeesh there’s a point at which it doesn’t so much slide as plod toward a resolution. Still, fun as heck game. Cosmic Encounter is better though!

We want to again draw your attention to the very good very fun podcast we were on, because it was fun to do and you will enjoy listening to it so you should go and listen and be charmed by our dulcet tones.

Finally, local game writer and all-around great person Rebecca Slitt (writer of the great Psy High) brought to our attention a contest that might interest any budding game writers:

Entries must be submitted by January 31, 2018. There is no fee to enter. See the official rules for details.

To enter the contest, your game must:

  • Be written in ChoiceScript, in English
  • Be at least 100,000 words long, including both prose and code, with a playthrough length of at least 20,000 words
  • Pass both Quicktest and Randomtest automated tests
  • Allow players to choose the player character’s gender

And the author(s) must:

  • Be over the age of 18 as of January 31, 2018
  • Reside in the fifty United States or Washington, D.C., the United Kingdom, or Canada (except Quebec).

Ineligible to enter? Email us at contest-ineligible@choiceofgames.com and tell us why. (For example, if you’re not a resident of the nations we listed, tell us where you reside.) We might not be able to do anything about the contest this year, but if we run the contest again, your feedback will guide our efforts next year. And don’t forget that you’re probably still eligible to publish a game under the Hosted Games label, which accepts authors of any age and from most countries in the world.

Prizes

  • First Place: Winner will receive $5,000 and publication, including 25% royalties on sales of the published game.
  • Second Place: Winner will receive $3,000 and publication, including 25% royalties on sales of the published game.
  • Third Place: Winner will receive $2,000 and publication, including 25% royalties on sales of the published game.

In addition, Hosted Games has offered to publish any competition entry that does not win the contest, as long as it meets the Hosted Games standards.

Basically like any of these contests, there’s kind of a huge issue with lots of work being produced for what might be nothing. But then the prize pool’s not much worse than the contract you get officially writing for them, which is $7500 advance plus 25% royalties.

So if you’re interested in writing in ChoiceScript and think this sounds fun, why not give it a shot? It’s got a better prize pool than NaNoWriMo! Pace yourself, though. It’s gotta be done by NEXT year.

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 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Write-in
Spearheaded by Forbes Writer in Residence, Naila Moreira, the library will support writers daring enough to take on the NaNoWriMo (or 30 Poems) challenge by hosting regular “write-ins” during the course of November where participants gather to write together. It’s a great way to get a head start on your writing and hang out with other folks who share your interest in the written word!
Wednesday, November 9th
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 a teen? You doing this whole write a novel thing? Could be doing worse with your free time, teen! You old writer you. Get to writing, find out how to write better and get some advice! Get a publishing contract as the Youngest Best Novelist Ever!
Friday, November 11th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Northampton Unbuttoned: the Girls of The Mill River Button Company, circa 1874: An Exhibition by Elisa Lanzi & Nancy Meagher
Elisa Lanzi and Nancy Meagher present Northampton Unbuttoned, an installation of contemporary artworks inspired by the “plaid-clad” girls that sorted, carded and packed boxes of shaped and dyed buttons made from vegetable ivory at the Mill River Button Company in Leeds. See artwork celebrating little-known but influential figures from Northampton’s past!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Do you love museums, but not FIVE DOLLAR love museums? This is the perfect moment to see one of our local museums for free! There is a suggested donation of five dollars.
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Homecoming 2016: Opening Reception at the Mead
The Mead Art Museum welcomes back Alumni, Friends of the Mead, and all Homecoming participants to a reception in the galleries. Come and experience “The Mead Reimagined” featuring “Accumulations: 5,000 Years of Objects, Fictions, and Conversations” – six new exhibitions. Including but not limited to a bell that when rung shatters any alloy into its component parts.
Saturday, November 12th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Art in the Making – LIVE!
Artist Rico Gatson inaugurates Hall Walls, an annual project that gives artists and students the freedom to create an ephemeral artwork on the walls of the museum. Stop by to see the mural painting in progress!

Board Games:

Friday, November 11th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Tabletop Game Night
Hang out with folks and play some board games, mostly they wind up being European style little wooden block games but you can feel free to bring whatever!
Sunday, November 13th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Heroclix
Heroes! Clicking? It’s impossible to resist. This time, make your Heroclix only characters with Strange in the name! That’s Dr. Strange, Hugo Strange, and it’s not our job to find everything for you we got you started with some now find a full team.

Books:

Wednesday, November 9th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Brit Bennett, The Mothers
Teen romance, teen pregnancy, cover-ups, friendships, and doubt! Love triangles, motherhood, and dang we’re seeing why people are anticipating this one so much it sounds intense. The author will be there to talk and read excerpts, and you can buy the book too!
Thursday, November 10th
Hooker Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College at 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Ken Ono, author of My Search for Ramanujan
Oh neat! Ken’s the son of a prominent mathematician and his dad was pretty intense about him following his dreams by dropping out of school. He justified his troubles with the pressure-cooker of his home life by invoking Ramanujan, the Indian math prodigy who twice flunked out of college. He weaves his own biography into Ramanujan, and has devoted his career to further understanding the man who inspired him. Ramanujan was pretty intensely awesome.
Packards [14 Masonic Street, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
RESCHEDULED — Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Book Discussion + Dinner
Rescheduled due to weather! Talk about the classic Philip K. Dick book about the nature of humanity and sentience and also being a noir detective that was eventually adapted to screen as Blade Runner with some local folks who like books! It’s probably the one of Dick’s books most friendly to folks who are interested in his stuff, a little less drug-induced tangential stuff. RSVP if you’re attending! http://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/235167939/
Saturday, November 12th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Discussion with Maria Padian, Wrecked
Wrecked deals with the aftermath of a campus sexual assault. It focuses on how memory, identity, and who sits in judgement shapes what we believe. Maria Padian is said to take on sexual assault with unflinching honesty, shedding light on an important topic. Sounds tough to read, but important.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Friends of the Greenfield Public Library Cider, Donut, Raffle Drawing AND Book Sale
This one seems like it’s just what it says on the tin. Support the library, grab some cheap books, and eat some baked goods!
Sunday, November 13th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Book Launch & Author’s Signing: The Lost Village of Roberts Meadow: Northampton’s Forgotten Settlement by John Irving Clapp
John Irving Clapp, of Florence, will launch and read from his latest book, The Lost Village of Roberts Meadow: Northampton’s Forgotten Settlement. John will reveal the little known history of the small village of Roberts Meadow that was located in the northwest corner of Northampton on Kennedy, Sylvester and Chesterfield Roads. There are books for purchase and FREE refreshments! Lovely!

Card Games:

Saturday, November 12th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Harry Potter Demo
The Envoy program will be having another Demo! A delightful game called Hogwarts Battle! There’s going to be a certified demoer there to teach you how to play as Harry, Ron, Hermione, or The Best Student Neville Who We All Love! It’s a co-op deck-building game where eventually you’ll defeat He Who Must Not Be Named, also known as Voldemort.

Comic Books:

Sunday, November 13th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Comic Creator’s Jam
Do you craft comics? Do it with pals at this Comic Creator’s Jam! It’s full of very nice people, sometimes playing drawing games, sometimes just hanging out and talking and making merry. It’s a wonderful time for anyone interested in artwork or writing or combining the two of them in some fell manner!

Computers:

Monday, November 7th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Deeper Dive into Functional Programming w/Clojure – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
Functional programming’s more of a thing recently, learn more about it at this Deeper Dive! In this talk, Jochen Rau will pick up from where the last one left off and introduce the ecosystem of Clojure for web developers by demoing one-page and multi-page applications! You’ll also have a chance to ask questions and speak with your fellow web devs!
Wednesday, November 9th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
Are you an Agile developer? Would you like to be? Well hang out with some folks who know a lot about Agile methods and learn from their short presentations!

Entertainment:

Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Cupcake Wars
Four cupcake decorating contests! Each participant will leave with four cupcakes. Food, frosting colors, all sorts of things to decorate with! All sorts of secret rules and restrictions to make things interesting as well! Winners get not a large prize or a medium price or a tiny prize but a small prize. Sign up at the library or call (413) 665-2642.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
A Party & More With The Well-Tempered Ukes
Mark your calendars, new and old friends & supporters! The Well Tempered Ukes “celebrate” their year long musical residency at the Forbes Library (2015-2016). Closing reception to follow. The scare quotes sort of make it seem like the Ukes are planning something horrible. Definitely keep your head on a swivel and if the uking starts juking toward any nameless chants in forgotten tongues we want you the scarper as quick as you can.
Thursday, November 10th
Springfield Public Forum [34 Court St., Springfield, MA] at 5:45 PM to 8:00 PM
David Gergen
A person who’s done a ton of advising to presidents will talk right after the election about electoral issues. The thing about this particular event is that it’s going to be a really hard one to pay attention to as the post-election landscape will as far as we can tell be an endless howling void which we are forced to wander eternally for having had the bald hubris to attempt democracy.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime is an art form that we have scattered experience with but a lot of people wicked like. The nice part about anime is that you pretty much only need to pick one show and you’ll have 11,000 hours to get through. We once started watching One Piece, saw it had 500 30-minute episodes, and slowly walked into the sea.

History:

Saturday, November 12th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Button It!
Textile and costume historian Lynne Zacek Bassett will explore the history of buttons and more specifically, button making in Northampton in conjunction with the Contemporary Art at Historic Northampton exhibition, Northampton Unbuttoned. Pre-button life must have made dressing really annoying, we’re proud that Northampton was on the bleeding edge of button tech.

RPGs:

Thursday, November 10th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play a game where you pretend to be another person! That covers a pretty wide range, so we don’t know exactly what’ll be up here but for some reason most of these games involves swords and dragons at some point. Even if someone tells you you’re going to be playing an RPG about minding a small convenience store, take a few levels in Long-swords just in case.

Science:

Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
How and Why We Walk Upright: The Evolution of Human Locomotion with Dr. Brian Umberger
Ever wondered why we’re upright instead of on all fours? Well it’s a long story how we got to this rather unique and exciting locomotive method, and you’ll learn all about it from Dr. Brian Umberger, a professor at UMass!

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!

October 10th – October 16th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Wow! Tons of neat events this week, over thirty! Be sure to check out Nerd Nite NoHo, because it’s excellent and everyone has a great time and it’s the third anniversary this week! It’s going to be about toxoplasmosis, diversity, and tropical bird conservation!

We just had a chance to check out the Puzzled Escape Games room at Eastworks and dang if that wasn’t a great time! We’ll have a more comprehensive review of it later this week but wow, it was honestly just fun. All the good bits of an adventure game shoved into an hour, and the hosts were quite nice.

It’s pretty well-paced to deliver epiphanies and we had more than a few moments where we screamed in glee at newly revealed features of the room! Super great, highly recommended. We hadn’t realized it was a local operation until looking up the site, either! Neat!

We also want to alert you to a few ongoing Kickstarters we’ve been alerted to by locals:

Broker – a quick party card game about trying to keep a straight face while you cheat your undies off!

A.E.G.I.S – a quick fun tactical combat game where the gimmick is that your units can combine together like Voltron to become more powerful!

Rise Up: The Game of People and Power – a game about building successful social movements to create positive change!

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:

Thursday, October 13th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Materiality at the Mead with scientist Bruce Kaiser
Bruce Kaiser, chief scientist at the Bruker Corporation, will explain the process of X-ray Florencent testing using the Mead’s bronze sculptures by A. Phimister Proctor. He’ll explain the tool’s value to the field of art conservation and how it advances understanding! Science and art, together and loving it!
Friday, October 14th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Mask by Jenni Sussman Opening Reception
Jenni Sussman will be displaying her collection of paintings that question early photographs and the people depicted therein! What’s on display and what remains hidden, and why? She’s a regionally recognized artist living and working in delightful Northampton!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Do you love museums but not like $5 love museums? This is the night for you! For real it’s an amazing museum and you can visit it and do some activities for free this Friday!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Arts Night Out Reception: Fractal Art by Bob LaClair, Diorama by Judith Abraham
Judith looks justifiably proud of her diorama, you should check that out. It’s neat and it’s got a bunch of tiny books in it, mimicking the larger books on display around the library! Also fractals are never not cool, math is great. Add Forbes to a fun Arts Night Out!
Saturday, October 15th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: The Return of the Flannery Brothers
For just $5 you and your kids can see some real fun songsters sing delightful songs!

Board Games:

Wednesday, October 12th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Games for Teens
Teens only! But they can be any type of teen. Tall, short, fire-type, steel-type, paladin… any combination of teen traits are cool to play boardgames together and have a fun time!
Saturday, October 15th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
There are 4 sections, K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. It’s a 4-round Swiss System with a trophy to everyone who’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each section and entry is free! Bring a set and a clock if you’ve got them, and a bagged lunch!
Sunday, October 16th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Heroclix!
Sundays are for hero-clicking! This time you should create a team entirely out of people who wear tiaras! That means at a minimum Wonder Woman and Luke Cage!

Books:

Tuesday, October 11th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Okey Ndibe, author of Never Look an American in the Eye: A Memoir of Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the Making of a Nigerian American
A fascinating and hilarious look at a journey to a new place, Okey Ndibe talks about his fear of encountering the obviously common threat according to American movies of black-hat gunslingers and the fact that after he made it to New England where he learned actually no it’s winter that’s trying to kill you.
Wednesday, October 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
One City One Story: The Faery Handbag
Pick up a copy of a fantasy novelette, the Faery Handbag, or read it for free online, then join in a discussion! You can read it here: https://bostonbookfest.org/one-city-one-story/
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tracy Kidder, A Truck Full of Money
Soul of the New Machine, only about Kayak that travel website that you maybe use but was bought for two BILLION dollars. It’s primarily focused on a biographical account of Paul English, who came up with the site, and how he dealt with the aftermath of stupendous success. Tracy will be there to read excerpts and answer questions!
Thursday, October 13th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Margot Livesey, author of Mercury: A Novel
Two people have complex and emotionally affecting life moments dealing with a lot things! Donald Stevenson is a disaffected eye doctor trying to stay the course and his wife Viv is a vibrant woman dealing with giving up her dreams when she encounters a horse, Mercury, who she thinks might be capable of making her a championship rider.
Friday, October 14th
Amherst College Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Did Emily Dickinson Really Exist? An Evening with Jerome Charyn
Now we weren’t even aware this was even a question but wow okay oh wait no no okay it’s just a provocative title folks she definitely did exist! Yay! It sounds like a great book of Dickinson scholarship, though! She seems like she was a real awesome person.
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
YA Panel: Dawn Kurtagich (And the Trees Crept In) and Dawn Metcalf (Twixt series)
Two authors of dark fiction, psychological horror, and romance will talk about you know all that sort of thing! It’ll be a good time, they both write neat stories and panel discussions are usually fun. Get some books signed and come with interesting questions prepared!
Saturday, October 15th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St, Sunderland, MA] at 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Book and Bake Sale
Buy books, buy treats, support a great local library. There’s absolutely nothing that can be done to improve this! Grocery-bags of books for only $7!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Special Storytime: Angela DiTerlizzi
Angela DiTerlizzi will talk about her book Some Pets and read from it! There will also be adorable reading therapy dogs there!

Community:

Wednesday, October 12th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St, Sunderland, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Drop-In FAFSA Help
College is incredibly expensive and it should be your goal to minimize that to any extent you are able. College debt follows you through the veil of death, it torments you beyond the dimensions we know. It’s a super good idea to get everything you can out of FAFSA!
Thursday, October 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Kids Voting in the Presidential Library
Who represents you? What’s voting about anyway? What does election cake taste like? Find out the answers to these questions, kids, and meet the mayor! Also kids talk to your parents before reading news about the current presidential election!

Computers:

Tuesday, October 11th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Functional Programming with CLojure – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
Learn how to put functional programming to work for you with lessons from local developer Jochen Rau! He’ll explain the basic concepts of functional programming like lazy evaluation and tail recursion and he’ll also walk you through a real-world web application! A great opportunity to get started on the path to a new skillset and ask questions of a professional!
Wednesday, October 12th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
October is going to focus on Story Points, Velocity and #NoEstimates why is only one of these a hashtag do they mean the like social interaction that involved the hashtag or are we actually starting to hashtag conceptual things now? Mostly it’ll be a discussion of best practices around these concepts, and everyone’s quite nice and there’s pizza. Really, can’t recommend it enough to people who want to learn to use or learn to improve Agile development processes!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, October 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
A Ukulele Renaissance with the Well Tempered Ukes
Experience five hundred years of history in song and experience those songs in the most majestic of string instruments: the UKE!
Thursday, October 13th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St, Sunderland, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Laser Tag at the Library!
Shoot your friends with lasers in the library in what we have to say is a very weird turn to high-tech blood-sport on the part of the library.
Saturday, October 15th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Slavery in the Valley: Five Unsung Heroes Who Resisted
Robert H. Romer, physicist and historian, is a Professor Emeritus of Physics at Amherst College. He’ll discuss some of the enslaved people of the Valley and what they did to resist their masters. He’ll explain why it’s so important to remember those who lived in slavery in the Valley, invisible men and women of our colonial past.
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Wildsboro & Roberts Meadow Walk
Walk along Mosquito Hollow Road with John Clapp to check out the cellar holes, stone walls and stone lined wells of the former residents of Wildsboro, a long-forgotten neighborhood located withing the larger village of Roberts Meadow. Get a peek at the secrets of a town lost to time!

Kids:

Thursday, October 13th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
3 & 4 Year Old Storytime
Take your kids to story time to delight their imaginations!
Friday, October 14th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St, Sunderland, MA] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Fire Prevention Story Time
Fire fighter Megan Ahearn from the Sunderland Fire Department will share stories with you and you’ll get to see a real fire truck! You’ll also learn how to prevent fires and what to do in the case of a fire. This is adorable AND useful!

Movies:

Tuesday, October 11th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Scary Movies for Teens
They’re PG-13 at maximum so scary is less likely than funny/creepy but hey that sounds like a danged nice time as well!

RPGs:

Friday, October 14th
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Rd., Chesterfield, MA] at 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Sins of a Nation LARP Game 2
A “Full Metal Fantasy” full-weekend LARP! Basically you adventure on expeditions into an ancient and ruined kingdom. You can get more information here! https://www.facebook.com/SinsSixthKingdom Start thinking up your character now!
Saturday, October 15th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM
D&D Storm King’s Thunder GIANT ADVENTURE
Another GIANT ADVENTURE against the GIANTS! It’s a full day of gaming for only $20, which includes pizza and a soft drink. Hours of fun fighting giants AND food? Good gracious. The attendance is strictly limited to the first 15 signups so pre-register with Modern Myths as soon as you can!

Science:

Monday, October 10th
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo 3rd Anniversary!
It’s an anniversary bash! Giveaways, treats, and most important of all three amazing presenters! Daniel Vahaba will talk about terrifying/interesting cat disease toxoplasmosis, Presley Pizzo will talk about the power and utility of diversity in a diverse array of situations, and Zeke Jakub will talk about how conservation efforts for birds in Argentina affect us here in the Valley, and vice versa! It’s going to be great tell your friends to come.
Thursday, October 13th
The Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Matthew Boyer – Unprotected Pollination: How Pollinators Transmit Plant Diseases
Learn about how our little pollinator friends can be hijacked to transmit disease to the plants they pollinate! That’s so sad, they just want delicious pollen, they didn’t mean to hurt a plant. Poor bumblebees!

Video Games:

Thursday, October 13th
Moriarty’s Pub and Grille [755 Liberty St., Springfield, MA 01104] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
The Pub Brawl: Super Smash Bros Tournament
A second tournament to follow the successful first outing! There’s two setups for a Super Smash Bros Wii U tournament and another setup for a PS3! There are cheap drinks, snacks, and good times! There’s also a $5 cover, and an $8 fee to enter the tournament officially. The winner gets a cash prize and a chance to fight the reigning champion! Sounds like a lovely time if we’ve ever heard of one.
Saturday, October 15th
Toyota Oakdale Theatre [95 South Turnpike Road, Wallingford, CT] at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Retro World Expo: New England’s Classic Gaming Expo
The second annual celebration of classic and retro gaming will include an auction, cosplay contest, freeplay arcade and consoles, panels, bands, and tournaments! It’s jam-packed with fun! Check out the meetup to join other locals! http://www.meetup.com/thepvg/events/234339172/

14 Days Kickstarter is Up!

In case you haven’t already heard, the Kickstarter for 14 Days, a game created by local game developers Hannah Shaffer, Evan Rowland, and Joshua Yearsley, is a go!

14 Days is a game about chronic pain, and migraines in particular. It’s also a game about empathy and understanding. It’s a serious game, but it’s a serious game that’s easy and interesting to play.

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From the Kickstarter Page:

14 Days matters because it’s hard to talk about pain. Migraines are widely misunderstood, making it hard for people who get migraines to find the support they need. This game is a communication tool for hard-to-communicate experiences.

14 Days explains the challenge of migraines not through descriptions of pain, but through the concept of lost time. The experience of lost time and missed opportunities is something anyone can relate to, which helps make 14 Days a meaningful experience for all types of players.

We’ve played 14 Days, as part of the playtesting process. James, having suffered from migraines for a long time, appreciated the opportunity to engage in some empathetic play with other people. It was a better manner of explaining the worry and annoyance and pain of migraines than just trying to describe them to people.

We’re really excited to see this game take off! We’re always excited to see local people create interesting things!