Gaming

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/

January 16th – January 22nd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Why is this issue late? Well, on the one hand computer troubles since we’ve had to reinstall Windows but on the other much more accurate hand we thought we were like an hour from the end of The Witness and it turns out we were like 10 hours from the end oh GOSH that’s a beautiful frigging game start to finish. Just spectacular. Probably the best puzzle game we’ve played in a decade, and that’s a decade that includes the likes of SpaceChem! Very neat, highly recommended.

Speaking of highly recommended, why not contribute to the last leg of the Kickstarter for the spectacular dark Western comic book The Other Son? It’s in the last legs this week and you can help push it past the finish line! The starting contribution gets you the comic for $4, and that’s pretty much the going rate for a comic book these days. Why not buy a comic AND make a local creator’s day a bit brighter?

We also got word from a local organizer this week about an event on the last weekend of January that we think you should probably attend! It’s a forum on what Massachusetts can do to help combat climate change. If you don’t really want to see a future where large portions of the US coast are no longer habitable, this is a chance to help make sure that reality doesn’t come to pass!

On Saturday, January 28 at 3 pm we will be holding a forum “Climate Action in a Time of  Crisis”  in the sanctuary of First Churches, 129 Main Street in Northampton. Featured will be State Senate President Stan Rosenberg and other representatives from the Massachusetts legislature, climate scientists and activists to discuss the problem and an action plan that will protect our earth from climate destruction. The forum will be one step in forming our segment of the massive movement that will be necessary to protect our earth and the generations to come.

Get to it, folks!

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, January 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
ZINES! Revolutionary! ZINES! Amazing! ZINES! Hyper-specific! ZINES! Building community from the ground up! Learn to put together and distribute some ZINES!
Friday, January 20th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
Hear Joy Ladin Gottesman, Professor of English at Yeshiva University, speak about Emily Dickinson! She’s published a bunch of essays on Dickinson, and a book-length study, Soldering the Abyss: Emily Dickinson and Modern American Poetry. We always lose our solder in the abyss.
Saturday, January 21st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Teen Craft – Loom Weaving (Ages 11-17)
Learn how to weave on a loom! That’s just good preparation, you never know when loom-weaving is going to come back into vogue and you definitely don’t want to be left behind when all your friends bust out their looms.

Board Games:

Tuesday, January 17th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Palmer Library Family Game Night
Play games! Bring your own or use the vast library at the library! It’s a good time for young and old.

Community:

Saturday, January 21st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Racial Equity Leadership
There’s not really a description of this one on the site, but we’re assuming this is a get together that encourages folks to take leadership roles in ensuring that discrimination is appropriately dealt with? Let us know what you think about it if you go, it sounds interesting!

Computers:

Tuesday, January 17th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Building Shell Tools with node.js – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
Sequoia McDowell gets to present the Node.js talk he was hoping to give in December! It’ll be a blast, talking about building shell tools in Javascript and it is both useful and fun!
Thursday, January 19th
Hampshire College Weneczek House [205 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
January 2017 Western Mass Drupal Users Group Meeting
There are going to be “show and tell” presentations about anything that you’ve worked on recently or just something you think the group would be interested in! Sounds like a perfect first time to attend, as well!

Entertainment:

Monday, January 16th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Queers in Comics and Games
Talk about comics and games with friendly locals at friendly local shop Modern Myths!
Thursday, January 19th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
We aren’t really big on anime most of the time but we’ve heard good things through the General Nerd Osmosis Network about Mob Psycho 100? Oh it’s by ONE! That’s the person who did One Punch Man! That means it’s probably real gross and a bit mature but also real funny. It even has a similar dead-eyed main character!

History:

Sunday, January 22nd
Deerfield Community Center [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Winter Lecture Series: Revolutionary Acts: Tea, Taxes and Tempests
Learn about the inciting acts of the American Revolution! How did a group of people who were pretty danged happy being British subjects get so angry at the Crown? A smart person will be there to explain some facets of the situation to you!

Kids:

Tuesday, January 17th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Kids’ Craft Club
Craft! No not Minecraft, craft craft! Physical objects that you can hold, throw, juggle, launch into orbit, all that jazz! It’ll be a blast and a half.
Wednesday, January 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Minecraft Club
Minecraft! No, not crafts! Virtual craft! Non-physical objects that bend to your every whim! You can emulate a computer in there and play Minecraft IN Minecraft!
Thursday, January 19th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
LEGO! No, not Minecraft and technically distinct due to being a more specific subset from crafts in general! Put together a bunch of fun stuff using the most versatile toy ever made.
Saturday, January 21st
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Northampton CommunityMusic Center Family Concert Series: Shiprock and Anchordog
See the continuing adventures of the beloved Shiprock and Anchordog! Two best friends will tell kids about the exciting adventures they’ve had and the new ways they’ve learned to look at the world!

Movies:

Wednesday, January 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Anomalisa Screening
Anomalisa is that one movie that looked really interesting a while back done up in stop-motion animation. Seems interesting enough, though it is kind of the four millionth movie about a middle-aged man finding himself. At least it looks neat!
Sunday, January 22nd
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Carvalho’s Journey
“A real-life nineteenth-century American western adventure story, Carvalho’s Journey tells the extraordinary tale of Solomon Nunes Carvalho (1815-97), an observant Sephardic Jew born in Charleston, South Carolina, who was a groundbreaking photographer, artist, and pioneer in American history.” Sounds like a danged intriguing tale.

RPGs:

Thursday, January 19th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
You get to pretend to be an Orc Bard, an Elf Bard, a futuristic techno Bard, the King of the Bards, a sort of modern-day rock and roll type Bard. Really, you can be any Bard you want to be in the world of your imagination!

December 12th – December 18th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Doctor Strange was not great! It was okay, it was really pretty, but it was also not very good as a story about a magical person. We love Doctor Strange in general, he’s a fun comic character because of how perpendicular to the rest of the Marvel world he is. He’s a person who could be hanging out with Literal Dracula or something on any given day, and he’s a bit aloof and old and odd, and that’s interesting in a superheroic universe.

In the movie he’s stuck as Origin Story Stephen Strange for the vast majority of the run-time, which means he’s a bargain-basement Doctor House. Then he learns to punch people, and that’s just not interesting. He’s a magician! He learns knife-magic and whip-magic and hitting. That’s so bland! Blech. The tail end of the movie does a clever thing that we liked, but the total number of “spells” in the film numbers about one and a half. For the majority of the film you could tell people it was a movie about the tech-folk in Mass Effect projecting hard-light holograms and it’d be almost the same. Beyond the trippy scenery, of course.

And we liked the trippy scenery! In some bits it was done spectacularly well. It just so happened to generally be an accompaniment to a danged foot chase. Which is just… not very neat.

Also the “sling ring” concept was a really transparent way to both have teleporting and have “oh no, we can’t get from A to B in time!” and it was silly as heck. It’s odd that it’s presented as being like a sorcerer’s cell phone. Like the infinite worlds of magic open up to you and oh also be sure to carry this ridiculous double-ring or you’ll never be able to travel quickly from one place to another.

Bah, disappointment abounded. Which is funny because had the movie come out a decade ago we would have been speechlessly overjoyed.

In other news, have you checked out the Escape Room at Eastworks yet? It’s really cool and fun, we highly recommend it!

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, December 14th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Make Your Own Copper Bookmark
Local creator Heather Beck will be in attendance to teach you how to make a neat copper bookmark! It’s a little copper sheet that you can emboss with anything you like! Maybe a favorite quote from a book?
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Make Your Own Harry Potter Ornaments
Make a few ornaments related to the biggest book series probably ever to exist still. We’re pretty sure you’re not REQUIRED to stick to the theme, though. You could also make a few ornaments based on The Casual Vacancy or the Cormoran Strike series.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Reading
Hear what NaNoWriMo participants wrote during the month-long challenge!
Thursday, December 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator: Forbes Library Art Collection with Faith Kaufmann
Join the library’s Art and Music librarian on a guided tour of the permanent art on display in the library! Also, eat cookies! Literally perfect.
Friday, December 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Submissions and Revisions
Submitting things to magazines and editors can be lonely and terrifying. Do it with friends nearby to lighten the load! There’s material available to help you, and you can shout “sent!” to receive a round of applause! When you’ve sent something, to clarify. If you just shout “sent!” over and over you’re going to get diminishing returns followed by some real negativity.
Saturday, December 17th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Mando Paradiso Concert
Mandolins are often called the guitar of kings, see the Mandolin group Mando Paradiso perform in the Coolidge Museum and confirm the eternal saying: who can strum a mandolin effectively, can make people say “dang, that’s good music that we like”.

Board Games:

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! Compete in the game commonly called the Dance of Dragons!

Books:

Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Local Author David Austin reads from his new book Therese’s Dream – Maine to Darfur: A Doctor’s Story
Dr. Austin will read from his book detailing his time working with Doctors Without Borders, and helps to illustrate the common humanity of people around the world.
Sunday, December 18th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Celebrating the Jewish Experience in Children’s Books
An afternoon celebrating the best Jewish books for children! Meredith Lewis, Director of Content and Engagement at the PJ Library, will moderate a panel discussion. The discussion will feature five winners of the Association of Jewish Libraries’ Sydney Taylor Book Award! There will be a signing afterward!

Community:

Saturday, December 17th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
FAFSA Q&A
College is costly! Reduce that cost if at all possible! It’ll follow you to death and beyond. The Reaper will stand before you, demanding you finish paying your loans before you can pass beyond the veil. That’s right: college loans are where ghosts come from. Make them as small as you can by attending this helpful course!

Computers:

Tuesday, December 13th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Monthly Full Stack Meetup: Building Shell Tools with node.js
Learn how to do interesting things with JavaScript in this hour-long presentation! You’ll come out of it no smarter than when you went in, but filled to the brim with ideas about the ends to which you may turn Node.js!
Wednesday, December 14th
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? Do you move quickly and efficiently through your various development tasks? Or are you interested in learning to dodge those development pitfalls? This is the perfect place to come to learn, or to share your knowledge! Pizza will be served!
Thursday, December 15th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
December 2016 Western Mass Drupal Users Group Meeting
Due in part to a conflict later in the day, this one is going to be a bit different! It’ll start early and involve a “work together” session for an hour or two, where people can answer questions for each other. If there are no questions, they’re going to dive into the agenda topic: Desktop environment comparison!
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WordPress Developers and Admins
Talk about current projects, problems you have and solutions ot them, and customizing WordPress plugins and styles. There are only 20 seats, so RSVP here  soon to ensure you get a seat! It’s a great chance to expand your WordPress skills!

Kids:

Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Laser Tag in the Library
Lasers! Too dangerous for our children? Nonsense, we say! Light up the night and carve the library into neat cauterized cubes with what we can only assume are high-powered laser beams. Don’t know what the “tag” part is implying. Suitable for kids in 5th – 8th grade!

Movies:

Wednesday, December 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Rising Voices
A documentary about the Lakota Indian community and about the linguists they’re working with to save the Lakota language and restore it to use in the Lakota and the American culture. It’s a snapshot of the day-to-day struggles of one of the biggest Native American nations, and an examination of the problem of language loss.
Saturday, December 17th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Holiday Film: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
See a charming old film about Christmas at the Jones Library! It’s one of those cute old musicals where everything ends in a dozen people proposing marriage at the same time.

Science:

Monday, December 12th
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo: Journalism and Drones
Drones! The very word has taken on a bit of a tinge of terror now that we’ve gotten used to the idea they mostly exist as high-altitude bombers. But what about drones that deliver useful things instead of explosions? We’ll hear a bit about that from Craig Issod. Then Rodrigo Zamith will talk about how journalism and polling managed to predict the Presidential election going one way when it went the other. Though then again a lot of them said “this result has a 20% chance of happening” and then it happened. We’ve caught Pokemon with a 1% chance of appearing, you know? Anyway. This month, 50% of the proceeds go to the Southern Poverty Law Center!

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.

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 17th – October 23rd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


It’s our birthday weekend! We’re having a great time, which is nice! Birthdays are usually a good time thanks to our very kind friends and family and we really appreciate them all.

ALSO we’re definitely having a bunch of fun picking out what games we’re going to get because we are very functional and attractive adults who are aware that when it is your birthday you get to buy toys.

We hope all of your weekends are going well, whether or not they involve birthdays!

Also you should check out these local Kickstarters that are still going on, they seem neat!

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:

Friday, October 21st
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Materiality at the Mead with Julia A. Ream
Thinking of a career in art conservation? Maybe just curious about the processes and materials involved? The independent conservator of Asian works on paper, Julia A. Ream, will lead a conservation workshop for students and deliver a lecture on her career trajectory and recent work on manuscripts and paintings from the Middle East and South Asia!
Saturday, October 22nd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Fact or Fiction? The Reality of Clothes in Portraits by Edward Maeder
Textile and costume historian Edward Maeder will examine some of the methods in which early fashion information was distributed from the late middle ages until the middle of the nineteenth century. He will also present and discuss a brief survey of publications that included or were based entirely on dress from the 15th to the 19th century. It’s interesting to consider how eras before really convenient mass-distribution media managed to impart a cultural style to people!
Sunday, October 23rd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Guerilla Portraiture at the Political Conventions by Barry Goldstein
Barry Goldstein interviewed and photographed participants at the 2016 Republican National Convention for The American Scholar magazine. He also covered the demonstrations in Philadelphia during the Democratic Convention. Barry will describe the technical and logistical challenges of what he calls his on-the-fly “guerrilla portraiture.” See this really interesting set of portrait photos along with audio excerpts from his interviews!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
The Poet and the Bard
Join a tour of the Dickinson estate that focuses on her love for the Bard! It’s $15 for nonmember adults, $10 for museum members, and $5 for students K-12.

Board Games:

Tuesday, October 18th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Palmer Library Game Night
They’ve got games for you to play, or you can feel free to bring your own! We recommend King of Tokyo for a nice quick game that’s easy for everyone to understand, and it’s got cool giant monsters.

Books:

Tuesday, October 18th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children’s Book Writers Group
Do you write children’s books? Talk to other folks who write children’s books! It’s a good opportunity to hang out and discuss the art and business of writing and illustrating books for kids!
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Medea Benjamin, author of Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection
Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK, has become famous for direct action protests, mostly against actions by the military that we tend to take for granted. In this book, she researches the nature of the relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia, detailing what she sees as the current problems with the US support of the extremely repressive Saudi regime, and what possible paths to change exist.
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Local Author Ellen Wittlinger: Reading from her new novel Local Girl Swept Away
Ellen Wittlinger is the author of fifteen YA and middle-grade novels, and her novel Hard Love won both a Printz Honor Award and a Lambda Literary Award. Her books have been on numerous ALA Best Books lists, Bank Street College of Education lists, and state award lists. Local Girl Swept Away is the story of four friends, two boys and two girls, who in the wake of tragedy and revealed secrets must deal with grief, love, and betrayal. The book is set in the small, beautiful community of Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Wednesday, October 19th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Paul Staiti, author of Of Arms and Artists: The American Revolution through Painters’ Eyes
Author Paul Staiti brings five great artists of the Revolutionary period to live, and shows their lives were every bit as eventful as those of the founders with whom they interacted. These painters contributed immensely to the spirit of a new nation, with their painting providing “a means of narrating the revolution to themselves and to citizens of the new republic” by virtue of how they chose to present the actions and character of the leaders of that revolution. Paul Staiti teaches at Mount Holyoke College and is the author of several books and essays on American artists.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Reading by State-honored Writers and Poets
Every two years, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) awards grants to some of the most talented writers and poets working in the Commonwealth. Literary artists awarded through MCC’s Artist Fellowships Program will read their work at the Forbes Library!
Thursday, October 20th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
George Lakey, Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right – and How We Can, Too
George Lakey’s book is a clear-eyed look at how Nordic countries have achieved a lot of positive social goals, and it’s fun! He takes a look at what has changed and why, and how it’s been an inspiringly short time that these snowy lands have actually been Utopian.
Saturday, October 22nd
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Book Party with Mo Willems!
Join the Carle for an exclusive preview of Mo Willems’ new book, Nanette’s Baguette, set in a meticulously paper-crafted French village, the book follows a plucky heroine on her first solo trip to the bakery! Mo will read from his new book, and you can meet Elephant and Piggie, watch films, and create art of your own!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Why Only Women Should Vote
Join a humorous and timely discussion led by Tom Fitzgerald, author of Poor Richard’s Lament. Human Males have been in charge of a lot of things for a long time, and Tom thinks it’s becoming obvious they’re not really doing a top quality job. What to do? Maybe just have women run everything? Audience participation is encouraged at this book reading!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Book Launch and Author Reading with John Sheirer: Make Common Sense Common Again
John Sheirer agrees with you, The Voice of the Common Folk, when you say the United States has gone all cuckoo recently and is definitely a real circus unlike other periods in our history during which we were totally not the worst. He’s here to tell you how core American values can overcome the silliness by laughing at ourselves and finding common sense solutions. We’re really looking forward to the Utopian period that will begin immediately after this presentation!

Card Games:

Saturday, October 22nd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Kaladesh Game Day
Play Magic: The Gathering! Experience the wonder that is card-gaming! Win some prizes! It’s a blast and a half.

Comic Books:

Monday, October 17th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Queers in Comics & Games
Talk to interesting people about comics and games! It’s a freewheeling discussion group led by the absolutely excellent manager of Modern Myths and it is a wonderful opportunity to meet new folks and learn about comics and games.

Community:

Saturday, October 22nd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Iron Chef Fall Edition
The SECRET ingredient THIS WEEK will be…. AAAAAPPLES! The teens will choose at least three different ingredients to pair with the apples, one ingredient at least will have to come from the “Strange” food category, foods you wouldn’t normally pair with apples! Sign up in advance at the Sunderland Public Library or call (413) 665-2642.
Sunday, October 23rd
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Community Open House
A day of events for the whole family! There’s an oral history presentation, a tour of the world’s first Yiddish museum, demonstrations in the reproduction Yiddish print shop, a talk by Aaron Lansky, a concert with the Schaechter Sisters and Binyumen, and it’ll be an amazing time!

Computers:

Thursday, October 20th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WordPress Developers and Admins
WordPress is the world’s most popular web framework, powering 26% of websites, everything from personal blogs to business websites. Do you own or administer a WordPress site? Are you a WordPress developer? Learn from other people in the Valley, and talk about WordPress! The room seats 20, so sign up on the Meetup page if you plan to come! http://www.meetup.com/wmasswebdev/events/234654923/

History:

Wednesday, October 19th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Music to Get Elected By: Wayne Haskin
A lecture and multimedia presentation about the history of American campaign music with Wayne Hankin, a nationally recognized music performer and educator! The presentation will trace the origins of our unique American genre, and will show major music events that shaped the American political landscape!

Kids:

Monday, October 17th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Rad Women Worldwide
A new collection of 40 biographical profiles from the authors of bestselling book Rad American Women A-Z! Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl tell inspiring tales of perseverance and radical success by pairing well researched biographies with powerful cut-paper portraits. Featuring figures from Hatshepsut to Malala Yousafzi to Poly Styrene, this book is a compelling addition to women’s history. The authors will be there to read, sign, and answer questions!
Saturday, October 22nd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Meet a Therapy Dog!
Meet Cynthia Hinckley and her extraordinary Therapy Dog Lily! Learn what Therapy Dogs do, find out how they’re trained, and discover where these special dogs visit! Heck if you’ve got a particularly awesome doggie, maybe they’ll be a candidate to be a great Therapy dog!

Movies:

Tuesday, October 18th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Scary Movies for Teens
Are you a teen? Do you like scary movies? Join other scary teens and watch scary films in a scary library! Wait no it’s a normal library. Still, fun times!
Wednesday, October 19th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Watch the classic tale of a gaudily-dressed serial murderer who definitely seems to kill like 90% of the people in the movie but then everyone’s cool with it? Roald Dahl was a really odd children’s book author yeah? The late great Gene Wilder makes this role his own, and it’s a really amazing movie. All are welcome to this free screening!
Thursday, October 20th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Film Screening: Bernadette
A portrait of the Irish dissident and political activist, Bernadette Devlin, by artist Duncan Campbell. She was instrumental in a lot of the most contentious years of modern Irish political history, and helped form the Irish Republican Socialist Party and supported prisoner rights.
Sunday, October 23rd
Amherst Cinema [28 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:45 PM to 3:00 PM
Forbidden Planet
See a one-time showing of an absolutely classic bit of science-fiction! It’s loosely based on The Tempest, and it’s just really damned good. It also stars Leslie Nielsen in the only serious role you’re likely to watch him play!

Science:

Monday, October 17th
FPH Main Lecture Hall [893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Theory of Brain Network Control: First-Principles Computations and Ethical Considerations. A Lecture by Dr. Danielle Bassett
Dr. Danielle Bassett is the Skirkanich Professor of Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania and she’s the youngest person to ever be awarded a MacArthur ‘genius’ grant! She’ll talk about how the “network control theory” of mental functioning might provide us with a better way of anticipating the effect of targeted interventions into mental functioning, and damned if it isn’t super neat this is happening in town she’s a big deal!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Researching your French Canadian Ancestors
By 1900, one third of Holyoke’s population was of French Canadian descent. This evening’s special guest Pauline Cusson, editor of the journal American-Canadian Genealogist, will share her expertise in the field of French Canadian genealogical research, drawing on both U.S. and Quebec resources. We don’t think we’re French Canadian, but French Canada is real neat.