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April 30th – May 6th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


There’s a bunch of Free Comic Book Day festivities in the Valley on May 5th! Wherever you are, you can grab some excellent comic books for no cost whatsoever! Spend time hanging out in your friendly local store Comics N’ More, take a moment to say goodbye to Modern Myths, friend to all Valley Nerds, or stop by the Greenfield Public Library!

Don’t forget to submit a talk proposal to Nerd Nite NoHo! We’ve still got open slots for the summer! You get $50, and you get a nice crowd of folks who tell you you’re smart. Who else can promise you that?

We’re particularly excited this week by the MAKE TALK PLAY event featuring Epidiah Ravachol on May 6th at Another Castle in Greenfield! Epidiah’s a top-notch tabletop designer who’s also very good at talking so you know it’ll be fun!

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out our Patreon and the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week! And don’t forget to check out the updated Book Clubs List!

THIS WEEK


Art:

Monday, April 30th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Star Wars Terrariums
“Build a mini habitat of your favorite fantastical world! This program is open to all ages. Pre-register in the Kids Room 413-259-3091 / kids@joneslibrary.org ” The program to build Enormous Super-Weapon Terrariums to destroy these tiny worlds is next week.
Tuesday, May 1st
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.
Wednesday, May 2nd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
The Greatest Makerspace in the Galaxy (Ages 8-up)
“Do you know as much about gadgets as Rey? Can you build a droid out of spare parts like a Jawa? Exercise your maker skills with LittleBits and Perler Beads at our Star Wars-themed Makerspace. Please pre-register in the Kids’ Room or at 413-259-3091/kids@joneslibrary.org” First person to build a working droid gets a cease and desist from Disney!
Thursday, May 3rd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
3-D Printing and More for Teens
Come play around with robotics toys, learn how to use 3D design software, a 3D printer, and more to make your own unique creations! 3D printers are neat, you can make unidfferentiated plastic into shapes that are meaningful to you! Take that, plastic! Contact Rachel to register, rdowd@holyokelibrary.org!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Arts Night Out
Featured performers the steppers from Springfield High School of Science and Technology, featured artist Jennifer Sinclair’s visual art students from SPHST, open mic signups from 5-6pm, open mic starts at 6pm!
Sunday, May 6th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:45 AM to 12:00 PM
“Dear to the moss”: Emily Dickinson Wildflower Walk
“Emily Dickinson observed nature keenly, distilling it into poetry. With botanist Connie Parks, we’ll explore, as the poet did, Amherst’s fields and woods, visiting Kestrel Land Trust’s Spaulding Conservation Area on Amethyst Brook… Then, we’ll return to theEmily Dickinson Museum for refreshments and readings of Dickinson’s nature poetry. Meet at 9:45 at the Emily Dickinson Museum tour center. For directions and parking, click here. Complimentary shuttle to the trailhead leaves at 10am. Sturdy footwear suggested. Thunder cancels. Registration Recommended for adults and youth 12 and up. Pre-registration required, as space is limited. Please email edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org to register. Payment will be taken at the door. $10 adults/$8 Friends/$6 Garden Volunteers (May 5-6), youth and students with valid college ID”

Books:

Tuesday, May 1st
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
TALK | “People of the Picture Book:” You Shall Not Worship Idols, with Ilan Stavans
In this first in a three-lecture series, Professor Ilan Stavans will investigate storytelling from the Middle Ages/Enlightenement to the ninteenth century, including a look at the Haggadah and the Book of Esther as tools for education Jewish chidlren. Suggested donation of $5!
Wednesday, May 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Science Fiction and Fantasy Discussion: The Fifth Season
This month the get-together will focus discussion on The Fifth Season, an excellent/terrifying novel about the post-post-post-post-post apocalypse in a world that has apocalypses so regularly they set their clocks by them. Talk about this book or talk about just sci-fi in general because this is a big group of sci-fi nerds who like to talk books!
Thursday, May 3rd
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Heather Abel, The Optimistic Decade
A sprawling novel about idealism in the 80s and a particular piece of land that changes the lives of five people who live on it. Heather Abel’s debut is coming out in May, and this is your first chance to see it! She’s taught writing at the New School, UMass, and SMith, and she lives in Northampton while dreaming of Colorado. What’s Colorado got that we don’t? Pssh.
Frost Library, Amherst College [Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Reading Ramayana in Hindu India
Learn about the Ramayana and Hindu india from a scholar in classical Indian literatures from the University of Chicago. She’s had translations from Sanskrit published by Penguin, and has writtern four books for children including the Ramayana for Children!
Frost Library, Amherst College [Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
You Can’t Read this Book!” Exhibition
“Come see books and related objects that have been hidden, banned, lost or never-opened. You can’t read these books – it’s time to find out why. Food and beverages will be provided!”
Saturday, May 5th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Aaron Becker, Stone for Sascha Book Launch!
A girl grieves the loss of her dog in a beautiful worldess epic by oh no our eyes are too full of tears to continue typing about this children’s book about a dog dying, why does it have to die why aren’t dogs immortal, they’d have fun with it and not even get caught up in all that existential is-it-a-gift-or-a-curse stuff aaagh. This is Aaron’s first book since his Journey trilogy and it’s a good one, you should go get it signed!
Sunday, May 6th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
International Children’s and Young Adult Literature, with Restless Books
“Programs will include a presentation and storytime by Arshia Sattar, author of Ramayana: An Illustrated Retelling, and an art activity with Mexican cartoonist/artist Eko, illustrator of Juan Don Quixote of La Mancha: 400th Anniversary Edition, and Villoro’s contemporary middle-grade classic, The Wild Book.” A spectacular opportunity to enrich young readers!

Comics:

Tuesday, May 1st
Comics N’ More [31 Union St, Easthampton, Massachusetts 01027] at 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Free Comic Book Day!
Comics? For free? It’s the best of all possible worlds! Extremely special offers at Comics N’ More this year: up to 3 free comics per customer, with one more if you donate to the Easthampton Community Center, a bunch of new and used book bargins, and 80 long boxes full of dollar comics! Buy thousands of dollars of comics in addition to your good free books!
Saturday, May 5th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Free Comic Book Day!
Free comics! Can you imagine anything better than that? Come into Modern Myths and try not to spend the whole time weeping about how it’s the last free comic book day at the stooooore *sob*! And pick up free comics and some 20% sales!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Free Comic Book Day!
“Greenfield Public Library celebrates Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 5th from 10 am to 1 pm. The event is free, open to all ages, and will take place throughout all public spaces in the library. Highlights include a demonstration by professional comic book artist Andrew Delvalle. Free comics and much more!”

Community:

Tuesday, May 1st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Valley Gives Day – Holyoke!
Free snacks! Hang out with fellow Holyoke charities like Holyoke Reach Out and Read, Community Education Project, and Lighthouse Holyoke, the Womanshelter/Companeras, Holyoke Codes, and Holyoke Creative Arts Center. You can even win prizes for donations! If you donate $10 or more you can win a free night in a studio or king suite at Homewood Suites by Hilton Holyoke!
Saturday, May 5th
Downtown Northampton at 11:00 AM to 12:30 AM
Northampton Pride Parade
Pride is this weekend! The parade is fun and you can march with the Forbes Library staff and patrons if you meet across from Northampton Brewery at 10:45am! Then you walk a mile while crowds cheer and you have a good time. Festive attire encouraged!

Computers:

Tuesday, May 1st
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A regular meetup of people who do web dev work! It’s a great place to meet and chat about your work and also fun stuff you do!

Entertainment:

Monday, April 30th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Bullet Journaling 101
“Get started with bullet journaling and see what all the fuss is about.  Group will meet the last Monday of each month to prep journal for the upcoming month.  Get tips, share ideas.  All skill levels welcome. Bring your own journal and supplies or we will have some available to get started.” Bullet journaling is basically journaling, but with fewer words.
Wednesday, May 2nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Walking to Listen
“The First Wednesday Speaker Series welcomes Andrew Forsthoefel, sharing his adventures traveling 4000 miles across America, one story at a time. His book, Walking to Listen, is a young man’s coming of age on cross-country trek story, as told through the stories of the people of all ages, races, and inclinations he meets along the highways of America.”
Friday, May 4th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
3rd Annual Star Wars Day–Room Reserved
Kids ages 0-17 and their families are invited to join the staff of the Jones Library Kids room for a Star Wars extravaganza featuring crafts, trivia, raffles, games, photo booth, STEM activities and FUN! Activities will be offered from 3:00-5:00pm. Dressing as your favorite galactic character is encouraged! Following our activities fans of all ages are invited to a free screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (PG 13) 5:00-7:30pm Follow beloved characters from the greatest space epic franchise in the galaxy as they explore the Force and combat the rising power of the dark side.” A pretty solid Star Wars lineup!
Saturday, May 5th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Doctor Who Club
Wait what’s this doctor they’re discussing? Why are people so interested in this doctor. Which doctor? Wait, doctor… whom? Anyway go hang out and watch Doctor Who and eat snacks, it’s a good time with cool folks!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
MakerSpace Event
Make things at the MakerSpace!
Sunday, May 6th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Firefly Episode 6 & Potluck
Watch Firefly and eat some delicious food! Some of that food you will need to bring, of course. Join at the meetup to find out where it is held! It’s a fun time for all involved. https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/250197304/

History:

Wednesday, May 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Stonewall and the Mafia
What does a gay rights protest have to do with the mafia? Kind of a lot, it turns out! Justin Cascio presents a complex story that spans gay culture, criminal alliances, the immigrant experience and the classic American anti-hero. Learn more about an important part of history in order to better deal with the present.
Saturday, May 5th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Curves, Carpets, and Color: Olmsted, the Dickinsons, and 19th Century Landscapes
“Join landscape historian and author Marta McDowell for an illustrated talk exploring the development of American landscaping in the nineteenth century. While discussing developments in style, from formal to romantic to Victorian, we’ll meet the great tastemakers of the 1800s, including the individual who cointed the term “landscape architect. $12 for adults, $8 for Museum Friends, Free for participants of garden volunteer days May 5-6. No reservations required, but space is limited.”

Movies:

Monday, April 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Donnie Darko
Watch the movie first! This is like a book club but for movies. Watch that good story about how Donald Darko and his friend a frightening rabbit costume save the day in a twisty time-travel story! You can pick up a copy at the library or watch it free with your card on Canopy! Then talk about it with fellow film afficionados!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Film Screening: Patagonia Treasure Trail
Or did you want to WATCH a movie at the library? Then check out this mother/daughter road trip but not roads fields and on horseback movie about two people journeying into a pristine wilderness that has just been sold off, dealing with many types of loss in several ways. Hope emerges from unexpected places! Also a horse learns to knit.
Tuesday, May 1st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 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!
Thursday, May 3rd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film Screening & Panel Discussion: Promesa
An independent short documentary that examines the horrific economic crisis in Puerto Rico before Hurricaine Mario and explores how Puerto Rico’s colonial relationship with the US impacts the island on a personal and political level. There will be a panel discussion after the film with filmmaker Michelle Falcón Fontánez and activists Samantha Marie Medina Figueroa and Johanyvette Rodriguez González.

RPGs:

Sunday, May 6th
Another Castle [30 Olive St, Suite 2, Greenfield MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY | Roleplaying Games with Epidiah Ravachol!
“We’re pleased to announce that local game designer Epidiah Ravachol will be joining us at the next MAKE TALK PLAY! Epidiah will be presenting us with a brief history of tabletop roleplaying games from Dungeons & Dragons to the finest indie games of the valley. After the talk he (and maybe a few others) will be running a few demos. So come out, hang out and lets talk games.”

Science:

Tuesday, May 1st
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Zach Schonbrun, the Performance Cortex: How Neuroscience is Redefining Athletic Genius
Q: Why couldn’t Michael Jordan, master athlete that he was, hit a baseball? Why can’t modern robotics come close to replicating the dexterity of a five-year-old? Why do good quarterbacks always seem to know where their receivers are? A: He did not practice hitting baseballs very often, they picked a particular dextrous five year-old to try to copy, good quarterbacks tie a gossamer strand to each receiver in the huddle.
Wednesday, May 2nd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Dispelling Myths and Confirming History: Dendroarchaeology Studies as a Means for Establishing Accurate Building Construction Dates
Have you ever seen those plaques on old houses and wondered if they were installed by tricksters out to dazzle you with artificially old houses? Of course you have! Everyone shares our understandable house-age paranoia. Well Dendroarcheologist Bill Flynt has been doing some studies throught the Northeast and he’s finding that we were correct to be wary! He’ll share how he studies old wood to understand old houses and how what he’s found re-writes our local history!
Saturday, May 5th
Frost Library, Amherst College [Amherst, MA] at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Aesthetics of Information Conference
“What are the aesthetics of information? Fifty years after “the society of the spectacle,” how does information entangle with spectacle—as news, entertainment, propaganda or style? How do ideologies of information inflect forms of sensing and knowing? What are the social, legal and technological consequences of prioritizing information over communication as societal infrastructure? How do characteristics of information direct our attention, dazzle and confuse us?” All these questioned answered succinctly at this good conference in the Frost Library!

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April 23rd – April 29th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Sorry about the delay! All we can say, legally, is that no one should touch grasshoppers for a few months.

Have an excellent week! Take a look at the new Meetup group for Nerd Nite NoHo if you’d like to! It’s an alternative to Facebook for folks who don’t like Facebook!

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 24th
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.
Wednesday, April 25th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Painting in the Margins: Displacement and the Refugee Experience Presented by Human Rights Activist Thaer Abdallah
Thaer Abdallah will speak about his experiences as a Palestinian minority in Iraq and as a refugee in Syria, his torture and return to Iraq, and his flight to the United States. He will share his paintings of the Palestinian community in Baghdad, Iraq and as refugees across the world. His paintings of subjects in the U.S. reflect awareness of those on the margins of society. Free and open to the public!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zines! Come hang out and make some zines! There are zines for all tastes, and all are welcome! Whether you’re 6 or 66, a zine is a fun way to spend an evening!
Thursday, April 26th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Common Threads Poetry Discussion for National Poetry Month
April is National Poetry Month! All months are like twelve things,so that’s not a really big deal but hey it’s an excuse to hang out with Adam Grabowski and talk poetry! Adam has published a bunch of places and has contributed a lot to the WW2 Club Open Mic! This place is $5 per person and you need to reserve a space by calling 413-542-2034!
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Community Hike on Mount Sugarloaf
In celebration of National Poem in Your Pocket Day and also National Sequence of Words Constrained by Cloth Day and also National Non-Euclidean Spaces That Constrain Concepts Day and also National Administrative Assistant Assistant Day you should bring your favorite poem for a community hike up Mount Sugarloaf! They take about 30 minutes and folks will meet at the top to read aloud some favorite poems and share refreshments. Bring your own water, though!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Poem in Your Pocket Day 2018
If you memorize a poem from Emily Dickinson and recite it, you get free admission!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Public Talk, “Untitled, 2018” by Artist Andrea Fraser
From the site: “Andrea Fraser is an artist best known for forms of performance art, institutional critique, and feminist practice that turn art world conventions on their head. Fraser lives in Los Angeles, where she chairs the UCLA Department of Art. This program is part of Excavating the Image, an annual collaboration between the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute and the Smith College Museum of Art.”
Saturday, April 28th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Weekly Tour at the Mead!
Natasha Kim, ’18 will lead this tour! Tasha is an environmental studies major, and the tour will focus on the relationships between gender, houses, and the home in HOUSE! The tour is free and open to all!
Sunday, April 29th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
jubilat/Jones Poetry Reading
Listen to good poems and thereby become a more interesting person!

Board Games:

Saturday, April 28th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play boardgames with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! This Saturday it’s going to feature some tree-related games! Photosynthesis is really fun!

Books:

Wednesday, April 25th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Elizabeth Bear, Stone Mad: A Karen Memory Adventure
Readers met Karen Memory in the 2015 novel “Memory”, and fell in love with the fact that that’s a good book you should all read. Now, Karen’s back with Stone Mad, a new story about spiritualists, magicians, con-men, and an angry lost tommy-knocker, who’s been kidnapped to Rapid City. Lots of stuff! Sounds exciting.
Thursday, April 26th
Packards [14 Masonic St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
We’ Book Discussion & Dinner
For April, the group will be reading We by Yevgeny Zamyatin! It’s a short book so even if you’re finding out about it now you can read it for Thursday! It’s kind of pre-1984 1984, in that it deals with a society in the grip of excessive collectivism and automation fever, that has decided that individual needs and wants are no longer important enough to consider. It’s an interesting example of early social science fiction and we recommend giving it a look! You can find it for free somewhere, we’re pretty sure!
Barnes & Noble [7 Holyoke St., Holyoke MA 01040] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
“We will discuss Chapter 4 “The Keeper of the Keys” (Book 1, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), through the theme of “Liberation.” Please read the chapter beforehand; it’s also handy if you bring your book along. Please RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1735770856446086/”
Friday, April 27th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Nafissa Thompson – Spires, Heads of the Colored People: Stories
From the site: “Calling to mind the best works of Paul Beatty and Junot D az, this collection of moving, timely, and darkly funny stories examines the concept of black identity in this so-called post-racial era. A stunning new talent in literary fiction, Nafissa Thompson-Spires grapples with black identity and the contemporary middle class in these compelling, boundary-pushing vignettes.”
Sunday, April 29th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at the Odyssey!
From the site: “Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.” Support local bookstores!

Card Games:

Friday, April 27th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic (Casual/101)
Learn to play Magic in a casual setting with the friendly staff of Modern Myths! Test out a cool new deck, play with constructed decks if other folks are into it, get special door prizes! It’s the perfect night for new Magic players or people who just want to take it easy! It’s $5 to attend, which is immediately converted to store credit.

Community:

Wednesday, April 25th
Springfiled Public Forum [34 Court St. Springfield, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Educate a Girl, Change the World
From the site: “Shabana Basij-Rasikh was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan. Under the Taliban regime, she dressed as a boy in order to go to school since girls were banned from attending – with dire consequences if she was caught. Shabana was one of the lucky few who received an education which enabled her to attend Middlebury College. While in college, Shabana co-founded SOLA – the School of Leadership, Afghanistan. Today, SOLA is the first and only all-girls boarding school in Afghanistan and SOLA students represent all major ethnic groups and religious sects. Its goal is to have their students attend university worldwide and return to substantive careers in Afghanistan. In addition to leading SOLA, Shabana is a global ambassador for Girl Rising, a call to action seeking investment in girls’ education worldwide.”

Computers:

Monday, April 23rd
Click Workspace [9.5 Market St., Northampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dockerize Your Project with Mob Programming!
From the site: “At this meetup, Geri Jennings (CyberArk) will run through an example of adding Docker to a project with increasing complexity, and then will open up the floor to other attendees to share their project and their screen so we can Dockerize it mob-programming style! Bring your projects! Bring your computers! Bring your enthusiasm! And be prepared to be amazed! Tip: if you haven’t done mob programming before, check out New Relic’s Taming the Mob series for info on how it works: https://blog.newrelic.com/2017/10/24/mob-programming-start-mobbing/

Entertainment:

Thursday, April 26th
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. We just started watching the Netflix one “Children of the Whales” and it seems pretty neat and neatly pretty so far, though quite sad!
Saturday, April 28th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Poetry Scavenger Hunt for Teens
Celebrate Poetry Month with a poetry themed scavenger hunt! Participants will look for clues inside and outside the library to find prizes!
Sunday, April 29th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Yiddish Book Center Open House
Featuring the Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture presented by David Fishman! This will feature a discussion of David Fishman’s book “The Book Smugglers”, which won the 2017 National Jewish Book Award’s Holocaust category. It’s the story of ghetto inmates who rescued thosands of rare books and manuscripts from the Nazis and the Soviets. You can also go on a tour of the world’s first Yiddish museum!

History:

Thursday, April 26th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film Screening: A Place for Madness
Film screening of the 1994 Frontline episode focusing on Northampton and the stories of people dealing with the effects of the closure of Northampton State Hospital. Intro remarks and a follow-up conversation with Christopher Sparks
Friday, April 27th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Living History Series: A Conversation with Yvonne Freccero, Advocate for the Homeless
Advocate for the Homeless Yvonne Freccero will share her story of emigrating from England to the US, why she moved to the Valley, and why she dedicated herself to helping the homeless. Reception & Conversation is $25, just the conversation is $10!
Saturday, April 28th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Conflict, Resistance, and Legacies: Revisiting King Philip’s War
Three different historians – Lisa Brooks of Amherst College, Christine DeLucia of Mount Holyoke, and Neal Salisbury of Smith College – will offer some groundbreaking interpretations of the conflict generally referred to as “King Philip’s War”, including new evidence about the origins, nature, and ongoing impact of the conflict. There will be some individual presenting followed by a moderated panel and some Q&A. Learn more about a horrifying part of history our teachers never really focused on! Free and open to the public!

Kids:

Tuesday, April 24th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Teen and Tween Art Club
Teens! Tweens! And everyone in between! Go do some art at your wonderful local library!
Wednesday, April 25th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Lego Club (ages 5-10)
Build LEGO, kids!
Friday, April 27th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Laser Tag
Light each other up with some lasers! Ages 11-17 welcome, pre-register to attend, and use the Garden entrance!

Movies:

Wednesday, April 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Film: The Poor People’s Campaign: Then and Now, 1968 – 2018
A film covering Martin Luther King’s 1968 Poor People’s campaign followed by footage of the revival of the campaign in 2018. Post-film discussion will involve people involved with the new campaign including Michaelann Beweesem, director of Arise for Social Justice, Springfield and Tavar Jones will discuss his experience representing Arise in national organizing.

RPGs:

Wednesday, April 25th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, April 26th
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 Longswords just in case.
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost uncle who’s also secretly a god’.

Science:

Monday, April 23rd
Union Station [125 Pleasant St, Northampton] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SciTech Cafe: Dawkins Walks Into a Madrassa: How Evolution is Used in Promoting a ‘Clash of Civilizations’ Narrative
How does biological evolution sometimes feed into the clash of civilizations narrative? Do Muslims accept biological evolution? Is evolution even taught in Muslim-majority countries? How can scientists make positive contributions to discussions over biological evolution? Salman Hameed, also known as “Mister Universe” on WRSI, will answer all these questions and more! He’s great, you’ll love it.

February 19th – February 25th

The Valley Nerd Watch!

 


Folks! FOLKS!

Black Panther was a hell of a film. Fun, with a half-dozen excellent supporting characters, some very well-constructed jokes that fit with the folks telling them, an extremely bright and interesting visual palette and some just frigging neat ideas. And a great villain! Charismatic and interesting with motivations that follow from his experiences, pretty much the tops for any Marvel film.

Black Panther has pretty solidly vaulted to the top of the heap of anything made by Marvel we can recall. Thor: Ragnarok was one of our recent faves because it was willing to go farther afield from the tone of the other films, into explicit comedy. We were impressed with how much Black Panther managed to do with a more standard dramatic action film.

Also, though we agree with some of the action complaints, we definitely appreciated that this had a final CGI-filled fight sequence that we could follow and appreciate because we had been introduced to characters and their motivations before things kicked off.

Bottom line is that it was really neat, worthwhile filmmaking. Highly recommended for anyone and everyone!

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, February 20th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Gallery Talk with Mead Director and Chief Curator David E. Little
Pretty much what it says on the tin! This one will be about HOUSE: Selections from the Collection of John and Sue Wieland. It features 58 artworks that present interpretations of the house. Which house? YOUR house. Free and open to all!
Wednesday, February 21st
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
A Conversation with Sonya Clark, Followed by Her Performance of “Unraveling”
A conversation with two renowned artists, class of ’89 and ’90, for an evening of performance and protest. Following a discussion, Clark will perform “Unraveling”. All are invited to participate by unraveling threads of the Confederate battle flag. Really not a bad idea to do just whenever and wherever you see a Confederate battle flag.

Books:

Tuesday, February 20th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children’s Book Writers Group
Adults who write for children are invited to a critique group! Speak to other people about your work, and trade opportunities for development as well as writing and publishing tips. You can also read and discuss stories with other members! For more info call the library at 413-772-1544!
Wednesday, February 21st
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ami Campbell, Love Let Go: Radical Generosity for the Real World
This is a book chronicling what happened when a LaSalle Street Church gave every congregant $500 to go “do God’s work in the world”. It sounds both like it’s an uplifting story of generous people and a really solid argument for socialism.
Thursday, February 22nd
Mount Holyoke College, Gamble Auditorium [South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Luvvie Ajayi – Mount Holyoke College Black History Month Keynote Speaker
“Mount Holyoke College celebrates Black History Month with social media expert, New York Times best-selling author, and pop-critic, Luvvie Ajayi. Sponsored by the Association of Pan-African Unity, Mount Holyoke African and Caribbean Students Association, and the Division of Student Life. ” You can grab a copy of ‘I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual’ to read before the talk at Odyssey Books!
Packards [14 Masonic St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet book discussion and dinner
Read the book and then talk about it! Also, get some nice food at the same time. Sounds like a fun time: “In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.”

Card Games:

Friday, February 23rd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic: Booster Draft
Draft cards, play magic, win prizes! A $16 entry fee includes tax, and gets you 3 booster packs to draft with, and adds a pack to the prize pool! Everyone gets at least 1 prize pack, and extra packs and foil cards will be awarded for exceptional play!

Community:

Wednesday, February 21st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Reading with Rooster
Children! Teens! Read to a frigging dog! Rooster is such a cute doggy and you can read Rooster a book and that’s an opportunity no one should pass up!
Thursday, February 22nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Center for New Americans English Class
English class and childcare! Learn while your kiddos play!
Saturday, February 24th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Adulting 101 – Learn how to Create & Manage a Personal Budget
Teens and young adults ages 14-22, get some tips on budget-making! What does it mean to make and stick to a budget? We personally recommend you keep a budgie. Those little birds are cute, and they know their stuff when it comes to responsible spending!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 PM to 12:00 PM
Democratic Town Committee
Open to the public, though only Democrats can vote for convention delegates.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
League of Women Voters
Open to the public! Participate in the democratic process!

Entertainment:

Tuesday, February 20th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Performance of “The Hair Bow Anthems” by Regina Carter
Master Jazz Violinist, MacArthur Fellow, and just we assume a very good musician in general Regina Carter will perform “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” using violin bows that have been restrung with human hair by contemporary artist Sonya Clark! Followed by an artist talk.
Wednesday, February 21st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Valentine’s Day Soiree
It’s slightly late for V-day, but whatever! Not like there’s a time limit on soirees! The party is open to kids of all ages and their caregivers! There are crafts, games, music, party favors, all the necessary soiree ingredients! Contact asanches@palmer.lib.ma.us for info!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
The Ukulele Scramble
“The Ukulele Scramble are Richard Perlmutter and Robin Hoffman. They sing and play rare, obscure and under-performed songs from the past 500 years; especially works from the Renaissance, and Parlor and Art Songs from the 19th Century. They update, revise and rewrite lyrics for many of these songs, often humorously, and perform them on ukuleles and other small stringed instruments. The group is based in Western Massachusetts.”
Thursday, February 22nd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Anti V-Day Party
More of a ^-day party, then! Hahaha yes, nailed it.
Saturday, February 24th
The Stationery Factory [63 Flansburg Ave., Dalton, MA] at 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Villaintine’s Masquerade Ball
Villains, mischief-makers, and ne’er-do-wells! Join your fellow foul foes for a night of dinner, dancing, drinks, games, and more! Dress up like your favorite villain and have a classy, slightly evil time! General admission is $70! “Dress code: Dress up as your favorite villain (keeping in mind that in order to be a safe and fun event for all, real-world hate groups and villains that promote them will not be allowed), or come in your best formal wear. Don’t forget to wear a mask!” Get to know more at: http://massrenfaire.com/villaintines-masquerade-ball/!
Sunday, February 25th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Winter Lecture Series: Risky Business: Getting Ahead in the Early Republic
“Soldier, Engraver, Counterfeiter: Richard Brunton’s Life on the Fringe in America’s New Republic,” Presented by Deborah Child, Independent Scholar. Find out more about an interesting person from early America!
MYSTERY LOCATION at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Star Trek Deep Space Nine – 25th Anniversary Viewing and Potluck
Potluck, then watch a bunch of DS9! Bring something Star Trek themed! Preferably delicious food as well! Possibly both at once. Join up at https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/247551876/ for more info!

Kids:

Tuesday, February 20th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Special Storytime with Sigrid Schmalzer and Melanie Chan
Moth and Wasp, Soil and Ocean is a story about the memories of a farm boy who’s inspired by Chinese scientist Pu Zhelong to become a scientist himself. It’s written by Sigrid Schmalzer, professor of history at UMass Amherst and illustrated by Melanie Chan. Learn about Chinese culture, the history of insects, and more! Then there’s a paper-cutting art project and a book signing!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Ninjago: Build Before You Watch (Ages 5+)
Build some Ninjago LEGO before you watch the film!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Family Movie Matinee: The Lego Ninjago Movie (PG)
Can the six Ninja warriors defend their island home, Ninjago? Can they also survive their greatest challenge– high school?
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club Special Edition: Make your own LEGO Batman mask!
Pretty much what it says! Make a neat mask!
Wednesday, February 21st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Rona Leventhal Presents “Travelin’ Shoes: A Multi-Cultural Storytelling Extravaganza”
“Sit back, put your feet up and join Storyteller Rona Leventhal for a journey around the world and back! Rona is one person, but many voices. Through her, skies talk, turtles sing, and magic happens! Rona will have you dancing, swaying in your seats, making funny noises, singing, and laughing, as she shares stories from the silly to the serious, from the mysterious to the monstrous!”
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Aviation Workshop: Ages 12 and up
Learn how airplanes fly, and build some great model airplanes that fly! Call 413-420-8119 to reserve a spot!
Friday, February 23rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Kids Movie: Despicable Me 3
Despicable Me 3: a movie! If you’d like to see it, why not do so for free in the library?

Movies:

Tuesday, February 20th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Film: The LEGO Ninjago Movie
LEGO movies have generally been surprisingly good, being that they’re movies about a toy line. We haven’t heard amazing things about this one, but probably if you hear “LEGO” and “Ninja”, you’d be into it!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Sound of Music Sing Along
“Get ready to yodel in Western Mass! Sing along to all the great songs from the Sound of Music. A fun, liberating night out the whole family will enjoy. Come in costume or bring a movie themed prop and get ready to sing your heart out. Intermission refreshments.”
Wednesday, February 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Film: Wonder
Wonder is a movie about a kid with Treacher-Collins syndrome going to school and trying to fit in. It generally got some good reviews, seems like it might be interesting! There’s also a dog on the poster, which is good.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Film Club: Do The Right Thing
“The Forbes Film Club presents a free screening of Spike Lee’s classic 1989 film Do the Right Thing. Synopsis from IMDB.com: On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.”
Thursday, February 22nd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Teen Movie: Hidden Figures
Watch the incredible true story of the people who got mankind to the moon! Three black female mathematicians pretty who played a vital role in early work in spaceflight are profiled across a tumultuous time in the US space program. Snacks provided!
Sunday, February 25th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film: There are Jews Here
More than a million American Jews live in once-thriving small towns that have seen better days. This film tells their stories by looking at what Jews are doing to keep their communities alive. Find out more and purchase tickets here: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit-shop/calendar-events/film-there-are-jews-here-sunday-february-25-2-pm
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Film Screening: I Know a Man… Ashley Bryan
A film about a 94-year-old creative wonder whose heart skips and jumps like a child! Presumably in the like metaphorical sense not as a medical concern.

RPGs:

Wednesday, February 21st
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, February 22nd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost uncle who’s also secretly a god’.

Science:

Wednesday, February 21st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Introduction to Geneaology with Hillary Schau
Part one of a five-part free series that will help you find your ancestors! Class size limited to to 12, so register by calling (413) 420-8107.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Genealogy Drop-in Lab
A free drop-in lab for anyone interested in learning more about their family history! You need a Library Card, but nothing else! Hillary Schau will lead you through it!
Friday, February 23rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Our Place in the Stars: Family Astronomy Show
Amateur Astronomer and Deerfield Academy student Abigail Lupi is bringing her telescopes to the library! After an informative talk, families will be invited to use the telescopes to do some stargazing! Spot Betelgeuse, but don’t do it more than two times! Hot chocolate will be served! Recommended for kids aged 8+.

February 12th – 18th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


If you know of any way that a person could make a living playing Monster Hunter literally all day please get in touch with us it’s urgent.

This week we want to highlight some really neat Easthampton ❤ Valentine’s Day Events <3!

First off: Check out Chuck Fosman at Comics N’ More in Easthampton! He’s the cartoonist behind the comic turned hit Netflix show “The End of the Fucking World”! You’ll get to have books signed, hear cool behind-the-scenes stories, and hang out! It’s 6pm to 9pm!

Second: Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat! This week they’re doing Robo Rally, which is so danged fun you simply must give it a shot. That’s 7pm to 11pm!

As always, you should head to Nerd Nite NoHo this Monday at the World War 2 Club in Northampton! We’re going to start talking heist movies and social media faux pas at around 7:00pm, and there will be cookies!

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, February 12th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Monet’s Magic: Pastel Paint Monet’s Wonderous Water Lillies
Join the Museum of Fine Arts pastel demonstrator Gregory Maichack as he shows everyone how to create an Impressionist pastel painting! He’ll share his water garden photos that he took on site at Monet’s home studio and will paint with you from the same imagery that Monet famously used! But better. But like, he’ll help you out! All supplies provided, advanced registration required!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Warrior Writers Workshop
Local writer and veteran Eric Wasileski will lead a writing workshop! Military veterans and their families are very welcome, though the event is also open to the public. Warrior Writers works to build a community that allows for artistic expression and helps people witness the full range of military experiences.
Tuesday, February 13th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Galentine’s Day Breakfast at the Mead
All people who identify as women are invited to the Mead for a look at some of the favorite gals in the collection! There will be waffles and informal conversation inspired by the exhibition “Fragmented Identities: The Gendered Roles of Women in Art Through the Ages”, and led by the women who make up the Mead’s curatorial, education, and programming departments. Also there are good odds it’ll wind up an impromptu Parks & Rec fan meetup.
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Collecting 101: Cast Your Vote
Students from a course at the Mead have brought forward their top picks for a new work to put up in the Mead, join to hear some short talks and pick a favorite! The Mead will purchase whatever wins the popular vote, and sink the rest of the works into the sea.
Wednesday, February 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Create all things zine! Make your dream zine, or a zine about dreams!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Make a Valentine Drop-in Craft
Make a Valentine for friends, family, and whoever else you’d like to give a Valentine card to! It’s a lovely time at the library!
Thursday, February 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Anti-Valentines Day Crafting and more
Craft valentines, teens! Or anti-valentines! BUT DON’T ALLOW THEM TO COME INTO CONTACT WITH EACH OTHER.
Friday, February 16th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
Learn about the way that Emily Dickinson used her flower collection! This discussion led by Karen Sanchez-Eppler, Professor of American Studies at Amherst College, will focus on how Dickinson used her words to cross time and space! Wait this isn’t the Doctor Who meetup is it?

Board Games:

Wednesday, February 14th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat
Play fun board games at a nice bar! Local board game evangelist Justin Dowd will help lead you through a great new featured game every week and there are a ton more available to play! This week’s featured game is Robo Rally, which is a spectacular game! It’s like a simultaneous programming challenge!
Saturday, February 17th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play boardgames with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! We really recommend Clank! or Not Alone if they’ve got those!
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!

Card Games:

Friday, February 16th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic: Booster Draft
Draft cards, play magic, win prizes! A $16 entry fee includes tax, and gets you 3 booster packs to draft with, and adds a pack to the prize pool! Everyone gets at least 1 prize pack, and extra packs and foil cards will be awarded for exceptional play!

Comic Books:

Wednesday, February 14th
Comics N’ More Easthampton [31 Union St., Easthampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Valentine’s Day with Chuck Forsman
From the description: “Join us for an intimate evening with cartoonist Chuck Forsman, creator of the hit NETFLIX show “The End of the XXXXing World”. Chuck will be here signing copies of the newest printing of the collected TEOTFW, sharing anecdotes from the production, and just kinda chilling. There will also be snacks. Possibly beer.”

Community:

Monday, February 12th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Transportation Justice
Discuss and advocate for better regional public transit! A worthwhile endeavor indeed. Everyone needs an easy way to get from here to there and back again!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
AANE Women’s Support Group
Every second Monday of the month, this monthly support group for women on the autism spectrum meets to discuss a variety of issues and ways to deal with them. Please register at http://www.aane.org/events/!
Thursday, February 15th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Tibetan Community of Western MA
From the site: “Prayers for long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and world peace. Free and open to the public.” Make some connections with the Tibetan community of Western MA!
Friday, February 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
5CLIR Legislator’s Forum
Hear area legislators give a summary of their accomplishments in 2017 and their outlook for the coming year! It will feature Senator Stan Rosenberg, and State Representatives Peter Kocot (First Hampshire District), John Scibak (Second Hampshire District) and Stephen Kulik (First Franklin District). Get involved in your community!

Computers:

Wednesday, February 14th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Atlassian User Group Meetup
Get more information and register here: https://aug.atlassian.com/events/details/atlassian-northampton-presents-northampton-aug-kickoff-meeting! It seems like some sort of cloud… something? And maybe a management technique? It’s got one of those websites that’s very friendly but opaque. You probably know if you’re in the market for this sort of thing, but it does look like it’ll have pleasant folks and food!
Thursday, February 15th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Western Mass WordPress Developers and Admins
Talk about your current projects, bring up problems and provide solutions, and then brainstorm new topics! Plus, they’ve got official sponsorship now! That means big new things on the horizon, along with a bunch of new members! Bring a laptop!

Entertainment:

Tuesday, February 13th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Electric Vehicles: The Future is Now!
Learn about electric vehicles that are currently available! Learn how to match a vehicle with your driving needs! Learn how to charge one, how to pair EVs with home solar, and costs and incentives for buying one! It’s a good way to think about how to make a necessary new car purchase as non-terrible for the world as you can manage.
Thursday, February 15th
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.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
Get cookies! Walk around Forbes and listen to a show and tell about various museum objects they’ve got on hand! Just a nice as heck time.
Saturday, February 17th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunderland Short Story Series: Myka Plunkett & Troy David Mercier
Dramatic readings by professional actors, bringing to life excellent short stories! Myka Plunkett will be reading “The Lone Pilgrim” by Laurie Colwin, and Troy David Mercier will be reading stories from “Man Seeking Woman” by Simon Rich! The tough part is after the event you need to deal with the rampaging stories that were so foolishly brought to life!

Kids:

Monday, February 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Animals Spell Love Story-time and Craft with Author David Cundy
A gorgeous book about love, starring sixteen animals and sixteen languages! From Czech to American Sign Language, animals will spell out “I Love You!” Learn the language of love: language! Create your own word-pictures, and get your book signed! Intended for ages 5-10!
Tuesday, February 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!
Friday, February 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Minecraft Club
Children! Play some Minecraft with friends!
Saturday, February 17th
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 with Jeanette Bradley
Join Jeantte Bradley as she reads from her debut book “Love, Mama”, and shares an art project that children can complete! They’ll decorate a small box to mail their own special things in, which is both decorative and useful!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Happier Family Comedy Show
Happier Valley Comedy is the heart of improv comedy in Western Mass! Let your family’s creativity flourish in an accepting improv atmosphere! Geared for kids aged 5-12, call 413-559-6336 to get tickets!

Movies:

Monday, February 12th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Alice’s Ordinary People: Film Screening and Lecture with Filmmaker Craig Dudnick
Alice Tregay was one of the ordinary people who worked hard to change the world for the better. She spent decades fighting for human rights, and this will be a chance to learn more about her! Ask the filmmaker questions after the screening!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Alice
WATCH THE MOVIE FIRST! Then come here and talk about the movie! This is the first feature length film from Czech filmmaker Jan Svankmajer. It was made in 1988 and appears to be a nightmare brought to life, in a combination of stop motion animation and real actors and again literal nightmares. You can use your library card to check it out on Kanopy! https://forbes.kanopystreaming.com/video/alice
Wednesday, February 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Accidental Anarchist
Hosted by Eleanor Finley, U Mass. PhD candidate in Anthropology, this film is a documentary about the radical-feminist-anarchist democracy that formed in Rojava Syria. It’s told through the eyes of a British diplomat as he explores a culture that in which he finds a lot to admire. Interesting as heck, neat to have a local expert around to talk to as well!

RPGs:

Wednesday, February 14th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, February 15th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost uncle who’s also secretly a god’.
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 Longswords just in case.
Saturday, February 17th
Comics N’ More Easthampton [31 Union St., Easthampton, MA] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The Lollipops! Superhero RPG
From the description: “The Lollipops are a team of teen superheroes, who ran off to outer space on a rescue mission. Players take on the role of characters similar to the Teen Titans or the New Mutants who get involved in adventures on an intergalactic scale. We are using FATE rules, which are very simple and allows a lot of player control over the developing story. All materials provided, including pre-generated characters. This is a long running game, but new players are encouraged to come join. We are very LGBTQ-friendly.”

Science:

Monday, February 12th
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo: Social Media and Heists!
Two excellent talks! Joe Van Ellen will present ‘Heist, Heist Baby (Too Bold, Too Bold): A discussion on caper culture, and certainly not an outline on how to plan and execute your own successful swindle’ and then Ebru Kardan will present ‘Don’t #AskMeAnything: A review of social media fails and blunders by people who should know better’! A wonderful night with wonderful people!

February 5th – February 11th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Hey! Guess what is neat?

You know the extremely popular podcast The Adventure Zone? Well their current game “Amnesty” is Powered by the Apocalypse! They’re playing a version of Monster of the Week, which is based on our very own excellent local RPG system!

It’s basically like Lumpley Games is the reason that people listen to the McElroy family podcasts! Or it might be the like decade of comedy that they’ve produced across three dozen podcasts. But we think it’s the influence of our wonderful local tabletop game designers!

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, February 7th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Gallery Talk by Alla Rosenfeld
A gallery talk with the Curator of Russian and European Art, Alla Rosenfeld! This is offered in conjunction with the Varieties of Nonconformism exhibition on view at the Russian Center Art Gallery through the 11th. Free and open to all! Learn about some nonconformist artwork on your lunch break!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Screenwriting, Scripts and Film (The Modern Real and Surreal)
See a bunch of great filmmakers talk about screenwriting! Abraham Ravett, filmmaker of Holding Hands With Ilse, Wade Wofford, Screenwriter/Directgor of The Answer, Ellen Kaplan, Screenwriter/Director of Mixed Blessings, and Jake Hulse, Screenwriter/Director of Heroe’s Don’t Come Home!
Thursday, February 8th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
A Conversation with John Wieland ’58
A conversation with an alumnus and the Chief Curator of the Museum, David E. Little. Afterward, attend the reception opening “HOUSE: Selections from the Collection of John and Sue Wieland”. Free and open to all! Dang, we wish we had enough cash that our collections were worth hosting an opening to view. Anyone interested in displaying a ton of comics?
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Spring Exhibitions Opening Reception
Celebrate the opening of some new artwork! Including HOUSE: Selections from the Collection of John and Sue Wieland, Fragmented Identities: The Gendered Roles of Women in Art through the Ages as well as New Publics: Art for a Modern India, 1960s–90s! Get some refreshments and dance to a live DJ!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
“Common Threads” Poetry Discussion and Tea
Get cozy and talk poetry! Facilitated by Diana Gordon, you’ll discuss eight poems by Massachusetts poets featured in Common Threads 2018, an annual publication by MassPoetry. Please reserve a space by calling 413-542-2034!
Friday, February 9th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Hands on art making from 4pm-7pm! You can construct a robot sculpture inspired by Tahano Miho’s Robot Girl in the exhibition “Modern Images of the Body from East Asia”! You can also get a guided tour starting at 6pm and some free refreshments! Go hang out in your great local museum!
Saturday, February 10th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Valentime Making & Story Time
Love! Ah, love. It’s a many-splendored thing, isn’t it? Yeah we just came up with that description because we’re very good at words. Join folks at the Odyssey to make Valentine’s cards using characters from picture books and featuring a reading of Love by Matt De La Pena and Loren Long. Open to all ages!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Artists’s Reception: Lennie Kaumzha
Mosaic-fusion paintings by artist Lennie Kaumzha will be on display and also you’re probably gonna get cheese and wine!
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.

Board Games:

Saturday, February 10th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play boardgames with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! We really recommend Clank! or Not Alone if they’ve got those!
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Tabletop Game Day
Board games! Join up with other friendly locals to play board games and card games and generally hang out in a nice reserved space in the back of the Burger King! They mostly play your standard suite of nice Euro games, but they’re open to whatever you’re interested in bringing as well! Sign up here: https://www.meetup.com/thepvg/events/246455490/

Books:

Thursday, February 8th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Christopher Tinson, Radical Intellect Liberator Magazine and Black Activism in the 1960s
Christopher Tinson, Ph.D is an associate professor of Africana Studies and History at Hampshire College. He’ll read from and speak about his book, which covers the 60’s era rise of black radicalism. Specifically, taking a look at the magizine Liberator, who were a touchstone of thought and organizing in during that period.
Saturday, February 10th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
YA Event – Elizabeth Byrne and Lyndsay Ely
Two talented YA authors come to speak about their newest books! The Grave Keepers is a unique coming-of-age story set in a society obsessed with grave keeping and Gunslinger Girl is a coming of age story about Serendipity Jones, armed with six-shooters and perfect aim in a lawless city!

Card Games:

Friday, February 9th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic: Booster Draft
Draft cards, play magic, win prizes! A $16 entry fee includes tax, and gets you 3 booster packs to draft with, and adds a pack to the prize pool! Everyone gets at least 1 prize pack, and extra packs and foil cards will be awarded for exceptional play!

Community:

Wednesday, February 7th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Reading with Rooster
Children! Teens! Read to a frigging dog! Rooster is such a cute doggy and you can read Rooster a book and that’s an opportunity no one should pass up!

Computers:

Tuesday, February 6th
Common Media [84 Russell Street, Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
A quick update on ongoing projects to start up the discussion, followed by some time to get hacking! Bring your laptop so that you can contribute! It helps to know your way around GitHub, because most of the coordination relies on that! Dinner and drinks are on them!
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A rendezvous of the most fantastic sort! It’s a chance to hang out with web developers and coders and just folks in general, talk about web dev stuff and just hang at a nice local bar!

Entertainment:

Saturday, February 10th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
First Book Friendiversary!
The Carle teams up with the folks at First Book to observe Friendiversary! It’s an annual celebration of friendship and reading! Bring a friend and join this celebration of books with Elephant, Piggie, and a host of ther friends from the museum! A FREE Mo Willems book to every child who attends while supplies last! More info here: https://www.carlemuseum.org/content/first-book-friendiversary-4
Sunday, February 11th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Star Trek Discovery Finale Potluck
First, a potluck! Then Discovery episodes 14 and 15! Bring something delicious to eat or drink, or both, and pitch in a couple bucks to cover the subscription cost! It’s the best way to see the thrilling finale of this series! https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/246917792/

Kids:

Tuesday, February 6th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids aged 6-10 are welcome to come hang out and build things out of LEGO! The original, the acronymical, the spectacular fun building block set! Build a bracelet, a model, a toy, even a person! That’s right you heard it here first you can build a fully functional human being out of LEGO.
Wednesday, February 7th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Learn Ukulele With Julie (Ages 8-12)
Learn the basics, play some songs, have some fun! Beginners can come early to learn the basics 3:30 – 4:00, and then there’s lessons for everyone at 4:00pm – 5:00pm! Ukuleles will be provided! Pre-register in the Kids Room or call 413-259-3091!
Thursday, February 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Comics Club
Callie at the Childrens/YA Department will hang out and discuss comics with you! And help create and share new ones! Artists supplies will be on hand if you want to make your own comics. Intended for elementary, tween, and teen readers and artists!
Friday, February 9th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Music for Munchkins
A class for little kids aged 12-24 months to sing, rhyme, play with instruments, tell stories, and move around! Registration is required, see the Youth Room, and siblings are welcome!
Saturday, February 10th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Music In the Library!
A special event for families with young children! With special guest Chris Hough Sirard! Make some music with your kiddos!

Movies:

Monday, February 5th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Movie: Pretty in Pink
Teens! And specifically only teens! Come watch a movie about teens that is considered a classic by Old Teens! You can see why it’s a thing that people have remembered but also there’s a lot to talk about with regards to what it portrays as relatable teen probs, which is common when revisiting teen films!
Thursday, February 8th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Teen Movie: Everything, Everything
A movie for teens! About teens! They’re very sad romatic teens, separated by circumstance but brought together by fate! Oh what woe!
Sunday, February 11th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film: A Home on the Range
The little-known story of Jews who fled the pogroms and hardships of Eastern Europe and traveled to California to become chicken ranchers! Find out more and purchase tickets here: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit-shop/calendar-events/film-home-range-sunday-february-11-2-pm

RPGs:

Wednesday, February 7th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, February 8th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost uncle who’s also secretly a god’.

Science:

Thursday, February 8th
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe: Battle of the Sexes
Hear all the dirty details about ocean sex that you’ve been afraid to ask! Does sex happen in the ocean? Oh you’d better believe it does! It’s wild down there. Dr. Dara Orbach will discuss the anatomy, mechanics, and behavior involved in marine mammal reproduction!

 

January 29th – February 4th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Hello out there in Nerd Watch Land! We are excited to let you know that there’s a bunch of stuff to do this week!

We recommend you check out Comic Craft & Craft Beer night at our friendly local comic shop, Comics N’ More! It seems like a fun time and it’s nice to make old comics into new fun crafts! Also snacks are fun.

In non-local news, we got Monster Hunter World and it’s quite fun! It is about making good friends with large iguanas and then wearing their skin. But also you can make friends with good cats and also with a small pig that you can dress up in good clothing!

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, January 29th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Maker Mondays
Teens! Come hang out in the Teen Room, your designated room, to create! Write, draw, make jewelry, design things in 3D, play with their technology! Use the library’s resources to make your dreams… reality.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Craft
Craft a teen, teens! Make your new best friend out of either LEGO or 3D Printing!
Tuesday, January 30th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Craft: Harry Potter Wand Making
Teens aged 11-17 are welcome to register for this event that will introduce you to the raw unbridled power that comes with having access to the forces of magic! Perhaps it will be you who defeats the next upstart dark lord?
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Teen and Tween Art Club
Teens! Tweens! Learn how to make some art! Share art with other folks! It’s a fun time to make good artwork.
Saturday, February 3rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
3D-Printing Party!
Learn how to use a 3D printer to make models, toys, bracelets, even whole people! That’s right it’s now possible to 3D print whole living humans and you’re hearing it here first! Ages 7-16 welcome, advanced registration is required at 413-665-2642!
Sunday, February 4th
Comics N’ More Easthampton [31 Union St., Easthampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Comic Book Craft Night and Craft Beer!
Craft a comic craft! Beer a craft beer! For a low fee of $20 a person, you get all the materials to make a delightful craft item and get wine and snacks and beer! Sign up at the store or prepay via paypal using comicsnmoreeast@gmail.com!

Board Games:

Wednesday, January 31st
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat
Play games with great people at a fun bar! Sometimes the bartender orders pizza for people there, which is great. That’s what happens when you tip well, folks! A great new game is featured every week!
Thursday, February 1st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Game On!
Have you seen the game collection in the Teen Room? It’s awesome! Check it out and play games new and old with your pals!
Saturday, February 3rd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play boardgames with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! This Saturday it’s going to feature some tree-related games! Photosynthesis is really fun!

Card Games:

Friday, February 2nd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic (Casual/101)
Learn to play Magic in a casual setting with the friendly staff of Modern Myths! Test out a cool new deck, play with constructed decks if other folks are into it, get special door prizes! It’s the perfect night for new Magic players or people who just want to take it easy! It’s $5 to attend, which is immediately converted to store credit.

Community:

Wednesday, January 31st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Department of Children and Families Foster Care Information Session
Come find out how to become a foster parent! Help kids!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Greenfield Taxpayers for a New Library
Greenfield folks, do you want to make a new library? Then talk about how you can make it happen! Libraries are important community centers and they are nice, so making a better library seems like a good plan for taxpayers!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Reading with Rooster
Children! Teens! Read to a frigging dog! Rooster is such a cute doggy and you can read Rooster a book and that’s an opportunity no one should pass up!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
League of Women Voters
A public workshop where the League will provide guidance and resources for communicating with state and federal legislators! Make your voice heard with the help of a wonderful local group of concerned citizens!
Friday, February 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Library Legislative Breakfast
Free and open to the public, this is a great opportunity to advocate for proper library funding! Funding libraries is helpful to a whole host of people in your community and you should attend to say so!

Entertainment:

Thursday, February 1st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! We have heard good things about Your Name! That was like last year but we’re still working on seeing it, we’re so behind.
Cafe Evolution [22 Chestnut St., Florence, MA 01062] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Open Evolution Cabaret
A cabaret! A great big gathering of song and dance and drama and comedy and recitation and juggling and basically everything you could ever want in a night. Sign up at 6pm to do your own thing! Free and open to all!
Saturday, February 3rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Doctor Who Club
Come hang out and watch Doctor Who with people! Laugh through the funny ones, thrill through the exciting ones, come together as a group to explain why it’s probably still worth watching the really embarrassingly silly ones!

Kids:

Tuesday, January 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! It’s fun!
Wednesday, January 31st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
LEGO Club
Kids aged 6-10 are welcome to come hang out and build things out of LEGO! The original, the acronymical, the spectacular fun building block set! Build a bracelet, a model, a toy, even a person! That’s right you heard it here first you can build a fully functional human being out of LEGO.
Saturday, February 3rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
WinterFest Storytime
Join Julie for some wintertime themed crafting, storytelling, and ukulele playing! This is part of the Amherst LSSE 2018 Winterfest festivities!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Valentine Card-Making Party
Ages 3 and up with an adult, $12/pair! Spend time with your kiddos making cards for friends and family in a hands-on workshop where all materials are provided!
Sunday, February 4th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Valentine Card-Making Party
Ages 3 and up with an adult, $12/pair! Spend time with your kiddos making cards for friends and family in a hands-on workshop where all materials are provided!

Movies:

Monday, January 29th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Stalker
Watch the movie first! Then come here and talk about this movie inspired by the book Roadside Picnic! It’s notable as a filmic work and weirdly is notable f or some of the same reasons that the game based on the book – STALKER – is notable! It seems like people inspired by that book make neat things!
Tuesday, January 30th
Westhampton Public Library [1 North Rd., Westhampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Grown in Westhampton – Movie Night
This month Grown in Westhampton will be viewing “Call of the Forest – The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees with Diana Beresford-Kroger”, which is a film in which our host takes us through the history and legacy of old growth forests while explaining the science behind how they play an irreplaceable role in making our planet livable!

RPGs:

Wednesday, January 31st
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, February 1st
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost uncle who’s also secretly a god’.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPGs are great! Play Noirlandia, or Questlandia, or Dread, or Monsterhearts, or Apocalypse World, or Dogs in the Vineyard, or One Thousand and One Nights, or any of a lot of amazing games created right here in this Valley! They’re all very good!

 

January 22nd – 28th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Polygon, a website where people write about games and culture and also create funny videos, ran a feature about writer Charlie Hall’s new years resolution to play more indie roleplaying games.

Why talk about that in the Nerd Watch, you ask? Impudent fool! We talk about it because like half the games mentioned are related to folks in Western Mass!

We’ve got World Wrestling RPG by the excellent Nathan D. Paoletta, which is Powered by the Apocalypse World system that was designed by local game designer Vincent Baker of Lumpley Games.

We’ve got Dread, “The One With Jenga A Tumbling Block Puzzle”, designed by local notable Epidiah Ravochol who has also designed a ton of other excellent RPGs and also if you’re going to play Dread make sure it’s the Dread Geas of Duke Vulku, that’s the updated version that takes use some Apocalypse World systems to enhance the game!

Then there’s Bubblegumshoe! It’s a teen detective RPG, with design work by Emily Care Boss of local game design studio Black and Green Games and also of the Romance Trilogy RPGs! She specializes in creating exciting RPGs for people who are interested in exploring a space beyond stabbing an orc. Like, you can be a teen orc detective or compete with a friend for the affections of a fun orc.

And even if you’d like to go for the Big Old Standard But Still Quite Fun Thing you can go for Dungeons and Dragons as the article mentions! What’s that got to do with the lovely Pioneer Valley, you ask? Isn’t it a massively successful game that was made by people not associated with the Valley in any manner? Tsk. You never learn… D&D has for decades featured extremely wonderful art by incredible local artist Tony DiTerlizzi!

If any of these wonderful roleplaying games are on YOUR resolution list, why not head over to one of our excellent local shops and pick up a copy? Greenfield Games and Modern Myths have a huge selection!

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, January 22nd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Maker Mondays
Teens! Come hang out in the Teen Room, your designated room, to create! Write, draw, make jewelry, design things in 3D, play with their technology! Use the library’s resources to make your dreams… reality.
Tuesday, January 23rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus
Head to the library on Arts Night to have a fun night looking at art!
Wednesday, January 24th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
James Blackmore: Artist Reception
We don’t really know what sort of art this person does, but it’s probably the sort that goes very well with tiny cheese, so why not go to a reception?
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zines for green machines, clean streams, bean dreams, jean meanies, and more! Make your own zine at this excellent club!
Friday, January 26th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Sculpture with Wire and Paper Mache Part 2
Create a wire form and then cover it with colorful papier mache to make a sculpture! You can sculpt anything you can imagine! Well. You can sculpt a representation of what you imagined that’s likely going to bear a resemblance to your imagining that is commensurate to your skill at wire-sculpting and papier mache. Should be a bit better at it by Part 2! Grades 5-12 welcome! Taught by Whitney Robbins! Pre-Registration required! Call 413-665-2642!
Saturday, January 27th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Build a Better Soap
Have fun making soap in this class that does not resemble the soap-making scene from Fight Club! It’s got a better script, for one thing. But no mostly it’s that it’s just glitter, glycerin, and essential oils instead of lye. Oh! Though essential oils can be a bit dangerous if they’re particularly concentrated so don’t go covering your hands with them. You’ll get to take home your 4oz handmade soap at the end! Registration required! Best for adults! Call 413-665-2642!
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.

Board Games:

Thursday, January 25th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Game On!
Have you seen the game collection in the Teen Room? It’s awesome! Check it out and play games new and old with your pals!
Saturday, January 27th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play boardgames with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! This Saturday it’s going to feature some tree-related games! Photosynthesis is really fun!

Books:

Tuesday, January 23rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Books with Barry
Barry McColgan will be on hand to discuss John Hersey’s Hiroshima! Copies are available at the library! Start your new year right by meeting our local Barry!
Saturday, January 27th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
February First Editions Club – Leni Zumas, Red Clocks
From the site: “In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom.” This sounds like a book worth reading!

Card Games:

Friday, January 26th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic: Booster Draft
Draft cards, play magic, win prizes! A $16 entry fee includes tax, and gets you 3 booster packs to draft with, and adds a pack to the prize pool! Everyone gets at least 1 prize pack, and extra packs and foil cards will be awarded for exceptional play!

Community:

Saturday, January 27th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Adulting 101 – How to Effectively Manage Your Personal Finances
Teens and young adults ages 14-22, get some tips on managing your finances! Credit cards, loans, interest rates, the People’s United Bank of South Deerfield will teach you everything you need to know! Our hot finance tip: try your darndest to inherit a ton of money from a rich, heretofore unknown relative.

Computers:

Monday, January 22nd
Click Workspace [9 Market St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
AWS Data Pipelines with Kinesis and Lambda – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
This month the speaker is Trevor Morris, a Software Developer at MachineMetrics, where he works at data warehousing and analytics! MachineMetrics gets a lot of real-time metrics from industrial machines and uses AWS Kinesis and AWS Lambda to stream data to real-time dashboards! Trevor will give a brief overview of how to set up a Kinesis stream, hook it into lambda, and store it in DynamoDB! Get stuff done with AWS!

Entertainment:

Saturday, January 27th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Nintendo Night
Join the friendly folks of the Pioneer Valley Geeks and Gamers for a night of excellent multiplayer games on the brand-new Nintendo Switch! They’ve got four controllers to pass around, and a bunch of fun games such as the fantastic Overcooked!
Sunday, January 28th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Star Trek Discovery Episodes 12 – 13 & Potluck
Have a great potluck dinner and then watch Star Trek! Bring some food and drink, then pitch in a buck or two to cover the CBS Streaming costs! Watch a great new Star Trek show with some great people and food!

History:

Tuesday, January 23rd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Oxen Logging Demonstration & Parade
For the first time in a century, a team of oxen will be hauling logs through Northampton! Tom Jenkins of Blue Dog Forestry will be bringing his oxen Rock and Star with him for an outdoor demonstration of oxen logging! They’re very cute oxen!
Sunday, January 28th
Deerfield Community Center [84 Memorial St, Deerfield, MA] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Winter Lecture Series: Making Crime Pay: The Dangerous Careers of Ann Carson and Mary Clarke
Susan Branson, Professor of History at Syracuse University will discuss these historic criminals! Maybe she’ll give you tips about how to be the best history crimes-doer!

Kids:

Tuesday, January 23rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! It’s fun!

Movies:

Monday, January 22nd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Teen Movie: Pitch Perfect 2
The SECOND film about acapella groups that’s widely regarded as a pretty solid comedy. Like Bring it On we think? We’re dating ourselves but we think it’s pretty much acapella Bring it On. There are snacks!
Wednesday, January 24th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Heroin(e)
This recently released documentary features three women fighting to break the cycle of opioid addiction in the overdose capital of the country, Huntington West Virginia. A collaboration with the Center for Investigative Reporting, the film features several women who refuse to allow a town to succumb to the opioid scourge.

RPGs:

Wednesday, January 24th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, January 25th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost uncle who’s also secretly a god’.

Science:

Monday, January 22nd
Union Station [125 Pleasant St, Northampton] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Do Be So Sensitive: Stretchy Sensors for Wearable Devices and Soft Robotics
Why do some roboticists think octopi are so cool? How could we build a real Baymax? What are the limitations of skin-worn sensors? Can we fight a villain that wields thousands of nanomachines with the use of these sensors? Kristen Dorsey, Assistant Professor of Engineering at Smith College will tell you what’s up with all of this and more!