Magic The Gathering

December 19th – December 25th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Have an extremely good holiday season this year! Bring good cheer to other folks, it’s a good time to make sure that other people are doing okay and that they have what they need. Lots of gift-giving holiday times does sometimes mean a bunch of stress, though! Take care of yourselves.

This is a great time to become a sustaining monthly donor of a great charitable organization like the Food Bank of Western Mass! You can also donate in the name of your friends or family as a way of avoiding having to figure out what the heck to get them. Well, and as a way to do good in the world. But like, with the side benefit of making shopping for gifts during the Gifting Season less stressful.

Anyway, Happy Holidays!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Friday, December 23rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Cookie Decorating
Open to all ages! They’re going to provide the frosting and the sprinkles and the cookies, you bring the ability to assemble those items into little adorably decorated cookies! It’ll be a top-notch time.

Board Games:

Tuesday, December 20th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Palmer Library Game Night
Play board games at a Game Night! We’ve been playing a bunch of Pandemic: Legacy, you should take a chance to try out Pandemic: Not Legacy and see if that seems like a fun time. It’s a super nice game that works well, and even better in Legacy form!

Card Games:

Friday, December 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!

Comic Books:

Monday, December 19th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Queers in Comics and Games
A discussion group for excellent folks led by the inimitable manager of Modern Myths! It’s a great place to discuss comics and games, get recommendations, and meet friendly folks in a very nice store full of games and comics!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, December 21st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Youth Holiday Bingo
Bingo! That’s what you say when you’re playing the game Bingo, a sort of live gambling game which we have to say seems like a lot of fun. It’s kind of just an attention-game, like multiple people can win at the same time but you need to be on point to shout out the keyword (bingo) first!
Thursday, December 22nd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime! The sport of kings. We’ve heard a ton of good things about the anime Fullmetal Alchemist! The recent Brotherhood re-make of it is a lot shorter and well-regarded we think. The little kid in the suit of armor is so neat is mostly what we gathered from the series!

Movies:

Monday, December 19th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Monday and a Movie for Teens: Great Unsung Women of Computing
A special screening of the movie Great Unsung Women of Computing! Learn about the mothers of computation, the people responsible in a direct manner for the very device upon which you read these words! There’s also popcorn and a discussion after the film!
Wednesday, December 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:15 PM
Film Screening: Scrooged
Bill Murray in a classic tale of the fantastic: an extremely wealthy man coming to the understanding that other humans are worthwhile persons and not objects! Also it’s a retelling of the Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol”, it’s really funny and good!

RPGs:

Wednesday, December 21st
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
RPG Encounters: Star Wars
Did you like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, About the Movie Star Wars Which You Watched and Enjoyed? Then play an RPG set in the universe! Did you not like Rogue One: A Star Wars Tale About the People in Star Wars? Well, you probably have strong opinions which you can express by playing an RPG set in the Stars Wars universe!
Thursday, December 22nd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Step inside another life! RPGs are fun time games for folks who like to play pretend around a table. You can basically play whatever, though Fake Medieval Place Role-playing is pretty much the most common.

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September 19th – September 25th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We unfortunately missed the 14th Anniversary Party for Modern Myths recently but we hope everyone had a very nice time!

This week the big deal seems to be yet another release of Magic the Gathering material that reminds us that we should probably have ever played that in middle school instead of just compulsively buying card packs for several months and then leaving them in a drawer.

You should take a look at the brand-new weekly webcomic Teacher! by local artist Alex Chautin. So far it is theoretically weekly but if it updates by the end of today it is officially weekly!

Speaking of webcomic artists, check out Legends of Fomora by Pat Nietupski! He’s doing a Patreon as well, you should support him if you like the comic! It is definitively updating at the moment, three days a week!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Friday, September 23rd
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Conversation with artist Amanda Valdez
Lunch is provided! Delightful. Amanda Valdez’s multimedia paintings are on view in the current exhibition. Seattle-born artist Amanda Valdez is now based out of New York (we assume the city? but then again it is an entire state so there’s always the possibility that she’s in Troy or something) and is a good artist whose artwork is neat to look at. Talk to her about whatever floats your boat! Probably art-related topics make the most sense though. Lunch is provided!
Saturday, September 24th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Scent-sational Aromatherapy Crafts
GET IT?
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Scent-sational Aromatherapy Crafts
It’s a pun! It’s a pun on the fact that these are scented crafts. Make some scented crafts and then use them to feel real calm and collected.

Board Games:

Tuesday, September 20th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Palmer Library Game Night
Play board games with the folks at Palmer! They’ve got classics like Ticket to Ride and such but you’re encouraged to bring your own!

Books:

Tuesday, September 20th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children’s Book Writers Group
Do you write or illustrate books for children? This is the group for you! It’s a chance to talk about the art and business of writing for children, share success stories and tips, and generally commiserate with people who are in the same situation as you!
Wednesday, September 21st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dr. Oliver Akamnonu, Big Apple to Bay State
Dr. Akamnonu narrates the joys of life in the congestion and buzz of New York City and the sharp contrasts for the principal character, Dege, as he and his wife of 35 years relocate to Western Massachusetts! It sounds pretty delightful. Speak to the author and hear excerpts from the novel!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Straw Dog Author Showcase 2016
Short readings from newly-published books by the members of the Straw Dog Writers Guild, Jeannine Atkins, Portia Cornell, Michael Goldman, Ellen Hopman, Jane Schneeloch, Molly Scott, Jacqueline Sheehan, Jim Spencer, and Gail Thomas
Thursday, September 22nd
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Book Discussion: NK Jemisin’s The Fifth Season
The Western Mass Sci-Fi Meetup is going to talk about the 2016 Hugo Award Best Novel winner The Fifth Season, in some location yet to be announced!
Saturday, September 24th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Adam Shaughnessy, Over the Underworld; and Tania Unsworth, Brightwood
In Over the Underworld, the sequel to the fantastic Trickster’s Tale, the Norse Gods have returned to Middleton GET IT? and they’ve brought bad news: Loki has killed Baldur the god that’s so pretty everyone likes him. Now Ragnarok’s coming. ABE and Pru have got to find and imprison Loki before the war can get underway! In Brightwood a young woman named Daisy fights to protect her mysterious home from an invading stranger! Both authors will be on hand to let you know more about these fantastic works and read selections!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Friends of Greenfield Public Library Book Sale
Buy books to support your local library and librarians! It’s a great chance to get things for 90% off and keep a vital service well-funded.

Card Games:

Friday, September 23rd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:59 PM to 4:00 AM
Kaladesh Midnight Pre-Release
A 3-round sealed deck tournament, so familiarity with the basics of Magic is required but you don’t need to be an expert. All attendees get at least one extra Kaladesh pack along with other promotional swag! There are limited seats so stop by the store or call to prepay for a discount and a guaranteed seat, it’s $30 pre-pay and $35 at the door! At this event the winds of Kaladesh will howl as the gate unfurls and strands you in this strange land with naught but your knowledge of the Systems of Magic to provide protection. You will make a new life in Kaladesh. Bring snacks.
Saturday, September 24th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Kaladesh Midnight Pre-Release
The same thing as the midnight release except you’re going to be a lot more well-rested for that inevitable trip to the lands of Kaladesh where you will fight in the arena for your freedom, bring your own chainmail!
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant St., #B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 AM to 11:55 PM
Kaladesh Midnight Pre-Release
Free Pizza! Frankly you don’t need to say much more to get us interested but there IS more. World’s Apart has 5 events scheduled starting at midnight! The prize payout will be based on record, 4-0 will get 9 packs plus a bonus of $50 store credit! Pre-register to guarantee your spot and your food! Also at this event all of the Magic cards will be replaced by 1990’s era Upper Deck Fanimation cards due to a manufacturing mix-up.

Comic Books:

Monday, September 19th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Queers in Comics & Games
Talk to a bunch of nice people about topics relating to queer representation in comics and gaming! Led by the wonderful Modern Myths Manager Melissa, these are always a lovely experience.

Community:

Tuesday, September 20th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Job Seeking Workshop: How to Nail the Interview
Learn how to interview well in order to increase the odds that you’ll get work doing what you’d like to do. It’s always helpful to know what to expect from a potentially stressful situation!
Friday, September 23rd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Annual Celebration of El Grito de Lares, Guest Speaker Charles R. Venator Santiago PhD
The “Grito de Lares” commemorates Puerto Rico’s cry for independence from Spain on September 23rd, 1868. Though ultimately unsuccessful due to a combination of internal tensions and external apathy, it remains an important moment in the history of an island that has long dealt with exploitation and a turning point in Puerto Rican history. Professor Santiago will speak about the current relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States.

Computers:

Thursday, September 22nd
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
September 2016 Western Mass Drupal Users Group Meeting
After a brief summer hiatus, Drupal Group meetings are starting back up! This one will include Last Call Media’s own Kelly Albrecht presenting “A Re-imagined Rainforest Alliance on Drupal 8 in Six Sprints” as well as other Drupal 8 topics!

Entertainment:

Tuesday, September 20th
Springfield Public Forum [34 Court St., Springfield, MA] at 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Gov. Bill Richardson, The Future of Immigration
Having been a US Congressperson, an ambassador to the UN, Secretary of Energy under President Bill Clinton, and Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson now wants to talk to you all about immigration! Specifically the future of immigration.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Pumpkin Spice Tasting Event for Teens
Pumpkin Spice is either still a thing or has passed beyond the veil of irony into being a thing that’s not really a thing anymore but we pretend it is in order to have fun at the expense of an imagined Other BUT the point is if you’re into this highly culturally charged collection of spices and are a teen you can taste a bunch of delicious spiced items at the library!
Saturday, September 24th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band
The East Haddam Stage Company performs their production of a live-action radio-drama based on William Gillette’s original 1930 radio script! It’s got sound effects, audience participation, and 4 actors portraying 7 different characters (one of these characters is Sherlock Holmes who in turn portrays 2 actors playing 3 characters). Producing Artistic Director Kandie Carle will introduce the show with a retrospective on the Victorian superstar Actor William Gillette and how he created the quintessential Sherlock Holmes.

Movies:

Tuesday, September 20th
ASH Auditorium [Hampshire College, 893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 8:00 PM to 9:45 PM
Defying the Nazis – Screening + Discussion Event
Ken Burns’ latest documentary premiers today, and you can join folks at Hampshire for a live broadcast and discussion event with Hampshire student Cray Novick, who worked as an editor on the film. This documentary tells the story of an American couple that left the comfort of Massachusetts to go on a series of covert operations in Nazi Occupied Europe. Their efforts saved hundreds of lives, and the film explores what it means to stand up in our communities and beyond for the people who need it most. All are welcome!
Wednesday, September 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Everybody Wants Some!
A group of college baseball players in the 80’s hang out, drink, listen to music, and smoke pot while having aimless conversations only inexplicably most of the people we rely on for movie reviews say it’s a ton of fun and really charming instead of being completely insufferable.

September 12th – September 18th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Our friends got married yesterday! It was wonderful and we think they are both the best, good job friends! They’re both very smart and very cool and this is the start of a beautiful marriage. Hooray for love and large parties with a lot of strange traditional elements!

We had an amazing time playing the COIN game Falling Skies this weekend and it was pretty neat! It went a ton faster than we’re used to with COIN, in part because we absolutely annihilated an overconfident Caesar, setting off a series of events that ironically wound up costing us a victory since it made it impossible for the Romans to mess with the competing Gallic tribes. Delightful game!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Tuesday, September 13th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Conversations on a Bench featuring David E. Little
Talk to a man who runs a museum about art and life and we’re not saying you should do this but what if you just went down that list of questions to fall in love? http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/fashion/no-37-big-wedding-or-small.html
Thursday, September 15th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
2016 Amherst Poetry Festival Day One
Woo boy, lots of stuff here. There’s a poem scavenger hunt, there’s a poetry walk about death that also includes a free doughnut, then there’s a poem open mic along with featured readers Karen SKofield, Eric Wasileski and Adam Grabowski. More details at https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/amherstpoetryfestival
Friday, September 16th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM
2016 Amherst Poetry Festival Day Two
Again! Tons of stuff! There’s a panel presented by local collective Slate Roof Press about poetry of home and exile. Then the Center for Humanistic Inquiry will present “Poems of displacement”. Then there’s going to be after-dark poems with Donald Vincent otherwise known as Mr. Fantastic’s cool brother Mr. Hip. Then finally, a Poetry Slam at Bistro 63! So much to do! More information here: https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/amherstpoetryfestival
Saturday, September 17th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Marathon
All of Emily Dickinson’s 1,789 poems will be read, starting at 6am. This will take 14+ hours. It seems like maybe someone made a bet? Or like is this how they keep her vengeful ghost contained? Yeesh. Wow. Welp, it’s definitely a good way to remember a great poet and hear some of her work! Like any particular piece. Because this is all of them!

Board Games:

Saturday, September 17th
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. Round one starts promptly at 10am, and there are trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each section. Entry is free! Bring a chess set and a clock if you’ve got them, and a bagged lunch. Be the coolest person there by bringing 10 chess clocks.
Sunday, September 18th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Heroclix!
New week, new team: this time you must construct your team entirely of people who have one larger limb. That’s right, it’s going to be like Hellboy and then exclusively asymmetrically designed 90’s characters almost all from Rob Liefield!

Books:

Sunday, September 11th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
The Poet and the Bard
Find out more about the relationship between Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson! She took inspiration from his work to such a degree that it’s hard to understate, and from her love of his work became more engaged with her own impulse toward poetry. Admission is $15 for nonmember adults, $10 for members, and $5 for students K-12
Thursday, September 15th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Affinity Konar, author of Mischling, in conversation with editor Lee Doudreaux
Affinity Konar, whose book Mischling is about twin sisters who fight to survive the evils of the second world war will speak to Lee Boudreaux about the more obscure mechanics and secrets of the Final Fantasy series just kidding no it’s probably about the book Mischling which sounds both terrifying and inspiring. Anthony Doerr calls it “One of the most harrowing, powerful, and imaginative books of the year”!
Saturday, September 17th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Peace and Justice in Children’s Books at the Greenfield Public Library
The GPL and the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice celebrate International Peace Day with children’s books! Patricia Hynes will speak about this collaboration, Kat Lyons will read aloud from some books, and you’ll have refreshments! Delightful day for the whole family.

Card Games:

Sunday, September 18th
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant St., #B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier – Dublin 2017
The winner of this PPTQ will qualify for the Regional Pro Tour Qualifier and a chance to play in the first Pro Tour of 2017 and possibly to qualify for the Pre-Pre-qualifier where you can almost qualify to qualify to place in the 2018 ULTRA TOUR. It’s $30 with a cash pay-out based on attendance, decklists required, $30 entry fee!

Comic Books:

Sunday, September 11th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Comic Creator’s Jam
Get together with your fellow creative types to discuss the business and the art of making comics! Lots of locals have done some really impressive and interesting artwork and they’re happy to talk to you about what works for them! Plus you get to play fun drawing games to get the creative juices flowing and you’ll probably make a friend!

Community:

Tuesday, September 13th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Writing a Resume
Writing a resume is terrifying and there’s not really a 100% correct way to do it. Get some help. For real, if not this then ask your friends. But like, this one is probably a good place to start if you’re beginning the process. Good luck!

Computers:

Wednesday, September 14th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
Dev teams! Are you an Agile team? Do you want to be one? Come to share and learn! There’s a show and tell focus this month, where people will show their current agile-ish processes followed by some Q&A and discussion. Last Call Media, Queen Lake Consulting and Knectar, the company founded and staffed entirely by hummingbirds, will all be in attendance to show you what’s up!

Entertainment:

Thursday, September 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator: The Castle on the Hill with Dylan Gaffney and Elise Bernier-Feely
Forbes Library was dedicated October 23rd, 1894 and nicknamed the “Castle on the Hill”. See images of the building, collections, and staff and share your own memories of the library! Find out how the library managed to fend off the Mirror-Ships of the Shifting Realms! Discover the secret of the statue that weeps tears of blood whenever an animal is harmed on the grounds of the library! See where the defense mech is stored! An educational experience indeed!
Friday, September 16th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
14th Anniversary Party
Happy birthday to Modern Myths! A party is in order! Food, soft drinks, vegan cupcakes, and door prizes for everyone! Also a GRAND PRIZE of a Lifetime VIP pass that comes with $140 in store credit!
Saturday, September 17th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Leather and Wool: Early Industries in the Lost Village of Roberts Meadow by John Clapp
John Clapp will talk about his forthcoming book, “The Lost Village of Roberts Meadow”, focusing on the rise and fall of this mysterious village’s wool and leather industries. While the village’s early days in the pocket dimension next to ours were prosperous, they had a real hard time as the Bargheist attacks grew more frequent, making the Leather Trees and Wool Dragons harder to harvest from.
Sunday, September 18th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
From Northampton to the Boundry Waters
Take in the beauty of the Connecticut River in a 16-person Dragon Boat and fight off the mer-people that populate it using the on-board Dragon Cannons, high score gets a t-shirt! You’ll also learn about the natural and cultural history of the river with Betsy Powell, founder of Paradise City Dragon Boat, and Laurie Sanders, co-director of Historic Northampton and naturalist!

Kids:

Thursday, September 15th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Laser Tag at the Library!
Lasers! Lasers in the hands of children. This is what we’ve come to, having our youth vaporize each other for our entertainment. I can’t believe libraries are in support of this but we can do nothing but inform you of the terrible truth. Write your congressperson to ask them to end child-vaporizing!
Saturday, September 17th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
David Soman, The Monster Next Door
From the creator of Ladybug Girl and Three Bears in a Boat, this funny and endearing tale of friendship is perfect for fans of The Adventures of Beekle, but absolutely NOT a good fit for fans of any other book. It’s a real specific niche audience. Have fun with your kids learning about a silly monster and a boy becoming friends, becoming enemies, and… becoming friends again? It’s almost too beautiful to hope for.

Movies:

Wednesday, September 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Summer Stock on the Silver Screen: Meet Me in Saint Louis
Judy Garland, Tom Drake, Margret O’Brien, and other names that aren’t Judy Garland so we don’t recognize them make this a musical that’s hard to beat! It’s about… singing mostly. St Louis probably comes up? But likely that’s a distant second to having attractive people with nice voices sing about life and love!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
All Guantanamo is Ours
The Cuban story of Guantanomo, as told by Cubans. Cuban perspectives on a US military base in their territory, occupied by the US since 1903 and used as a convenient point for extradition despite ostensibly being enemy territory. This is a free film screening followed by discussion. Learn more about a topic that you’ve likely got a real surface-level understanding of despite like a decade and a half of recognizing the name Guantanomo.
Friday, September 16th
Amherst Cinema [28 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
Cowboy Bebop is a fine show with some smooth as heck designs and a killer soundtrack that all the neat folks like. The movie isn’t as good as the show! But it’s fun! Plus it’s on a big screen. We like that Cowboy Bebop made the show’s universe feel large even though it was all in the Solar system. Kind of like Firefly. Kind of like Firefly in a LOT of ways!
Sunday, September 18th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
For the Love of Spock
A look at the late, great Leonard Nimoy and his most beloved character, Mr. Spock! Written and directed by Leonard Nimoy’s son Adam, and narrated by Zachary Quinto, it includes interviews with both the original cast members and the new series cast members! Spock is delightful. He’s so emotionless and cold except like every other scene. Students $4, Members $6, and general admission $8!

RPGs:

Saturday, September 17th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM
D&D Storm King’s Thunder GIANT ADVENTURE
An all-day D&D mega-adventure as you take part in a special excursion against the giants! It’s $20 per player for a full day of gaming including pizza and a soft drink. You need to register and pre-pay ASAP to guarantee a spot, though! There’s a limit of 15! Also, you shouldn’t fight giants they’re so big.
Sunday, September 18th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
7th Sea RPG
The 7th Sea RPG! Set sail and be an adventure-pirate! Wear your ruffliest shirt! RUFFLIER! Yes, now you’re ready. Buckle up your swashes and try to steer toward the fun-rogue side of piracy instead of the deprivation-and-terror side of things. Oh, although you could totally make this like a horror RPG, crew all slowly losing hope as food goes low and the wind dies, strange sounds below deck… oh! Or just straight up a Sunless Sea campaign!

Science:

Monday, September 12th
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo
The best thing you can possibly do with your night! It’s got the most charming and personable human being in the Valley hosting it so that’s a big draw and also this week they’re pairing Language and Weather, the Natural Couple That We All Agree Makes Sense! We’ve got linguist Brian Dillon talking about how we hear what we want to hear and then we’ve got weather enthusiast Jasper Lapienski talking about the local weather, using data going back hundreds of years! That’s right the Valley knew future nerds would want to know about the weather so they got on that quickly.

July 11th – July 17th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


So we had another wonderful time at the TopatoCo Drink and Draw last Wednesday!

The person doing the bar-tending turned out to be an artist too! Though working more in metal than in paper and pencil. Heather Beck makes absolutely awesome work, and also teaches classes! You can find her stuff here!

Like, check this out and say you don’t want to see more, it’s impossible:

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Speaking of artwork, you should check out local artist Elizabeth Popolo! Based on our extensive secret demographic survey of the Valley, we’re guessing a significant portion of our readers will think this image is extremely cute:

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Also OF COURSE we’ve been playing Pokemon Go and it’s imperfect and silly and not even really a whole game but it’s also delightful to see a bunch of people wandering around historical sites happily exclaiming and twirling around with their phones. It’s cute as heck and we love our little animal fight babies. Team Instinct forever!

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out 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, July 12th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Camp Odyssey – Animal Collages with author/illustrator Micha Archer
Create collages of an animal you love in its natural habitat! Local author/illustrator of Daniel Finds a Poem and generally excellent person Micha Archer will teach children how to make collage papers the way she does for her books! There’s a nonrefundable $5 supply fee, or you can get 2 kids in with the purchase of a book. Register NOW by calling 413-534-7307 or emailing kids@odysseybks.com!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Henna Tattoo Summer Crafts
Have fun with Henna! All ages are welcome to get this interesting plant-based temporary body art applied in complex, beautiful patterns! It’ll slowly fade as all your skin falls off. And is replaced. Like, the natural process of skin sloughing, not a horrific consequence of henna where your skin all falls off. Look this got out of hand the point is: pretty art for all ages! Yay!
Wednesday, July 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Lawn Concert by the Pangeans featuring Brian Bender
World music! You into it? If so, these musicians will have something you enjoy. Jazz, Samba, Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Funk, Afro-beat, Strange Quark wait sorry different list. If you don’t love world music but you do like to dance, good news! You’ll find all this music super danceable and great. There will be Sweet Spoken Bicycle Patisserie treats for sale as well!
Thursday, July 14th
Deerfield Community Center [3 W Deerfield St, Deerfield, WI 53531] at 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Woven Gardens: Floral Motifs and Decoration in on Early New England Bed Coverings
Huh. Real specific. Interesting though, we never really though about what exactly determined the motifs used in these sorts of items. Why not just idiosyncratic stuff distinct to your family? Why not animals? Which flowers? Now we’re going to be on Wikipedia all week.
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Studio Sessions in Emily Dickinson’s Bedroom
Enjoy an hour in Emily Dickinson’s creative space! Get inspired! You can bring a laptop and a power cord, but you can’t bring any writing implements beyond a pencil. Sessions are limited to one or two people, and the door will stay open so no funny business! Annnnd it’s $75 for one hour, and for that price we can only assume there’s some sort of hidden amulet in the room that grants you poetry powers? If you’d like to write in our living room we only charge $25 per hour!
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Yidstock
A huge festival celebrating Yiddish history and culture! There are far too many events to list here taking place over the whole weekend, from the 14th – 17th, so check out the site to find out more! http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/yidstock
Sunday, July 17th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
The Poet and the Bard
A tour giving deeper insight into the connections between Emily Dickinson and the famed playwright, exploring her journey from totally thinking he was terrible to being a huge fan and how that influenced her own work!

Books:

Tuesday, July 12th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Serena Burdick, Author of Girl in the Afternoon
Serena Burdick will present a fabulous debut novel of historical fiction about an impressionist artist and also mystery and war and drama and a lot of conflict and dang this sounds pretty excellent actually. Buy a copy and get it signed!
Thursday, July 14th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
YA Panel: Root for the Rookies!
The Jones Library and the Odyssey Bookshop present the YA panel, featuring Carrie Firestone, Karen Furtunati, Jennifer Mason-Black, Shannon Parker, and Rebecca Podos! Aspiring writers and YA junkies are encouraged to meet this flying squad of debut authors and also buy all their books because come on help an author out!

Card Games:

Friday, July 15th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:59 PM to 4:00 AM
Midnight Eldritch Moon PreRelease
Do you have a hankering for the Moon, but Eldritch style? Why not give this Magic: The Gathering pre-release event a shot! It’ll fulfill each and every moon-related request you might have. Also! The ACTUAL MOON will be out during this midnight pre-release, giving you an extra boost of power!
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:59 PM to 4:00 AM
Eldritch Moon PreRelease
Do you want
Saturday, July 16th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Eldritch Moon PreRelease
To play some excellent games of pre-release?
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Eldritch Moon PreRelease
Magic: the Gathering?
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Eldritch Moon PreRelease
Then there are some events this weekend
Sunday, July 17th
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
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Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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Entertainment:

Wednesday, July 13th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Yo-Yo Trick Demonstration
Join some friendly folks from A2Z as they showcase amazing yo-yo tricks from some of the best yo-yoists in the land! Learn some of the basics of how to throw them and why yo-yos in the modern area can spin so well! Spoiler: trapped ghosts.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Travelin’ Shoes: A Multi-Cultural Storytelling Extravaganza!
This extravaganza we can only imagine will be out of this danged world! We’re thinking probably a lot of different stories about travel, from various cultures?
Thursday, July 14th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Cupcake Wars
Cupcake War. Cupcake War never changes. It’s been years since the final Cupcake War. The Cupcake War to end all Cupcake Wars. We live with the aftermath. With the frosting. Decorate the best cupcake as decided by what we assume will be a subjective judging process and not a horrific protracted conflict, and win a prize!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dingers: The 101 Most Memorable Home Runs in Baseball History
Tommy Shea will talk about his book chronicling the 101 most memorable home runs, and he’ll talk about how they affected the game. Book signing to follow!
Saturday, July 16th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Creatures of Bliss and Mystery, a 19th Century Children’s Circus
An annual celebration of the memories of Emily Dickinson’s childhood “circus” with her niece and nephews! It’s going to feature performances and storytelling by TheatreTruck, a juggling workshop with the Ringmaster, a parade of the grounds, mini tours of the Emily Dickinson bedroom, readings by young writers, and gingerbread treats! And face painting! AND GOATS! All the necessities!

Movies:

Wednesday, July 13th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Movie Night at the GPL – Divergent
Movies at the GPL! Divergent is the story of a YA Novel protagonist finding love and community in an unexpected place set against the background of a dystopian future society! Also revolution, but like a family-friendly mostly bloodless revolution. It’s PG-13!
Saturday, July 16th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:45 PM
Hot Summer Saturday Movie Matinee: Million Dollar Baby
Hot, and also tired of not crying? Why not see this critically acclaimed but also VERY SAD film at the library! They have AC!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Book to Movie Club – Emma & Clueless
Book discussion of the classic work by Jane Austen followed by a screening of the classic movie about excellent fashion and timeless 90’s decisions about what constitutes coolness and also it’s basically Emma, Clueless!

Science:

Monday, July 11th
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo!
We’re back! And better than ever. See Julie Rose talk about philosophical zombies and John Vilk speak about digital preservation! It’ll be excellent and based on the fact we’ve not had to speak in public for the past two months you’ve got even odds of seeing our heart explode mid-intro so you know bring your slickers if you’re in the front row.
Thursday, July 14th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
ScienceTellers “Race Against Time!”
Join the science-tellers for a fast-paced adventure about science! Take part in a bunch of hands-on experiments that will help you learn about a bunch of scientific fundamentals like inertia, surface tension, and chemical reaction! Also, they’re going to involve a lot of explosions and such so it’ll be fun as all get out. Kids grades K – 5!
Saturday, July 16th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Tom Ricardi, “Birds of Prey”
Holy dang! Falcons! Predatory birds! The real-life Pokemon, except we suppose they’d mostly kill and eat the vast majority of Pokemon. Avian expert Tom Ricardi operates a rehab center for a variety of birds in Conway, MA. He showcases this, the coolest possible thing to do with your time, by giving lectures to people around New England! See some sweet as heck birds at the bookshop!
Sunday, July 17th
Normal Hall at Laurel Park [North King Street, Northampton MA 01060] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The Surprising Natural and Cultural History of Laurel Park by Laurie Sanders
Laurie Sanders, Naturalist and co-director of Historic Northampton, will present a slide presentation and guided walk as part of Chautauqua Weekend at Laurel Park!

July 4th – July 10th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Happy July 4th, true believers! Let this be the place where we say that no matter how cool it seems, putting any one or goodness forbid multiple of your extremely vulnerable appendages near a thing that explodes is a really bad idea! We can’t emphasize enough that the human body has a very slow update schedule and a lot of the well-known bugs, like a complete lack of protection from sudden concussive force and/or shrapnel, are still extant! Unless you’ve got a brand-new cyber-shell glistening with protective forcewebs, please do not explode things next to your body!

Why not celebrate the Fourth in the most patriotic way? By supporting your local creators! They need money in order to live, and it’s a good idea to provide them with it! Purchase Psy High by local Creator Rebecca Slitt on Steam while it’s on sale, and go to the Valley Creators Page to shop around for cool things!

Also don’t forget that there’s a great new Nerd Nite next Monday, 7pm-9pm at the World War 2 Club in Northampton. You can RSVP to it on the Facebook page! It’s going to focus on Philosophical Zombies and some awesome work on digital preservation!

We’ve also got some big news coming up later this week! It’s going to be so neat it will need a separate update!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Thursday, July 7th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Art Walk and Poetry Night
Join your friends at the Dickinson Museum for a night of culture! There will be art in the Homestead by Beverly Duncan and the students from the Hill Institute all night. Beverly Duncan is an award-winning botanical artist! There’s also a poetry open mic at 6pm, followed by readers Floyd Cheung and Gail Thomas,
Deerfield Community Center [3 W Deerfield St, Deerfield, WI 53531] at 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Summer Lecture Series: Flowers on the Frontier – The Bartram Family
Flora means plants! Learn more about the Bartram Family, scientists, gardeners, and artists in 18th-century New York! They sounds like interesting folks! The lecture will be given by Joel T. Fry, curator of Bartram’s Garden, and part of the John Bartram Association in Philadelphia. So there’s a possibility that Joel really likes Bartram!
Friday, July 8th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Do you love museums and also love not having to pay money to enter them? Stop burgling museums! That’s a crime! Instead, go to Free Second Friday for some fun activities and a free look at one of the most wonderful museums in Massachusetts!
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Mary Bliss Parsons: Accused Witch of Northampton, An Exhibition by Susan Montgomery
Mary Bliss Parsons was accused of witchcraft for a pretty standard set of reasons: she was an intelligent and successful woman who spoke her mind. In this exhibition, artist Susan Montgomery explores the accusations with a selection of watercolor paintings and a sculpture installation as well as some lino-cut print and historical documents. Also, the museum is actually located on the old Parsons family lot! Mary Bliss’s home was just a few hundred yards from the exhibition!

Board Games:

Thursday, July 7th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Board Game Afternoons
Board games are fun games that you can play in person with friends. Why not do so at the library? We highly recommend Cosmic Encounter because that’s just danged great, or you could play a game from the COIN series if you’d like to move into the library permanently.
Friday, July 8th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tabletop Game Night
Tabletop games! They mostly do Euro-style games, but they’re open to whatever. You should bring one you like! Also to be clear it’s the community room, which is nice, not just like the middle of a Burger King.
Sunday, July 10th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Heroclix!
Heroes that click! This week, why not try a team of only heroes whose powers originate from their eyeballs? All laser-eyes all the time. Or concussion-beam eyes! Or hypno-eyes? It’s usually lasers or hypnosis with eye-based superpowers.

Books:

Wednesday, July 6th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ariella Cohen, Sweet Breath of Memory
A debut novel! A reception with free Italian treats! All events should have free treats. Ariella Cohen will come to the Odyssey to present a deftly woven novel of several eras in the lives of four friends living in a picturesque New England town. But how would any author around here find inspiration for novels about friendly people from quaint New England towns?
Thursday, July 7th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Jungle Jim’s Reading Olympics
We know nothing about this event but the name so we’re imagining a sort of extreme sports event mixed with reading? Can you compete in street luge at the same time as you read War and Peace cover to cover?
Friday, July 8th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cara Black, Murder in the Quai
You need to RSVP for this event! You also need to buy a book from the bookshop to join the signing line! You can RSVP at 413-534-7307! Cara Black is coming to the Odyssey with a prequel to the beloved Aimee Leduc series! She dips back into the past of her heroine of 15 mysteries in order to show how she became such a super-cool detective!

Comic Books:

Wednesday, July 6th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St, Sunderland, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Comic Book Creations!
See Eric Fulford, an artist/education/comedian, bring comedy-storytelling-illustration to the library! The audience will get to invent the story of a comic book on the fly! There’s no limit to what can happen on the page! Maybe get really meta-textual with it, and make a comic about illustrator Eric Fulford going to a library to entertain kids with a comic he draws about Eric Fulford going to the library…
Sunday, July 10th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Comic Creator’s Jam
Are you an ink gremlin? A pencil cipher? Are you a color cleric? Why not join fellow artists to discuss art? Or just to hang out and play silly art games and chat. The crowd is friendly, the advice is useful, and the shop is pleasant. You need a $5 day-pass to attend, which instantly becomes store credit!

Computers:

Tuesday, July 5th
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Do you code? Create? Design? Make little web pages do the things that they’re supposed to do with some sort of summoning circle and a collection of eldritch salts? Why not speak with your fellow technomancers at a comfortable local bar?

Entertainment:

Tuesday, July 5th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cupcake Decorating (5+)
Creatively enjoy tiny tasty confectionery treats! Frost and decorate a cupcake in your favorite colors! There’s a $5 supply fee that you can’t refund no matter how much it wasn’t your child’s fault that they threw all of their supplies into a river. Or you can purchase a book to have up to 2 children attend! Pre-registration REQUIRED TODAY! Call 413-534-7307 or email kids@odysseybks.com to pre-register!
Wednesday, July 6th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Trish Moody-Bourbeau
Trish will be speaking about metal sculpting! Though a hairdresser by trade, Trish has been a part-time metal sculptor for four years, and has been making sculptures from found metal for a while! Hear her talk about presumably metal sculpting because otherwise it’d be a little weird they focused on that so much in the description.
Thursday, July 7th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Do you enjoy Star Wars? Did you somehow miss the new film? Now’s your chance to catch it! Also works if you want to catch it for the 18th time, we suppose!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime club! We’ve been playing enough Love Live on our phones that we feel very confident in recommending that you watch either subs or dubs, never flubs.
Saturday, July 9th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Summer Family Entertainment at the Village Commons with Roger Tincknell
Sing along with some fun, family-friendly songs performed by Roger Tincknell

Informational:

Tuesday, July 5th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Genealogy 101
Uncover your secret backstory with the magic of Genealogy, along with genealogist Kris Schramel!
Wednesday, July 6th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Misfits: Asperger’s/Autism Young Adult Support Group
A support group for people with Asperger’s or Autism, as well as their friends and family. Get together with other people and share your experiences!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Designing for Climate Change in Your Backyard
Ashley Schenk will help you produce a garden that doesn’t die in the coming Mad Max future. He’s a homesteader and landscape designer who can teach you to develop effective and resilient systems that will help you grow food, reduce your energy usage, and keep your local ecology healthy!
Thursday, July 7th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Information Session: Simmons College Graduate Study in Children’s Literature at the Carle
Interested in children’s literature as a potential career? Learn about the program at the Carle, our own local center of kid lit geniuses!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Free Lunch Program for Children up to Age 18
Any child from birth to age 18 is eligible to receive a free lunch at Palmer Public Library Wednesdays and Thursdays starting July 7th!

Movies:

Tuesday, July 5th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Lego Scooby Doo! Haunted Hollywood
Scooby Doo is a series that sometimes produces weirdly joyful things like a sequence where John Cena saves the mystery-solving teens from a boulder and sometimes is one of the least interesting shows to have ever existed. Is this movie good? Maybe! Will it probably entertain a child? Likely.
Wednesday, July 6th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Sex, Dating, and the Media: Weekly Movies for Teens
Are you a teen? Mitigate the unending terror of teendom with this group! Watch a film, talk about sex and dating and all of the things that you 100% need to know more about but which are also super awkward to discuss! It will be a fun time, seriously!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Summer Stock on Silver Screen
See Summer Holiday at Forbes! Rouben Mamoulian directs an adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s Ah Wilderness. It stars Mickey Rooney and Gloria DeHaven…. IN COLOR! Afterward, you can talk about the role of the director in the time of the Movie Factory.
Saturday, July 9th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Hot Summer Saturday Movie Matinee: When the Game Stands Tall
An inspiring sports story movie based on a true story! That’s basically a genre by now.

RPGs:

Thursday, July 7th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Indie RPG Night
Do you enjoy the strange, the odd, the exciting, the not another danged D20 based game? Give an indie RPG a try! They’re interesting, they’re fun, they’re often local! Sometimes local creators even come by to show you the ropes! We got to play one RPG before it came out and help play-test it and we still feel cool about that. You need a $5 day-pass to attend, which instantly becomes store credit!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPG club! Your chance to put on a new personality! Try role-playing someone completely unlike you, unlock heretofore unknown aspects of your personality!

June 13th – June 19th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


JiffyCon was a ton of fun! It was possibly the most tiny and focused con we have ever had the pleasure of attending. It feels like we’re insulting it to talk about the size but we legitimately think we can say that of every convention experience available this is the one for folks who are super into tabletop games, particularly indie RPGs. It was literally nothing but a series of chances to play either brand-new or in-development games, often with the creators themselves!

We got to get almost murdered by ghosts in Murderous Ghosts by D. Vincent Baker which to be frank was unexpected! See, we expected to be murdered by ghosts. Then we had a great time playing Epic Bronze Age Horrible Heroes in Heart of Bronze, a tiny game by Joshua A.C. Newman. It all ended in flame and terror and punches and a volcano, as mythic conflicts are wont to.

In the morning while we were at the table and spending a bit of time working, we also got a chance to speak with some great folks from Glowlime, and play some of their more recent games! They turn out impressive work under what we can only describe as extremely difficult schedules, and we can’t wait to see more of their finished products!

It was a great time and we cannot emphasize enough what a rare treat it is to play these games and at the same time see them taking shape underneath your feet. Thank you to everyone involved with JiffyCon for letting us set up our comically tiny little table with an embarrassing overabundance of flyers! We hope everyone who needed local event info got it, and everyone from out of town thought “Wow, what a hard worker. That sign made of two short-box tops is cute and definitely not super ugly looking!”

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out 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:

Saturday, June 18th
Smith College, Neilson Library Browsing Room [Northampton, MA 01063] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The Story of the Hestia Mural
You know that mural downtown that depicts the history of women in Northampton? It’s real nice, and educational. It was created by a group called the Hestia Art Collective with the aim of bringing the contributions of women back into the public eye. You can hear the full story of who, what, why, and how from some of the people who made it happen!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St., Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:30 AM to 12:30pm
Make Your Own Dichroic Fused Glass Pendants
No longer do you need to hunt down and trap an ancient Lich to unlock the secret! Learn how to use the tools you need to create awesome art and make your own pendants! Deenie Pacik will teach her techniques to guests ages 8 and up! There’s a limit of 30 participants, so please register at 413-420-8101!
Sunday, June 19th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Yiddish Fight Club
Curator Eddy Portnoy shares the story behind the oft-ignored history of Jewish boxers and wrestlers and the colorful Yiddish slang of that worl! Portnoy is a senior research at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, where this exhibit was first presented.

Board Games:

Sunday, June 19th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Dicemasters 101
Dicemasters! A game about throwing dice and then figuring out who won. It’s similar to a lot of games in that sense, but it also has special little packs of dice with weird images and such on them that you can buy, and that seems fun. It’s always pleasing to have a die with the ability to roll “explosion” and “Wolverine”. Learn how to play this game with the friendly folks at Modern Myths!

Books:

Monday, June 13th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Tiny Book Making Workshop
Not a tiny workshop about making books, a workshop about making tiny books! Adorable little babby books! There’s also the accompaning Tiny Book Show, which again is a large exhibit of many small books, not a small exhibit of normal sized books. Gosh this looks real cute. Stop by any time to look and learn!
Wednesday, June 15th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing
The Odyssey welcomes an extraordinary debut author to their shop! Homegoing is a sweeping epic encompassing three hundred years in Ghana, and winds up becoming a truly great American novel as well. Beautiful, sad, monumental, worth reading! Buy a book at the shop and get it signed!
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Nautilus II: Journal of Poetry and Art by Young Mothers Studying at the Care Center
The 14th edition of the annual journal of art and poetry by the young mothers at the Care Center is ready for release! Come buy a copy for the event and experience some excellent readings from the collection!
Saturday, June 18th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Experience the Book Event: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Come to GPL to experience Percy Jackson’s Summer Camp Party! Children 7 and up are invited to interact for an hour with some demigods just hanging out and having a rad time at summer camp. It is your job to ensure your kid doesn’t accidentally eat anything that traps them in Hades 6 months of the year!
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
April YA Panel: Jennifer Mason-Black, Lori Goldstien, Trisha Leaver
We’re not entirely sure why this is called the “April YA Panel”. One possibility is that they’re trying to throw people off the scent of this June event. Possibly there’s a bounty hunter on their tail? Either way here’s a chance to see three exciting YA authors discuss the business and creative ends of YA fiction! The panel features Jennifer Mason-Black, Lori Goldstein, and Trisha Leaver!

Card Games:

Saturday, June 18th
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant St., #B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Eternal Masters PPTQ
The Eternal Masters return. They have always been here, really. They are Eternal, after all. They’ve been observing us. And now… now comes the Pretty Powerful Terrible Quiet. We enjoyed speaking, while it lasted. That or it’s a Magic the Gathering thing. We’re honestly never really certain which events are Magic events and which are you know magic events. Either way, exciting!

Computers:

Monday, June 13th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
CHEF! Monthly Full Stack Meetup
Fraser Pollock, the Solution Architect (much less fun than being the Problem Architect) at CHEF will be joing the meetup to talk about their product! They do IT Automation, which is probably useful to a lot of folks!
Thursday, June 16th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Intro to Computers: The Internet
Are you a regular surfster? You maybe don’t need these tips. Probably someone you know could totally use these tips though! Learn how to use the internet safely, how to pick a browser, and … well it says “internet culture” but we’re hoping that that’s a euphemism for “the less terrible parts about internet culture”.

Entertainment:

Monday, June 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
What to Say, and How to Say It
Western Mass SCORE presents a free workshop about how to create Good Content for your Social Marketing Sphere that will Engage The Singularity and Bring About the Final Collapse of the Scattered Beings into the Beautiful Oneness of All-Knowing. Also they’ll show you some useful apps! You need to pre-reg at http://www.westernmassachusetts.score.org/localworkshops!
Wednesday, June 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
The O-Tones Perform
Hot, cool, and everything in between, the O-Tones have the music you need to dance the night away!
Thursday, June 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
Grace Coolidge as the First Lady of Baseball? It’s more likely than you think! Join Archivist Julie Bartlett Nelson and Information Services Assistant Dylan Gaffney to find out more about how Grace Coolidge was a big deal for Baseball!
Saturday, June 18th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Frozen Princess Party
Join Princess Elsa, the only Disney princess who is also a mutant with ice powers, for singalongs, stories, and pictures! Anna will also be there! Wait, Anna’s also a princess, right? We’re not 100% on the movie or frankly the mechanics of what constitutes a Disney princess. Costumes are encouraged and adorable!

RPGs:

Saturday, June 18th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Free RPG Day
Do you like role-playing games but have an aversion to paying for things? Wow, this is a weird coincidence. We have literally the perfect event for you. What are the odds of that, right? Hunh. Well, it’s a fun day full of RPGs at Modern Myths and you don’t gotta pay for none of it, so it is basically impossible to be disappointed by this event. Have a good time!

Science:

Tuesday, June 14th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Natural History Walking Tour of Historic Northampton
Join naturalist Laurie Sanders for a walking tour during your lunch hour! Space is limited, so be sure to pre-register at lsanders@historicnorthampton.org. There’s a suggested donation of $5 if you’re a member, $10 if you aren’t. If you’re feeling generous though feel free to gift them a new wing or a 5-year research grant.
Wednesday, June 15th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday Wizards Science Fun
Learn Science! Do an Activity! Read a Book! All this and exactly this and not a single thing more and you’ll dang well like it at Wednesday Wizards Science Fun!

Video Games:

Thursday, June 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Minecraft Club
Minecraft exists. If you have children, they have already exhaustively informed you of the ways of this game. Get them out of the house for a bit to see if they can make new friends via the medium of excitedly explaining Minecraft to each other!

March 28th – April 3rd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Hello and welcome to a Nerd Watch that has like 900 Magic: the Gathering events. If you’ve got a spare $70 and you’re good at MtG, this is the weekend for you to take some rubes to school for fabulous prizes.

We also wanted to highlight a couple things happening next week up here so as to emphasize their importance. First of all, we’ve been remiss about featuring events from the Holyoke Public Library on account of our not including it in our bookmark list. Well, it’s on the list now because one of the wonderful friends of the Library reached out to us about an event happening Saturday, April 9th. Mini Golf in the Library! It’ll be open to all, there are going to be food trucks outside, and you’ll experience the illicit thrill of doing an outdoor activity indoors.

We were kind of charmed by the fact that they specifically made a little flyer that says “Special Invitation to Nerd Watch Families & Friends”. We aren’t 100% certain but probably the current list of “Nerd Watch Families” includes ourselves and our mom but it is very nice to have someone reach out to our ever-expanding audience.

Next up is someone who actually got in touch with us months ago, an artist taking part in producing the comic book anthology Artists against Police Brutality, or APB. They’re going to be hosting a dialogue and exhibition at Comics N’ More also on Saturday, April 9th from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, during the Easthampton Bookfest and also during the Art Walk Easthampton. It’s like planets aligning. Local artists featured in the collection as well as the publisher will be on hand to present and discuss their work. All proceeds from the collection go towards the Innocence Project, which is a solid charity doing good work.

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Thursday, March 31st
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Predicated Internationalism: ‘Peripheries’ and the Global Work of Art
Caroline Jones, a Professor in the Department of Architecture at MIT, studies modern and contemporary art with a focus on its technological means of production, distribution, and reception. She’ll tell you things about contemporary art that you probably would not be able to figure out on your own, which’ll be cool! Free and open to all.
Saturday, April 2nd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Honey I Shrunk My Art!
A little workshop to take children through the idea of shrinking down art via heating! They’ll put plastic art designs in toaster overs to see them shrink, and check out a bit of the chemistry behind it! Also presumably they’ll be told over and over again to not light tons of plastic things on fire in the toaster once they get home.

Board Games:

Saturday, April 2nd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Here Kitty Kitty! Launch!
Here Kitty Kitty is a game about the innate human desire to possess as many cats as physically possible. We all get it, right? That urge to take so many cats into your domicile that your home turns into more of a sort of drywall mech suit piloted by dozens of cats? This is a quick game for 3-6 players where you try to lure cats and steal them form your neighbors! It also have hundreds of tiny rubber cats which seem adorable.
Sunday, April 3rd
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Heroclix!
Heroclix! Fight little miniatures against each other. This week we suggest you team Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman up and pit them against the deep pit of existential despair that has opened up at WB in the wake of Batman Vs Uperman!

Books:

Wednesday, March 30th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
John Hadden: Conversations with a Masked Man
For forty years John Hadden and his dad, also John Hadden, fought over a ton of issues concerning America. The older John was haunted by his CIA career, the younger John retreated to Vermont to direct Shakespeare. But he came back to confront his dad one last time, this time with a tape recorder. Come hear a candid, deeply personal history of the CIA, and speak with the author afterward!
Friday, April 1st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson International Society
Converse about the poems of the great local poet Emily Dickinson! Contact Lois Kackley at 413-230-9733 for more info.

Card Games:

Saturday, April 2nd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:00 AM to 5:30 AM
Shadows Over Innistrad Pre-Release
It’s that time of year again, when we see vampires in the alleyways and werewolves on the highways. That’s right, it’s almost April 1st! Come to Modern Myths to play the newest Magic: The Gathering expansion, which is full of creepy cards and spooky… special… stuff. Win prizes for your play! No word on cost, but these things are usually around $20 to enter, with some guaranteed packs.
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Shadows Over Innistrad Pre-Release
The same thing as the other pre-release event happening at Modern Myths only for this one a vampire will not charge into the store and drain all of your blood. Vampires can’t stand the sun! That’s science.
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00 AM to 4:00 AM
Shadows Over Innistrad Pre-Release
For just a $20 entry fee you can fight with the most up-to-date MtG cards! This entry fee does not include food! So eat up beforehand. We recommend you try Mapo Tofu. It’s not that hard to make, and if you take the time to grab Schezuan Peppers oh word is it nice. There are four rounds, and probably prizes!
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Shadows Over Innistrad Pre-Release
This is basically the same thing as the midnight pre-release only it’s a $25 entry fee, but that includes a free pizza lunch! Free pizza! Wow! And depending on your ability to distract your fellow players, that could be a lot of pizza.
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Shadows Over Innistrad Pre-Release
Third time’s the charm! This is also a $25 entry fee, with a free pizza dinner. The one caveat is that if you’ve already played the previous two events a being of smoke will arise from the cards and demand your eternal fealty. We recommend you agree! The being seems super scary.
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant St. #B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 AM to 5:00 AM
Shadows Over Innistrad Pre-Release
This one is basically the same as you’ve seen before but it’s at a nice store in Amherst! Also, rumor has it that the cards in this one actually spit out real magical beasts like in Yu-Gi-Oh so that’ll be neat! $25 for entry, with prize support!
Sunday, April 3rd
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Shadows Over Innistrad Pre-Release
Same as Saturday, only you will be facing off against agents of the Eternal Guard, sent back in time to the one moment pre-Fracture that may be the key to saving all of history.
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Shadows Over Innistrad Pre-Release
Same as Saturday, only you’ll face agents of the Great Void Beneath, whose sole purpose is to drain what vitality they can from the past before erasing our future with alchemical fire.

Entertainment:

Monday, March 28th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Trustees’ Tea
Join the Goodwin Memorial Library Trustees for tea and refreshments, then learn more about the future of the library! You’ll see plans for the proposed new library, learn more about what programs and services the library offers, and you can get involved! Make your library better!
Wednesday, March 30th
Palmer Public Library at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt
We actually don’t know a ton about Eleanor Roosevelt! She seems like a pretty interesting character, though. Got a heck of a lot done as a First Lady, worth knowing more about.
Thursday, March 31st
Palmer Public Library at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Say hello to the fine folks at Palmer and watch some anime! We gotta admit we don’t really watch a bunch but we totally did watch FLCL as high school kids and they’re making a new series? TWO new series? Wild. Could be neat!

Movies:

Tuesday, March 29th
Mead Art Musuem [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:15 PM to 6:00 PM
Film Screening: Zanele Muholi’s “Difficult Love”
A powerful documentary film about the lives, loves, and struggles of black lesbians in South Africa. The screening is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception and discussion.
Northampton High School [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
The Matrix – Free Film + Q&A
The Matrix! It was a pretty cool movie that we liked a bunch as kids that did feature a whole lot more murdering than we think generally is considered “summer blockbuster fun” but man it was interesting, well worth a re-watch. Also, Valley Local and Academy Award Winner Diane Pearlman will give a short talk about her work on The Matrix as VFX Producer which is awesome!
Saturday, April 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Movie Sangha – Born Free
Film and interactive making sense of said film via activities. Sounds like a neat enough time. Might be doing Movie Yoga? Not sure what that entails. Imagining them projecting a move on our flanks whilst we pose and frankly have just become quite incensed. The movie’s a classic about a couple of British folks helping a lioness they raised in captivity to adapt to the wild and run free.
Sunday, April 3rd
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
The Muses of Bashevis Singer
Bashevis Singer was a Polish-born Nobel-winning author who exclusively wrote in Yiddish. But he also got translated into a bunch of languages, mostly with the help of a big team of female translators! This is an exploration of the inspiration he drew from these under-appreciated muses, as well as a celebration of a great author. The filmmaker, Asaf Galay, will be available to answer audience questions after the film!

RPGs:

Thursday, March 31st
Palmer Public Library at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Join your friends at the Palmer to play an RPG! We’re not certain if they’re already hip-deep in something, but we’re sure they’d be glad to write your character in! Adventure! Roll dice! Develop elaborate superstitions about how best to roll dice!
Friday, April 1st
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Rd., Chesterfield, MA] at 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Magestry LARP 2016 Spring Season – Game 1
A New Year dawns! The town of Elmerton awakes from the slumber of winter faced with new challenges… and new opportunities! Carzon has been defeated and his Broch demolished, which means that there’s time to focus on the ever-growing power of the Mongrel Shadow Queen, and to wrest control of their dreams back from the Dreamweaver! Planting and just like general subsistence farming once again takes a back seat. Check out the Meetup or Magestry.com for more info!
Saturday, April 2nd
Pizzeria Paradiso [12 Crafts Ave., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
MES Changeling: The Lost Game
Come hang with the Pioneer Valley Geeks and Gamers in the private room of the Pizzeria Paradiso to play this classic RPG about mysterious magic and creatures beyond our knowledge! The setting appears to be a magical world experiencing climate change! Join the Meetup to RSVP!

Science:

Monday, March 28th
Union Station [125 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SciTech Cafe: Engineering Plant Defenses to Fight Cancer
Come to another delightful SciTech Cafe to learn about the wonderful world of plant-life! How do they protect themselves? How can we exploit their ability to protect themselves in order to protect ourselves? How can we protect ourselves from the inevitable retaliation these clever plants unleash upon we theiving mammals? Professor Susan Roberts – head of Chemical Engineering at WPI – will explain!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Genealogy Research Clinic
Dave Robison will wrap up the March genealogy series with the second of two clinics in the Computer Classroom! Get a guided tour of how to figure out how it is you can trick the Protectorate into designating your Interim Steward of the Court of Leaves as part of your brilliant deceit! Call to pre-register at 413-420-8107!
Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College [893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Trans Temporality and the Coloniality of Gender
Dr. Marie Draz, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at San Diego State University, will come speak about how the state deploys temporal narratives in the administration of gender identity. It sounds like something that will help you develop a better understanding of the world.
Saturday, April 2nd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Bran-Bread Philosopher: Sylvester Graham and the Science of Human Life
Oh gosh, folks. This guy. This guy was so frigging odd and also kind of great. He was a scientist in the loosest of senses, and he really really enjoyed the idea of a bland as heck diet as a cure-all. Also founded the American Vegetarian Society! An interesting and weirdly influential character from the Valley that you should learn more about.

Video Games:

Tuesday, March 29th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Minecraft Group
Minecraft is that game that will eventually replace all interaction with human beings. Turns out the Matrix was mostly right, it just had the resolution way off. Bring your own machine or use a library one, but be sure to have your own login! Kids can explore and collaborate, punching trees in this virtual wonderland!
Sunday, April 3rd
The Quarters [8 Railroad St., Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY – GDC Recap Starring Elliott Mitchell
Elliott Mitchell is a Vermont game dev community pioneer who has come to our fair Valley to discuss the always exceptional GDC! He founded Vermont Digital Arts, and co-organizes the Boston Unity Group. He’s also got a ton of cool VR dev stuff. He’ll talk the latest and neatest in game dev news!