Programming

April 24th – April 30th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We’re going on vacation! BUT because we’re frankly astounding and dedicated and very pretty and dogs like us, they just know we’re putting together a bunch of pre-made Nerd Watches! They’re distinguishable from the normal ones because they all have this up top and they’re all filled with “from the description:” because we had to do 88 individual events and danged that is just a heck of a thing.

And because Liz Popolo is our only current Platinum Ultra Level Patreon Supporter, we’re gonna link her site here: check it out! It’s great, she’s a great artist and you should give her money!

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 25th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Teen Craft Night
Craft, teens! Craft to your heart’s content!
Wednesday, April 26th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
A Conversaton with Artist Vitaly Komar
From the description: “Join Russian-born conceptual artist Vitaly Komar for a conversation with Henry Steele Commager Professor and Professor of Russian Art Stanley Rabinowitz about Amherst’s renowned Thomas P. Whitney, Class of 1937, Collection of Russian Art; Russian art and culture in the United States since the 1970s; and the experience of being a Russian émigré artist. The talk will be followed by a reception at the Mead. All are welcome to attend!”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Needle Felting and Fiber Crafts
From the description: “We’ll start with simple shapes and learn how to join them together. I’ll show how to sculpt faces and embellish figures. Some rough knitting wools like Lopi can be added. You can also embellish wool clothing with needle felting. The library will supply some wool. Additional supplies (foam work base and felting needles may be available for purchase at the library or New England Felting Supply in Easthampton.” make stuff with felt!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
ZIIIIINES! ZINES ZINES ZINES! Zines are the magazines of the future and the past! They’re the magazines of right now! They’ve always been inside you! Your organs are all zines!
Thursday, April 27th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Friends of the Greenfield Public Library Annual Poetry Contest
We assume this is just a place where you shout your poetry as loud as you can until someone tells you you win.
Saturday, April 29th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Explore Music and Sound! Presented by UMass Music Educators
From the description: “Join students from the Umass Department of Music Education for a “found sounds” activity all about making music with everyday objects and “finding sounds.””

Board Games:

Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Weekly Board Game Night
Board games at Modern Myths! It’s always an amazing time with extremely nice people to play with or against and a wide variety of games to try!

Books:

Tuesday, April 25th
Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College [Lower Lake Rd South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Amy Goodman/Democracy Now!: The Enemy Is Not The Enemy Tour
From the site: “In 1996 Amy Goodman began hosting a show on Pacifica Radio called Democracy Now! to focus on the issues and movements that are too often ignored by the corporate media. Today Democracy Now! is the largest public media collaboration in the US, broadcasting on over 1,400 public television and radio stations around the world, with millions accessing it online at DemocracyNow.org. Now Amy, along with her journalist brother, David, and co-author Denis Moynihan, share stories of the heroes—the whistleblowers, the organizers, the protesters—who have brought about remarkable change.” Democracy Now’s a cool show. You can listen to it on 91.1 WMUA and 103.3 VFR!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Ware’s Boys of Summer: Book Talk with Stephen Katz
Learn about those boys, those delightful boys in Ware! They’re here for summer and the party’s just geting started!
Wednesday, April 26th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Jessica Shattuck, The Women in the Castle
From the site: “In one of the finest examples of historical fiction in recent years, Jessica Shattuck gives the reader a more complex understanding of what civilians experience living under an oppressive and cruel regime, as well as the shattered civil society that remains after the war has ended.”
Saturday, April 29th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Independent Bookstore Day at the Odyssey Bookshop!
From the site: “There will be light refreshments in the morning, a bonus gift with every purchase over $50, and giveaways throughout the day. Win additional prizes by participating in our bookstore scavenger hunt! Winners will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift certificate to The Odyssey. Also, don’t forget to stop by our “shelfie” station to take the perfect IBD selfie while posing with your favorite book!” Gifts! Books! Delight! Wonder! What more could a person ask for?

Card Games:

Friday, April 28th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic BOOSTER DRAFT
From their description: “Your $16 entry fee includes MA sales tax, and purchases 3 Booster packs to draft with and adds 1 pack of the current set to the prize pool. Everyone who completes the event will receive at least 1 prize pack, with extra packs (donated by Modern Myths) and special promotiona” Play MTG, support a great local shop!

Community:

Wednesday, April 26th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Law Enforcement Panel
From the description: “Panel discussion on community policing with law enforcement officials and activists including Northampton Police Chief Jody Kasper; Hampshire County Sheriff Patrick Cahillane; Don Perry, local activist and founder of Project Operation Change; and Laura Briggs, chair of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst.”

Computers:

Tuesday, April 25th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Drop-In Technology Help
Having technology issues? Then get some assistance! It’s never a bad idea to ask for help with annoying tech things? Did you know that people as intelligent and well-read as us have found out a full YEAR later that the reason the TV wasn’t connecting to the computer was that we plugged the HDMI cable into the wrong place? And we’re to clarify we’re NOT just incredibly bad with technology despite how that fact makes us seem.
Saturday, April 29th
Holyoke Community College [303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke, MA] at 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
PodCamp 2017
Tickets are just $15 for students, $40 plus $3.19 fee for the rest of us. The after party is free but requires a free ticket. From the website: What is Podcamp? PodCamp is an un-conference about social media and online marketing, where we can all share and learn in an open environment. Anyone with something to contribute and a desire to learn is welcome to join. PodCamp isn’t just about podcasting! If you’re interested in blogging, social media, social networking, podcasting, video on the net or just someone curious about new media, then please join us. Go to the Podcamp site to register! http://www.podcampwm.org/

Kids:

Thursday, April 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
LEGO Club! Build things and play with them around other kids! Ages 5 and up!

Movies:

Friday, April 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Coraline
Coraline is a really scary movie! Discuss the book that it was based on and the movie itself! It’s a really good film!

RPGs:

Thursday, April 27th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
New players welcome! Old players welcome! Harpsichord players welcome! Speaking of: play a Bard, everyone! They’re always the most fun.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play RPGs with some people! They’re going to be great and so are you!

April 17th – April 23rd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We’re going on vacation! BUT because we’re frankly astounding and dedicated and very pretty and dogs like us, they just know we’re putting together a bunch of pre-made Nerd Watches! They’re distinguishable from the normal ones because they all have this up top and they’re all filled with “from the description:” because we had to do 88 individual events and danged that is just a heck of a thing.

And because Liz Popolo is our only current Platinum Ultra Level Patreon Supporter, we’re gonna link her site here: check it out! It’s great, she’s a great artist and you should give her money!

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 18th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Public Lecture: Slave Life in the Roman Luxury Villa with Professor Lauren Hackworth Petersen
From the description: “Enslaved people were everywhere in the world of ancient Rome. Yet visitors to sites along the Bay of Naples walk through a landscape that appears untouched by slavery. Scholars and tourists alike have been trained to recognize owners and the free in the archaeological record of ancient Italy and to overlook and “un-see” slaves living and laboring in the same place. In her book, The Material Life of Roman Slaves (co-authored with Sandra Joshel), Dr. Lauren Hackworth Petersen seeks to make slaves appear or, more accurately, searches for ways to see them – to make slaves visible where evidence tells us they were in fact present. In her lecture, Dr. Petersen will discuss slavery in ancient Rome and explore the presence of the enslaved at Villa A at Oplontis.”
Wednesday, April 19th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Earth, Wing, and Spirit: Roland Gregoire Artist Reception
We’re reading this as a sort of RPG quest. Someone’s going to ask you to create a potion made of rare metals, an albatross, and a captured ghost.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Needle Felting and Fiber Crafts
From the description: “We’ll start with simple shapes and learn how to join them together. I’ll show how to sculpt faces and embellish figures. Some rough knitting wools like Lopi can be added. You can also embellish wool clothing with needle felting. The library will supply some wool. Additional supplies (foam work base and felting needles may be available for purchase at the library or New England Felting Supply in Easthampton.” make stuff with felt!
Thursday, April 20th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Academic & Co-Curricular Engagement at the College Art Museum: The View from Harvard
From the description: “Imagine innovative ways to connect with the Mead as Dr. David Odo, director of Student Programs and research curator of University Collections Initiatives at Harvard University Art Museums, shares the exciting results of his latest projects. All are welcome to attend!” In many ways this is the least effective lyric of “Imagine”.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
Informal conversation, show and tell, and some cookies!
Friday, April 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Reception for Whitney C. Robbins “Akin II”
Whitney Robbins creates artwork about people and animals and it is good artwork you should see and also sometimes did you know receptions have cheese? It’s nice.
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
From the description: “Discussion series participants are accustomed to close reading of Dickinson’s poems from literary, biographical, and historical perspectives. But what new understandings can be gained by applying other modern critical lenses? Part 1 of this two-part session will include a brief introduction to critical theory and a reading of several poems based on sociological approaches, particularly gender (feminist) and class (Marxist).”
Saturday, April 22nd
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Earth Day Arts and Crafts!
From the site: “Help celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd! The Odyssey will be helping kids make an Earth Day Coffee Filter Suncatcher to hang in a window. Children can learn about the earth by listening to stories as they paint their suncatchers. Kids can then stand back and admire the beauty of the work which is a perfect time to remind children of the responsibility we all have of keeping the Earth clean. Suggested for ages 3-7.” But for insurance, teach your kids how to drive muscle-cars and create themed post-apocalyptic survivalist societies too.
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Color Your World with Pastels (teens and adults)
Teens! Adults! People in that weird middle area we all call “twedulteens”! Come color using pastels and feel a sense of gentle ease that can only come with colors that are a bit brighter than a lot of colors you see. It’s delightful!
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Silverpoint: A Demonstration and Talk by Jerermiah Patterson, University of Hartford
From the site: “Jeremiah Patterson of the University of Hartford will offer a demonstration and presentation on the art of silverpoint drawing in conjunction with the exhibition En Pointe: Silverpoint (Drawing from History). He will explain the materials involved and techniques used to make these works of art, from the emptiness of a blank sheet of paper to a final image made of silver toned marks.” learn something about artwork!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Explore Music and Sound! Presented by UMass Music Educators
From the description: “Join students from the Umass Department of Music Education for a “found sounds” activity all about making music with everyday objects and “finding sounds.””

Board Games:

Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Weekly Board Game Night
Board games at Modern Myths! It’s always an amazing time with extremely nice people to play with or against and a wide variety of games to try!

Books:

Tuesday, April 18th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children’s Book Writers Group
From the description: “Adults who write for children are invited to attend a critique group in the Greenfield Room the third Tuesday of each month from 6 to 8 pm. The group will be facilitated by Nell Wright. Participants will discuss skills, share tips and opportunities for development, and read and discuss their stories. For more information, call Jane at the library at 413-772-1544 x 5120”
Wednesday, April 19th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hannah Tinti, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
From the site: “Samuel Hawley isn’t like the other fathers in Olympus, Massachusetts. A loner who spent years living on the run, he raised his beloved daughter, Loo, on the road, moving from motel to motel, always watching his back. Now that Loo’s a teenager, Hawley wants only to give her a normal life. In his late wife’s hometown, he finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at the local high school.” A gripping premise!
Friday, April 21st
Holyoke Community College Library [303 Homestead Ave Holyoke, MA 01040] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Barry Lyga, Bang
From the site: “Sebastian Cody did something horrible, something no one–not even Sebastian himself–can forgive. At the age of four, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father’s gun.” A decade later he’s dealing with the desire to escape the pain that has followed him his entire life.

Card Games:

Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic BOOSTER DRAFT
From their description: “Your $16 entry fee includes MA sales tax, and purchases 3 Booster packs to draft with and adds 1 pack of the current set to the prize pool. Everyone who completes the event will receive at least 1 prize pack, with extra packs (donated by Modern Myths) and special promotiona” Play MTG, support a great local shop!

Comic Books:

Monday, April 17th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Queers in Comics and Games
Meet up with a bunch of friendly people and discuss queer representation in comics and games of all sorts! A great moderated discussion where you can get to know intelligent and personable local folks!

Community:

Thursday, April 20th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Categorical Clutter Control with Jenna Elliot
Learn how to control your clutter! Everyone accrues things, but not everyone’s good at getting rid of them! Get some help getting rid of the cruft in your life.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Introduction to Stony Brook Jail and House of Correction
From the description: “Sgt. Henry LaFortune’s presentation, “Introduction to Stony Brook Jail and House of Correction”. There will also be a display of items made by residents in the welding section of the House of Correction.
Sunday, April 23rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Socialist Equality Party
From the description: “A presentation on the danger of world war posed by the administration of President Donald Trump and the role that the Democratic Party has played in paving the way for his dangerous agenda of war abroad and domestic repression at home.”

Computers:

Tuesday, April 18th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Debugging Node.js – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
From the description: “Java programmers take interactive debuggers for granted, but many JavaScripters are not even aware they exist. Not only do debuggers exist for JavaScript, they are more powerful & easy to use than ever! In this talk we’ll go over debugger basics (breakpoints, watch expressions, etc.) and learn to set up and use an integrated debugger in Node.js” Get better at Javascript!
Thursday, April 20th
Inresonance Inc [30 Industrial Dr. E, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
April 2017 Western Mass Drupal Users Group Meeting
From the description: “Our April Drupal Group will be at Inresonance. Post here any subjects you’d like to present on or hear from someone else about. We can talk about what we learned at https://nerdsummit.org/ as well as what we are looking forward to at Drupalcon (for those going) which starts April 24 https://events.drupal.org/baltimore2017”
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WordPress Developers and Admins
From the description: “Bring us your current problems and we’ll use groupthink to try to solve them. If you have a laptop to demonstrate your issue, bring it and we’ll plug you into the projector… Come and tell us your ups, down and experiences with web hosts.” Host better sites!

Kids:

Tuesday, April 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Kids Craft Club
Craft! Kids! Don’t craft kids, that is, craft when you’re a kid!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Kids Craft Club
Kids and crafting! Craft up a fun time with your friends!
Wednesday, April 19th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Minecraft Club
Minecraft! Build, fight zombies, raise pigs! It’s all good.
Thursday, April 20th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Youth Spring Bingo
Spring into bingo, the sport for youths! K-5th grade!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
LEGO Club! Build things and play with them around other kids! Ages 5 and up!
Saturday, April 22nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Scientific Kids Club
From the description: “Join Ralph & Steven as they do soil science activities! Register by calling 413-587-1010 or filling out the online registration form here! http://goo.gl/forms/nz3q9XParBJqzuoO2”

Movies:

Tuesday, April 18th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Family Movie Night: Sing!
See that movie about a society full of walking talking animals of all sorts! No, not that one. No, not that classic one. No not the more recent one. No it’s not… no no no it’s the one where there’s a sort of American Idol competition!
Saturday, April 22nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Film Screening: Arrival
Arrival is a pretty good movie about aliens! It’s a good movie to watch, give it a shot!

RPGs:

Thursday, April 20th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
New players welcome! Old players welcome! Harpsichord players welcome! Speaking of: play a Bard, everyone! They’re always the most fun.

Science:

Wednesday, April 19th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday Wizard Earth Day Event
The founders of Earth Day: the Wednesday Wizards!

April 10th – April 16th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We’re going on vacation! BUT because we’re frankly astounding and dedicated and very pretty and dogs like us, they just know we’re putting together a bunch of pre-made Nerd Watches! They’re distinguishable from the normal ones because they all have this up top and they’re all filled with “from the description:” because we had to do 88 individual events and danged that is just a heck of a thing.

And because Liz Popolo is our only current Platinum Ultra Level Patreon Supporter, we’re gonna link her site here: check it out! It’s great, she’s a great artist and you should give her money!

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, April 12th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Tony Valley Concert
Tony Valley will play popular and original music! He has toured nationally, and is a resident of Bondsville MA. He teaches music in Three Rivers, and is a regular on public access M-Pact TV!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Needle Felting and Fiber Crafts
From the description: “We’ll start with simple shapes and learn how to join them together. I’ll show how to sculpt faces and embellish figures. Some rough knitting wools like Lopi can be added. You can also embellish wool clothing with needle felting. The library will supply some wool. Additional supplies (foam work base and felting needles may be available for purchase at the library or New England Felting Supply in Easthampton.” make stuff with felt!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Knitting Clinic
From the description: “Lost in the pattern? Confused by inscrutable directions? Or do you want to modify a pattern you already have? Bring your stalled knitting project to the Knitting Clinic, where we will figure out what the directions really mean or how to get the result you want. We will undertake to try to salvage any project and also teach some simple tips to improve your knitting.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
ZIIIIINES! ZINES ZINES ZINES! Zines are the magazines of the future and the past! They’re the magazines of right now! They’ve always been inside you! Your bones are zines!
Thursday, April 13th
Fayerweather Hall, 115, Amherst College at 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Rapaport Lecture in Contemporary Art: Rachel Rose
From the description: “The 2017 Rapaport Lecture will be given by American artist Rachel Rose who creates nuanced video installations. Sponsored by the Department of Art and the History of Art and supported by the Rapaport Lectureship in Contemporary Art Fund, the lecture will be held in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115), Fayerweather Hall. All are welcome to attend!” Fayerweather? For real? Agh, that’s such a good name!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Member’s Extra: Curator’s Perspective on What’s New in the Asian Art Gallery
From the description: “Join Yao Wu, Jane Chace Carroll Curator of Asian Art, for a private tour of her new, second installation for the museum’s Asian Art Gallery. The current display features a diverse range of Asian art works from the museum’s permanent collection and highlights, in particular, a group of objects that show the connection between painting and poetry in Chinese culture. Learn from the curator’s perspective about these art works and hear how they relate to the museum’s permanent collection as a whole. Members: $5 | Student Members: FREE Members may bring up to 2 guests. Space Limited.”
Friday, April 14th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
En Pointe: Silverpoint (Drawing from History)
From the site: “En Pointe: Silverpoint (Drawing from History) is a contemporary visual dialogue with the drawings of Charles C. Burleigh, Jr., who studied the Old Masters and recorded his natural environment through realistic approaches. The exhibition features the work of silverpoint artists Diane Savino, Fred Wessel, Jeremiah Patterson, William Patterson, Carolyn Patterson, Banjie Nicholas, Kandy Phillips and Jon Gernon.” Beautiful artwork in a style for which we did not previously have a name!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Free! Friday! Second! Artwork! Film! Students! Performance! Art! More art! It’s an art museum! So that’s the bulk of the activity you’ll find in it! Yay!
Saturday, April 15th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Gallery Talk: A Friend Among Us: The Art of Brinton Turkle, with Chief Curator Ellen Keiter
Free with museum admission! It’s a good talk and you will enjoy it!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Explore Music and Sound! Presented by UMass Music Educators
From the description: “Join students from the Umass Department of Music Education for a “found sounds” activity all about making music with everyday objects and “finding sounds.””
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
ART SLAM: Disturb the Comfortable, Comfort the Disturbed
ART SLAM THIS SATURDAY ATURDAY ATURDAY DAY AYYYY ARRRRRRRT SLLLLAAAAAAM! but for real it’s a place you can perform for up to five minutes a musical, spoken word, or dance piece about issues of inequality in the art world.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Endangered River: Portraits of the Brazil Amazon
From the description: “Join photographer Jeanny Tsai at a talk and slideshow where she will present a series of photos she took in the Brazilian Amazon in 2016 and 2015. She will describe her journeys as well as speak about the state of the environment there and the continuing struggles of the indigenous people who live on the Tapajós, Arrapuins, and Amazon Rivers.”

Board Games:

Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Weekly Board Game Night
Board games at Modern Myths! It’s always an amazing time with extremely nice people to play with or against and a wide variety of games to try!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
4 Sections: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Round one starts at 10:00 AM. 4-Round Swiss System. Trophies to 1st,2nd,3rd in each section. Entry is FREE!!! Please bring chess set and chess clock (if you have them) and a bagged lunch.

Books:

Wednesday, April 12th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Sam Abrams, Education and the Commercial Mindset
From the site: “Drawing on his book, Education and the Commercial Mindset, Sam Abrams, a Holyoke native, will discuss the divergent paths taken by education policymakers in Chile, Finland, Sweden, and the United States. In addition, Abrams will address the implications of Donald Trump’s presidency for schooling in the United States.” Educate yourself about educating others!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
War, Conflict, and Refugees: the Literature of Crisis
Part of the literary series, Modern Real and Surreal: Writers & Artists on Our Age. Participants: Emmanuel Dongala – author of Johnny Mad Dog Polina Barskova – author of This Lamentable City Thérèse Soukar Chehade – author of Loom.
Thursday, April 13th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Jennifer Finney Boylan, Long Black Veil
From the site: “Jennifer Finney Boylan returns to The Odyssey with an atmospheric thriller that explores the meaning of identity, loyalty, and love, a revelatory page-turner about a woman whose family and identity are threatened by the secrets of her past. Boylan poses questions fundamental to the human experience, and answers with disarming humor and empathy. What do we owe to the people of our past? Is it possible to become someone new, or does our history determine our future? And in any life that contains a before and an after, how is it possible to be one person, not two?” examine your humanity, come away with some good questions!
Saturday, April 15th
Blue Umbrella Boos [2 Main St., Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Reading/Signing/Discussion: Annabelle Lost
The release of a new book from a local author Melissa Volker! Get a copy of Annabelle Lost signed by the author and join in a discussion of YA books in general and the “slipstream” genre in particular. What’s slipstream? Genre-blending fantasy, sci-fi, and traditional fiction. Kinda Ray Bradbury-ish maybe? Or to use a contemporary example, kind of Melisa Volker-ish!

Card Games:

Friday, April 14th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic BOOSTER DRAFT
From their description: “Your $16 entry fee includes MA sales tax, and purchases 3 Booster packs to draft with and adds 1 pack of the current set to the prize pool. Everyone who completes the event will receive at least 1 prize pack, with extra packs (donated by Modern Myths) and special promotiona” Play MTG, support a great local shop!

Community:

Wednesday, April 12th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
National Library Week: Ukuleles with Julie Stepanek
From the description: “Ever wanted to try the ukulele? Know a little but need some help or encouragement? Here’s your chance. Celebrate National Library Week by coming to the library to learn ukulele with local musician, Julie Stepanek. Bring your own or borrow one of hers. This program will include a short talk, a short lesson and a strum-along of some fun and easy songs. Registration for this free program is recommended at 413-772-1544, option 6, or bring your own!”

Computers:

Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
From the description: “Lisa will start us off with an overview of what we mean when we talk about the Definition of Done and Acceptance Criteria. Then we’ll trade best practices and scary stories to learn from each other!” get more agile!
Thursday, April 13th
Cultivate and Nest [2 Bay Rd., Suite 100, Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass Meetup
From the description: “After quick updates on our ongoing projects, we’ll discuss upcoming projects and then get hacking to make a difference in our communities. Come join a team!” work to help your community!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, April 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Panel Discussion on Criminal Justice Reform
From the description: “Panelists are: Honorable Judge Michael Ponsor, State Senator Adam Hinds (tentative), Professor Jose Bou of Criminal Justice, and a speaker from Voices From Inside. HCC Criminal Justice Professor Nicole Hendricks will moderate.”
Thursday, April 13th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Laser Tag in the Library
Incinerate your friends in a “hunger games” style festival of high-powered laser evisceration! It’s truly a more violent sport than we usually associate with libraries but hey it seems like people enjoy it.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime with people and then think to yourself wow anime, anime is a pretty nice thing to watch!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime with people and then think to yourself wow anime, anime is a pretty nice thing to watch!

Kids:

Tuesday, April 11th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Sing With Your Baby
From the description: “Come sing along with music for little ones age 0-5 and their caregivers, led by Wendy Plummer. Learn songs and musical games for you and your baby’s enjoyment!” AWWWWWW little babies singing! Adorable.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Kids Craft Club
Make a craft with your friends! Ages 4-12. Any older or younger and you’re on your own! Well. Younger you’re hopefully not on your own.

Movies:

Monday, April 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
“Middle of Nowhere” Film Screening
A screening of Ava Duvernay’s film “Middle of Nowhere” about incarceration and the effects on family. A discussion will follow!
Wednesday, April 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Tapped
From the description: “Tapped looks into the bottled water industry and its long-term effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil. The filmmakers focused on industry giants such as PepsiCo and Nestlé Waters, visiting a town containing a Nestlé factory as well as running tests on the bottles the company uses for its products. Their results came back showing “several potentially harmful chemicals, some known carcinogens”.The documentary also focused on the amount of bottles that are recycled, noting that “Forty percent of bottled water is really just filtered tap water, and every day we throw away 30 million single-served bottles of water as plastic waste. Bill Diamond of the Climate Action Committee of the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence will lead the post-film discussion.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: White Helmets
From the description: “The “White Helmets”, this year’s Academy Award winner for best documentary short subject. It shows volunteer rescue workers putting their lives on the line to save civilians amidst daily airstrikes, risking their lives to rescue victims from the rubble. The film follows the daily operations of the group of volunteer rescue workers of the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets. “
Friday, April 14th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
A Toast to ‘A Quiet Passion’
From the description: “Terrence Davies’ feature film about the life of Emily Dickinson starring Cynthia Nixon premiers at Amherst Cinema on Friday, April 14. Before you head up to the Cinema for the screening, drop by the Emily Dickinson Museum for a toast!”

RPGs:

Thursday, April 13th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
New players welcome! Old players welcome! Harpsichord players welcome! Speaking of: play a Bard, everyone! They’re always the most fun.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play RPGs with some people! They’re going to be great and so are you!

Science:

Monday, April 10th
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo
Two excellent speakers again! “A Cure for Greenwashing: Is your coffee eco-friendly? What about your favorite cereal? Your computer paper? Businesses who make these products might tell you it’s all “green”, but is it? Hear about Greenwashing and how it affects our planet. This fun and engaging talk will empower you and show you easy ways to live an eco-friendly lifestyle.” and “No Spoiler Alerts: Ranked Choice Voting Explained: Every election cycle, we endure a familiar debate over “spoiler” candidates: one side decries “wasted votes” for a candidate that can’t win, while the other condemns voting for “the lesser of two evils.” I’ll show how the spoiler effect is not inherent to voting, but a consequence of the Plurality system we use in most U.S. elections today. We’ll learn about Ranked Choice Voting, an alternative system that allows voters to rank candidates on the ballot in order of preference, and we’ll consider its potential benefits to elections in Massachusetts and beyond.”
Wednesday, April 12th
Adele Simmons Hall, Ruth Hammen Auditorium, Hampshire College at 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Five College Chemistry Lecture by Prof. Sam Houk
The origins and development of ICP-Mass Spectrometry: a 20-year research project!
Thursday, April 13th
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
SciTech Cafe: Stretching the Energy Budget: The Mechanics of Slingshots and Tendons
As everyone has always said, tendons are the world’s best slinkies! Yes, tendons: the slinkies we keep inside of our bodies. How exactly do these fantastic springs work to help us move around? Why not let Dr. Michael Rosario from Brown University tell you about he work with animal tendons?

February 20th – February 26th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Oh jeez we forgot we had our two-year anniversary! Whoops!

Happy two years to the Nerd Watch! We hope that you got something out of it, we’ve been having fun <3. We've written about 150 posts, totaling something like 200,000 words! That's a lot of words, and the best part is that every last one of them is perfect.

On to other matters!

First off: we've been playing Valley Creator Rob Daviau's Seafall recently and dang if that's not a neat game. It's a bit of a bear to read the rulebook at first because there's a lot of if/then/else stuff to do that we had a bit of trouble keeping in our heads but darn it is a fun time once you get going. You sail around in little boats, you give people nicknames, you explore islands, you make friends and enemies, it's a great time and like all Legacy games you'll play it more often than literally any other game you own.

Also we just finished playing like a LOT of Subnautica after purchasing the Humble Freedom Bundle and it is extremely good! The ocean is dark, and the ocean is terrifying, and nothing good lives in the ocean BUT also it is compelling to explore and we love it.

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Tuesday, February 21st
Herter Hall 231, UMass Amherst at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dread Scott: On the Impossilibity of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide
Artist Dread Scott will give a public lecture in the company of Associate Professor of History Barbara Krauthamer about his work. he’s an acclaimed American artist wose work has gotten a bunch of attention and addresses a lot of important topics like police brutality and the legacy of slavery and racism in the US. It sounds like an opportunity to educate yourself about some difficult topics.
Friday, February 24th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
BYO Fiber Arts & Crafts Group
For kids and their grownups, make some crafts! Knit, crochet, sew, malinger, spin, unravel, felt, and of course
Saturday, February 25th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Florence at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: The Goodwin Photographic Collection by Steve Strimer
Steve Strimer will present a selection from the Goodwin Photographic Collection of over 300 glass-plate negatives taken by J.W. Bird and Ferdinand Schadee. See the growth of Florence in the not-too-distant past!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Young Adult Tween/Teen Craft – Block Printing (Ages 11 – 17)
Whether you rankle at being called a teen or seethe quietly at being called a tween, this is the event for you if you want to do some printing. Printing is a lot of fun and generally it’s not tough to make something that looks really cool so we recommend you take a look.

Books:

Tuesday, February 21st
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 Jane at the library at 413-772-1544!
Wednesday, February 22nd
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Words in Transit Panel with John Voci
Contributors to the book Words in Transit, a collection of first-person narratives by immigrants to western New England, will present their stories during a panel discussion facilitated by John Voci, the NEPR director of programming and a producer for the Words in Transit project. Learn about your neighbors! They’re nice folks.
Thursday, February 23rd
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Discussion and Dinner
Go to [place] and eat [food] while discussing a very funny book! Get more context https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/237092179/ here as it develops. Hitchhiker’s a nice book that we like a lot, one of the first chapter-books our parents read to us. How did we find any humor in jokes about aspects of adult life for which we had no context? Simple, we were small and not very smart yet so we pretty much just laughed whenever our dad laughed.

Comic Books:

Monday, February 20th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Queers in Comics and Games
A great place to discuss topics regarding representation of LGBTQIA+ folks in games and comics! It’s a good discussion with a lot of nice people and you’ll probably have fun. Admission is by day pass, $5 that immediately becomes store credit!

Community:

Tuesday, February 21st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Animal Communication 101
Learn how to speak to dogs, we can only assume. Why is this not a bigger deal? We had no idea all it took was a two-hour course! But for real learn how to interpret and connect with your animal pals!

Computers:

Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Google Apps and Gmail Workshop: The Ins and Outs of Your Account
Have you just started using a bunch of Google Apps? Want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your various Google-branded things? Learn how to collaboate, make contact lists, organize yourself, share your calendar, and much more!

Entertainment:

Thursday, February 23rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
New Director Welcome Tea
Join the friends of the Forbes Library for an event that serves refereshments! Yay! Also, you’ll get to meet the newly appointed Library Director Lisa Downing!
Friday, February 24th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Layaali Arabic Music Duo
Tickets are $10, $6 for students and seniors, to this night of delightful music and entertainment with Mohammed Mejaour and Michel Moushabeck! Arrive early to shop at a 20% discount!
Saturday, February 25th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Teen Iron Chef
Ever wanted to try your hand at unseating the Iron Chefs? This is your moment to shine, aspirational teen chef! The main food is going to be chocolate. You’re going to get 8 ingredients, 4 of which will be odd. You need to use at least one of the weird ones and 3 overall to make the best tasting dish! The winner gets a little prize!
MYSTERY LOCATION at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nintendo Video Game Night
Check out the meetup group https://www.meetup.com/thepvg/ to sign up and get further details if this sounds interesting! Play some classic Nintendo games as you salivate in anticipation of the Switch!

History:

Sunday, February 26th
Deerfield Community Center [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Winter Lecture Series: Renounce the Baneful Herb: Colonial Boycotts and the Invention of Liberty Tea
Learn about early American boycotts of British trade goods and how they created a common American identity in a country that was still super super British. Always a good plan to know your history, keeps you from being caught flat-footed if the Doctor ever needs your help.

Kids:

Monday, February 20th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Special Storytime: Hazel Mitchell
Author/Illustrator Hazel Mitchell will read her new book Toby, a sotry about the bond between a child and an adorable dog!
Tuesday, February 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Kids’ Craft Club
Read a story, make a craft! You know the drill, folks.
Thursday, February 23rd
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: Josh Funk and Anna Staniszewski
Storytime about dinosaurs! Josh Funk will read Pirasaurs, a tale of dinos gon rogue, and Anna Staniszewski will give a sneak peak of her new book Dogosaurus Rex!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Build LEGO! It’s the building toy that hurts more than you can possibly imagine when you step on it only you don’t need to imagine because you’ve definitely stepped on it we all have.
Friday, February 24th
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: Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig
This mother-daughter team will teach kids manners via pirates! We should teach more things via pirates, it’s a solid didactic methodology.
Saturday, February 25th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Saturday Morning Kids, Learn Magic Tricks!
Learn some cool magic tricks to keep you feeling cool while the weather’s cool! … cool.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Northampton CommunityMusic Center Family Concert Series: Jason Didner & Jungle Gym Jam
Jungle Gym Jam will delight and entertain your kid while secretly also teaching them to be a bit nicer to folks.

Movies:

Wednesday, February 22nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
We Need to Talk About Injustice
From the description “In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system”, educate yourself!
Friday, February 24th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The Tale of Desperaux
Have some snacks as you watch the a delightful children’s film in the Community Room!

Science:

Thursday, February 23rd
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe: A Day in the Life, Stories from Your Neighborhood Biologists
This one got hit by the SNOWPOCALYPSE and moved to a new date! Still has the same great biologist content though!

December 5th – December 11th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We finished Pokemon and good news folks it’s still very cute, extremely cute. You get to pet cute animals, an experience that should really be a mandatory part of any decent videogame.

Also! We got a chance to check out Pandemic: Legacy this past week! It’s spectacular. We can’t believe how well it was paced for our first playthrough with the Legacy rules in place. Vanilla Pandemic is already a really fun game, but dang did it take it the experience to new heights to watch the board shift permanently under stress and to be forced to make new types of decisions in the pursuit of a cure.

In case we haven’t already told you a dozen times, the Legacy series of games are the brainchild of the Valley’s own Rob Daviau! He’s good at designing games that are fun and unique.

One of the nicest parts of the Legacy series is the way it encourages you to set up a regular time to have fun with good pals. That can be really hard to do when you’re a busy person, and we appreciate any chance to do so!

We’re really excited for the second season of the game. You can pick up season one at local shops like Modern Myths, Off the Wall, Greenfield Games, or Worlds Apart Games!

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, December 6th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Materiality at the Mead with Carol Clark
A closer look at the huge bronze sculptures at the Mead! They’re neat as heck, and Carol Clark the Professor Emerita of Art and the History of Art will teach you about them! Lunch is also provided so it’s kind of like they’re paying YOU to learn about art, excellent.
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Conversation, Reception, and Book-Signing: “Elegy” by Justin Kimball
Professor of Art Justin Kimball and Mead Art Museum Director and Chief Curator David E. Little will have a conversation about Kimball’s latest book, Elegy, followed by a reception and book signing! Free and open to the public.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Theater and Storytelling Workshop
UMass theater student Miguel Paredes will lead a monthly workshop where students craft their own stories through movement and theater techniques! RSVP with the library so they can get a headcount.
Wednesday, December 7th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Keep Calm & Needlework On!
Needlework is fun! Go do some needlework with nice folks and have a great time doing it.
Friday, December 9th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Do you like museums but hate paying? Check out our own wonderful local museum and please do donate they need money to make the museum so neat.
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
About Zanele Muholi
Rhonda Cobham-Sander, Professor of English and Black Studies at Amherst College, in conversation with Wendy Ewald, photographer and visiting artist-in-residence at Amherst College followed by a reception!
Saturday, December 10th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Emily Dickinson’s Birthday Celebration and Open House
The 186th birthday of Emily Dickinson is a cause for celebration at the museum! IT’s an open house where you’ll be able to see the completed conservatory, tour the Homestead, and visit the Evergreens for free guided tours. Decorate a miniature pot with words and images and then plant seeds from the Dickinson garden in them! And eat coconut cake made from Emily’s own recipe! More info about the schedule here.

Board Games:

Saturday, December 10th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Tabletop Gaming Day
Join friends for a day of gaming at the little hidden backroom of the Burger King! They mostly do Euro-style games like Agricola or Settlers of Catan or anything else that abstracts farm work into wooden cubes, but they’re open to whatever you find interesting!
Sunday, December 11th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Heroclix
Heroes! Click into action! This time only use heroes whose costumes include a cape, because capes are neat!

Books:

Saturday, December 10th
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 some books while supporting a wonderful local library! You’ll get amazing deals on all those volumes of forgotten lore you’ve been meaning to read.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
The Best of the Best in 2016
Susan Bloom and Cathie Mercier from the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College will share their favorite books of 2016!
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Children’s Authors Group Signing with Corinne Demas, Grace Lin, Patricia MacLachlan, Bob Marstall, Heidi Stemple, and Jane Yolen
Join a bunch of amazing children’s book authors for a group signing! It’s a great time to get a gift for the kids in your life!
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Book Signing with Romola M. Rigali, Wayne E. Phaneuf, and Joseph Carvalho III authors of On Being Italian: A Story of Food, Family, and Faith
Former managing editor at The Republican and now a freelance editor and writer, Romola M. Rigali, wrote a ton of articles about her Italian heritage in this delightful collection of stories about being Italian! Get the book and get it signed, it sounds neat! Lots of pictures of Springfield’s iconic South End by photographer James Langone.

Comic Books:

Sunday, December 11th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Comic Creator’s Jam
Join a bunch of fun folks who work on comics to talk about comics and working on comics and just generally hanging out and doing artwork and being friendly with people! It is a Great Time!

Community:

Wednesday, December 7th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
FAFSA Q&A
Learn about the FAFSA! Get slightly less indebted to the college of your choice. Also for real, go to a cheap school folks. Go to 2 years of community college maybe, trust us. It’s SO MUCH MONEY to go to a 4-year institution it’s literally impossible to understand it. Get all the financial support you can!
Saturday, December 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:15 PM to 4:45 PM
Happier for the Holidays: How to Tackle Your Holiday Stress
Holidays: sometimes a ton of fun, sometimes wildly stressful! Learn how to make them more fun than stressful from Julia Mines, a life and leadership coach and speaker. As an alternate path to holiday stresslessness you can also just celebrate a week after the holiday so you’ve got no reason to be stressed on the day!

Computers:

Tuesday, December 6th
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A regular meetup of folks who code! No need to bring your laptop, just go hang out with folks who code and talk to them about how annoying seg faults are or why you love vim and hate sublime or love sublime and hate vim. Or just talk about literally anything, the premise is you all do the same general day job/hobby, it’s not like you’re required to bring your work into the conversation.
Thursday, December 8th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Introduction to Computers – The Future of Technology
Peer into the vast unknown! Discuss the current and future trends in tech, including smart phones, VR, the creation of robot duplicate bodies to store our consciousness, everything!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, December 7th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Danielle Beaudette of the Cozy Tea Cart
Learn the basics of tea, including where it’s from and the differences between tea blends and herbal blends? There will also be some teas for tasting!
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Teen Gingerbread House Decorating
Make a small house, a large house, a castle, or even a house so large it encompasses the very rock of the world. Make a gingerbread house large enough to shake the foundations of the universe. Make one that collapses into a neutron star and throws Earth out of its orbit! There will be plenty of graham crackers and candy to make the house special. RSVP at the library or call 413-665-2642.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
The Mystery and Meaning of the Twelve Days of Christmas
“The Twelve Days of Christmas is a popular Christmas song which people generally sing with great gusto but with almost no understanding. The basic premise of Dr. Bernard’s book is that there is a logic to the twelve sequences. His hypothesis is that the lyrics reveal a cartographic code of an esoteric route map by which pilgrims in the Middle Ages could make the long journey from England to Jerusalem.” – We’ve got absolutely no capacity to comment on the likelihood of this hypothesis, so check it out if it sounds interesting to you! Report back on the quality of the research. Five hundred words, no adverbs or adjectives.
Thursday, December 8th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime is pretty interesting in general. Maybe go watch some with folks? There’s a lot to choose from and we’re familiar with like 4 total shows. Is the Persona anime any good? We really liked the Persona games.
Friday, December 9th
Downtown Northampton at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Downtown Northampton Holiday Stroll
If you have at some point forgotten that you live in a quaint and delightful area, try strolling downtown this holiday season! It sounds fun. Bunches of people put out stuff for you to do and see and there are lights and the whole main drag downtown is shut down for a bit. There are s’mores!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 1:10 PM to 2:00 PM
Public Lecture by Beverly Morgan-Welch
Associate Director for External Affairs, National Museum of African American History and Culture will reflect on her career in museums, including her role in launching the national museum of African American History and Culture. Learn about museums from an expert!
Saturday, December 10th
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!

Movies:

Friday, December 9th
Rave Motion Pictures (West Springfield) [864 Riverdale St., West Springfield, MA] at 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Spirited Away – Special Screening
Subtitled Spirited Away! Hang with the folks at Pioneer Valley Geeks and Gamers at this special screening by RSVPing here!

RPGs:

Thursday, December 8th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play the most well-known RPG in the world, probably? Wait, is there another system that’s hugely possible in other languages? Anyway! It’s really popular and this is a chance to play it with some excellent folks in a friendly setting.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Step outside yourself for a bit and role-play another person! A hero? A villain? A clever rogue, a hulking fighter? Whatever you like, you can be! In the game. Outside of the game a lot of this would require some real long-term skill building and very specific career paths.

Science:

Monday, December 5th
Union Station [125 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Scitech Cafe: Remote Sensing: A Tool for Ecological Management
If an Asian Longhorn Beetle lands in Worcester, how long will it take to reach Northampton? How is remote sensing used to predict the next high-risk area for Lyme Disease? What tools are used to predict movements, and is there anything that moves that can’t be modeled? Professor Thomas Millette, Professor of Geography at Mount Holyoke College has been studying these questions for years around the world, allow him to enlighten you!
Thursday, December 8th
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe: Surfing a Heat Wave: The Challenges Faced by Migratory and Desert Birds in a Changing Climate
Dr. Alex Gerson will discuss the incredible challenges of birds who migrate as they enter the era that will, should history books remain in publication in the future, be known as “Whoooooops”. Learn why migration, an incredibly difficult process, developed in birds. Learn what new challenges they face thanks to us!

November 28th – December 4th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Happy Thanksgiving!

We’ve been kind of out of the loop because we’ve spent all Thanksgiving being the best possible guests for our lovely mom who is great!

We did have a chance to play a lot of Pokemon which we have got to say is just a heck of a game, have you folks heard of it? We really recommend checking it out when you have a chance, it has these adorable little collectible creatures.

We’d like to single out for highlighting this week the wonderful Hack for Western Mass! It’s a worthwhile endeavor for anyone who wants to donate their time and skill to a useful end.

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Monday, November 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Write-in
Write the next great American novel with some friends! This will be ANOTHER chance to write in a crowd, which makes it a lot easier to keep up the good work.
Wednesday, November 30th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Keep Calm & Needlework On!
A new needle-working group for those of you who want to make things look homey and cute as heck. It even works on swears!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Teen Writing Workshop (Ages 12 and up)
Write the next great American novel with some friends! This will be a chance to write in a crowd, which makes it a lot easier to keep up the good work.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
J.R. Greene 2017 Quabbin History Calendar
J.R. Greene will show slides from the 2017 Quabbin History Calendar, copies of the calendar and of Greene’s books will be on sale and available for signing! Greene has written 16 books about the Quabbin Reservoir and the towns that were destroyed to create it!
Thursday, December 1st
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Materiality at the Mead with Laurence Kanter
How do you identify a painting’s creator? You can hear about how the Mead’s Renaissance painting The Crucifixion was identified as the work of Lorenzo Monaco. Laurence Kanter, Chief Curator, will explain his recent discovery!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus: Poetry Night and Art Exhibit
Art in the Homestead will be awesome quilting by Rebecca Fricke, like quilt graffiti which is nifty. Then there will be poetry readings by Eileen P. Kennedy, Tommy Twilite, Howie Faerstein, and Gerald Yelle!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
AIDS WORK Gallery Talk with Artist Eric Avery
Join artist Eric Avery for a special gallery talk. Learn from the artist’s perspective about the works on display!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Activism, Art, and Science: A Conversation with Eric Avery and Anne S. De Groot
Dr. Eric Avery, and Dr. Anne S. De Groot will talk about their respective approaches to activism and advocacy through art and science.
Saturday, December 3rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Endangered River: Portraits of the Brazil Amazon
Join photographer Jeanny Tsai for a slideshow and a talk where she’ll present a series of her photos that she took in the Brazilian Amazon in 2015 and 2016. She’ll describe her journeys as well as speak about the state of the Amazonian environment and the struggles of its peoples.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Artists Reception for Black & White Photographs by Paul Hetzel and Oil Paintings by David Skillicorn
An opening reception for two amazing artists!

Board Games:

Saturday, December 3rd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Board Game Envoy Demo: Colony!
Colony will be on display and ready to play with a licensed board game professional Envoy person to teach you how to play! A great opportunity to try out a neat new game.

Books:

Tuesday, November 29th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Chuck Collins – Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good
Born wealthy, he gave away his inheritance and became an activist against inequality yes it’s Chuck Collins! He wrote a book about how people should maybe stop trying to outdo the Gilded Age because of how it’s obviously a horrific idea!
Wednesday, November 30th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elaine Khosrova, author of Butter: A Rich History
Butter? Butter. Butter. BUTTER. YES. Butter. Butter! There will be a chance to get your butter signed at the event!
Saturday, December 3rd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
A Northampton Journey: from Pumps to Politics to Print Book Launch of Jim Cahillane’s new book The Pilot’s Satchel
Jim Cahillane will read selections from his new book. In his latest book of poems, Mr. Cahillane recounts his dreams of worldly travels, books, theater, life, and near-death medical tales.

Community:

Thursday, December 1st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Food for Fines Begins
This is the day that you begin being able to pay your library fines with food! You can also just pay the fines with money, they’re not exactly big fines usually. But at the same time, why not give some food? They’ll get your canned goods to someone who needs them!

Computers:

Thursday, December 1st
Cultivate and Nest [2 Bay Rd., Suite 100, Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Activate: Hack for Western Mass
Hack for Western Mass is a bit different this year! They’re organizing all the folks around who have the capacity to do coding and web-stuff and all that jazz to plan an ongoing initiative to help deliver useful things to non-profits. This is the first meeting to pick a project and network with like-minded people! Childcare is available during the meeting!
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Introduction to Computers: Cyber Security
Do you have any idea how to keep your computer safe? You don’t, probably. Most people don’t! We like to pretend we do but we have to be honest, we totally do not have a great idea we’re kind of winging it and relying on smarter people to give us advice. Learn to protect your computer-self and avoid dying for real in the Matrix!

Entertainment:

Pizza Paradiso [12 Crafts Ave., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Sparrow book discussion + dinner
One of those Jesuit Priest SF books which is legit not a thing we made up it’s kind of a weirdly prominent sub-genre, about a priest on a mission to make contact with extraterrestrial life and the sad end of that mission. There’s a max of 12 spots at the discussion, so RSVP now! Also you will be expected to actually buy something at the restaurant for food!

History:

Tuesday, November 29th
Franklin Patterson Hall West Lecture Hall [Hampshire College] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Art Carrington: Founder of Carrington Tennis Academy and Expert on the History of Black Tennis
Art Carrington was mentored by a variety of educated black professionals at one of the first private black tennis clubs designed to promote tennis as a social sport before founding the Carrington Tennis Academy. The Carrington Tennis Academy has been around for over 30 years, and now you’re got a chance to talk to the founder!
Sunday, December 4th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Wampum Trail: Restorative Research in Native American Collections by Margaret Bruchac, University of Pennsylvania
Margaret Bruchac will discuss her research project, The Wampum Trail. Dr. Bruchac is examining the use of Native American quahog and whelk shell beads for adornment, ritual, and diplomacy.
David Ruggles Center [225 Nonotuck St., Florence, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Amos Newport – A Hatfield Slave Who Just Wanted to be Free talk by Robert Romer
Learn about Amos Newport, a slave in Hatfield who in 1766 decided to go to court to sue for his freedom. Amos couldn’t make the claim that he had been promised freedom, which was what some other successful suits had relied upon, he just wanted to be a free human being. He lost the case, and the appeal, and ultimately never became free. But he contributed to the end of slavery, and his son was free, and he’s someone worth learning about from around our valley.

Kids:

Saturday, December 3rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
If I Ran the Rainforest with the Creature Teachers
The Creature Teachers will teach you about creatures of the rainforest! You’ll even get to meet a few!

Movies:

Wednesday, November 30th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Compulsive Practice – Screening and Discussion
Visual AIDS presents a video compilation of compulsive, daily, and habitual practices by nine artists and activists who live with their cameras as one way to manage, reflect upon, and change how they are deeply affected by HIV/AIDS.
Sunday, December 4th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
TALK: “The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland” with Marisa Scheinfeld
Join photographer Marisa Schienfeld and take a look at the fate of the establishments along the Borscht Belt, New York’s Catskills region. Once home to hundreds of vacation sites, now left to wither as economic decline and changing attitudes left them in the dust. Schienfeld will sign copies of the book after the talk!

Video Games:

Saturday, December 3rd
Franklin Patterson Hall West Lecture Hall [Hampshire College] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
GlowLime Games: Pitch & Interest Meeting
Do you have an idea for a game? Do you have the skills to make it? Do you want to help mentor other people who make games? Are you unconcerned with worldly things like “money” and “getting any money”? Then pitch your concepts to GlowLime! They’ve done interesting work previously, and they’re nice folks.

November 7th – November 13th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


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

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

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

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

To enter the contest, your game must:

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

And the author(s) must:

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

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

Prizes

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

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

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

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

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Monday, November 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Write-in
Spearheaded by Forbes Writer in Residence, Naila Moreira, the library will support writers daring enough to take on the NaNoWriMo (or 30 Poems) challenge by hosting regular “write-ins” during the course of November where participants gather to write together. It’s a great way to get a head start on your writing and hang out with other folks who share your interest in the written word!
Wednesday, November 9th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Teen Writing Workshop (Ages 12 and up)
Are you a teen? You doing this whole write a novel thing? Could be doing worse with your free time, teen! You old writer you. Get to writing, find out how to write better and get some advice! Get a publishing contract as the Youngest Best Novelist Ever!
Friday, November 11th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Northampton Unbuttoned: the Girls of The Mill River Button Company, circa 1874: An Exhibition by Elisa Lanzi & Nancy Meagher
Elisa Lanzi and Nancy Meagher present Northampton Unbuttoned, an installation of contemporary artworks inspired by the “plaid-clad” girls that sorted, carded and packed boxes of shaped and dyed buttons made from vegetable ivory at the Mill River Button Company in Leeds. See artwork celebrating little-known but influential figures from Northampton’s past!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Do you love museums, but not FIVE DOLLAR love museums? This is the perfect moment to see one of our local museums for free! There is a suggested donation of five dollars.
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Homecoming 2016: Opening Reception at the Mead
The Mead Art Museum welcomes back Alumni, Friends of the Mead, and all Homecoming participants to a reception in the galleries. Come and experience “The Mead Reimagined” featuring “Accumulations: 5,000 Years of Objects, Fictions, and Conversations” – six new exhibitions. Including but not limited to a bell that when rung shatters any alloy into its component parts.
Saturday, November 12th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Art in the Making – LIVE!
Artist Rico Gatson inaugurates Hall Walls, an annual project that gives artists and students the freedom to create an ephemeral artwork on the walls of the museum. Stop by to see the mural painting in progress!

Board Games:

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

Books:

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

Card Games:

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

Comic Books:

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

Computers:

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

Entertainment:

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

History:

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

RPGs:

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

Science:

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