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December 11th – December 17th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


This week is a bit of a big one. A lot of local creators were affected by recent changes to Patreon. Basically, the new plan is that people who pledge money will pay 2.9% + $0.35 for each monthly pledge. Not a bunch of money, right? Well… unless you’re giving say $50 a month but split it up between 50 creators at $1 a piece. Then suddenly you’re paying around $70 per month. A lot of people don’t have that sort of wiggle room in their Patreon budgets, and they’re ditching the service.

We don’t know how many local creators make a living exclusively using this service, but a lot of people rely on it to provide some steady income while they work on producing the amazing artwork that the Valley is not-actually-known-for-precisely-but-definitely-affects-the-zeitgeist-via.

Because our own Patreon tops out at about $9/week from 6 Patrons including our kind mom, we’re going to leave the discussion to more qualified folks. We’ve put together some chunks of the explanations we’ve gotten from people we backed, and a couple answers on Twitter.

But it pretty much boils down to: they get it, they support your decisions, they’d like to keep eating food and living inside so please help them figure out how they can still get money from you because that is important. Like pick something up from their stores if you’re no longer supporting them on Patreon, at least! It’s the holidays someone you know wants a shirt or something!

Emily Care Boss:  “In 2018, my plans are to restructure this Patreon to support analysis and writing I’m doing on various narrative forms. It may include previews of upcoming games in the pipeline: Heart of the Rose, Sign in Stranger, Stillwater, Caerllion and King Wen’s Tower. In particular, the analysis will focus on the unique contributions of role playing games to making and understanding story. The support levels will be different, and take into account the changes Patreon has made. I will publicize the changes with a month or two lead time to allow you to make changes as you desire and for new folks to add on.”

Joshua AC Newman: “Yes, they’re still inexplicably charging you for each additional creator you support. The percentage is fine; someone’s got to pay it, and one of my missions is to make sure everyone understands just how much of a constant investment it is to be a professional creator. But the $.35 fee is a mess. That disincentivizes backing multiple creators. It’s a weird thing they did, so I’m not surprised that a lot of patrons are backing off to only their favorites. Patreon’s new fee schedule is going to hit anyone who, like me, backs lots of Patreons at small amounts. For my 14 $1 backers, I suggest to you that you move your pledge to $3 and appropriately set your maximum monthly payout.”

Twitter update: “It was an utter cockup that makes the people with the least money pay more money, all of the increase going to the credit card companies.”

Vincent Baker: “If you drop your patronage over this, I’m with you, and I won’t be deactivating your forum membership. Please keep coming to the forum. This is especially important because I won’t be able to reach you through Patreon anymore. Please keep coming to the forum!”

Epidiah Ravachol: “If Patreon no longer works for you, fret not! I will find other ways for you to show you support and ensure that you never miss an issue. When I have sussed them out, I will let you know here and at www.WorldsWithoutMaster.com. Additionally, later today I’ll be reducing the pledge levels so that, even with Patreon’s new fees, you will only be charged what you have always been charged. However, to take advantage of this, you need to alter your own pledge level as well. Ultimately though, I just want you to know that if you need to alter or remove your pledge, I am with you. And I thank you for all the support you have shown me in the past. You remain the best! Sincerely, Eppy.”

Pat Nietupski via Twitter: “I’m not crazy about it. It seems like my patrons, especially the small, $1 patrons are going to be paying almost 1.5 times what they pledge. I wish Patreon had given more of a heads up.”

So again: Patreon changes are not going great for most local creators, help them out if you can! Maybe not via Patreon anymore if you can’t afford to do that but like, dang. They make good stuff! They deserve to be able to eat.

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Wednesday, December 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! MAKE A ZINE! AT THE CLUB! A ZINE ABOUT CLUB…. SANDWICHES!
Thursday, December 14th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Mead Director David E. Little “Tells It Like It Is”
Join the Mead Chief Curator for a gallery talk and closing reception for the exhibit Tell It Like It Is – Or Could Be. Free and open to the public!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Drawing to Look Closely – A Figure Drawing Workshop in the Sharrer Exhibition
Join artist Katy Schneider to learn sketching and drawing skills and participate in a facilitated discussion while carefully examining Honore Sharrer’s work! Explore and work from both Sharrer’s paintings and a nude model! Members $5, non-members $15! No experience necessary, materials provided!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Harry Potter Holiday Craft
Celebrate the season! The season of Wizards! The season of magical potions! The season of cider and recycled book based ornaments!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM
Thirty Third Annual Quabbin History Calendar Slideshow
The calendar has pictures of the four towns of the Swift River Valley that were dis-incorporated in the 1930’s to make way for the Quabbin Reservoir. They sleep down there… waiting for us to forget. Waiting for us to be vulnerable. The 2018 calendar and copies of the author’s books on Quabbin will be available for sale!
Friday, December 15th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Make Your Own Gingerbread House!
Grades 5-12 are welcome to build a gingerbread house! It’s fun, but you should bring your own candy to eat, because the house always makes you hungry but it’s never really that good to eat.
Saturday, December 16th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Marbeled Ornaments Workshop
Use nail-polish and water to make a unique ornament or two! Bring extra nail polish if you can, but some stuff will be provided free of charge! Be sure not to accidentally create an ornament who eldritch whorls exactly recreate an ancient and terrible spell.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Meet Javaka Steptoe
From the site: “Artist and author Javaka Steptoe won the 2017 Caldecott Medal for his book, Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Hear Steptoe discuss his research and art for Radiant Child, and what his year has been like following a Caldecott win.”

Board Games:

Friday, December 15th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Tabletop Game Night
Play games with nice folks! We highly recommend trying out Azul, we got to give it a shot this past week and it was a lot of fun. Bit tough to pick up but it gets a lot easier after just a few turns!
Saturday, December 16th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
There are four sections: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. It’s a 4-round Swiss System and there are trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Entry is free!

Books:

Monday, December 11th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Living in a Captialist Paradise: A Discussion with Authour Charles Mark
The author will talk about his book, which details a dangerous escape across the border of a totalitarian state, ultimately leading to New Zealad and after that to America! Charles will discuss the nature of life in refugee camps, New Zealand, and what it’s like in the US! A lively and critical discussion will be enjoyed by you and the rest of the audience!
Wednesday, December 13th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Book Talk with Kelly Lebrun: Against All Hope Until…
From the site: “Kelly Lebrun will talk about her abuse and mental trauma, and how Christian religious experiences helped her overcome the issues and problems in her life.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Celebration of Local Authors: The Modern Real and Surreal
Find out about some amazing local authors at this event! They’re going to read from their work, we think, and also you’ll get to talk to them about that work! It’s good!

Computers:

Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
Bob Crowley, the CIO at Hampshire College, will get started by talking about Product Owner interviewing techniques! Learn how to get good requirements from your users using Design Thinking as well as the power of the Ancient Stone Tablets that have just been uncovered!
Thursday, December 14th
Common Media [84 Russell Street, Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
After an update about ongoing projects, you’ll be able to get hacking! Make a difference in your community using the computer skills that have previously mostly used to crack into the Gibson!

Entertainment:

Monday, December 11th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jane Austen Open Mic
Are you a Jane Austen fan? Share your favorite bon mots with like-minded people in an event we are not trying to be mean about but legitimately cannot imagine. Do you do like… fanfic? Readings? Insult comedy styled in an era-appropriate manner? It seems so out of left field. We humbly request that anyone attending report back to us.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Fanny and Alexander
Watch the movie first! Then, come here and talk about how excellent Ingmar Bergman’s movies are. We now realize that we haven’t seen any of Ingmar Bergman’s films! We should watch some. You can get copies of the film in the reference department!
Friday, December 15th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
2017 Holiday Gathering at Last Call Media
A holiday gathering for the community! Snacks and beverages will be made available to those of you who eat and drink, but also feel free to bring your own! All are welcome, but RSVP at the Meetup site! They gotta order enough food! https://www.meetup.com/wmasswebdev/events/245352008/

Kids:

Tuesday, December 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! It’s fun!

Movies:

Sunday, December 17th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film: Body and Soul: An American Bridge
Composed by Johnny Green in 1929, the song Body and Soul was introduced on Broadway by Jewish torch singer Libby Holman, trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong ushered the song into the jazz canon the following year. Learn more about this important, genre-spanning piece! Find out more and purchase tickets here: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit-shop/calendar-events/film-body-and-soul-american-bridge-sunday-december-17-2-pm

Science:

Monday, December 11th
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo: Plane Crashes and Flamenco!
The Nerd Nite that will cause us to actually disappear into our own sense of anxiety! Bob Gould will discuss surviving plane accidents, and David and Lonnie Chu will teach us about the beautiful art of Flamenco, and lead us in a “juerga”!
Union Station [125 Pleasant St, Northampton] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SciTech Cafe
Oooooh ho ho ho so this is how it is? OUR night? You’re doing a SciTech Cafe on Nerd Nite? That’s actually delightful, because it’s lovely to have so many good events all the time in our good town! Everyone is free to go to this to see Gary Felder talk about the possibility of extra dimensions in space, but we will expect you to donate extra to charity at January’s Nerd Nite in penance.

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November 13th – November 19th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We got to see John Hodgman and Monte Belmonte at the Shea Theater this past Friday! It was very nice. There was a lot of very good audience interaction and Monte was a fun interviewer. It’s weird seeing a famous person make in-jokes about very local things. We’re sad that John Hodgman is moving toward more time in Maine but we’re glad he has a lot of good stories about the wonderful Pioneer Valley!

Also! Check out Nerd Nite this week! We are 100% positive that the presentations will be excellent this month. It’s 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the World War 2 Club, 50 Conz St., Northampton!

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 13th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Warrior Writers
Local writer and veteran Eric Wasileski will lead a writing workshop! Military veterans and their families are very welcome, though the event is also open to the public. Warrior Writers works to build a community that allows for artistic expression and helps people witness the full range of military experiences.
Tuesday, November 14th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Amherst Poetry Festival | Screening of Emily Dickinson: My Letter to the World
From the producers of A Quiet Passion, a 2016 film about Emily Dickinson, comes a documentary narrated by Cynthia Nixon! Spend some time getting to know a spectacular local talent better!
Wednesday, November 15th
Amherst College [Bassett Planetarium] at 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festival | Poetry in the Planetarium: A Reading with Dara Wier and Bianca Stone
Listen to the first reading of Dara Wier’s new book ‘In the Still of the Night’ by both Dara and poet and artist Bianca Stone. As they read, the planetarium will display the starscapes of the nights of Emily Dickinson’s birth and death! Which like, we didn’t realize we wanted to happen for us after we die but now we really want it to happen for us because it sounds really cool. We’ll need to get way better at poetry before that happens though we suppose.
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Amherst Poetry Festival | Artist-Poets Performance and Panel Discussion
The poet-artists in ‘Of Soil and Tongues’ will discuss and perform their work! And they will also make you think of a really weird mental image whenever you read or hear their name!
Thursday, November 16th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festival | Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon
For about 14 hours, all of Emily Dickinson’s 1,789 poems will be read out loud in the home and landscape where she wrote them! Everyone can help out too, no need to sign up if you’re an individual but larger groups should email edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festival | Nature Poetry Writing with New England National Scenic Trail poet-in-residence David Leff
Poet, essayist, and person forced to live in the scenic trails of New England David K Leff will teach some nature poetry! Lively readings, discussion, observation of nature, sharpening of the senses, the ability to speak to the Ents and learn their secrets, all the necessary parts of becoming a good nature poet!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Amherst Poetry Festival | The Poet, The Artist, The Printer: Book Arts and the Small Press with Slate Roof Press
How do you go about figuring out how to make a real physical book look and feel nice to read? Readers like books that are cool, how do you use artwork and the physical aspects of a book make the end product more than just a printout of the text? Poets, writers, book lovers, art lovers, bookmakers, and generally nice people from Slate Roof Press will discuss and showcase the work of local artists and bookmakers!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festival | Jennifer Firestone and Marisa Crawford
Jennifer Firestone has written a bunch of books and poems and so has Marisa Cawford and they’re both from Brooklyn, the Cool Place, and they’re going to read poems and we’re going to assume the poems will be really excellent.
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festival | Kaveh Akbar with Sahar Muradi
Kaveh Akbar writes poetry that appears in a ton of places and is the recipient of a lot of prizes. He was born in Tehran, Iran, and begins teaching at Purdue University in the fall! Sahar Muradi is a performer, writer, and educator who was born in Afghanistan and raised in the US and has written a ton! Also we want to make this clear: dearly believes in the bottom of the rice pot. Deeply!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festival | Poetry Festival Party!
It’s a party! Celebrate the literary legacy of Amherst with a bunch of friends and the featured readers! Music! Foods! Fun! It’s a party! Delightful!
Emily Dickinson Museum Garden [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Amherst Poetry Festival | Calling All Poets! A family writing workshop with Burleigh Muten
Write poetry in a nice garden with your pals! All prompts will be related to Dickinson’s poetry or life, and led by children’s author and museum tour guide Burleigh Muten. Children need to be accompanied by an adult!
Friday, November 17th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festival | jubilat/Jones: Caryl Pagel, Kevin Gonzalez, and Emily Pettit
The jubliat/Jones series involves six readings at the Jones Library! They’re followed by a Q&A with the poets, and all readings are free and open to the public!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group: Emily Dickinson as a Second Language Part 2
The second part of an exploration of the more personal and specifically local language of Dickinson! Learn to better appreciate your most famous local poet!
Saturday, November 18th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Jewelry Making Workshop: Wrap Bracelets and Charm Bracelets
Learn how to make a wonderful wrap bracelet or charm bracelet! This is geared toward adults but you can bring a kid if you’re going to help them out with the creation process!

Board Games:

Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board-games with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! We really recommend Istanbul or Photosynthesis if they’ve got those. Chill, entertaining games of friendly competition.
Off The Wall Game Store [41 Russell St – Hadley MA, 01035] at 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Dark Age March to Immortality Tournament
We suppose this is some sort of competition to see who can age the slowest? The Pioneer Valley is a fascinating place. Rules are: 750 pts. + 150 reinforcements, 3 rounds, 75 minute rounds, break for pizza lunch between rounds 1 and 2. The $15 entry fee includes pizza! The event is open to all skill levels and experience, new players are always welcome!

Books:

Tuesday, November 14th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Andrea Lawlor, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl
From the site: “It’s 1993 and Paul Polydoris tends bar at the only gay club in a university town thrumming with politics and partying. He studies queer theory, has a dyke best friend, makes zines, and is a fleur with a rich dating life. But Paul’s also got a secret: he’s a shapeshifter.”
Wednesday, November 15th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Not in Our Town Event: Gretchen Gerzina, Author of Mr. and Mrs. Prince
Dr. Gretchen Gerzina, the author of ‘Mr. and Mrs. Prince’ will speak about the research she did in writing her historical narrative about two slaves who met and married in Deerfield, MA before eventually freeing themselves.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Writing Critique Group
Writers of picture books, middle grade, and YA books meet to read and get some feedback! The group is facilitated by following SCBWI guidelines but you don’t have to be a member to participate.
Thursday, November 16th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elif Babül, Bureaucratic Intimacies: Translating Human Rights in Turkey
From the site: “Human rights are politically fraught in Turkey, provoking suspicion and scrutiny among government workers for their anti-establishment left-wing connotations. Nevertheless, with eyes worldwide trained in Turkish politics, and with accession to the European Union underway, Turkey’s human rights record remains a key indicator of its governmental legitimacy. Bureaucratic Intimacies shows how government workers encounter human rights rhetoric through training programs and articulates the perils and promises of these encounters for the subjects and objects of Turkish governance.”
Friday, November 17th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Archer Mayor, Trace
From the site: “In cases that lead the team all over Vermont and nearby, Archer Mayor once again shows why his novels featuring Joe Gunther and the VBI team are among the finest crime fiction today.” Is… there really a Vermont Bureau of Investigation? Is that a thing?
Saturday, November 18th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Ruth Lehrer, Being Fishkill Book Launch
From the site: “Fishkill Carmel fends for herself, with her fists if need be — until a thwarted lunch theft introduces her to strange, sunny Duck-Duck and a chance for a new start. Born in the backseat of a moving car, Carmel Fishkill was unceremoniously pushed into a world that refuses to offer her security, stability, love. At age thirteen, she begins to fight back. Carmel Fishkill becomes Fishkill Carmel, who deflects her tormenters with a strong left hook and conceals her secrets from teachers and social workers.”
Sunday, November 19th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Gerald A. Cohen, Beyond the Images: The Insightful Memoir of a Life in Medicine
You get to eat some recipes from the memoir at this event! … all of these recipes sound extremely odd to eat at the same time but we are not going to judge you. Two-Fork Tuna on a Triscuit really doesn’t seem like it goes well with Jujyfruits and whatever Shmoo Sauce is. But, anyway, learn about Dr. Cohen’s life as a radiologist and also eat some food!

Card Games:

Friday, November 17th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic: Iconic Masters Release Draft
A limited booster draft featuring the newest set: Iconic Masters! Use some of the most potent cards from Magic’s history to deliver a real high-powered draft! It’s a tournament with Swiss-style pairings and a hard cap of 16 players, so sign up early to get a seat! There’s a $50 entry fee, and every player gets at least one booster pack of Iconic Masters and you can win a lot more, as well as promo cards! Maybe you’ll get a … Black Lotus?!

Community:

Monday, November 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Emotional Self-Care and Well Being during the Holidays and Always
The holiday season is a time when a lot of people feel a ton of pressure to put themselves in really difficult situations! It’s hard for everyone and very few people are on board with our “Just stay inside and play video-games” method of dealing with the holidays. Learn how to practice supporting your emotional well-being during a real tough time of the year!
Saturday, November 18th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Adulting 101 – Present the Best YOU to the World!
Teens and young adults ages 14-22, get some tips on how to make good first impressions! Diane Massey of the Berkshire School of Etiquette will have a fun interactive session to help you get past the handshake. Here’s our hot etiquette tip: everyone’s impressed if you trade glasses with them, and never trade back. Just give people your glasses, and buy another pair later! They’ll remember that.

Computers:

Thursday, November 16th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm Street, Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WordPress Developers and Admins
Talk about your current projects, get some insight into your problems and help others, and then there’s a round-table discussion! This time it’s going to be about SEO, discuss your best and worst experiences making sure that our all-powerful compu-controllers at Google allow people to find you!
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Western Mass Drupal Users Group Meeting
Learn about how to use Drupal more effectively! Tips, talks, modules! Meet fellow users and talk about your experiences! Eat pizza!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, November 15th
Springfield Symphony Hall [34 Court St, Springfield, MA 01103] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Michael Steele: The New Political Scene
We assume this speech will just be him staring at the audience in mute horror as screens behind him play the 24-hour news channels.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Apple Palooza
Ben of Clarkdale Fruit Farms will talk about everything apples! There’s also an apple tasting! It says it only goes until 7:30 but we assume this event will extend into the infinite future, as who can say they have truly finished explaining EVERYTHING apples?
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Gray Divas Residency Concert
Join the Gray Divas for some music from Hawaii in these cold times! There’s also going to be oldies and jazz and some new stuff!
Saturday, November 18th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Game of Thrones S2E1 & Potluck & Fire Pit
One episode is scheduled, but you can stick around to watch more if you like! Bring food and drink to share, and if the weather allows you’ll get to use the fire pit! Check out the site for more info: https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/244955144/
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!

Kids:

Tuesday, November 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!
Thursday, November 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Rainbow Makers LGBTQ+ Group
A creative bi-weekly discussion group for people ages 13-17! The goal is to publish an annual magazine featuring a wide variety of artwork, writing, opinion pieces, reviews, and much more! If you have interests you want to share, they want to help you share them!
Friday, November 17th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM
The Oxbow Quartet Presents: A Children’s String Concert
A half-hour of music that bounces from Shostakovich to Joplin, as all children demand! Dance, enjoy some beautiful music, and have a good time!

Movies:

Wednesday, November 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Baby Driver Screening
A movie about a getaway driver who uses music to be the best in the game!
Sunday, November 19th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film: Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana
A documentary exploring the importance of connections, as the Sefwi Jews reach out to others worldwide. The film bears witness to their ongoing struggle for acceptance and their growth. Find out more and purchase tickets here: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit-shop/calendar-events/film-doing-jewish-story-ghana-sunday-november-19-2-pm

RPGs:

Wednesday, November 15th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by paying $50/mo. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, November 16th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A D&D club for players 8-12! Play a god trapped in mortal form so whenever you need to retire the character you can explain to everyone that actually you were the toughest and best all along, notwithstanding that time you rolled three critical fails and tripped over your armor into a lava pit.
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost twin sister who’s also a dragonborn and much cooler’.

Science:

Monday, November 13th
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo: Skeletons and Socialism
Nerd Nite! Nerd Nite! The Best Nite! You’ll see Constance Hildreth present “My Skeleton is Full of Bugs!” about rigging errors in video-game animation, as well as Sanjiv Gupta giving a talk about “Socialism, the Radical Future of Capitalism”!

 


 

November 6th – November 12th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We just saw Thor: Ragnarok! It was pretty neat.

Good bits:

  • Jokes
  • Goldblum
  • Set design that looks like someone spilled nail polish on a LEGO city and we love it
  • Kirby helmets
  • Pretty nice fight bits
  • Big chunky spaceships
  • Some great minor characters

Bad bits:

  • A bit long
  • The parts in Asgard aren’t super motivating because Asgard has never really been a place full of characters we love, just sort of a generic Fantasy Heaven
  • So jokey that the fight-fights are tough to really buy because come on they’re obviously gonna be fine what is this not a movie with a joke every 2 minutes
  • You know, a Marvel movie. Probably everyone’s capable of reconstructing a Marvel film on their own in their head given a premise at this point

But yeah, overall a nice time at the filmery.

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, November 7th
Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Panel Discussion: Recovered Histories: Shaping the Legacy of Honore Sharrer
Adam Zagorin, son of the artist Honore Sharrer, will lead a conversation with M. Melissa Wolfe moderated by Anna Lee of Smith College about the life, work, and legacy of Honore Sharrer!
Wednesday, November 8th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Zackary Drucker and Tarrah von Lintel in Conversation
As part of Trans Empowerment Month, join the Mead in welcoming transgender multimedia artist, LGBT activist, actress, a television producer Zackary Drucker in conversation with gallery director Tarrah von Lintel.
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Gallery Conversation: Japanese Lacquer in the Collection of Dr. Elizabeth Force
Yao Wu will introduce the types of Japanese lacquerware featured in the exhibition and work to contextualize the objects! Which is useful, because uncontextualized lacquerware is confounding. Joannah Peterson will discuss aspects of the Heian Period literary tradition! So much knowledge, for just $5? Nice.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zine! Zine zine zine. Ziiiiine. Zine? Zine.
Thursday, November 9th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Homework Hang
“Need somewhere to do homework or help with an assignment? Stop by the Teen Room afterschool on Thursdays for homework assistance, supplies, or just a quiet spot to work!”
Friday, November 10th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
YA Craft Series: Make a Macrame Braceley
Fashion (get it?) a fun and colorful accessory! Or two! Can never have enough macrame.
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Vanished: the Hospital on the Hill – Photographs by Stan Sherer, Text by J. Michael Moore
From the site: “This exhibition tells the story of the Northampton State Hospital through the words of the employees, Stan Sherer’s photographs, commentary by J. Michael Moore, and historical photographs from the collection of Historic Northampton.”
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Free art! At a great museum! But still donate if you can! It’s important to support the museum.
Saturday, November 11th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Origami: Animal Paper Folding Class
Evangeline Heath will share her origami skills with you! Learn how to make your own origami! Or just learn how to make a crane and then make 1,000 cranes!

Board Games:

Tuesday, November 7th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 AM
Chess Club
Chess, the game of dukes as they say! Hone your skills at a board game that’s really been waiting on a sequel forever! Get some games under your belt so that you’ll be able to follow the plot in the upcoming Chess: The Movie!
Wednesday, November 8th
The Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat
A great game night with a cool featured game! This time it’s Root: The Woodland Game of Might and Right, which looks neat and sounds fun!

 

Thursday, November 9th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Time: Board Game Edition
Teens! Hang out in the board game section! Play some board games, it’s a good hobby to pick up, because board games are fun!
Saturday, November 11th
Off The Wall Game Store [41 Russell St – Hadley MA, 01035] at 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Deadzone Tournament
It’s a tourney! Two hundred points, registration at 11 and dice rolling starts at noon. Find out more here: http://www.the131.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=58&t=7155. Weird that they picked The Dead Zone, we feel like The Mist would be a much easier Stephen King story to turn into a minatures game.

Books:

Tuesday, November 7th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sunderland Short Story Series
Jeannine Haas will be reading ‘The Night the Ghost Got In’ and ‘The Story of Sailing’ by James Thurber, and Court Dorsey will be reading ‘At the Anarchists’ Convention’ by John Sayles! Hear some good stories! It’s like an audiobook but in person!
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Olivia Hoblitzelle, Aging with Wisdom: Reflections, Stories and Teachings
From the site: “How do we find beauty and meaning in old age? How do we overturn the paradigm of ageism? How do we age consciously and cultivate an inner life resilient enough to withstand the vicissitudes of old age? An extended meditation on how to age consciously and embrace life in all its fullness and wonder, Aging with Wisdom answers these questions.”
Wednesday, November 8th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Reception and Book Salon with Gail Hornstein
Professor of Psychology at Mount Holyoke College Gail Hornstein will discuss with Marty Hadge of the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community and Karen Remmler also of Mount Holyoke the book Agnes’s Jacket – A Psychologists Search for the Meanings of Madness (Revised and Updated)!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Aspergers, Autism, and Neurodiversity (The Modern Real and Surreal)
From the site: “Three authors will read from their books exploring the challenges and gifts of Asperger’s and autism. We’ll hear from two memoirists – one whose son was born with autism, and one describing his search to overcome his own Asperger’s syndrome – and a young adult/children’s novelist who writes about young people with disabilities and neurodiverse minds.”
Thursday, November 9th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Finn Murphy, The Long Haul
A trucker’s-eye view of America on the move! See America in all its glory from the very veins of the nation: gigantic highways!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Author Night with Michael Posnor
Michael Ponsor, local author, former criminal defense attorney and current senior US district Judge fro Western Massachusetts returns to his character Judge Norcross for another novel following a dramatic court case! Sidney Cranmer faces a horrendous accusation from the FBI and U.S. District Judge David Norcross is hearing the case while caring for his young nieces!
Friday, November 10th
Shea Theater, Turner’s Falls at 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
John Hodgman, Vacationland
For a mere $35 you can get a copy of this semi-local but still very definitively New Englander comedian’s first novel that isn’t just a big list of joke facts as well as see a performance of some sort! Probably reading from the book? Maybe juggling.

Card Games:

Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic (Casual/101)
Learn to play Magic in a casual setting with the friendly staff of Modern Myths! Test out a cool new deck, play with constructed decks if other folks are into it, get special door prizes! It’s the perfect night for new Magic players or people who just want to take it easy! It’s $5 to attend, which is immediately converted to store credit.
Saturday, November 11th
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!

Comics:

Monday, November 6th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Comics Workshop
A comic workshop! Not 100% certain what form this takes but it’s probably going to be a lot of fun!
Friday, November 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Comics Club
From the site: “Join Ralph in the Children’s & YA Department for Comics Club, a monthly meeting to discuss, share, and create comics and graphic novels! There will artist’s supplies, materials to put your own books together, and time to receive and give recommendations! Intended for elementary, tween, and teen readers and artists!”

Computers:

Tuesday, November 7th
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A regular meetup of people who do web dev work! It’s a great place to meet and chat about your work and also fun stuff you do!
Wednesday, November 8th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
Learn how to use the Agile method to manage things! The topic this week is “Making it work with Jira”! Learn how to use a useful tool to make developing with Agile easier!
Thursday, November 9th
Common Media [84 Russell Street, Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
After an update about ongoing projects, you’ll be able to get hacking! Make a difference in your community using the computer skills that have previously mostly used to provide relatives with free tech support!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, November 8th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger
Explore haunted spaces with Jeff Belanger! Jeff Belanger is a writer for Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel, which will become the greatest show on television in retrospect if at some point the hosts are devoured by terrifying spirits.
Thursday, November 9th
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! UPDATE: It’s not shorter, just more closely adheres to the manga story, and gets through a lot of the early events faster! The more you know!
Saturday, November 11th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Golden Bird
Ticket sales begin at 10:30, arrive early to guarantee a seat!
Sunday, November 12th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Star Trek Discovery Episodes 6-7 & Potluck & FIre Pit
Check out the site to join up and find the location! https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/. Also look, Star Trek series generally get three-letter names, right? But they’re not “Star Trek: Whatever” = STW! Like TNG, VOY, ENT, DS9, none of those are S, then T, then a thing. So Discovery is DIS, got it? The joke about it being STD doesn’t work! Dangit!

History:

Friday, November 10th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Explore Northampton Series: The Northampton State Hospital
Co-director Elizabeth Sharpe will lead a walking tour of the former Northampton State Hospital grounds, which is now the Village Hill complex! She’ll describe the history of the hospital, where buildings were located, and how treatments changed over time!

Kids:

Tuesday, November 7th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Graphic Novel Book Club and Teen Craft
A discussion of Sarah Andersen’s graphic novel Big Mushy Happy Lump. Stay for the illustration demo and learn how to draw some characters! Register by emailing teens@joneslibrary.org!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Storytime
Give your kids a chance to hear a nice story told by a friendly librarian! Also there are snacks and crafts!
Thursday, November 9th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Lunatunes!
A sign-a-long for babies and toddlers! We imagine the babies are quite a bit less capable of the whole “along” part of the singalong but they have fun. There’s also always a snack, so your kids will not turn into the scary kind of Gremlin.
Saturday, November 11th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Special Storytime: Renee Kurilla
Join a reading of The Pickwick’s Picnic: A Counting Adventure! You can get a book signed after the program, too!

Movies:

Monday, November 6th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
GPL Teen Pizza and Movie Night
Pizza and a movie: the ultimate chance to have pizza and also watch a movie. Teens, don’t let this slip by! This is your chance to have pizza and watch a film! It’s a hoot to do so with pals!
Wednesday, November 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: The Coming War on China
See a film by John Pilger about why he thinks the US is gearing up for war with China. Awesome. Great. Yeah, terrifying. Afterward, confirm your fears with Professor of History at UMass Amherst Sigrid Schmalzer.

RPGs:

Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, November 9th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
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 Roleplaying is pretty much the most common.
Friday, November 10th
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 7:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Magestry LARP Season Finale!
Thinking of LARPing? Join Magestry for the final event of the Autumn season! It’s the perfect opportunity to have a great time at the Festival of Souls! NPC volunteers can have some fun playing spooky ghosts! It’s $40 for first-time players, and free to join as an NPC for as long as you like! You’ll even get a costume and weapons!
Saturday, November 11th
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 9:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Magestry LARP Season Finale!
The second day of the LARP!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
Play the old familiar, the classic, the one with dungeons and also dragons! It has more stuff too, like gnomes. Mostly just gnomes actually, the game is mostly about gnome management.
Sunday, November 12th
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Magestry LARP Season Finale!
The nine hundreth day of the LARP! Time passes differently in the Chesterfield Scout Reservation.

Science:

Thursday, November 9th
Nacul Center [592 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
OEB Science Cafe: We Want You To Learn About Citizen Science
A special one and a half hour event! Three researchers with experience conducting citizen science will let you know how to get involved in scientific research! Contibute to our knowledge of the world!

October 23rd – October 29th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We’re excited and nervous this week because it’s time for Nerd Night at the Academy of Music! It’s going to be a very fun time and we thank you very much for coming and bringing 100 friends! You can grab tickets at the site: https://www.aomtheatre.com/event/nerd-nite/ or at the door!

We also want to point you to a local artist’s kickstarter! It’s a comic called The Next Dance:

One year ago, Hayley’s leg was crushed in a car accident. Today she is still struggling to walk. Every day is a battle, and although her husband Nathan supports her as best he can, what she really needs is someone who understands what she’s going through. Enter the charming and funny Emilio, whose loss of his right hand a year before gives him insight into Hayley’s situation. Or so he thinks…but the truth is that Hayley is coping with far more than Emilio realizes.

The Next Dance was written by Anna Leue, co-founder of Constellation Comics and author of the sci-fi webcomic Half-Man, which has been running since 2014, and is in its sixth issue. It is illustrated by Wretched Things artist Ken Perry.

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, October 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zines! Make and create and develop your own zine! Then hand it out to friends!
Thursday, October 26th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Gallery Talk: Perspectives on Michael Mazur with Betsey Garand
A conversation with former colleague and friend of the late Michael Mazur, Betsey Garand. Free and open to all!
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Picture This: Photo Sessions with Jonathan Jackson
“Tell It Like It Is or Could Be” presents work by contemporary photographers who use their camera to (re)construct historical and personal narratives. Join us for a night of self-exploration and the chance to be photographed by emerging artist, Jonathan Jackson. Also, selfie-stations, snacks, and more! First come, first served. Make some art and get some snacks! What could be better?
Saturday, October 28th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Community Day
“Join us for a free day of family fun at the Mead, featuring guided tours, art-making, and activities inspired by our latest exhibitions.”

Board Games:

Seelye Hall, Seelye Dr, Northampton, MA 01060, USA at 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
JiffyCon
The best con in town! From the site: “JiffyCon is a small local convention, dedicated to showcasing independently published and small-press role playing games. This year Modern Myths will be facilitating JiffyCon, and with the help of SSFFS, Smith’s Science Fiction & Fantasy Society, it will be at Seelye Hall at Smith. Saturday, October 28, 2017 9:00am thru 11:00pm Games start at 9am, doors open and sign ups at 8:00 am. Registration is $25, or $20 with student ID. Registration includes Dinner. All attendees must agree to the JiffyCon Code of Conduct. Check out https://modern-myths.com/events/jiffycon-2017/ for complete information & pre-registration!”
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board games at a wonderful local store! The staff will help you set yourself up, and you’ll quickly be exploring fun new games with a whole bunch of other friendly Valley residents! There’s also always a game demo available to show you something new! Beginners welcome, ages 13+ recommended, younger folks welcome with a parent!

Books:

Monday, October 23rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Meet the Author: _Bad Dad_ by Alice Shane
From the site: “A Psychological Thriller: There’s a Dark Side to Wealth & Privilege. Let’s chat about crime vs. punishment * The relativity of good & evil in a changing world … Presented by the author, Alice Shane”
Tuesday, October 24th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Robert Olmstead, Savage Country
From the site (http://www.odysseybks.com/event/robert-olmstead-savage-country): “… This is a gripping narrative of that infamous hunt, which drove the buffalo population to near extinction–the story of a moment in our history in which mass destruction of an animal population was seen as the only route to economic solvency. But it’s also the intimate story of how that hunt changed Michael and Elizabeth forever.”
Thursday, October 26th
Hooker Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Crossings and Rasanblaj: Performing Anthropological Interventions, Gina Athena Ulysse
From the site (http://www.odysseybks.com/event/crossings-and-rasanblaj-performing-anthropological-interventions-gina-athena-ulysse): “Gina Athena Ulysse will speak on “Crossings and Rasanblaj: Performing Anthropological Interventions.” This hybrid presentation will combine excerpts from three performance projects to explore burning questions about confronting history, disciplinary boundaries/subjects and musings on why anthropology matters now more than ever. The 45-50 minute presentation will be followed by a Q&A. Free and open to the public.”
Saturday, October 28th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Local Author: Ted Cromack
Ted Cromack will discuss his latest collection of short stories, ‘The Hangman’s Noose’! Chilling!
Sunday, October 29th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Talk: Pioneers: The First Breach with Rose Waldman
Rose Waldman talks about a newly translated work, S. An-Sky’s humorous novel about a young man seeking to be part of the Jewish enlightenment sweeping across Europe!

Card Games:

Friday, October 27th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic Booster Draft
Play a Booster Draft game of magic! Your $16 entry fee includes tax and 3 booster packs to draft with, as well as adding a pack to the prize pool! Play a fun game and win prizes!

Comics:

Monday, October 23rd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Comics Workshop
A comic workshop! Not 100% certain what form this takes but it’s probably going to be a lot of fun!

Community:

Tuesday, October 24th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Immigrant “Know Your Rights” Presentation
From the site: “Are you an immigrant or an ally who is concerned about your status? The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project will be conducting a “Know Your Rights” presentation. Come to learn more about your rights when interacting with immigration officials, understanding your legal status and the immigration court process, where to find trusted legal resources, and what programs might be available to you. Free & open to the public.”

Computers:

Monday, October 23rd
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Monthly Full Stack Meetup: A Comparison of Ruby/Rails and Elixir/Phoenix
From the site (https://www.meetup.com/wmasswebdev/): “Michael Bishop will be joining us to compare and contrast Ruby/Rails and Elixir/Phoenix in an attempt to understand how using Elixir can break up some of the mental scar tissue we’ve built up from years of writing web servers that require external services for state.”
Thursday, October 26th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
October 2017 Western Mass Drupal Users Group Meeting
From the site (https://www.meetup.com/wmasswebdev/): “What have you been working on lately? What issues have you run into and what have you learned? This can about anything, from code to project management. One topic that will be presented: hooks versus events in Drupal 8. “
Another Castle [30 Olive St #2, Greenfield, MA] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Another Castle | Open House
From the site (https://www.meetup.com/pioneer-valley-game-developers/events/243982151/): “Another Castle is located at 30 Olive Street, right next to the John W. Olver Transit Center in the heart of Greenfield, MA. Come check out all that we have to offer in our nearly 4,000 sq/ft space. Snacks, pizza and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. We’ll have information about the space and will be giving tours. Check out games by local developers and participate in some friendly social networking!”

Entertainment:

Tuesday, October 24th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ghost Story Open Mike Nite
We don’t know what an open mike nite is but if it’s anything like an open mic night you’ll hear people tell ghost stories and tell some of your own if you like! Fun times!
Wednesday, October 25th
Springfield Symphony Hall [34 Court St, Springfield, MA 01103] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jelani Cobb: The Half-Life of Freedom – Race and Justice in America
Jelani Cobb will takle the enormously complex issue of race in the United States. He’s penned a series of article in the New Yorker that address race, the police, and injustice. He’s also the creator of the investigative series Policing the Police, which aired on PBS Frontline in 2016. He currently teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Thursday, October 26th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime is an art form that we have scattered experience with but a lot of people wicked like. 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.
Friday, October 27th
Look Park at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Exemplary Trees of Look Park
Look at the nicest trees in Look Park! Well, the most impressively large ones at least. Guide Bob Leverett will lead the 3-hour guided walk! Pre-registration requeired, $8 for members and $12 for non-members, email lsanders [at] historicnorthampton [dot] org!
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Sunderland Halloween Community Sing
All ages and abilities are welcome! You only sing what you feel comfortable singing! You’re also going to get to sing Thriller which everyone likes!
Sunday, October 29th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Garrison Keillor receives 2017 Tell it Slant Award
From the site (https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/tellitslant):”Garrison Keillor returns to Amherst in a benefit performance for the Emily Dickinson Museum on Sunday, October 29 at 6 pm in Amherst College’s Johnson Chapel. Mr. Keillor, currently in the midst of a cross-country tour of his one-man show, will deliver a special program that weaves Emily Dickinson into an evening of storytelling and song.”

History:

Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
American Cemetery Design and the Bridge Street Cemetery by Martha H. Lyon, ASLA
From the site (https://www.historicnorthampton.org/programs.html): “Martha Lyon will present a 30-minute talk about the history of American cemetery design. Following the talk, she will lead an interactive “treasure hunt” tour through the Bridge Street Cemetery landscape, identifying design changes, and encouraging participants to spot them too. Limited to 25 participants To register, email lsanders@historicnorthampton.org $8 members; $12 non-members”

Kids:

Thursday, October 26th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Here They Come: A Halloween Visit with David Hyde Costello
David has trapped some sort of demon and he will share it with you! But can you afford the price of this demon’s knowledge?
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Mysterious Massachusetts
From the site: “Every state has its ghost stories, but no other state has the Dover Demon or the Salem Witch Trials. From sea-side ghosts, to UFOs over the Berkshires, Massachusetts has a rich history of paranormal legend, odd events, and strange denizens. In this workshop, we have a look at some of the most famous of Massachusetts paranormal history.”
Friday, October 27th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Spooky Teen Lounge w/Movie
A spooky lounge that also has a movie! Those two things, and nought else!
Saturday, October 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Drag Queen Story Hour and Sparkle Party
From the site: “The Forbes Library is excited to be hosting a Drag Queen Story Hour, which is exactly what it sounds like: Drag Queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores.”

Movies:

Tuesday, October 24th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Spooky Family Movie
Watch the fantastic film Hocus Pocus! It’s a positively perfect example of the extremely specific 90’s era Disney made-for-tv aesthetic!
Wednesday, October 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary
From the site: “Directed by a schoolteacher, this film became a lightning bolt in the immigration debate as the Rockefeller Foundation labeled it “One of the most important films on American race relations.” Hoover Elementary is located in Pico-Union, known as the ‘Ellis Island’ of Los Angeles. After the passage of Proposition 187 into law, teacher Laura Angelica Simon feared she would be forced to turn in her undocumented students to the INS. She was equally disturbed by the support the Proposition was receiving from teachers, even though it would harm their own students. Armed with borrowed equipment, Simon began chronicling this troubled and divisive chapter at Hoover Elementary.”

RPGs:

Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, October 26th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play a game where you pretend to be another person! That covers a pretty wide range, so we don’t know exactly what’ll be up here but for some reason most of these games involves swords and dragons at some point. Even if someone tells you you’re going to be playing an RPG about minding a small convenience store, take a few levels in Longswords just in case.

Science:

Monday, October 23rd
Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Night at the Academy
Yay! It’s here! It’s here! See two physicists explain the universe to you as introduced by two incredibly nervous people! It’s going to be a fun night in a beautiful old theater! From the site: “Presenters Gary Felder and Brokk Toggerson will cover themes related to the work of Albert Einstein as connective tissue and food for thought around our November Season Series performance of Jack Fry’s one-man show, Einstein! Come schmooze, have a drink and talk science!”
Wednesday, October 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Climate Change in Your Backyard
From the site: “Given the early fall record-breaking heat wave, the hottest years on record all occurring in the last 4 years, the recent drought, and the extreme storms that the northeast and the country are experiencing, you may be wondering what climate change has in store for our own Connecticut River Valley. This presentation will focus on the expected impacts of climate change to the natural environment, including gardens, invasive plants, trees, and wildlife in your own backyard.”

October 16th – October 22nd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Happy October!

We’re a bit busy this weekend so we just want to quickly and succinctly say:

Go to Nerd Nite NoHo at the Academy of Music on Monday, October 23rd at 7:00pm! It will be a fun time and you will like it so why not? Plus it’s an excuse to enjoy the spectacular sights of Downtown Northampton!

Oh! We still need our picture with the marquee!

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, October 17th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Craft: Embroidered Felt Leaves (Ages 11-17)
Registration required! Make some embroidered leaves! Or embroider some leaves? Make some felt leaves and then embroider them, that seems more likely. We’re pretty sure you can’t embroider leaves. But then again maybe no one’s tried!
Thursday, October 19th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Roald Dahl Art Activity
A fun art activity! Make a dream-catcher! Wait. For Roald Dahl? We don’t remember every book we read by Roald Dahl but that seems really out of left field. Maybe like make a … giant? He did the BFG, right?
Friday, October 20th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
Meet up to have lively conversation about Dickinson! The topic this month is “Emily Dickinson as a Second Language”. Speak about her private vocabulary, her nineteenth-century English, and her hyper-local references!
Saturday, October 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Pumpkin Painting
Paint some pumpkins! Paint them scary, paint them funny, paint them every color of the rainbow and then some! They’ll have examples and will demonstrate a technique, but you’re encouraged to go wild with your own ideas! We suggest you paint a pumpkin so that it looks like a particularly large apple, so that any friend of yours who wants an apple will gravitate to this hilariously large prank apple and you’ll be able to give them some gentle ribbing when they find out they actually just ate a pumpkin. Space is limited! Register ahead of time!

Board Games:

Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
Sections for K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12 grades! A four-round Swiss System tournament where trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each section. Free entry, but bring a chess set and clock if you’ve got them! And a bagged lunch! Remember that if you seem to be losing you can always petition to switch to chess-boxing midstream.

Books:

Thursday, October 19th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Gazmend Kapllani, A Short Border Handbook: A Journey Through the Immigrant’s Labyrinth
From the site: “An exhilarating, blackly funny exploration of migration and borders from an Albanian who grew up longing to cross to Greece, only to find reality did not match fantasy. Gazmend Kapllani is an Albanian-born journalist, poet and writer. His works of fiction, A Short Border Handbook and My Name is Europe, explore how totalitarianism, immigration, borders and Balkan history have shaped private lives and personal narratives.”

Comics:

Monday, October 16th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Comics Workshop
A comic workshop! Not 100% certain what form this takes but it’s probably going to be a lot of fun!

Community:

Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Transportation Justice
Discussion and advocacy for improved regional public transit. We all benefit from excellent public transit!
Wednesday, October 18th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Pioneer Valley Democratic Socialists of America
The monthly general meeting of the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists!
Saturday, October 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Adulting 101 – Cyber Smarts & Social Media Savvy
Teens and young adults ages 14-22, get some tips on staying cyber-smart this cyber-year! Craft a social media profile that tells the societally appropriate sorts of mistruths! Keep safe, set boundaries online, and avoid common mistakes! Our most useful online tip is probably delete twitter.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
League of Women Voters – Franklin County
An open meeting of members of the League of Women Voters!
Sunday, October 22nd
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Community Open House
A day of activities featuring the Sarah Rose Lazarus Family Concert with the Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble, a gallery talk by Mark Podwal, tours, and more!

Computers:

Thursday, October 19th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm Street, Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WordPress Developers and Admins
This time the main topic is going to be SEO! Local SEO expert Roger Montti will join to give a great presentation on how to improve traffic, sales, and leads. Our tactic is that we just copy and past all of Wikipedia into every post, then turn the text white!

Entertainment:

Tuesday, October 17th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Seed Saving Day at the Dickinson
Lend a hand gathering and saving seeds from the garden at Emily Dickinson’s Homestead! You can go to a sachet making session too! Make sure that the garden’s just as beautiful next year!
Thursday, October 19th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! We watched some of “Ouran Host Club.” and it was both funny and distressing in equal measure.
Saturday, October 21st
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Game of Thrones S1E7 & Potluck
GoT meetups have been going great, so why not do another? See a show you either will love or do love and hang out with nice people! You can stay for one episode or multiple! Be sure to sign up for the Meetup group to make sure that you can actually find out where it is! https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/
Sunday, October 22nd
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Star Trek Discovery Episodes 3-5 & Potluck
After watching the first two episodes of Discovery on the premiere, everyone decided that it made sense to keep it up! Bring something to eat or drink for this long trek to the stars!

History:

Saturday, October 21st
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Dedication of the Northampton State Hospital Burial Ground Memorial Bench
The Northampton Historical Commission will dedicate a new memorial bench overlooking “Cemetery Hill”, which was used by the Northampton State Hospital from 1858 until the 1920s.
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Devil’s Juggles: Witchcraft Accusations in 17th-Century New England by Michael Thurston
A newly updated talk about the appearance of witchcraft in seventeenth-century Valley towns and villages, giving light to familiar patterns of accusation and interrogation. Also learn about the fact that Cotton Mather apparently called things the “Devil’s Juggles” which like… what… what the heck is that supposed to mean?
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Massachusetts Archaeology Month: Digging at the Dickinson
View the world of Emily Dickinson through the eyes of an archaeologist! A presentation and a walking tour from members of the UMass school of Archaeology will present findings from the Dickinson dig site!

Movies:

Thursday, October 19th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film & Discussion Series: 13th
Join the group for a viewing of the documentary film “13th” followed by a group discussion. After the film and discussion, people will break out into smaller groups to talk about local action projects that you can take part in! Free and open to the public.

 

October 9th – October 15th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We just finished the game Tales of Berseria, which was quite good! It had fun characters with whom we had a fun time, and it managed to sell a lot of the extremely emotionally charged moments that sometimes come across as forced in these sorts of stories. Plus you can do a bunch of fun fashion stuff with the characters, which is a feature literally every game should have no matter the genre. We always want to be able to dress people up! It never ever stops being funny when someone’s having an intense conversation while a doll is sitting on their shoulders.

Anyway! In other news please make it a point to check out the amazing the spectacular the definitely worthwhile to see Nerd Nite NoHo! We’ll be at the Academy of Music on the 23rd at 7pm, on the same stage that’s hosted so many amazing performers! It’ll be a hoot and a half.

We’re going to be exploring the mysteries of physics! We’ll get a better idea of how Einstein’s initial discoveries are relevant today, and we’ll explore how complex everyday physics can be, and how much we still don’t know! Plus, you’ll get to see a Nerd Nite on a screen that we’re going to assume will be almost comically huge in comparison to what we use at the World War 2 Club!

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, October 11th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
From Russia to Paris and Beyond: 20th Century Russian Artists in Europe
A lecture by Curator of European and Russian Art, Dr Alla Rosenfeld, in conjunction with the exhibition! Dr. Rosenfeld will present her insights on how the concept of ‘home’ was ever-changing for Russian artists, who fled to Western Europe. She’ll also trace the complex interconnections and rich influences between Russian and Western artists in the 20th century. Find out more about art, impress your friends, cow your enemies!
Friday, October 13th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Art making for everyone! Get ready for Halloween with awesome paper masks that are inspired by the animals in Honore Sharrer’s art! Spooktacular! There’s also complimentary light refreshments!
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Arts in Northampton – Then, Now and Going Forward: A Conversation with Gordie Thorne and Annie Woodhull
From the site: “Gordie Thorne and Annie Woodhull, in conversation with co-director Laurie Sanders, will describe the state of the arts in Northampton in the early 1970s when they first arrived to today, with the creation of the new Northampton Community Arts Trust project at 33 Hawley Street.”
Saturday, October 14th
Animagic Museum of Animation at 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Animagic Museum Tour and Class
From the Meetup event: “This museum is showcase for all the animation/special effects artists and work done in the region. It is a very small but unique museum and you get to meet the owners. The tour takes 20-minutes and is free tour but they request $5 donation. Afterwards there is a 2-hour animation class for $20. By the end of the class you will be able to complete a very basic animation (similar to claymation) and it they upload it to youtube. ” Sounds awesome! There are a ton of great animators nearby!

Board Games:

Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board games at a wonderful local store! The staff will help you set yourself up, and you’ll quickly be exploring fun new games with a whole bunch of other friendly Valley residents! There’s also always a game demo available to show you something new! Beginners welcome, ages 13+ recommended, younger folks welcome with a parent!
Off The Wall Game Store [41 Russell St – Hadley MA, 01035] at 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Age of Sigmar Tournament
For just $15, you get to compete for prizes and have a nice pizza lunch! It’s a 2000 point tournament and you get started at noon, but need to register at 11!
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA] at 12:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Tabletop Game Day
A board game meetup with some excellent folks who are happy to play some board games with you! Mostly Euro games, but feel free to bring whatever you find fun!

Books:

Monday, October 9th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Holly Black & Cassandra Clare, The Silver Mask (Magisterium Book 4) Book Launch!
Important! Please RSVP at rsvp@odysseybks.com or call 413-534-7307! From the site: “A generation ago, Constantine Madden came close to achieving what no magician had ever achieved: the ability to bring back the dead. He didn’t succeed . . . but he did find a way to keep himself alive, inside a young child named Callum Hunt.”
Tuesday, October 10th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elizabeth Bear & Scott Lynch
From the Site: “Author Elizabeth Bear returns to her critically acclaimed epic fantasy world of the Eternal Sky with a brand new trilogy. The Stone in the Skull available October 10th from Tor Books takes readers over the dangerous mountain passes of the Steles of the Sky and south into the Lotus Kingdoms.”
Thursday, October 12th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Thomas Moore, Ageless Soul
From the site: “Ageless Soul offers positive and inspiring guidance for becoming a full person as time goes by. Since we are all aging, it is for anyone who has ever thought about getting older. It’s especially valuable for people 50 and over. It seems more difficult than ever these days to deal creatively with aging. This book provides a deep and comprehensive plan that sees aging not as losing capacity but as becoming who you are destined to be, a real human being.” We’re actually destined to be a sort of linchpin sacrificial hero who will start the next cycle of an underlying world-myth.

Card Games:

Friday, October 13th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic Booster Draft
Play a Booster Draft game of magic! Your $16 entry fee includes tax and 3 booster packs to draft with, as well as adding a pack to the prize pool! Play a fun game and win prizes!
Sunday, October 15th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Learn to Play Pokemon
For a small fee of $20 you get to learn how to play the Pokemon Card Game! You’ll get a theme deck and a booster pack, and the friendly Modern Myths staff will help you learn how to play!

Computers:

Wednesday, October 11th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
Are you on an Agile team? Do you want to be? Learn more about this management technique! The topic this week is Agile Pain Points, which we assume teaches you how to use the techniques of agile to make your foes hearts explode.
Thursday, October 12th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Hack for Western Mass
After some quick updates about local projects in progress, there will be some time to discuss upcoming projects and then get to hacking together some solutions! Get started on a wonderful new project this week! Also you get dinner!

Kids:

Saturday, October 14th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Special Fire Prevention Storytime with Fire Fighter Meaghan Ahearn
Join Fire Fighter Meaghan Ahearn from the Sunderland Fire Department for a special storytime! Fire, humankind’s oldest friend and most persistent nemesis, needs a constant vigil to be kept under control! Children will share stories, see a real fire truck, and learn both how to prevent fires and what to do in case of a fire!

RPGs:

Thursday, October 12th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
Play the old familiar, the classic, the one with dungeons and also dragons! You’ll be exploring the Dwarven fortress Stone Tooth! The adventure is recommended for characters of at least level 3. To enter, you need to get a $5 day pass, but that becomes store credit immediately!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPGs are great! Play Noirlandia, or Questlandia, or Dread, or Monsterhearts, or Apocalypse World, or Dogs in the Vineyard, or One Thousand and One Nights, or any of a lot of amazing games created right here in this Valley! They’re all very good!
Friday, October 13th
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 9:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Magestry LARP Autumn Game 3
Try Magestry! It’s $40 for first-time players, but FREE to join the staff for the weekend as an NPC! Plus if you’re an NPC you get food and a costume! Sounds fun whatever you decide!
Sunday, October 15th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Pathfinder Society
Become a hero! Join the Pathfinder Society and seek out bold new adventure in this fantasy roleplaying game! It’s limited to seven people on a first-come first-serve basis, but it’s not a bad idea to stop by and say hi even if it fills up! There’s always more adventure on the way!

Science:

Thursday, October 12th
Nacul Center [592 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe Presents A Hairy Situation – Surprising Stories of Primate Evolution
Hear UMass Anthropology Professor Jason Kamilar discuss his research on primate evolution! He’s a specific expert on hair, and he’ll explain why the heck we have so many different colors of hair in mammals!

 

October 2nd – October 7th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


The Spooky Season is here! Yay! Get a bunch of pumpkin-flavored whatever the heck, dress in whatever you think is coolest and don’t stop until Christmas!

Also please take a moment to buy a ticket to Nerd Nite NoHo at the Academy of Music! It’s THIS MONTH and we’re 100% excited and 100% freaking out about this very neat thing we’re going to do! You are invited and it will be a lot of fun.

It isn’t quite up on the marquee yet and it’s absolutely killing us because whenever we’re in NoHo at that one interminable light we keep glancing over and we’re always kind of worried that pedestrians think we’re like getting angry at them or something for waiting to cross.

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, October 3rd
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Arts Adventure
“We’re taking a four week adventure through the world of collage! We’ll supply glue, markers, and old magazines to cut up, you bring any paper or photo items you want to include in your collage! On our final Tuesday, we’ll have a mini-art show to look at each other’s work.” We’re taking a four week adventure through the world of macrame but you’re not invited.
Thursday, October 5th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus
A free cultural event where you get to see open mic performers and look at beautiful art and listen to poetry and legend says that Emily Dickinson might drop by!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Homework Hang
“Need somewhere to do homework or help with an assignment? Stop by the Teen Room after school on Thursdays for homework assistance, supplies, or just a quiet spot to work!”

Board Games:

Saturday, October 7th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board games at a wonderful local store! The staff will help you set yourself up, and you’ll quickly be exploring fun new games with a whole bunch of other friendly Valley residents! There’s also always a game demo available to show you something new! Beginners welcome, ages 13+ recommended, younger folks welcome with a parent!

Books:

Monday, October 2nd
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Truth to Power: Writers Respond To The Rhetoric of Hate And Fear
The book will be on sale at the event for $20, all profits will be donated to the ACLU, the Standing Rock Sioux, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. There will be a series of readings with authors Doug Anderson, Chard deNiord, Marin Espada, Howie Faerstein, Leslie McGrath, & Lauren Marie Schmidt.
Thursday, October 5th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Peter Zheutlin, Rescued
In the follow up to the bestselling Rescue Road, Peter Zheutlin offers a look into the world of rescue dogs instead of rescue roads. He’ll teach you to set the world right one dog at a time! Next up he’ll be looking into the seedy underworld of road breeding.
Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Robert K. Musil: “The Legacy of Rachel Carson: Empathy and Environmental Justice”
President and CEO of the Rachel Carson Council will discuss environmental justice and political advocacy. After the event you’ll be able to get the book signed!
Friday, October 6th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Josh Weil, Age of Perpetual Light
Josh Weil brings together a decade’s worth of work that explores the themes of progress and the bringing of light to the world. Short stories follow deeply felt characters through different eras in American history, speaking to the aspiration for advancement.
Saturday, October 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Local Author Series Kickoff with Mike Curato!
Kicking off the new Local Author series with the award-winning local children’s author and illustrator, Mike Curato! He’ll give a live book reading, an interactive drawing demonstration, a brief slideshow, and some Q&A! All his books will be available for purchase, so pick one up and get it signed! Recommended for children ages 4 to 12!

Card Games:

Friday, October 6th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic (Casual/101)
Learn to play Magic in a casual setting with the friendly staff of Modern Myths! Test out a cool new deck, play with constructed decks if other folks are into it, get special door prizes! It’s the perfect night for new Magic players or people who just want to take it easy! It’s $5 to attend, which is immediately converted to store credit.

Community:

Monday, October 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Career Center Registration & Job Search Assistance
Get help finding a job! See Mary Ann at the Mezzanine level to get started on your search!
Wednesday, October 4th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Mobile Market Meeting
Join the folks at Healthy Hampshire for a meeting to hear what the community thinks about establishing a mobile farmer’s market for Hampshire County.
Thursday, October 5th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Consumer Workshop: Identity Theft
Get a head start on that thing that’s 100% going to happen to you in the future thanks to corporate malfeasance and criminal incompetence on the part of people who are ostensibly stewards of your data! It’s not going to be fun, so you should probably figure out how to deal with it now. Ms. Milagros S. Johnson of the Mayors Office of Consumer Information will be speaking! Register by calling (413) 283-3330, extension 100!
Saturday, October 7th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Public Speaking for Women Activists
Learn how to speak more effectively to crowds!

Computers:

Tuesday, October 3rd
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A regular meetup of people who do web dev work! It’s a great place to meet and chat about your work and also fun stuff you do!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, October 4th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: The Gravestone Girls
The Gravestone Girls will take you on a virtual tour of the cemetery! Take a look at the history and the present of the rural cemeteries that surround you, known by locals as “the forest of strange stone trees that almost look purposefully carved”. The tour will examine why we have graveyards, why we set up gravestones, and how styles and art on gravestones have evolved over 400 years! Local art will be featured!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Fake News and PGS (Post-Modern Gullibility Syndrome)
Veteran Gazette columnist and author Bruce Watson will speak about Fake News and why people are often eager to believe it! Free and open to all!
Friday, October 6th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Ukulele Jam
Play the Ukulele? Just like the look of it and want to try? Play songs and learn at the Jam!
Sunday, October 8th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Talk: Norton Juster and Ilan Stavans
Norton Juster, author of the absolute classic children’s book The Phantom Tollbooth, and Ilan Stavans, editor of The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories, talk about writing for children! A spectacular opportunity for insights from some real pros!

Kids:

Tuesday, October 3rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!
Thursday, October 5th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Rainbow Makers LGBTQ+ Group
A creative bi-weekly discussion group for people ages 13-17! The goal is to publish an annual magazine featuring a wide variety of artwork, writing, opinion pieces, reviews, and much more! If you have interests you want to share, they want to help you share them!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Lunatunes!
A sign-a-long for babies and toddlers! We imagine the babies are quite a bit less capable of the whole “along” part of the singalong but they have fun. There’s also always a snack, so your kids will not turn into the scary kind of Gremlin.

Movies:

Tuesday, October 3rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
GPL Teen Pizza and Movie Night
Teens! Get pizza and watch movies! You’re invited to a party and it’ going to be great.

RPGs:

Wednesday, October 4th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, October 5th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
Play the old familiar, the classic, the one with dungeons and also dragons! You’ll be exploring the Dwarven fortress Stone Tooth! The adventure is recommended for characters of at least level 3. To enter, you need to get a $5 day pass, but that becomes store credit immediately!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you try to figure out how to steal a dragon’s glass eye. It’s got to be powerful, right? And if it’s not it’s still a good story. Hm. A dragon would probably have like 40,000 extra glass eyes in a pile if they had one. Dragons are like that.
Saturday, October 7th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Xanathar’s Nemesis
A huge 8-hour D&D day and night of adventure! Head into the tunnels beneath Waterdeep and deal with a rival who’s been giving Xanathar, the Beholder mobster, a lot of grief! You’ll have a break for dinner around 6pm, there are going to be special door prizes for attendees, and play materials for all! Everything’s included in the $25 admission price! There’s a strict limit of 15 people, so sign up quick!
Sunday, October 8th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Pathfinder Society
Become a hero! Join the Pathfinder Society and seek out bold new adventure in this fantasy roleplaying game! It’s limited to seven people on a first-come first-serve basis, but it’s not a bad idea to stop by and say hi even if it fills up! There’s always more adventure on the way!