Star Wars

June 4th – June 10th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


The Nerd Watch for another week! What a delight.

Have you been checking out the excellent work of Valley Creator Joshua A.C. Newman at Xenoglyph? You should! You could, for instance, find out how to make a Star Wars guy!

This time, let’s make up a Star Wars guy.

You might use this same process for a city or a spaceship, but we’ll use it right now for a character for a roleplaying game, or for fanfic, or whatever. I’m going to choose according to my own aesthetic inclinations, of course, but I invite you to use this process with your own.

Here’s the process we’re gonna use here:

1. Pick some pre-industrial elements.
2. Pick some industrial elements.
3. Pick a Modern (not Postmodern!) concern the character has.
4. Let each of these inform another, either directly or ironically.
5. Don’t forget that people in Star Wars have families.

It goes into a lot more detail, for folks who’d like to make a Star Wars guy!

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, June 4th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Button Making
Design your own buttons with a button maker! Maybe you need a button to keep your shirt closed? Maybe you need a button to launch your master plan? Maybe you need a button that says “I made a button!” all of these are possible with a button-maker!
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Maker Monday
Come by to try out new technology, teens! There are snacks! No registration, just drop by! For ages 12-18!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Art: Collage
Ewan will show teens the magic of collage!
Tuesday, June 5th
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.
Thursday, June 7th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus at the Emily Dickinson Museum
“Pop-up contemporary art exhibit in the Homestead from 5 to 8 pm. Open mic signups from 5 to 6 pm, with the open mic beginning at 6 pm. Featured readers follow the open mic ” Featuring Wyn Cooper, who’s published five books of poems, and has had his work appear in hundreds of magazines.Also featuring Leonore Alaniz, who’s a botanical printmaker!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM
Art Babes @ SCMA: Outdoor Sculpture Story Walk
“We’re excited to announce this new program at the museum! Join museum educator Gina Hall for an artful adventure for toddlers and their caregivers. Explore a different theme each session — in the museum’s galleries and around the Smith College campus. To accommodate a variety of busy schedules… Each session will be offered twice—Thursday + Saturday—from 10:15-11 a.m.”
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM
Art Babes @ SCMA: Outdoor Sculpture Story Walk
The second showing!
Friday, June 8th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Free art! For you! Free! What’s not to like? There’s also hands-on artmaking for all ages. And at 6pm, there’s a guided conversational tour!

Books:

Monday, June 4th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Michelle Tea, Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions, & Criticisms
“The razor-sharp but damaged Valerie Solanas, a doomed lesbian biker gang, recovering alcoholics, and teenagers barely surviving at an ice creamery: these are some of the larger-than-life, yet all-too-human figures populating America’s fringes. Rife with never-ending fights and failures, theirs are the stories we too often try to forget. But in the process of excavating and documenting these queer lives, Michelle Tea also reveals herself in unexpected and heartbreaking ways.” Shit this just sounds really interesting.
Wednesday, June 6th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Tommy Orange, There There
“Here is a voice we have never heard–a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with stunning urgency and force. Tommy Orange writes of the plight of the urban Native American, the Native American in the city, in a stunning novel that grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide. An unforgettable debut, destined to become required reading in schools and universities across the country.” This also sounds amazing! Odyssey has such excellent authors.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Wicked Wednesday Book Club Party
0Not certain what sort of party this is! There’s not a description. We generally don’t do book clubs because to be frank we’re awful at doing them far enough ahead of time to get you time to read the danged thing but… this is a party, presumably?
Thursday, June 7th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
David Sedaris, Calypso – Ticketed Event
“If you ordered a ticket + book package, these will be available to be picked up anytime during regular store hours after Tuesday, May 29th. You may also pick up your book and ticket at the will call table prior to the event. Doors open at 6:00pm, event begins at 7:00pm. Please arrive early. Seats that are not claimed by 6:45 will be released to the waiting list. To reserve a spot on the waiting list, please email rsvp@odysseybks.com. If you did not order a ticket + book package, but would like to meet David Sedaris and/or have him sign books, you may join the signing line and enter the store as people leave the event.” Dang this one has a lot of like conditions. David Sedaris is a big deal!
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Young Adult Book Club for Adults Reads Nimona
We can do this book club! You can read Nimona, an excellent comic by excellent artist Noelle Stevenson, in a day! And you should! It’s really wonderful, and we love it. “Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.”
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wool: A Book Talk with Peggy Hart
Local author Peggy Hart tells the colorful tale of wool! Wool! A majestic material that has impacted the lives of millions and yo uwill earn about the journey from handicraft to industry and back! Peggy Hart is a teacher and a production weaver, who designs and produces hundreds of blankets each year, including custom sheep blankets awwwwww awwww aww sheep blankets.
Saturday, June 9th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Why We Write Middle Grade
Middle grade books! For 8-12 year olds, they’re sometimes dismissed, because people are jerks. A panel of authors including Jeanne Birdsall, Cammie McGovern, Catherine Newman, Liz Rosenberg, and Lisa Yee will discuss the challenges and rewards of writing for this age group!
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Lights, Camera, Disaster, Erin Dionne
“Hester Greene loves making movies. With her camera in hand, she can focus, make decisions, and have the control she lacks in life, where her executive function disorder (think extreme ADHD plus anxiety) sabotages her every move. But middle school is not a movie, and if her last-ditch attempt to save her language-arts grade–and her chance to pass eighth grade, period–doesn’t work, Hess could lose her friends, her year, even her camera. It will take more than a cool training montage to get her life together, but by thinking outside the frame, she just might craft a whole new ending.”

Computers:

Tuesday, June 5th
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Join a lot of nice people to talk about whatever! The general organizing principle is that you work in or like or have heard of computers, but the discussion is pretty freewheeling. A good place to network, particularly if networking usually gives you hives.
Wednesday, June 6th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton High-Speed Community Network Coalition Organizational Meeting
“Continue working on petitioning the city to help create a high speed municipal network, similar to efforts completed or underway in nearby cities like Leverett, Westfield, Holyoke/South Hadley and one proposed in Easthampton. We’ll get reports from members of the group doing outreach and talking with the city and others. You can see our sort of “prospectus” and recent news on our website: https://www.northamptonma.net/” The fact that they got the domain NorthamptonMA.net speaks well of their organizational know-how!

Entertainment:

Monday, June 4th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Voices for Resistance – A Celebration!
“Short readings by Maria Jose Gimenez, Lauren Marie Schmidt, Eileen Kennedy, Ellen LaFleche, Dina Friedman, Christopher J. Sparks & Theresa Vincent. OPEN MIC – slots available on June 4. If you’d like to read (max. 4 minutes) please arrive BY 6:45 pm and put your name in the hat. The slots will be chosen, also randomly, the evening of the event on June 4. You are invited to read something you wrote or a published piece you admire. A Straw Dog Writers Guild Social Justice Writing Event” Free to attend and open to the public!
Wednesday, June 6th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Sustainable Living
“Choosing to live a more sustainable life at work, home and play is not always easy. Claire and John will explore ways to help reduce one’s carbon footprint through everyday actions, both large and small.” Lovely! Make sure to make your modern life slightly less terrible for the world wherever possible.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Barbershop Quartet Performance by Shave and a Haircut
“Come listen to this Barbershop Quartet joyfully sing 4-part harmony to songs from the 80’s (1880’s) to the 1960’s. Repertoire includes doo-wop, jazz. familiar love songs, broadway and movie favorites, and barbershop classics! There will even be a little sing-a-long! Pictured left to right: Ted Fijal (Lead), Steve LeClair (Tenor), Bill Simons (Bass), and Dick Bourbeau (Baritone).” Neat!
Thursday, June 7th
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.
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
First Thursdays Concert Series – Dan Daniels
“As part of the “First Thursday Programs” Dan will perform his show “A Songwriter’s Story”, a journey through some of the songs he has written and the stories behind them.”
Friday, June 8th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Native Plants for New England Gardens: A Talk by Mark Richardson
Practical advice and inspiration for indoor and outdoor gardeners. Find out from horticultural expert Mark Richardson, the Botanic Garden Director of the New England Wildflower Society, for a talk based on his new co-authored book Native Plants for New England Gardens! It’ll take special care about plants grown by Dickinson, too! $12 for adults, $8 for Museum Friends, and $6 for Garden Volunteer participants!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Group Singing to learn songs for Our Community Sing in September
“Arts Night Out, Friday, June 8, at 5:00pm, we’ll gather on the Forbes Library Lawn to learn songs that are possibilities for the large community sing in the fall. Free and open to the public. Local musician and singer Alex Johnson will lead the singing. Come relax on the lawn and enjoy singing for an hour. Some chairs will be provided, but it’d be good to bring along an lawn chair or a blanket.” So this is how they do it in musicals, preparation!
Saturday, June 9th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Gardener’s Workshop: Propagating from Cuttings & Field Trip to The Durfee Conservatory
“First, on a private conservatory tour, encounter UMass Amherst’s Durfee Conservatory’s stunningly diverse collection. Highlights include seven historic camellias from the 1867 Durfee Plant House, a glass palace which Dickinson’s niece described as “Aunt Emily’s conservatory multiplied ever so many times.” Special attention will be given to those plants beloved by nineteenth-century Americans, including scented geraniums.” Then get a hands-on workshop from the Museum’s Gardener-in-Residence, Marta McDowell Pre-registration required, as space is limited. Please email edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org or call (413)-542-2034 to register. $15 adults/$12 Friends/$10 Garden Volunteers (June 8 & 9).
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
The 25th Northampton Garden Tour
“In advance: $15 at Forbes Library, Bay State Perennial Farm, Cooper’s Corner, Hadley Garden Center, North Country Landscapes & Garden Center and State Street Fruit Store. Day of the tour: $20 at Forbes Library only. Raffle: 2 tickets/$5 or 5 tickets/$10. Raffle display and tickets for sale at Forbes Library, from May 10 – June 8 & on the day of the tour, at one of the gardens. Win gift a beautiful quilt, on display at the Library. * All proceeds fund books, equipment, and programs for Forbes Library *” See beauty, help a library!

History:

Saturday, June 9th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Victorians at Home: Holyoke’s Gilded Age Architecture
Holyoke! A city with a kind of wild number of literal mansions, just dotting around the place. That’s apparently due to a 19th-century building boom that created a ton of fine old Victorian homes. Eric Gradoia, Director of Historic Preservation at Historic Deerfield, will explore how Victorians became such a fixture of Holyoke. Lots of photos of lovely homes! Free and open to the public.

Kids:

Tuesday, June 5th
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!
Wednesday, June 6th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Music Storytime with Mr. Liam
Mr Liam is really going all-out with his photo here. Clown nose, kazoo, … snare brushes? Anyway he’s going to play music and tell stories! You know, for kids!
Friday, June 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Read to Toby!
Toby can’t read! You need to read to him! He’s so old and cute and he wants to listen to stories! He’s a good dog! Sign up to read to him by calling 587-1010!

Movies:

Tuesday, June 5th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sing Along Movie Night
“Bring the whole family for our special sing along movie nights. Grease is the word! whoa, oh oh those summer nights! Wear costumes, bring props and be ready to sing, sing, sing!” Word of caution: do not clarify anything about any song in Grease to your children!

RPGs:

Thursday, June 7th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play a game where you pretend to be another person! That covers a pretty wide range, so we don’t know exactly what’ll be up here but for some reason most of these games involves swords and dragons at some point. Even if someone tells you you’re going to be playing an RPG about minding a small convenience store, take a few levels in Longswords just in case.
Saturday, June 9th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons? We have dungeons. Dragons? Eeeeessssh. Hmm. HMmHmHMMMph. Dragons. Real dragons? The big kind? Fire ones? We don’t have fire ones… Ice? No no no ice dragons. What’s that? Like a dead dragon? We could get you a dead dragon! Wait, but still moving? Oh UN-dead, no no none of those. SSsssss sss s s hm. Hm. We can do kobolds! Will those do?

Science:

Monday, June 4th
Union Station [125 Pleasant St, Northampton] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SciTech Cafe: What Do Rocks Remember?
What is going on in the belly of a great mountain belt? How do geologists tell time? What does Ontario Canada have to do with the Himalayas? WHERE ARE THE DIAMONDS YOU FIEND? WHAT DID YOU DO WITH MY FRIEND? ANSWER ME, YOU MONSTER! Michelle J Markley will answer some of these questions! She’s an Associate Professor of Geology at Mount Holyoke College!

 

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December 18th – December 24th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Happy Nearly the End of 2017! This has been a rough year for a lot of people we care about. We think the best thing for us to do and by extension for you to do is to try to do a bit of helping folks out in the waning days of the season.

Patronize local Patreons! They backed off of that terrible thing they were planning to do because enough people yelled at them. Check out the Valley Creators list and patronize some excellent local folks!

Donate to some local charitable efforts! Instead of or in addition to your standard gift-giving! Consider it a gift… to the world.

  • The Northampton Survival Center! They provide food to those in need in our community, and donating a few dollars to them can help feed a lot of people!
  • Clean Water Action! They try to make certain our rivers keep getting cleaner, instead of backsliding into the literal poop-filled sewers they were in the 70’s!
  • Prison Policy Initiative! They help to expose and combat the harmful effects of mass incarceration!
  • The Center for New Americans! They help to provide education and resources to make sure that new immigrants have an easier time of it!

And just like… try to maintain calm while we all remain trapped in a world we never made.

Oh! And let us know if we can help out with promoting anything you’re up to. Even years into this we still miss some stuff every week, there are just too many wonderful people around here!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Tuesday, December 19th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Craft: Glove Monsters (Ages 11 – 17)
Registration required! Call 413-259-3091 to register. And make your gloves into monsters that presumably devour your hands. Why would you do this? What purpose is served by having your hands devoured by a monster of your own creation? Perhaps you have committed a terrible wrong and this is the only way of which you can concieve punishment.

Board Games:

Saturday, December 23rd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play boardgames with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! We really recommend Istanbul or Photosynthesis if they’ve got those. Chill, entertaining games of friendly competition.

Books:

Wednesday, December 20th
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. Learn to write better and also meet some colleagues!

Card Games:

Friday, December 22nd
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!

Entertainment:

Thursday, December 21st
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. Important update: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is a good television show.
Friday, December 22nd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cookie Decorating!
They’re providing the cookies, and the decorating supplies! You can make a bunch of different designs on a bunch of different cookies and there are even vegan and gluten free options! No word yet on whether they’ve got that one magical spell that turns gingerbread into living flesh but here’s hoping. Free and open to all ages!

Kids:

Tuesday, December 19th
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!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Teen and Tween Art Club
A teen and a tween are invited to create art! Or possible multiple teens and tweens, we can’t be sure. Either way, there’s art to be made!
Thursday, December 21st
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Winter Solstice PJ Party
See the Eric Carle: Night exhibition on the longest night of the year! That’s right, December 21st 2017 is a night that will continue for a decade, it’s going to be very intense. In addition to art projects, stories, and films, guests will get a snack of milk and cookies! Kids must be accompanied by an adult!

Movies:

Wednesday, December 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Film Club: Rear Window
Jimmy Stewart! Grace Kelly! A window! All this and more in the classic movie about the benefits of being nosy! Free screening, open to all!
Friday, December 22nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film Screening: Despicable Me 3
We’re pretty sure it’s not like… good. But hey, might be fun? And it’s free. And 100% kids will like it because it’s got those little screaming homonculi.

RPGs:

Wednesday, December 20th
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, December 21st
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!
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’.

December 26th – December 31st

The Valley Nerd Watch Christmas Magic Special!


The special magic is that this is coming out on Christmas Day! That’s dedication, you’re welcome. We’re hanging out with our beloved mom, we hope you’re having a decent day with whatever person place or thing delights you!

Not strictly because it’s a holiday, but because it’s a Sunday and just relaxing and feeling should really be a regular weekly thing for everyone.

There’s a Steam sale on! We recommend you purchase a whole ton of Choice of Games games because they’re the only people currently putting things on Steam that we’re currently aware of who employ a Local Creator!

Let us know if there’s other stuff on Steam we should talk about because boy howdy do not underestimate how much we want to talk about video games, it is a shocking display of willpower that this is not just a videogame blog.

Anyway! Happy holidays everyone, this is a bit of a light one on account of these holidays!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Thursday, December 29th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
New Year’s Eve Noisemaker and Crown Making Workshop
Oh they’ll try to stop you. They’ll try to keep you from making that incessant sound. They’re going to come after you with everything they have to prevent the sonic assault that has already ruptured their eardrums from destroying all they hold dear. But then, my friend… then you’ll point to the CROWN.

Entertainment:

Tuesday, December 27th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Special Storytime: Kevin Barry
As per the listing “Join Kevin Barry for this special storytime that follows one family through the course of a day as they march through meadows like ants, dive to the depths like seals, play hide and seek like fireflies, and chatter like raccoons.” Sounds delightful!
Thursday, December 29th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
CactusHead Puppets Present: The Pied Piper of Hamelin
As per the listing “The town of Hamelin has a rat problem, and there’s only one person who can help! CactusHead Puppets brings the story of The Pied Piper to life in this comedic, updated adaptation of the traditional folktale. Not only does the town find a musical solution to pest control, but the kids of Hamelin also teach the grownups a lesson about generosity. In the end, the townspeople all come together in celebration. Join puppeteers John and Megan Regan as they present this classic tale, told with multiple puppetry styles, and plenty of dancing rats!” Sounds like a fable that was terrifying in the original German and is now a lot more heartwarming!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
CactusHead Puppets Present: The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Same as the other listing, but in this one human sized rats play all the characters.
Friday, December 30th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
CactusHead Puppets Present: The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Same as the other listing, but in this one the entire audience will be rats except for you.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
CactusHead Puppets Present: The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Same as the other listing, but in this one man was the real rat all along.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Whole Book Approach Storytime with Megan Dowd Lambert
Families will get to experience a storytime with Megan Dowd Lambert, followed by a signing of copies of her books, including “Reading Picture Books with Children”!
Saturday, December 31st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
First Night: John Porcino
Stories and songs from a renowned storyteller and musician! They’ll light up a chilly night for all ages. It’s offered as a part of First Night Northampton 2017, and admittance requires a button!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
First Night: Sam Perry
A family jam with a nice person who plays the acoustic guitar and sings great children’s music! It’s offered as a part of First Night Northampton 2017, and admittance requires a button!

Kids:

Tuesday, December 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Treats at 2: Game Time
Play some boardgames with friends! It’s a fun time and boardgames are good to have fun times with when you’ve got friends around.
Wednesday, December 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Treats at 2: LEGO Club
LEGO: the best toy. It does try to hurt you, though, when you step on it. But it’s amazing, and everyone loves it. Little blocks you can turn into anything and everything! Do it with friends and it’s twice as fun! For children 5 and up!
Thursday, December 29th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Treats at 2: Kids Craft Club
Make winter-themed crafts with coooool folks! Enjoy tasty treats while you do so. For ages 6-12!
Friday, December 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film Screening: Beauty and the Beast
Watch an animated classic and enjoy free popcorn! Suitable for children of all ages!

Movies:

Tuesday, December 27th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Film Screening: The Secret Life of Pets
Illumination, the makers of the weirdly successful Despicable Me films, made one about cute pets that stars like 20 comedians we think are pretty good. We didn’t really hear much about it… which doesn’t mean it’s awful but like, yeah. Hm. Well hey look it’s basically guaranteed that anyone young enough will like literally any movie you show them, so why not take a chance to hang out at the library with your kids and watch something that’s probably okay? It’s free!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Film Screening: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
See that wizardy kiddo in one of his best adventures on the silver screen! Harry Potter is beloved by all, young and old, and this is the one where he stages a big old prison break and confronts the frankly horrifying correctional system of the wizarding world. Seriously, they force you to stay in a cell where monsters eat your hope, that’s messed up!
Wednesday, December 28th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Film Screening: The BFG
This story was like 4 pages long, right? That’s so hard to stretch into a whole film! It’s probably beautiful to look at, at a minimum. Not like Disney is working with anything but a literal mountain of money, so the effects have to be great. We think we heard alright stuff about this one. Also again, free movie that you can take a kid to, hard to argue with if you’ve got a kid to entertain.

RPGs:

Wednesday, December 28th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
RPG Encounters: Star Wars
Play Star Wars because you’re excited about Star Wars! The RPG will allow you to explore the nooks and crannys of the universe, acting out your own personal Rogue One!
Thursday, December 29th
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!

December 19th – December 25th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


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

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

Anyway, Happy Holidays!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

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

Board Games:

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

Card Games:

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

Comic Books:

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

Entertainment:

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

Movies:

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

RPGs:

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

Bonus Events!

No, not FORGOTTEN events.

We’re implacable event-gathering machines, it’s impossible that in the course of putting up a bunch of stuff this week there were any events we missed, inconceivable!

BUT ANYWAY there are some events we may have accidentally elided in our zeal to bring you the Nerd Watch in a timely manner. They are:

TONIGHT – October 12th:

Drink and Draw at The 121 Club in Eastworks [116 Pleasant St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00pm

They’re going to drink! And draw! You can do either or neither, depending upon your desires! Matt Lubachansky will be there as a special cool guest.

Wednesday Game Night at the Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00pm

They’re going to drink! And play board games! You can do either or neither, as is your wont. Justin Dowd will be there teaching you to play awesome games!

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the 14th-16th:

The Realm of Fire: An Interactive Theater Adventure at Valley View Farm [16 Walpole Road, Haydenville, MA] at 5:30pm – 8:30pm Friday and Saturday and 2:30pm – 5:00pm Sunday

The Realm of Fire is an interactive theater experience where you’ll interact with elves, dwarves, and fairies as you walk a half-mile trail through Valley View Farm’s beautiful grounds! Groups led by one of the show’s characters leave every 15 minutes, and the walk is about 45 minutes! The trail is candle-lit, but bring flashlights! There are also pick your own pumpkins and food trucks! It’ll be a blast! A blast… of fire!

Saturday, October 15th:

Jedi Academy: A New Class! at Shea Theater [71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376] at 2:00pm – 2:30pm

“Join New York Times Bestselling Author/Illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka as he celebrates the release of Jedi Academy: A New Class! There will be a group reading of the book, drawing demos and much more! Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character! May the Force be with you!” It sounds like a blast! A blast… of lasers!

May 23rd – May 29th

The Valley Nerd Watch!

It’s not really a local game, but heck: DOOM (2016 Version EX Hyper Edition) is a fun time according to us. If you are into using a fanciful arsenal to shoot demons in their faces, you will not go wrong. Surprisingly, one of our favorite elements of the game was the low-key comedy of Doomguy’s characterization as a comical barbarian with a very single-minded dedication to destroying Hell with high explosives.

Speaking of local games, some local games are out for you to check out! A lot of these come from the Pioneer Valley Game Developers page, and some from friendly folks on Twitter.

LoveLime – A game about a lime who is trying to date other attractive fruit. The lead developer is Sam Luangkhot, a student at Smith College who apparently saw Hatoful Boyfriend as a challenge. You can download the demo here!

Pirate Squabbles – A game developed by GlowLime games in one semester at Hampshire College. It’s a point-and-click adventure for your phone about pirates! Get the full game on Google Play or the App Store!

Vanishing Point – Less a game than a cool as heck VR music video, this is finally on Android! Experience Ben Sollee’s beautiful music alongside Pat King’s beautiful virtual ride! Check it out on Google Play!

We look forward to more video games coming out of our little corner of the world! Keep up the good work, everyone!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Tuesday, May 24th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
UMass Writing Project for Teachers
Contact Bruce Penniman at 413-687-0910 or penniman [at] english.umass.edu to find out more about this mysterious writing project for teachers! We’re thinking it is probably that they’re working on the next Star Wars film.
Thursday, May 26th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Emily Dickinson’s Shakespeare with Dr. Paraic Finnerty
Dr. Paraic will clarify the role that Shakespeare had in Dickinson’s life by locating her allusions to his writing in the 19th Century American context. He’ll shine new light on Shakespeare’s wide-ranging presence in Dickinson’s life! This is free and open to the public, no reservations required!
Saturday, May 28th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Jones Library Makerspace (Ages 8-12)
Make a thing. Any thing you can imagine! A bunch of supplies are available for a child aged 8-12 to indulge any fleeting creative impulse and make physical the artifacts of their imagination.

Board Games:

Saturday, May 28th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
X-Wing 101 & Open Play
X-Wing is a game set in the very popular Star Wars universe in which you attempt to blast to smithereens the spaceships of your opponent. It’s a tactical tabletop game which means lots of measuring distances and dice rolling and it seems a lot of fun. Learn how to play it at Modern Myths! Requires a $5 Day Pass which is immediately converted to store credit.
Sunday, May 29th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Heroclix!
Heroclix! Try this on for size this week: make a Heroclix team that is entirely comprise of characters with the ability to change shape. Beast Boy, Wendigo, the Hulk technically, Super Skrull, Morph, Normal Skrull… there are actually a ton of shapeshifters in comics dang.

Books:

Tuesday, May 24th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Thad Carhart, Finding Fontainebleau: An American Boy in France
In the 1950s, just after WWII, Thad Carhart’s family packed up and moved to the town of Fontainebleau in France. In his memoir, Carhart weaves stories from his family’s life with stories from the town and of the massive Chateau of Fontainebleau that defined it.
Thursday, May 26th
Pizzeria Paradiso [12 Crafts Ave., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Red Mars Book Discussion & Dinner
Discuss the classic by Kim Stanley Robinson while munching on pizzas. Discuss the grand scope of the first in a trilogy of novels about Mars, this one covering the brave first 100 colonists. Just tell the staff at Paradiso you’re there for the book group. You’re expected to order something to eat to justify the whole getting a nice room for free. RSVP to make sure you can fit! Not a fan of this particular book? See the whole 2016 reading list here.
Saturday, May 28th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Megan Dowd Lambert & Nicole Tadgell
Local author Megan Dowd Lambert and illustrator Nicole Tadgell are back to talk about their newest picturebook ‘Real Sisters Pretend’! Two adopted sisters have a conversation about how adoption made them ‘Real Sisters’ even if they have different birth parents and don’t look alike. Attendees will enjoy snacks and a storytime, and are encouraged to add drawings of their own families to a mural to be displayed at Odyssey!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Eric Carle Book Signing
A limited number of tickets distributed day of! No advance tickets. Meet Eric Carle! Plan to arrive early to make sure you get a chance to see Eric. He’ll be signing books only, a 3 book limit, and no personalization. Dang that’s gotta be heck on the wrist, signing for hours and hours. Have fun!

Card Games:

Saturday, May 28th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Marvel Munchkin Splash
Munchkin: we gotta admit we’re not super into this game, everyone! It’s too long to be short and too short to be long. The jokes are there, but they’re not like “haha” funny, they’re just kind of references to things we like. BUT we’re not the only people in the world and a ton of other folks dig it. So try the Marvel version and enjoy the Marvel puns contained within!
Sunday, May 29th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Marvel Munchkin Splash
Marvel Munchkins again! Except with a twist: this time it is just a humongous box of Munchkins from Dunkin with the names of superheroes written on the outside of the box. Delicious.

Entertainment:

Monday, May 23rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Percy Jackson Auditions
Audition for and get more information about the Percy Jackson Experience the Book event that’s going to be held on June 19th! Contact Kay Lyons for more info at 413-772-1544 x5104
Wednesday, May 25th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Organic Gardening for Everyone
Learn how to cultivate the fruits of the earth with Naturalist, Landscaper, and Unusually Appropriately Named Person John Root! Trick entropy into helping you maintain the ordered arrangement of your complex body parts! Free admission, with perennials for sale!
Thursday, May 26th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Laser Tag in the Library!
Have you always wanted to vaporize your friends, local teen? Well rein that in, that’s not an urge you want to indulge. But if you’ve always wanted to play laser tag with your friends well you’re in luck this week! Run around the library shooting beams of light at each other because it’s fun!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime is by all accounts animation produced primarily in Japan. We mostly have seen anime about punches, but we’ve got it on good authority that punches are not the sum total of anime. Talk to fellow fans in Palmer this week! Probably watch some, too!
Saturday, May 28th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Dickinson Meets Shakespeare in the Garden
Enjoy a performance of Shakespeare in the garden of the Emily Dickinson Museum! actors from the Springfield Conservatory of the Arts and the Hampshire Shakespeare Company will bring scenes from Dickinson’s most beloved Shakespeare plays to life! Free and open to the public, no reservations required.
Sunday, May 29th
The David Ruggles Center [225 Nonotuck St, Northampton, MA 01062] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Sojourner Truth Memorial Walking Tour
Sojourner Truth was an African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist. She was born into slavery in New York, but escaped with her daughter to freedom in 1826. Her best-known speech was delivered extemporaneously in 1851, and widely know by the title “Ain’t I a Woman”? Learn about this important woman during a walking tour this weekend!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The Poet and the Bard
Explore the houses where Shakespeare became an invisible but important guest. Dickinson became a huge fan of Shakespeare during a period in which public estimation of the Bard rapidly changed from thinking he was the bee’s elbows to thinking he was the bee’s knees. Find out more on the tour!

Movies:

Wednesday, May 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
FLOW: How Did a Handful of Corporations Steal our Water?
Hang out at Forbes and watch an award-winning documentary about the growing World Water Crisis. As the supply of fresh water dwindles, this documentary offers a clear look at why. Interviews with scientists and activists raise the question “can anyone really own water?” You’ll also see some possible practical solutions to the issue, so that you do not sink into a deep pit of despair immediately.
Smith College Chapin Lawn [Northampton, MA 01063] at 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
Cinema Northampton presents a free outdoor screening at Smith College of the seminal weird/charming film about eccentric man-child Pee-wee Herman. Bring a blanket and snacks!
Sunday, May 29th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Sholem Aleichem: A Conversation with Ruth Wisse and David Roskies
Recorded live at the Yiddish Book Center last fall, two engaging Yiddish scholars discuss the inimitable Sholem Aleichem on the hundredth anniversary of his death. Learn and laugh! Students get in for $4, members for $6, and the rest of us for $8!

RPGs:

Thursday, May 26th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
You can be anything you want to be in an RPG! An astronaut who kills dragons, the president who also kills dragons, a gnome that becomes president of the Forgotten Realms and kills dragons… the only limit is your imagination! Hang out with fellow adventurers in Palmer!
Friday, May 27th
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Rd., Chesterfield, MA] at 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Magestry LARP 2016 Spring Season – Game 3
Petalsong lingers in the air with the Magestream restored and one of the Mongrel Shadow Queen’s most powerful allies defeated. Now, Elmerton has other problems. Can they get a tribunal council going to convict the evil House Windlock? Are the sores growing from the trees and buildings going to wind up being a big deal? New creatures emerge from flickering portals to bedevil our heroes. And for yet another year the town turnip farmers wonder if they’ll ever have a year where the planting season isn’t such a danged ordeal.
Saturday, May 28th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons!
Dugeons traditionally were not actually sprawling extravagant underground ecologies packed to the gills with treasure. Mostly they were like, terrible rooms. But heck, with a fantasy world, why not go wild? Play a 5thl-level adventure hosted by the friendly Neal Robinson! You can hop in any time, there are pre-rolled characters available for new players!

Science:

Saturday, May 28th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Archaeology at the Emily Dickinson Museum
Members of the museum are invited to participate in an ongoing archaeological dig on the ground of the Homestead! Learn new skills, make exciting discoveries, dodge poison dart traps, steal the mysterious treasure that made Dickinson a poet! You must attend the orientation to get cleared to work, because they gotta make sure you don’t just take a hammer to everything. Spots are limited, register here!

Video Games:

Monday, May 23rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Minecraft Group
Minecraft is such a sensation we probably don’t need to tell you what it is. But basically it’s like a beta version of the Matrix. Children love it, and should hang out at Forbes with other Minecraft-playing children in order to have fun and socialize outside of the Cyber Zone. [a black cat walks by]
Friday, May 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Minecraft Club
Minecraft is such a sensation we probably don’t need to tell you what it is. But basically it’s like a beta version of the Matrix. Children love it, and should hang out at Forbes with other Minecraft-playing children in order to have fun and socialize outside of the Cyber Zone. [a black cat walks by… again?]

May 2nd – May 8th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Top news story of the day: The Banner Saga is a really good game that is also beautiful. Give it a look if you’re into games about positioning little people on a board and making them hit other little people.

Other important things: The Nerd Nite for this month unfortunately had to be canceled. We can’t get into the nitty-gritty of it but suffice to say there were a lot of extremely well-choreographed martial arts sequences as well as a mysterious individual carrying a briefcase that we couldn’t allow into enemy hands. Now that we’ve recovered the case, we can focus on next month! The presenters are going to be spectacular, so you should start getting excited right now to ramp up for the reveal!

JiffyCon! JiffyCon is a thing that’s happening and we’re excited about it. It’ll be next month, and it’s going to involve a lot of gaming and designing and game testing! It’s a small convention held at Hampshire College, and it’s mostly an excuse to experience a whole lot of new things at once. It’ll be $10 for pre-registration, $15 at the door.

They’re also kindly sponsoring the Nerd Watch! This is extremely flattering to us. But we promise to not allow this to compromise our dedication to the most serious and accurate reporting to you the date, location, and time of the event. No matter how much money they give us we will never insist that JiffyCon takes place in an ice cream palace full at exactly the moment that you most feel like playing games!

Also do continue to check out the Noirlandia kickstarter! They’re adding new authors and extra stuff constantly, and the game just looks really neat to boot. Make Big Things? More like Make Good Things? Eh?

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Tuesday, May 3rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Star Wars Faux Terrariums (Ages 10 – up)
Star wars and tiny little habitats of fake plant and animal life, the match-up for which we were all waiting is finally here! Put together a tiny little world where a bunch tiny stars have tiny wars with each other!
Wednesday, May 4th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Star Wars Planters
Star Wars and potted gardening, the match-up for which we all were waiting is finally here! Take a planter, paint it up like a stormtrooper or a droid or whatever strikes your fancy, then take it home!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Writing about Disability
A panel of several writers will discuss writing about disability. Featuring Claire BLantchford, Katherine Duke, and Susan Stinson. This is the perfect opportunity to educate yourself or share your own experience with some experienced writers!
Thursday, May 5th
Mead Art Musuem [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Evening at the Mead
Artist Tom Friedman will be featured, giving a talk about his work and the connections between some of the pieces on display at the Mead. See art, learn, and generally become a better and more well-rounded human being!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Art Walk and Poetry Night
Hang out and listen to delightful poems! First there’s going to be a musical performance by Conor Ritchie-Dunham, then there’s going to be some open mic poetry! It might feature you! We recommend that you pick a real crowd-pleaser of a poem and see if you can manage to surf. After the open mic there will be featured readings from Victoria Luizzi and Sasha Burshteyn!
Saturday, May 7th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Sprout Street Neighbors Community Art Show with Anna Alter
Honor the creative talents of young local illustrators at the art show with local author and illustrator Anna Alter! Contest participants and their grown-ups will browse a gallery of submitted artwork that highlights what the artists think is special and important about their community. Enter a raffle to win a free school visit from Anna Alter!
Sunday, May 8th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Comic Creator’s Jam
Are you a pencil-pusher but in the sense of pushing the pencil in elaborate patterns which create beautiful images? Are you an INKredible inker, or do you want to become one? Hang out, sharpen your skills, meet new friends! You’ll need to buy a $5 day pass, but it immediately becomes store credit!

Board Games:

Saturday, May 7th
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Star Trek Attack Wing
Star Trek posits a beautiful future free of conflict and want and also full of ridiculously well-armed “science vessels” that constantly poke about dangerous and politically volatile areas to “study” what effect dozens of Proton Torpedoes have upon the hull of enemy vessels. Play a fun game about those conflicts!

Books:

Tuesday, May 3rd
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tommy Shea, Dingers: The 101 Most Memorable Home Runs in Baseball History
Local author Tommy Shea will head to the Odyssey to talk about the biggest hits in basebal! Whether it’s the time that Hank Aaron hit a ball so hard that it knocked a satellite out of orbit or the time that Joe Carter hit a baseball that traveled all the way around the world and wound up scoring him a triple during the next inning.
Wednesday, May 4th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
John Elder Robison, Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening
Local writer John Elder Robison is a nationally recognized advocate for the Asperger’s and Autism communities. He was asked to join a study lead by Dr. Alvaro Pascual Leone in the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to examine the Autism. This book is the story of what happened afterward. Robison will be on hand to read, answer questions, and sign!
Thursday, May 5th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Richard Russo, Everybody’s Fool
Everybody’s Fool, a sequel to Nobody’s Fool, and presumably a prequel to Some People’s Fool, takes readers back to North Bath, NY. It’s a small town with some hard luck and the fickle whims of fate! Russo will be on hand for a reading and signing! It’s a free event, but you will need to reserve a spot via rsvp@odysseybks.com!

Comic Books:

Saturday, May 7th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Comic Con
Comic Con at the library! Come to celebrate Free Comic Book day, and wear your favorite cosplay!

Comics:

Saturday, May 7th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Free Comic Book Day
Free Comic Book Day! The most spectacular day of the year, true believers! ‘Nuff Said! Wait no that was a bit where we used Stan Lee’s style we need to say more: you can get free comics at Modern Myths on this day, it’ll be great!
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Free Comic Book Day
Free Comic Book Day! The most fantastic day of the year, true believers! Excelsior! You can get free comics at Comics N’ More on this day, it’ll be great!

Computers:

Tuesday, May 3rd
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Hang out with the sort of people who want to wind down from a hard day of working on a computer to talk about working on a computer! It’s a good chance to meet new folks in the field, learn new things, or just relax with people whose gripes will line up with your own!
Saturday, May 7th
Hampshire College [893 West St., Amherst, MA] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
WordPress Under The Hood
Meetup organizer Mark D. Hamill will take attendees “under the hood” of WordPress, the lightweight CMS that this website is built with! This is designed with relative newcomers in mind, designed to let you know as much as you need to about what to expect from WordPress and figure out whether or not it’ll meet your needs. Check out the Meetup group to RSVP! 

Entertainment:

Tuesday, May 3rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
UMass Press Reads @ the Jones Library: Jim Hicks
The author of Lessons from Sarajevo: A War Stories Primer, and editor of the Massachusetts Review will examine how war has been perceived, described, and interpreted in a variety of genres from photography to poetry to graphic novels and performance art. It’s free and open to the public!
Wednesday, May 4th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Star Wars: May the Fourth Be With You
Get it? Get it? There’s a whole day of Star Wars related events at Jones! Crafts, trivia, video games, costumed librarians, lots of fun stuff. Also, secretly, they’ll be testing for Force sensitivity. That’s right folks you heard it here first Star Wars is real!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Misfits: Asperger’s/Autism Young Adult Support Group
Young adults on the Asperger’s/Autism spectrum and folks with family or friends on the spectrum are invited to a support group meeting in the Bak Study Room of Forbes. Introduce yourself, share common experiences, and participate in Big Bang Theory trivia!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: The Making of a New Garden
Pat Leuchtman will show you photos and impart upon you some know-how about how to create a wonderful new garden this spring! Gardening is an excellent way to get a close-up view of some majestic deer as they just rip all your hard work to tiny shreds and then trample the remains.
Thursday, May 5th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Trivia Night!
Trivia at Jones! Hang out with a team of up to 5, and try to answer questions about things. Questions specifically designed to make you think oooooh you know that one but then argh you can’t quite remember exactly… wait! Yes! Awesome! A suggested donation of $5 would be appreciated!

Movies:

Wednesday, May 4th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The new movie! It was pretty good! Wow, it’s already out for home viewing? Neat! Anyway, see it on a moderately-big screen at the library and re-experience the magic you experienced several months ago!
Saturday, May 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:30 to 4:30
Movie Sangha – District 9
A showing of District 9 will be followed by some discussion and… other group and personal process modalities. We’re guessing they didn’t intend for that to sound as sinister as it definitely does sound.

RPGs:

Thursday, May 5th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Indie RPG Night
You’ve played the rest, now play the best! Or, you’ve not played the best, now play an interesting RPG! Indie RPG Night is your chance to break out of the standard-issue RPG mold and try something new, something unique, and often something local! It’s a great chance to expand your horizons!
Saturday, May 7th
Unitarian Universalist Church [121 North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Mind’s Eye Society – Changeling: The Lost Game
The Mind’s Eye Society is a licensed World of Darkness LARP. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. No weapons! Conflicts are resolved via card pulls. They do ask that people pitch in a few bucks for the room usage fee! This game is about climate change and possible fae doings, and it sounds like it will be a hoot and a half!

Science:

Wednesday, May 4th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The ABCs of Genealogy with Dave Robison
Genealogy! The study of the mysterious circle of stones from which you emerged fully-formed one misty night naught be a year ago. It weren’t an opening, not really. It was just open, somehow. The ground, the air. It was open in a way that it wasn’t anywhere else and never will be again. Study the runes, examine the shapes. Discover what you can before the time comes that whatever you fled comes knocking.
Thursday, May 5th
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Back from the Dead: Real-Life Zombies in Nature with Dr. Priya Roy Chowdhury
Resurrection is real! It happens! Not to us, of course. Fortunately or unfortunately depending upon the story. But many animals, plants, and viruses, are able to preserve themselves when conditions are poor, emerging from seeming death when the stars are right again! Dr. Priya Roy Chowdhury will explain the hows and whys for you in this entertaining talk!
Saturday, May 7th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Why Die For Beauty? Dorothy Wrinch’s Saga Through Science
Dorothy Wrinch presents an interesting view of the scientific community. She was instrumental in the “Protein War”, figuring out how and why Protein react to certain stimuli. She battled sexism, just plain jerkery, and the raw fact of academia. Ultimately, her model was wrong. Marjorie Senechal, Professor Emerita in Mathematics at Smith and editor-in-chief of the best named Journal we’ve encountered recently The Mathematical Intelligencer will explore why exactly Wrinch was willing to fight for a flawed model to the bitter end.