Writing

April 24th – April 30th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


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

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

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

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

Board Games:

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

Books:

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

Card Games:

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

Community:

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

Computers:

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

Kids:

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

Movies:

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

RPGs:

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

April 17th – April 23rd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


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

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

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

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

Board Games:

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

Books:

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

Card Games:

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

Comic Books:

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

Community:

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

Computers:

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

Kids:

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

Movies:

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

RPGs:

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

Science:

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

April 10th – April 16th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


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

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

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

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

Board Games:

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

Books:

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

Card Games:

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

Community:

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

Computers:

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

Entertainment:

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

Kids:

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

Movies:

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

RPGs:

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

Science:

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

April 3rd – April 9th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Hello friends! Hope you’re having a lovely start of spring.

Remember to come out to Nerd Nite NoHo next Monday! It’s going to be a very nice time where two excellent people will present about two excellent topics. We’ll have nature guide Kery Emma Ellis discussing the scourge of “Greenwashing” by people attempting to pretend their products and services are “good for nature” despite being “basically just lying and using green and teal on the packaging a lot”! That’s going to be followed up with Greg Dennis, Research Director for Voter Choice Massachusetts, talking about ranked choice voting!

We’d also like to specifically point out the 2017 Pioneer Valley Zine Fest! Zines are fun and neat and there are a ton of folks who are going to be there with really cool artwork so you should go see them and say “Wow, nice job! Here is the amount of money you’ve indicated this zine or other piece of artwork costs!”

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Tuesday, April 4th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:45
Slate Press Poetry Reading
Anna M. Warrock and Cindy Snow will present readings from their new works! Anna M. Warrock has had a poem installed permanently in the Boston subway which means she’s going to probably eventually inspire some kind of post-apocalyptic cult eventually. Cindy Snow has been featured in a bunch of poetry reviews and she does peer tutoring at Greenfield Community College. Both of them have chapbooks out for your reading pleasure!
Wednesday, April 5th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Kota Ezawa: Gardner Museum Revisited
Converse with artist Kota Ezawa as he discusses his installation! It’s currently on display and by chatting with the artist you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the art presented!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The 13th Annual Palmer Public Library Poetry Pageant
The theme this year is friendship! Donate $25 to the library and bring a poem about friendship to share! Listen to your friends talk about friends!
Thursday, April 6th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus: Poetry Night and Art Exhibition
Drop into the museum for an open mic, poetry reading, and one-night art exchange in the museum! Open mic begins at 6pm and the featured readers follow: Jenna Baillargeon is a second year at Hampshire, and is the featured Open Mic reader, and students of The Literacy Project will be reading original memoirs and poems afterward, accompanied by Judith Willams on the keyboard.
Saturday, April 8th
Flywheel Arts Collective [43 Main St., Easthampton, MA 01027]
2017 Pioneer Valley Zine Fest
Zines! Zines for miles! Join zine creators and fans from around New England! It’s a great chance to see amazing artwork and give the people who produce it a few bucks! Zines are keen!

Board Games:

Wednesday, April 5th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Brass Cat Wednesday Game Night
Games! Beautiful board games! Have a great time playing games and enjoying a friendly community! Have a drink at a nice bar and hang out with people who are nice also. This wee, Forbidden Island and Innovation are the featured games!
Saturday, April 8th
Off The Wall Game Shop [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Malifaux Tournament
See http://www.the131.com/forum for details! This tournament will test your ability to command the forces of weird grossness in the game Malifaux, which is distinct from other tabletop games in a manner we are not qualified to comment upon. Mostly we notice that there are a lot of Frankenstein monster looking things.
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Tabletop Gaming Day
Game! At a table! With tops! Play with tops, is what we’re saying. Play with the bet game of all: tabletops. The game of kings! Beyblade we just realized our joke game is also Beyblade. But for actual this meetup usually goes for Euro-games like Settlers/Carcassone etc, but they’re open to whatever you’re interested in!

Books:

Wednesday, April 5th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ellen Meeropol, Kinship of Clover
How do you stay true to the folks you care about while trying to change the world? That’s what botany major Jeremy has to struggle with when he gets wrapped up with a group of eco-terrorists trying to save the plants he loves, and is inextricably bound to.
Friday, April 7th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
John Scalzi, The Collapsing Empire with Scott Lynch and Elizabeth Bear
The Odyssey Bookshop is hosting a big ol’ sci-fi hootenanny! John Scalzi will talk about his latest book, and he’ll be joined by fellow wonderful authors Scott Lynch and Elizabeth Bear! The book’s about a far future where humanity finds a sort of hyperspace river that allows FTL travel, but then finds that it’s slowly moving around and soon the quick travel that maintains an interstellar empire will no longer be where it needs to be! It sounds neat!
Saturday, April 8th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
YA Panel Featuring Kim Savage, Kady Cross, and Eva Darrows
Three excellent YA authors on a panel talking about their three recent books that are all about tragic circumstances and young women dealing with difficult issues.
Hooker Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Lindy West, Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman
Lindy West will speak and read from her memoir! Hilarious tales of how to handle just generally the unfortunate bits of being alive. Lindy West is a prolific writer and generally regarded as “wicked good at writing and also wicked funny”.

Community:

Thursday, April 6th
Sacred Heart Church [395 Chestnut St., Springfield, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
End Mass Incarceration in Massachusetts
Pioneer Valley Project invites you to join them in the fight to end mass incarceration in Massachusetts! If you’re into the idea of repealing mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenses, changing some felony thresholds, increasing funding for re-entry programs and education during incarceration then you should help them fight for these reforms!

Computers:

Tuesday, April 4th
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A regular meetup of coders and web developers that heads to the Foundry and hangs out and just generally chats and has a good time. You can join them to have a nice time as well!

Entertainment:

Monday, April 3rd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Staged Reading of Getting Out
A staged read by the Holyoke Community College theater department of the play Getting Out, a play by the Pulitzer-winning author of ‘Night Mother. The play is the story of Arlene, a woman struggling to survive on the outside after being incarcerated for eight years in a Kentucky Prison.
Tuesday, April 4th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The Wonderful World of Model Railroading
Have you ever wanted to make a tiny world that’s entirely comprised of people frozen in time save for the trains? Are the trains the masters of this world, or do they merely exist in some other state of being? Well two railroad enthusiasts, George Reneris and Harry Ruddock, will help answer questions about how you can put together a sweet model railroad!
Wednesday, April 5th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Clutter Control 101
Figure out how to get your stuff to stop being a gigantic terrible pile of nonsense that you don’t need or want! Dave Downs will offer some upbeat tips for getting all your various junk into a place where it can no loner bother you!
Friday, April 7th
UMass Center at Springfield [1500 Main St., Springfield, MA 01115] at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Less Medicine, More Health
Dr. Gilbery Welch, author of “Less Medicine, More Health: 7 Assumptions that Drive Too Much Medical Care” will present in a free public forum! He’s a general internist with an interest in the issues created by overzealous efforts to detect early disease, mostly over-screening for cancer. It’s worth taking a look, maybe you’ll be less inclined to freak out over your own health!
Saturday, April 8th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Community Building as Resistance: The Northampton Association at 175 years.
Commemorate the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Northampton Association of Education and Industry! First you’ll get a walking tour of the Northampton Association Lands, and then you’ll see two lectures and a panel, about Abolition and Community in Northampton in the 1840s and construction of the progressive industrial village of Florence. And finally, a panel about the meaning of the Northampton Association Experiment!

History:

Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Free Community Day
This is a huge day! There’s a bunch to learn about ancient Rome! Inspired by the exhibition of the Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii that’s currently ongoing at the museum, there are a ton of things going on! Make your own fresco! Tour with a docent! Watch seventh-graders perform skits about ancient Rome! Stroll through a recreated Roman Garden!

Kids:

Monday, April 3rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Mucho Gusto Spanish Free Sample Classes
A free bilingual Spanish/English story hour with Laurie Davidson of Mucho Gusto Spanish! It’s for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers!
Saturday, April 8th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Explore Music and Sound! Presented by UMass Music Educators
Students ages 9-12 are invited to try instruments and see demos performed by students from the UMass School of Education. Thinking about learning to play? Give it a shot today!

Movies:

Tuesday, April 4th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Finding Babel
Finding Babel chronicles a grandson’s search for the legacy of the greatest prose writer of the Russian Jewish community, and whose subversive work led t his tragic end. Isaac Babel is best known for his short story collections Odessa Stories and Red Cavalry, he challenged the ideology of the early Soviet Union and that challenging writing resulted in his execution in 1940 by the Soviet Regime. This movie tracks his grandson’s journeys through Ukraine, France, and Russian to confront the relevance of his ancestor’s work.
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!

RPGs:

Sunday, April 9th
Camp Timber Trails [1266 East Otis Road, Tolland, MA] at 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Magestry LARP Spring Game #1
Magestry is looking for anyone interested in being an orc, a monster, a brigand, a barbarian, a general-purpose rough customer! They need a lot of NPCs to take care of an increasing number of PCs! You can play for free and even get food! You don’t even need to stay the whole weekend, a couple of hours would be a big help! Find out more by contacting NPC@Magestry.com or checking out the meetup at https://www.meetup.com/larping/events/238838016/

December 12th – December 18th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Doctor Strange was not great! It was okay, it was really pretty, but it was also not very good as a story about a magical person. We love Doctor Strange in general, he’s a fun comic character because of how perpendicular to the rest of the Marvel world he is. He’s a person who could be hanging out with Literal Dracula or something on any given day, and he’s a bit aloof and old and odd, and that’s interesting in a superheroic universe.

In the movie he’s stuck as Origin Story Stephen Strange for the vast majority of the run-time, which means he’s a bargain-basement Doctor House. Then he learns to punch people, and that’s just not interesting. He’s a magician! He learns knife-magic and whip-magic and hitting. That’s so bland! Blech. The tail end of the movie does a clever thing that we liked, but the total number of “spells” in the film numbers about one and a half. For the majority of the film you could tell people it was a movie about the tech-folk in Mass Effect projecting hard-light holograms and it’d be almost the same. Beyond the trippy scenery, of course.

And we liked the trippy scenery! In some bits it was done spectacularly well. It just so happened to generally be an accompaniment to a danged foot chase. Which is just… not very neat.

Also the “sling ring” concept was a really transparent way to both have teleporting and have “oh no, we can’t get from A to B in time!” and it was silly as heck. It’s odd that it’s presented as being like a sorcerer’s cell phone. Like the infinite worlds of magic open up to you and oh also be sure to carry this ridiculous double-ring or you’ll never be able to travel quickly from one place to another.

Bah, disappointment abounded. Which is funny because had the movie come out a decade ago we would have been speechlessly overjoyed.

In other news, have you checked out the Escape Room at Eastworks yet? It’s really cool and fun, we highly recommend it!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Wednesday, December 14th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Make Your Own Copper Bookmark
Local creator Heather Beck will be in attendance to teach you how to make a neat copper bookmark! It’s a little copper sheet that you can emboss with anything you like! Maybe a favorite quote from a book?
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Make Your Own Harry Potter Ornaments
Make a few ornaments related to the biggest book series probably ever to exist still. We’re pretty sure you’re not REQUIRED to stick to the theme, though. You could also make a few ornaments based on The Casual Vacancy or the Cormoran Strike series.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Reading
Hear what NaNoWriMo participants wrote during the month-long challenge!
Thursday, December 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator: Forbes Library Art Collection with Faith Kaufmann
Join the library’s Art and Music librarian on a guided tour of the permanent art on display in the library! Also, eat cookies! Literally perfect.
Friday, December 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Submissions and Revisions
Submitting things to magazines and editors can be lonely and terrifying. Do it with friends nearby to lighten the load! There’s material available to help you, and you can shout “sent!” to receive a round of applause! When you’ve sent something, to clarify. If you just shout “sent!” over and over you’re going to get diminishing returns followed by some real negativity.
Saturday, December 17th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Mando Paradiso Concert
Mandolins are often called the guitar of kings, see the Mandolin group Mando Paradiso perform in the Coolidge Museum and confirm the eternal saying: who can strum a mandolin effectively, can make people say “dang, that’s good music that we like”.

Board Games:

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! Compete in the game commonly called the Dance of Dragons!

Books:

Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Local Author David Austin reads from his new book Therese’s Dream – Maine to Darfur: A Doctor’s Story
Dr. Austin will read from his book detailing his time working with Doctors Without Borders, and helps to illustrate the common humanity of people around the world.
Sunday, December 18th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Celebrating the Jewish Experience in Children’s Books
An afternoon celebrating the best Jewish books for children! Meredith Lewis, Director of Content and Engagement at the PJ Library, will moderate a panel discussion. The discussion will feature five winners of the Association of Jewish Libraries’ Sydney Taylor Book Award! There will be a signing afterward!

Community:

Saturday, December 17th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
FAFSA Q&A
College is costly! Reduce that cost if at all possible! It’ll follow you to death and beyond. The Reaper will stand before you, demanding you finish paying your loans before you can pass beyond the veil. That’s right: college loans are where ghosts come from. Make them as small as you can by attending this helpful course!

Computers:

Tuesday, December 13th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Monthly Full Stack Meetup: Building Shell Tools with node.js
Learn how to do interesting things with JavaScript in this hour-long presentation! You’ll come out of it no smarter than when you went in, but filled to the brim with ideas about the ends to which you may turn Node.js!
Wednesday, December 14th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
Are you an Agile developer? Do you move quickly and efficiently through your various development tasks? Or are you interested in learning to dodge those development pitfalls? This is the perfect place to come to learn, or to share your knowledge! Pizza will be served!
Thursday, December 15th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
December 2016 Western Mass Drupal Users Group Meeting
Due in part to a conflict later in the day, this one is going to be a bit different! It’ll start early and involve a “work together” session for an hour or two, where people can answer questions for each other. If there are no questions, they’re going to dive into the agenda topic: Desktop environment comparison!
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WordPress Developers and Admins
Talk about current projects, problems you have and solutions ot them, and customizing WordPress plugins and styles. There are only 20 seats, so RSVP here  soon to ensure you get a seat! It’s a great chance to expand your WordPress skills!

Kids:

Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Laser Tag in the Library
Lasers! Too dangerous for our children? Nonsense, we say! Light up the night and carve the library into neat cauterized cubes with what we can only assume are high-powered laser beams. Don’t know what the “tag” part is implying. Suitable for kids in 5th – 8th grade!

Movies:

Wednesday, December 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Rising Voices
A documentary about the Lakota Indian community and about the linguists they’re working with to save the Lakota language and restore it to use in the Lakota and the American culture. It’s a snapshot of the day-to-day struggles of one of the biggest Native American nations, and an examination of the problem of language loss.
Saturday, December 17th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Holiday Film: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
See a charming old film about Christmas at the Jones Library! It’s one of those cute old musicals where everything ends in a dozen people proposing marriage at the same time.

Science:

Monday, December 12th
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo: Journalism and Drones
Drones! The very word has taken on a bit of a tinge of terror now that we’ve gotten used to the idea they mostly exist as high-altitude bombers. But what about drones that deliver useful things instead of explosions? We’ll hear a bit about that from Craig Issod. Then Rodrigo Zamith will talk about how journalism and polling managed to predict the Presidential election going one way when it went the other. Though then again a lot of them said “this result has a 20% chance of happening” and then it happened. We’ve caught Pokemon with a 1% chance of appearing, you know? Anyway. This month, 50% of the proceeds go to the Southern Poverty Law Center!

December 5th – December 11th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


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

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

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

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

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

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

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

Board Games:

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

Books:

Saturday, December 10th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Friends of Greenfield Public Library Book Sale
Buy some books while supporting a wonderful local library! You’ll get amazing deals on all those volumes of forgotten lore you’ve been meaning to read.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
The Best of the Best in 2016
Susan Bloom and Cathie Mercier from the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College will share their favorite books of 2016!
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Children’s Authors Group Signing with Corinne Demas, Grace Lin, Patricia MacLachlan, Bob Marstall, Heidi Stemple, and Jane Yolen
Join a bunch of amazing children’s book authors for a group signing! It’s a great time to get a gift for the kids in your life!
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Book Signing with Romola M. Rigali, Wayne E. Phaneuf, and Joseph Carvalho III authors of On Being Italian: A Story of Food, Family, and Faith
Former managing editor at The Republican and now a freelance editor and writer, Romola M. Rigali, wrote a ton of articles about her Italian heritage in this delightful collection of stories about being Italian! Get the book and get it signed, it sounds neat! Lots of pictures of Springfield’s iconic South End by photographer James Langone.

Comic Books:

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

Community:

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

Computers:

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

Entertainment:

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

Movies:

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

RPGs:

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

Science:

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

November 28th – December 4th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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

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

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

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

Board Games:

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

Books:

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

Community:

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

Computers:

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

Entertainment:

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

History:

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

Kids:

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

Movies:

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

Video Games:

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