May 9th – May 15th

The Valley Nerd Watch!

Jeez Lousie is it a packed week, wow! Also, happy Mothers Day! Our mom is great, we hope your mom is or was also great and, should you be a mom yourself: continue being great! We believe that covers most people.

Hope you all had a good time on Free Comic Book Day yesterday. We actually celebrated early by buying a big Doom Patrol trade paperback which while not precisely in the spirit of Free Comic Book Day did mean we got to stay inside reading and listening to the rain on Saturday which we must admit we kind of wanted to do regardless.

We’re really excited to check out Captain America 3: It Is Another Avengers Film tonight! We’re pretty big fans of the big-screen version of Cap. The comics have at times had trouble dealing with the character, since he’s just so damned upstanding and forthright that at times it feels like the only sources of conflict available are senseless betrayals on the part of all the spies he keeps hanging out with.

The movies, having a much shorter overall time-frame, seem to be making the most of the fact that Cap is still kind of in the adjusting-to-the-future period. He’s allowed to come off as a person potentially blinded by personal tragedy rather than an unimpeachable avatar of the American ideal.

Civil War in the comics was by all accounts a gigantically successful and hugely silly event book that no one should read because wow is it nothing but superheroes punching each other despite having saved the world from annihilation like 10 times in the past month. It’s a long road to a very mild alteration in the Marvel Universe status quo.

In the course of the comic Iron Man and Mr. Fantastic create an evil robot clone of Thor that then kills Goliath. Also they imprison people without giving them a trial in an alternate dimension which is full of immortal bug-monsters and whose warped reality slowly drives all of its denizens mad.

The movie will probably keep from making these narrative missteps. We’ll let you know how it is after we check it out!

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!



Monday, May 9th
Mead Art Musuem [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Shakespeare’s First Folio Exhibition Opening Reception
Celebrate the greatest playwright of the English language with a reception marking the opening of the First Folio exhibition at mead! There are only 233 copies available in the world today, and the Mead is the only place to see it in Massachusetts!
Thursday, May 12th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
What the House Remembers: An Interactive Discussion of Three Poems by Robert Francis
The late Amherst poet Robert Francis will be honored in an event led by poet and writer Wally Swist. Swist paid weekly visits to Francis during the last three years of his life, and will read three poems and facilitate a discussion after each.
Friday, May 13th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Have you always wanted to sort of passively rob the Smith Museum? You can indulge your sinful whim on the Free Second Friday this month! It’ll have some kid-friendly events starting at 6pm, and you’ll gain access to sweet sweet art for free. There’s a suggested donation of $5, though!
Saturday, May 14th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Art Walk
Easthampton has a fun art walk every month, and Comics N’ More is a great place to be during the Art Walk! They have a wonderful little gallery space up above the store, and you can bet there’s something there you’ll want to see, or possibly buy!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Makerspace Workshop with 3D Printer and CNC Router.
What can you make with a 3D printer or a CNC Router? Lots! Mostly physical objects, but who’s to say whether or not you’ll be the one to first craft a bubble of still time with a CNC router? Kids ages 8-12 can come stretch their imaginations for free!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
The Annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk and Friend’s Day
The Poetry Walk! It’s the anniversary of the death of the great poet Dickinson, with readings of her poetry at six historic sites in Amherst. This spring’s walk will feature her works inspired by and alluding to Shakespeare! The walk begins at 10:30am in the Homestead garden and proceeds through Amherst, stopping at significant sites. Then there’s a friends luncheon at noon!

Board Games:

Friday, May 13th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tabletop Game Night
Another night of tabletop fun at the Community Room! It’s a private room, so no worries about it being in the Burger King, and it’s reserved exclusively so you can just hang out for a bit. Bring a game to share! They tend to dig Euro games. We’d recommend you try Splendor with people, that’s a real treat that’s easy to pick up and play.
Saturday, May 14th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Rose King Splash! – An Envoy Demo
An Envoy will come to Modern Myths to show off a neat new game about the War of the Roses, that one time in history when a bunch of competing noble houses got involved in intricate plots to take over a contested throne and did a bunch of backstabbing and fighting. Who will rule? That’s up to you! Learn to play a new game this week!
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Star Wars X-Wing Tournament
Star Wars! You either like Star Wars or the Redeemers have not made it clear to you yet that you MUST like Star Wars. Keep up your desperate charade by playing this really fun Star Wars branded sorta-naval combat tactics game, it has really nice minis too! It’s a 100pt game with a $10 entry fee, plus a prize of a mini kit plus some cash!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
Chess! The famed Game of Thrones itself. You win or you have a fun time playing, as they say. There are 4 sections, K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Round 1 starts at 10:00 AM, there’s a 4-Round Swiss System, and trophies for 1st/2nd/3rd in each section! Entry is free! Bring a set and a clock if you have them, and a bagged lunch!
Sunday, May 15th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dicemasters 101
Dice! Hm. Mysterious geometric figures. They hide their mysteries inside those tiny forms. But you will break them, and uncover their secrets. You will master dice! Command them to do as you will! Your armies of dice will engulf the world! All of this is of course contingent upon rolling a natural 20. That or this is a fun time where you learn the game-format Dicemasters from friendly staff members at Modern Myths.
Greenfield Games [228 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Star Trek Attack Wing Temporal Cold War Event 2: Future Tense
A small craft from the future adrift in space that you want to study, nice! A pleasant and slow board game about just looking at a spaceship. But wait! An enemy fleet! Oh shoot no it’s going to be a fight to control this ship! It’ll be $15 for the blind booster, and you need to bring a 90 point faction-pure build to the event!


Tuesday, May 10th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Jennifer Haigh, Heat and Light
Jennifer Haigh will read from her new novel. A PEN/Hemingway award winning author, she’s probably pretty good at writing books. Heat and Light is about bringing the world of Bakerton, an old coal town, into the 21st century. Environmental activism, economic depression, dramatic character conflict rooted in understandable divergent opinion, it sounds like a good yarn!
Thursday, May 12th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elizabeth Brundage, All Things Cease to Appear
Hampshire College grad Elizabeth Brundage will read from her new novel! A mysterious murder, an easy suspect, a secretive spouse, all these elements make up a layered who-dun-it that will keep you guessing! Get your noir fix at Odyssey!
Sunday, May 15th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Meet Tom Angleberger and Cece Bell
Tom Angleberger, author of the Origami Yoda series we need to look up right now and Cece Bell, author of Newbery Honor book El Deafo, will talk about their books, discuss the writing and illustration process, and answer your questions! A signing will follow the program.


Wednesday, May 11th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
Dev teams! Maybe you’re not Agile, maybe you went for more of a Strength or Intelligence build. But if you’re producing work, why not come to share and learn from other people?


Thursday, May 12th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime! Maybe you like animation? Animation of a particular style common in Japan? Find fellow folk who agree! It’s a good opportunity to watch some shows and talk to some people who like anime!
Saturday, May 14th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Sheep in a Jeep!
Sheep in a Jeep is a book about sheep in a jeep! So come to the library to pet sheep, and then go on a story walk! Sheep are adorable. Unfortunately, there are no jeeps to pet.
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Book, Bake, & Plant Sale
Do you want a book? Have you the desire to posses a croissant? Would you accept a cactus into your life? This sale has all this and more and possibly not croissants or cacti we don’t actually have access to the list of items for sale! Get a grocery bag of books for just $7! Incredible!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Forbes Doctor Who Club
No matter Which Doctor you’re interested in, this club has the Doctor That you want to see! Watch a bunch of that show you like with other people who like the show and talk about how you like some parts of the show but dislike other parts. Bond with people using shared media experiences and some lighthearted critical thinking!


Wednesday, May 11th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Occupation of the American Mind
Film screening of a new movie from the Media Education Foundation about Israel’s Public Relations War in the US. Director Sut Jhally will introduce the film and lead discussion afterward, hosted by the Northampton Committee to Stop Wars.
Saturday, May 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Forgotten Plague: M.E. and the Future of Medicine
A documentary about the experiences of people with the disease Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It’s mostly about the fact that sufferers feel the medical community kind of decided they were all malingerers early on due to there being few visible or testable symptoms since it’s basically chronic pain and fatigue. Seems interesting, and patients will share their experiences at the event as well!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Shakespeare Movie Marathon: Gnomeo & Juliet/The Tempest
Gnomeo & Juliet seems like a terrible film made explicitly to use a terrible pun, but kids will probably dig it because they have awful taste. The Tempest at least looks like it has some people trying to do a good job of acting.


Wednesday, May 11th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
RPG Encounters
A *NEW WEEKLY EVENT* at Modern Myths! Gone are the days of Wednesday just being about primarily tactics-based D&D gameplay! Now it’s a regular weekly meeting to play some RPG for 2 hours, whatever strikes the fancy of the organizers! That sounds like it’ll be pretty wonderful.
Thursday, May 12th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPG club at Palmer is your chance to step into a new role and play with other people and whoa wait is that why they call it that? Neat!


Monday, May 9th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Epilepsy Foundation Support Group
The Epilepsy Foundation of New England will provide support to persons with epilepsy, their families, and caregivers.
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Designing for Climate Change in Your Backyard
As we all know, the future will bring us fire and terror in equal measure as punishment for our hubris. Learn how to use permaculture design to make your gardens more resilient to the apocalypse that awaits us with the help of Ashley Schenk, an experienced homesteader and landscape designer!
Wednesday, May 11th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
This Business of Fighting: A Human Face on WWII
We don’t know much about this event, but it’s never a bad idea to have a more thorough understanding of the human cost of warfare.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday Wizards Science Fun
A presentation about science, followed by a neat activity to get kids involved in the subject!
Friday, May 13th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Great Meadow: Natural and Cultural Histories of Northampton’s Meadows
Northampton’s Meadows used to be the heart of agriculture in Northampton, and now it’s a place for parties and encampments and… bomb squad detonation sites? And also a nature preserve, and a farm. It’s a complicated place. An opening for the exhibit that will explore this complicated place takes place at 5:00pm, and a presentation by Laurie Sanders, a naturalist, will give a deeper insight to the area at 2:00pm.
Saturday, May 14th
The David Ruggles Center [225 Nonotuck St, Northampton, MA 01062] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Women’s History Walking Tour of Florence
A walk through Florence highlighting landmark items of historic significance to women and women’s rights! Learn about how Florence is neat for more reasons than just that new pie shop. Mmm. Pie.

Video Games:

Monday, May 9th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Minecraft Group
Minecraft! The world inside your computer that goes on forever and ever and will eventually become the Matrix. Hang out with other kids and play!

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