February 5th – February 11th

The Valley Nerd Watch!

Hey! Guess what is neat?

You know the extremely popular podcast The Adventure Zone? Well their current game “Amnesty” is Powered by the Apocalypse! They’re playing a version of Monster of the Week, which is based on our very own excellent local RPG system!

It’s basically like Lumpley Games is the reason that people listen to the McElroy family podcasts! Or it might be the like decade of comedy that they’ve produced across three dozen podcasts. But we think it’s the influence of our wonderful local tabletop game designers!

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!



Wednesday, February 7th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Gallery Talk by Alla Rosenfeld
A gallery talk with the Curator of Russian and European Art, Alla Rosenfeld! This is offered in conjunction with the Varieties of Nonconformism exhibition on view at the Russian Center Art Gallery through the 11th. Free and open to all! Learn about some nonconformist artwork on your lunch break!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Screenwriting, Scripts and Film (The Modern Real and Surreal)
See a bunch of great filmmakers talk about screenwriting! Abraham Ravett, filmmaker of Holding Hands With Ilse, Wade Wofford, Screenwriter/Directgor of The Answer, Ellen Kaplan, Screenwriter/Director of Mixed Blessings, and Jake Hulse, Screenwriter/Director of Heroe’s Don’t Come Home!
Thursday, February 8th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
A Conversation with John Wieland ’58
A conversation with an alumnus and the Chief Curator of the Museum, David E. Little. Afterward, attend the reception opening “HOUSE: Selections from the Collection of John and Sue Wieland”. Free and open to all! Dang, we wish we had enough cash that our collections were worth hosting an opening to view. Anyone interested in displaying a ton of comics?
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Spring Exhibitions Opening Reception
Celebrate the opening of some new artwork! Including HOUSE: Selections from the Collection of John and Sue Wieland, Fragmented Identities: The Gendered Roles of Women in Art through the Ages as well as New Publics: Art for a Modern India, 1960s–90s! Get some refreshments and dance to a live DJ!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
“Common Threads” Poetry Discussion and Tea
Get cozy and talk poetry! Facilitated by Diana Gordon, you’ll discuss eight poems by Massachusetts poets featured in Common Threads 2018, an annual publication by MassPoetry. Please reserve a space by calling 413-542-2034!
Friday, February 9th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Hands on art making from 4pm-7pm! You can construct a robot sculpture inspired by Tahano Miho’s Robot Girl in the exhibition “Modern Images of the Body from East Asia”! You can also get a guided tour starting at 6pm and some free refreshments! Go hang out in your great local museum!
Saturday, February 10th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Valentime Making & Story Time
Love! Ah, love. It’s a many-splendored thing, isn’t it? Yeah we just came up with that description because we’re very good at words. Join folks at the Odyssey to make Valentine’s cards using characters from picture books and featuring a reading of Love by Matt De La Pena and Loren Long. Open to all ages!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Artists’s Reception: Lennie Kaumzha
Mosaic-fusion paintings by artist Lennie Kaumzha will be on display and also you’re probably gonna get cheese and wine!
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.

Board Games:

Saturday, February 10th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play boardgames with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! We really recommend Clank! or Not Alone if they’ve got those!
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Tabletop Game Day
Board games! Join up with other friendly locals to play board games and card games and generally hang out in a nice reserved space in the back of the Burger King! They mostly play your standard suite of nice Euro games, but they’re open to whatever you’re interested in bringing as well! Sign up here: https://www.meetup.com/thepvg/events/246455490/


Thursday, February 8th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Christopher Tinson, Radical Intellect Liberator Magazine and Black Activism in the 1960s
Christopher Tinson, Ph.D is an associate professor of Africana Studies and History at Hampshire College. He’ll read from and speak about his book, which covers the 60’s era rise of black radicalism. Specifically, taking a look at the magizine Liberator, who were a touchstone of thought and organizing in during that period.
Saturday, February 10th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
YA Event – Elizabeth Byrne and Lyndsay Ely
Two talented YA authors come to speak about their newest books! The Grave Keepers is a unique coming-of-age story set in a society obsessed with grave keeping and Gunslinger Girl is a coming of age story about Serendipity Jones, armed with six-shooters and perfect aim in a lawless city!

Card Games:

Friday, February 9th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic: Booster Draft
Draft cards, play magic, win prizes! A $16 entry fee includes tax, and gets you 3 booster packs to draft with, and adds a pack to the prize pool! Everyone gets at least 1 prize pack, and extra packs and foil cards will be awarded for exceptional play!


Wednesday, February 7th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Reading with Rooster
Children! Teens! Read to a frigging dog! Rooster is such a cute doggy and you can read Rooster a book and that’s an opportunity no one should pass up!


Tuesday, February 6th
Common Media [84 Russell Street, Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
A quick update on ongoing projects to start up the discussion, followed by some time to get hacking! Bring your laptop so that you can contribute! It helps to know your way around GitHub, because most of the coordination relies on that! Dinner and drinks are on them!
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A rendezvous of the most fantastic sort! It’s a chance to hang out with web developers and coders and just folks in general, talk about web dev stuff and just hang at a nice local bar!


Saturday, February 10th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
First Book Friendiversary!
The Carle teams up with the folks at First Book to observe Friendiversary! It’s an annual celebration of friendship and reading! Bring a friend and join this celebration of books with Elephant, Piggie, and a host of ther friends from the museum! A FREE Mo Willems book to every child who attends while supplies last! More info here: https://www.carlemuseum.org/content/first-book-friendiversary-4
Sunday, February 11th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Star Trek Discovery Finale Potluck
First, a potluck! Then Discovery episodes 14 and 15! Bring something delicious to eat or drink, or both, and pitch in a couple bucks to cover the subscription cost! It’s the best way to see the thrilling finale of this series! https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/246917792/


Tuesday, February 6th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Kids aged 6-10 are welcome to come hang out and build things out of LEGO! The original, the acronymical, the spectacular fun building block set! Build a bracelet, a model, a toy, even a person! That’s right you heard it here first you can build a fully functional human being out of LEGO.
Wednesday, February 7th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Learn Ukulele With Julie (Ages 8-12)
Learn the basics, play some songs, have some fun! Beginners can come early to learn the basics 3:30 – 4:00, and then there’s lessons for everyone at 4:00pm – 5:00pm! Ukuleles will be provided! Pre-register in the Kids Room or call 413-259-3091!
Thursday, February 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Comics Club
Callie at the Childrens/YA Department will hang out and discuss comics with you! And help create and share new ones! Artists supplies will be on hand if you want to make your own comics. Intended for elementary, tween, and teen readers and artists!
Friday, February 9th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Music for Munchkins
A class for little kids aged 12-24 months to sing, rhyme, play with instruments, tell stories, and move around! Registration is required, see the Youth Room, and siblings are welcome!
Saturday, February 10th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Music In the Library!
A special event for families with young children! With special guest Chris Hough Sirard! Make some music with your kiddos!


Monday, February 5th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Movie: Pretty in Pink
Teens! And specifically only teens! Come watch a movie about teens that is considered a classic by Old Teens! You can see why it’s a thing that people have remembered but also there’s a lot to talk about with regards to what it portrays as relatable teen probs, which is common when revisiting teen films!
Thursday, February 8th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Teen Movie: Everything, Everything
A movie for teens! About teens! They’re very sad romatic teens, separated by circumstance but brought together by fate! Oh what woe!
Sunday, February 11th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film: A Home on the Range
The little-known story of Jews who fled the pogroms and hardships of Eastern Europe and traveled to California to become chicken ranchers! Find out more and purchase tickets here: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit-shop/calendar-events/film-home-range-sunday-february-11-2-pm


Wednesday, February 7th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, February 8th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost uncle who’s also secretly a god’.


Thursday, February 8th
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe: Battle of the Sexes
Hear all the dirty details about ocean sex that you’ve been afraid to ask! Does sex happen in the ocean? Oh you’d better believe it does! It’s wild down there. Dr. Dara Orbach will discuss the anatomy, mechanics, and behavior involved in marine mammal reproduction!


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