Our week's picks: Sō Percussion, for the love of Valentine's Day, young scientists, and north- and south-county talk s

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Sō Percussion

FEB 11  The innovative ensemble Sō Percussion explores America's fraught relationship with guns in a theatrically staged concert at MASS MoCA's Hunter Center. The concert is on Saturday at 8 p.m. Directed by Obie-winning Ain Gordon and choreographed by Emily Johnson, Sō Percussion will comment on the nightmare and nostalgia of armed experiences through sung and spoken texts, as well as poignant percussion. Tickets range from $12 to $30.  Read More

Early Start on Valentine's Day

FEB 12  Start celebrating Valentine's Day on Sunday with your sweetheart. Enjoy a Valentine's Day Brunch at the Clark Art Institute from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by an encore performance of The Met: Live in HD Roméo et Juliette at 1 p.m. Combination brunch/opera tickets are $62 for nonmembers and $56 for members. A later brunch begins at 11 a.m. Activities throughout the day include a cappella performances by Williams College groups, a scavenger hunt in the galleries, and writing love letters to favorite paintings in the collection. Also on Sunday, Ventfort Hall presents "Boy Meets Girl,” a special Valentine's Day concert at 3 p.m. followed by cake and coffee. The 35-member Berkshire Concert Choir will perform selections from folk songs to madrigals. Tickets are $22.

The Big Day 

FEB 14  Join chief curator Stephanie Plunkett at 2 p.m. Tuesday for Norman Rockwell's "Odes to Love," exploring the artist's romantic images. Then enjoy sweet and savory treats. Free for museum members or included with museum admission. Later that evening, embark on a self-guided snowshoe hike from 7 to 9 p.m. on Notchview's woodland trails, followed by beer tasting and chocolate pairings. Tickets are $12 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Pre-registration is required.

Our Young Scientists and Innovators 

FEB 15  Berkshire Museum and Pittsfield public schools will host the Seventh Annual Science and Innovation Fair, featuring the Taconic High School Science and Engineering Academy and the Pittsfield High School Quark Science Club. The event is free and open to the public and runs all day Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit showcases 80 projects from approximately 100 students, demonstrating skills and concepts in a range of engineering and science disciplines.   Read More

Two Talks

FEB 15  YES! Magazine co-founder Sarah van Gelder will speak about her book, The Revolution Where You Live, at Simon's Rock's at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The book centers around stories of climate change and awareness from a 12,000-mile journey through 18 states. Across county, author and cultural critic Roxane Gay, an op-ed contributor to The New York Times, will talk at Williams College about free speech, safe spaces, Black Lives Matter, and moving through the world as a woman.  

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