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    Concerts celebrate ‘Love’ of the Beatles

    South Shore Conservatory's youth orchestra is scheduled to perform a concert in Scituate Feb. 11.
    South Shore Conservatory
    South Shore Conservatory's youth orchestra is scheduled to perform a concert in Scituate Feb. 11.

    CONSERVATORY CONCERTS South Shore Conservatory presents “All You Need Is Love: Music of the Beatles” at conservatory facilities in both Hingham and Duxbury. Coordinated by piano faculty member Mark Goodman, the free concerts feature loved Beatles tunes performed by various combinations of instrumental and voice faculty members.

    South Shore Conservatory
    Piano faculty member Mark Goodman.

    Cox Performance Hall, 1 Conservatory Drive, Hingham; Sunday, Feb. 11, 4 p.m.

    Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George St., Duxbury; Sunday, Feb. 18, 4 p.m.

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    The conservatory’s youth orchestra also performs a concert, with collaboration from the conservatory’s youth chorus, on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m. at the Scituate Performing Arts Center, 606 Chief Justice Cushing Highwy, Scituate; $10 adults, students free.

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    OSCAR NOMINATIONS Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr and editor Janice Page will discuss this year’s Oscar nominations for “Oscar Night at the Library.”

    Milton Public Library, 476 Canton Ave.; Thursday, Feb. 15, 7-8 p.m.

    A talk by psychologist Tara Cousineau on her book “The Kindness Cure” scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 13, has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.

    LOVE FEST Richard Hill performs a program titled “Celebrate Love” on the Austin Organ at Christ Congregational Church.

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    1350 Pleasant St., Brockton; Wednesday, Feb 14, 12:15 p.m.; donations accepted for the organ fund.

    South Street Gallery
    An example of Margaret McWethy’s technique.

    PAINTING Hingham artist Margaret McWethy gives a painting demonstration and speaks about her technique at South Street Gallery. Her work is on exhibit through March 8.

    147 South St., Hingham; Saturday, Feb. 17, 1-3 p.m.

    VALS FOR PALS Ventress Memorial Library hosts a “Pal-entine’s Day Party,” including candy, games, and crafts for youth between the ages of 11 and 17.

    15 Library Plaza, Marshfield; Tuesday, Feb. 13, 5 p.m.; register at www.ventresslibrary.org.

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    Also at the library, the teen advisory board meets to plan future teen events and earn community service hours.

    Thursday, Feb. 15, 5 p.m.

    SLAVERY AND FREEDOM Julie Winch, a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Boston, speaks on her book “Between Slavery and Freedom: Free People of Color in America from Settlement to the Civil War,” in commemoration of African-American History Month.

    Tufts Library, 46 Broad St., Weymouth; Monday, Feb. 12, 7-8:30 p.m.; free.

    VIBRANT ABSTRACTION The Art Complex Museums hosts the exhibit, “The Immediacy of Abstraction: Diane Novetsky and JoAnne Rothschild.” The two artists share an emphasis on the primacy of color, gesture, and process to express the full range of human expression.

    189 Alden St., Duxbury; exhibit continues through Sunday, Feb. 18.

    JoAnne Rothschild's “The Malecom,” left, and Diane Novetsky's “Jitterbug.”
    Art Complex Museum
    JoAnne Rothschild's “The Malecom,” left, and Diane Novetsky's “Jitterbug.”

    GREAT ESCAPES The Scituate Sister City Project screens “La Grande Vadrouille,” a 1966 French film classic and comedy about two ordinary Frenchmen helping the crew of a Royal Air Force bomber escape through occupied France.

    Saint Mary of the Nativity parish center, 1 Kent St., Scituate; Thursday, Feb. 15, 6 p.m.; $10 donation.

    The Spire Center
    Johnny Souza.

    OPEN SEASON The Spire Center for the Performing Arts holds open mic nights on Thursdays this month. Each musician has 15 minutes to perform. Those wishing to perform spoken word or standup are also welcome.

    25 ½ Court St., Plymouth; Thursday, Feb. 15 and 22, sign up at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. show; $5 performers and listeners.

    The Spire Center also hosts an “Open Jazz Jam Session” on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. Johnny Souza and the Spire house band back performers’ romantic jazz tunes; $5, www.spirecenter.org.

    POETRY AND HAPPINESS Friends of Rockland Memorial Library sponsor a poetry reading by local poet Renee Summers.

    20 Belmont St., Rockland; Monday, Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m.

    The Friends also host author John Hill, who discusses his book “Adam Smith’s Equality and the Pursuit of Happiness” on Wednesday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m.

    OPEN CLUB The South Shore Folk Music Club hosts an open mic night for performers of music of all types, not just folk. Performers may sign up for eight minutes on stage when the doors open at 7:30 p.m.

    Beal House, 222 Main St., Kingston; Friday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m.; $8, $7 members, $4 children, www.ssfmc.org.

    TRAVELING BAND Local favorite Soul City travels throughout New England, bringing high-energy performances, four-part vocal harmonies, and a four-piece horn section.

    The band perform at the Spire Center, 25 ½ Court St., Plymouth; Saturday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m.; $15, www.spirecenter.org.

    Soul City, with four vocalists and four horns.
    The Spire Center
    Soul City, with four vocalists and four horns.

    COMMUNITY DANCE Bridgewater Community Dance Series features folk, square, and contra dance at the Bridgewater Senior Center.

    Wally Krueger Way; Friday, Feb. 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m.; $8, 774-208-2933.

    PARTNERS IN SONG Music historian Bruce Hambro brings his slide show and sing-along, featuring music by Rodgers and Hart and Rodgers and Hammerstein to the community room of the Walpole Public Library. Recordings with lyrics on the screen invite the audience to sing along.

    143 School St.; Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m.; free, www.walpolelibraryfriends.org.

    Send information about events at least two weeks in advance to Robert Knox at rc.knox2@gmail.com.