Love and Science

We've become a bit leery of the more easy-to-come-by Valentines day gestures: flowers, anatomically incorrect heart-shaped cards, chocolate -- no, scratch that, we like the chocolate. But still, if you're seeking something different, here's the Ultimate Date Tour. It offers a multitude of alternative activities for the rebels on Valentine's Day. This year witness the fertilization of live sea urchin eggs, and learn the uncanny similarities between those and human eggs. In addition, couples can decide whether they wish to reproduce with one another by taking part in “Your Family Jewels: DNA Extraction.” One swab of saliva and your genetic library is unveiled to your lover. Other fun activities include dissecting flowers and understanding the human heart. (No, not the cartoony one that's shaped like an inverted butt, but the one that pumps liters upon liters of blood every day). The tour also includes a screening of Helen Hill's film The Florestine Collection, an experimental piece about a seamstress in New Orleans. Hill died before the film was completed -- so her husband, in a gesture of love, completed it for her.
Feb. 11-12, 1, 2, 3 & 4 p.m.; Tue., Feb. 14, 3 & 4 p.m., 2012

 
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