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By Cathy P. Ross
For many, it’s culture that quickens the pulse, and determines who likes what—and why.
Making Beautiful Music
Shakespeare said, “If music be the food of love, play on!” Sweep your beloved away to hear the beat of the music (and your hearts) in the Litchfield Hills at Infinity Hall & Bistro in Norfolk. Few experiences can match the intimacy of a concert at this beautiful old opera house. Stained glass and wood reflect an amber glow in the 320-seat hall, where more than 200 artists perform each year. The 125-year-old proscenium stage provides a spectacular view from any seat in the house, and a state-of-the-art sound system makes for easy listening. Cocktails served during the show or dinner in the mezzanine add romance to your evening. But if you prefer to sup before the concert, enjoy sumptuous fare at a cozy table for two at the Infinity Bistro, located on the first floor of the music hall. 866/666-6306; infinityhall.com.
Connect with your sweetheart through great art at the New Britain Museum of American Art. The first museum in the country dedicated exclusively to American art showcases a huge range of art from impressionist to abstract, and spans from Colonial times to the present. Different periods are showcased in 12 separate galleries. Visit each one and imagine your romance within the period it represents. One gallery showcases painter Thomas Hart Benton’s “The Arts of Life in America,” a series of murals that captures life during the Great Depression era. Currently on view is WomenArtists@NewBritainMuseum, a multimedia exhibition of 80 works, all selected from the museum’s permanent collection. Gaze at paintings and sculpture by Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Dorothea Lange, Louise Nevelson and contemporary artists Nina Bentley, Ellen Carey and Lisa Hoke. Hoke was commissioned to create “The Gravity of Color” for the museum. The exhibit runs through March 20. 860/229-0257; nbmaa.org.