May 8, 2022, by Brian Zahn- "Its name may be Marginal, but Kathie Hebert believes it could be something significant. Marginal Drive, a road that runs along the West River and connects New Haven’s Westville neighborhood to the Allingtown neighborhood in West Haven, is underutilized and has not been recognized for its potential in recent years, Hebert said. Hebert, a West Haven resident involved in cleanup and beautification efforts along West Haven’s shoreline, has been meeting with like-minded people in both New Haven and West Haven for weeks.
Tuesday | May 10, 2022
Wednesday | May 4, 2022
May 3, 2022, By Lucy Gellman- "When John Orr looks at the nineteenth century painting The Rat Trap, he sees three kids who are up to no good. In the work by British painter Edmund Bristow, a young boy points a stick at two friends, each of whom holds a small, furry animal. Between the boy’s feet, a rat stares out from the aforementioned trap, its pink paws visible.
May 4, 2022, by Brian Slattery- "When sibling rivalry becomes a little too hostile. When a puppeteer’s puppet refuses to cooperate. When a threesome collides with the cheerful aesthetic of a Disney movie. These and many other wonderfully absurd scenarios were mined for laughter by The Regicides on Tuesday evening, kicking off a week of ArtWalk programming in Westville. This year — for its 25th year — ArtWalk returns to being all in-person.
Tuesday | April 26, 2022
April 12th, 2022, by Al Larriva-Latt- "Upstairs at Congregation Beth El–Keser Israel, there is a long hallway where over a dozen handmade quilts of various shapes and sizes blanket the walls. They extend from the hallway into the main lobby, where they drape above the cushy brown couches.
April 25th, 2022, by Al Larriva-Latt- “Check out my hair!” an elementary-school-age girl shouted. She turned her head around to reveal the back of her tangled blonde hair, which was now streaked with colorful powder. Minutes earlier, the siblings Zoë and Lachlan Sheehan-Samuel had helped her color her hair green and purple–her two favorite colors. Now the girl sat in front of the henna artist Jamilah Zebart and requested no less than a dragon, a tree, and a crescent moon design for her right hand.
Thursday | March 24, 2022
March 24, 2022, by Katie Pellico- "Through his art, Mohamad Hafez confronts preconceived notions of refugees and the "baggage" they may carry. He was recently the subject of an Oscars-shortlisted documentary, an intimate portrait of how Hafez's acclaimed UNPACKED series was informed by his own experience leaving Syria. This hour, we visit Hafez at his studio, just above the location of his latest venture, Pistachio Cafe. Hear about why he opened this coffee shop and "cultural salon" in the heart of New Haven’s Westville neighborhood.
Tuesday | March 8, 2022
March 7, 2022, by Al Larriva-Latt- "In the far side of the programming room of the Mitchell Branch Library hangs a collage of images ensconced in text. Words wrap around the images, swaddling them on all sides. The illustrations anchor the collage. A ballerina is suspended in arabesque, her front arm outstretched toward the center of the canvas. A classically ornate throne lies beneath the ballerina, and upon the throne sits a rat skull. At the throne’s feet, six white chess pieces splay on their sides, defeated. Only the white king piece remains upright.
Wednesday | February 23, 2022
Febraury 18, 2022, by Brian Slattery- "Kehler Liddell Gallery is suffering an infestation — of metal beetles and painted moths, courtesy of the work of artists William Kent and Gar Waterman. Together, in the show “Pest Control,” running at the Westville gallery through March 13, they offer commentary on another kind of pest problem altogether.
February 18, 2022, by Nora Grace-Flood- "Restoration is in full swing at Westville Village’s hub of reinvention.The work was taking place inside Lyric Hall, the circa 1913 vaudeville theater at 827 Whalley Ave. that John Cavaliere has revived and repurposed for the past 15 years. Cavaliere originally moved his antiques restoration business there. Then he revived the vaudeville theater space in the back to become a popular performance and events space. He has struggled to keep the business running, especially after cleaning up after six separate floods.