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.
Tuesday | April 26, 2022
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.
Friday | January 21, 2022
January 20, 2022, by Brian Slattery- "Pedestrians and people driving along Whalley Avenue may have noticed the storefront that used to house Strange Ways has changed. That’s because the beloved lifestyle store moved from Westville Village to downtown. In its place, owner Alex Dakoulas — who also still operates Strange Ways in its new location — has opened Westville General, selling meats, cheeses, condiments, candy, home goods, and gifts (just for starters).
Monday | January 17, 2022
January 12, 2022, The New Haven Independent, by Maya McFadden- "Tennis mavens can look forward to filled-in cracks — and space newly set aside for pickleball — at Edgewood Park’s popular but neglected courts. City Engineer Giovanni Zinn Tuesday night announced plans to resurface and renovate the courts at the park’s northwest corner.
January 10, 2022, by Brian Slattery- "Ana Henriques’s Forest I partakes of recognizable natural shapes — spreading tree branches, a mirrored sun, the ripples of water and hills — without being beholden to them.
Thursday | December 16, 2021
December 10, 2021, by Lucy Gellman- "Jolysa Anthony waved her hand over a fresh batch of soy candles, and began to tell the story of how they came to be. Rachael Warden made the pitch for eucalyptus, orange and lavender essential oils that could transform a home into an impromptu day spa. Danny Bress looked over for a pint-sized cricket loom, studying a toffee-colored textile still in progress. All of them are makers at UARTS, an initiative of the Chapel Haven Schleifer Center that trains adults with developmental disabilities to make and sell art.