By Christopher Arnott
2:28 PM EDT, May 10, 2013
The 16th Annual Westville Village Artwalk may not seem as hip and cool as say, the Hygienic Arts Festival or Ideat Village, but don’t sell it short. There’s a thriving young arts community in Westville, now anchored by the residents of Art Loft West (ArLoW) and the self-decorators and curators of the Keys on Kites tattoo studio and gallery and the versatile renovated performance venue Lyric Hall and several year-round galleries and a theater company or two.
ArtWalk balances a family-friendly culture festival, an artisan crafts fair and three live music stages with some ambitious modern art projects. This year there are two interactive installations: “Before I Die,” where you can write your dreams on a chalkboard, and “iMap New Haven,” where your can create your own whimsical map of the city.
There are art exhibits (with requisite opening receptions) at half a dozen different locations in the Westville neighborhood, an open house at A Broken Umbrella theater company’s space in the Smokestack at Blake Street, and a live reading of works by local authors sponsored by New Haven Review.
Musicians playing outdoor on Saturday range from Miksop Unsung to Kindred Queer to some school-based jazz bands and a drum circle.
For a complete schedule, see the Westville Village Renaissance Alliance site, www.westvillect.org
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