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A rat runs next to a Maillol Statue in The Tuileries gardens of the Louvre Muesum in Paris, France, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Rats have been on the rampage on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

PARIS — Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists. The hot weather in Paris has brought many picnicking visitors to the garden, whose garbage is a feast for the rats. And they’re getting help from animal lovers who dig up poison and feed them water. Maybe it’s the “Ratatouille” effect, with the beloved French rat Remy from Disney’s computer animated film helping real-life rats win Parisian hearts. The vermin are finding a lifeline from “people who don’t want us to … 0

VIDEO Arabian Nights in Ashfield: Double Edge Theatre presents ‘Shahrazad,’ an indoor/outdoor spectacle of love and magic

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To commemorate its 20th anniversary in Ashfield, Double Edge Theatre will re-imagine “Shahrazad, A Tale of Love and Magic” during this year’s annual Summer Spectacle. The show opened July 18 and will run through Aug. 24. All shows are at 8 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, rain or shine. These performances routinely sell out, … 0

Weekend Planner — Theater: Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller at KoFest in Amherst

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller, founders of the theatrical ensemble known as The Independent Eye, have walked the long road of theater for 50 years, collaborating as performers, playwrights, puppeteers and life partners in bringing hundreds of productions to audiences across the country. Their works range from grim realism to story-theater to Shakespearean … 0

‘Cultural Chaos’: All-points arts festival will celebrate Easthampton’s Cottage Street Cultural District

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Last year, Easthampton won state recognition for part of its historic downtown area when Cottage Street, a section of Route 141, was designated a cultural district. The mixed area of galleries, small businesses, restaurants, music shops and other … 0

Coming full circle: After a decade of artistic experimentation, Amherst artist Tom Morton returns to his roots

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

For much of the past decade, Tom Morton had been experimenting with different kinds of art: video installations, collages, sculpture. But within the last couple of years, the Amherst artist began returning to his roots: painting. “Painting is … 0

Weekend Planner — Theater: Performance artist Sally Greenhouse performs at Flywheel in Easthampton

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

“Refreshing ... Swiftian humor ... Mordantly funny” — The New York Times; “The thinking person’s performance artist ... Hilarious and harrowing” — The Boston Globe; “Not as funny as Don Knotts” — The St. Louis Post Dispatch. Yes, … 0

Weekend Planner — Art Alive in Amherst: Wine & painting fundraiser

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

French impressionist Claude Monet once said he sought to share in his art the experience of a blind person suddenly granted sight — a prime example perhaps being his “Sunset in Venice.” Head over to Art Alive in … 0

Dancing for the ages: Multi-generational troupe, Dance Generators, presents its annual concert

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Age is the ultimate enemy of most athletes and others who depend on physical virtuosity. When arms can’t throw balls hard enough any longer, or legs can’t make the body move fast enough, it’s time to hang it … 0

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘King Lear’ at Amhert Cinema

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

English critics have split over National Theater’s production of “King Lear.” The Independent calls the London production “a powerfully searching account of the tragedy that fuses the familial and the cosmic, the epic and the intimate,” while The … 0

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Award-winning musician Former Hampshire County resident Laura Anderson Wood, aka LA Wood, was named “Best Female Pop Artist” for 2013 at the 6th annual Malibu Music Awards & Festival, held in October. At the festival, she performed with … 0

Art People: B.Z. Reily | sculptor, art educator

Thursday, June 5, 2014

When B.Z. Reily retired last fall after teaching art for 33 years in Amherst’s public schools, students gathered for a farewell assembly wearing T-shirts printed with her familiar sayings: You’re the artist. Don’t call 911! Dare to be … 0

Photo Gallery: A walking meditation

Thursday, June 5, 2014

This picture, taken in the Central Chambers building in Northampton, started out as a study in geometry. There was a simple pattern to the stairwell that I wanted to make work in a photograph, even if the image … 0

Reassessing Rockwell: Springfield Museums showcase drawings by artist who idealized America

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Viewed from our cynical, media-saturated times, the 1950s and early 1960s in the United States — before the advent of the Vietnam War and the social clashes of the later ’60s — often seems a halcyon era. We … 0