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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

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: ESB performs; Jazz Shares

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

ESB performs Dances by renowned choreographers, performed to music by world-famous composers, will be among the works presented by East Street Ballet on May 23 and 24 at Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Among the … 0

Photo gallery: Rubber reptiles to the rescue

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The children at Leverett Elementary School had a problem: Their greenhouse was being overrun by rodents. The first year, they lost much of their crop to little critters. The solution: a rubber snake that looked so realistic it … 0

Sept. 11 museum opens to relatives, survivors

Thursday, May 15, 2014

NEW YORK — Tears in her eyes, firefighter widow Maureen Fanning emerged Thursday from the new Sept. 11 museum deep beneath ground zero, unable to bring herself to look at all of it. “I just think it would … 1

How to succeed: Amherst forum offers tips to artists

Thursday, May 8, 2014

It isn’t news: Making a living in the arts isn’t easy — but it’s not impossible. In a forum, a group of local experts will offer tips on how to find success as an artist. “Your Next Art … 0

Weekend Planner — Dance: Amherst Ballet’s ‘Juxtapositions’

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Titled “Juxtapositions: An Evening of Dance Inspired by Romanticism and Abstract Expressionism,” Amherst Ballet’s annual spring performance on Saturday in UMass’ Bowker Auditorium, will feature excerpts from the romantic ballet “Giselle,” “Made of Glass,” a new modern work … 0

Art People: Anne Louise White | musician, teacher

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Music is so much more than entertainment, says Anne Louise White, a singer, pianist, choral director and music teacher. It’s a way to build community, to learn about history, to reach across cultural barriers, and to feed our … 0

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Positive energy A book signing party for Leta Herman and Jaye McElroy’s new book, “The Energy of Love,” will be held May 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Booklink Booksellers in Thornes Marketplace in Northampton. The authors … 0

Photo Gallery

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Hadley Walkway, an art installation by Laura Brooks of East Lyme, Connecticut, on North Lane in Hadley, struck me as a great place to take a picture. Since its completion last year, I’ve often pondered its possibilities, … 0

We’re still here: Northampton Center for the Arts getting ready to roll at new home on Hawley Street

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

It doesn’t yet have an official name — either 33 Hawley Street or The Arts Trust Building will do — but the building that once housed a lumber company and, most recently, a health club, is the new … 0

From the ground up: Collaborative arts community at UMass coalesces within walls of innovative building

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Ask Chelsea Sams about her work as an artist, and she’ll tell you, “Place makes a difference.” The University of Massachusetts master’s degree candidate in studio art, who transferred last year from Florida State University, was speaking generally … 0