Music

A year of turmoil and grief gave way to surprises in assembling a list of the 10 best albums of 2016.

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Movies

From ‘Hell or High Water’ to ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ a flood of indie films and documentaries helped make this a memorable cinematic year.

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Art

Here’s what our critics said in published reviews of some favorite visual art exhibitions of 2016.

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Television

O.J. made a comeback, and so did ‘SNL.’ But did ‘Real Housewives of Dallas’ make the list?

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New restaurants

From high-profile openings (Heim Barbecue’s brick-and-mortar) to under-the-radar choices (Namaste, Taste N See Chicken and Waffles), it was a fun year in Dallas-Fort Worth dining — and Fort Worth had most of the fun.

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Best bites

From paella at an Arlington Cuban restaurant to a pleasant Chinese meal in Fort Worth to a much-missed Dallas burger, here’s what we most enjoyed eating this year.

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Dance

Texas Ballet Theater was more interesting than it has been in about a decade, and Bruce Wood Dance Project made strides toward national excellence.

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Theater

Artistically, Stage West had a stellar year, while Circle, Jubilee, Amphibian Stage Productions, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Hip Pocket Theatre and Casa Mañana had productions worth remembering at year’s end.

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Classical music

The FWSO’s performances with Joshua Bell and Leonard Slatkin were stellar. Pianist Vadym Kholodenko made an emotional return to the stage, and the Cliburn introduced us to a great young talent.

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Books

Reviewers dig deep (so you don’t have to) to offer the best in biographies, literature and guilty pleasures from their 2016 reading lists.

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