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Fusilli lunghi, clams, and shishito peppers at Pammy’s in Cambridge.

The 2017 Boston-area restaurant awards

The people and places that stood out in this year’s dining landscape.


2017 in the words of Globe readers

Letters to the editor tackled the issues of the day, and the year, from North Korea and Washington to the jaywalked streets of Boston.

Lilly Hiatt brings a little bit of roots and a whole lot of thrash to her album “Trinity Lane.”

folk, country, and roots

Stuart Munro’s best albums of 2017

Recordings by Alex Williams, Kacy & Clayton, and Colter Wall top a list of folk, country, and roots music favorites.

Lorde’s “Melodrama” was a grandiose pseudo-concept album about the reckless abandon of young romance.

pop music

Terence Cawley’s picks for best albums of 2017

Julien Baker, LCD Soundsystem, and Lorde top the list of pop artists who made the year’s best records.

Miguel in concert at TD Garden in 2016.

pop music

Maura Johnston’s picks for best albums of 2017

Her favorites of the year include recordings by Zola Jesus, Casey Dienel, and Miguel.

Lizz Wright

Jon Garelick’s picks for best albums of 2017

Favorite recordings of the year include those by Lizz Wright, Dominique Eade and Ran Blake, and Matt Wilson.

Woody Harrelson (left, with Sam Rockwell) in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Ty Burr

20 under-the-radar acting performances from 2017

There can be great acting in so-so movies, and less-appreciated turns can get overshadowed by acclaim for a film’s stars.

Maria Bamford


The 10 best stand-up specials of 2017

In a year when the new normal was no laughing matter, Maria Bamford, Bill Burr, Jerry Seinfeld, and seven other comics offered a weird, wonderful respite.


The best books of 2017

Our critics list their top picks, from fiction to mystery to sports.

The Louvre, home to Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” was the most Instagrammed museum in 2017.

Instagram’s most popular cities, locations, and hashtags of 2017

What is the point of traveling the world if you can’t share it — or boast about it — with deskbound friends back home?

Pamela Adlon in “Better Things.”

The Year in Arts 2017

Matthew Gilbert’s favorite TV shows of 2017

Every year, it gets harder to select only 10 shows . . . so I’ve included a second 10.