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2013: The Year In Arts

2013 saw Miley Cyrus catching everyone’s attention with her twerking and Beyoncé (pictured) catching everyone by surprise with the release of an album and videos on iTunes.

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2013 saw Miley Cyrus catching everyone’s attention with her twerking and Beyoncé (pictured) catching everyone by surprise with the release of an album and videos on iTunes.

In pop music, a year of the woman

Men may have had the biggest sales, but from Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus to Neko Case and Janelle Monáe, women dominated the musical conversation. By James Reed

From left: Guiesseppe Jones, Natalie Mendoza, and James Barry in “Arms on Fire.’’

theater

A year of big names and big letdowns on stage

Mild disappointment or full-on train wreck? High expectations were too often followed by big letdowns on local stages.

The Boston Ballet production of Jirí Kylián’s “Tar and Feathers” featured an onstage baby grand piano on stilts.

dance

In dance, the best performances explored new terrain

Dancers did more than move this year: They talked politics and philosophy, riffed on film noir, and broke the fourth wall — with rewarding results.

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video games

Action, adventure aplenty in 2013 gaming

Awards for games featuring a robot miner in the Wild West, a woman exploring her family’s creepy new house — oh, and “Grand Theft Auto V.”

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movies

Blockbusters and beyond: Hollywood got it right in 2013

A meditation on our cyber-future, a searing history lesson, and a tale of survival stood out.

dvds

Strong tales, big and small

Many of the year’s best DVDs and Blu-rays stood out for telling compelling stories, then breaking down those stories with all the background you could want. Conversely, there were also a couple of discs that teasingly withheld deep analysis – a diabolically shrewd motivator for repeat viewings, as it turns out. Our picks include “Spring Breakers”, “Safety Last”, “On the Waterfront”, “Argo”, and the 2013 World Series disc.

The best of 2013

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The best stories and photos of 2013, plus Globe critics’ picks for the year’s best in art and entertainment.

Events

Felice Regan’s “Whale, Endangered.’’

Week ahead: Music, theater, art, and more

Critics’ picks for noteworthy events in Boston and the surrounding area this week.

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Travel

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/11/08/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/10chillnerounduppic1a2-1163.jpg Your guide to the 2013-14 ski and board season

Tips, news, advice, and more on snow sports in New England and points west.

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A look at what New England museums have to offer, including high-tech changes at Harvard’s Semitic Museum, directors’ favorites, and odd attractions.

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