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Best of 2006: The year in review
The Year in Arts
Michael Richards (left), and the Dixie Chicks

Embarrassment and riches

Shame and shamelessness were all the rage, and people profited from well-placed humiliation.
Barbara WaltersPhoto Gallery  'Famous' lines
The View's Barbara Walters wasn't the only star with a memorable line this year.
Paris Hilton
Photo Gallery Shockers and scandals
Check out the top 20 scandals that captivated our gossip-loving readers.
The Year in Movies
'Shortbus'
Photo Gallery Wesley Morris's top 10 best films of the year
With few exceptions, the best were heavy numbers.
'Borat'
Photo Gallery Ty Burr's top 10 best films of the year
It was a year of ambitious looks at society's ills.
'Little Children'Pop-up  Best work
The Boston Globe's Ty Burr and Wesley Morris discuss the year in film in this audio slideshow.
More in film:
2006 Editor's picks
Singer/songwriter Jenny Lewis
The little things meant a lot
Hyped shows didn't always deliver, but surprises abounded.
In Music
Globe critics CD picks of 2006
Photo Gallery Top CDs of 2006
The Globe's music critics weigh in on the year's best albums, from Cat Power to Bob Dylan.
Test your knowledge
Pop Music
Shakira
Explosive concert growth
Hike in downloads was expected; not the "live" boom. Photo Gallery Top concerts of '06
Television
ZACH GILFORD in 'Friday Night Lights'
Drama takes a serial turn
Networks push an old format, but viewers are choosy.
Photo Gallery Top shows of '06
Media
World News Tonight
A year of living dangerously
The year's major challenges were covering war and competing online.
Classical Music
James Levine conducting Christian Tetzlaff at Symphony Hall
Memorable moments
Jeremy Eichler examines sounds of stirring music and shaking up the status quo.
Theater
Mam Smith and Bernard White in 'Wings of Desire'
A rich stage
Artistic directors announce departures while a promising debut inspires hope.
Dance
Tero Saarinen Company and the Boston Camerata perform 'Borrowed Light'
Uplifting events
Milestone performances gave a celebratory sparkle to the scene in 2006.
Visual Art
'Kids in Zafariniya, Baghdad'
Wunderground and more
The ICA opens, plus fine shows on war, bohemia, and technology.
Architecture
The Institute of Contemporary Art
Towers as height of fashion
The year saw a mania for very tall buildings, several designed to be the tallest in the world.
Galleries
The Disposable Americans, 2006
Foraging for ideas
In a struggling art market, Boston's galleries still featured strong shows.
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