December 31, 2003
Best Of 2003
• In the world of reality TV, the worst was best
• The pendulum swings left
• An artful novel that just happens to be about crime
• From the Bounty to murder: Kisor's Top 10 of 2003
Galleries and Museums
• Despite closings, no shortage of good shows
• A period of transition for classical groups
• Political agendas and tearful goodbyes
• Notes from the underground, or the story of year's best hip-hop
The big stink: The 7th annual Alewife Awards
Celebrating the worst in arts and entertainment from 2003
The Globe & Mail (Canada)
The New York Times
The Observer (UK)
- Did you see...?
What were the triumphs and turkeys of the arts world this year? Those on the scene pick their favourites and reveal their hates.
- A bloody marvel
Art of the year: This was the year of Titian's gory, erotic genius but Damien Hirst couldn't help repeating himself.
- In the shadow of New York's 'wailing wall'
Architecture of the year: The Ground Zero competition put the spotlight on Libeskind, but the designers of Beijing's Olympic Stadium were the real stars.
- Ring in the new
Films of the year: Bright young filmmakers save the day as veteran directors turn stale.
- Forget Ant and Dec
Comedy of the year: Away from the mainstream, and on the live circuit, original and inventive humour is flourishing.
- All together now...
Jazz of the year: It seems everybody wants to be a jazz singer nowadays.
- Into the darkness
Pop of the year: The lightweight pap was left behind as pop fans learnt once again to love fresh, vital music.
- On song - but only just
Classical of the year: Mainstream opera in the big houses is facing stiff competition.
- All the world was a stage
Theatre of the year: Jerry at the National, Blaine in his box, flash mobs bearing brollies and bananas... drama was everywhere.
- Nation shall dance unto nation
Dance of the year: We enjoyed Danish duets, Chinese lanterns and a tasty rum punch from Cuba.
- America the bountiful
Television of the year: State of Play was fabulous and Prime Suspect a winner, but the US gave us laughter, tears, sex, war - and Saddam.
- Just don't mention digital
Radio of the year: From migrating swans to Mexico, taking in Kathleen Ferrier on the way, it's been a good year.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
San Antonio Express-News
San Francisco Chronicle
- movies: Great memories, but some films we want to forget
In a year of trilogies, pirates, superheroes and lost souls, particular movies stand out for a variety of reasons.
- classical music: Opening of McCaw Hall is the thrilling high point
Looking back at the year 2003 in music, one event beams forth like a beacon
- visual arts: Fakery, failure and a fantastic installation of light
2003 started off with an art scandal and ended with a shock.
- theater: Productions leave an indelible impression
While the reality-TV "Survivor" franchise thrived in 2003, in Seattle theater a real-world survival struggle was the year's biggest story.
- The rock year in music: 2003's notable news, stars and shows
The rock year was dominated by news stories, not by new trends or new stars.
- Not a fabulous year for Seattle music? Objection!
Oh, 2003, how good you were! Indeed, a case might be made that this is the best year ever for Seattle music.
The Telegraph (UK)