Best Of 2022 Arts And Entertainment: A Look Back At The Years Top Music, Books, Theater And More

Best Of 2022 Arts And Entertainment: A Look Back At The Years Top Music, Books, Theater And More

The 10 best books of 2022. © Christopher Borrelli/Chicago Tribune/TNS Top 10 Books of 2022.

As we find ourselves at the end of another year, it's time to share some great experiences. A+E writers, columnists and critics look back on the best of 2022 when it comes to arts and entertainment.

The best of classical and jazz in 2022: the return of Sun Ra Arkestra and Berliner Phil, "Creación" by Chucho Valdes and a perfect day in Chicago

Author Hannah Edgar reflects on this year's classical and jazz highlights, including Tosca for the Ages, the local premiere of Symphony No. Carola Bauckholt.

Jin Lee: Views & Scenes runs through August 7 at the Chicago Cultural Center. © Photo by James Prinz/Chicago Tribune/TNS Jin Lee: Views & Scenes runs through August 7 at the Chicago Cultural Center.

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Best Dance of 2022: Local troops recover from pandemic as big tour finally arrives in Chicago

Writer Lauren Warnecke suggests the theme for this year's Chicago Dance could be resilience as local dance groups move forward after years of hiatus. Highlights include Spanish dance theater company Español's "Flamenco Passion" and Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project's "Reclamation."

On Thursday, March 31, 2022, Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra present the world premiere of Orpheus Undone by 2018-2021 CSO Composer-in-Residence Missy Mazzoli. © E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/TNS Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform the world premiere of "Orpheus Undone," 2018-2021 CSO Composer-in-Residence Missy Mazzoli, Thursday, March 31, 2022.

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Chicago's Best Art Fairs of 2022: Tea, Torture and Recovery at DePaul, Florish on the Street and a Big Year for the Cultural Center

Writer Laurie Waxman selected exhibits she liked and got to know throughout the year, including nearly all of the exhibits at the Cultural Center, the works of Albert Aguilar, and the Chicago Botanic Garden's Jubilee exhibit.

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Top 10 Books of 2022: The Mason-Dixon Mission, The Rabbit Hole and, yes, Bob Dylan

Author Christopher Borrelli says it's been a very good year for good books, with Peter K. Baker's Planes grossly underrated and Gwendolyn Riley's Phantoms in his top 10.

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Chicago's Best Theater 2022: Great work on the Lyric, Goodnight Oscar and Welcome Back for Steep

Critic Chris Jones wrote that while it's unclear if 2022 will be a normal year for Chicago theaters, the Chicago stage has seen several notable productions, including Manual Cinema Christmas Carol and The Notebook at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.

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