Holiday season is also the season for lists, when the Post-Gazette arts and entertainment staff focuses on the best of the year that was. Here's an index of our "best of" stories for 2012 (we will continue to update as more picks are made).
• Pop Concerts: Bruce Springsteen tops list of artists old enough to apply for social security.
• Country concerts: Eric Church, clever and hard-driving country rocker.
• Jazz concerts: Kurt Elling's tribute to Sinatra at MCG.
• Classical: Violinist and new PSO concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley displays his artistry.
• Album: Japandroids' "Celebration Rock" worthy of fireworks.
• Theater: Chekhov Festival, STRATA & "August: Osage County" share lead.
• Dance: Pittsburghers got to see why this British/Bangladesh choreographer is huge in Europe.
• Movies: "Argo" tops list of best films.
• Television: Mad for smart, sophisticated, entertaining "Mad Men."
• Seen parties: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust celebration of Benedum Center's 25th anniversary.
• Stylebook: Top moments in fashion for 2012.
• Art: A look back at memorable exhibitions.music