New Year's Eve now upon us, it's time to recount the year's best music, movies, theater, TV and more. Last year, we gave each writer a page to discuss favorites; this year, we separated things by topic. It's easier for readers to understand, and my ego has healed nicely.

I'll have my favorite songs, albums and movies up later today -- after the paper goes to bed -- and until then, enjoy these staff lists.

LOCAL MUSIC [here]

NATIONAL MUSIC [here]

MOVIES [here]

TV [here]

ART [here]

THEATER [here]

FASHION [here]

FOOD [here]