Unlike 2012, this year didn't see one of Auburn's most famous residents occupy a key supporting role in a Steven Spielberg film.

But when it came to arts and entertainment, it was a noteworthy 12 months for the area nonetheless.

Here are The Citizen's five biggest arts and entertainment stories of the year:

• The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival brings in big names, takes brand to Rochester: The festival supplied some back-to-back star power in 2013 by casting Taylor Dayne as Grizabella in August's "CATS" and George Wendt as Fred "Pap" Rose in September's "Hank Williams: Lost Highway." After each brought their own brand of excellence to the Owasco stage, the festival announced in November that it'll share all of its 2014 shows with Rochester's near-2,000-seat Kodak Center for Performing Arts. Together, the two moves signal significant growth for the festival, whose next season will be only its third.

New downtown Auburn venues give bands more places to play: The April opening of A.T. Walley & Co. and the December opening of Osteria Salina down State Street, together, provided local musicians with two fresh new places to ply their live trade this year.

Ryan Gosling rumored to visit Skaneateles, everyone freaks out: It may seem a little silly to include a possible celebrity sighting on this list, but Ryan Gosling fandom is silly in and of itself. So when Facebook and Twitter lit up one July night with Gosling sightings at Skaneateles' LakeHouse Pub and elsewhere, it was hard not to get caught up in the hysteria. Alas, his representation said he was never in our midst. But it was fun to play along.

Local natives make waves in their fields: Whether it was film or music, cartoons or hard-hitting documentaries, people from the Cayuga County area made or continued making names for themselves in 2013. There was agent Matt DelPiano getting a live shout-out from Alec Baldwin at the SAG Awards in February; "VICE" — an HBO show featuring not one but four key staff with ties to the Skaneateles and Owasco areas, hitting the air in April; animator Jeff Harter's "Packages From Planet X" premiering on Disney XD in July; and drummer Pete Mendillo being nominated for the Best Blues Album Grammy in December for his work on Bobby Rush's "Down in Louisiana."

Auburn Public Studio, Finger Lakes Art Cooperative open: While Auburn Public Studio supplied young students interested in the arts with all the extracurricular instruction they could ask for beginning in January, in the summer Finger Lakes Art Cooperative began giving practicing artists a platform to show their work and share their knowledge. Together, the two spaces mark off a new creative corridor in the heart of downtown Auburn.

Lake Life Editor David Wilcox can be reached at (315) 282-2245 or david.wilcox@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @drwilcox.

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