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In a three-horse Oscar race, who’s the favorite?

In a hydra-headed Oscar race, “American Hustle,” “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity” all have legitimate claims to favorite status. And that’s a good thing. Even if a front-runner emerges from the much-nominated trio over the six weeks leading up to the 86th Academy Awards on March 2, the credentials of each film should be plenty to heighten nerves and add to the drama on Oscar night.
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Zeal on the keys: Oksana Ezhokina

Oksana Ezhokina plays piano the way she talks. As she launches the staccato opening of Beethoven’s first piano concerto, her phrases are direct, forthright, and with a bluntness that echoes her words. But as she switches to a dreamy Scriabin etude, her tone is as veiled and mellifluous as her voice.
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A new, and somewhat improved, ‘RoboCop’

The reboot of “RoboCop” uses the basic blueprint from the 1987 movie starring Peter Weller. It’s been modified and updated to create a sleeker design, but it is not as intellectually cutting-edge.

Singing competition tryouts Sunday

WENATCHEE — High school students can audition karaoke-style for the 10th annual Washington State Nashville Country Star at Wenatchee Valley College Sunday.
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A show of faith: Gallery opens its doors to Middle Eastern art

Salma Arastu sees humanity united in a single line, fluid and continuous, scrawled across her 6-foot canvases. Sometimes the line loops in circles, representing a sea of people with featureless oblong faces, huddled in a mass of script and scribble. Her line forms prayers, too, in Arabic calligraphy layered against harmonic watercolor backgrounds.
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Check it Out: Our picks Feb. 6-12

What to do this weekend: First Friday Art Walk, Yogoman Burning band, opera, Valentines, indie rock and Mardi Gras
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Clooney goes corny, cliche in ‘Monuments’

“The Monuments Men” is the “Last Vegas” of World War II movies. A roughly true/fictionally embellished account of the efforts of American arts scholars drafted into the Army to preserve the artistic patrimony of Europe from the scourge of combat and theft by the Germans, it is a cute but clunky ensemble piece that director George Clooney rarely bestows with the gravitas and jauntiness this material demanded.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman fans mourn, tout his talent

NEW YORK — He was only 46, busy as ever and secure in his standing as one of the world’s greatest actors. There were no dissenters about the gifts and achievements of Philip Seymour Hoffman, whose death Sunday in New York brought a stunning halt to his extraordinary and unpredictable career.
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All the 12th men: NCW erupts with Super Bowl parties of all kinds

It’s raining Skittles everywhere Sunday, with a 100 percent chance of rowdiness. On the mountain. In the bars. The local senior center and a few churches, too. As the Seahawks prepare to take on the Denver Broncos 3,000 miles away, 12th-man fever has swept through NCW with an intensity that would put Christmas to shame.
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Cashmere stages ‘Crazy for You’

They’ve got Gershwin, who could ask for anything more? The award-winning Cashmere drama program will debut “Crazy for You” Feb. 5-8 with 12 big dance numbers and memorable Broadway classics like “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “I’ve Got Rhythm” and “Embraceable You.”

Where to watch the big game Sunday

Local bars are getting ready for a wild, rowdy Sunday, when the green-and-blue masses will run Beast-mode through the doors and spike their wallets on the counter. We rounded up a list of events we’ve heard of, and it’s by no means comprehensive. If you’ve got a favorite haunt, call the place directly.