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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Singing in the cold: Mars preps for spotlight at Super Bowl

NEW YORK — Everyone is in Bruno Mars’ ear about one thing when it comes to performing the Super Bowl halftime show: How will you deal with the freezing cold? “Everyone’s putting the fear of God in me like there’s going to be a blizzard,” Mars said in a phone interview this month from Los Angeles, where he talked about the weather conditions in the New York-New Jersey area.

Oh, say can she sing!

MIAMI — The feared high and low notes of the national anthem should be easily navigated this year at Super Bowl XLVIII. That’s because the honor of performing the difficult song has been given to famed soprano Renée Fleming, who will perform it before the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Feb 2, as 164 million people watch from home.

‘Labor Day’ ladles on the melodrama to hide unintentional laughs

The funniest unintentional laugh in “Labor Day” is the way adaptor/director Jason Reitman treats this eye-rolling, melodramatic romance novel as if he’s got his hands on the works of Dostoevsky or Tolstoy. A genteel escaped convict hides out with a grieving divorcee and offers another chance at love? It’s “The Prisons of Madison County.”