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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.
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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.
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‘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.”
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Daft Punk, Macklemore top left-of-center Grammys

LOS ANGELES — The Grammy Awards celebrated outcasts and outsiders, lionizing a couple of French robots, white rappers and a country gal espousing gay rights, and a Goth teenager who’s clearly uncomfortable with the current themes in pop music.
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Comedy festival expands name, recruits bigger talent

Wenatchee Comedy Festival is turning two in April, and already it has outgrown its name. It’s now the Washington Comedy Festival, although the show will stay local. It’s booked as an all-day event April 26 at The Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee.

For young classical musicians: A spot on stage

Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra will offer two young musicians the chance at a cash prize and a spot as a guest soloist at one of the orchestra’s performances next year.
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Mission Creek Players moves back into the Riverside

Sometimes a word or two is all it takes to turn adults into raging children. As the courteous facade between two sets of parents melts into a testy exchange, that’s when “God of Carnage” hooks the audience. Mission Creek Players plans to milk every last bit of drama and humor from that moment in its next production, which opens Friday at Riverside Playhouse.