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    ENTERTAINMENT
Saturday, November 14, 2015
BOOK REVIEW
East Oregonian
PENDLETON
Comedian ¿ghts cancer with laughter
By TAMMY MALGESINI
East Oregonian
What if Jane
Austen had
married?
How would marriage and
¿nancial security have changed
Jane Austen’s life — and her
writing? A new trilogy of novels
by Collins Hemingway explores
just such a question, beginning
with “The Marriage of Miss
Jane Austen.”
Jane Austen lived during
the late 1700s and early 1800s
in Hampshire, England,
the spinster daughter of a
clergyman. After his death,
the family’s already limited
¿nancial circumstances became
dire, and Jane, her mother and
sister subsisted on the charity of
her brothers. Austen’s writing
explored the class system of
18th century England, and
especially the plight of women
in English society, often in
satirical fashion. She turned
down the only proposal of
marriage she received, believing
that every person deserved to
marry for love.
Hemingway’s work explores
what might have happened if
Austen and her suitor, a wealthy
neighboring landowner’s son,
had built a relationship based on
mutual respect and friendship
instead of social standing and
“suitability.” Austen’s well-
known independent spirit would
have tolerated nothing less.
“The Marriage of Miss Jane
Austen” is just the ¿rst of three
books, so it remains to be seen
whether Hemingway’s premise
is a successful one. However,
he captures Austen’s style and
personality, her pride and her
prejudices, quite charmingly.
———
“The Marriage of Miss Jane
Austen,” by Collins Hemingway.
© 2015, AuthorHouse.
BRIEFLY
Walla Walla theater
presents Christmas
classic
WALLA WALLA —
Performances of the timeless
classic “It’s A Wonderful Life”
is being presented at The Little
Theatre of Walla Walla.
The family-oriented evening
of theater production features
Christmas carols and bells.
The shows are Nov. 14,
20-21, 27-28 and Dec. 4-5 at
8 p.m. Also, Sunday matinée
performances are Nov. 23 and 29
at 2 p.m. The theater is located at
1130 Sumach Ave.
Tickets are $15 each and are
available by calling 509-529-
3683 or www.ltww.org.
First Draft features
Alex Kuo
PENDLETON — An award-
winning writer and documentary
photographer is featured in
November’s First Draft Writers’
Series.
Alex Kuo will read from his
new work Thursday at 7 p.m. at
Pendleton Center for the Arts,
214 N. Main St. The event is free
and open to the public.
Kuo has published more than
350 poems, stories, photographs,
essays, as well as 11 books.
Among his many honors, he
has received three National
EA Fellowships, a Rockefeller
Foundation Bellagio residency
and the American Book Award
in 2002 for “Lipstick and Other
Stories.”
After Kuo’s presentation,
audience members may
participate in short open mic
sessions to read their own
original poems or stories.
For more information, call
541-278-9201 or visit www.
pendletonarts.org.
Paint night features
wine, instruction
PENDLETON — A Girls
Night Out event features wine or
cocktails and painting.
No experience is required
Page 3C
Comedy Show
Mike Wally Walter subscribes to
the old adage, “Laughter is the best
medicine.”
A comedian for 35 years, Walters
is laughing in the face of cancer.
During treatments for a recurrence
of bladder cancer, the comic has
kept the medical staff in stitches
while honing new material centered
around the disease.
Walter will headline a Cancer
Awareness
Comedy
Night
Thursday at 40 Taps in Pendleton.
Nick Theisen will open the show.
Tickets are $10 each.
A bit of a class clown in high
school, Walter was a blue collar
worker at Georgia Paci¿c, where he
worked for 14 years. He was vice
president of the local union and a
shop steward.
After an on-the-job injury, Walter
found himself out of a job. Prior to
the injury he had been dabbling in
stand-up comedy, performing at
open mic shows.
At age 30, Walter got his start
in comedy after placing second in
a contest in Olympia, Washington.
Calling him a natural, the contest
emcee encouraged Walter to hit the
open mics in Seattle to hone the
craft. Walter’s ¿rst stop was The
Comedy Saloon on Aurora Avenue.
Although his name was called
twice, he never made it to the stage.
“A heckler was just tearing the
comedians apart,” Walter recalled.
“I had nothing for hecklers and I
didn’t go up.”
He went home and wrote
material in response to hecklers
and returned the next week. Walter
convinced the club’s management
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 19;
8 p.m.
WHERE: 40 Taps, 337 S.W.
Emigrant Ave.
COST: $10
INFO: 541-240-1208
Photo contributed by Michael Cairns
Mike Wally Walter, whose comedy repertoire includes a Don Rick-
les tribute act, will headline a Cancer Awareness Comedy Show at
40 Taps in Pendleton.
to give him another shot.
For a number of years Walter’s
friends ribbed him, saying he
looked like a cross between Jona-
than Winters and Don Rickles.
“And then I lost my hair and
people said, ‘You look like Don
Rickles,’” Walter said.
The two comedians, along with
Buddy Hackett, have long been an
inspiration to Walter. He added a
Rickles act, which includes quick
wit and impromptu dialogue with
audience members. Walter has
always enjoyed interacting with the
crowd as part of his show.
“It takes a long time to achieve
that. I’ve got stuff in my head that I
can respond with — that’s become
my forte,” the comic said.
A career highlight, Walter said,
was a year-long stint at Harrah’s in
Laughlin, Nevada. He performed a
Don Rickles tribute as the comedy
star of “Showgirls.” It was featured
on A&E and HBO. Also, he’s won
awards for his Rickles act at the
Sunburst Convention of Celebrity
Impersonators in Florida.
Walter also enjoyed performing
for American troops in Kuwait
and Iraq. The 20-day tour in 2006
featured three shows a day. Walter
and two other comedians were
transported by a Black Hawk heli-
copter to the different bases.
Being politically incorrect is
a staple in his act. Not much is
off limits on the comedy stage.
However, for Walter, there’s one
line he won’t cross.
“Rape jokes,” he said. “I don’t
¿nd rape jokes funny.”
Even with ¿ve ex-wives, Walter
said he doesn’t really pick on
women.
“I don’t berate woman at all in
my act — not even my ex-wives.
And they deserve it,” he said with
a chuckle.
Performing stand-up hasn’t
changed much over the years,
Walter said, including the pay.
“They raised the price of drinks
and food. The only thing that hasn’t
changed is the entertainers still get
crap money.”
Walter didn’t have insurance
during his ¿rst bout with cancer.
However, his comedian family
came through for him. Performing
free, the comedians raised nearly
$5,000 on Walter’s behalf during a
show at the Lucky Eagle Casino in
Rochester, Washington.
Now
covered
through
Obamacare, Walter said it has been
a mixed blessing.
“They’ve found more things
wrong with me since I got insur-
ance,” he quipped.
However, Walter remains posi-
tive, saying he’s going to beat the
cancer. And one things for sure —
he’ll be laughing all the way.
WHAT TO DO
Festivals
Tri-Cities Wine Festival
•Saturday, Nov. 14; 6:30
p.m.
•Three Rivers Convention
Center
• 7016 Grandridge Blvd.,
Kennewick
www.ticketmaster.com
$55/advance, $60/door. In-
cludes wine tasting and regional
craft beers, silent auction and
hors d’oeuvres.
Art & Museums
“Speaking at a Time/
Hablando a la Vez”
•Saturday, Nov. 14, 2 p.m.
•Armchair Books, 39 S.W.
Dorion Ave., Pendleton
www.redbatbooks.com
Book signing with Amelia
Díaz Ettinger, who also will read
from her dual-language book of
poetry.
First Draft Writers’
Series
•Thursday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m.
•Pendleton Center for the
Arts, 214 N. Main St.
www.pendletonarts.org
Free. Features Alex Kuo,
who has published more than
350 poems, stories, photo-
graphs and essays, as well as
11 books. Also, short open mic
readings from the audience.
American Indian bead-
work display
•Monday-Thursdays;
11
a.m-7 p.m.,
•Friday-Saturdays; 10 a.m.-5
p.m.
•Hermiston Public Library,
235 E. Gladys Ave.
www.hermistonlibrary.us
In recognition of Native
American Heritage Month,
beadwork by Ken May of Herm-
iston is on display through the
month of November.
Drawn Together
•Monday-Fridays;
noon-4
p.m.
•Nightingale Gallery, Loso
Hall
•Eastern Oregon University,
La Grande
www.eou.edu/art/nightin-
gale-gallery
Free. Drawn Together: Con-
temporary Drawing in the Pacif-
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Northwest artists. Runs through
Dec. 9.
Betty Feves 25th Anni-
versary Exhibit
•Monday
through
Thurs-
for Wine and Design Paint
Nite, which is Monday, Nov.
23 at 7 p.m. at Mac’s Bar
& Grill, 1400 S.W. Dorion
Ave., Pendleton. The cost
is $20, which includes all
materials. The lively event
features music and guided
instructions by a creative
artist.
Reservations are required.
For more information, call
541-276-5531.
New Chris Young
album likable, not
memorable
(AP) — Chris Young
ends his ¿fth album
with “What If I Stay,” a
sparse, tenderly swaying
ballad that shows off the
Tennessee-born country
singer’s rich baritone,
wide range and seductive
phrasing.
For most of “I’m
days; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
•By appointment, 541-278-
5952
•Betty Feves Memorial Gal-
lery, BMCC, 2411 N.W. Carden
Ave., Pendleton.
Free. Exhibit honors Betty
Feves and her continuing lega-
cy with pieces by artists who ap-
prenticed with her. Runs through
Dec. 17.
www.inlandnorthwestmusi-
cians.com
Donations accepted. An en-
semble of the Inland Northwest
Musicians. Reception follows.
World War I Posters
24/7
•Monday - Saturdays, 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
•Tamástslikt Cultural Insti-
tute, near Wildhorse Resort &
Casino.
www.tamastslikt.org
$10/adults, $9/senior cit-
izens, $6/youths, free/5 and
under or $25/family of four. Fea-
tures 65 original posters from
the World War I era and other
artifacts from the time period.
Runs through Jan. 2.
Heritage Station Museum
•Tuesday-Saturdays
•10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
•108 S.W. Frazer Ave.,
Pendleton
www.heritagestationmuse-
um.org
$5/adults, $2/student, $4/se-
niors, $10/family.
SAGE Center
•Monday-Saturdays
•10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
•101 Olson Road, Boardman
www.visitsage.com
$5/adults, $3/students, se-
niors, free/under 5. An interac-
tive visitor center highlighting
sustainable agriculture and en-
ergy. On-site store features local
art, jewelry, food, wine and gifts.
Groove City Band
•Friday, Nov. 20; Saturday,
Nov. 21, 9 p.m. No cover
•Wildhorse Sports Bar at
Wildhorse Resort & Casino, off
Highway 331, Mission.
•Friday, Nov. 27; Saturday,
Nov. 28, 9 p.m. No cover
•Wildhorse Sports Bar at
Wildhorse Resort & Casino, off
Highway 331, Mission.
Night life
Cancer Awareness Come-
dy Show
•Thursday, Nov. 19; 8 p.m.
•40 Taps, 337 S.W. Emigrant
Ave., Pendleton
$10. Features comedians
Nick Theisen and headliner
Mike Wally Walters. A Don Rick-
les impersonator, Walters has
been making people laugh for
35 years. He is a cancer sur-
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disease.
RocKaraoke
•Saturday, Nov. 14; 9 p.m.
No cover
•Hamley Saloon, 8 S.E.
Court Ave., Pendleton
•Third Wednesdays, 8 p.m.
•Wildhorse Sports Bar, Wild-
horse Resort & Casino, off High-
way 331, Mission.
No cover. Live band karaoke
the third Wednesday of each
month through December.
Thursday Night Comedy
Willow Creek Symphony
•Thursdays, 8 p.m.
•Wildhorse Sports Bar, Wild-
horse Resort & Casino, off High-
way 331, Mission.
•Sunday, Nov. 15; 4 p.m.
•Riverside High School, 210
N.E. Boardman Ave.
•Thursdays and Fridays, 8
p.m.
Comin’ Over,” Young
hitches his truck to rhythm-
driven contemporary country
music.
One of his era’s ¿nest
traditionalists, and an
outstanding balladeer,
Young spends most of
his new songs proving
he can compete with his
bro-country peers. And
he succeeds. The tracks
“I Know a Guy” and
Wine tasting
•Fridays, 4-8 p.m.
•Sno Road Winery, 111 W.
Main St., Echo.
Open Mic
•First/third Friday each
month, 8 p.m.-midnight
•The Packard Tavern, 118
S.E. Court Ave., Pendleton
www.facebook.com/groups/
pendletonopenmic
Karaoke
•Fridays 8 p.m. (9 p.m. if
game on)
•Riverside Sports Bar, 1501
Sixth St., Umatilla
DJ and dancing
•Fridays, 8 p.m.
•The Pheasant, 149 E. Main
St., Hermiston
Unofficial Reunion Party
Theater, stage &
film
Hair Nation 
Tyler Brooks & Isaac
Callender
•Nov. 14, 20, 21; 7:30 p.m.
•Nov. 14, 22; 2 p.m.
•Richland (WA) High School,
930 Long St.
www.midcolumbiamusical-
theatre.org
$10-$20 via www.mcmt.tix.
com. Mid-Columbia Musical
Theatre presents the Broadway
musical featuring unforgettable
songs, breathtaking dance num-
bers and astonishing stagecraft.
•Thursdays; 8 p.m.
•Mac’s Bar & Grill, 1400
S.W. Dorion Ave., Pendleton
No cover. 21 and older. Triv-
ial Beersuit is weekly through
Dec. 17. Teams of 2-8 compete
in trivia contest. Live host and
prizes.
•Sundays; 4 p.m.
•Riverside Sports Bar, 1501
Sixth St., Umatilla
No cover. Food/drink spe-
cials
•Saturdays, 8 p.m.
•The Pheasant, 149 E. Main
St., Hermiston
•Saturday, Nov. 14; 7 p.m.
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Co., 403 S. Main St., Pendleton
No cover. All ages.
•Saturday, Nov. 14, 9 p.m.
No cover
•Wildhorse Sports Bar at
Wildhorse Resort & Casino, off
Highway 331, Mission.
Mac’s Trivia Night
Sunday Fundays
DJ music
•Wednesdays; 3-7 p.m.
•The Pheasant, 149 E. Main
St., Hermiston
No cover. Drink specials and
games, including Xbox 360,
Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3 and
Nintendo 64.
Yaquina Bay with Misty
Mouth
world’s best-loved musicals.
•Wednesday, Nov. 25; 7 p.m.
•40 Taps, 337 S.W. Emigrant
Ave., Pendleton
No cover. Home for the hol-
idays, head to the bar and visit
with old friends. Features happy
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and other games.
Whiskey Wednesday
Game Night
Music
•The Pheasant, 149 E. Main
St., Hermiston
Digital Karaoke
“Alone Tonight” bring an
emotional, real-life tone
to contemporary country
music.
If Young is going to
follow trends, he would
bene¿t from Nashville
shifting back toward a
grittier, more tradition-based
sound.
Chris Young, “I’m
Comin’ Over” (RCA
Nashville)
Be a Part of Walla
Walla’s Wine Future!
Become a Winery Founder
“Brighton Beach Mem-
oirs”
•Nov. 14, 19-21; 7:30 p.m.
•Nov. 15, 22; 2 p.m.
•Bob Clapp Theatre, BMCC,
2411 N.W. Carden Ave., Pend-
leton
Nov. 12 is pay-what-you-can
preview night; other performanc-
es, $10/adults, $5/students
and children 3 and up. College
Community Theatre production
of Neil Simon’s semi-autobi-
ographical play. Includes mature
subject matter and language.
“Annie”
•Nov. 14, 20-21, 28; 7:30
p.m.
•Nov. 14, 21, 28; 2:30 p.m.
•Elgin Opera House, 104 N.
Eighth St.
www.elginoperahouse.com
Reserved $17/$8. The irre-
pressible comic strip heroine
takes center stage in one of the
“Mary Poppins”
Atomic Bombshells
•Saturday, Nov. 14; 7:30
p.m.
•Power House Theatre, 111
N. Sixth St., Walla Walla
www.phtww.com
$24-$29. The Atomic Bomb-
shells, a professional burlesque
troupe, presents a show to re-
member. Ages 18 and over only.
“Inside Out”
•Friday, Nov. 20; 7:15 p.m.
•Saturday, Nov. 21; 2:15
p.m.
•SAGE Center, 101 Olson
Road, Boardman
www.visitsage.com
$5/adults, $3/seniors, stu-
dents. Free popcorn with ad-
mission. The animated story of
Riley, a hockey-loving 11-year-
old Midwestern girl whose world
is turned upside-down when her
family moves to San Francisco.
Holidazed & Confused
•Wednesday, Dec. 3; 7 p.m.
•Hermiston High School au-
ditorium, 600 S. First St.
www.desertartscouncil.com
$40/adults, $22.50/youths
($5 discount if purchased in
advance). Desert Arts Council
presents the Second City Com-
edy Tour.
Hot tickets
•Mannheim
Steamroller
Christmas Tour. Nov. 25 Silva
Concert Hall, Eugene. Tickets
($35-$75) available via www.
tickets.com
•Trans Siberian Orchestra
The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
Tour. Nov. 28, Key Arena, Seat-
tle; Nov. 29, Moda Center, Port-
land. Tickets ($34-$73) available
via www.ticketmaster.com
———
Want to get your event
listed in our calendar? Send
information to tmalgesini@eas-
toregonian.com, or c/o Tammy
Malgesini, 333 E. Main Street,
Hermiston, OR, 97838.
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