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Arts in brief for Friday, August 21.

Tri-City Throwdown MMA event set Aug. 22

The Tri-City Throwdown martial arts event starts at 8 p.m. Aug. 22 at Classic Island Casino, behind Columbia Center on Gage Boulevard.

The event features amateur fighters from around the Northwest. Some of the featured fighters include Drew Brokenshire of AMC's Pankration, Luis "Lil' Lucifer" Contreras of TriCity MMA organization and Lupe Hudgens of Team Fallen Angels.

TriCity Mixed Martial Arts group is one of the oldest in the area and trains fighters and non-competitive individuals at its downtown Kennewick location, 217 W. Kennewick Ave., said Adrian Wise, one of the MMA coaches.

Though the event is open to all ages, it is a combative event so parents should use discretion, Wise said. Admission is $25 general seatings, $35 for reserved seats and $50 for ringside. Advance tickets available at the casino and at the door. For more information, go to

Former Tri-City comic to play show in Seattle

Former Tri-Citian Brad Upton will perform at the 25th Comedy Anniversary Celebration on Sept. 3-5 at The Comedy Underground in downtown Seattle.

The event is where Upton broke into comedy in 1984.

"I did my first five minutes ever there, and that was it!" Upton told the Herald this week. "Then in October, I go to Australia for my first ever tour down there. I have a comedy club, casino, nightclub and private party dates lined up. Should be fun."

Upton will come home to Tri-Cities in November for a Home for the Holidays show Nov. 27-28 at the Three Rivers Convention Center. Ticket prices and showtimes will be announced later.

Arrow point collection on display Aug. 22

An exhibition of Jay Perry's Point Collection is planned from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Interpretive Center at Sacajawea State Park east of Pasco.

Perry was responsible for the creation of the original museum at Sacajawea State Park. He collected arrowheads and knife points as well as other artifacts from the Columbia Plateau region.

Perry claims to have accumulated about 10,000 points for his collection. Portions of the collection are on exhibit at the East Benton County Museum, 205 Keewaydin Drive in Kennewick, as well as the Sacajawea Interpretive Center. His exhibits will be split between the two locations. The East Benton County Museum also will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 22, featuring other parts of Perry's collection.

Heppner artist featured at Kennewick gallery

The paintings of Heppner artist Andrew Sykes will be featured through Sept. 2 at You & I Framing and Gallery, 414 West First Ave., Kennewick.

Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Sykes has a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from the famed Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

Oregon East Symphony gets $5,000 grant

PENDLETON -- Oregon East Symphony received a $5,000 grant from the Juan Young Trust fund to be used for music equipment rental and scholarship programs.

The Juan Young Trust was established in 2000 to provide grants to nonprofit agencies that promote health, education and welfare for children ages 21 and younger in Oregon.

Fundraiser set Aug. 23 for Pendleton institute

PENDLETON -- The Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts plans an art-makers fundraising dinner starting at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 at Raphael's Restaurant, 233 S.E. Fourth St., Pendleton.

The institute is the only professional fine art printmaking studio on a reservation in the Pacific Northwest.

Admission is $20 at the door and includes dinner and dessert, as well as music, live demonstrations and a large selection of fine art prints.

More information is online at or call 541-276-3954.

'It's a Wonderful Life' auditions set Sept. 2

PROSSER -- The Valley Theater Company will hold auditions for It's a Wonderful Life at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Princess Theatre in downtown Prosser.

Come with a prepared song and be ready to read passages from the show and respond to direction. An accompanist will be available. For more information, call Jim Milne at 509-832-1983. The play opens Dec. 10.

Whistlestop music fest set Aug. 22 in Toppenish

TOPPENISH -- annual Whistlestop Music Festival is from noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 22 at Railroad Park in Toppenish.

Featured musicians include Big Red Barn, Prairie Flyer; Coyote Ridge Bluegrass Wranglers; Footloose, Short Bus Bobby; and Martin's All-Star Show Team.

There is no admission to the daylong event. Railroad Park is next to the train depot in downtown Toppenish at Asotin and Toppenish avenues.

Tickets on sale for The Promise Remains Tour

The Promise Remains Tour is coming to Kennewick on Oct. 30. The contemporary Christian concert features North Carolina rock band Building 429, Tennessee rock/Indie blend Todd Agnew and pop/R&B group Kimber Rising.

Opening the show is local Christian rock band Broken.

The show is being put on by Barnabas Productions and begins at 6:45 p.m. at Calvary Chapel in Kennewick.

General admission is $18, groups of 10 or more are $13. Tickets are on sale at Parable Bible Bookstores, The Bible Shoppe, Red Lion hotels and at

Life of pioneer explored in living history series

WALLA WALLA -- Living History Series, held in the pioneer encampment of the Fort Walla Walla Museum, features the life of pioneer Emily Estes Wiseman at 2 p.m. Aug. 22-23 at the museum, 755 Myra Road, Walla Walla.

Admission to the museum is $7 adults, $6 seniors and students, $3 for kids 6-12.

Bird expert to give talk at Walla Walla museum

WALLA WALLA -- Bird expert Mike Denny will give a talk about native migratory birds starting at 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Whitman Mission, 328 Whitman Mission Road off Highway 12 near Walla Walla.

Denny also will take visitors on a bird-watching tour, so comfortable shoes are recommended. Admission is free.

'Field to Plate' event to highlight wine, food

PROSSER -- The 10 wineries at Vintner's Village in Prosser are bringing together farmers, chefs and winemakers in a "Field to Plate" harvest celebration Sept. 5.

The festival runs from 3 to 7 p.m. Each of the wineries will have a featured chef, farmer and winemaker demonstrating and offering samples.

Reservations are required and no tickets will be issued. There will be no late admissions at the door. Cost is $15 and includes a punch card allowing access to each winery.

For information, call 509-947-1316. For an order form e-mail