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August 1, 2014 at 7:28am

Friday Morning Joe: Senate approves VA bill, CIA spied on Senate, Air Force promotion changes, New York City latte ...

Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment throw a simulated coffee pot during Exercise Spartan Fury at Pohakuloa Training Area on the Island of Hawaii. Original photo by Lance Cpl. Nathan Knapke

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The Senate overwhelmingly gave final approval to a $16.3 billion Veterans Affairs reform bill last night, sending the measure to the White House and giving Congress a legislative victory before the start of its summer break.

A wake up call to Washington on defense: Panel concludes U.S. military superiority not a given.

CIA did spy on Senate staffers: CIA Director John Brennan stood firm for months in his insistence that the CIA had little to be ashamed of after searching the computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee. His defiant posture quickly collapsed after a devastating report by his own inspector general sided against agency on each key point of the dispute with the Senate.

Pressure is building on CIA Director John Brennan to resign following the agency's admission Thursday that it spied on the computers of Senate staffers.

A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled today as violence erupted in and around the southern town of Rafah, with 35 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and the military saying one of its soldiers has been abducted.

The European Union's embargo on the import and export of arms and related material with Russia, which covers all items on the EU's common military list, will come into force today.

A German army general has for the first time been appointed chief of staff to work with the commander of U.S. ground forces in Europe, both countries' militaries.

Downsizing the war: Layoffs and yard sales in Afghanistan.

Spy satellites: House Intelligence Committee unanimously approved a new report suggesting ways the government could save billions of dollars in its purchases of intelligence satellites.  

Congress presses DoD for allotment system reform.

The U.S. Congress will leave town for five weeks without providing hundreds of millions of dollars requested by Israel to replenish its Iron Dome interceptor missiles.

The Rim of the Pacific, or RIMPAC, biennial maritime security exercise is a multinational training opportunity taking place in and around the Hawaiian Islands.

Air Force officials announced a series of sweeping changes to the Enlisted Evaluation System and Weighted Airman Promotion System July 31.

The navigator on the famous B-29 Superfortress that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II, died July 28 in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Terry and Jan Blumberg used benefits and insurance money from their son Army Sgt. Trevor Blumberg's 2003 death in Iraq to help build the two-story home. Now in its third year, Blum's Landing serves as a retreat for veterans.

The new .45s are made by Colt, the first 1911 models they've provided to the U.S. since the end of World War II.

Skydivers land on lake and skid all the way to shore.

Lollapalooza live stream starts this afternoon.

IFC has posted a full episode of its new show Garfunkel and Oates before it premieres.

Katy Perry's new video employs Pee-wee Herman lookalikes.

Watch the trailer for the new SpongeBob SquarePants live-action movie.

List: "hidden celebrity cameos" in movies.

Finally: What New York City would look like submerged in a gigantic latte.

One day drones will cast the skies and we'll need this guy to fix it.

LINK: Original photo by Lance Cpl. Nathan Knapke

August 1, 2014 at 7:45am

5 Things To Do Today: Lakewood Asian Film Festival, Spaceworks Tacoma Quadrophenia, Yonatan Gat, Smart DJs ...

Vidya Bagchi arrives in Kolkata from London to find her missing husband. Seven months pregnant and alone in a festive city, she begins a relentless search for her husband.

FRIDAY, AUG. 1 2014 >>>

1. From Aug. 1-3, the Lakewood Asian Film Fest will screen inside the Lakewood Playhouse. This year, there will be four films, each complete with the requisite movie popcorn and other refreshments, as well as a special live performance before each film that will set the stage and bring an extra edge of arts to each evening. Read Kristin Kendle's full feature on the Lakewood Asian Film Fest in the Music and Culture section, then catch tonight's film, Kahaani, an Indian murder mystery abouta London woman's journey to Calcutta in search of her missing husband. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., but show up early and catch the Chang Hee Sook Women Drummers at 7 p.m. as well as a display in the lobby by the Philippine Scouts Historical Society.

2. Spaceworks Tacoma is proud to announce the grand opening of four new businesses at the corner of South 10th and Martin Luther King Jr. Way.  The celebration of Concrete Market, The Tshirt Men Company, SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery and DubCity Studios will be from 5-9 p.m. Each business will host an open house and offer a variety of awesomeness for customers.

3. The Blues Power Revue - "Jake and Elwood" and a seven-piece band - will play a dynamite show at Port Plaza in downtown Olympia from 7-8:30 p.m. The seasoned musicians and impersonators offer all the hits and humor that made the American cultural icons.

4. Yonatan Gat was recently voted "Best Guitarist of 2013" by the Village Voice. There. Now go to the show. More? Formerly of the Israeli garage rock powerhouses, Monotonix, Gat has turned his eyes to the far corners of musical expression. Incorporating a dizzying variety of cultural influences - tropicalia, Middle Eastern music, psych rock, blistering punk, African pop - Gat has emerged as a chameleonic interpreter of rock 'n' roll in its many shifting forms. Catch him with Arrington de Dionyso and Calvin Johnson at 8 p.m. in Northern.

5. Just as turntablism - the art of playing records - has made an instrument out of a medium, the movement's DJs have made the transition from enablers to performers. Tonight's "Smart People" event, organized by Tacoma's Mr. Melanin, seeks to put a little stress on that assumption by presenting DJs in an improvised setting, touching on R&B and electronica, bringing in indie rock, house and disco. Dancing is awesome, but you'll catch yourself gazing at the turntable skills of Mr. Melanin and theMAYOR. It's OK. It really begins at 9:55 p.m. at The New Frontier Lounge.

LINK: Friday, Aug. 1 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

August 1, 2014 at 9:58am

Hiring Heroes Career Fair coming to Joint Base Lewis-McChord

If you're transitioning from the military or are a veteran looking for work, then Sylvia Parker has an event especially for you.

The Hiring Heroes Career Fair is coming to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Parker, a human resource specialist for the Department of Defense coordinating the job fair, said she has 62 employers coming.

"We're excited," she said.

There are career opportunities for wounded, ill, injured and transitioning servicemembers as well as veterans, military spouses and primary caregivers.

Read more...

August 1, 2014 at 10:26am

Best of Tacoma 2014 is online

Read the 2014 Best of Tacoma online while munching on the Best Doughnut at Legendary Doughnuts on Tacoma's Sixth Avenue. Photo credit: Jason Ganwich

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Hey folks, our yearly Best of Tacoma issue, in which your humble and helpful Weekly Volcano staffers – and readers – show some love for all the things that make the City of Destiny and surrounding Pierce County cities so nifty – is now online.

We appreciate all the voting participation. Keep those ideas coming – we're ready to mix it up big time in 2015.

Thanks for voting, and thanks for reading. Without further ado, click here

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August 2, 2014 at 7:24am

Saturday Morning Joe: Gaza ambush fallout, DoD vs Ebola, major pink slip, hitchhiking robot ...

Company C, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, assume a good throwing position during live-fire coffee pot familiarization training at McGregor range near Fort Bliss, Texas. Original photo by Sgt. Vincent Byrd, 2nd BCT

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Israel bombarded the southern Gaza town of Rafah today as troops searched for an officer they believe was captured by Hamas in an ambush that shattered a humanitarian cease-fire and set the stage for a major escalation of the 26-day-old war.

Hamas acknowledged responsibility for a deadly Gaza Strip ambush in which an Israeli army officer may have been captured, but said the incident likely preceded and therefore had not violated a U.S.- and U.N.-sponsored truce.

Defense Department personnel are on the ground in West Africa and in U.S. laboratories fighting to control the worst outbreak in the African history of the Ebola virus, which a senior Army infectious disease doctor called a "scourge of mankind."

The Army will send notices to 500 majors next week that they must leave the service, the outgoing Army vice chief of staff said.

The House late Friday sent a measure to the president that would provide Israel with funding for its Iron Dome missile defense system.

President Obama said in blunt terms the United States "tortured some folks" - describing a forthcoming report on now-defunct U.S. interrogation techniques he called "contrary to our values."

The Pentagon announced the U.S. wants to send troops to train Ukrainian forces next year as the country faces continued aggression from pro-Russia separatists. 

North Korea has asked for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to protest upcoming U.S.-South Korean military exercises.

Former President Bill Clinton told an audience in Australia just hours before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks that he passed on the chance to kill Osama bin Laden with a military strike, according to an audio tape just released.

U.S. Army Gen. John Campbell will preside over the precipitous drawdown of U.S. forces and material from Afghanistan, falling from about 22,000 US troops to 9,800 by December.

Units of the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions deploying to Afghanistan in the fall will stay on into 2015.

The initial down-select for the technology demonstrator phase of the U.S. Army's ambitious Joint Multi-Role helicopter program has missed its original July deadline, and Army officials are now saying they'll inform industry teams about who is moving forward sometime this month.

A new Defense Health Agency policy allows Tricare patients to get therapy from certain mental health specialists who otherwise would have been dropped from the military's list of approved providers this year.

Army officials released a statement on its long-waited camouflage decision, and it left a lot of questions unanswered.

Witness the power of water, carrying boulders of all sizes in this impressive video filmed at the Illgraben-Bhutan Bridge, in Switzerland.

The week in music: J Mascis, Tori Amos, Vaselines and others ...

Tiny - a little movie about a couple that builds a tiny house in Colorado.

Did you know there's a robot hitchhiking across Canada?

Following a six-day-old kitten through 12 weeks of growing up. Seriously.

LINK: Original photo by Sgt. Vincent Byrd, 2nd BCT, 1st AD, Public Affairs

August 2, 2014 at 7:47am

5 Things To Do Today: DB Cooper Music Festival, Proctor Arts Festival, Olympia Brewfest, Heatwarmer ...

Vicci Martinez will perform her new single "Otra Cancion" and songs from The Voice at the DB Cooper Music Festival Aug. 2. Press photo

SATURDAY, AUG. 2 2014 >>>

1. On the afternoon of Nov. 24, 1971, Thanksgiving Eve, a man who identified himself as Dan Cooper (no middle B - that was a media error) boarded Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 305, one-way, from Portland to Seattle. A guy could book a flight with sketchy ID in that pre-9/11 era. He could also smoke on the plane; "Cooper" did. He drank a bourbon cocktail and ordered another. Then he informed the flight crew there was a bomb in his briefcase. A few hours later, he vanished from the Boeing 727 with a parachute and $200,000. Neither he nor much of the money he stole was ever found. My point is twofold: first, Wikipedia is amazing. Second, why the hell not name an awesome music festival at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds after a hijacker's misreported alias? We'll be there. So will Alice Stuart, The Brown Edition, Bump Kitchen, SweetKiss Momma, Curtis Salgado and Vicci Martinez from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. So should you, assuming you're 21 or older. Happy landings! Read Michael Swan's full feature on the 2014 DB Cooper Music Festival in the Music and Culture section.

2. Summer has put us in a serious doggie mood, which is why our ears are all perked up over the canine events at the Proctor Arts Festival. This is no snooty American Kennel Club affair, populated by overbred humans with overbred dogs sporting names like Major Buffington Blue Shropshire-Cronenberg; instead, it's an affair for pooches of even the murkiest pedigree, with judging in categories such as biggest ears, longest tail, best dressed, best kisser, fastest peanut butter eater and so on. In addition to the judging, there will be a doggie fashion show and Top Dog Parade, beginning at 10 a.m. Those not so into dogs, will enjoy other Proctor Arts Festival events such as the Bite of Proctor, juried art show, 160 art and crafts vendors, three stages of music and entertainment, a kids area with participation by the Metropolitan Park District, a farmers market and a merchants sidewalk sale.

3. The Olympia Brewfest returns to the scenic Port Plaza on the waterfront of Budd's Inlet's West Bay from 1-8:30 p.m. Eight brewery booths will butt up against Anthony's Homeport Restaurant, with another 16 facing the water by the Market Place Building and a tent by the amphitheater with 10 or so additional breweries. Marv's Marvulus BBQ, O'Blarney's Irish Pub, Lucky Eagle, Blend Café and other restaurants will serve food by the fence. DBST funkadelic rock band, Beyond The Fringe and Endangered Species will provide the drinking soundtrack on a stage close to the tower. Read the full story here.

4. The Asia Pacific Cultural Center together with the Seattle Asian Art Museum present the Korean Traditional Hanji Paper Fashion Show form 7-9 p.m. in the Museum of Glass. The Korean art of Hanji paper is a traditional art form that involves creating paper by harvesting trees and carefully weaving the finished material into a sculptural vessel. Audiences will be so inspired when they see the work of our featured Korean artist Dr. Jeon Yang-Bae, who has taken the Hanji paper art to a whole new level - to the world of fashion.

5. Mixing jazz elements with hyperactive synth-rock, Heatwarmer create unpredictable music that doesn't so much jostle with its time changes and flights of fancy so much as it fervently sprints to wring every little bit of inspiration possible out of a song. In doing so, they command the attention of their audience members, which - in my mind - was the ultimate goal with all of those bloated prog-rock explorations. Heatwarmer getting the same thing done in record time is a minor miracle. Read Rev. Adam McKinney's full feature on Heatwarmer in the Music and Culture section, then catch the band with Convict, Guram Guram and Whelp at 8 p.m. in Northern.

LINK: Saturday, Aug. 2 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

August 3, 2014 at 8:30am

5 Things To Do Today: Little Bill on a deck, Destiny City Film Festival, Asian Film Festival, five comic showcase ...

Spend your sunny Sunday afternoon with Little Bill and the Bluenotes at Johnny's Dock.

SUNDAY, AUG. 3 2014 >>>

1. Little Bill Engelhart grew up on Hilltop Tacoma and learned rock 'n' roll by playing rhythm and blues with the black musicians downtown, which was unusual for a young white kid at the time. He formed a band with some of his teenage friends and had a national hit when he was 19 titled "I'm in Love with an Angel." The Washington Blues Society has awarded him numerous awards, including best band; best bass player, best blues writer and lifetime achievement award. He is a legendary Northwest blues musician and perhaps the Godfather of rock 'n' roll in Tacoma. He and his band, the Bluenotes, will perform on Johnny's Dock Restaurant's deck at 5 p.m.

2. The first annual Destiny City Film Festival ends today at the Blue Mouse Theatre in Tacoma's Proctor District. "Closing night is Copenhagen (7 p.m.), and I just loved watching that movie," says DCFF founder Emily Alm. "It's one of the best I've reviewed this year. That won Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at Slamdance, earlier this year." For today's films, click here.

3. The Lakewood Asian Film Fest ends today with two films as well as a performance by the Okinawa Taiko Drummers at 2 p.m. inside the Lakewood Playhouse. At 2:30 p.m. is a short documentary titled All We Could Carry, which tells the story of several Japanese-Americans who lived in the Heart Mountain relocation camp during World War II, a time when more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans were forced into internment camps with literally only what they could hold in their arms. At 3 p.m., The Front Line will follow, which is a Korean film following a South Korean army unit ordered to capture one last bit of land before the Korean War ceasefire goes into place. The film won best film, best director and several other awards.

4. The Social Bar and Grill's patio is a lovely spot to while away a weekend afternoon, sipping cocktails and old world red wine and watching condo residents walk their dogs. Come Sunday afternoon, resident DJ Mr. Melanin and rotating guests spin an eclectic and extremely tasteful selection of lounge, bossa nova and electro soul music 2-6 p.m. This triple threat of delicious happy hour specials, sun and hip tunes is known as Tacoma's only daytime summer party, "Dayclub."

5. Tacoma Comedy Club presents "Five Comic Showcase" with Jonas Barnes, Mike Coletta, Andrew Rivers, Brian Moote and MC Luke Severid beginning at 8 p.m.

LINK: Sunday, Aug. 3 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

August 3, 2014 at 11:23am

Photos: 2014 Olympia Brew Fest and DB Cooper Music Festival

It was a day made for sunglasses. Photos by Pappi Swarner

The day after two festivals is always foggy. But this morning - following yesterday's 2014 Olympia Brew Fest at Port Plaza and the DB Cooper Music Festival in Chehalis - isn't just foggy, it is surreal. I felt like I woke up from a 24-hour slumber where I dreamt a ridiculous beer and music fantasy.

Did that really happen? Did I really drink beer with some of the best brewers in the country and freakin' rock out in freakin' Chehalis? Were there really no lines at any of the beer booths? Were there really 10,000 IPAs along Olympia's waterfront? Did Chehalis erect a bronze statue of Puyallup Southern rock band SweetKiss Momma because they're so freakin' good?

More than 30 of the best brewers and cider makers in the Northwest came to Olympia to pour their beer, hang out and talk with hundreds of beer fans. Thirty miles down the road, while the crowd was thin, then music was more than full at the DB Cooper Music Festival.

I'm still pinching myself, but I do have photographic proof it happened.

This man knows beer.

Abby's Cupcakes knows what goes with beer.

Ahhhhhh.

Olympia Beer Fest early crowd shot

Another crowd shot

DBST provided the soundtrack at the Olympia Brew Fest.

People danced.

Thurston County Chamber folks danced too.

Here's "Mr. Beer" Mick Wilcox of Click Distributing chatting with the ScuttleButt Brewing folks.

Here are two people enjoying the beer festival.

Lucky Eagle Casino had the biggest barbecue.

Lacey's Top Rung Brewing Co. caught with their mouths full.

Little Creek Casino's Oktoberfest promotional girls owned the Olympia Brew Fest.

Proof the girls owned it.

More proof

The Brown Edition kicked off the DB Cooper Music Festival on the Saloon Stage at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds in Chehalis.

Ethan Tucker went Hendrix on the DB Cooper Music Festival crowd. That's Jesse Turcotte on bass.

He really went Hendrix.

Charlie Imes played the Songwriter Stage.

Sour Owl played a fusion of rock, blues, jazz, funk, zydeco and pop on the South Stage.

Bump Kitchen had them dancing.

Seriously dancing

When you hear Puyallup's SweetKiss Momma it's impossible not to make a few assumptions. Assumption No. 1: They're a classic Southern rock band. However, SweetKiss Momma are as much like Drive-By Truckers as they are Gov't Mule.

Yes, Jeff Hamel, I said Drive-By Truckers and Gov't Mule.

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Delicious IPAs at the 2014 Olympia Brew Fest

August 4, 2014 at 7:48am

Monday Morning Joe: World without just wars, China's satellite killers, Army drawdown, female Ghostbusters ...

The 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) throw coffee pots during live training at a Drawsko-Pomorskie training area. Original photo by Spc. Lisa Vines, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment

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Two wars - one in Gaza the other in eastern Ukraine - are unfolding simultaneously. They have nothing in common except this: both should be being seen as unambiguous in terms of which side is right and which wrong.

Five government soldiers were killed and 15 wounded over the last 24 hours in fighting in eastern Ukraine where Kiev forces recaptured an important railway hub from pro-Russian rebels.

A United States reconnaissance plane recently crossed into Swedish airspace to avoid being intercepted by Russian fighter jets.

U.S. defense experts and the U.S. State Department are describing China's successful so-called "anti-missile test" as another anti-satellite test raising fears the U.S. will be unable to protect its spy, navigation and communications satellites.

Amid mounting casualties and mutual recriminations over the sixth failed ceasefire in their ongoing war, Israel and Hamas continued late last week to battle on parallel fronts: under the sands of Gaza and in the court of public opinion.

Israeli intelligence agents eavesdropped on Secretary of State John Kerry during the peak of peace negotiations he led between Israel and the Palestinians last year.

Palestinians and Israel accused each other of breaking a seven-hour ceasefire intended to allow humanitarian aid into the battered Gaza Strip soon after it came into force.

Russian sanctions: India defiant, Finland nervous.

Iran's elite Guards fighting in Iraq to push back Islamic State.

Special report: The doubt at the heart of Iraq's Sunni "revolution."

Army preparing for steep drawdown, losing patience with Congress.

Joint trauma system vital link to saving lives.

When the military's top cyberwarriors gathered last year inside a secretive compound at Fort Meade, Maryland, for a classified war game exercise, a team of active-duty troops faced off against several teams of reservists. And the active-duty team apparently took a beating.

Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell stresses relationships, upcoming ISAF Tour.

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III: The Army Ethic is the "doorway" into our profession.

Air Force Academy athletes, including football players, participated in wild off-campus parties featuring booze, marijuana, and date-rape drugs, according to an investigative report.

Former Army officer Capt. Kevin Ryan who has launched microbrewery Georgia-based Service Brewing Co. knows everyone will raise a glass to help support a veteran-owned business that gives a portion of its proceeds to charities backing military members, policemen and firefighters.

The New York Times has a piece about folks who dress up as characters in Times Square.

Jack White's Lazaretto is the best-selling vinyl release in 20 years.

Dave Grohl's HBO show premieres in October.

Paul Feig's female-centric Ghostbusters reboot.

William Shatner and NASA had an amusing Twitter exchange.

His generation's Dick Van Dyke.

LINK: Original photo by Spc. Lisa Vines, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment

August 4, 2014 at 8:18am

5 Things To Do Today: Arbutus Acoustic Open Mic, Kryptonite jazz band, Comedy Night with Puddin ...

It's a rootin'-tootin' time the first Monday at Arbutus Folk School in downtown Olympia.

MONDAY, AUG. 4 2014 >>>

1. The students at Arbutus Folk School will put down their Pieh Har-Lev Ergonomic Cross Pein Hammers, Langstroth Beehive Frames, Spriggs Adjustable Frame Looms and Excalibur nine-tray food dehydrators and pick up guitars for the Arbutus Acoustic Open Mic, which happens every first Monday of the month from 7-9 p.m. The M.C. and organizer of the event is Mark Iler, who started and ran the open mic for Victory Music in Seattle for 20 years. It's a friendly environment, and certainly open to everyone, even if you don't make Scandinavian knives at the Olympia school.

2. Our ears perked up and our stomachs flipped a little when we heard the phrase "ultra cool spy themes." It sounds dangerous and sexy. Blues, that most American of musical forms, will receive a dose of spy music, as well as surf tones, at The Swiss' Monday Blues Night at 8 p.m. Seattle guitarist and singer Chris Stevens will fill the downtown Tacoma watering hole with electric blues lines via a big Gibson archtop. Taking their unusual name from a song title by legendary blues guitarist Freddy King, Stevens' back band, the Surf Monkeys, keep a firm footing in the blues while stretching the boundaries with "ultra cool spy themes," reverb drenched surf twang and Chris' own "blues on the edge of jazz" originals.

3. Kryptonite will play selections from the mid-'60s to the present - a mix of post-bop/modal jazz, a la Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock and John Scofield - at 8 p.m. in Rhythm & Rye in downtown Olympia.

4. Want to feel like a rock star without all the pain and annoyance of having to be a  fire-breathing demon that bleeds from the mouth? Then hit Jazzbones Monday nights for Rockaraoke, where you can belt out songs like the Whitesnake's "Here I Go Again," Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me," Joan Jett's "I Hate Myself For Loving You" and enough INXS tunes to make you feel like you're on a reality show, and other hits from the days when you made mixtapes by recording the radio, all backed by a live band. Expect a college crowd enjoying $2 PBR drafts, $3 Sinfire shots and $4 Smirnoff Flavor Vodka Bombs. Dibs on "Hungry Like a Wolf."

5. Comedy open mics are where performers cut their teeth, develop their chops and other folksy idioms meaning "possibly suck to get better." Comedians nervously testing out premises they thought of while parking. These baby-steps are often tucked into weekdays as not to compete with the weekend's bigger events. Do you smell an opportunity? Or is that the Pabst sloshing around on the bar? Local comedian and host Eric Puddin Lorentzen want you to indulge in both with the brand new weekly, "Monday Madness Comedy Night with Puddin" at 9 p.m. in The New Frontier Lounge. Expect 6-10 minute sets, each recorded. The audience will choose a winner, who will headline the following week. It was the great Bill Cosby who said, "Puddin, you can't be a comedian without him," or something.

LINK: Monday, Aug. 4 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

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