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BGG Weekly Playlist: Lobsterpalooza, MEMES Week and 5 Second Films

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It feels like all anyone could talk about all weekend was Coachella. What a terrible lineup it is; what a fantastic lineup it is; and that age-old Angeleno question: "Are you going?" If we magically stumble across $500, we'll let you know. In the meantime, we'll be busy trying to convince ourselves that we don't even want to go because really, who are the Stone Roses?

For now, we're going to focus on detoxing from the weekend with a couple nights of semi-normalcy. And by semi-normalcy we mean gorging on lobsters, meeting up with a Swedish dance duo, watching miniature films, and learning how to make perfect cocktails... You know, just the same old, same old.

Keeping reading if you want to play with us this week...


We'll do just about anything for lobster dinners under $50, and tonight "anything" roughly translates to a trip to Sherman Oaks. For a pittance ($24.95!), you can basically steal a Maine lobster and an assortment of sides. Just make sure to call ahead for reservations!

After, head back to Hollywood and try to pull some strings to see Local Natives at The Fonda. If that doesn't work out, don't despair! There are still tickets left to see Swedish duo Niki and the Dove play at the El Rey instead.

After your show of choice, check out Rascal, which is just around the corner from the El Rey on La Brea. Get cozy, because happy hour runs all night on Monday!

Hit play: Niki and the Dove -- DJ, Ease My Mind


Zine-makers, today's your last day to submit your work to Space 15 Twenty to be included in their festivities during L.A. Zine Week. So, hurry up and enter!

Once that's been taken care of, get yourself to Mohawk Bend in Echo Park. They're hosting a party with (but more like an ode to) those YouTubians at 5 Second Films. Conveniently, the screening coincides with happy hour pricing from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Get there around dinnertime because, wouldn't you know it, Mohawk Bend is participating in dineLA.

Later, go to the Bootleg theater, where those masters of cool-dude grungy indie rock Adam Green and Binki Shapiro will be performing songs from their collaborative project.

Hit play: Adam Green & Binki Shapiro -- Here I Am


You know that saying about teaching a man to fish? Right, so our friends at The Association will be doing the cocktail version of that -- a cocktail-making class -- and, get this, it's also totally free.

Later, head over to Pasadena (take the Gold Line if all that "learning" went to your head) to grab dinner for a cause. Tonight, Slater's 50/50 Burgers is donating 20 percent of its sales to Union Station Homeless Services. Just download this flyer and present it at the restaurant. Then, check out Noir, a well-lauded wine bar in Pasadena that's currently offering a wine and cheese promotion through Travel Zoo.

Hit play: Melody's Echo Chamber -- I Follow You


Even though the idea of MEMES week sort of scares us, we have to admit that the speaker panels and events seem interesting and potentially even useful, especially for those of you on your last semester of school who are undoubtedly looking to do a little schmoozing. Today's lunch (free lunch, we should mention) will be enjoyed along with a discussion of L.A.'s tech hub, the so-called Silicon Beach.

If tech just makes you think of bubbles, then your daytime is probably better spent at the Hammer Museum's Mindful Awareness workshop. The guided meditation will put all those bytes squarely out of your mind.

Later, grab dinner at Papilles (use the dineLA deal because tomorrow is the last day!) before checking out King of Kong: The Unauthorized Musical at UCB. With songs like "There's a Potential Donkey Kong Kill Screen Coming Up," it's guaranteed to be a strange and thoroughly amusing evening.

Hit play: Painted Palms -- Canopy