The Weekend Playbook: Free tickets for Alt-J and so. Many. Lobsters.

FYF fest
Jeff Miller

Event of the Week: Somehow, there are still tickets available for FYF this weekend, which's got its best-ever lineup, with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT, and the Breeders, as well as dozens more bands, playing downtown. Check out the whole lineup here

Freebie of the Week: Want to see moody rockers Alt-J at The Palladium next Wed? We've got free tickets for you: just tweet "Yeah, @Thrillistla and @PinnacleVodka, I wanna see Alt-J, dammit! And I hear there're more contests on their Facebook!" (which you can also check out here)

Thursday, August 22ndNick + Stef’s downtown's flying in fresh lobsters every day until Saturday for a multi-course menu. See what’s on it here

It's the first official day of LA Food and Wine! There're still tickets for a ton of events all weekend, and bonus: WE'RE GOING TO BE THERE, EATING AND DRINKING STUFF. Pick up said tix at

The actually-sweet art gallery iam8bit has an actually-sweet art show with artists re-interpreting those "Little Miss/Mr. Men" characters and making them do weird things like stomp through towns. But, more importantly: free booze. Here's the info.

Friday, August 23rdAt the for-charity Depressed Cake Shop pop-up, all of the cakes and goodies are gray on the outside, colorful on the inside -- and, to make you extra-happy, they've also got complimentary cocktails and great silent auction items. Find out more on their FB page.

Sunday, August 25th: Your beer pong skills are about to pay off at STIR’s beer pong tournament, where $30 buys the beer for your team and makes you eligible for a cool hundy. Sign up here

Ongoing:Coco Laurent’s got a new Summer cocktail program with 12 new selections like the “Insane Bolt” (featuring Smith & Cross rum, bitters, maraschino liqueur, and orgeat) and the “For Queen & Country” (Brokers gin, Zubrowka Bison Grass vidka, and Lillet Blanc). See pictures of what you’ll be sipping here

Baked Crab Grilled Cheese, TLT Food, Los Angeles
TLT Food

What to eat this week: Blue crab grilled cheeseWestwood take-out spot TLT's blue crab grilled cheese is a gooey mess of three cheeses, scallions, mayo, lime juice, and crustaceans between two slabs of gluten goodness. Check out their whole menu here