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Pencil This In: Hel-Mel Art Walk, Sit 'n Spin Storytelling, Eating Our Words Food + Lit Series

There's an unveiling of Aaron Noble's mural “Mojado” (the Wet One) at the Hel-Mel art walk tonight. (Image: Courtesy of Synchronicity Space and the artist.)
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Tonight in LA, the Hel-Mel neighborhood holds a mural unveiling and an art walk; Ghettogloss parties at the (golf) club; a cheese class in Santa Monica; comedic storytelling during Sit 'n Spin; words and food unite at Taylor de Cordoba; and La Luz de Jesus hosts a Fish Fry salon. Read on for all the details.

Hel-Mel, the hip little district around Melrose and Heliotrope in East Hollywood, is known for funky shops, art, bicycle culture and, of course, Scoops ice cream. There’s a celebration tonight for the release for a large, new wall mural Mojado (the Wet One) by Aaron Noble, former SF muralist. The neighborhood opens its doors tonight at 6 pm for an art walk, too.

Sit 'n Spin, the evening of comedic storytelling at the Comedy Central Stage at the Hudson Theatre, features writers performing or performers writing, but it’s always brutally honest—and funny. Storytellers are: Ali MacLean, Bryan Safe, Drew Droege, Catheryn Brockett and Kemp Powers with Music by Captain Danger. Free, but RSVPs required by calling 323-960-5519. No late seating for the show. Tonight at 8 pm.

Andrew’s Cheese Shop in Santa Monica offers its Cheese 101 coursetonight at 7:30 pm. Andrew himself teaches the history, origin and the basics about cheese; a number of the cheeses will be available to sample. The 1.5-hour class is $30.

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Calling all duffers and clubbers:Ghettogloss’s Twilight at the Clubhappens in Griffith Park tonight with Caddyshack projected on the building outside and Blonde Summer playing outside. The driving range will be open, there’s a putting contest at 10:30 (first prize wins the potty putter) and golf attire is totally encouraged. Free entrance, all ages, dinner menu and full bar. But you MUST be in the park by 10 pm or you won’t get in. The clubhouse is located in Griffith Park, next to the driving range and the pro shop at 4730 Crystal Springs Drive.

Pitfire Pizza Creator and Owner Paul Hibler and Chef Jason Neroni offer guests a sneak taste of their soon-to-open Venice restaurant, Superba Snack Bar, with a two-night pop-up dinner at Pitfire Artisan Pizza in WeHo. The menu handmade pastas and charcuterie, and an ever-changing selection of produce-based dishes.

The monthly salon at Billy's Thursday Night Fish Fry & Community Social is a variety show of music, spoken word, unusual performance and more at La Luz de Jesus gallery. Hosted by comedian Blaine Capatch (Comedy Central, Los Angeles Derby Dolls), guests tonight include Grant Lee Phillips, They Shoot Horses Don't They? (Mike Martt and Greg Boaz of Tex & The Horseheads, Thelonious Monster, The Low & Sweet Orchestra, Dave Alvins Guilty Men and more); Marquis et Bibi (Marquis Howell II of Hobo Jazz & Bibi Poubelle of the Poubelle Twins & Lucha VaVoom); juggling by Scot Nery; Jack Littman; pedal steel from Michael Rozon with special guests; and artist Linda Vallejo. It’s a show-in-the-round from 8-11 pm. Free.

Taylor de Cordoba Gallery presents the Summer Sessions of Eating Our Words, the series that celebrates both literary and culinary artists sharing words, food and an appetite for adventure. Tonight’s program—What We Talk About When We Talk About Food—features journalist Kevin West who’s in discussion with architect and designer Alejandro Artigas. They’ll discuss sustainable artistic and artisanal culture and how we define (and re-define) “local.” Special guests include The Fox Pizza Bus, Let’s Be Frank, Handsome Coffee, Dry Soda and The Institute of Domestic Technolog, who’ll have food for tasting and purchase. RSVP: Space is limited 7:30 pm.

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