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Still spinning: Annual Record Store Day celebrated at Avalon Records

It’s time for Record Store Day, now in its eighth year, and this year the date falls on Saturday, April 18.

Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1,400 independently owned record stores in the United States and thousands of similar stores internationally.

There are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent, except Antarctica. The event revolves around the support and celebration of locally owned record stores by offering exclusive CDs and LPs, limited box sets, and other goodies.

Locally, Avalon Music, at 1330 Railroad Ave., will have massive amounts of vinyl that will hit the floor for the first time that day, and many titles will be sale-priced to “ridiculous” levels, says manager Chris Lamb. The store will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., but in the past, a line forms outside the door as early as 7 a.m., Lamb says.

Also, local bands play outside the store from noon to 6 p.m. This year’s lineup includes soul legends the Staxx Brothers headlining, as well as Baby Cakes doing Motown-inspired tunes, heavyweights Incanus, and the Broken Bow String Band to round out the eclectic lineup.

DJs will spin vinyl inside, and there will be food trucks along Magnolia Street, with edibles from Cicchitti’s Pizza and KBAR Brats.

Details:,, 360-676-9573.

Community forum hosted by iDiOM Theater

iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave., will host a public “talk-back” about the theater’s past, present and future, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 19, coordinated by theater founder Glenn Hergenhann.

The free event is open to audience members, actors, writers, directors, and anyone else interested in iDiOM.

Feedback is vital to any project, says Hergenhann, and the talk-back is a time for iDiOM directors and actors to learn from participating artists and the community audience about how they feel about the work the independent theater is doing, including iDiOM’s the facility, ticketing, and audition and submission process. It’s also a time for people to discuss the theater’s larger vision, and ideas for the future, Hergenhann says.

The discussion, coming a few weeks before the 2015-16 season is announced, is a good time to share ideas for next year, he says, and to answer questions about season festivals and opportunities for people to become involved with the theater. Details:, 360-305-3524