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Hush Little Beachcomber book signing

Hush Little Beachcomber, by Dianne Moritz, is a charming storybook (for ages 4-8) that recounts a fun day at the beach. Better, it's meant to be sung to the tune of "Hush, Little Baby." (Try it: "Hey, little beachcomber, what do you say? Let's take a trip to the beach today!") Even better, the book is beautifully illustrated by Asheville artist Holly McGee. McGee, along with writers Doug Walker, Mary Helen Smith and Shuford Smith, will be available to sign their books at a local authors and illustrators reception at Malaprop's on Friday, April 15. 7 p.m. malaprops.com.

Eric Lindell at Mellow Mushroom

You may recall California-born, New Orleans-based singer/songwriter Eric Lindell from when he played Mo Daddy's last fall. The skateboarder-turned-blue-eyed-soul-musician returns to Asheville on Friday, April 15, to celebrate the release of his newest album, Cazadero. You can check out a podcast from Lindell's last Asheville stop at http://avl.mx/2w, or stop by his show (which is sure to be all deep grooves and swamp funk and such). 10 p.m., $12 advance/$15 day of show. Advance tickets at GeniassProductions.com.

Record Store Day!

While it might not be on your public holidays calendar, Record Store Day (Saturday, April 16) is very real. Since 2007 it's been "a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally." (Learn more at recordstoreday.com.) In Asheville, Harvest Records opens at 11 a.m. with Record Store Day-only releases and its largest-ever $1 record sale. harvest-records.com. Static Age Records plans to have entertainment. staticagerecords.com. Karmasonics will be holding a big sale of used CDs and LPs, with special releases for the day. Find Karmasonics on Facebook.

who: Marni Nixon
what: “The Voice of Hollywood” cabaret show and benefit for the Asheville Lyric Opera
where: Diana Wortham Theatre
when: Sunday, Aug. 29 (3 p.m. $35/$40/$50. Purchase tickets at 257-4530. www.ashevillelyric.org or 236-0670)

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