Audiophiles go artisanal

April 15, Record making: the vinyl revival

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Records on vinyl barely had time to become retro before they started making a comeback, so much so that it's not uncommon for bands nowadays to release a record digitally alongside vinyl and/or a cassette tape instead of a CD (though if you still have your original Walkman, I wouldn't throw it away just yet; these things clearly have a way of coming back around).

If this news is very circa 2005 to you, you've already got a killer LP collection, and the employees at Phono Select Records know you by name, where can you next direct your love for all that is analog? On Wednesday, April 15, the Verge Center for the Arts will be offering a class in the art of vinyl making. Attendees will learn about the entire process, from mastering and pressing to packaging, which traces its roots all the way back to the late 19th century, when inventor Thomas Edison was looking for ways to impress this really cool girl that was super into George Frideric Handel (we kid, we kid).

In all seriousness, there may be no better way to show up your vinyl-collector rivals. And just in time too, because Record Store Day is a mere three days later; what's hipper than being not only a collector, but an artisanal-vinyl-record maker? Nothing. We looked into it and there is definitely nothing hipper. 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 15; $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S Street;