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Today in the SCV: Friday, May 18, 2012

Posted: May 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.

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Rock the Rhythm

What: Be part of an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Drum Circle while supporting the arts in local schools. Free.

When: Gates open at 10 a.m.; attempt begins at 11 a.m.

Where: College of the Canyons Cougar Stadium, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia 91355




What: College of the Canyons’ Theatre Department presents its production of “Equus,” the award-winning adult drama by Peter Schaffer. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Contains nudity and mature content; parental discretion is advised for minors.

When: Tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m.; May 20 at 2 p.m.

Where: Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia 91355

Contact: Box office at 661-362-5304,


‘The Great American Trailer Park Musical’

What: A performance of the country-rock and blues musical “The Great American Trailer Park Musical.” Tickets are $21 for general admission and $18 for students and seniors.

When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. on Sundays through June 16

Where: The Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 Main St., Newhall 91321

Contact: or 661-288-0000


Comedy fundraiser

What: “Standup Guys: A Family Comedy Show” benefits veterans in the SCV Habitat for Heroes program. The fundraiser will benefit the American Legion Newhall Post. Comedians featured include Robert G. Lee, Kenn Kington and Daren Streblow. Tickets are $17.50 and VIP tickets are $20.

When: 8-10 p.m.

Where: Real Life Church, 23841 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia 91355

Contact: 661-298-1220 or 661-775-7401


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Today in History
Today is Friday, May 18, the 139th day of 2012. There are 227 days left in the year.
On this date in the SCV: In 1988, a woman thought to be dead was arrested for embezzlement on a 1987 warrant and on a 1986 warrant for failing to appear in court for a traffic charge. After her obituary was published in The Signal in January, several people reported seeing her alive and well in Newhall. She said she did not call in the obituary, but probably didn’t refute her “death” for fear of going to jail.
Today’s Highlight in History: On May 18, 1926, evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanished while visiting a beach in Venice. (McPherson reappeared more than a month later, saying she’d escaped after being kidnapped and held for ransom, an account that was greeted with skepticism in some quarters.)
Ten years ago: India and Pakistan exchanged fire across their shared border, renewing fears the countries were on the brink of another war over the Himalayan region of Kashmir. War Emblem won the Preakness Stakes, setting up a shot at the Triple Crown. (However, War Emblem came up short at the Belmont Stakes, which was won by long shot Sarava.)
Five years ago: The White House and Congress failed to strike a deal after exchanging competing offers on an Iraq war spending bill that Democrats said should set a date for U.S. troops to leave. France’s new president, Nicolas Sarkozy, named a radically revamped cabinet which included seven women among its 15 members.
One year ago: Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, resigned, saying he wanted to devote all his energy to battling the sexual assault charges he faced in New York. (The charges were later dropped.) The United States slapped sanctions on Syrian President Bashar Assad and six others for human rights abuses over their brutal crackdown on anti-government protests, for the first time personally penalizing the Syrian leader for the actions of his security forces.

Actor Bill Macy is 90. Hall-of-Fame sportscaster Jack Whitaker is 88. Actor Robert Morse is 81. Actor Dwayne Hickman is 78. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Brooks Robinson is 75. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Reggie Jackson is 66. Country singer George Strait is 60. Actor Chow Yun-Fat is 57. Contemporary Christian musician Barry Graul (MercyMe) is 51. Comedian-writer Tina Fey is 42. Rapper Special Ed is 38. Rock singer Jack Johnson is 37. Christian-rock musician Kevin Huguley (Rush of Fools) is 30. Actor Spencer Breslin is 20.


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