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Today in the SCV: Sunday, July 31, 2011

Posted: July 31, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 31, 2011 1:57 a.m.

‘The Music Man’
: Canyon Theatre Guild presents its production of “The Music Man,” a musical. Tickets cost $15-29.
When: Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. through Aug. 14
Where: Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia 91355
Contact: (661) 362-5304 or

One Voice concert

What: Ten worship leaders from eight local churches hold the One Voice concert. Free.
When: 6-8 p.m.
Where: Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copper Hill Drive, Saugus 91390

Today in History

Today is Sunday, July 31, the 212th day of 2011. There are 153 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History: On July 31, 1991, President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Moscow.

Ten years ago: The U.S. House of Representatives voted, 265-162, to ban all cloning of human embryos, casting Congress’ first votes on the divisive ethical issue. Israeli helicopters fired missiles into offices of the militant Hamas movement, killing eight Palestinians, including a senior Hamas leader and two young boys walking on the street outside.

Five years ago: Cuban President Fidel Castro temporarily ceded power to his brother, Raul, after gastrointestinal surgery.

One year ago: Chelsea Clinton married investment banker Marc Mezvinsky in the upstate New York village of Rhinebeck. Orchestra leader Mitch Miller died in New York at age 99. Tom Mankiewicz, 68, a screenwriter of James Bond films such as “Diamonds Are Forever” and “Live and Let Die,” and the first two “Superman” movies, died in Los Angeles.

AP Odd News
Taxidermist preserves dress

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A California taxidermist has earned a rare place in pop history.
Sergio Vigalato, 66, preserved Lady Gaga’s now-famous raw-meat dress for display in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.

The project has prompted a swarm of media interest in the former Southeast Alaska charter boat skipper who’s originally from Brazil.

Vigalato operates American Taxidermy in Burbank. That’s where he was contacted by the museum about preserving the dress that Lady Gaga wore at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.

Vigalato was unaware of the dress or the artist when reached two months after the show. But he agreed to the project anyway.

The ensemble, which Lady Gaga said was a statement about equality, arrived at his shop frozen and decomposing. He restored it over the next three and a half months, and the dress went on display in June.

Police: Ore. man stole more than 400 library books
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — An Eagle Point, Ore., man has been accused of stealing nearly 400 books from local libraries and apparently had no plans to sell them.

Christopher Storrer, who listed “home” as his graduate school on a social-media website, has been banned from all Rogue Valley libraries while he awaits trial.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports Storrer’s reading tastes tended toward political philosophy. Among the titles were works by Stephen Hawking, Michael Focault and Umberto Eco.

Jackson County Deputy District Attorney Allan Smith called Storrer’s home library “a fairly eclectic collection.”

The 24-year-old was indicted on theft, robbery and criminal-mischief charges.

Poetry Brothel to woo N.Y. literary ‘johns’
NEW YORK (AP) — A group that calls itself “Poetry Brothel” will recite verses to “johns” at this weekend’s New York Poetry Festival.

The “Brothel,” whose members refer to themselves as “poetry whores,” are among the groups featured last weekend on Governors Island.

Local poets, dressed as courtesans, will offer private poetry recitations for a fee of $5. They’ll be stationed in a mansion fashioned as a 19th-century bordello.

Works collected by The Mad Hatters’ Review will peer through the looking glass at “the pollution of minds, hearts, bodies and nature.”


Actor Don Murray is 82. Jazz composer-musician Kenny Burrell is 80. Actor Geoffrey Lewis is 76. Actor James Read is 58. Actor Michael Biehn is 55. Masssachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is 55. Entrepreneur Mark Cuban is 53. Rock musician Bill Berry is 53. Actor Wesley Snipes is 49. Country singer Chad Brock is 48. Musician Fatboy Slim is 48. Rock musician Jim Corr is 47. Author J.K. Rowling is 46. Actor Dean Cain is 45. Retired NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte is 40. Actor-producer-writer B.J. Novak is 32. Actor Eric Lively is 30. Actor Rico Rodriguez is 13.


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