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March 3
1882 - George Campton's Newhall general store explodes [story]
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0310-ent-martin-george-blk-adam-sharpThe Snareheads — Billy Davis, Steve Sadd, Joe Fuoco, Mike Fitzgerald and Joe Bertalli – bang the drum Friday night at Valencia Wine on Town Center Drive.

These guys play a cool mix of classics and originals and know how to rock a party. Showtime’s at 9 p.m.; call 661-254-9300 for more info.

Award-winning Santa Clarita songwriter-singer-bandleader Sean Wiggins and her guitar partner Colin Ryan hold forth at Wine 661 in Valencia on Saturday night starting at 8.

They’ll play sets of tunes from her seven albums and a few new tunes as well. Sean’s guest spot on SCVTV’s “House Blend” hosted by 0310-ent-sean-wiggins-661-coloryours truly was a highlight of Season 3 in 2012. Find out more about her at her website.

Sunday night the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons stages “TAO: Seventeen Samurai,” bringing a bit of Eastern culture to the West Coast.

Taiko drumming, eye-grabbing costumes and tight choreography make the show a very cool visual and sound experience. Watch a video preview here.

Showtime is 7 p.m. and tickets range from $30 to $53. Get ’em online or by calling the PAC box office at 661-362-5304.

Santa Clarita music fans join others around the world in mourning the passing of Sir George Martin, the legendary producer of The Beatles and many more, at the ripe old age of 90 at his home in London.

Just a few hours after the news broke Tuesday night, I spoke with London-based Beatles expert and biographer Mark Lewisohn, author of several acclaimed books about the band.

Lewisohn and Sir George were well-acquainted: They collaborated on the three Beatles “Anthology” double CDs in the ’90s, and several years ago Lewisohn co-produced “Produced by George Martin,” a six-CD boxed set tracing Martin’s 50 colorful years in the studio.

“[The Beatles liked] histao26_1000px personality – he was a very nice man to have around,” Lewisohn said. “He had a point of view, and was always able to listen to others’ points of view. So, he was extremely good company. They thought he was very funny – indeed, he was very funny.

“It just could not have been better,” Lewisohn said. “There were four of them always, The Beatles, and when they closed ranks it would exclude even the likes of George Martin. But undoubtedly when it came to creating music, George Martin was the man that they wanted to do it with. And let’s face it – the body of music that they worked on together is lasting forever. What a legacy that is.

(Lewisohn was also my research consultant on “The Lost Lennon Tapes” radio series for Westwood One in 1988-1990.)

Listen to our complete conversation about Sir George Martin here, and read the transcript here.

The 13th annual Summer Meltdown Autism Awareness Art & Music Festival is coming up on Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1, and Central Park in Saugus. Get the latest lineup info and tickets here.

On a local TV programming note, SCVTV will feature Sean Wiggins in an encore broadcast of her aforementioned “House Blend” show Saturday night at 10. You can catch it on Time-Warner Channel 20 in the Santa Clarita Valley, AT&T U-verse Channel 99 in Los Angeles and Orange counties, everywhere else via the stream at scvhouseblend.com.

You’ll find lots more local entertainment news 24/7 at HometownStation.com, SCVNews.com and my blog, stephenkpeeples.com. That’s what’s bumpin’ this week on the SCV Entertainment Beat.

skpSanta Clarita journalist and Grammy nominee Stephen K. Peeples is an entertainment reporter for SCVTV and SCVNews.com, as well as AM 1220 KHTS Radio News and the station’s website at HometownStation.com. Peeples also hosted and co-produced SCVTV’s WAVE-nominated “House Blend” program from 2011-2015, and posts more entertainment news and reviews on his own site at http://www.stephenkpeeples.com.

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Wednesday, Mar 3, 2021
Rancho Camulos National Historic Landmark officials will host a virtual presentation commemorating the March 12, 1928, St. Francis Dam Disaster via Zoom on Friday, March 12, starting at 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Mar 2, 2021
The Santa Clarita Public Library is excited to present Sidewalk Stories at the Old Town Newhall Library!
Monday, Mar 1, 2021
The city of Santa Clarita, in partnership with the Santa Clarita Sister Cities program, invites local students to submit artwork, poetry, essays/creative writing, photographs, or music for the 2021 Sister Cities International Young Artists and Authors Showcase.
Friday, Feb 26, 2021
The Child and Family Center's Domestic Violence Program is set to host its fourth annual "Night of Expression" art exhibit on Saturday, Feb. 27, in recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
Thursday, Feb 25, 2021
Three hundred sixty-six feature films are eligible for the 2020 Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.
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Rancho Camulos National Historic Landmark officials will host a virtual presentation commemorating the March 12, 1928, St. Francis Dam Disaster via Zoom on Friday, March 12, starting at 4 p.m.
March 12: St. Francis Dam Disaster Commemoration Event, Free on Zoom
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1882 - George Campton's Newhall general store explodes [story]
general store
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The Santa Clarita Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Commission will hold its study session virtually Thursday, March 4, at 6:00 p.m.
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After its cancelation last year due to the emergence of COVID-19, the College of the Canyons Scholarly Presentation will return this spring in a new virtual format.
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The Santa Clarita Public Library is excited to present Sidewalk Stories at the Old Town Newhall Library!
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Santa Clarita Planning commissioners are expected to make a decision Tuesday regarding the proposed expansion of Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital via multiple construction projects that include building a second inpatient tower.
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