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Monday, March 19, 2012

The Week in Preview for March 19

Week in Preview

Monday

Blast from the past

Today we honor the memory of the man who contributed to the second coolest vehicle in the “Back to the Future” trilogy (the first being Marty’s hoverboard). Engineer and automobile manufacturer John DeLorean, who developed the DeLorean DMC-12 sports car, died today in 2005 at the age of 80.

Following successful employment with Packard Motor Co. and General Motors (where he developed the Pontiac GTO, considered the first muscle car), DeLorean founded DeLorean Motor Co. in 1975.

Though he was a skilled engineer, DeLorean apparently wasn’t much of a businessman. DMC manufactured only one model, the DeLorean DMC-12 with its iconic gull-wing doors, and only managed to get around 9,000 out the door before the company closed its doors in 1982 after going into receivership and bankruptcy.

By 1985, however, the DeLorean had become a much-coveted vehicle. The first movie in the “Back to the Future” series hit theaters that year, with Christopher Lloyd’s character at the controls of a DeLorean he had converted into a time machine. DeLorean himself wrote a letter to Bob Gale, one of the film’s producers and writers, and thanked him for giving the car an extension on its 15 minutes of fame.

Thursday

Lady of liberty

While husband Paul rode out to warn that the British were coming, Rachel Revere wasn’t exactly sitting at home twiddling her thumbs. Learn about the brave deeds of the missus at “The Other Side of the Midnight Ride: A Visit with Rachel Revere” at 7 p.m. in the Judd Gregg Hall Auditorium at Nashua Community College at 505 Amherst St.

Historical re-enactor Joan Gatturna will portray Rachel Revere, a woman who engineered her family’s escape from occupied Boston and smuggled money to the Sons of Liberty, all while raising children and keeping house without the aid of modern conveniences. Quite spectacular, really.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sally Bashalany at 578-8900, ext. 1440 or sbashalany@ccsnh.edu.

Sunday

Now and then

Any artist would give his or her paintbrush to have work displayed alongside that of the pioneers of their genre. See past and present side by side at a wine and cheese reception for “Landscapes of the White Mountain and Hudson River Schools” from 1-3 p.m. in the Upstairs Gallery at New Hampshire Antique Co-op at 323 Elm St./Route 101A in Milford.

The exhibit will feature paintings by artists of the White Mountain and Hudson River schools, including Benjamin Champney, David Johnson, Samuel Lancaster Gerry and Joseph Antonio Hekking, as well as works by contemporary New England artists Erick Ingraham, Erik Koeppel, David Dodge and Lauren Sansaricq.

New Hampshire Antique Co-op is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and the exhibit will be on display through the end of August. For more information, call 673-8499 or visit www.nhantiquecoop.com.

Sunday

Broadway bygones

Can you name the biggest musicals of 1962? How about the ones that weren’t so big? Delve into the lesser-known aspects of musical theater history – and have plenty of laughs along the way – at “An Evening of Unfortunate Entertainment: 1962” at 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church, 3 Peabody Row in Londonderry.

Emceed by Deb Shaw and directed by Jamie Feinberg, this concert will feature lesser-known musical theater selections from the year 1962, set within their historical context. The cast includes Sheree Owens, Anja Parish Ward, Glen Grimard, Joey T., Sarah Murai, Elliot Owens, Lauren Friedman, Dave Ostrowski and Jocelyn Duford.

This is the first concert in a family-friendly five-part series, with the remaining four concerts spotlighting the years 1972, 1982, 1992 and 2002.

Admission is by donation, with a suggested donation of $10 for adults, $5 for students. For more information, visit www.notyourmomsmusicaltheater.com or email notyourmoms@gmail.com.

Teresa Santoski (who writes The Week in Preview) hopes “An Evening of Unfortunate Entertainment: 1962” will include the oft-overlooked gem “Boom-Boom” from Neil Simon’s “Little Me.” Know of an event worthy of filling this space? Call 594-6466 or email tsantoski@nashuatelegraph.com. Information should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event. Follow TWiP, Tete-a-tete and Teresa’s articles at twitter.com/Telegraph_TS.