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Antique 19th-century engraving of a portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven (isolated on white). German composer and pianist. Born on December 17, 1770 in Bonn, Germany, he died on March 26, 1827 in Vienna, Austria. The illustration was published in Systematischer Bilder-Atlas zum Conversations-Lexikon, Ikonographische Encyklopaedie der Wissenschaften und Kuenste (Brockhaus, Leipzig) in 1844.
Monday, April 23, 2012

The Week in Preview for April 23

Week in Preview

THURSDAY

‘Israel Inside’

In celebration of Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independance Day, the only New Hampshire showing of the new film “Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference” will be hosted by Congregation Betenu.

Made by www.jerusalemonlineu.com, the film-based education program, it examines Israel’s role as an innovative country.

It features interviews with entrepreneurs, academics and politicians such as Naty Barak, chief sustainability officer at Netafim, a global leader in drip irrigation, and Harvard University professor and Israel advocate Alan Dershowitz.

The event includes an Israeli sing-along and selection of Israeli food. Free, but donations gladly accepted.

It starts at 7 p.m. at Congregation Betenu, 5 Northern Blvd., Unit 1, Amherst. For information, contact 886-1633, betenu@nii.net.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

Lofty laughter

Nashua Theatre Guild invites you to take a behind-the-scenes look at the golden age of comedy with Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” in the Janice B. Streeter Theater, 14 Court St., Nashua.

Simon based this comedy on his days as a fledgling writer for Sid Caesar in the classic early TV “Your Show of Shows” and Caesar’s Hour during the 1950s. Other writers who worked on the shows were Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Larry Gelbart.

During those days, the writing room got so intense with a number of pressures, including Caesar’s problems with alcohol and prescription pills, that crazy antics took place.

In this play, a young writer based on Simon named Lucas, played by Mario Arruda, joins the writing staff of “The Max Prince Show.” Its star, played by Rich Hurley, is facing pressure from network executives to make his show less sophisticated and play more to middle America. (Caesar’s show would eventually be killed in the ratings by “The Lawrence Welk Show” and its champagne music.)

Performances are 8 p.m. April 26, 27 and 28 and 2 p.m. April 28 and 29. Tickets are $15 ($12 for seniors) and can be purchased at the door or online at www.nashuatheatreguild.org.

FRIDAY

Sweet music

In spite of his musical talents, Ludwig van Beethoven was never able to capture the attention of the various women who captured his heart. His well known solo piano piece “Fur Elise,” completed today in 1810, is thought to have been dedicated to a noblewoman who rebuffed the common-born composer’s affections.

First published in 1865, 38 years after Beethoven’s death, the official name of the composition is Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor. It’s more commonly known by its dedication, German for “For Elise.”

What woman could resist a song that’s written in her honor and would come to be known by her name? History is disappointingly mum on the subject, but there are several theories.

Another more popular possibility is that the dedication may have been misread due to Beethoven’s messy handwriting and inaccurately transcribed as “Fur Elise” instead of “Fur Therese.” Therese Malfatti was a friend and student of Beethoven’s; he proposed to her in 1810, the same year “Fur Elise” was composed, but she turned him down in favor of an Austrian nobleman.

SATURDAY

Bring a leash

The Humane Society for Greater Nashua is hosting a volunteer fair and open house from noon-3 p.m. Families and their well-behaved, leashed dogs are invited to an afternoon of fun, activities and the chance to meet the shelter’s pets.

The event will feature a scavenger hunt in Proctor Pet Cemetery, face painting and tattoos for kids, and pet/family photos. For your pets there will be microchipping (which is, come to think of it, more for the owner than the pet); a dog trainer; animal blessings; and complimentary gifts for pup or cat while supplies last.

Rabies shots and heartworm testing will be offered, and there will be bake sales and raffles, plus Humane Society gear and pet items for sale. All proceeds will benefit the pets at the shelter.

In the event of severe weather, the event will be held Sunday, April 29.

For more information please visit www.hsfn.org or call 889-BARK (2275).

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