Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Party Like There's No Tomorrow! 12/21/12

The Mayan Long Count Calendar draws to a close on 12/21/12.

You may have read the predictions, seen the movies, heard the 1987 song by REM: It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)…

We just think it’s a great reason to have a party!

To set a fabulously decadent tone, we've asked The Standard Clams to entertain us with jazzy selections from the Great American Songbook by such artists as Bobby Darin, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett (to name a few). They'll even throw in a few swingin' holiday songs!

December 21 promises to be an evening that will go down in history! We hope you'll join us as we Party Like There's No Tomorrow!

Upcoming Events

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Corporate Sponsors

New York State Academy of Family Physicians
Hill, Gosdeck & McGraw
Support for the University Club of Albany Foundation’s educational and cultural programming is generously provided by AT&T

Proceeds from this event benefit the University Club Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 organization incorporated in 2009 to support the preservation of the National Register-listed Clubhouse. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised more than $100,000 to fund repairs and maintenance to protect the historic Clubhouse building from deterioration and decline that could rob future generations of a handsome and significant landmark.

A Very Retro Holiday - Off The Record - 12/7

Make plans to join us on Friday, December 7, as we welcome back one of our favorite bands, Off The Record! OTR is Albany’s own rock n’ roll lounge band that helps to transform the Club’s Grille Room into a swinging cocktail party! The Futurist Trio performs songs from the 60s as well as modern tunes influenced by that memorable era – and this month, they’ll include some of your favorite holiday songs as well!
  • Joanna Palladino uses her background in theatre to deliver memorable performances. She breathes life into each song, letting the song tell its own story. She spends hours before each show to transform herself into a 1960s gal! 
  • Bob Resnick lays down a solid beat using the djembe while adding textures from his customized drum setup. Bob is a mainstay of the local music scene, playing roots rock with The Backburners, funk rock with the Rumdummies, and percussion with a number of other bands. 
  • Lou Sansivero brings diverse influences to his guitar sound, including Rock n’Roll, Blues, Soul, Funk and Country. He has played and recorded with a number of local bands, including Group Therapy, Blues Shaker, The Kleins, and Big Blue Dot.

Dinner will be served until 9:00 p.m., please call 518-463-1151 for reservations. The performance is free and open to the public as part of the University Club’s participation in 1st Friday, the downtown arts walk that showcases the lively art scene in downtown Albany. 

Here's a sneak preview -- Goin' to a Go Go! 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Artist From Troy - Book Signing, Prime Rib Buffet - 11/16

Meet Artist John Emmett Connors, Author Vito Grasso

University Club Foundation hosts book signing for Artist from Troy on November 16

The public is invited to take a journey into the history, character and architecture of Troy, NY and surrounding communities through the artwork of John Emmett Connors. Connors and University Club Foundation President and author Vito Grasso will discuss and sign their book, JOHN EMMET CONNORS: ARTIST FROM TROY (August 2012, SUNY Press) at a reception at on Friday, November 16 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue.

The book features 53 images of Connors’ work, as well as his reflections, given voice by Grasso, about the influence of the Capital District on his development as an artist. “My upbringing was enhanced and reinforced by living in a historic community with many important lessons to learn and values to acquire from the history of the people and families who had lived, struggled, and triumphed in the same place where I was raised,” said Connors, who was raised in Troy. “I benefitted from being part of the continuum of people produced in the crucible of the Capital District, where history, pride, pathos and determination are evident throughout the communities that comprise this area.”

John Emmett Connors is known for his local and New York City street scenes. He studied artistic anatomy and painting on scholarship at the Art Students League of New York where he mentored under Robert Beverly Hale for four years and was awarded a Fine Arts Certificate of Completion. He also studied Sumi-e (Japanese brush painting) including studies in Japan.

Vito F. Grasso is Executive Vice President of the NYS Academy of Family Physicians. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University at Albany, State University of New York and holds the certified association executive professional accreditation conferred by the American Society of Association Executives.

Tickets for the Author and Artist reception, with light fare and cash bar, are $25. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Club at 518-463-1151. Guests are invited to stay for the Club’s renowned “Prime Rib & More” buffet from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The cost for the buffet is also $25, and includes entrĂ©e, soup, side dishes, and house-made cheesecake, plus tax and tip, drinks are extra.

A portion of the proceeds from the reception benefits the University Club Foundation, a 501c3 corporation formed to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the University Club building and property, its neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901.