Tuesday, January 31, 2012

1st Friday - 2/3 - With TN4!

TN3 has become a favorite of First Nighters at the U. Club. Now, with the addition of trumpet player John Hines, the group is known as TN4!

Metroland calls local guitar hero Todd Nelson “a preternaturally tasteful guitar player…” The group performs instrumental rock and ...roots, and also features Kyle Esposito on fretless bass and Manuel Quintana on drums and percussion.

The performance is free and open to the public as part of the University Club’s participation in 1st Friday in Albany. Dinner will be served until 9 p.m. Please call 518-463-1151 for reservations.

As Todd points out, "Free shoeshine for the men (semi-automated) -- it's always nice and toasty in the Grille Room."

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Play Date for Grownups! 2/14


Valentine’s Day guided tour of the “Kid Stuff” exhibit at the Albany Institute of History & Art, with wine and games at the University Club

This Valentine’s Day, revisit the toys and games of your childhood with a guided tour of “Kid Stuff” at the Albany Institute, then proceed across the street to the University Club for drinks, games or dinner – or all of the above!

On Tuesday, February 14, the festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m., as adults meet at the Albany Institute at 125 Washington Avenue in Albany, for a one-hour guided tour of Kid Stuff: Great Toys from Our Childhood. From Slinky®s and Wooly Willy®s to Lionel® Trains and BarbieTM Dolls, Kid Stuff takes visitors back to the age of tailfins and vinyl records with more than 40 toys from decades past. See vintage toys with original packaging and promotional materials, and play with LEGO® blocks, Twister®, Mr. Potato Head®, and more. (This exhibit closes on March 4 – don’t miss it!)

At 6:30 p.m., cross the street to 141 Washington Avenue and enjoy a warm welcome at the National Register-listed University Club. Find a partner to play some of the games featured in the exhibit, have a drink or order dinner from the a la carte menu. The University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc. is presenting this event in conjunction with the Institute, and one need not be a member to attend.

The cost for the tour and reception is $15 and includes admission to the Albany Institute. Show your admission sticker and receive a complimentary glass of wine at the University Club. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the University Club at 518-463-1151.

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

Support for educational programming presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc. is provided by AT&T.

"Ella Unplugged" - Sonny & Perley in Concert on 2/7

“Ella Unplugged” – A tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

 
Dubbed “The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums.

On Tuesday, February 7 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., vocalist Perley Rousseau and pianist Sonny Daye will present “Ella Unplugged: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald” at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street. The University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc. is presenting this event, and one need not be a member of the University Club to attend.

Sonny & Perley will be joined by special guest bassist Lou Pappas, a former member of the United States Military Academy Band in West Point, NY. Pappas now serves as adjunct faculty at Vassar College. The trio will highlight music from Ella Fitzgerald’s Great American Songbook recordings as well as selections from her Pablo Records albums with jazz guitarist Joe Pass.

The cabaret feeling of the University Club’s Grille Room will provide an intimate setting for this concert of vocals with piano and bass, including anecdotes from Ella’s life, from her Apollo Theatre debut at age 16 to her retirement. Ella was the first recorded voice Perley heard as a child, and she was greatly influenced by her music and shows an affinity for her style. Signature songs such as A Tisket A Tasket, How High The Moon, and The Lady Is A Tramp are among the audience favorites included in this unforgettable show.

The cost for the concert is $10, cash or check made payable to University Club of Albany Foundation. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Club at 518-463-1151.

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

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Inaugural Burns Supper Slated for U. Club

Whisky, Haggis and Poetry are on the bill of fare for Friday, January 27, 2012

“Some have meat and cannot eat,
Some cannot eat that want it;
But we have meat and we can eat,
So let the Lord be thankit.”

-- The Selkirk Grace by Robert Burns

On Friday, January 27 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., the University Club will celebrate all things Scottish with its first annual Burns Supper at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street. The University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc. is presenting this event, and one need not be a member of the University Club to attend.

Robert Burns (January 25, 1759-July 21, 1796) is one of the most enduringly popular and important poets of the late 18th and early 19th centuries and is widely regarded as the National Poet of Scotland. Having witnessed his father’s struggles with poverty, Burns became a vigorous social and political critic, championing civil and economic equality for all people, especially the working class. Much of his work reflects his social, moral and philosophical values.

According to the official Robert Burns website, www.robertburns.org, “Burns Suppers range from stentoriously formal gatherings of esthetes and scholars to uproariously informal rave-ups of drunkards and louts. Most Burns Suppers … adhere, more or less, to some sort of time honored form which includes the eating of a traditional Scottish meal, the drinking of Scotch whisky, and the recitation of works by, about, and in the spirit of the Bard.”

The U. Club’s Burns Supper is aiming squarely between the formal and the rave-up. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails followed by a bagpipe procession to the dining room and a dinner buffet complete with the presentation of the haggis, cock-a-leekie soup, neeps and tatties, and plenty of other dining options including poached salmon and chicken fran├žaise.

Event chair Meredith Helgerson, who has hosted several Burns Suppers, will lead participants in songs, whisky toasts and poetry and continue Albany’s long tradition of celebrating Robert Burns. The Robert Burns Statue in Washington Park, the site of the annual “Poets in the Park” poetry series, was designed by George H. Broughton and sculpted by Charles Calverley, both Albany artists. The statue was dedicated on September 30, 1888, and relief plaques on the base were added in April, 1891. The sculpture cost $40,000 and was erected with funds provided by the McPherson Legacy.

In the life-size bronze statue, Burns is depicted holding a book in his right hand and a tam in his left hand. The square Scotch granite base is adorned with four bronze relief plaques depicting: “The Cotter’s Saturday Night” (a family seated around a father reading aloud from a book); “The Poet Plowman and the Daisy” (Burns standing with his horse and dog in a field); “Tam O’Shanter” (a man galloping away on his horse while spirits chase him); and “Auld Lang Syne” (two men having a drink together and shaking hands across a table).

This promises to be an unforgettable evening, whether or not you claim Scottish heritage! The cost for dinner and entertainment is $40 per person, two for $75, cash or check made payable to the University Club of Albany Foundation. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Club at 518-463-1151. Formal or Highland attire optional.
The University Club Foundation, a 501c3 corporation, was formed to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the University Club building and property, its historic neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901.