Cocktails, Cigars, Martinisand
Tired of the same old predictable events? We've got the cure:
This Friday, November
21st, join us for an encore performance of our great
November 2002 event with the Proctor Dougherty Society (PDS), the
University Club's young member organization!
To add to the mix, a
that host social events
around the area will also be joining us again this year (a partial listing
of hosts and groups follows below). Cool Ska music by
The Players starts at 8:00. Featuring a contagious fusion of first-wave Ska and eclectic modern music, The Players take us back to the swanky cigar and martini lounges of late colonial Jamaica,
Dave Asiello o Karen Barthold o Will Black
Maria Comella o
Anne Marie DiNardo (Small
Fred Dombo (Society Ties)
Tom Donnelly o
Eric Fedewa o John Fedewa
Kirsten Fedewa o
Ritika Fedewa o
Laura Granato o
James Head o
Claudia Hrvatin o
Karen Johnson o
Ted Kral o
Suzanne Lewis o
Jennifer Moore o
Tory O'Connor o
Joe Reblando (Georgetown
Club of DC) o
Santa-Cruz Revis o
Andrea Rodgers (Society
Christina Russell (Hands
On DC) o Robin Scullin
Suzanne Seipel o
Mary Sexton o Jennifer Sims
Patrick Sims o
Tara Snow o Cristine Spaulding
Virginia Stevenson o
Karla Tejada o
Eryn Travis (Hands
On DC) o
Robb Watters o
1135 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
After 7:00pm, Friday,
November 21st, 2003.
The Players come on at 8:00pm.
$22 (includes two drink
tickets and $2 in processing fees)
Buy online at
Proceeds will benefit the University Club Foundation, which supports a
number of charitable projects, including educational scholarships,
Christmas toys for needy children, and an annual clothing drive. Last
year's CCM&S event raised nearly $1,200 toward the UCF fund.
For dress code and other details, see
Ska is American R & B turned "upside down" to put the emphasis on the 2nd and 4th beats in the bar. It is the rollicking, raucous music that perfectly summed up the mood of the [Jamaican] people as they approached Independence at the beginning of the 1960s and wanted to announce their Jamaicanness
with as much gusto as possible. [L]ocal musicians were jazz buffs
to a man, thus always looking for means to self expression. It was only a
matter of time before things got turned around. . . .
The pivotal ska group was The Skatalites, a horn led collection of musicians, many who were classically trained at the Alpha Boys School (a Catholic
orphanage and reform school in Kingston that is still renowned today).
They approached their task as if they were big band jazz players, with a
tight, disciplined rhythm section allowing virtuoso soloists to show off
their brilliance. The idea was to whip the dancers up into a frenzy, but
keep the beat so that nobody loses their footing.
"The martini can be simultaneously
'civilized' and 'uncivilized' , 'classic' and 'individual', or 'sensitive' and
'tough', depending on how it is prepared, who is doing the drinking, with whom, and where."
While Seville is recognized as the birthplace of the modern cigar, it was probably invented in pre-Columbian Cuba, where natives tightly wrapped tobacco leaves with maize and smoked the rolled product during religious ceremonies. Christopher Columbus' crew quickly became accustomed to smoking these early cigars and brought back samples of the "Golden Leaf" to Spain. Initially, the smoking of cigars was considered a pagan ritual punished by imprisonment. However, after a few years, cigar smoking became widely accepted and eventually Spain would build an entire industry around the cigar.
In 1821 Spain allowed Cuba to manufacture cigars locally and the Cuban cigar was born. In appreciation for Spain's kind gesture, the Cubans would deliver a box of
fabled Trinidad cigars to the Spanish king every year.
"The cocktail is a stimulating liquor composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bittersit is vulgarly called a bittered sling and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head. It is said, also to be of great use to a
. . . candidate: because, a person having swallowed a glass of it, is ready to swallow anything else."
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