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Upcoming events

    • 31 Mar 2017
    • 6:30 PM
    • Renaissance Hotel, 1050 Brussels

    Final Friday Drinks

    Friday, March 31
    6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


     

    Renaissance Brussels Hotel
    Rue du Parnasse 19
    1050 Brussels

    The American Club of Brussels invites you for an evening of fun, socializing and chatting! Everyone is welcome! Bring friends!

    We’ve arranged special deals on beer and wine and the cash bar is open to all. 

    Final Friday events are held the last Friday of each month and take place at different, great locations throughout the city. So plan to attend future Final Fridays as well.

    Please pre-register. Thank you.

    Event url:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2472104



    • 11 Apr 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Le Roi des Belges, 1000 Brussels

    Second Tuesday
    Historic Bar Tour

    April 11, 2017


    Le Roi des Belges
    Rue Jules Van Praet 35
    1000 Brussels

    Join other beer and Brussels lovers as we embark on another Second Tuesday Historic Bar Tour social hour. This month we return to the historic center city within the Place Saint-Géry area to another interesting pub. Le Roi des Belges is a “relaxed 2-story cafe-bar on a corner with outdoor seating, a spiral staircase & DJs playing music.” Since the weather may still be cool, we will meet upstairs… possibly by the swings! Yes, there are swings!

    The Historic Bar Tour events are held the second Tuesday of each month and take place at different and great locations throughout the city of Brussels.

    Event Details:
    Date:
    Tuesday, April 11.
    Time: 7:00 p.m.
    Place: Rue Jules Van Praet 35 (across from the Place Saint-Géry), 1000 Brussels. Tel. 02/513.51.16.
    Price:
    Dependent on your own consumption.
    Sign up:
    Please register by Monday, April 10, at

    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2492308
    so that we know how many to expect. Thank you.

    Further information or to find the ACB group:
    Text or call Carl Mir at 0494/27.97.63.

    • 12 Apr 2017
    • 13 Dec 2017
    • 9 sessions
    • See event details.
    The Canadian Club of Belgium,
    The American Club of Brussels &
    The American Women's Club of Brussels

    welcome you to our Reading Group
    on the second Wednesday of the month
    [7:00–9:00 p.m.]

    (CCB, ACB and AWCB members only)

    We ask you to present a book of your choice (American or Canadian authors preferred) that you have read and really enjoyed. This will give all members, passionate about reading, a chance to read and discuss different literary genres.

    Even if you have not read the selected book and if you do not have a book you wish to present, please feel free to join us anyway – even at the last minute.

    Reading Group Contact
    (also for venue details)
    Geneviève Bergiers
    Tel. 02/660.57.65
    genevieve@chiropractorbergiers.be

    •  •  •

    2017 dates open for your suggestions:
    • August 9
    • September 13
    • October 11
    • November 8
    • December 13
       

    On April 12, Ana Ooms will present:


    The Swans of Fifth Avenue
    by Melanie Benjamin
    (USA)

    Melanie Benjamin is an American author, native of the Midwest and living in Chicago, known for writing historical novels. Her bibliography includes The Aviator’s Wife (about Ann Morrow Lindbergh), Alice I Have Been (Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland) and The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb (the story of 32-inch-tall Lavinia Warren Stratton). 

    The Swans of Fifth Avenue, her latest novel, is the story of how Truman Capote gains an unlikely entrée into the lives of Manhattan’s elite through his friendships with the socialites he called his swans. He was particularly favored by Babe Paley and, through her, he was given unparalleled access to the scandal and gossip of her powerful friends. But a story teller cannot keep a secret, and Truman Capote least of all, even if it leads to his downfall after parts of his unfinished novel Answered Prayers are published in Esquire magazine. 

    Readers who would like to become more familiar with the topic of the book can read up on it following this link:  http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2012/12/truman-capote-answered-prayers

         

    On May 10, Geneviève Bergiers will present:


    First edition (1908)

    Anne of Green Gables (1 & 2)
    by L.M. Montgomery
    (Canada)

    Anne of Green Gables was an immediate success. The central character, Anne Shirley, an orphaned, once awkward, freckled-faced little girl and now a mature and responsible young woman, made Montgomery famous in her lifetime and gave her an international following. This book is the first one of a series of eight.

    Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author (1874-1942): a fiction writer, specialized in Canadian literature, children's novels, short fiction and poetry. Her notable works are: Anne of Green Gables, Rilla of Ingleside and Emily of New Moon. She was decorated by Britain's King George V as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and was named a National Historic Person by the Canadian Federal Government.

         

    On June 14, Sue Frick will present:


    The Art of Racing in the Rain
    by Garth Stein
    (USA)

    Garth Stein is an American author and film producer from SeattleWashington. Widely known as the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain, Stein is also a documentary film maker, playwright, teacher, and amateur racer.

    Synopsis
    Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

    Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through.

    A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life... as only a dog could tell it.
       
         

    On July 12, Geneviève Bergiers will present:

    The Shipping News
    by Annie Proulx (USA)

    The American novelist Annie Proulx was a journalist before becoming a novelist. She lived in Vermont, then in Wyoming, spending part of the year in northern Newfoundland on a small cove. She now lives in Seattle, Washington.

    The Shipping News won the Pulitzer and the U.S. National Book award.

    Synopsis:
    Quoyle's life is collapsing after his parents' joint suicide and his unfaithful wife Petal being killed in a car accident.
    His aunt Agnis Hamm convinces him to make a new beginning by returning to their ancestral home in Newfoundland. He learns deep and disturbing secrets about his ancestors that emerge in strange ways...

    Nevertheless, as Quoyle builds his new life, he is transformed...

      
    More info about the Clubs:






    • 17 Apr 2017
    • CHEZWaWa, 1050 Brussels

    Game Night at CHEZWaWa

    The third Monday of April being Easter Monday,
    the Game Night is postponed to

    Monday, April 24, 2017



    • 20 Apr 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • La Porteuse d'Eau, 1060 Brussels

    Dine-Out at La Porteuse d'Eau


    A must in Saint-Gilles, la Porteuse d'Eau is located in a splendid Art Nouveau building designed by the architect Ernest Blerot. It is a jewel of Art Nouveau design with a colorful stained glass window that explains the name of the building, a superb monumental staircase lit by a bay window beautifully chiseled, and comfortably furnished character rooms spread over two levels.

    Dine-outs are a great opportunity to meet old friends and make some new ones. If you have not yet been to a Dine-Out, or are looking to discover new restaurants in Brussels, this is the event for you.

    MENU

    Apéritif
    Kir, Porto rouge
    or
    Pineau des Charentes

    Starter
    Tartare de saumon frais
    or
    Carpaccio de boeuf
    aux cropeaux de parmesan

    or
    Potage du jour (vegetarian)

    Main Course

    Waterzooi de volaille à la Gantoise
    or
    Américain, frites et salade
    or
    Filet de saumon sauce béarnaise

    or
    Tagliatelle végétarienne

     Dessert
    Mousse au chocolat
    or
    La tarte aux pommes

    Please indicate your menu choices when registering. Thank you.

    Event Details:
    Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017.
    Time: 7:30 p.m.

    Place: La Porteuse d’ Eau, Avenue Jean Volders 48,
    1060 Brussels (Saint-Gilles)
    .
    Public Transportation: Metro lines 2 and 6; trams 3, 4, and 51; buses 27 and 48: Porte de Hal.

    Price:
    €50. ACB/AWCB/CCB members receive a discounted price of €45.
    Price includes an apéritif, water, and a half bottle of red or white wine per person.
    Reservations
    are due by Tuesday, April 18 at:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2492309
    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “April Dine-out” in the reference section of the bank transfer. Online payment with a credit card is also possible (through PayPal, but no actual PayPal account is required); pay when registering or use the link provided in the invoice.
    Cancellations
    are possible until noon on Tuesday, April 18. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

    • 23 Apr 2017
    • 1:45 PM
    • La Fabrique en Ville, 1000 Brussels
    Sunday Brunch at La Fabrique En Ville


    Please join us for a Sunday Brunch on April 23 at La Fabrique En Ville, located in the beautiful Parc d’Egmont. We will enjoy a brunch buffet that includes breads and pastries, muesli, granola, fruit, scrambled eggs, omelettes made to order, cheese and meat trays, salad selections, hot dishes, dessert, and more!

    We look forward to seeing you! 

    Event Details:
    Date:
    Sunday, April 23, 2017.
    Time: 1:45 p.m.
    Place: La Fabrique en Ville, Boulevard de Waterloo 44, 1000 Brussels. The restaurant is accessible from Boulevard de Waterloo through the park entrance to the left of The Hotel Brussels, or through the park entrance on Rue aux Laines.
    Price: €35. ACB/AWCB/CCB members receive a discounted price of €30.
    Reservations are due by Friday, April 14 at:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2502364
    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “Brunch” in the reference section of the bank transfer. Online payment with a credit card is also possible (through PayPal, but no actual PayPal account is required); pay when registering or use the link provided in the invoice.
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Friday, April 14. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.


    • 23 Apr 2017
    • 8:30 PM
    • BOZAR, 1000 Brussels

    Dianne Reeves &
    The Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra


    Dianne Reeves © Jerris Madison

    Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg – Wayne Marshall conductor – Dianne Reeves vocals – Peter Martin piano – Romero Lubambo guitar – Reginald Veal bass –Terreon Gully drums

    BOZAR, one of our corporate members, is proud to announce a fantastic evening of American jazz and blues with Dianne Reeves.

    “She has one of the most powerful, pure and intense voices of our time and in fact of all time”, said Wynton Marsalis, when describing the American jazz diva Dianne Reeves. Her unique blend of R&B, jazz, virtuoso improvisations and expressive vibratos has earned her the status of an inimitable legendary artist. Her career has been honored by five Grammy Awards for best ‘Jazz Vocal Album’ and an honorary doctorate in music from the Juilliard School in New York. At the invitation of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, she and her regular band will be performing a splendid gala concert that varies between jazz and pop.

    Event Details:
    Date:
    Sunday, April 23, 2017.
    Time: 8:30 p.m.
    Place: BOZAR, Salle Henri Le Bœuf, Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brussels.
    Tickets: €46, €38, €26, €12 from BOZAR.

    Public Transportation:
    Metro lines 1 & 5 : Gare Centrale/Centraal Station or Parc; buses 38 and 71: Bozar; trams 92, 93: Palais/Paleizen.


    • 24 Apr 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • CHEZWaWa, 1050 Brussels
    Registration is closed

    Game Night at CHEZWaWa

    Monday, April 24, 2017


    The American Club of Brussels and our friends at CHEZWaWa invite you to join us as we revive that greatest of traditional past times, 'The Game Night'! We're taking it back to the days before the internet and bringing the board games back. Chess, Monopoly, Scrabble...Snakes & Ladders! Hell, weather permitting, we could even try some Twister for the more flexible among us.

    If you have any board games at home, please bring them along and join in the fun!

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Event details:
    Date: Monday, April 24, 2017.
    Time: 7:00 p.m. until ?
    Place: CHEZWaWa, Rue Américaine 91, 1050 Brussels (tel. 02/534.63.30).
    Public Transportation: Bus 54 (Trinité), bus 60 (Washington), tram 81 (Trinité).
    Price: depending on your own consumption.
    Reservations are due by Thursday, April 20, at:

    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2492299
    Cancellations
    : If you signed up but cannot attend, please let us know. Thank you.


    • 28 Apr 2017
    • 6:30 PM
    • Martin's Hotel, 1000 Brussels

    Final Friday Drinks

    Friday, April 28
    6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


     

    Martin's Hotel
    Karel de Grotelaan 80 Boulevard Charlemagne
    1000 Brussels

    The American Club of Brussels invites you for an evening of fun, socializing and chatting! Everyone is welcome! Bring friends!

    We’ve arranged special deals on beer and wine and the cash bar is open to all. 

    Final Friday events are held the last Friday of each month and take place at different, great locations throughout the city. So plan to attend future Final Fridays as well.

    Please pre-register. Thank you.

    Event url:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2496935



    • 06 May 2017
    • 1:45 PM
    • Royal Museum of Fine Arts, 1000 Brussels
    • 7

    A Guided Visit to the
    Rik Wouters Retrospective

     

    Join us on Saturday, May 6 for a guided visit of the Rik Wouters Retrospective. A prominent figure in Brabant’s Fauvism, Rik Wouters brought us brilliant and colorful art, far from the dramas that marked his existence until his early death in 1916 at the age of 33. Rik Wouters equally mastered painting, sculpting and drawing: his extraordinary career has made him an essential representative of Modern Art in Belgium.

    The retrospective exhibition organized by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, in partnership with the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, is exceptional. For the first time, the two museums bring together in one exhibition the most important collection of works by the illustrious Belgian artist of the early 20th century. Rare loans from private collections and major international museums complete the ensemble. This major exhibition closes the series of tributes linked to the centenary of the artist’s death.

    The art of Rik Wouters is above all an abundance of colors and authentic, simple, touching subjects. Through his visual language, the construction of his subjects and the luminous richness of his palette, he developed an avant-garde style, while also being associated with artists like Ensor, then Cézanne and even Renoir. Rik Wouters was quickly appreciated by his contemporaries; his dazzling talent, although obstructed early on by the Great War and his illness, bequeaths to us a fascinating and masterful artistic legacy.

    Our guide will once again be the excellent Lieve De Jonghe.

    Please note that this visit is limited to 15 people.

    Event Details:
    Date:
     Saturday, May 6, 2017
    Time: 1:45 p.m.
    Place:
     Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Place Royale 3, 1000 Brussels (Gresham entrance).
    Price: €25. ACB/AWCB/CCB members receive a discounted price of €20.
    Public Transportation: Metro: Gare Centrale/Centraal Station or Parc/Park; buses 27, 38 and 71: Royale; Trams: 92 or 94: Royale.
    Sign up: Reservations are due by Wednesday, May 3 at:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2492323
    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention "Wouters" in the reference section of the bank transfer. Online payment with a credit card is also possible (through PayPal, but no actual PayPal account is required); pay when registering or use the link provided in the invoice.
    Cancellations
    are possible until noon on Wednesday, May 3. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.


    • 10 May 2017
    • 6:30 PM
    • See event details.

    Reception to Welcome
    New American Conductor of the
    National Orchestra of Belgium


    Join AmCham Belgium, the American Club of Brussels and the local American community in welcoming the incoming musical director of the National Orchestra of Belgium, the American conductor Hugh Wolff, on May 10. This is an exclusive opportunity for our members and partners to greet Mr. Wolff, before he officially takes up the baton with the Belgian National Orchestra, as Chief Conductor, in September 2017.

    Please note this is a Members Only Event.


    About Hugh Wolff

    Born in Paris to American parents and raised between London and Washington DC, Hugh Wolff’s international career has led him from the helm of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota to the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra in Germany, with guest conducting appearances around the world. He studied musical composition at Harvard University and piano with Leon Fleisher. Mr. Wolff currently serves as the Director of Orchestras at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, a role which he will combine with his new appointment as Chief Conductor of the National Orchestra of Belgium, starting in the 2017-2018 season.

    Program:
    6:30 p.m.: Registration and Welcome Drink
    7:00 p.m.: Welcome Remarks and Introduction

    7:20 p.m.: Musical Interlude
    (program to be confirmed)
    7:45 p.m.: Prize Draw
    *
    Networking Drinks and Canapés

    8:30 p.m. End of Evening

    * The  Belgian National Orchestra is kindly donating three pairs of concert tickets for a prize draw. Don’t forget to bring your business cards!

    Event Details:
    Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017.
    Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Place:
    Residence of the US Ambassador to Belgium, Zinnerstraat 2 Rue Zinner, 1000 Brussels.
    Dress code: Business attire.
    Price: €40.
    Reservation & payment through AmCham Belgium:
    http://landing.amcham.be/welcome-hugh-wolff-may-2017

    Registration and cancellation deadline: May 3, 2017.


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