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    Harvardwood Chicago Writers' Meet-up

    Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 05:00 PM
    Deca Rooftop Lounge & Bar in Chicago, IL

    Could your writing help arts thrive? Find out at our next Writers' Meetup in Chicago on August 22nd!

    Unleash your inner arts advocate and join our conversation with nationally published arts writer/journalist Barbara Sealock, Co-Chapter Head of #HarvardwoodChi, who will share her expertise on writing about arts and music in Boston, Chicago, and New York. Her work has appeared in PeopleThe Boston GlobeBoston Magazine, the Chicago TribuneChristian Science MonitorClavierPlaybellJuilliard Journal, various news outlets, and the book 21st Century Cellists.

    We meet again at the luxurious and newly renovated Deca Rooftop Lounge & Bar at the Ritz Carlton (12th floor lobby).


    Harvardwood's Chicago Chapter is creating a space for writers from varied backgrounds to get together and connect in person. Writers in all genres and career stages, from beginner to working professional, are welcome. Playwrights, comedy writers, screenwriters, authors, novelists, poets, content producers... all writers, all genres, any specialty!

    Writer friends are welcome. Free to attend. Cash bar and food options available.

    Harvardwood Heads To... Huntington Beach Beer Festival

    Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 01:00 PM · $35.00 USD
    HB Beer Festival in Huntington Beach, CA

    Join Harvard alums for a fun afternoon at the Huntington Beach Beer Festival. Sample over 100 craft beers while enjoying live entertainment and food trucks. The Huntington Beach Beerfest is an all inclusive event bringing guests to the sandy beaches of the Huntington. While there, guests can try unlimited samples of over 100 craft beers.  Live bands and DJ's set the stage and get the crowd on their feet. The event will feature a food trucks as well. We support and raise funds for The Coastal Conservation Association.

    Harvardwood at the Hollywood Bowl: Pink Martini feat. China Forbes & Storm Lagre Charo

    Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 07:00 PM · $42.00 USD
    Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA

    Pink Martini, the internationally beloved Portland band, blends genres from cool standards to hot swing with style to burn. The ravishing vocals of China Forbes AB '92 and Storm Large sail over an irresistible fusion of Brazilian samba, ’30s Cuban dance, and Parisian café music.

    This is a great event for Harvardwood Members and Friends to bring their families and other guests! Advance registration is required—LIMITED tickets, so make your plans and RSVP soon below. Tickets for our section (R1) are currently $47.00 online, so members (and guests!) get a significant discount.

    If you RSVP before August 20th, your tickets will be mailed to you, so you can coordinate your own arrival at the Hollywood Bowl. Note: If your mailing address for the tickets is different from the billing address you enter when you purchase your tickets, let us knowIf you RSVP after August 20th, your tickets will be at will call.

    $30/ticket Harvardwood Members & Friends
    $45/ticket all others

    About Pink Martini

    China Forbes AB '92 (vocals) was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she graduated cum laude from Harvard and was awarded the Jonathan Levy Prize for acting. She appeared in New York regional theatre and off-off Broadway productions, earning her Equity card alongside future stars of stage and screen such as Norm Lewis, Peter Jacobson and Rainn Wilson.

    In 1994 she put her first band together and played regularly at NYC clubs CBGB’s Gallery, Mercury Lounge and Brownies. Her first solo album Love Handle was released in 1995 and she was chosen to sing “Ordinary Girl,” the theme song to the TV show Clueless.

    At that same time she was plucked from New York City by Harvard classmate Thomas Lauderdale to sing with Pink Martini, and has since written many of Pink Martini’s most beloved songs with Lauderdale, including “Sympathique,” “Lilly,” “Clementine,” “Let’s Never Stop Falling in Love,” “Over the Valley” and most recently “A Snowglobe Christmas,” which can be heard on Pink Martini’s holiday album Joy to the World. Her original song “Hey Eugene” is the title track of Pink Martini’s third album and many of her songs can also be heard on television and film. She sang “Qué Será Será” over the opening and closing credits of Jane Campion’s film In the Cut and her original song “The Northern Line” appears at the end of sister Maya Forbes’ directorial debut Infinitely Polar Bear, which was released in 2015 by Sony Pictures Classics.

    With Pink Martini, China has appeared on The Late Show with David LettermanLate Night with Conan O’BrienThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Later with Jools Holland. She has performed songs in over twelve languages and has sung duets with Michael Feinstein, Jimmy Scott, Georges Moustaki, Henri Salvador, Saori Yuki, Faith Prince, Carol Channing and Rufus Wainwright. She has performed in venues from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl to the Grand Rex in Paris. She released her second solo album ’78 on Heinz Records in 2008, a collection of autobiographical folk-rock songs.

    Thomas Lauderdale AB '92 was raised on a plant nursery in rural Indiana. He began piano lessons at age six with Patricia Garrison. When his family moved to Portland in 1982, he began studying with Sylvia Killman, who to this day continues to serve as his coach and mentor. He has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras and ensembles, including the Oregon Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Portland Youth Philharmonic, Chamber Music Northwest and Oregon Ballet Theatre (where he collaborated with choreographer James Canfield and visual artists Storm Tharp and Malia Jensen on a ballet based on Felix Salten’s Bambi, written in 1923). Active in Oregon politics since a student at U.S. Grant High School (where he was student body president), Thomas served under Portland Mayor Bud Clark and Oregon governor Neil Goldschmidt. He also worked under Portland City Commissioner Gretchen Kafoury on the drafting and passage of the city’s civil rights ordinance. He graduated with honors from Harvard with a degree in History and Literature in 1992. He spent most of his collegiate years, however, in cocktail dresses, taking on the role of “cruise director” … throwing waltzes with live orchestras and ice sculptures, disco masquerades with gigantic pineapples on wheels, midnight swimming parties, and operating a Tuesday night coffeehouse called Café Mardi.

    Instead of running for political office, Lauderdale founded the “little orchestra” called Pink Martini in 1994 to play political fundraisers for progressive causes such as civil rights, the environment, affordable housing and public broadcasting. In addition to his work with Pink Martini, Lauderdale collaborates with international superstar and singing sensation Meow Meow, the surf band Satan’s Pilgrims and novelist/writer Tom Spanbauer. In Spring 2008, Lauderdale completed his first film score for Chiara Clemente’s documentary Our City Dreams, a portrait of five New York City-based women artists of different generations. In 2008, he performed as the featured piano soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia with the Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland under the direction of Roger Doyle, and Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F with the Oregon Symphony under the direction of Christoph Campestrini. In 2011 Lauderdale again appeared as the featured soloist with the Oregon Symphony, this time under the direction of the tremendous Carlos Kalmar. Lauderdale currently serves on the boards of the Oregon Symphony and Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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  • Extended deadline: Lexus Short Films!


    Lexus and The Weinstein Company announced the fourth season of the award winning Lexus Short Films. Each season, Lexus presents a theme to inspire and engage filmmakers to craft amazing stories. This season’s theme is TRANSFORMATION which is born from the Lexus brand’s belief that amazing things happen when you transform the ordinary into extraordinary.

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    7/31 - 8/7: 2017 Summer Silent Auction

    Bidding begins JULY 31ST on our one-of-a-kind Summer 2017 Silent Auction!


    In addition to a Sundance ticket package for 2 to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, we'll be auctioning off one-on-one lunches with Harvard entertainment VIPs, including screenwriter Jonathan Aibel AB '91 (TrollsKung Fu Panda I, II, & III), actress Tatyana Ali AB '02 (The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirKiss the Girls), exec Susanne Daniels AB '87 (Head of YouTube Originals), producer Lucy Fisher AB '71 (The Great GatsbyDivergent series), author/screenwriter Gregg Hurwitz AB '95 (The Book of HenryThe Nowhere Man), & writer-director Massy Tadjedin AB '99 (Last NightThe Jacket)!

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  • Issue 151 | August 2017


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