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    Brazilian Wine Dinner & Seminar

    Friday, January 20, 2017 at 07:00 PM · $85.00 USD
    Fogo de Chao in New York, NY

    In this private Harvardwood dinner at midtown's Fogo de Chao, attendees will explore the wines of family-owned Brazilian winery Vinicola Salton and hear from a special guest, wine importer Wagner Alberti!

    Cost: $60 per person complete (special Fogo de Chao dinner with 5 carefully chosen wines, including tax and gratuity) for dues-paying Harvardwood members and their guests // $85 per person for all others. Early registration is strongly recommended—seats are limited at this special dinner, and the event WILL sell out!  (Update: There are just 6 seats left!)

    fachada-salton.jpegFogo de Chao is a superb Brazilian churrascaria, and the dinner will include antipasti, an extraordinary salad bar (filled with much more than what we ordinarily think of as salad!), Brazilian "barbecue", and dessert, coffee and tea, served family style.

    Each course will be paired with a Brazilian wine by Vinicola Salton, for a total of five wines: a brut sparkling wine, a Sauvignon Blanc/Viognier, a Marselan, a Merlot, and a Moscato.

    In Latin America, only Argentina and Chile produce more wine than Brazil.  Most of this wine is of local interest only, but there is a small group of producers dedicated to making high-quality wines. These wines are made mostly in the cooler southern province of Rio Grande do Sul, and one of the finest of these producers is Vinicola Salton. Founded in 1910 by three immigrant brothers from Italy, Salton remains family-owned even today! 

    barricas-2.jpegWe will be joined at this dinner by a special guest, Wagner Alberti, who imports Salton's wines into the United States and who has worked tirelessly for many years to raise awareness of the fine wines of Brazil throughout the world.  We will do lots of talking about the wines.

    This dinner is an extraordinary bargain, thanks to Wagner Alberti and Salton, and to Fogo de Chao, who have worked together to make this dinner available at a price that is less than half of what one would expect to pay for any wine dinner even remotely comparable to this one.

    We strongly recommend early registration for what will be a joyous and delicious evening!

    If you register for more than one person, do double check that you got the correct number of registrations—if, as we expect, we do sell out, it won't be possible for us to add people at the last minute!

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase tickets  $60.00 Members & Friends

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    has lapsed, so renew your dues as a Full Member or Friend of Harvardwood.

    Harvardwood Meet-up at the Black List DC Happy Hour

    Wednesday, February 01, 2017 at 04:00 PM
    Dirty Martini in Washington, DC

    The Black List is creating social hubs for writers around the world where they can meet other screenwriters and discuss the craft and the reality of the screenwriter's life. So join your fellow writers at the DC happy hour! Come to enjoy the drinks and the company. You never know who you might meet!

    This event is free and open to the public (cash bar). RSVP at the link below.

    See the cover story on Black List founder Franklin Leonard AB ’00 in the July-August 2016 Harvard Magazine—and Harvardwood's profile from a few years ago!

    Harvardwood & the HCSC Present: THE LION + Q&A with Ben Scheuer & Robert Kraft

    Tuesday, February 07, 2017 at 08:00 PM · $68.80 USD
    Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, CA

    Don't miss award-winning musical The Lion, written & performed by Benjamin Scheuer AB '04, in its LA premiere at Geffen Playhouse! On Tuesday, Feb. 7th, Harvardwood and the Harvard Club of Southern California attend a performance of The Lion that will be followed by a Q&A with Benjamin and songwriter/composer/producer Robert Kraft AB '76 (Harvardwood Advisory Board member).

    The Lion, the Drama Desk Award-winning piece written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer, has redefined the genre of musical theater. Scheuer tells, sings, and plays the turbulent story of his family and his own brush with mortality, with his supporting cast of six guitars. “A mesmerizing guitarist,” Scheuer’s "songs are awfully well-constructed; there’s a hint of Paul Simon in Scheuer’s easy, knowing lyrics and disciplined musicianship,” says The Washington Post. The New York Times says Scheuer “gets to the heart of the matter” in this celebrated autobiographical show. Like its hero, The Lion roars.

    Listen to select songs and view more music videos at thelionmusical.com.


    “Scheuer plays guitar as if he invented the instrument: fearlessly, idiosyncratically, effortlessly.” – Los Angeles Times

    The Lion is the year’s first must-see production! Scheuer’s melodies are as catchy as tunes get, his lyrics alternately clever and poignant.” – StageSceneLA.com

    “A mesmerizing performer and musicianyou can't help but be drawn onto his pain, joy, and disappointment.” – BroadwayWorld.com

    “Spellbinding! The best musical I've seen this year!” – The Huffington Post

    “Wondrous…revelatory…incredibly entertaining!” – San Francisco Gate

    “Scheuer’s style of composing and performing exhibits flashes of jazz, bluegrass, Dylan, Jeff Buckley, maybe even a little Morrissey in its lyrical mix of the whimsical and the achingly personal.” – San Diego Union Tribune

    Visit Geffen Playhouse's page for The Lion, running Jan. 4 - Feb. 19, 2017.

    Benjamin Scheuer AB '04

    Photo credit: Shervin LainezAmerican singer/songwriter, guitarist and playwright Benjamin Scheuer is the creator and performer of the one-man show THE LION, which won the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance when it premiered Off-Broadway, where it was called "the best new musical this year" by the Huffington Post, The Stage, and Playbill. The show's "vibe of casual, unrehearsed immediacy masks the narrative complexity of a novel or an opera," says the LA Times.

    Scheuer has toured with Mary Chapin Carpenter, and performed at venues from Lincoln Center to London's Royal Albert Hall to DC's Arena Stage, where the Washington Post raved, "Scheuer is a mesmerizing guitarist... deeply, intuitively expressive."

    His debut album, Songs from THE LION, premiered in 2016 on the Billboard Top-10.

    With photographer Riya Lerner, Scheuer is the creator of the book Between Two Spaces, from which 50% of proceeds to to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. Photographs from piece, called "an important work" by the LA Times, are on exhibition in the lobby of the Geffen Playhouse through February 19, 2017.

    With British animator/director Peter Baynton, Scheuer created animated films for the songs "The Lion," "Cookie-tin Banjo," "Weather the Storm," and "Cure." The films have played at festivals on five continents and garnered accolades incuding Best Commissioned Film at the Annecy Film Festival, Public Choice for Best Music Video at the British Animation Award, and Best Music Video at London's Encounters Film Festival.

    Scheuer is the recipient of the Off West End Award for Best New Musical, a Theatre World Award, the Musical Theatre Network Award for Best Lyrics,and the ASCAP Cole Porter Award for Songwriting. He has been a nominee for two Outer Critic Awards, a Lucile Lortel Award, and an additional Drama Desk Award for Best Lyrics. (Lin Manuel Miranda beat him for that one, with Hamilton!)

    Scheuer lives in New York City.
    @BenjaminScheuer on Instagram and Twitter

    Read our Harvardwood alum profile featuring Benjamin!

    Robert Kraft AB '76

    Robert Kraft is an award-winning songwriter, film composer, recording artist and record producer. As President of Fox Music from 1994 to 2012, Kraft was the Executive in Charge of Music for more than 300 Fox feature films, as well as dozens of TV shows. Highlights during his tenure at Fox include the record-breaking scores and soundtracks from Titanic, Moulin Rouge, Waiting To Exhale, Garden State, Walk The Line, Slumdog Millionaire, Juno, and Once.

    Kraft has earned Academy Award, Grammy Award, and two Golden Globes nominations for co-composing the song “Beautiful Maria of My Soul” from The Mambo Kings and “How Can I Not Love You” from Anna and the King.

    In 1989, Kraft co-produced all of the Oscar- and Grammy Award-winning songs from The Little MermaidHudson Hawk (1991), starring Bruce Willis, was based on his song “Hudson Hawk.”

    In 2013, Kraft started Kraftbox Entertainment, with projects currently in production across several platforms, including the feature film Sugar Hill at Warner Bros Studios, the independent film SCORE! The Film Music DocumentaryThe Lion, an Off-Broadway musical, and the solo debut of trumpeter, singer and songwriter Spencer Ludwig on Warner Bros Records

    Click the link below, select the Feb. 7th, 2017 performance date, an use promo code HARVARD for a 20% discount off each ticket.

  • LA writers, apply to the Spring 2017 HWP-TV Modules!

    Now through Jan. 31st, we're accepting applications to the Spring 2017 Harvardwood Writers Program - TV Modules (HWP-TV)!

    HWP-TV uses peer review, guest speakers and workshops to foster a motivating and supportive environment for each participant’s writing.

    Participants of the HWP — TV Modules may be considered for the annual Harvardwood Most Staffable TV Writers List (see below). All writers must be based in LA and Harvardwood Full Members.

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    Announcing the winners of the 2016 Harvardwood Writers Competition

    Let's all congratulate this year's winners of the Harvardwood Writers Competition and the HWP-TV participants named to the annual Most Staffable TV Writers List (see Deadline coverage).

    We received numerous excellent scripts this year, and the winning writers (listed below) were selected by a panel of television executives, writers, producers, agents, and managers. Each writer will receive a one-on-one mentorship, and Competition winners will also receive a cash prize.

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