Upcoming Events

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  • Harvardwood Masterclass with John Bowman AB '80, MBA '85

    Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 07:30 PM · $15.00 USD
    LA Film School in Los Angeles, CA

    Explore sketch comedy—what to do and what not to do—with Emmy Award-winning writer and producer John Bowman AB '80, MBA '85 (Saturday Night LiveIn Living Color)!

    Masterclasses are only open to dues-current Harvardwood Full Members. You must be logged in to the site to access the RSVP link below. Join or renew your membership.

    John Bowman AB '80, MBA '85

    John Bowman is an Emmy award winning writer who has been writing and producing comedy for 25 years.  He has written for Saturday Night Live, It's Garry Shandling's Show, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, In Living Color, Martin, Murphy Brown, and Frank TV, among others.  He created Martin and received two NAACP Awards and a People's Choice Award for his work there.   

    He is currently a trustee of The Harvard Lampoon.  In 2008 he received a PEN USA First Amendment Award for his leadership in the 2008 Writer's Strike.


  • Harvardwood Heads To... Waiting for Godot

    Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 08:00 PM · $30.00 USD
    The Other Space in Los Angeles, CA
    Named the most significant play of the twentieth century in a survey of leading theatre professionals, Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot is a hilarious, moving, disquieting exploration of human existence. The play follows two tramps, Vladimir and Estragon, as they pass the time waiting for a mysterious figure who could save them from their troubles.

    Directed by Harvard '07 alum Dan Wilner, this distinctive production will be staged in the round in a small black-box theatre, creating an intimacy between audience and performers that will offer a unique experience of the play's empathy and humanity.
    The show runs from March 23 to April 16, with performances Thursday through Sunday evenings and Sunday matinees. Tickets can be purchased online at godotla.bpt.me. Use code earlybird for $30 tickets for the first two weeks of the show.
    Follow The Open Circle Theatre Company on Instagram and look out for free giveaways to the show!
  • Harvardwood Heads To... World Palindrome Championship

    Friday, March 24, 2017 at 08:00 PM · $65.00 USD
    Stamford Marriott Hotel in Stamford, CT

    Harvardwood's Mark Saltveit AB '83 defends his title as World Palindrome Champion at Will Shortz' second ever global event. Other competitors include Martin Clear of Sydney Australia, Anthony Etherin (UK), Jon Agee (San Francisco), John Connett (Minneapolis), Lori Wike (Salt Lake City) and Mike Maguire (Washington DC).

  • As executive producer and showrunner for HBO's Emmy Award-winning Veep, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, David Mandel AB '92 has a lot of insight into the world of entertainment, not to mention some hilarious behind-the-scenes anecdotes.

    When he makes his way to the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco's Kanbar Hall, he'll also be sharing stories about his time as a writer and executive producer for Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm, as well as discussing his beloved and considerable collection of Star Wars memorabilia and comic book art. Make your way to the JCC for this sure-to-be-memorable conversation with David Mandel.

  • On March 25th, Harvard Business School’s Sound Society and Berklee A&R Group are bringing together thought and business leaders who are shaping the future of music for a day of keynote speeches, panel discussions, performances, product demonstrations, and networking at the first ever HBS Music Summit: “The Future of Music: Sounds of Disruption!” 

    We have an amazing line up of speakers already including Russell Wallach - President of Live Nation Media & Sponsorships, Neil Jacobson - President of Geffen Records, Ty Stiklorius – Founder & CEO of Friends at Work / John Legend’s Manager, Emma Quigley - Head of Pepsi Music, Jeremy Erlich - CFO of Interscope Geffen A&M, and Julia Heiser - EVP Digital Media Live Nation. Panel topics include:

    ·         A&R Management 2.0

    ·         Building Brands Through Music

    ·         The Innovator’s Dilemma. 

    More details to follow – check out our website to buy tickets and for updates to the agenda + speaker list!

    General public early bird tickets prices are currently priced at $60, and Harvardwood members receive a $15 discount through March 25th. Note: early bird ticket sales will end March 6th, after which the ticket price will increase by $10.

  • Harvardwood Heads To... HCSC Harvard Serves Kick-Off Event

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 07:00 PM · $15.00 USD
    The Parlor in Los Angeles, CA

    Come learn about our volunteer opportunities, register to volunteer, and meet other Southern California alumni as we celebrate "Harvard Serves," the Global Month of Service coming up this April!

    If you are unable to attend the kick-off and would still like to volunteer, please sign up contact the Harvard Global Month of Service team at the above email address.

    Cost: $10 for HCSC members, $15 for non-members

  • Screening will be followed by discussion kicked off by two veterans but open to all. Co-sponsored by Heroes at Home; the Capitol District Women Veterans Program, Inc.; and the Albany Chapter of Veterans for Peace!

  • Harvardwood Meet-up at the Black List DC Happy Hour

    Wednesday, April 05, 2017 at 04:00 PM
    1831 Bar & Lounge 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 Heads To... Annual Spring Fling presented by The Ivy Plus Society

    Thursday, April 06, 2017 at 07:00 PM · $20.00 USD
    The Viceroy Santa Monica in Santa Monica, CA

    Have a fling with The Ivy Plus Society at the place The LA Times calls “the best kept secret in Santa Monica,” The Viceroy. This luxurious outdoor hot spot is the perfect venue to mix, mingle, and flirt with the finest and brightest alumni Los Angeles has to offer. Enjoy delicious cocktails under pristine white cabanas surrounded by lush foliage in the heart of Santa Monica.

    Attire: Cocktail

    Harvardwood members receive a 20% discount with code ALUMNI20

  • Harvardwood Masterclass: Game Design with Jonathan Hamel AB '91

    Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 07:30 PM · $15.00 USD
    Los Angeles Film School in Los Angeles, CA

    Explore the craft of game design in a sampling of content from the intensive Game Design Workshop, taught every year at the Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco. Looking at game design through three lenses—mechanics, dynamics, and aesthetics—you'll learn strategies behind an iterative approach to analyzing, critiquing, and improving games called the MDA Framework. In other words, you'll learn how designers make gameplay more fun, as taught by one of the pioneers of MDA, Jonathan Hamel AB '91 (Tomb Raider, Rise of the Tomb Raider).

    LIMITED CAPACITY, SO RSVP BELOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Masterclasses are only open to dues-current Harvardwood members. You must be logged in to the site to access the RSVP link below. Join or renew your membership.

    Jonathan Hamel AB '91

    JHamel91_blue_red.jpgJonathan Hamel is a veteran game designer with over 20 years of experience in entertainment and software development. He helped reinvent one of the most recognizable and commercially-successful game franchises in the world with his design leadership on the Tomb Raider reboot (2013) and its sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015). He has made children smile, launching over 100 games on SesameStreet.com. And he gave players new battle strategies to explore in The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king. He recently worked as a Designer/Programmer on What Remains of Edith Finch, soon to be released from Giant Sparrow and Annapurna Interactive. He now works full time as Chief Game Designer at a VR company, EON Reality, Inc.

    With Jennifer L. Holm, Jonathan is also the co-author of The Stink Files series: The Postman Always Brings Mice, To Scratch a Thief, and You Only Have Nine Lives, three novels about a cat who is a spy (published by HarperCollins).


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