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

    Wednesday, September 06, 2017 at 04:00 PM
    Bar Dupont 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 Presents Maria Konnikova and Walter Shapiro on THE CONFIDENCE GAME

    Thursday, September 07, 2017 at 06:30 PM · $15.00 USD

    Cost: $5 for dues-paying Harvardwood members (and their guests); $15 for all others.

    Advance registration is REQUIRED. No tickets will be sold at the door.

    The doors will open at 6:30 pm (please do NOT arrive earlier) and the evening will begin with a reception with wine. The discussion will begin promptly at 7 pm.

    konnikova.jpgMaria Konnikova's latest bestseller The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time is a fascinating and disturbing exploration of con artists, how they operate, and the psychology behind their success.  Eric Larson called it "a startling and disconcerting read that should make you think twice every time a friend of a friend offers you the opportunity of a lifetime. . . And here’s the irony—the smarter you think you are, the more readily you’ll fall, which is why New Yorkers are some of the easiest marks." 

    US_paperback.jpgMaria Konnikova is the NY Times bestselling author of The Confidence Game and Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes.  She writes a regular column for the New Yorker about psychology and culture, and is the host of the storytelling podcast The Grift.  Mastermind was an international success, translated into 19 languages.  The Confidence Game was awarded the 2016 Robert P. Balles Prize in Critical Thinking by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.  Konnikova's writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New Republic, The Paris Review, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, and many more.  She is a Harvard alum with a PhD in Psychology from Columbia University.

    Walter_Shapiro-2776.jpgAnd we're very lucky to have, speaking with Maria Konnikova, award-winning journalist Walter Shapiro, the author of Hustling Hitler: The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Fuhrer, which was published by Blue Rider Press last year. It is the story of his great-uncle, Freeman Bernstein, a vaudeville agent with a scam for every season. Bernstein was also a boxing promoter, race-fixer, carny operator, jewel smuggler and ultimately a con man who sold the Nazis bogus Canadian nickel. Shapiro is a columnist for Roll Call, a lecturer in political science at Yale and a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU. He also writes regularly for the Guardian. In covering the last 10 presidential campaigns, Shapiro has been on the staffs of USA Today, Esquire, Time, Newsweek and the Washington Post.

    The Confidence Game will be available for purchase, and a booksigning will follow the discussion.

    Special thanks to Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, and to Andy Goodwin and the Plymouth Hill Foundation.

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  • Harvardwood at the Hollywood Bowl: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma AB '76, DMU '91

    Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 08:00 PM · $55.00 USD
    Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA

    Attend this unprecedented solo recital featuring the timeless music of J.S. Bach performed by world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma AB '76, DMU '91!

    This is a great event for Harvardwood Members and Friends to bring their families and other guests! Advance registration is required—only 20 tickets are available, so make your plans and RSVP soon below.

    If you RSVP before September 1st, 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 September 1st, we will be in touch to coordinate your ticket pick-up.

    $40/ticket Harvardwood Members & Friends
    $55/ticket all others

    Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music or exploring cultures and musical forms outside the Western classical tradition, Mr. Ma strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination.

    Yo-Yo Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras throughout the world and his recital and chamber music activities. He draws inspiration from a wide circle of collaborators, creating programs with such artists as Emanuel Ax, Daniel Barenboim, Kayhan Kalhor, Ton Koopman, Yu Long, Edgar Meyer, Mark Morris, Cristina Pato, Kathryn Stott, Chris Thile, Michael Tilson Thomas, Wu Man, Wu Tong, and Damian Woetzel. Each of these collaborations is fueled by the artists’ interactions, often extending the boundaries of a particular genre. One of Mr. Ma’s goals is the exploration of music as a means of communication and as a vehicle for the migration of ideas across a range of cultures throughout the world. To that end, he has taken time to immerse himself in subjects as diverse as native Chinese music with its distinctive instruments and the music of the Kalahari bush people in Africa.

    Expanding upon this interest, in 1998, Mr. Ma established Silkroad, a nonprofit organization that seeks to create meaningful change at the intersections of the arts, education and business. Under his artistic direction, Silkroad presents performances by the acclaimed Silk Road Ensemble and develops new music, cultural partnerships, education programs, and cross-disciplinary collaborations. Silkroad’s ongoing affiliation with Harvard University has made it possible to develop programs such as the Arts and Passion-Driven Learning Institute for educators and teaching artists, held in collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a new Cultural Entrepreneurship initiative in partnership with Harvard Business School. More than 80 new musical and multimedia works have been commissioned for the Silk Road Ensemble from composers and arrangers around the world.

    Through his work with Silkroad, as throughout his career, Yo-Yo Ma seeks to expand the cello repertoire, frequently performing lesser known music of the 20th century and commissions of new concertos and recital pieces. He has premiered works by a diverse group of composers, among them Elliott Carter, Richard Danielpour, Osvaldo Golijov, Leon Kirchner, Zhao Lin, Christopher Rouse, Giovanni Sollima, Bright Sheng, Tan Dun, John Williams and Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky. In February of 2017 he will premiere a new concerto by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

    As the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant, Mr. Ma is partnering with Maestro Riccardo Muti to provide collaborative musical leadership and guidance on innovative program development for The Negaunee Music Institute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and for Chicago Symphony artistic initiatives. Ma’s work focuses on the transformative power music can have in individuals’ lives, and on increasing the number and variety of opportunities audiences have to experience music in their communities. In March 2016, he was appointed Artistic Advisor at Large to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of their expansive initiatives honoring the centenary of JFK’s birth and to encourage the idea of creative citizenship.

    Yo-Yo Ma is strongly committed to educational programs that not only bring young audiences into contact with music but also allow them to participate in its creation. While touring, he takes time whenever possible to conduct master classes as well as more informal programs for students – musicians and non-musicians alike. At the same time, he continues to develop new concert programs for family audiences, for instance helping to inaugurate the family series at Carnegie Hall. In each of these undertakings, he works to connect music to students’ daily surroundings and activities with the goal of making music and creativity a vital part of children’s lives from an early age. He has also reached young audiences through appearances on “Arthur,” “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and “Sesame Street.”

    Mr. Ma’s discography of over 100 albums (including 18 Grammy Award winners) reflects his wide-ranging interests. He has made several successful recordings that defy categorization, among them “Appalachia Waltz” and “Appalachian Journey” with Mark O’Connor and Edgar Meyer, and two Grammy-winning tributes to the music of Brazil, “Obrigado Brazil” and “Obrigado Brazil – Live in Concert.” Mr. Ma’s recent recordings include: “The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” with Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile and Stuart Duncan, which received the 2013 Grammy for Best Folk Album, and “Songs from the Arc of Life,” with pianist Kathryn Stott. His most recent release, “Sing Me Home,” recorded with the Silk Road Ensemble, was released in April 2016 as the companion album to documentary film The Music of Strangers. Created by Oscar-winning producer Morgan Neville, the film follows the Ensemble’s more than 50 musicians, composers, visual artists and storytellers as they explore the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution. In spring 2017, Mr. Ma will release and tour “Bach Trios,” recorded with Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile. Mr. Ma remains one of the best-selling recording artists in the classical field. All of his recent albums have quickly entered the Billboard chart of classical best sellers, remaining in the Top 15 for extended periods, often with as many as four titles simultaneously on the list.

    Yo-Yo Ma was born in 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris. He began to study the cello with his father at age four and soon came with his family to New York, where he spent most of his formative years. Later, his principal teacher was Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School. He sought out a traditional liberal arts education to expand upon his conservatory training, graduating from Harvard University in 1976. He has received numerous awards, including the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the Glenn Gould Prize (1999), the National Medal of the Arts (2001), the Dan David Prize (2006), the Leonie Sonning Music Prize (2006), the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award (2008), the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2010), the Polar Music Prize (2012) and the Vilcek Prize in Contemporary Music (2013). In 2011, Mr. Ma was recognized as a Kennedy Center Honoree. Appointed a CultureConnect Ambassador by the United States Department of State in 2002, Mr. Ma has met with, trained and mentored thousands of students worldwide in countries including Lithuania, Korea, Lebanon, Azerbaijan and China. He also serves as a UN Messenger of Peace. He has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony.

    Mr. Ma and his wife have two children. He plays two instruments, a 1733 Montagnana cello from Venice and the 1712 Davidoff Stradivarius.

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  • Current Harvard students, planning to apply for Harvardwood 101 to spend your 2017 J-term in Los Angeles? Want to learn more about obtaining and excelling at a summer internship in Hollywood? Attend this on-campus info session on both Harvardwood programs at the Office of Career Services.

    Harvardwood offers two programs for current students: Harvardwood 101, which takes place during the January term, and the Harvardwood Summer Internship Program (HSIP). At this event, you'll learn about the application procedure, timeline, and logistics of both programs, followed by a chat with current students (see bios below) who have done both programs. Finally, the info session will conclude with Q&As with the student panelists and Harvardwood's Executive Director.

    Pizza will be served!

    The Harvardwood 101 career exploration program brings two dozen current undergraduates to Los Angeles during the January term and provides a series of career-related activities in order to demystify Hollywood and educate them about careers in the entertainment industry.  The program began in 2003 and is cosponsored by Harvard University's Office for the Arts and the Office of Career Services. Harvardwood 101 begins with a mandatory "bootcamp" week of company visits, speaker panels, and networking mixers with Harvard alums who work in entertainment. Students also attend film and TV panels, in addition to getting a "behind the scenes" look at studios, working film sets, talent agencies, production companies, and music labels. All Harvardwood 101 students also have the opportunity to apply directly to selected summer internships at major entertainment companies. Detailed information will be given to all applicants once the 101 program begins in Los Angeles.

    Check out Harvardwood's brochure for students (PDF DOWNLOAD).


    Student panelists will include:

    Anjali.jpgAnjali Raghunathan AB '18 (Harvardwood 101 & HSIP)

    Anjali is a senior in Comparative Literature studying Classical Lit and Adaptation.

    Although she's been writing for as long as she can remember, she only seriously considered screenwriting as an option after she started college. She loves watching TV and writing crazy stories, characters, and dialogue—but realized pretty quickly she had absolutely no idea how to write an actual screenplay. 

    Her first job in film was working at an indie production company in New York, during which she acted completely incompetent the whole time. She was lucky enough to do Harvardwood 101 next, which taught her a million very essential things about Hollywood and lit a fire under her to keep reaching out to people and improving her writing. She did a J-termship with Anonymous Content through 101 and an internship with Lin Pictures this summer, also through Harvardwood (HSIP). Right now, she's juggling writing her senior thesis and an idea for a TV pilot. 

    Reed McMurchy AB '19 (Harvardwood 101)

    Headshot.jpgReed is a rising junior studying Government and History. Raised in Connecticut, he is very interested in entertainment, news-media, business, and politics.

    Following his freshman year, he worked at the Fox News Channel with Megyn Kelly on her highly rated, primetime program The Kelly File. Last January, he attended Harvardwood 101 in Los Angeles and can attest it has been his “greatest experience at Harvard so far!” This past summer he ultimately accepted a job in Washington D.C., but hopes to return to the world of entertainment very soon.

    At Harvard, Reed is a member of the Varsity Men's Lightweight Rowing Team, is taking as many film courses as he can, and is involved in several political groups.

    zauzmer.jpgEmily Zauzmer AB '18 (Harvardwood 101 & HSIP)

    Emily Zauzmer, a senior in Lowell, is concentrating in Folklore & Mythology, with a special focus in pop culture. She has interned at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, People magazine, the TBS & TNT television network, and the ACLU. She has also done winternships at Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Fashion Police, and Young & Hungry. On campus, she founded the Harvard Pop Culture Club.

  • Question+Create: A Harvard Alumni Gathering on the Arts

    Friday, September 15, 2017 at 12:00 PM through September 16, 2017 · $140.00 USD
    Harvard University in Cambridge, MA

    The arts ask us to look closely. To slow down. To reflect. To question. To imagine.

    This September, our alumni community will come together to explore the role of the arts at Harvard and in the world. Join us and discover how the arts are shaping Harvard's campus and community. Meet alumni, students, and faculty practitioners from across the globe who are using the arts to inspire new ways of thinking and creating. Examine the role of the arts in cross-disciplinary teaching and learning. Discover how we can use art to teach and inspire empathy. And grow your community of alumni who care about the arts.

    During the program, you will:

    • Hear from President Drew Gilpin Faust about Harvard’s commitment to the arts.
    • Participate in a variety of faculty- and alumni-led sessions, including TED-style talks, interactive conversations, and more.
    • Experience performances by Harvard arts practitioners.
    • Expand your network of alumni who share an interest in the arts.

    We look forward to welcoming you back to Harvard for this special program. 

    Full program here.

  • Question+Create: Harvardwood Mixer

    Friday, September 15, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    Charlie's Kitchen in Cambridge, MA

    This September, Harvard University's alumni community will come together to explore the role of the arts at Harvard and in the world. On the first evening of the event, Harvardwood is organizing a mixer for ALL alumni to attend.

    Whether you work in or are interested in the arts, media, and entertainment, swing by the SECOND FLOOR of Charlie's Kitchen, a Harvard Square favorite, between 7pm and 9pm and say hello! Harvardwood's Executive Director, Dona Le AB '05, will be there to chat and answer any questions you might have about our SIG.

    Free to attend. Cash bar.


  • Kaitlin Solimine will read from her debut novel Empire of Glass and be in conversation with local author and children’s book publisher, Eva Lou, whose debut story collection was published by Editions Lenore (Paris).

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