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  • Meklit Hadero is an Ethiopian American vocalist, singer-songwriter and composer, making music that sways between cultures and continents. She will join Alicia Anstead NF '08, associate director for programming at the Office for the Arts and arts journalist, for a conversation about the role of music in civic leadership and activism. The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.  

    Known for her electric stage presence, innovative take on Ethio-Jazz, and fiery, emotive live shows, Hadero has rocked stages from Addis Ababa (where she is a household name) to San Francisco (her beloved home-base) and beyond. Hadero will be in residency March 26-29 in a partnership with the Learning from Performers program at the Office for the Arts at Harvard, the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Department of Music. To read more about her life and work, click here

    Harvard OFA event page here.

  • Harvardwood Heads To... The Ivy Plus Society's March Mixer

    Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 07:00 PM · $25.00 USD
    Mr. C Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, CA

    The timeless glamour of Beverly Hills comes alive when you step inside Mr. C's stylish Lobby Lounge. Relax and socialize on lush sofas while enjoying Cipriani specialties like the Bellini and carpaccio. Mix and mingle with LA's finest and brightest achievers when you join The Ivy Plus Society at Mr. C's March Mixer.

    • 20% Off Promo Code: 2019ALUMNI
  • Let’s talk about the things that acting classes don’t usually talk about. Let’s talk about the strange intersection of art, commerce, passion and endurance that is life as a working actor. Actor Andrew Burlinson AB ’97 (Parks and Recreation, Just Add Magic) talks about his nearly twenty-year career as a character actor and the challenges of navigating between work in theater, film, television, new media and commercials. Whether you’re fresh out of acting school or fighting career burnout, this masterclass will help you keep your eye on the big picture while keeping your finger on your own artistic pulse.

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

    Andrew Burlinson AB '97
    (Blue Man Group, Parks & RecJust Add Magic)

    Andrew_Burlinson.jpgAndrew Burlinson is a seasoned actor whose professional career spans nearly twenty years. He is currently a series regular on the Amazon Prime Original JUST ADD MAGIC. He had a recurring role on PARKS AND RECREATION (NBC) and has appeared on SILICON VALLEY (HBO), CASUAL (Hulu), BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (NBC) and CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS). He will appear next in the feature film FORD VS. FERRARI from director James Mangold (WALK THE LINE, LOGAN) which stars Christian Bale and Matt Damon.

    Originally from Larchmont, New York, Andrew graduated cum laude with a degree in English and American Literature from Harvard University where he was active in the theater and improv scene. At Harvard, Andrew was a four year member and President of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

    After college, Andrew studied acting in New York and eventually won a coveted spot as a Blue Man in the world famous BLUE MAN GROUP. He performed for thousands of theater goers in New York, Boston, Chicago and Brazil over the course of his nearly seven year tenure as a Blue Man.

    Andrew has also appeared in highly visible commercials for Hyundai, Volkswagen, Ford, Tamiflu, Verizon Fios, Comcast, Avis, Vizio, and AT&T among many others. Andrew has appeared in so many commercials, he was once recognized at Dodgers Stadium as "that guy" from "that thing" on "my TV."

    For more info, head over to www.andrewburlinson.com.

    LATE POLICY: Those who arrive over 15 minutes past the event's listed starting time will not be admitted. THIS EVENT WILL BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 7:30PM.

  • Harvardwood and the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance (H4A) are teaming up to co-host a networking breakfast with comic writer Amy Chu MBA '99! All are welcome to attend, but please RSVP below so that we have an accurate headcount for the restaurant reservation.

    Registration is $35 for Harvardwood or H4A members // $45 for all others. Registration covers the breakfast buffet for each attendee, plus tax and tip.

    Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you with Amy in Anaheim!

    Amy Chu MBA '99
    (Poison IvyRed SonjaWonder Woman)

    Amy Chu is a popular comics writer and graphic novelist. She has worked for Marvel and DC writing well-known characters such as Deadpool, Ant-Man, Wonder Woman, and Poison Ivy. Her runs on the classic titles Green Hornet, Red Sonja, and Dejah Thoris: Princess of Mars were critically acclaimed and well received by fans.  For rock and rap icons KISS and DMC, she created new universes and storylines inspired by their music. She has also written two children's graphic novels: Ana & the Cosmic Race, a space adventure published by Papercutz, and Sea Sirens, a mermaid tale from Viking Press available June, 2019.   She holds degrees from Wellesley College, MIT and Harvard University, and is a fan of coffee, whiskey, Lego, and women in STEM.

    20th.pngNow celebrating our 20th year, Harvardwood is a nonprofit organization for members of the Harvard University community who believe in the power and purpose of the arts, media and entertainment. By providing professional resources and service opportunities, Harvardwood strives to utilize the creativity and leadership of our diverse members as forces for positive social change.

    h4a.jpgHAAAA seeks to develop a network and a sense of community and support among Asian-American and Asian alumni globally, to provide an outlet for the expression of our shared culture and experience, to support the larger Harvard Asian community and to represent our concerns at the University and beyond. 

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase tickets   $35.00 Members & Friends

    If you can't access the RSVP button for dues-paying Harvardwood members, make 
    sure you're logged in. If you still have issues accessing the page, your membership 
    has lapsed, so renew your dues as a Full Member or Friend of Harvardwood.

  • Among the most versatile musicians and producers of his generation, Terrace Martin has worked extensively with  Snoop Dogg, Lalah Hathaway and Herbie Hancock. Martin is grounded in hip-hop but learned to appreciate jazz through his father, a drummer. After playing keyboards for several years as a teenager, Martin picked up the saxophone and within a few years landed a gig with P. Diddy. Shortly thereafter, he began a long-term association with Snoop Dogg and gained a college scholarship via Jay Leno after The Tonight Show Band's Kevin Eubanks heard his playing.

    As a producer, Martin has worked for 213, Shawnna and others, landing a track with Warren G and a production credit on Snoop Dogg's Neva Have 2 Worry in 2008. The credits go on and on. Which is why we are bringing him to Harvard to talk with students about creativity, career arcs, the industry and his uncut take on the world of music. 

    This event, which is free and open to the public, is a collaboration between the Office for the Arts at Harvard and No Label, a creative collective of college students whose broad mission is to create a community that sees beyond ascriptive labels. Read more about No Label here

    Harvard OFA event page here.

  • Harvardwood Presents Jim Jermanok on BEYOND THE CRAFT: What You Need to Make a Living Creatively

    Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 07:00 PM · $15.00 USD
    The Lambs in New York, NY

    25 million Americans have creative dreams. Whether you've been bitten by the creative bug or are an aspiring, working, or successful creative professional, Jim Jermanok will tell you how to make your dreams a reality and how to get to the next level of your creative career without relying solely on agents, managers, producers, and other gatekeepers.

    jim_portrait.pngJim Jermanok is an award-winning writer, director, producer, creative consultant, and speaker. He is currently directing a feature documentary about Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau.  He wrote and produced the highly acclaimed romantic comedy Passionada, and his recent film Em won the Grand Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival.  His web series LIFEADVICE.TV has been widely praised since going live globally. Mr Jermanok is a former ICM agent, who helped to represent Arthur Miller, Shirley MacLaine, John Chancellor, Ben Kingsley, Dudley Moore, Helen Hayes, and General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, among others.

    Jermanok's books include the best-selling Beyond the Craft: What You Need to Know to Make a Living Creatively!, which will be available for purchase at the event ($20, cash or PayPal).

    DRESS CODE: Business Casual is fine for the event itself, but if you are thinking of staying for dinner (the Pub at The Lambs will accept credit cards), JACKETS & TIES will be required for men. No denim, sneakers, or such.

    This is a joint event with THE LAMBS.

    Special thanks to Jane Ranzman for arranging the speaker, and to Anne Griffin

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase tickets   $5.00 Members & Friends

    If you can't access the RSVP button for dues-paying Harvardwood members, make 
    sure you're logged in. If you still have issues accessing the page, your membership 
    has lapsed, so renew your dues as a Full Member or Friend of Harvardwood.

  • Harvardwood Helps at the Great LA River Cleanup

    Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 09:00 AM
    Glendale Narrows Riverwalk in Glendale, CA
    Join Harvardwood Helps at Friends of the LA River's 30th Annual Great LA River CleanUp! 
    We'll be working at the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk, located within the scenic 11-mile natural bottom Glendale Narrows stretch of the River. The Riverwalk is a landscaped recreational trail, perfect for pedestrians and bicyclists, running along the north bank of the River across from Griffith Park. The Riverwalk currently includes 2 small parks, an equestrian facility, and public art installations, and there are projects underway to extend the trail and even construct a bridge across the River to Griffith Park! 

    We recommend wearing comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Wear good sneakers or boots, and don’t forget to put on sunscreen and bring a hat!

    FoLAR provides trash bags and gloves, but you can bring your own gloves if you prefer to use them. They will have plenty of water at each site, but please be sure to bring your own reusable water bottle! They also have some snacks for volunteers to enjoy.

    FoLAR gives volunteers a t-shirt and a reusable bag! However, supplies may be limited and are given out on a first-come-first-serve basis.

    The CleanUp will be cancelled if it rains within a 48-hour window of the CleanUp day.


    Important Details

    Check-in is at the park on Garden St near Paula Ave

    Transit: Take the 94, 183, or 794 to Sonora and San Fernando Blvd. Follow Sonora towards the train tracks. Continue on Sonora under the 5 Fwy overpass. Make a left on Garden and follow Garden to the park entrance. 


    • From the 5 Northbound, exit the 5 at Western Ave and turn right onto Flower St. Turn right onto Sonora, then turn left on Randall St and follow to Paula Ave to the park.
    • From the 5 Southbound, exit the 5 at Western Ave and make a right onto Western followed by an immediate left onto Lake. Make a right on Sonora, then turn left onto Randall St and follow to Paula Ave to the park. 
    • From the 134 Eastbound, exit the 134 at Riverside and turn right on Sonora. Make a left on Randall and follow to Paula Ave to the park.

     Parking: Street parking available on Paula Ave.

  • Harvardwood Heads To... Andy Borowitz AB '80 Live: The Make America Not Embarrassing Again Tour

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 07:30 PM · $30.00 USD
    Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA

    The New York Times best-selling author and comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998 is taking his satirical news column on the road to The Dolby Theatre. Join Andy Borowitz AB '80 for an evening of conversation & storytelling as we get down to addressing what the @#$ is going on! 

    Borowitz has been called a “Swiftian satirist” (the Wall Street Journal), “America’s satire king” (the Daily Beast), “the funniest human on Twitter” (the Times), and “one of the funniest people in America” (CBS News’ “Sunday Morning”). In 2001, he created the Borowitz Report, a satirical news column that has millions of readers around the world, for which he won the first-ever National Press Club award for humor.

    The Borowitz Report was acquired by The New Yorker in 2012. He has published two recent best-selling books: “The 50 Funniest American Writers,” which became the first title in the history of the Library of America to make the Times best-seller list; and a memoir, “An Unexpected Twist,” a No. 1 best-seller, which Amazon named the Best Kindle Single of 2012. His Twitter feed, @BorowitzReport, has more than half a million followers and was voted the best Twitter feed of 2011 in a poll by Time. In 1990, Borowitz created “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” which aired for six seasons on NBC. As a comedian, he has performed sold-out shows around the world and has made countless television and radio appearances, on National Public Radio, VH1, and Comedy Central, among other places.

    A limited number of VIP gold circle seats will be available that also includes a post-show photo op (no autographs) with Andy.

    Produced by Mills Entertainment

    Mills Entertainment collaborates with top networks, agencies, and licensors to create original, world-class live experiences. With full global distribution and partnerships worldwide, Mills Entertainment takes shows from concept to stage, serving as a complete solution in realizing the vision.  In April 2015, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) made an equity investment in Mills Entertainment.  Current projects include Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience, Mel Brooks: Back in the Saddle Again, Bring It! Live, & Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!  www.millsentertainment.com

  • Harvardwood Heads To... Harvardwood heads to Tuscan Art Retreat in Pietrasanta Italy

    Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 12:00 PM through May 05, 2019 · €1,900.00 EUR
    Almora in Pietrasanta, Italy


    This art retreat is open to all levels, from beginner to advanced artists, who would like to experience the creative inspiration of sculpting the figure in clay. The human form has been a core source for the creative communication of our existence since the dawn of history. Working in clay, from a live model, this course will explore the figure and methods for creating from it. Students will work both short and long process studies, learning how to develop ideas about the figure. Classes will also feature practical technical instruction and the possibility for finished pieces to be cast in plaster, bronze or even carved into marble, for an additional fee. Arriving on Sunday, April 28, classes start on Monday, April 29 and continue to Sat May 4th, with departure on Sunday, May 5th (6 days tuition, 7 nights accommodation)


    This Retreat takes place at Almora, a 17th-century Tuscan farmhouse converted into a charming Inn and sunlit Sculpture Studio, located in the Valdicastello region of Pietrasanta. We will have exclusive use of Almora’s facilities for the Art Retreat. The studio workshop is located next to the Inn in a secluded olive grove. The Inn is supplied by its own running well of pure spring mineral water, built by monks during Renaissance. All the linens, products and food served by the Inn are organic and naturally sourced. The open form Italian style studio workshop provides a wonderful creative atmosphere and you are sure to have an inspiring experience. The Pietrasanta Retreat is limited to 10 workshop participants.


    The Package is all inclusive from arrival. 6 days (30 hours) tuition with all materials necessary, 7 nights accommodation, continental breakfast & luncheon sandwiches, welcome & farewell Dinners, cultural excursions.

    For booking and more info 


  • Harvardwood + Harvard College Film Festival Mixer

    Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 08:00 PM
    Ticknor Lounge in Cambridge, MA

    Attend our networking mixer for attendees of the 2019 Harvard College Film Festival and Harvardwood members and friends! Light refreshments will be served. Film lovers, students, and community members are all welcome! The event will be held at Ticknor Lounge in Boylston Hall (Harvard Yard). View the map for Boylston Hall.

    The 2019 Harvard College Film Festival will run from April 25-28, 2019.


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