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  • 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.


  • There is probably nobody, other than perhaps the Justices themselves, who knows more about the Supreme Court than Linda Greenhouse AB '68.

    One of the most widely admired journalists of our time, Pulitzer Prize winner Greenhouse spent 40 years writing for the New York Times, 30 of them covering the Supreme Court.  In addition to the Pulitzer (1998, for beat reporting), her many awards include the 2002 Carey McWilliams Award from the American Politcal Science Association for "a major journalistic contribution to our 2.7.19LindaGreenhouse012_copy.jpgunderstanding of politics", and the 2004 Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard's Kennedy School.  Since 2009, she has been the Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law and Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence at Yale Law School.  She continues to write a biweekly op-ed column on law for the New York Times.

    Her books include Just a Journalist, The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right (with Michael J. Graetz), The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction, Becoming Justice Blackmun, and Before Roe v. Wade: Voices that Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court's Ruling (with Reva B. Siegel).

    Greenhouse is a graduate of Radcliffe College and earned a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School.  She has, in addition, 13 honorary degrees.

    Linda Greenhouse will speak about the Supreme Court and her experiences as a journalist covering it.


    The event begins at 6:30 with a reception with wine and some really nice stuff to nibble; Linda Greenhouse's talk will start promptly at 7 pm. A booksigning will follow the event.

    Advance registration is REQUIRED—no tickets will be sold at the door. The cost is $5 for dues-paying Members of Harvardwood (and their guests); $15 for all others.

    Special thanks to Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and to Andy Goodwin and the Plymouth Hill Foundation.

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase tickets   $5.00 Members & Friends

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  • U.S. Poet Laurate and Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy K. Smith ’94, is the recipient of the 2019 Harvard Arts Medal, which will be awarded by Harvard University President Lawrence Bacow at a public ceremony on May 2nd in Cambridge. The ceremony, which will include a discussion with Smith, is presented by the Office for the Arts at Harvard and the Harvard University Board of Overseers. The medal ceremony is the official opening event for ARTS FIRST, Harvard University’s annual community festival showcasing and celebrating student, faculty and staff creativity in the arts May 2-5, 2019.

    Smith is the author of four poetry collections, including Wade in the Water (2018), which was shortlisted for the 2018 T. S. Eliot Prize. Her debut collection, The Body’s Question (2003), won the Cave Canem Poetry Prizein 2002. Her second book, Duende (2007), won the 2006 James Laughlin Award and the 2008 Essence Literary Award. Her collection Life on Mars (2011) won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She is the author of the memoir Ordinary Light (2015), a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Nonfiction, and editor for the anthology American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time (2018).

    “With the Harvard Arts Medal, the brilliant Tracy K. Smith brings her unique voice to the tradition of poetry at Harvard which stretches more than three centuries—from Thoreau and Emerson, to Wallace Stevens, Gertrude Stein, Adrienne Rich, John Ashbery among so many others—carrying and transforming the brave medium which is poetry through this fraught present to an as yet unimaginable future,” said poet Jorie Graham, Boylston Professor of Oratory and Rhetoric at Harvard.

    In 2017, Smith was appointed the 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States. Her other awards and honors include a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, a 2004 Rona Jaffe Writers Award, a grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, a fellowship from the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, a 2005 Whiting Award and a 2014 Academy of Poetry Fellowship. She lives in New Jersey and is director of Princeton University’s creative writing program. She is also the host of The Slowdown, a weekday podcast in which she delivers a way to see the world through poetry.


    Admission to the medal ceremony is free but tickets are required, available in person at the Harvard Box Office at Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, by calling 617.496.2222 or visiting www.boxoffice.harvard.edu. (Phone and online ticket orders are subject to service fees.) Ticket distribution for Harvard affiliates (two per person, with valid ID) begins Wednesday, April 17; ticket distribution for the public (two per person) begins Friday, April 19. Some remaining tickets may be available at the door one hour prior to event start time.

    This event is supported through the Dawn Clifton Tripp Literary Artists' Fund.

  • Harvardwood Arts First Mixer

    Friday, May 03, 2019 at 05:00 PM
    Charlie's Kitchen in Cambridge, MA

    Come celebrate 20 years of Harvardwood connecting people with a passion for putting ARTS FIRST! Meet students and alumni who share an interest in arts, media, and entertainment at this informal mixer. You'll find Harvardwood's group at the upstairs bar of Charlie's Kitchen, a local Harvard Square institution. 


    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.


    artsfirst.pngEach ARTS FIRST festival is unique but every year combines the exuberance of Harvard students, faculty and affiliates who are passionate about the many art forms presented in four rousing days of performances, exhibitions and art-making opportunities. See visual art and opera, dance styles from around the world, many music genres, stand-up and improv comedy, theater, public art, poetry, experimental performances and so much more. We look forward to sharing our Harvard community with you during ARTS FIRST on May 2-5, 2019.

    RSVP below so that we know you're coming. Free to attend / guests welcome / cash bar.

  • Harvardwood Heads To... ARTS FIRST 2019: Misaq-e-Ishq

    Sunday, May 05, 2019 at 07:00 PM
    Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, MA

    Misaq-e-Ishq means The Covenant of Love and during Misaq-e-Ishq: The Poetry, Music and Spirituality of South Asian Muslim Cultures Ali Asani ’77 (Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures at Harvard); Pakistani pop star and author Ali Sethi ’06; and vocalist, guitarist and Grammy Award-winning producer Noah Georgeson will bring alive through musical performance, the poetic consciousness of several legendary South Asian mystic poets.

    They will explore the lavishly transformative powers of love (ishq), interpreted variously as passion, devotion, ardour, commitment or just plain love. For the featured poets, love is a primordial link that connects the divine to all of creation. Tasting or experiencing the nectar of this love, they believe, is the central purpose of worldly existence. Their poetry, spanning a thousand years, responds to the exigencies of their eras with an idiom that supercedes orthodoxy and dissolves binaries. Join these thought leaders and artists as they invite audiences to understand the human and the divine through the all-encompassing lens of love.

    This concert-conversation, which is the closing event of the Harvard ARTS FIRST Festival (May 2-5), is open to the public but requires tickets.

    Check this page for information on ticket release dates. 

  • Harvardwood Presents Hanna Bachmann in Her U.S. Debut: BEETHOVEN and ULLMANN

    Wednesday, May 08, 2019 at 07:00 PM · $25.00 USD
    The Lambs in New York, NY

    For her very first performance in the United States, the young Viennese pianist Hanna Bachmann has put together a program filled with musical riches and delight.  Beethoven's Diabelli Variatiions is one of Beethoven's very greatest compositions, one of the two greatest sets of variations ever written.  It is almost an encyclopedia of music, ranging from playful to powerful, from parody to the Hanna.jpgsublime, and its physical and emotional demands on a pianist are legendary.  Bachmann will precede Beethoven's variations with Viktor Ullmann's Seventh Piano Sonata.  Ullmann was an Austrian composer of Jewish descent who (although he had grown up as a Catholic) was killed by the Nazis in Auschwitz and whose music is only just beginning to be rediscovered.  His Seventh Sonata was written in the camps only a few weeks before he was murdered.

    Conductor Kirill Petrenko, the General Music Director of the Bavarian Opera writes "Hanna Bachmann plays with great musicality, creativity and technical skill.  Her delicate sound and her interpretation are a testament to a mature personality at the piano."  Bachmann has already performed in Austria, German, Hungary, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and Mexico, including performances at Beethoven House Bonn, the Vienna Musikverien, and the Schubertiade Vorarlberg, and will perform later this year at the Berlin Philharmonie.

    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 Anne Griffin

    Members, Register Here

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