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  • Harvardwood Presents Actress & Broadway Star ANITA GILLETTE

    Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 07:00 PM · $15.00 USD
    The Lambs in New York, NY

    We expect this event to sell out--early registration is strongly recommended, the sooner the better!

    Anita Gillette has had one of the great careers: She's appeared in 14 Broadway shows, starting with the original production of Gypsy, and including Irving Berlin's Mr President (yes, that's a photo of her laughing backstage with Mr Berlin), Chapter Two (Tony nomination), Cabaret, Don't Drink the Water, They're Playing Our Song, and Brighton Beach Memoirs, as well as countless off-Broadway and regional productions. On film and television, she was Mona the Mistress in Moonstruck, Tina Fey's mother in 30 Rock, and Jack Klugman's wife in Quincy, to mention only a few from a long, long list. She appeared on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show more than 50 times. She's performed her one-woman show After All at Birdland and Feinstein's in New York, and at the St James Theater in London.Backstage_with_Mr_B.jpg

    Foster Hirsch will interview Ms Gillette. Hirsch is Professor of Film at Brooklyn College and is the author of 16 books on film and theater, including the classic study Film Noir: The Dark Side of the Screen, as well as Harold Prince and the American Musical Theatre, and, most recently, Otto Preminger: The Man Who Would Be King.

    In addition to the interview, Anita Gillette has graciously agreed to perform a few songs for us, with Paul Greenwood at the piano.

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

    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.


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  • Harvardwood Helps: Wednesday Night Dinner with SELAH

    Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 04:00 PM · 15 rsvps
    Silver Lake Community Church in Los Angeles, CA

    Harvardwood Helps is planning a volunteer event this month in partnership with SELAH Neighborhood Homeless Coalition. We’ll be serving a hot meal to people experiencing homelessness and people in need in the Silver Lake area. It’s an easy volunteer activity and it’s a great way to connect with our community. You can sign up to prepare a food item and/or sign up to volunteer. We’ll set up, serve, chat with attendees and then clean up. The whole thing is less than three hours and it’s really a rewarding event.

    We will need about 10 volunteers to cover the following for 50 people:

    • Main course
    • Main course
    • Vegetable
    • Vegetable
    • Side dish
    • Side dish
    • Side dish
    • Dessert
    • Dessert
    • Beverages

    If you can volunteer to provide and serve food on Feb. 19th, please sign up on this Google doc.

    About Selah

    SELAH was founded on May 5th, 2017, over many cups of coffee and after a months-long deep dive to see how our city and our community were responding to the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles.

    Our goal was to take an active, compassionate, solutions-oriented approach to helping our neighbors. The SELAH launch party was held on May 22nd, where we invited homeless activists, nonprofits, local service providers, elected officials, and eager volunteers to meet up and commit to be being part of the solution to this crisis.

    Our first official event took place May 27 where the passionate and long-time activist Rebecca Prine from Recycled Resources provided our group of 20+ volunteers with four-hour homeless engagement training. We learned the root causes of homelessness, some of the services that are available, and we left equipped us with the best strategies for engagement.

    Read more here.

  • Harvardwood Heads To... The 5 Magic Questions: What 5000 Women's Letters Reveal About Dating & Love

    Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 07:15 PM · $25.00 USD
    Insight LA in Santa Monica, CA

    I published The Tao of Dating 10 years ago specifically for Harvard women (true!). Since then, it has been the #1-rated dating book on Amazon for 7 years, as well as its most-highlighted title. Tens of thousands of smart, strong professional women like yourself have enriched their love lives with its precepts.

    Over those 10 years, I've noticed a pattern from the 5000+ readers' letters I've received: they all seem to contain the same 5 questions!

    I call these The 5 Magic Questions. Answer them right, and your love life will go spectacularly well. Get them wrong, and fulfillment will prove forever elusive. They are:

    Am I enough?
    Am I buying or selling?
    What do I really want?
    Do I feel safe?
    Who am I really?

    In this 75min workshop, through these Magic Questions we will examine who you really are, what truly fulfills you, how to find it, and how to keep it in your life.

    Are you a smart, strong woman ready to graduate from app swiping and superficial interactions to deep fulfillment and happiness? Then this workshop’s for you. Regardless of your age and whatever your dating situation is, these are the tools that can give you the power that cannot be taken away. Sign up now and join the tens of thousands of women who have found greater warmth and joy in their lives with The Tao of Dating.

    Discount code for Harvardwood members/Harvard alums is HARVARD.

    PS: I'll talk for about 60min and take questions for the last 15min. Plenty of free parking on Olympic Blvd.

  • When Terry Franklin attended a family reunion in Chicago in 2001 he had no idea he would be introduced to a document that would send him on the most meaningful journey of his life.


    Join us as we celebrate Black History Month with this presentation by trust and estate litigator Terrence M. Franklin who will relate his fascinating search for the truth behind the will that set his ancestors free.


    Reception and refreshments to follow.

    Sponsored by the Harvard Club of Southern California, the Harvard Black Alumni Society, supported by a generous contribution from City National Bank

  • When Terry Franklin attended a family reunion in Chicago in 2001 he had no idea he would be introduced to a document that would send him on the most meaningful journey of his life.


    Join us as we celebrate Black History Month with this presentation by trust and estate litigator Terrence M. Franklin who will relate his fascinating search for the truth behind the will that set his ancestors free.


    Reception and refreshments to follow.

    Sponsored by the Harvard Club of Southern California, the Harvard Black Alumni Society, supported by a generous contribution from City National Bank

  • Harvardwood Masterclass - All Things Animation!

    Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 07:30 PM · $15.00 USD
    LA Film School in Los Angeles, CA

    Writers, animators, and story developers: attend the next Harvardwood masterclass featuring Angie Sun AB '03 of Glen Keane Productions. Angie will discuss the nuances of board-driven versus script-driven development in animation; walk us through how to navigate the growing animation industry and the production pipeline; talk about creating/producing for different types of animation (including series versus features)—and much more!

    This masterclass is only open to dues-current Harvardwood Members & Friends. You must be logged in to the site to access the RSVP link below. 

    Angie Sun AB '03
    (Creative Producer, Glen Keane Productions)

    Angie Sun is a story developer and creative director who works with production companies, individual directors and writers, and brands to create compelling stories in all mediums, including film (feature, short, documentary / animated, VFX, live-action), mobile games, and even children’s books. She loves bringing creative ideas to life. Her projects have won many awards, including Emmy's, Webbys, Cannes Lions Grand Prix, Annie's, among others. 

  • Harvardwood Heads To... TIPS: Party at Phoenix

    Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 07:00 PM · $25.00 USD
    The Phoenix in Los Angeles, CA

    Rise once again because the wait is finally over. Meet us at what UrbanDaddy awarded "Outstanding Achievement in Naming Your Drinking Establishment," Phoenix LA. This vintage-chic bar will be the place for you to meet someone new in 2020. Join The Ivy Plus Society on February 26th at their stylish patio for a night of networking you won't forget.

    Business Attire, Must be 21+ with valid I.D.

    20% off promo: 2020ALUMNI

  • Harvardwood Heads To... Happiness Engineering: Tune Up Your Life With the 5 Pillars of Human Thriving

    Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 07:15 PM · $25.00 USD
    InsightLA in Santa Monica, CA

    If you achieve success but you're not happy, are you really successful?

    Perhaps you've read about people who have attained some measure of status, money and power but aren't all that happy. Maybe you even have friends like that. Because of course you would never be such a person, right?

    This workshop is about redefining success by putting happiness, thriving and well-being at the center of your life instead of status, money, and power. To do this, we're going to need a little tune-up using The Five Pillars of Human Thriving:
    1) Robust relationships
    2) Meaningful work
    3) Sound sleep
    4) Mental fitness
    5) Physical fitness

    Get them right, and you have a much better chance of long-term happiness. Get any one of them wrong, and your misery is guaranteed. I've come up with The 5 Pillars after 8 years of research and traveling to the world's happiness hotspots. I'll be giving you 1-2 practices from each Pillar to immediately apply to your life for a lasting happiness boost. Some key points we'll cover:

    • The subtle reasons why Finland and Denmark do so well in world happiness rankings, and Moldova does not
    • Why no one knows about the most common chronic disease in the US (80+ million cases!), and how it may be wrecking your life right now
    • The one thing you can do to boost your relationship happiness starting this week
    • How to increase happiness at work without changing your job
    • Covert sources of self-inflicted misery and how to uproot them

    As a therapist and teacher, my job is to change people's lives in the time I have with them. So come prepared to roll up your sleeves and start the process of changing your life for the better!

    Use code HARVARD to score the Harvardwood members discount.

  • Harvardwood Screen+Talk: LOCKE & KEY with Carlton Cuse AB '81

    Wednesday, March 04, 2020 at 07:00 PM · $25.00 USD
    TBA in Los Angeles, CA

    Locke and Key premiered on Netflix February 7th, and showrunner Carlton Cuse AB '81 will join Harvardwood for an exclusive talk about the making of this highly-anticipated series based on the comic book series by Joe Hill. All attendees will have had ample time to binge-watch the series on Netflix, so beware: all spoilers will be fair game at this event! The talk with Carlton will be moderated by Harvardwood Co-Founder Mia Riverton Alpert AB '99

    Dues-paying Harvardwood members and friends can register for this event at a discount ($15/person); non-member tickets are $25/person.

    Carlton Cuse AB '81
    (Jack RyanBates MotelLost)

    cuse.jpgWorking variously as a creator, writer, producer and director, Carlton Cuse is one of the most successful and well-regarded showrunners in television.

    Born in Mexico City, Cuse grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and Orange County, California.  He attended Harvard University, graduating with a degree in American History.

    Cuse started his career in television as a writer on the Michael Mann series “Crime Story,” and then as co-creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed Fox series “The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.”  He went on to create and executive produce the highly rated CBS show "Nash Bridges," starring Don Johnson and Cheech Marin, which ran for six seasons and 121 episodes.

    Cuse along with Damon Lindelof served as writer and showrunner for all six seasons of “Lost” for ABC. He most recently co-created, wrote, directed, and was the showrunner for the first two seasons of “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” the most viewed show in the history of Amazon's streaming platform.

    Cuse is currently writer and showrunner of “Locke & Key” for Netflix, filming in Toronto. His other credits include:  “Bates Motel” (A&E), “The Strain” (FX), and “Colony” (USA).

    In feature films, Cuse wrote “San Andreas” starring Dwayne Johnson, Warner Bros. highest grossing film of 2015.  He followed up by co-writing the Warner Bros. and Dwayne Johnson film, “Rampage.”

    Cuse has received 10 Emmy Nominations for his work and has won 2 Emmys: for Best Drama Series and for Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Media.

    Among his other honors, Cuse has won a Golden Globe, a Peabody Award, a Producers Guild Award, three AFI Awards, The Jules Verne Award, four Saturn Awards, The Saturn Legacy Award, a Writers Guild Award, the Variety Creative Leadership Award and the People’s Choice Award, and was named to Time Magazine’s annual List of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

    MiaAlpertPhoto.jpgModerated by Mia Riverton Alpert AB '99:

    Mia Riverton Alpert is the co-founder of Harvardwood.  She is a writer, actor and producer whose film/TV credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Mentalist, Leverage, Spare Parts, Capture and the award-winning feature film Red Doors, which she also developed as a pilot for CBS. Stage work includes the Ovation-Award-winning world premiere of Bare and Voices We Remember at the Geffen Playhouse. Originally from Indianapolis, Mia was named a Presidential Scholar by Bill Clinton and graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College. She currently serves on the Board of Advisors for Harvardwood, the UCLA Lab School, and United Friends of the Children, a nonprofit serving current and former foster youth in LA County.


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  • "After reading the poignant, heartbreaking, defiant pages of BROKE, no one should question the need for a moral referendum on how policy is created in and for urban America" - Michael Eric Dyson

    Broke_cover.jpg"A powerful answer to anyone who believes that austerity and job cuts are a necessary path to prosperity.  At turns, heartbreaking, enraging, and inspiring" - Andrew Cockburn, Washington Editor, Harper's Magazine

    BROKE is the urgent narrative of Detroit's bankruptcy and its aftermath.  Kirshner asks, "How could policymakers hype bankrupcy as the solution to struggling cities without understanding the efficacy or basic consequences of its use?"  In BROKE, Kirshner follows seven Detroiters as they navigate life during and after their city's bankruptcy.  Reggie loses his savings trying to make a habitable home for his family.  Cindy fights drug use, prostitution, and dumping on her block.  Lola commutes two hours a day to her suburban job.  For them, financial issues are mired within the larger ramifications of poor urban policies, negligence on the State and Federal levels, and the root causes of a city's fiscal demise.

    BROKE was named a November must-read by Salon.

    Jodie_Kirshner_Nora_Canfield.jpgJodie Adams Kirshner is a research professor at New York University. She also teaches bankruptcy law at Columbia Law School.  She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, past term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a technical advisor to the Bank for International Settlements. Until 2014, Kirshner was a law professor at Cambridge University, where she was deputy director of the Cambridge LLM program, deputy director of the Cambridge Centre for Corporate and Commercial Law, and a fellow of Peterhouse College.  Kirshner received her undergraduate degree from Harvard College and graduate degrees in law and in journalism from Columbia University.

    The doors will open at 6:30 pm (please do not arrive earlier) and the evening will begin with a wine and cheese reception. The talk will begin promptly at 7:00 pm. 

    An independent bookseller will be present to make copies of BROKE available for purchase, and a booksigning will follow the talk.

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

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


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