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NOVEMBER 27, JAPAN:
The 19th JAPAN International Art Exhibition and Competition, curated by Katsu Shimmin. At the National Art Center of Tokyo. Opening on November 27, 2019 as seen in ART IN AMERICA and ARTILLERY MAGAZINES (November 2019). This is the largest International Exhibition/ Competition of its kind in 2019.
Janai-Ami, who began painting in response to 9/11 and had no formal training as a fine artist, returns in the style that made her known with her initial 3, 047 unique contemporary floral paintings in memory of the victims of 9/11.
Her debut at an International Art Auction in Los Angeles (featured on Paddle 8) in August 2019 proved that her passionate florals are even more sought after today, so much so that even her non-original work is commanding high prices with a Limited Edition print of ENCHANTED selling in the thousands.
The TOKYO MUSEUM show will be the first showing of an original in several years. The artist rarely parts with her originals anymore. This time the artist's pain of loss will once again be translated into a beautiful rendition of remembrance as noted parenthetically in the title "In Memory of Sam." The work is called "BELONGING." The artists ability to turn her heartache into something beautiful and translate that raw emotion, passion and love into an image, is provocative. She has asked that the invitation to the Opening be extended to all members of the Harvard and Harvardwood community that are living in or visiting Tokyo in November/ December.
Eddie Huang. U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu. Lawrence Yang, brother of presidential candidate Andrew Yang. Filmmaker Valerie Soe.
All these people are Loveboat alumni.
If you're reading this far, you're probably one as well, with enough memories from those six weeks to last a lifetime. Club KISS. Night markets. Sexy-A-Go-Go. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. Snake Alley. Endless nights singing karaoke. For many, these were moments well ahead of Facebook posts, etched only in our minds and printed in yearbooks.
For a study tour over 50 years in existence, a Loveboat reunion couldn't come at a better time. The program has recently surfaced in mainstream media with the release of the documentary Love Boat: Taiwan and the soon-to-launch young adult novel from HarperCollins, Loveboat, Taipei (releases Jan. 7).
It's been too long since we last saw each other. For one nostalgic night, take a walk down Chien Tan Lane with friends, old and new, at New York City's Loveboat alumni reunion. Reconnect with others and relive the happy memories. It doesn't matter what year you went on Loveboat. This is an all-year reunion.
LOVEBOAT, TAIPEI NOVEL
Harvard alumna Abigail Hing Wen’s anticipated debut novel Loveboat, Taipei launches at a significant moment when Asian American storytelling in all forms is gaining a foothold in mainstream media. Inspired by Taiwan's actual cultural exchange program nicknamed "Loveboat," and the author an alum herself, Loveboat, Taipei is an immigrant girl’s coming-of-age story of navigating family complexities, discovering identity in all its facets, and finding love.
Abigail wrote this novel featuring a cast of over 30 different Asian American characters with a goal in mind to reach the best-seller list at launch forcing Hollywood to take notice and adapt this Asian American story onto the theatrical screen. Incidentally, her book has been one of the largest HarperCollins acquisitions in the past few years.
Pre-ordering the book now serves as critical votes. Loveboat, Taipei is available through your local independent bookseller, or Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Target. For more information, visit here or follow Abigial Hing Wen on Instagram or Twitter at @abigailhingwen.
Abigail will be in attendance this Friday reading a brief passage from her book and pre-order sales will be available.
Let’s celebrate the end of the year with some holiday cheer! The Ivy Plus Society is heading back to the JW Marriott Le Merigot, a certified favorite spot in Santa Monica. Meet new friends and snuggle up to old ones near their outside fireplace as we take over their picturesque patio. Located just steps away from the Santa Monica Pier, The Winter Wonderland Party is the best way to mingle with LA’s finest and brightest in tech, finance, entertainment, education, marketing and more!
Must be 21+ with valid I.D. Cocktail attire.
20% off promo code: 2019ALUMNI
Join the Harvard Club of Southern California for the Los Angeles premiere of the Pulitzer Prize winning play Between Riverside and Crazy at the Fountain Theatre, with a post-show talkback with Los Angeles Times reporter Angel Jennings about gentrification in Los Angeles. Price is $22 for Harvard Club of Southern California members, $32 for non-members.
"Between Riverside and Crazy," by Stephen Adly Guirgis won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. Walter “Pops” Washington is a retired New York City policeman. His wife has died, and his son, “Junior”, has just been released from jail. They live in a rent-controlled apartment on Riverside Drive in New York City. Junior’s girlfriend, Lulu, and Oswaldo, a recovering addict, also spend time at the apartment. Walter has been pursuing a discrimination suit against the Police Department, because he was accidentally shot by another police officer.
The Los Angeles Times stated: “Movingly acted…loud and bruising on the outside, sorrowful and soulful on the inside….The grittiness of playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis’ street-smart comedies has sometimes made it difficult to see the religious feeling coursing through his body of work…[T]hrough these brazen, helpless, semi-sympathetic sinners he has been conducting the most searching inquiry on the American stage into the mysteries and paradoxes of spiritual faith.”
The Fountain Theatre has a café that opens one hour before the show that serves beverages and snacks, with comfortable seating.
Three hurrahs for Harvardwood! Come revel in holiday cheer and happy festivities with your fellow Harvardwood members, friends, and volunteers on Thursday, December 12th. It'll be a wonderful way to kick off not just your weekend, but also the season of holiday festivities! We're celebrating at The Parlor on Melrose, where you'll rub shoulders and make merry with entertainment's favorite Harvard alums.
Food will be available for purchase at The Parlor. Cash bar. One free drink ticket per person to the first 75 people to RSVP!
- Early-bird tickets are $15/Members & Friends and $20/Non-Members now through November 30th
- Regular tickets will be $20/Members & Friends and $25/Non-Members from Dec. 1 - 11th
- All walk-ins will be $25, regardless of Harvardwood membership status
In addition to the holiday festivities, join Harvardwood Helps in a toy drive for the holidays! The Los Angeles County Fire Department's "Spark of Love" drive collects new toys and sports equipment for the Department of Children and Family Services for distribution to the foster children of Los Angeles County. Any remaining toys are then distributed to non-profit charitable organizations within Los Angeles County. New, unused, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for every age are appreciated. Every year, however, there is an extra need for "Toys for Teens" and "Infant Toys. 1 DONATED NEW TOY = 1 RAFFLE TICKET
You can also get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping while celebrating. We are hosting our annual holiday silent auction in support of the Harvardwood Fund. Auction items, which will be featured at the holiday party for in-person bidding, include one-on-one lunches with industry VIPs, autographed feature film scripts, unique film/TV memorabilia, gift certificates, museum/show tickets... the list goes on and on.
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Break out the eggnog and your favorite ugly sweater: Old School Game Show is back for our Holiday Special. This isn’t your Auntie MiMi’s holiday feast—OSGS is staying on the naughty list with more game show antics to keep your holiday season bright! Whether you’re celebrating the holidays or you just like to laugh, play, and win fantastic prizes, OSGS is the perfect present for you and your friends!
Old School Game Show is an interactive trivia experience like no other. Audience participants can get the chance to play our original pop culture games, competing to win fabulous prizes from local sponsors. Or we invite you to sit back and enjoy the spectacle of live music, special guests, dancers, and sketch comedy. You’ll feel like you’re in the audience of your favorite retro variety show. It’s all the fun of an afternoon spent rolling around in the rumpus room — without the rug burn.
Please note that all game play takes place on OBERON’s stage, which is 30 inches high and only accessible via a set of stairs.
OBERON is the second stage of the A.R.T., a destination for theater and nightlife on the fringe of Harvard Square.
In addition to offering work from the A.R.T’s main season, OBERON is also a thriving incubator for emerging artists to imagine new projects that could only exist in this exciting club theater environment. Hundreds of artists and performance groups brought work to the space each year. OBERON regularly features local performers including aerialists, beat poets, food artists, tap dancers, gender-bending sketch troupes, comedians, hula-hooping burlesquers, and pop-and-lock human statues to name but a few.
Join us as we celebrate Harvardwood CHI writers with rustic Italian cuisine, ambience and optional wine tasting in a friendly, convivial space. Street and valet parking available at Vinci. Friends in writing and any aspect of the arts are welcome. Come as you are!
Since 1991, Vinci has been a fixture on North Halsted Street. Warm, rustic interiors welcome you–evoking a historic Italian villa. From polenta to pasta, traditional Italian has never tasted –or looked–so good. View menu
We’ve seen the first of many snowfalls in Toronto, which must mean that we’ve finally entered the holiday season, and you know what that means, right? It’s time for to come together to celebrate the season in style with fellow local Harvard alums in the arts, media, and entertainment industries. This is a great opportunity to connect with your peers, make new friends, and reconnect with old pals. Come join us for a fun night of food, drink, and merriment!
Admission is free, with all food and drink available for purchase from our venue sponsor, The Dock Ellis. We’ll have our own private room for us to build connections and chat up a storm with friends and colleagues. Feel feel free to invite fellow alumni in the Toronto-area to join us, but please RSVP for all attendees to secure your spot as capacity is limited.
Cost: FREE to attend with many food and drink options available for purchase.
We’ll hear from a few Bay area Loveboat alum and author Abigail Hing Wen AB '99. The party welcomes everyone — Loveboat alum or not. If you are a Loveboat alum (open to all years), this will be one nostalgic night to spend with friends, old and new. Reconnect with others and relive the happy memories.
*Ticket includes One Beef Noodle Soup + One Premium Cocktail
LOVEBOAT, TAIPEI BOOK PRELAUNCH AND ALUMNI REUNION PARTY
Abigail Hing Wen’s anticipated debut novel Loveboat, Taipei (releases JAN 7) launches at a significant moment when Asian American storytelling in all forms is gaining ground in mainstream media. Inspired by Taiwan's actual cultural exchange program nicknamed "Loveboat," and the author an alum herself, Loveboat, Taipei is an immigrant girl’s coming-of-age story of navigating family complexities, discovering identity in all its facets, and finding love.
Abigail wrote this novel featuring a cast of over 30 different Asian American characters. Our hope is to reach the best-seller list at launch, forcing Hollywood to take notice and adapt this Asian American story onto the theatrical screen. Incidentally, her book has been one of the largest HarperCollins acquisitions in the past few years.
Can’t make the event? For more information about Loveboat, Taipei or to support by pre-ordering the book (hardcover please), visit here. Follow Abigail Hing Wen on Instagram or Twitter at @abigailhingwen.
Join us to celebrate the launch of Abigail Hing Wen’s highly anticipated, romantic, and layered debut, Loveboat, Taipei, praised as “an intense rush of rebellion and romance” by Stephanie Garber (NYT bestselling author of the Caraval series). This dazzling, fun-filled romantic comedy of our dreams is “Fresh as a first kiss” (Stacey Lee, author of The Downstairs Girl), “a story about finding your place—and your people—where you least expected." (Kelly Loy Gilbert, author of Picture Us in the Light) Think Crazy Rich Asians meets To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
“Our cousins have done this program,” Sophie whispers. “Best kept secret. Zero supervision.”
And just like that, Ever Wong’s summer takes an unexpected turn. Gone is the strict educational program in Taiwan that Ever was expecting. In its place, she finds Loveboat: a summer-long free-for-all where hookups abound, adults turn a blind eye, snake-blood sake flows abundantly, and the nightlife runs nonstop.
Like Ever, the students of Loveboat are all hiding their own secrets and insecurities—and when their lives collide, it’s guaranteed to be a summer Ever will never forget.
"Abigail Wen's LOVEBOAT, TAIPEI is smart and raucous at the same time, full of both thoughtful, cultural learning moments and drama drama drama! I lived vicariously through the characters' crazy adventures and hope there will be more stories from them in the future." —Evelyn Skye, NYT bestselling author of The Crown's Game
Abigail Hing Wen AB '99 holds a BA from Harvard, a JD from Columbia Law School, an MFA from the Vermont School of Fine Arts. Loveboat, Taipei is her first novel.
Abigail will be in conversation with Sabaa Tahir, NYT bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes, A Torch Against the Night, and A Reaper at the Gates.
Come celebrate with us. We could not be more excited.