• Feature your product or service in our 2015 Holiday Silent Auction!

    Become a champion of the Harvard arts, media & entertainment community by donating an item from your business or service in support of Harvardwood's education events, professional programs, and service initiatives. All donations are 100% tax-deductible and auction proceeds will go to the Harvardwood Fund.

    HolidaySilentAuction.jpgAll Harvardwood donors are crucial to aiding Harvardwood in equipping a community of bright and talented artists and art enthusiasts to ultimately serve the world with their talents and resources. Harvardwood donors will receive special recognition on our website, as well as recognition at selected events and programs throughout the year. They will also receive invitations to periodic exclusive VIP Harvardwood events.

    In addition to getting exposure via our online silent auction, promoted to our 6,000+ members worldwide, this is a great way to promote your product/service to Harvard alums AND Stanford alums, since all auction items will be featured at our jointly hosted holiday party in Los Angeles on December 7th!

    We are currently seeking tax-deductible items valued at $100 or above to be donated for the auction, such as:

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  • responded to 70% off Treasury Wine Estates wine cases! 2015-10-21 17:25:10 -0700

    70% off Treasury Wine Estates wine cases!

    The Treasury Wine Estates Friends and Family Case Sale starts this Tuesday with up to 70% off wine cases!! Wines range from "everyday" wines to high end wines that aficionados will love, like Stags' Leap, St. Clement Oroppas and Beringer Private Reserve.

    PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE THIS! Be sure to type "Alexis Walsh" in the Referral box at the top of the checkout page.

    How to shop:

    • Go to: www.treasurywineevent.com
    • Register as a new user or login if you're a wine sale vet 
    • Go shopping! 
    • Type "Alexis Walsh" in Referral Box before check out 
    • If you have any difficulties, contact Customer Service at 800-395-0052.

    A few reminders:

    - Great wines up to 70% off 

    - My network (i.e. people using my name in the referral box) can start shopping TUES OCT 20... but everyone else has to wait until the next day. Get in on Tuesday morning, the best deals sell out right away!

    - More mixed cases this time, and a bunch of magnums!

    - Great wines for corporate gifts, holiday parties, Thanksgiving, etc. 

    - Shipping included!  (and now MA people can order too!)

    Some of my favorites and recommendations are below: 

    Everyday wines

    • Chateau St. Jean North Coast Chard - $7/bottle
    • Campanile Pinot Grigio - $6.50/bottle
    • Gabbiano Reserva Chianti - $10/bottle
    • Matua Sauvignon Blanc - $7/bottle
    • Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Cab - $13.50/bottle
    For Collectors/ Wine Cellars/ Gifts!
    • Beringer Private Reserve Cab - The ultimate Cab, amazing wine - $82.50/bottle (usually $165)
    • Penfolds Bin 389 Cab/Shiraz - "Baby Grange" - $42/bottle
    • St. Clement Oroppas - not usually in the sale and 58% off! $25/bottle!
    • Etude Napa Cab - wow, 60% off! Go with 2012 vintage - $34/bottle (usually $85)
    • Penfolds Bin 9 Cab - Aussie style, entry bin, $12/bottle
    • Chateau St. Jean Alexander Valley Cab - really great Cab, $17.50/bottle
    • Beringer Knights Valley Cab - a classic at only $17/bottle
    • Etude Napa Valley Cab - $34/bottle
    • Stags' Leap Cab - Can't beat Stags'! $30/bottle
    Chardonnay Lovers
    • Beringer Napa Valley Chard - What a deal for a NAPA Chard thats gorgeous! $10/bottle
    • Beringer Luminus Chard - A beautiful wine with some classic Napa Chard flavors, but more acidity and crispness. I love this one. $19/bottle
    • Beringer Private Reserve Chard - The ultimate, and Wine of the Year winner. A way to impress.  $23/bottle
    • Chateau St. Jean Robert Young Chard - Always award winning and delicious. $12.50/bottle
    • Chateau St. Jean Sonoma Coast Chard - one of my personal favorities. $12/bottle
    • Etude Carneros Chard - lighter, crisper in style than Napa chards. Love this one too.  $16/bottle
    • Stags' Leap Chard - another personal favorite. Very French in style.  $15/bottle
    Pinot Noirs
    • Chateau St. Jean Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - one of my favorite Pinots! Great region for it. $14/bottle
    • Etude Carneros Pinot Noir - $22.50/bottle
    • Etude Fiddlestix Santa Rita Hills Pinot - Can't go wrong with any Etude Pinot! $25/bottle
    • Etude North Canyon Santa Maria Pinot - $20/bottle
    Others Varietals/Blends/Mixed Cases
    • Beringer Quantum Red - A delicious wine, crowd pleaser. $32.50/bottle
    • Beringer Luxury - get 6 Luminus Chard and 6 Quantum! $309/case
    • Etude Pinot Noir ROSE - If you like Rose, you'll LOVE this! Not usually in the sale! $14/bottle
    • Etude Pinot Gris - my favorite white we make.  $14/bottle
    • Gabbiano Bellezza Chianti - Gorgeous wine, amazing deal. $20/bottle
    • Penfolds Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre Bin 138 - fun, different, interesting, yummy! $20/bottle
    • Penfolds Best of Bins case - 3 bottles of Bin 707 (not much of this wine around!), Bin 8, Bin 9 and Bin 28! Great way to get some of each.

  • published Issue 129 | October 2015 in HIGHLIGHTS Magazine 2015-09-30 23:16:59 -0700

  • published October 2015 | Kermit Roosevelt '93 in Alumni Profiles 2015-09-30 22:39:22 -0700

    October 2015 | Kermit Roosevelt '93

    Kermit Roosevelt AB '93
    (Professor & Author, In the Shadow of the LawAllegiance)

    by Terence O'Toole Murnin

    Kermit_Roosevelt.jpgKermit Roosevelt’s Real-Life Tales of a Government Bent on Repeating History Inform the Historical Fiction of Allegiance, His Latest Novel, while also Sharpening His Vision as a Professor of Law

    Kermit Roosevelt has the kind of brilliant, beautiful mind that makes attorneys look cooler than Matthew McConaughey in THE LINCOLN LAWYER. Shifting seamlessly from his role as Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he has prolifically published on matters focusing on constitutional law and conflict of laws, in 2005, he also published his first novel, In The Shadow Of The Law (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Paramount quickly snapped up the rights to the entrancing book set in a powerhouse Washington, D. C., law firm, and Carol Mendelsohn of CSI fame served as Executive Producer of a TV Pilot that featured Joshua Jackson, Frank Langella, Kevin Pollak and Alan Tudyk.

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  • Take our membership survey for 1 month FREE MEMBERSHIP!

    Harvardwood is planning some new initiatives for 2016, and we appreciate your thoughtful feedback and suggestions.

    This survey is intended for Harvardwood (past and current) members, Friends of Harvardwood, and subscribers. If you have a few minutes, we would love to hear from you!

    ALL RESPONSES WILL BE KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL. Past or current members who wish to earn one (1) month of free Harvardwood membership can opt to enter their identifying information at the beginning of the survey. This offer does not apply to new members.

    Please complete the survey by October 15, 2015.

    Thank you for helping us continue to make Harvardwood a vibrant and enriching arts, media, and entertainment community!


  • published Issue 128 | September 2015 in HIGHLIGHTS Magazine 2015-09-01 15:21:09 -0700

  • September 2015 | Eric d'Arbeloff MBA '93 & Howard Cohen AB '81

    Eric d’Arbeloff MBA ‘93 and Howard Cohen AB ‘81
    (Co-Founders, Roadside Attractions)

    by Cristina Slattery

    roadsideattractions.jpgEric d’Arbeloff MBA ‘93 and Howard Cohen AB ‘81 are the founders of Roadside Attractions, a specialty film distributor based in L.A.

    They are also a married couple and parents of a ten-year-old son. The films they acquire and distribute are designed to appeal to an intellectually curious audience and films have included everything from a documentary about Anna Wintour and VOGUE magazine to a story about Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys. 

    STONEWALL, a film about the famous Stonewall riots that initiated the gay rights movement in Greenwich Village in New York City in June of 1969, will be released on September 25th.

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  • Member Discount to World Premiere of WAITRESS at the A.R.T.

    This fall, attend the world premiere of Waitress at the A.R.T.! Harvardwood members can receive a special discount off certain shows in September; the code is good for discounted, fee-free tickets.

    About Waitress

    Book by Jessie Nelson
    Music and Lyrics by Sara Bareilles
    Based upon the motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly
    Choreographed by Chase Brock
    Directed by Diane Paulus

    Jenna, played by Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful), a waitress and expert pie maker, is stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. When a baking contest in a nearby county offers her a chance at escape, Jenna must choose between her commitments and her dreams. Her customers, co-workers, and the town’s handsome new doctor all offer her conflicting recipes for happiness—but Jenna ultimately has to decide for herself. This poignant and uplifting new musical celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the courage it takes to pluck a long abandoned dream off the shelf. Featuring music and lyrics by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”) and directed by Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland).

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  • responded to Call for sketch comedy groups - LA 2015-08-10 15:03:47 -0700

    Call for sketch comedy groups - LA

    Sony Pictures Television and Tenth Planet Productions are currently searching for the best and funniest sketch comedy groups to participate in an 8 episode prime-time series for a major broadcast network. The first episode (PILOT) as currently scheduled shoots during the second half of October. The remaining 7 episodes are tentatively scheduled to shoot in late spring of 2016. 

    During each show, groups will be featured doing short comedy sketches that could range from any of these touchstones of sketch comedy: 

    • Original Characters

    • Celebrity Impressions

    • Mockumentary 

    • Commercial Parody

    • Musical Comedy

    • Fake Movie or TV Trailer

    • Fake Reality

    • Grounded Sketch

    • Themed Sketch

    All groups should have experience performing on-stage in front of a live audience and shooting comedic short films.  There will be celebrity comedy experts on-hand to critique each performance, and the live studio audience will play a big part in how performances get scored. The groups with the highest scores will have a chance to win a cash prize every week.

    The Biggest Laugh is not a typical elimination competition. We want to give every group the best possible chance to succeed, so groups will be given several opportunities to show off their comedic skills before the first group gets eliminated.  At the end of the series, one group will win the biggest prize of all and be declared the Biggest Laugh Champion.

    More info here: http://www.thebiggestlaugh.com/.

  • published Issue 127 | August 2015 in HIGHLIGHTS Magazine 2015-08-01 13:44:00 -0700

  • published August 2015 | Alexandra Petri '10 in Alumni Profiles 2015-07-31 19:44:03 -0700

    August 2015 | Alexandra Petri '10

    Alexandra_Petri.jpgAlexandra Petri AB '10
    (Playwright, Author, Washington Post Columnist/Blogger)

    By Dayna Wilkinson

    Photo courtesy of Trina Sobotka

    “I love being able to communicate with people and tell stories. People ask, ‘why do you spend so much time writing?’ Well, why do you eat cake?”

    Writer and humorist Alexandra Petri ‘10 had a happy but slightly unconventional upbringing. From the time she was a child, she traveled from Washington D.C. to Wisconsin to campaign for her father, former Congressman Tom Petri ’62, HLS ’80. “There were parades,” she recalls. “Lots of parades.”

    Alexandra was always a voracious reader, but not of the books you’d expect. “When I was really young my mom (Anne Neal ’77, HLS ’80) said she’d either read me her old art history text book or a graphic novel of Othello with the unabridged text.  I chose the latter, and just loved it, though as you’d expect a lot of it went over my head. After that, we’d read King Lear and other works out loud.”

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  • Seeking a volunteer to serve as Harvardwood Chicago's Co-Chapter Head!

    Chicago.jpgThe Chicago Chapter of Harvardwood is seeking an enthusiastic Co-Chapter Head to help direct Harvardwood programming and events in that region.

    We have a great volunteer interested in reviving Harvardwood's Chicago chapter, and we're seeking another volunteer to help serve as Co-Chapter Head. Ideally, this person is energetic, full of ideas, people smart, and able to organize events and programs effectively. In addition to having an interest in the arts, media, and entertainment, the Co-Chapter Head should be based in Chicago to help coordinate, for example, guest speaker events, film screenings, a writers' group, etc.

    If you are in the Chicagoland area and have an interest in cultivating the Harvard arts, entertainment, & media community in that region, please email programs@harvardwood.org to tell us more about yourself and your arts-related interests!

  • VIP Lunch with Noah Oppenheim AB '00

    Senior Vice President of NBC News, Executive-in-Charge of the Today show, and Screenwriter

    Noah_Oppenheim_Headshot_1_.jpgNoah Oppenheim is Senior Vice President of NBC News and Executive-in-Charge of the Today show.  He oversees all aspects of the morning show franchise – both broadcast and digital.  

    Also a screenwriter, Oppenheim co-wrote The Maze Runner, which has grossed $300M+ since its release, and the upcoming The Divergent Series:  Allegiant.  His original screenplay, Jackie, produced by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman is currently in production.

    Oppenheim began his career in news—leading political talk shows such as Hardball with Chris Matthews and Scarborough Country.  An Emmy winner, he also helped create Mad Money with Jim Cramer, has covered three presidential elections, and reported from Iraq, Israel, Gaza, the West Bank, and Libya. 

    Oppenheim has also served as Head of Unscripted and Digital Development at Reveille, the production company behind hits like The Office and The Biggest Loser.  While at Reveille, he created and executive produced primetime shows for NBC, Fox, MTV, and Lifetime, as well as online programming for a variety of brands and platforms.  

    Oppenheim is co-author of the New York Times bestselling series, The Intellectual Devotional.  His essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Esquire, Men's Health, and The Weekly Standard.

    Estimated Value: Priceless!
    Starting Bid: $100
    Bid Increments: $15

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  • published Issue 126 | July 2015 in HIGHLIGHTS Magazine 2015-07-01 11:23:04 -0700

  • Exclusive Q&A with JOSH BRENER '07 (Actor) & MARC BRENER (Writer-Director) of THE RUMPERBUTTS

    Congratulations to the talented Brener Brothers, whose indie musical comedy The Rumperbutts—starring Mates of State duo Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel, Arian Moayed (Appropriate BehaviourRosewater), and Vanessa Ray (Pretty Little Liars, Blue Bloods)—was recently released in theaters and on AmazonGooglePlayiTunes, and Vimeo.


    About The Rumperbutts: A married indie band duo (Mates of State) regretfully takes a job on a children's show The Rumperbutts. Despite money and success, their relationship turns to one of resentment. On one extraordinary evening, a magical man (Josh Brener) leads them on a path of rediscovery and gives them a second chance at happiness. Featuring original music by Mates of State.

    Actor Josh Brener AB '07 (above, left) has appeared on MaronThe Internship with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, and Workaholics. He currently plays Big Head on HBO's hit series Silicon Valley.

    Marc Brener (above, right) wrote and directed The Rumperbutts. Marc is also known for his work on Say It Ain't Solo

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  • published July 2015 | Megan Amram '10 in Alumni Profiles 2015-06-30 18:52:12 -0700

    July 2015 | Megan Amram '10

    Megan Amram AB ‘10 
    (Author & Comedy Writer, Silicon ValleyParks & RecScience… For Her!)

    amram.jpgBy D. Dona Le

    Most classical musicians start taking lessons in early childhood. Olympic-level athletes often begin training as soon as they’ve learned to walk.

    But contrary to what her meteoric career as a comedy writer would suggest, Megan Amram ‘10 didn’t sprout from her mother’s forehead, fully formed and armed with the mighty pen. In fact, Amram wasn’t even funny as a child, describing herself instead as a math and science nerd.

    Her first foray into comedy writing happened shortly before college, when she took a comedy class offered at her high school. With the encouragement of her teacher, Amram considered a career in comedy writing as “something that maybe I could do” for the first time.  

    Maybe was quite the understatement. Five years after high school—about five months after Amram arrived in Los Angeles after graduating from Harvard—she landed her first writing job… for The Academy Awards.

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  • published May 2015 | Dan Goor '97 in Alumni Profiles 2015-06-03 22:29:01 -0700

    May 2015 | Dan Goor '97

    Dan Goor '97 (Co-Creator, Executive Producer, Brooklyn Nine-Nine)

    By Dayna Wilkinson

    goor.jpg“When I went to college I wanted to be a doctor and a comedian—like my idol Jonathan Miller, from the British comedy revue Beyond the Fringe.”

    Dan’s twin interests can be traced back to his upbringing in Bethesda, Maryland down the street from the National Institutes of Health. “I’ve always been very interested in science and molecular biology,” he says. “I grew up with it—my Dad and everyone around us worked at NIH. Scientists describe what they do as stories, and I think that fostered my fascination with storytelling.”

    His appetite for comedy emerged early. “My brother was a really talented pianist--he’s four years older. While he’d practice, I’d read Woody Allen short stories to him. We got hold of a video camera and spent hours making up sketch comedy routines and cracking each other up. We imitated what made us laugh on TV--Saturday Night Live, Monty Python, televangelists...”

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  • published Issue 125 | June 2015 in HIGHLIGHTS Magazine 2015-06-02 19:11:29 -0700

  • published June 2015 | Claudia Weill '69 in Alumni Profiles 2015-06-02 13:10:47 -0700

    June 2015 | Claudia Weill '69

    weill.jpgClaudia Weill '69 (Theatre, Film & TV Director, Girlfriends, thirtysomething, The Belle of Belfast)

    By Dayna Wilkinson

    Claudia Weill didn’t set out to be a director.  A first generation American, she grew up drawing and painting: “the arts were to my Swiss family what sports are to an American family, what you did on weekends.”  After her junior year in college, a summer job changed everything. “I was a PA on a documentary about the ‘Summer of Love’, 1967 in the Haight-Ashbury. I was happy to do anything, from taking publicity stills to casting and locations, dropping the director’s laundry off on the way to the film lab, making meals for fifty and interviewing folks on camera. It was way too much fun to go back to school after that summer.”

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