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    Archive for November, 2008

    TEE-M Rocks the City of Lights

    Saturday, November 29th, 2008

    Karachi: 28th November 2008

    tee_m.jpgTariq Mirza, aka the Sooji ka Halwa guy, has a huge following in Pakistan. Last year, Tee-M did a variety of concerts all over Pakistan and formulated a cult fan-club. A packed house at T2F was the kick off show for Tee-M’s Facebook Extravaganza Tour of Pakistan.

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    Building Social Entrepreneurship & Investing in Social Enterprises

    Saturday, November 29th, 2008

    An evening of conversation with Acumen Fund CEO, Jacqueline Novogratz
    Monday, 1st Dec 2008 | 7:00 pm

    jacqueline.jpgJacqueline Novogratz is the founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty. Acumen Fund seeks to prove that small amounts of philanthropic capital, combined with large doses of business acumen, can build thriving enterprises that serve vast numbers of the poor. Its investments focus on delivering affordable, critical goods and services – like health, water, housing and energy – through innovative, market-oriented approaches.

    Prior to Acumen Fund, Jacqueline Novogratz founded and directed The Philanthropy Workshop and The Next Generation Leadership programs at the Rockefeller Foundation. She also founded Duterimbere, a micro-finance institution in Rwanda. She began her career in international banking with Chase Manhattan Bank. She is currently on the advisory boards of Stanford Graduate School of Business and of Innovations Journal published by MIT Press, and she serves on the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees and as a member of two World Economic Forum Global Agenda Councils, on Social Entrepreneurship and on Water. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences, including the Clinton Global Initiative and TED.

    This event is brought to you by TiE Karachi.

    Date: Monday 1st December, 2008
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
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    Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

    An Evening of Experimental Music

    Thursday, November 27th, 2008

    A session of experimental fusion featuring Yasir Qureshi & Alan Simon
    Sunday, 30th Nov 2008 | 8:00 pm

    yasirandalan.jpgYasir Qureshi (Aunty Disco Project) on Darbuka and Alan Simon (Taal Karisma) on Classical Tabla come together in a unique collaboration. Come to T2F this Sunday to experience a fusion of arabian rhythms and eclectic, traditional tabla rhythms.

    Alan’s band, Taal Karisma will also perform a set of original numbers.

    Asif & Manaal will open the performance with original jazz and eastern Classical fusion numbers.

    Date: Sunday 30th November, 2008
    Time: 8:00 pm
    Minimum Donation: Rs. 200
    Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
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    Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

    Science Ka Adda: God on the Brain

    Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

    Are we hardwired for religion?
    Thursday, 27th Nov 2008 | 7:00 pm

    godonthebrain.jpgRudi Affolter and Gwen Tighe have both experienced strong religious visions. He is an atheist; she a Christian. He thought he had died; she thought she had given birth to Jesus. Both have temporal lobe epilepsy.

    Like other forms of epilepsy, the condition causes fits but it is also associated with religious hallucinations. Research into why people like Rudi and Gwen saw what they did has opened up a whole field of brain science: neurotheology.

    The connection between the temporal lobes of the brain and religious feeling has led one Canadian scientist to try stimulating them. 80% of Dr Michael Persinger’s experimental subjects report that an artificial magnetic field focused on those brain areas gives them a feeling of ‘not being alone’. Some of them describe it as a religious sensation. His work raises the prospect that we are programmed to believe in god, that faith is a mental ability humans have developed or been given. And temporal lobe epilepsy could help unlock the mystery.

    Find out more at T2F’s Science Ka Adda …
    Horizon: God on the Brain – A BBC 2 Documentary
    Running Time: 50 minutes

    Date: Thursday 27th November, 2008
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Minimum Donation: Rs. 50
    Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
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    Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

    Christina Zueck and Embedded Art

    Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

    A Berlin Photographer’s Experiences of Karachi
    Wednesday, 26th Nov 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Christina Zueck studied photography and art theory in Arles, New York, and Karlsruhe. She has been exhibiting her work internationally since 1996. In September 2001, Christina travelled to Karachi to work on a photo project. A few days later, the 9/11 attacks happened …

    Christina wonders what happened to Karachi, the city that has been named “the epicentre of terror” by a German newspaper. How do people get by in a city where a new form of war has been imposed upon them, a war that is partly invisible, and that invades the psychic realm of human beings?

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    Christina Zueck came back to Karachi this year to find answers to her questions. She has been commissioned by Akademie der Kuenste in Berlin to produce a photo series for the exhibition, Embedded Art – Art in the Name of Security, scheduled for January 2009. She has been taking photos for two months and will share her digital “sketch snapshots” and talk about her experiences in Karachi.

    Date: Wednesday 26th November, 2008
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
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    Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

    Open Conversation: The Attention Economy

    Monday, November 17th, 2008

    Is The Information Economy Delivering On Its Promise?
    Friday, 21st Nov 2008 | 7:00 pm

    tiekarachi.jpgThe pundits tell us that we’re living in the ‘information economy’. The reality is that we’re suffering from a serious information glut: too much information following too few users. What is truly scarce is ‘attention’. Anyone who tries to control or sell information is doomed to fail. People who understand ‘attention’, and know how to channel it – will be the real winners.

    TiE Karachi welcomes you to a session of open dialogue on the future of information and attention. Our goal is to engage entrepreneurs, developers and students and build a community of learning, sharing and cooperation in Karachi.

    About TiE:

    The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) is a global non-profit organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship. Established in 1992 by entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley, TiE, over the years, has grown into a vibrant and professional voluntary organization dedicated to the advancement of entrepreneurship. TiE Karachi is committed to supporting a new generation of aspiring entrepreneurs by providing platforms for learning, networking, and mentoring.

    Date: Friday 21st November, 2008
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
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    Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

    Truths & Fictions

    Friday, November 14th, 2008

    A look inside Pedro Meyer’s mind and a discussion with leading photographers
    Tuesday, 18th Nov 2008 | 7:00 pm

    arrivalofwhiteman.jpgThose who regard photographic imagery as a precise representation of the physical world will find Pedro Meyer’s work unsettling and perhaps even reject it. The internationally acclaimed Mexican photographer captures visual images of solitude, materialism, and conflict documenting the spirituality inherent in peasant life, folk customs, and religious artifacts.

    The advent of digital tools enabled Meyer to place a person from one picture into the landscape of another; to enlarge, diminish, eliminate, highlight, or suspend in space people or objects; and to alter light and shadow.

    Join us as we explore Pedro Meyer’s special Theory of Relativity: Truths and Fictions, and engage in an informal discussion with Karachi’s leading photographers, including Amean J, Tapu Javeri, Arif Mahmood, Izdeyar Setna, Farah Mahbub, and Kohi Marri.

    Date: Tuesday 18th November, 2008
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Minimum Donation: Anything you like.
    Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
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    Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

    Rachel’s Plan B at The Second Floor

    Thursday, November 13th, 2008

    Fulfilling All Your Rock n’ Roll Needs
    Saturday, 15th Nov 2008 | 7:30 pm
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    Do you ever wonder why bands never play those rock covers you totally dig? Well all that’s going to change on the 15th of November.

    Come groove to the Beatles, Pink Foyd, The Doors, and hell, even some of the Ramones and Greenday.

    Vocalist: Rachel Viccaji (of Chicago fame)
    Guitars: Ahmed Chaudhry, Jay Haque
    Bass: Ovais Balagumwala
    Drums: Uzair Raza

    ADP’s Omar Bilal Akhtar will also be laying down some tunes with Sarah Memon … Boom Baby!

    Date: Saturday 15th November, 2008
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Minimum Donation: Rs. 200
    Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
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    Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

    Rasa Chughtai at T2F

    Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

    9th November 2008

    rasachughtai.jpgRasa Chughtai – a master of the ghazal form – dropped in at T2F with Irfan Sattar, Asif Farrukhi, and a few other Urdu poets and lovers of poetry. The result: A delightful, informal session of story-telling and recitations by Rasa saahab that thrilled all who happened to be present.

    The nearly 90-minute session was recorded. Listen to an Excerpt


    Tee-M Returns!

    Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

    The Sooji Ka Halva Man is Back in KHI!
    Thursday, 13th Nov 2008 | 8:00 pm

    tee_m.jpgTEE-M (Tariq Mirza) grew up in Karachi hearing rock/pop on the short-wave radio, listening to street musicians playing the tunes of the land, and learning to play on a hand-me-down guitar. He now lives in LA where he makes music and co-hosts a genre-busting Internet radio show.

    Join us at T2F this Thursday for an evening with TEE-M and his guitar. He will perform originals and pay tribute to the Beatles.

    Date: Thursday 13th November, 2008
    Time: 8:00 pm
    Minimum Donation: Rs. 200
    Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
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    Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

    Art Matters!

    Monday, November 3rd, 2008

    An Evening With Sahar Zaman, Art Journalist and CNN-IBN Anchor
    Saturday, 8th Nov 2008 | 7:00 pm

    sahar.jpgSahar Zaman has been a TV Arts Journalist in India for over 7 years. She started her career with Reuters Asia, moving on to other English news channels (such as DD NEWS and Headlines Today). For the past three years, she has been working as arts journalist and news anchor for CNN-IBN India.

    Sahar is visiting Karachi this week and will spend an hour at T2F on Saturday, talking about contemporary art in India, art journalism, and the business of art. She will also present two short films: Out of the Box, featuring 5 contemporaray Indian artists, and a film about M.F Husain’s life of exile in Dubai.

    Date: Saturday 8th November, 2008
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Minimum Donation: Anything you like.
    Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
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    Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

    Cell Phones: A Different Way of Seeing

    Monday, November 3rd, 2008

    A Workshop by Leading Karachi Photographer, Amean J
    Saturday, 8th November 2008 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

    cellphone.jpgThe integration of cameras in cellular phones produced a true revolution in culture. Most cell phones today have low resolution cameras (although some already have up to 5 megapixels) but their aesthetic quality is different from devices that are exclusively cameras, which is why photographic language can be used in a different way.

    An advantage is that we all have a camera with us all the time. This allows us to instantly record any event that draws our attention and we can share it with others instantly. This workshop’s intention is to use cell phones to make projects with specific ideas and to learn how to distribute them.

    Participants will:

    1. Learn how to use the photographic tools of cell phones
    2. Analyze the advantages of using a cell phone for photography
    3. Develop, edit, and present a project

    Important Notes

    Pre-requiste: You must have a cell phone with a camera
    Workshop Fee: Rs. 350
    Registration: Contact Rabeea Arif on 0334-337-0779 to register. Your seat will be blocked only upon receipt of advance payment
    Date: Saturday 8th November, 2008
    Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (1 Hour Break for Lunch)
    Amean J’s Profile: http://www.ameanj.com/bio.shtml

    Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
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    Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang!

    Monday, November 3rd, 2008

    Meet the Cast and Crew of Chicago – The Musical
    Friday, 7th November 2008 | 8:00 pm

    chicago.jpgJoin Nida Butt, director, producer and choreographer of Chicago – The Musical (a Made For Stage production) and its talented cast for an evening at T2F. Learn all about the making of Chicago, listen to the stars sing some of your favourite tunes from the show, and all that jazz!

    The evening will start with a performance of Roxy Hart, by the versatile Sanam Saeed, followed by Razzle Dazzle by the fresh-faced, charming Faraz Lodhi. Their vaudevillian vocal stylings will be accompanied by In Time, the jazz quintet that provided the backing tracks for the Karachi performance of Chicago.

    There will be a talk by director Nida Butt highlighting the production process behind Chicago. This will include insights into the technical aspects of staging a musical of this size and scope. The cast will then share their experiences working on this landmark theatrical production.

    The mics will be opened to the audience for a brief Q&A session, closing the night with a lucky winner who will win two free tickets for the January ’09 Karachi performance of Chicago.

    The night will end with a viewing of the official Chicago promo.

    Date: Friday 7th November, 2008
    Time: 8:00 pm
    Minimum Donation: Rs. 100
    Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
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    Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

    Pedro Meyer’s Heresies – Part II

    Monday, November 3rd, 2008

    Join us for Part II of the Heresies Exhibition
    4th November 2008 – 18th November 2008

    pedromeyer.jpgPedro Meyer’s Heresies is a retrospective comprising four decades of groundbreaking work by one of the world’s most innovative photographers. T2F is proud to be part of the Heresies exhibition – opening simultaneously in 60 museums worldwide in October 2008.

    Mexican photographer Pedro Meyer is as renowned for his powerful and provocative photographs as he is for his pioneering work with digital imaging. Meyer’s photographs consistently test the limits of truth, fiction and reality. With the advent of digital photography in the early 1990s, Meyer evolved from a documentary photographer who created so-called “straight photographs” into a digital-documentarian who often combines photographic elements from disparate times and places to arrive at a different or higher truth.

    Meyer’s oft-expressed contention that all photographs – digitally manipulated or not – are equally “true” and “untrue” has been labeled “heretical” in the orthodox documentary photography community. Hence the title “Heresies”.

    The Heresies exhibition launched at T2F on October 21st 2008 and now, it’s time for Part II.

    Date: Opens on Tuesday 4th November 2008
    Time: 6:00 pm
    T2F Opening Hours: Noon to Midnight (closed on Mondays)
    Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
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