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Mangal Movies: The Yes Men Fix The World

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 7:00 pm

The Yes MenAndy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno are two guys who just can’t take “no” for an answer.

They have an unusual hobby: posing as top executives of corporations they hate. Armed with nothing but thrift-store suits, the Yes Men lie their way into business conferences and parody their corporate targets in ever more extreme ways – basically doing everything that they can to wake up their audiences to the danger of letting greed run our world.

On their journey, the Yes Men act as gonzo journalists, delving deep into the question of why we have given the market more power than any other institution to determine our direction as a society. They visit the twisted (and accidentally hilarious) underworld of the free-market think tanks, where they figure out a way to defeat the logic that’s destroying our planet. And as they appear on the BBC before 300 million viewers, or before 1000 New Orleans contractors alongside Mayor Ray Nagin, the layers of lies are peeled back to reveal the raw heart of truth – a truth that brings with it hope.

“Great fun! It takes some nerve, not to mention diabolical intelligence … to pull off the elaborate pranks devised by the Yes Men.”
New York Times

Written, Directed and Produced by: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Kurt Engfehr
Release Date: 23rd October 2009
Running Time: 96 minutes

Date: Tuesday, 8th February, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Rs. 50
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

How We Got Here: Towards recognizing an alternate historical narrative from 1857 to 2011

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Thursday, 3rd Feb 2011 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a talk and conversation with Ajmal Kamal

Ajmal KamalTo make sense of what is happening around us today, we should be able to look at our trajectory over the last 150 years – a period which has made us what we are. There are variables in our social history that have not received the attention that they deserve. Among these is ‘Caste’ or ‘Biradri’, an element of social organization which has arguably played a crucial role in our attempt at nation-building. This, coupled with the process of colonial transformation and its attendant agents of change, seem to have determined what we have become during this period.

This talk is meant to provoke a discussion on whether this alternate historical narrative can be usefully taken as a valid point of view to look at our present and future problems.

Ajmal Kamal edits a quarterly Urdu literary journal “aaj” from Karachi and runs a small publishing house and bookshops.

Date: Thursday, 3rd February, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Laatoo: The State of Classical Dance in Pakistan

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Saturday, 29th Jan 2011 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a screening of Laatoo and a discussion with Director, Faizaan Peerzada

Laatoo, a 90-minute documentary, directed by Faizaan Peerzada and Alix Phillippon, explores the state of classical dance in Pakistan. It unfolds the trials and tribulations in the lives of professional dancers such as Naheed Siddiqi, Sheema Kermani, Tehreema Mitha, Indu Mitha and Fasi-ur-Rehman.

Laatoo attempts to unveil the hypocrisy of our society, in which so many forms of dance prevail, but the classical dance form, the most exquisite and inspiring has failed to receive official patronage on the pretext of religious norms. On the other hand, as we see in the documentary, the Sufi tradition uses dance as a tool for union with the Creator. The documentary tries to show what dance really is, a celebration of life, not the vulgarization of it. Laatoo chronicles the diversity of dance practiced in Pakistan, with images from the classical techniques of Kathak, Bharatnatyam and Orissy as well as mujras, fashion shows and dance parties; contrasting the spiritual with the vulgar.

Laatoo

Laatoo highlights the controversy, which inevitably comes into play, every time there is a formal presentation of dance. Dance, a refined yet very simple form of human expression, has been placed in the religious and socio-political context. The dialogue between the dancers and several speakers evolves a true understanding of the problems of the state, the conditions faced by dancers through different political tenures and the religious perspective on dance. Though Laatoo paints a bleak picture of dance in Pakistan, the fact that dance has happened and is happening through the resilient spirit of a handful of dancers, is proof enough that it is here to stay.

Date: Saturday, 29th January, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Alf Laila Wa Laila: A Storytelling Session with Musharraf Ali Farooqi (Part 2)

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Friday 28th Jan 2011 | 7:30 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of storytelling featuring the critically acclaimed writer and translator, Musharraf Ali Farooqi

Musharraf Ali FarooqiAlf Laila Wa Laila, also known as One Thousand and One Nights or The Arabian Nights’ Entertainments, is a collection of South Asian and Middle Eastern stories with a thousand year old history. These popular tales were told in public places for entertainment and we are reviving this tradition with storytelling sessions by author and translator Musharraf Ali Farooqi.

Musharraf Ali Farooqi is the author of the novel The Story of a Widow shortlisted for the 2011 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and longlisted for the 2010 IMPAC-Dublin Literary Award. His children’s fiction includes the picture book The Cobbler’s Holiday Or Why Ants Don’t Wear Shoes, and a forthcoming collection The Amazing Moustaches of Moochhander the Iron Man and Other Stories. He is also the author of the critically-acclaimed translations of Urdu classics, The Adventures of Amir Hamza, and the first book of a projected 24-volume magical fantasy epic, Hoshruba. A selection from his translations of contemporary Urdu poet Afzal Ahmed Syed Rococo and Other Worlds was recently published by the Wesleyan University Press Poetry Series.

Visit Musharraf’s website at http://www.mafarooqi.com

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do not bring children to this event as some stories contain adult content.

Date: Friday 28th January, 2011
Time: 7:30 pm
Minimum Donation: Rs. 100
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Philosophy 101: What Is a Good Argument?

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Thursday, 27th Jan 2011 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a tutorial by Shajia Sarfaraz Haroon on the nature of argument in philosophy

Shajia HaroonAsk yourself this question: “What is an argument?” You might respond with an answer similar to this: “It is a disagreement between two or more points of views”. Generally speaking, you might be right, but in the discourse of philosophy, you’d be sort of wrong. For a philosopher, an argument is a series of sentences that logically lead to a certain conclusion.

All philosophers ever do is argue. Not only do they argue with each other, they argue with themselves, with people they haven’t met, and with people they might meet in the future. The Philosophy 101 Series will be all about arguing. To discover how our philosophical arguments will be different from everyday verbal spats, join us for a tutorial on what makes for a good argument.

Shajia Sarfraz Haroon will discuss the basics of arguing in a philosophical discourse. Her talk will provide an introduction to elementary logic, concepts of validity and soundness, and a brief on how fallacies seem convincing, but really aren’t.

Shajia is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto with a double major in Philosophy and Human Biology.

Date: Thursday, 27th January, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

6 Short Films and Conversation with Ali Kapadia

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Wednesday, 26th Jan 2011 | 7:00 pm

Ali Kapadia is a San Francisco based Pakistani filmmaker who made his filmmaking debut in 2005 with a lego stop-motion animated music video named Maujo Mein. Ali has since worked on several short film projects and loves working in experimental mediums.

Join us at T2F for screenings of 6 short films by Ali Kapadia

Ali Kapadia FilmsMaujo Mein – Music Video
A covert agent sneaks into a robot factory, with a mission to shut it down.

Ranked at Number 6 on the Top 100 countdown of the best Pakistani music videos ever made – Indus Music 2005

Tim Juniverse
Tim discovers he will die in 1 hour unless he finds a pair of ancient long lost magical socks, which ironically were once discovered by his own deceased archaeologist father. To make matters worse, Tim is intercepted by a dangerous alien being, demanding the socks!

Judges Award, Members Award, Audience Award and Best Editing Award at the Scary Cow Independent Film Festival – 2010

What Pakistan Needs Now
Ideas from a little girl about what Pakistan needs now.

Winner of the TEDxKarachi 2010 Film Competition

An untitled work-in-progress film
A sneak peek at a work-in-progress film containing a compilation of interviews from Pakistanis.

Tum Yeh Kehtay Ho
A short film based on the poem, “Tum yeh kehtay ho ab koee char naheen’ by revered Pakistani poet, Faiz Ahmed Faiz. The poem refers to the state of mind in a time of struggle, which also reflects the current times of turmoil faced by the people of Pakistan.

Official Selection at South Asian International Film Festival 2008

Voices From Pakistan
A short documentary gathering perspectives from a group of 5 Pakistanis on international issues that create unrest within their society, especially the recent Facebook related blasphemy incident that resulted in Pakistani authorities blocking major websites.

Judges Award at the Scary Cow Independent Film Festival – 2010

Stay in touch with Ali Kapadia at http://www.facebook.com/alikapadiafilms/

Date: Wednesday, 26th January, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

Mangal Movies: Pirates of Silicon Valley

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Tuesday, 18 Jan 2011 | 7:30 pm

pirates.jpgThe revolution came when we weren’t looking. It happened in a garage. In a dorm room. In countless hours of effort, imagining and intrigue. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates were changing the way the world works, lives and communicates. The event-packed saga of the quirky visionaries who jump-started the future unfolds with exhilarating style in Pirates of Silicon Valley.

Noah Wyle portrays Jobs and Anthony Michael Hall portrays Gates in this chronicle of the fierce and often humorous battle to rule the fledgling personal computer empire.

“The story is almost Shakespearean … it’s a tale of lust, greed, ambition, love and hate,” writer/director Martyn Burke reflects. And it’s a success story unlike any other.

Directed by: Martyn Burke
Produced by: Leanne Moore
Written by: Paul Freiberger, Michael Swaine, Martyn Burke
Release Date: June 20, 1999
Running Time: 95 minutes

Date: Tuesday, 18th January, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Rs. 50
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Remembering Asim Butt (1978-2010)

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Saturday, 15th Jan 2011 | 7:00 pm

Asim ButtAsim Butt was an artist, activist, and friend who enriched our lives with his talent, wit, and irrepressible spirit. Asim left us a year ago but he remains larger-than-life; on his Facebook page, on the streets of Karachi, and in our hearts.

In 2009, Asim went on a graffiti trip through Pakistan. On the first anniversary of his passing, join us for a rough cut screening of the film that tells the story of Asim’s 1200 mile journey from Karachi to Islamabad.

“I paint to create what it is I want to see, to fill an absence in the world”.

This event is part of T2F’s “KHI – Celebrating the City” series

Date: Saturday, 15th January, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

“Be there in 2 minutes” — Images of Karachi by Ali Rez

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Exhibition Opening: Friday 14th Jan 2011 | 7:00 pm

Ali has been procrastinating on moving back to Karachi for a decade, finally doing so late last year. Here is a collection of 20 images he has captured through his numerous visits home to his favourite city over the last few years. Like Karachi, these images are at times colorful, at times bleak; sometimes beautiful, other times ugly. An advertising professional, Ali has had his photography recognized in several publications.

Be There in 2 Minutes

This photography exhibition is part of T2F’s “KHI – Celebrating the City” series

Dates: 14th January – 20th January and 24th January – 31st January
Opening Day Time: 7:00 pm
Gallery Hours: 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm daily
Venue: Faraar @ T2F 2.0
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Magazine Writing Workshop by Anam Mansuri

Monday, January 10th, 2011
  • This course is designed to refine an aspiring journalist’s writing skills according to a globally accepted standard of journalistic writing.
  • Students will be familiarized with different kinds of themes (beats), including fashion, culture, and sports, and will be encouraged to pick their own genre.
  • Students will suggest story ideas which are fresh and current, and then will begin a two month long course on how to shape the article they choose to write – complete with story notes and observations.
  • Students will be taught how to report, research and self-edit their stories, while being guided on how to interview subjects, use quotes correctly and make their story flow.
  • Classes will include guest appearances from celebrities, journalists and artists, and subsequent short profiles will be written and edited in class.
  • In the last class, we will discuss how to pitch a story to renowned publications worldwide, and contacts will be handed out.

About Anam Mansuri

Karachi born writer and editor, Anam Mansuri received an undergraduate degree in Journalism and History from New York University, where her senior thesis was selected as one of the best pieces of journalism produced at NYU that year. She also interned at Details Magazine, a sister publication of GQ and wrote for Black Book Magazine; two premier American lifestyle publications. Anam now resides in Karachi and worked as the editor-in-chief of Women’s Own Magazine. She also writes for Newsweek Pakistan, The Express Tribune and the international news portal, The Daily Beast.

Important Notes

- Classes start on 1st February 2011
- Detailed Information: Anam Mansuri | 0305-238-9011
- Registration: mariam@peaceniche.org | anam.mansuri@gmail.com

Anam Mansuri

Tabla Classes with Ustad Khurshid Hussain and Yousuf Kerai

Monday, January 10th, 2011

One of the few doyens of tabla that remain in Pakistan today, Ustad Khurshid Hussain hails from a family of musicians. His father, Mehboob Hussain, was a sarangi player and entrusted his friend, the great Ustad Habib Khan (also known as Baba Bibia Khan) to teach his son the art of tabla playing. Khurshid Saheb has been an employee of Radio Pakistan and has performed live with some of the greatest musicians that Pakistan has witnessed including Ustad Kabir Khan, Ustad Sharif Khan Poonchwaley, Ustad Ghulab Khan, Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, Ustad Rais Khan, Mehdi Hassan, Iqbal Bano, and Farida Khanum. He is also the accompanist of choice for visiting artistes from India.

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Yousuf Kerai was introduced to Indian classical music at the age of eight and learned to sing and play the harmonium under the tutelage of the late Master Babu Khan. His interest in the tabla grew into an obsession, and when he was sixteen, he was accepted as a student of the tabla maestro, Ustad Khurshid Hussain of Karachi. Yousuf graduated from Bennington College with a B.A. in Mathematics in 2005 followed by a Masters degree in teaching mathematics in 2006. He is now Khurshid Saheb’s senior disciple and will accompany him in conducting tabla classes at T2F.


- Classes will be held on Fridays from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
- Duration: 3 months / 12 classes
- Start Date: 14th January 2011
- Cost: Rs. 4,000 per month (payable in advance)
- Contact Chand Singhara on 0312-298-1248 to enroll


Students are welcome to bring their own set of tablas to the classes. If you would like T2F to arrange a set for you, please make an additional advance payment of Rs. 6,000 and we will get you a brand new, student quality, tabla set.

Acts of Inheritance, Scenes of Mourning – Reading Some Sadequain

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Thursday, 13th Jan 2011 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F as Dr. Nauman Naqvi presents the logic and ethics of the principle of poesis in Sadequain’s life and work by reading some of his poetry and painting.

Nauman NaqviIt is by the measure of a certain inherited imperative and necessity enjoining the primacy of poesis in Islamicate milieux that Sadequain was principally a poet. Contrary to the prevailing assessment, the fundamental aspiration of Sadequain’s work was not that of mimesis, the animating intention of the painter. That mimetic intention was, rather, subservient to the imperative and principle of poesis.

Dr. Nauman Naqvi is the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts at Connecticut College. He has been a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Comparative Literature at Brown University, and has also taught at Columbia University, where he received his PhD in anthropology. Before he returned to the academy, Nauman Naqvi was a producer in the Urdu section of the BBC World Service, and also worked in senior editorial positions at SDPI and Newsline.

Date: Thursday, 13th January, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

Art Lootmaar

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Saturday, 8th Jan – Sunday, 9th Jan 2011 | 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Faraar, a project of PeaceNiche, is a playground for creative expression. We invested in track lighting and made sure we painted the walls neutral white. But that’s about as close as we’re going to get to being an ‘art gallery’. One of our favorite thinkers, Marshall McLuhan, said “art is anything you can get away with“, and we’ve taken that to heart.

We’re excited to present our first-ever Art Lootmaar; a weekend bazaar featuring artists, designers, and photographers, coming together to ‘show and sell’ in a quirky, fun and inclusive community space.

Art Lootmaar

Our current lineup includes the works of:

- Aashtee Adil
- Anam Haleem
- Cyra Ali
Art Lootmaar Logo- Hawra Harianawala
- Hira Saleem Malik
- Humayun Memon
- Jamal Ashiqain
- Khuda Bux Abro
- Mehlum Sadri
- Mehreen Hashmi
- Mustafa Mohsin
- Sana Nasir
- Scherherezade Junejo
- Summaiya Jillani
- Uzair Akram

Join us this weekend at our inaugural Art Lootmaar. Discover emerging creative talent and hang out with fun people :-)

We accept cash, cheques, and credit cards.

Dates: Saturday, 8th January – Sunday, 9th January 2011
Time: 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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First Fridays @ T2F

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

7th January, 2011 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F on the first Friday of every month for impromptu, acoustic jam sessions.

FF@T2F is a platform for emerging musicians to perform, improvise and experiment in an informal setting. If you love to make music, come and play. If you love listening to music, come and listen.

You don’t need to pre-register. Just show up with your voice, your instruments, and your ears.

First Fridays

CityFM89 is the Exclusive Radio Media Partner for First Fridays at T2F

Date: Friday, 7th January 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

No State, No Master: A Discussion about Anarchism

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Thursday, 6th Jan 2011 | 7:00 pm

AnarchyIn the media today, the term ‘anarchist’ is usually used in a pejorative sense, conjuring up images of bomb-throwing terrorists out to destroy everything. ‘Anarchy’ is used to describe a scenario of total societal chaos.

But …

Anarchism actually refers to a vibrant political tradition and philosophy which sees the removal of social hierarchy and authority as being essential to the quest for social justice and freedom. Perhaps the most well-known aspect of the Anarchist agenda is the demand to abolish the state altogether. Anarchists have also been at the forefront of the movement to establish the 8-hour working day, were involved in the anti-Imperial Ghadar movement of pre-partition India, and are the front line of the Alter-Globalisation movement today.

Join us at T2F for a discussion about the core ideas behind Anarchism and their relevance for Pakistani society. The discussion will be led by Fahad Desmukh, a freelance journalist based in Karachi.

Date: Thursday, 6th January, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Performance Poetry featuring Avaes Mohammad

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Tuesday, 4th Jan 2011 | 7:30 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of performance poetry featuring London-based alchemist-artist, Avaes Mohammad

Avaes MohammadAvaes Mohammad is a poet, playwright, and performer with a background in research chemistry. In 2005, Avaes received the Amnesty International Media Award for his poem ‘Bhopal’, broadcast as part of the BBC’s commemoration of the 1984 Bhopal Gas Disaster. His works written for theatre include touring productions of ‘In God We Trust’, ‘Shadow Companion’, and ‘Crystal Kisses’; for radio, ‘Bora Bistrah’ (BBC Radio 3); and for short film, ‘Take It Slow’ (Contact Theatre/BBC Co-production).

Also committed to participatory work, especially with young people, Avaes regularly delivers creative workshops, using theatre, rap, poetry and science, in educational, community and organisational settings. Teacher-practitioner roles have included facilitation for the Unheard Voices writing programme, amongst others.

Avaes is part of the Verbalized collective, an internationally touring troupe of British and South African poets, supported by the British Council. He currently works as Associate Writer with the leading London-based theatre company, Tamasha.

Avaes Mohammad is an alchemist-artist creating challenging, provocative work in response to a challenging, provocative world.

Date: Tuesday, 4th January, 2011
Time: 7:30 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Commemorating the Democratic Students Federation

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Thursday, 30th Dec 2010 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for film screenings on the 1950’s student movement, followed by a conversation with Beena Sarwar, Sharjil Baloch, and Sehba Sarwar

‘Aur Niklayn Gay Ushshaaq Kay Qaaflay’

DSFThis documentary uncovers the story of the Democratic Students Federation formed by students at Dow Medical College in 1949. Led by Mohammad Sarwar, DSF initiated an Inter Collegiate Body comprising units in Karachi colleges and put together a list of education-related demands for the government’s attention. The government’s refusal to meet them led to a call by the ICB and DSF for observe Demands Day on Jan 7, 1953. The High School Students Federation actively supported them. Police firing that day killed several students and passers-by, catalysing the DSF into a nation-wide movement for students’ rights. It brought together students across political, ethnic and religious divides – until it was banned, following the Pakistan government’s signing of the Baghdad Pact in 1954. Although short-lived, DSF had a huge impact and continues to inspire progressive forces in Pakistan.

About Sharjil Baloch

Sharjeel BalochSharjil Baloch grew up in Pakistan’s western-most province Balochistan, attending schools in remote areas where his father was posted as an irrigation official. He qualified as a medical doctor from Bolan Medical College in Quetta but shortly afterwards, decided to follow his real passion, filmmaking. He has directed several documentaries and plays since 2001. He also acts, writes, plays the flute and paints. He currently works with the BBC in Karachi as a video producer.

About Beena Sarwar

Beena SarwarBeena Sarwar is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. She has a degree in Studio Art and Literature (Brown University 1986) but an internship at the Karachi evening paper, The Star, left her addicted to journalism. She has held senior editorial positions at various publications. After obtaining a Masters in Television Documentary from Goldsmiths College, University of London (2001), she has produced and directed several documentaries and news reports. She was part of Geo TV’s launch team in 2002 and currently works with Aman ki Asha, a peace initiative of the Jang Group and the Times of India.

Dissent/Descent

Sehba SarwarDissent/Descent is a short documentary on an event organised by Voices Breaking Boundaries and Sehba Sarwar in Houston.

About Sehba Sarwar

Sehba Sarwar (VBB Founding/Artistic Director) is a writer, multidisciplinary artist and activist. Her published works include a novel (Black Wings), and essays, short stories, and poems (in journals, anthologies, and newspapers including the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Callaloo and Asia). She has been visualizing and producing VBB shows for ten years, and she produces VBB’s living room art productions.

Date: Thursday, 30th December, 2010
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

Aag Dekhi, Paani Dekha, Aur Angaray Dekhay

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Wednesday 29th Dec 2010 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a talk by Rakshanda Jalil as she revisits the furore over ‘Angaray’ and discusses the beginnings of the Progressive Movement in Urdu Literature.

Rakshanda JalilRakhshanda Jalil is the Director of Media and Culture at Jamia Millia Islamia, in New Delhi. Presently on extended leave, she is pursuing a Ph.D. on the “Progressive Writers’ Movement and Its Impact on the National Freedom Struggle”. She has also taught English at the University of Delhi and the Aligarh Muslim University and worked as an Assistant Editor at the India International Centre. Rakhshanda Jalil writes on issues of faith, culture, and literature and has edited several collections of stories, writings, and essays. She also runs Hindustani Avaaz, an organization set up to position and popularize Hindustani literature and culture.

Date: Wednesday, 29th December, 2010
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

Celebrating Mirza Ghalib

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Tuesday 28th Dec 2010 | 7:00 pm

Mirza GhalibThe mighty Ghalib is considered by many to be the most dominating poet of the Urdu language. He wrote most of his popular ghazals between the ages of 19 and 25 and is hailed as the father of modern Urdu prose.

In addition to being one of the finest historians of his time, Ghalib was the original hippie: subversive, rebellious, and unconventional.

Join us at T2F as we pay a tribute to the myriad dimensions of Ghalib’s genius. The program features the screening of a short film on Ghalib by Yousuf Saeed, as well as readings of his works and letters. Aslam Farrukhi, Asif Farrukhi, Mohammed Hanif, Arshad Mahmud, Zaheer Kidvai and other Ghalib aficionados will participate. We may also have a surprise guest :-)

We welcome audience participation so if there’s anything you’d like to share, please bring it along.

Date: Tuesday, 28th December, 2010
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

UTH OYE! + T2F = TRUE LOVE

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Uth Oye!

UTH OYE! is a socially conscious clothing label that funds and supports sustainable community based causes. They disappeared off the face of the earth for a year but now, they’re BACK with a Brand Spankin’ New Lineup of Tees! After seeing what they’ve been up to, we have forgiven them for disappearing. It takes time to do things right!

Come to T2F on 24th December 2010 and see for yourself. UTH OYE!’s AWESOME tees will be on sale from 12 noon to 10:00 pm. BE THERE!

THIS JUST IN: The Cheapmunks will be performing LIVE at T2F at 7:00 pm on Friday, 24th December.

Dude, Where's My Country?

WHAT: Launch of UTH OYE’s Fresh Lineup of Tees and Merchandise
WHEN: Friday, 24th December 2010 | 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm
WHERE: T2F 2.0

In mid 2010, when ‘the person responsible for keeping a straight face when telling older people that the business is, in fact, called UTH OYE!‘ contacted us for a meeting, we were intrigued. When he told us that he’d been stalking T2F for 2 years, we were alarmed. When he said, UTH OYE! loves T2F and would like to support our work, we were overwhelmed. Since then, all sorts of wonderful things have happened and our respect, admiration, and love for UTH OYE! has grown exponentially.

UTH OYE! supports several other projects in addition to T2F:

Solar Lamps
Back to School
The Five Rupee Meal
Timber! Not.

UTH OYE!’s website is an absolute joy to look at and read. PLEASE have a look at all the incredible work that they’re doing and of course, BUY their clothing so that they can continue to support great projects.

We try to avoid superlatives and hyperbole but really, with UTH OYE!, it’s impossible. We have also been stalking them for a while now and they are just the most wonderful, passionate, amazing group of people we’ve met in, like, forever. We urge you to get to know them too.

Summary for the supremely lazy (concept totally ripped off from Uth-Oye’s website)

- UTH OYE! makes super cool, quirky clothing
- You buy their gear
- They use a percentage of profits to support community projects

What’s not to like?

Uth Oye!

Meet Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi and Listen to Readings of His Works by Sohail Maqbool

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Thursday 23rd Dec 2010 | 7:30 pm

Mushtaq Ahmad YusufiMushtaq Ahmad Yusufi is an outstanding Urdu satirical and humor writer, regarded as Pakistan’s best Urdu humorist. Yusufi Sahab has also served as the head of several national and international governmental and financial institutions. He likes Ghalib, Hawkesbay, bhindi and the smell of newly printed currency notes.

Read more about Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi at All Things Pakistan.

We are truly honored that Yusufi Sahab, a giant of Urdu literature, will be coming to T2F this Thursday.

Dr. Sohail Maqbool is a graduate of Dow Medical College. He is a radiologist by training and now lives and works in New York. Dr. Maqbool is an enthusiast of Urdu literature and will read selections from Yusufi Sahab’s work.

Date: Thursday, 23rd December, 2010
Time: 7:30 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

Science Ka Adda: The Aging Brain

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

Wednesday 22nd Dec 2010 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a talk on “The Aging Brain: Understanding Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias” by Maheen Mausoof Adamson, PhD

AlzheimersA recent report indicated that 13.5 million individuals will develop Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by the year 2050 in the US alone. The current lifetime risk for AD for a 65 year old is 10.5%. The AD process in the brain begins years, if not decades, prior to the actual clinical diagnosis. This long pre-clinical phase provides a critical opportunity for potential intervention. Scientists have recently determined definitive criteria for pre-clinical stages of AD. Recent advances in Alzheimer’s research also provide the ability to detect changes in behavior, brain, and bodily fluids before severe clinical symptoms appear.

The problem for caregivers is that this long pre-clinical phase is overshadowed by the normal aging process where brain and memory performance also decline. However, the decline that happens due to Alzheimer’s or other dementias is far more severe than any age-related changes. It is important to know, as a caregiver, the ten warning signs of AD in order to detect early occurrences. It is also important to know that there are no treatments available for AD, and the drugs available currently only delay the severity or onset of full blown AD. Although genetics and family history are an important factor, research shows that, similar to other chronic health problems, a healthy brain may help delay the onset of AD.

This presentation will provide an overview of the normal and AD brain, the most updated guidelines to detect AD, the current status on approved medications, and the latest ways to maintain a healthy brain.

About Maheen Mausoof Adamson, PhD

Maheen AdamsonDr. Adamson completed her training as a cognitive neuroscientist at University of Southern California. During her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Adamson trained with Dr. Weiner (UCSF, PI: Alzheimer’s disease (AD) Neuroimaging Initiative) and Dr. DeCarli (UC Davis) for structural imaging which provided the background for her published work in older civilian pilots genetically at risk for AD. She has collaborated on a functional MRI (fMRI) study with Dr. Wagner at Stanford, a leader in fMRI of memory research. Her work using fMRI and spatial processing in older pilots at risk for AD was recently selected for the “Hot Topics” session for the International Consortium of AD, 2010. She has been honored by an Alzheimer’s Association Northern California Chapter, Kathryn Grupe award and an NIH/NIA Diversity supplement for advanced research. She was selected as a Fellow to the 2005 NIA Summer Institute on Aging Research and 2007 NIMH Summer Research Institute. She is currently the co-editor of an upcoming Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease book “Imaging the Alzheimer’s Brain” and recently organized and chaired a symposium at the International AD meeting in Hawaii, 2010.

Dr. Adamson is interested in developing new and innovative techniques to capture pre-clinical AD and related dementia through state-of-the art neuroimaging, genetic analysis, and cognitive and neuropsychological testing. She has recently designed a functional neuroimaging study of flight simulator performance in older pilots that investigates the crucial decisions made during landing. She is involved in investigating navigational abilities of older individuals through a computer gaming task. Dr Adamson is also developing and implementing clinical neuroimaging and cognitive testing that improves the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses affecting US veterans such as Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Date: Wednesday, 22nd December, 2010
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

Standup Comedy featuring Ayesha Rokadia

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Tuesday, 21st Dec 2010 | 7:00 pm

Embarrassing!
Did you know embarasado in Spanish means pregnant?
It does.

But that’s not what this show is about.

Join Ayesha Rokadia and a group of horrified friends who recall stories of humiliation in this comedy theme night event.

Ayesha Rokadia

Date: Tuesday, 21st December, 2010
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Rs. 100
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

Weekend Lootmaar Book Sale

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Sat 11th Dec – Sun 12th Dec 2010 | 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Lootmaar Book SaleSpend the weekend at T2F browsing through our motley collection of bargain books, magazines, photography calendars and DVDs. Bring lots of cash :)

A number of wonderful individuals support us by donating books, CDs, and DVDs. Thank you all so much for your generosity.

If you have used or new books, magazines, CDs, and DVDs that you’d like to donate, please bring them over. We’ll take everything!

Dates: Saturday, 11th December 2010 and Sunday, 12th December 2010
Time: 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Alf Laila Wa Laila: A Storytelling Session with Musharraf Ali Farooqi

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Friday 10th Dec 2010 | 7:30 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of storytelling featuring the critically acclaimed writer and translator, Musharraf Ali Farooqi

Musharraf Ali FarooqiAlf Laila Wa Laila, also known as One Thousand and One Nights or The Arabian Nights’ Entertainments, is a collection of South Asian and Middle Eastern stories with a thousand year old history. These popular tales were told in public places for entertainment and we are reviving this tradition with storytelling sessions by author and translator Musharraf Ali Farooqi. Readings from Dastan-e Amir Hamza and Tilism-e Hoshruba are planned for 2011.

Musharraf Ali Farooqi is the author of the novel The Story of a Widow shortlisted for the 2011 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and longlisted for the 2010 IMPAC-Dublin Literary Award. His children’s fiction includes the picture book The Cobbler’s Holiday Or Why Ants Don’t Wear Shoes, and a forthcoming collection The Amazing Moustaches of Moochhander the Iron Man and Other Stories. He is also the author of the critically-acclaimed translations of Urdu classics, The Adventures of Amir Hamza, and the first book of a projected 24-volume magical fantasy epic, Hoshruba. A selection from his translations of contemporary Urdu poet Afzal Ahmed Syed Rococo and Other Worlds was recently published by the Wesleyan University Press Poetry Series.

Visit Musharraf’s website at http://www.mafarooqi.com

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do not bring children to this event as some stories contain adult content.

Date: Friday 10th December, 2010
Time: 7:30 pm
Minimum Donation: Rs. 100
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.