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.