Archive for January, 2013

Temporarily Tuesday: Open Mic Night

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Tuesday, 5th February 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F this Tuesday for an open mic session featuring emerging talent.

T2F’s Open Mic, is a platform for musicians, poets, and comedians to perform, improvise and experiment in an informal setting.

Performers do not need to pre-register. Just show up with your voice, instruments, and props. Look for our hosts, Saif Ali and KC Leftblank who will put your name down on the list. Musicians get 15 minutes/3 songs and everyone else gets 10 minutes.

Temporarily Tuesday Open Mic

Date: Tuesday, 5th February, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested 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.


College 101: Liberal Arts in the United States

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Monday, 4th February 2013 | 7:00 pm

Liberal ArtsMany students apply to colleges in the United States where their list looks something like this: Harvard, Yale, Princeton. While college ratings show one tier of higher education, there are many colleges under the radar that also offer an excellent undergraduate experience. Liberal arts colleges such as Amherst College, Williams College and Hampshire College tend to be residential, smaller in student size, and often come with substantial aid packages. They promote multidisciplinary learning where the first two years are typically spent exploring a range of subjects.

However, there isn’t sufficient information readily available about these smaller schools. Myths exist that the curriculum at liberal arts colleges concentrates only on the arts, and does not include natural or applied sciences, social sciences and the humanities. People also believe that graduates from liberal arts universities are disadvantaged in the job market, when statistics indicate otherwise.

It is difficult to gauge a college’s experience from a continent away. Join us for a panel discussion with students and alumni of liberal arts colleges, who will speak about their personal experiences, dispel popular myths, and share what they gained from their college careers.

What are these schools actually like? What are the things students wish they had been told before they left? How much of the admission process is based upon popular misconceptions? The panel will be followed by an open discussion with the audience.

Students and parents of students thinking about applying to the US are especially encouraged to attend.

Panelists

Farah Mohammad is a freshman at Bennington College. Her major is currently undeclared, as she is exploring different subjects of interest.

Mustafa Sadiq Tawab is a freshman at Bennington College. He plans to major in the social sciences, specifically Politics and Economics.

Sadia Khatri is a junior at Mount Holyoke College. She is majoring in Astronomy and Journalism.

Ali Hassan spent two years majoring in Mathematics at Berea College, after which he transferred to CUNY. At CUNY he had significant coursework in Computer Security. Ali is an editor by profession, an avid reader of philosophy, lover of the arts and a computer nut to boot.

Moderator

The panel will be moderated by Mariam Sabri who majored in International Relations with significant coursework in Digital Media from Mount Holyoke College. She has worked in higher education planning and curriculum development at Habib University and the Education Enrichment Foundation. Mariam is committed to promoting the liberal arts, interdisciplinarity and innovative pedagogies in Pakistani university curricula.

Date: Monday, 4th February, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested 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.


Quadrum the Percussionists Live at T2F

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Saturday, 2nd February 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a performance featuring Pakistan’s first pure percussion band.

Quadrum is a multi-percussion band featuring four talented individuals. Atif Saeed, Daud Randle, Saad Sarfraz Sheikh and Umer Saud create a beautiful amalgamation of world music with a multitude of soulful percussion instruments.

Quadrum is loud, electrifying and bursting with energy. They play hand drums of all shapes and sizes, from the African Djembe and the Egyptian Doumbek to our very own Dhol. With four members slapping and clapping away on their drums, their sound will make your feet tap.

Quadrum

The Quadrum boys are based in Lahore and are passing through Karachi this weekend. We’re delighted to host them at T2F and although this is very short notice, please do try and come.

Date: Saturday, 2nd February, 2013
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.


The Nuts & Bolts of a Startup: A Workshop for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Thursday, 24th January 2013 | 7:00 pm

From San Francisco to Nairobi, from Silicon Alley to Berlin, young people today are taking control of their future and defining their careers by starting their own companies. The benefits are clear. Not only are there greater reward opportunities at the end, the journey itself is reported to be fulfilling by most founders as they enjoy autonomy from the corporate constraints that would otherwise hold them back. However, the risks are unprecedented too since as a founder you are responsible for success in all aspects of the business, and failure is a frequent outcome.

Come join us for a series of talks and workshops as Danish Munir and Abdulrahman Rafiq share their experiences of starting their own companies and help you prepare for starting your own.

Nuts and Bolts of a Startup

The first workshop will comprise of 45 minutes of stories and 45 minutes of exercises and we will cover the following topics:

– Finding the right idea
– Building the right team

The speakers will be joined by Shahjahan Chaudhary (TeamAnts) and Sabeen Mahmud (T2F) for a Q & A session.

Subsequent events will focus on the following areas:

– Building the product
– Raising capital
– Building a customer base
– Scaling your business
– Navigating an exit

Speakers Bios

Danish Munir is currently working on a healthcare startup (1DocWay) that provides a telepsychiatry platform for hospitals. Having studied Finance and Computer Engineering from UPenn, Danish has always been fascinated by technology and how it changes our lives every day. Danish enjoys rock climbing and listening to live music in his free time.

Abdulrahman Rafiq is a technology consultant, entrepreneur and social change agent from Karachi and Silicon Valley. He has over 9 years experience working on the Catalyst 6500 product at Cisco Systems. He currently runs Inspurate Systems, a Web and Mobile Solutions company providing development, design, and Social Media strategy services to small and medium enterprises. He is also the founder of SA Relief, a grassroots disaster management and coordination platform for South Asia. Additionally, he has served on the Executive Committee at OPEN Silicon Valley since 2005. Abdulrahman is passionate of about the evolution of the Internet, mobile technology, and building globally networked cross-border entrepreneurial ecosystems. He can be contacted on Twitter at @arrafiq

Date: Thursday, 24th January, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested 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.


The Magic of Sitar: A Concert Featuring Ustad Sajid Hussain

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Sunday, 20th January 2013 | 7:00 pm

Hailing from a family of musical virtuosos, Sajid Hussain, is the disciple of his father, Ustad Fida Hussain, and his uncle, Ustad Kabir Khan. Belonging to the Senia Gharana that traces its roots to Mian Tansen, Sajid Hussain began to play the sitar at the age of 16. He has performed for radio, television and music festivals such as the All Pakistan Music Conference. Sajid Hussain is one of the senior artistes and composers in the new ensemble, Tarz Group which comprises of classically trained musicians who present South Asian musical heritage in a new orchestral style. In addition to performances, Sajid Hussain has focused his attention on educating his children in the art that is his ancestral inheritance. He is one of the few remaining sitar maestros of Pakistan and his artistry lies not only in his playing but also in his magnificent compositions.

Sajid Hussain

Photo Credit: Sadaf Junaid Zuberi

Ustad Sajid Hussain will be accompanied on tabla by Yousuf Kerai. Yousuf learned to sing and play the harmonium under the tutelage of the late Master Babu Khan. At the age of sixteen, he was accepted as a student of Ustad Khurshid Hussain and has been playing tabla ever since. Yousuf is the founder of the Tarz Group and is committed to finding innovative ways for our musical heritage to adapt and grow in value so that it can be passed on to future generations as an integral part of our South Asian identity.

Date: Sunday, 20th January, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Rs. 300 [Please consider a larger contribution to support classical music in Pakistan]
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


The Pop-Up Pyaar Shop

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Aql ke madrasay se uth
Ishq ke maekaday mayñ aa

For 2 days only, T2F presents The Pop-Up Pyaar Shop featuring
paintings, posters, and crafts celebrating “LOVE”.

Do pop across! We’d to see you.

Pop-Up Pyaar Shop

Dates: Sunday, 13th January to Monday, 14th January 2013
Time: 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Starships, Villains, and Jinns: Iron Man and Star Trek Actor, Faran Tahir in Conversation with Adnan Malik

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Sunday, 6th January 2013 | 6:00 pm

Join us at T2F as Adnan Malik engages the man J.J. Abrams calls ‘a gentleman and a genius’ about his voyage from Lahore to the final frontier of Hollywood success.

Faran Tahir is a third generation Pakistani-American actor who has demonstrated his talent equally in film, television and theater. His most recent film credits include the vicious villain in the 2008 Marvel live action blockbuster, Iron Man, starring alongside Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow and Terence Howard. In 2009, he followed the success of Iron Man with another super hit, Star Trek.

Faran Tahir

Tahir’s vast television resume includes over 40 television appearances. Currently, he has recurring roles on Dallas and Warehouse 13. He has been seen as guest leads in notable shows like Burn Notice, Supernatural, In Plain Sight, Lost, Chuck, NYPD Blue, NCIS, NCIS-Los Angeles, Cold Case, and The West Wing. Tahir recently appeared in a much acclaimed episode of Grey’s Anatomy where he was given a chance to create a complex and multi-layered character facing possible death or amputation due to a large tumor in his spine. The character not only dealt with a man’s courage and emotional drama but also gave a window into a Muslim immigrant’s personal, social and political sacrifice. He received a “Voices of Courage and Conscience Award” from the Muslim Public Affairs Council for his character portrayal. He was also submitted by ABC network for a 2010 Emmy Award consideration for his work on Grey’s Anatomy.

A thespian at heart, Tahir has worked off-Broadway and in many top regional American theatres including Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, American Repertory Theatre, and Goodman Theatre. He has over 50 theatrical productions to his name ranging from classical to contemporary. He will soon appear in three upcoming films; The Tomb with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elysium with Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, and Jinn. He was the recipient of 2010 Anokhi’s Male Actor of the Year award in Canada as well as the 2010 Elite Asian Award. Tahir completed his graduate training in theatre at Harvard University and holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Date: Sunday, 6th January, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm
Suggested 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.


Zainul Abedin in Divided South Asia: A Presentation by Iftikhar Dadi

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Saturday, 5th January 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a talk and presentation by Iftikhar Dadi on the life and times of the artist, Zainul Abedin.

Zainul Abedin’s life and work presents many puzzles. He is considered a major Indian artist until 1947, the most important East Pakistani artist, and also a leading figure of Bangladeshi art after 1971. He was also the principal of the art school in Dhaka, which he founded right after the 1947 partition, and was thus a functionary of the Pakistan government at a time when East Pakistan’s society was dominated by West Pakistan. How did his art practice negotiate these impasses?

Iftikhar DadiIftikhar Dadi is an artist and a scholar. He is Associate Professor in the Department of History of Art and Chair of the Department of Art at Cornell University. He has published numerous scholarly works, including the recent book on art from Pakistan, Modernism and the Art of Muslim South Asia. Along with Hammad Nasar, he recently curated the exhibition, Lines of Control at the Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell, which explores the effects of borders and the remainders of partition on contemporary art. As a practicing artist, he collaborates with Elizabeth Dadi and has shown widely internationally.

Date: Saturday, 5th January, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested 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.


First Fridays: Open Mic Night

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Friday, 4th January 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F on the first Friday of January for an open mic session featuring emerging talent.

T2F’s First Fridays Open Mic is a platform for musicians, poets, and comedians to perform, improvise and experiment in an informal setting.

Performers do not need to pre-register. Just show up with your voice, instruments, and props. Look for our host, Saif Ali, who will put your name down on the list. Musicians get 15 minutes/3 songs and everyone else gets 10 minutes.

First Fridays: Open Mic Night

Date: Friday, 4th January, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
Address | Map

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.