Archive for February, 2013

Nishana: An Artist’s Interpretation of Digital War Game Maps by Sabina Haque

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Thursday, 7th March 2013 | 7:00 pm

Karachi, the city of lights, is now target practice in an Xbox game called Modern Warfare. The Karachi war game map is devoid of life and vitality, it is simply a target, a mark on the earth, a nishan …

Join us at T2F for an evening with artist, Sabina Zeba Haque, who will present a digital slideshow of Nishana, her latest series of artworks.

Sabina’s new work incorporates elements of appropriated video game imagery, Indo-Persian miniature patterns and western oil painting into allegorical maps. Her pieces allude to omnipresent satellite surveillance and references drone operators who are situated on the other side of the world. Sabina attempts to reconcile these two very disparate experiences: the virtual drone’s eye view and her lived experience growing up in Karachi.

Nishana

About the Artist

Sabina Zeba Haque, now based out of the US, was raised in Karachi by her American mother and Pakistani father. She completed her MFA in Painting from Boston University in 1998 and now teaches Fine Arts at Portland State University. Her work has been exhibited in many prestigious art galleries throughout the US, in which she connects personal experiences of living ‘between’ cultures and explores the creative potential of the many places she calls home. Sabina’s upcoming solo exhibit will be held at Koel Gallery in Karachi in 2013.

Date: Thursday, 7th March, 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.


Kohl and Chalk: Readings and Conversation with Poet, Shadab Zeest Hashmi

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Sunday, 3rd March 2013 | 6:00 pm

Kohl, to see the moon lucid, to let place dream you up — Chalk, to map that dream, to draw cross hatched lanterns and mirrors between borders.

Join us at T2F for an evening of readings and conversation with poet, Shadab Zeest Hashmi. The discussion will be moderated by Afia Aslam, Editor – Papercuts Magazine.

Shadab Zeest HashmiShadab Zeest Hashmi’s poems have appeared in Poetry International, Vallum, Nimrod, The Bitter Oleander, Journal of Postcolonial Writings, The Cortland Review, South Asian Review, RHINO, Hubbub, New Millennium Writings, The Citron Review, 3 Quarks Daily, San Diego Free Press, and are forthcoming in The Adirondack Review, Sugar Mule and other places. Her essays on eastern poetic forms such as the Ghazal and Qasida have been published in the Journal of Contemporary World Literature, and her essays have appeared in the Washington Post, Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies and Knot magazine. She represents Pakistan on Universe: A United Nations of Poetry.

Shadab Zeest Hashmi’s first book, Baker of Tarifa, won the 2011 San Diego Book Award for poetry. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize multiple times and has taught as a visiting professor at San Diego State University. Shadab has served as the editor of San Diego’s Magee Park Poets Anthology since 2000 and is the English Section editor of MahMag World Literature.

Date: Sunday, 3rd March, 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.


The Gharana Series: Ustad Khurshid Hussain Presents the Dilli Style of Tabla Performance

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Saturday, 2nd March 2013 | 7:00 pm

Come hear some rare compositions of the fountainhead of all the other styles, the Dilli Gharana, presented by Ustad Khurshid Hussain.

Ustad Khurshid Hussain, one of the few doyens of tabla in Pakistan, will demonstrate the nuances and subtleties of the famous “two finger” technique, while his disciple, Yousuf Kerai will talk about the splendor of sub-continental rhythms and the Gharana Series.

Ustad Khurshid Hussain

Ustad Khurshid Hussain

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. Although Ustad Khurshid Hussain’s blood line is from the Ajrada Gharana, he learned tabla primarily from Ustad Habib Khan who was well versed with all the gharanas’ styles and compositions. 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, Farida Khanum, and Sajid Hussain. He is also the accompanist of choice for visiting artistes from India.

Date: Saturday, 2nd March, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Rs. 200
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

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Friday, 1st March 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F on the first Friday of March 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, 1st March, 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.


Chai and Conversation with Novelist, Maniza Naqvi

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Friday, 1st March 2013 | 6:00 pm

Join us as at T2F for an evening with Maniza Naqvi as she reads from Karachi: Our Stories in Our Words. The readings will be followed by a conversation and Q&A session moderated by Hani Yousuf.

IManiza Naqvin an informal café setting, Maniza will read her favorite passages from Karachi: Our Stories in Our Words. The book is a collection of stories by young writers about their experiences with this city of lights and insanity so many of us call home.

Maniza Naqvi is the book’s editor, a novelist and short story writer. Her other works include Mass Transit, On Air, Stay With Me, Sarajevo Saturdays and A Matter of Detail. Her play, That Sara Aziz, appeared in Shattering Stereotypes, and The Leftist and the Leader was featured in the anthology of Pakistani fiction for the South Asia Review. Her short story, A Brief Acquaintance, is included in the anthology Neither Night Nor Day. Maniza, winner of the Patras Bokhari Award for English literature, regularly writes fiction and essays and is the Monday Columnist for 3 Quarks Daily.

Date: Friday, 1st March, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: T2F Café (First Floor)
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


The Acting Wheel Turns 2

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Thursday, 28th February 2013 | 7:30 pm

Join us at T2F for the second anniversary of The Acting Wheel, Karachi’s first theatre and improvisational comedy community, where the audience becomes part of the show.

The Acting Wheel kicked off at T2F in Feb 2011 with a bunch of crazy theatre lovers and a curious audience. The idea was simple; to provide anyone with an interest in acting, drama, improvisation or public speaking with a performance platform. Open to all, the sessions feature a unique mix of participative and interactive performance pieces.

Over the last two years, The Acting Wheel has grown from a small group of 20 to an active community of 1700 students, 9-to-5ers, freelancers and budding theatre and improvisational artists. Come celebrate two years of The Acting Wheel and get over all your stage and people fright.

Everyone is welcome.
No judgements, no inhibitions.
Only camaraderie and laughter.

The Acting Wheel Turns Two!

Date: Thursday, 28th February, 2013
Time: 7:30 pm
Minimum Donation: Rs. 150
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


The Man on a Black Horse: A Play by DadaDali Productions

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Two soldiers experience life, love and loss. A mysterious woman keeps memories of their lives alive and pushes them to revisit what it is that they have done. Expressionistic and absurdist, told in 3 movements of reality, madness and revelation, The Man on a Black Horse is inspired by the writings of Ferdowsi, Rumi, Galczynski and Erich Fromm.

The Man on a Black Horse

Writers

Rouvan Mahmud [Actor, Director, “The Pillowman”, “Kolachi”, NYC]
Ali Junejo [First Prize at Lithuanian Women’s Rights Film Festival 2011, Starlight, Mouse Trap]

Starring

Rumi – Ali Junejo
Sal – Rouvan Mahmud
Lisa – Meher Jaffri

Dates: 15th – 18th Feb / 21st – 26th Feb
Time: 8:00 pm
Passes: Rs. 1,000
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Literary Cities: Mehr Afshan Farooqi in Conversation with Asif Farrukhi

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Wednesday, 20th February 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us as T2F for a conversation with Mehr Afshan Farooqi about her new book project on Allahabad and how cities promote literary culture.

Mehr Afshan FarooqiThe talk will explore how cities and multilingualism nurture cultural development. Each city has its own audible surface of languages, a signature blend of dialects and accents. It comes as no surprise that many of Urdu’s leading literary critics and writers such as Muhammad Hasan Askari, Ale Ahmad Suroor, and Shamsur Rahman Faruqi were trained in departments of English. Linguistic diversity fosters parallel and intersecting cultures, particularly in South Asian cities. This will be highlighted through the example of Allahabad where the university’s English department played a crucial role in creating an environment for intellectual debate on cultural sensibilities.

Mehr Afshan Farooqi is a published author of several books on modern Urdu literature and teaches Urdu and South Asian Literatures at the University of Virginia. Her most recent publication is Urdu Literary Culture, Vernacular Modernity in the Writing of Muhammad Hasan Askari. Farooqi grew up in Allahabad, India in a home filled with writers and poets and her parents were the founder-editors of the path breaking Urdu literary journal, Shabkhoon.

Date: Wednesday, 20th 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.


Qavvaali featuring Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Tuesday, 19th February 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a classical qavvaali performance by the scions of Ustad Bahauddin Khan.

Keeping the flame of the Delhi Gharana alive, Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers perform traditional qavvaali, perfected over 20 years of live performances around the world. The troupe has toured throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and across South Asia and have received multiple accolades for their renditions.

In addition to performances, Najmuddin Saifuddin and Brothers are committed to sharing their art and knowledge by presenting lectures and workshops about the age-old institution of qavvaali.

Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers

Date: Tuesday, 19th February, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Rs. 200
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Fear Inc: Exposing the Islamophobia Network in America

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Thursday, 14th February 2013 | 6:00 pm

Wajahat AliExploiting fear, hysteria and ignorance has been a lucrative business for the Islamophobia network in America. Join us at T2F for a conversation with Wajahat Ali as he traces the hatred and hostility towards Islam that has led to the discrimination, marginalization and exclusion of Muslims from America’s social, political, and civic life.

Wajahat Ali is an award-winning playwright, journalist, and writer, working as an attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the lead author of the investigative report ‘Fear Inc: Exposing the Islamophobia Network in America’ published by the Center for American Progress.

Wajahat’s writings on contemporary affairs, the media, pop culture and religion frequently appear in the Washington Post, The Guardian, Salon, Slate, McSweeney’s, Wall Street Journal Blog, CNN.com and The Huffington Post. He received the 2011 Otto Award for Political Theatre for his play ‘The Domestic Crusaders’, one of the first major plays about the Pakistani American experience. Wajahat is currently writing a TV plot about a Muslim American cop and is also working on his first film screenplay.

Date: Thursday, 14th February, 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.