Archive for June, 2013

First Fridays: Open Mic Night

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Friday, 5th July 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F on the first Friday of July 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 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, 5th July, 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.


Science Ka Adda: Omar Vandal on Tools for Disease Eradication

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Thursday, 4th July 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a Science Ka Adda session featuring Omar Vandal who will talk about enabling eradication of two of the greatest killers in human history.

Eradication is the reduction of an infectious disease’s prevalence in the global host population to zero. It is a story of one species working towards the complete elimination of another. To date, smallpox is the only human disease that has been eradicated — which the World Health Embassy declared officially eradicated in 1980. In Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, the eradication of polio is currently being attempted. However, successful elimination of a disease depends on the availability of a variety of technologies which collectively enable a global eradication program. There are also unique biological features of organisms that make their potential eradication more or less likely. We will discuss positioning for eradication of two of the greatest killers in human history; malaria and tuberculosis, how these diseases fight back, and the development of innovative new tools and technologies that will enable eradication from a research perspective.

About Omar Vandal

Omar VandalOmar Vandal is a member of the drug discovery team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he develops and manages early stage investments in tuberculosis, malaria, and other infectious diseases. Previously, Omar worked for the TB Alliance, a virtual drug discovery group developing new medicines for tuberculosis. Omar completed his post-doctoral work and his PhD in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis at the Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University in New York. His work at Cornell focused on interactions of TB with the host, and led to the identification of novel pathways and drug targets. Omar has also spent the last 10 years co-producing a documentary film on the science and life of Abdus Salam.

Date: Thursday, 4th July, 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.


Pakistan Innovation Foundation presents The Innovation Lab

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Wednesday, 3rd July 2013 | 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

waterbulb.jpgPakistan Innovation Foundation’s Innovation Labs bring together students, faculty, and professionals to engage in the identification of problems and the discovery of solutions. They seek to inspire and excite Pakistanis to think creatively to solve our problems. Join PIF for a series of engaging sessions with inspiring innovators from the manufacturing+energy+water space to brainstorm ideas for creating a prosperous and innovative Pakistan.

Registration
6:30 pm – 6:45 pm

Manufacturing+Energy+Water: Innovation in Context
6:45 pm – 8:10 pm

– Introduction to the PIF Innovation Lab
– PIF Initiatives: Saad Amanullah Khan, CEO Gillette Pakistan and Chairman, PIF
– Inspiring Innovator: Husnain Akthar, Founder and CEO, Aerocar
– The Innovation Imperative in Water: Adnan Asdar, CEO, Multinet Foundation
– What Is Innovation: Athar Osama, CEO, PIF
– Q&A

Manufacturing+Energy+Water Innovation Lab
8:10 pm – 9:30 pm

– Brainstorming Challenges and Problems
– Idea Generation in Groups
– Group Presentations

Facilitators: Athar Osama, Saad Amanullah Khan, Adnan Asdar, Hasnain Akhtar
Rapporteur: Kamran Haider

Date: Wednesday, 3rd July, 2013
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 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 Perween Rahman Lecture Series: Sheema Kermani on Community Theatre

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Tuesday, 2nd July 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for the third session of The Perween Rahman Lecture Series, instituted to keep Perween’s voice and legacy alive and to continue talking about the issues closest to her heart.

Perween Rahman’s support for Tehrik-e-Niswan’s Theatre for Community Development, was part of her work to enlighten the residents of low-income settlements of their inalienable right to a good life. Sheema Kermani, founder of Tehrik-e-Niswan, will discuss the role of theatre for social uplift and Perween Rahman’s role in partnering with Tehrik-e-Niswan to bring meaningful entertainment and aesthetics to the people of Orangi.

Tehrik-e-Niswan will also present a dramatic tribute to Perween Rehman.

Tehrik-e-Niswan

Perween RahmanPerween Rahman was one of Pakistan’s brightest lights. A renowned social worker, urban planner, and architect, Perween spent decades working on poverty alleviation projects with the guiding philosophy of ‘apni madad aap’ (help yourself). On 13th March 2013, Perween was murdered by armed assailants while returning home from work. Her death has been mourned across Pakistan and the social development world.

Learn more about Perween Rahman on our blog

Date: Tuesday, 2nd July, 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.


Jumma Hafta Art Bazaar 3.0

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Friday, 28th June – Saturday, 29th June 2013 | 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Jumma Hafta Art Bazaar 3.0 features pop-up shops by 21 emerging and established visual artists, including painters, potters, mixed media artists, digital artists, installation artists, photographers, and a furniture designer.

JHAB 3.0

We’re thrilled to announce that JHAB 3.0 will also showcase Sindhi craft pop-up shops set up by master potters of Larkana, Dilshad Choori Maker of Hyderabad and Abdul Majid Soomro, a textile artist from Bhitshah.

Art aficionados will find a range of large-scale action paintings, pop-art, digital paintings by a character specialist, contemporary and traditional ceramics, and textile crafts, along with a fantastic variety of drawings, sculptural furniture, and mixed media arts.

This sweltering summer, join us at JHAB 3.0. Garmee mayn kharaab tau hum ho hee gae haen, ub kam az kam aankhon ko thandak pohnchaaen.

Date: Friday, 28th June – Saturday, 29th June 2013
Time: 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Zambeel Dramatic Readings Presents Dozakh by Ismat Chughtai

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Tuesday, 25th June 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a dramatic rendition of Ismat Chughtai’s vibrant play, “Dozakh”, with original music composed by Rakae Jamil.

Dozakh, a play written for the stage, is a colourful roller coaster of emotions between two women, Naulasi Khanum and Umdah Khanum. Ismat Chughtai’s skill as a writer is at its best in the wonderful repartee that is central to the lives of these companions. Original music for this reading consists of two tracks composed in Raag Sarang and Raag Bahaar, composed and played by Rakae Jamil.

Performances
Mahvash Faruqi: Naulasi Khanum
Shama Askari: Umdah Khanum
Asma Mundrawala: Bahu / Khairun

Music
Music: Rakae Jamil
Sound Cues: Seher Naveed

Direction and Sound
Asma Mundrawala

Dozakh

Date: Tuesday, 25th June, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 300
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Ode to Brownie and Ice-Cream

Friday, June 21st, 2013

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“I eat brownie ice-cream whenever I want to feel better.” – Shahnaz Imdad, Customer

“A gift from the gastronomical gods: that is the only way to describe T2F’s Brownie. When you bite into the crunchy, bitter chocolate, you’re transported to surreal world. When paired with sweet vanilla ice-cream, the flavour and richness is intensified; the perfect balance of hot and cold, bitter and sweet, chocolate and vanilla. You haven’t really experienced T2F till you’ve indulged in the brownie ice-cream combination.” – Talha Kehar, Admin Coordinator at T2F

“Chewy
, moist, perfectly chocolatey, not too bitter, not too sweet. Reminds me of old movies
.” – Sarah Fariduddin, Customer

“An amazing mixture of the cold and the warm, the brown and the white, the soft and the smooth.” – Hasan Shahid, Customer


Zambeel Dramatic Readings Presents Bazm e Suboohi

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Wednesday, 19th June 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for dramatic renditions of Deevani Apa and Sahib Aalam, two picturesque tales by Ashraf Suboohi, set in mid-nineteenth century Delhi. The readings will be preceded by an introduction by Asif Farrukhi.

Ashraf Suboohi’s characteristic portrayal of the customs and culture of Delhi in the mid-nineteenth century references traditions of folklore and storytelling in these two short stories.

Deevani Apa reflects the life of a naive sixty year old woman who is a beloved household name for many families in the neighborhood.

Sahib Aalam portrays the respectful relationship between Sahib Aalam and Bankay Mirza and the uncanny decisions these men take in the name of honour.

Credits
Performers: Mahvash Faruqi, Asma Mundrawala
Sound Cues: Seher Naveed
Poster Design: Asma Mundrawala
Direction and Sound Design: Asma Mundrawala
Recorded Voices: Maliha Ahmed, Shama Askari

Bazm e Suboohi

The title of this production is borrowed from the book Bazm e Suboohi. Ashraf Suboohi Dehlvi ki Numainda Tehriroan ka Intekhaab, (Schehrzade, Karachi, 2008), with the kind permission of Asif Farrukhi.

Date: Wednesday, 19th June, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 300
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Perween Rahman (1957 – 2013)

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Perween Rahman was one of Pakistan’s brightest lights. A renowned social worker, urban planner, and architect, Perween spent decades working on poverty alleviation projects with the guiding philosophy of ‘apni madad aap’ (help yourself). On 13th March 2013, Perween was murdered by armed assailants while returning home from work. Her death has been mourned across Pakistan and the social development world.

Perween RahmanPerween Rahman was an internationally renowned architect, planner and social scientist. She studied architecture at the Department of Architecture and Planning at the Dawood College of Engineering and Technology (DCET). In 1982, Perween joined the Orangi Pilot Project (OPP) as an intern. Over the years, she worked on furthering OPP’s mission of upgrading informal settlements by supporting their communities in building sanitation and water supply infrastructure, schools, and improving housing.

When Akhtar Hameed Khan passed away in 1999, Perween took on the direction of the institute and ably led it to the fame and prestige that it enjoys today. Under her able guidance, OPP received international recognition from organizations like the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Bilateral Development Agencies, and international NGOs began to replicate and adapt the OPP-RTI model of development in their projects in South Asia, Southeast Asia and Central Asia. In Pakistan, the project expanded out of Orangi to 562 locations in both urban and rural areas of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. To date it has benefitted more than 3 million people in Pakistan and continues to expand through a process of training, research and extension. Perween’s academic and community involvement has produced a large number of planning professionals, NGO leaders and community activists who have been at the forefront for a pro-poor policy change nationally and internationally. Her most important role, however, has been of sharing her knowledge and that of her organization with academia, NGOs, communities, and government institutions. Perween Rahman leaves behind a nationally and internationally acclaimed Pakistani Community Development NGO – one that has been cited as the most successful Poverty Alleviation Program in the world.

Enriched by the Power She Gave
Aquila Ismail

She breathed the sorrows of the world
That sang like fumes on the urban swamp
And swept in columns from the cut hills
Until a hundred lifetimes pierced her throat

What is it about their silent misery?
She saw it in their fallen gait
Their stilted speech and broken mien
The deathly shuffling of their feet

To raise the poor from their grief
And light the lanterns that they keep
She found the language that they speak
And gave them arms to lift the weak

She dreamed the hope of every hut
That rises reaching to the skies
For times of plenty on this earth
When daylight promises a day of peace

Her labor was truly for their souls
To show their values in their work
Embodied by her smile they live
Enriched by all the power she gave.

Tributes

Pakistani Advocate For The Poor Slain By Gunmen
Steve Inskeep

Perween Rahman: Pyar
Maniza Naqvi

Perween Rahman, a dear friend, colleague and valued mentor remembered
Nausheen H. Anwar


Read more tributes, learn about Perween’s work and stay informed about the Justice for Perween Rahman movement
https://www.facebook.com/JusticeForPerweenRahman



The Perween Rahman Lecture Series: Zubeida Mustafa on Education

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Tuesday, 18th June 2013 | 7:00 pm

Perween RahmanJoin us at T2F for the second session of The Perween Rahman Lecture Series, instituted to keep Perween’s voice and legacy alive and to continue talking about the issues closest to her heart.

Zubeida Mustafa has written extensively on education and on OPP-RTI’s support to small schools. She will speak about the challenges of language, of teacher training, the lack of physical space, and how the OPP-RTI’s program attempts to address myriad issues in the education sector.

Perween Rahman was one of Pakistan’s brightest lights. A renowned social worker, urban planner, and architect, Perween spent decades working on poverty alleviation projects with the guiding philosophy of ‘apni madad aap’ (help yourself). On 13th March 2013, Perween was murdered by armed assailants while returning home from work. Her death has been mourned across Pakistan and the social development world.

The talk will be livestreamed for friends who cannot join us at T2F
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/thesecondfloor

Learn more about Perween Rahman on our blog

Date: Tuesday, 18th June, 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.