Archive for May, 2014

Dispatches from the Frontlines: In Conversation with Wajahat S Khan

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Saturday, 31st May 2014 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an interactive session with multimedia journalist, Wajahat S Khan, on reporting from the frontlines of wars and military operations.

Wajahat S KhanWajahat is the only Pakistani reporter to be embedded with the Pakistan Army as well as with US/NATO/ISAF forces in Afghanistan. He will share his experiences of reporting from conflict areas and on what doesn’t get reported and why.

Wajahat S Khan reports for NBC News from Islamabad. He also provides expertise to CNN, contributes alternative-media reportage to San Francisco-based Link TV and anchors a popular interview series on Aaj TV. He was recently nominated as the first Pakistani Fellow at the Shorenstein Center for the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He has previously worked with Dawn News and Geo News.

Mind Your Media is a project of the Pakistan Coalition of Ethical Journalism and PeaceNiche. The initiative’s debate and lecture series will bring together decision makers at top news organizations, journalists and activists to explore the media landscape and the ethical challenges faced by the news media in Pakistan.

Date: Saturday, 31st May, 2014
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.


Dawlance Presents D Talent Open Mic Night

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Friday, 30th May 2014 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for D Talent, an open mic series powered by Dawlance.

Performers do not need to pre-register. Just show up with your voice, instruments, and props. We welcome musicians, comedians, poets, spoken word artists, dancers, actors, and storytellers. Firefighting jugglers and magicians too!

Look for our hosts, Akbar Shahzad and Alyna Hasan Jaffery, who will put your name down on the list. Everyone gets up to 10 minutes to perform.

D Talent Open Mic

Date: Friday, 30th May, 2014
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.


Neelofar Abbasi in Conversation with Asif Farrukhi

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Sunday, 25th May 2014 | 6:00 pm

Neelofar Abbasi, a renowned artiste, was a well-known voice and then became a familiar face. In the days when radio ruled, she shot to fame with her expressive vocalizations in Radio Pakistan’s plays and soon moved on to PTV’s Karachi Centre. Along with several successful plays, “Shehzoree” became a runaway hit catapulting its lead characters to the status of stars in the black and white days of PTV. A generation later, many viewers still remember Neelofar er as “The Shehzoree Girl.” Several hits followed, including “Happy Eid Mubarak” and “Eid Ka Jora”, highly regarded as TV classics.

Neelofar Abbasi

Neelofar Abbasi completed her Masters in Microbiology from Karachi University and then married producer and writer, Qamar Ali Abbasi. Now based in New York, she has recently published her memoirs entitled, “Kahi Ankahi”. A short reading from her book and some clips of her popular plays will accompany the conversation.

Neelofar Abbasi will be in conversation with writer and critic, Asif Farrukhi. Asif is a radio buff and used to be a regular at Bazm-e-Talaba, the students’ programme at Radio Pakistan, Karachi.

Date: Sunday, 25th May, 2014
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.


Ghazal Kay Rang: An Evening with Sagheer Ahmed Mir

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Friday, 23rd May 2014 | 7:30 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of rare and popular ghazals with singer and composer, Sagheer Ahmed Mir.

Sagheer Ahmed Mir first learned music from Ustad Chand Khan of the Jaipur gharana. He also learned from Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan and Ustad Allaudin Khan. His training was in classical vocals and with time, he was drawn towards rendering semi-classical forms such as thumri, dadra, and ghazals and also started to include folk songs and geets into his repertoire. Sagheer has been performing on radio, television, and in live shows for the last fifteen years, which also include performances in India. He is an ardent follower of the ghazal maestro, the late Ustad Mehdi Hasan, who has greatly influenced his vocal rendition and style.

Sagheer Ahmed Mir will be accompanied on the tabla by Yousuf Kerai and on sitar by the young prodigy, Shehroze Hussain.

Sagheer Ahmed Mir

Date: Friday, 23rd May, 2014
Time: 7:30 pm
Entry: Rs. 400
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Reduce Your Electricity Bills: A Seminar on Energy Efficiency by Nida Farid

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Thursday, 22nd May 2014 | 7:00 pm

Do you spend more than 2% of your monthly household or business budget on electricity and generator costs? If you do, then you are paying way too much.

Join us at T2F to discover how you can reduce your electricity bills, but not your comfort, by up to 50%.

The Karachi Energy Conservation Awareness campaign teaches you methods that will put money in your pocket, not your utility company’s. While everyone talks about energy conservation, energy efficiency is often overlooked. With energy efficiency you can cut your electricity bills and generator size drastically, without impacting your comfort levels in any way. The seminar will cover concepts of efficiency and lifecycle costs and teach you how to make smart decisions when buying electrical appliances.

Nida FaridNida R. Farid is an aerospace engineer and renewable energy consultant. Recently, she was Program Manager at UAC Alu Menziken in Switzerland where she drove the complete production line for a crucial electro-structural system of Airbus’ new plane, the A350XWB. Nida has also worked extensively with wind farm development and management, energy policy and gas turbine combustion in North America and Europe. She has an SB in Aerospace Engineering from MIT and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zurich, specializing in aircraft engines.

Date: Thursday, 22nd May, 2014
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.


I, Dance: A Film by Sonya Fatah

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Saturday, 17th May 2014 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a screening of I, DANCE, a documentary film that traces the tumultuous journey of classical dance in Pakistan. The film will be followed by a discussion with Sheema Kermani and Sonya Fatah, moderated by Framji Minwalla.

I, Dance.
I, DANCE is a documentary that tells the difficult story of classical dance in Pakistan primarily through the lens of Sheema Kermani, one of the country’s few classical dancers. Set against the largely military backdrop of a country struggling to define itself, I, DANCE takes us into the lives and worlds of women who dared to defy the social, political and legal code for the performing arts. That struggle is one reason why today, in Pakistan, there is a mini revival and appreciation for our lost heritage.

Director: Sonya Fatah
Running Time: 66 minutes

Date: Saturday, 17th May, 2014
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.


A Reading for Sarmad Tariq

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Friday, 16th May 2014 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for readings, reminiscences, and recollections of Sarmad Tariq who passed away on 30th April 2014.

Sarmad Tariq

“Sarmad Tariq passed away. I knew him in the years prior to his accident. He was our neighbour, my earliest memory of him was fighting a bout of boxing in his own home and his love for Rocky 4. He said the key to happiness is I) absence of complaints, II) absence of regrets, III) absence of fear and IV) a constant source of self fulfilment. I asked him once how or why he didn’t regret his accident. To which he replied that had he not dived into that nehar, he would have probably joined the army and would have become a mediocre officer, but instead his handicap enabled him to actualise his potential. He meant what he said. I reconnected with him two years ago and told him he was one of the greatest thinkers of our time. Sarmad even wrote a blog via Shuntoo mocking my admiration. I know he is in a better place and I wish his family patience, strength and the same zeal with which he lived his life. He truly lived the principle that life is not about what you achieve but about how you respond to what happens on a daily basis. I’m sure Shuntoo will find it amusing that people write notes in cyber space, notes that his creator can’t even read. But I guess these are the wonders of a digital age. While he may have left us, I hope the principles with which he lived will last forever. No complaints, no anger, no fear and a source of fulfilment. Sarmad you will live in our hearts forever.” — Isfandiyar Shaheen

Date: Friday, 16th May, 2014
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.


Film Screening: The Human Scale

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Friday, 9th May 2014 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a screening of The Human Scale, a film that critically explores the way we build and use our cities.

The Human Scale50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80%. Life in a mega city is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness and severe health issues due to our way of life. But why? Danish architect and professor, Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in cities for over 40 years. He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in ways which take human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account.

The Human Scale meets thinkers, architects and urban planners across the globe. It questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the center of our planning.

Running Time: 77 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Director: Andreas Dalsgaard

The Human Scale

This film screening is part of our Creative Innovation series, in collaboration with SZABIST.

Date: Friday, 9th May, 2014
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.


Meet the Media: In Conversation with Broadcast Journalists, Linda Roth and Terry Anzur

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Thursday, 8th May 2014 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a session on strengthening broadcast journalism featuring Linda Roth and Terry Anzur. Ms. Roth, Executive Producer of CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” and Ms. Anzur, Fulbright Specialist in Broadcast Journalism, will speak about their experiences as journalists reporting from conflict areas around the world.

Linda RothLinda Roth is an Executive Producer on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” She focuses primarily on all of Blitzer’s special editorial projects and top newsmaker interviews. She most recently booked and produced programs that featured world leaders such as Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Israeli President Shimon Peres. She is part of the political team recently awarded a Peabody for CNN’s 2008 campaign coverage. An experienced field producer, Ms. Roth has worked extensively throughout the Middle East and Europe. In 2003, she embedded with the US Marines on the march toward Baghdad and re-established the CNN bureau, which had been destroyed in the fighting. In 2006, she embedded with Israeli Defense Forces fighting Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon and earned a Headliner award for her work.

Terry AnzurTerry Anzur is a multimedia journalist and media trainer. She is the co-author of Power Performance: Multimedia Storytelling for Journalism and Public Relations. Ms. Anzur co-anchored “KTLA News at Ten” from 1997 to 2000, winning a Golden Mike award from the Southern California Radio-Television News Association for Best Prime Time Newscast. Her hands-on approach to anchoring also contributed to a Golden Mike and Associated Press awards for Best News Writing. From 2001 to 2006 she was a weeknight anchor on WPEC-TV, the CBS affiliate in West Palm Beach, winning an Emmy for breaking news coverage, an AP award for public affairs reporting and national commendations from the Genesis Awards for investigative reporting.

This event will be live tweeted by @MindYourMediaPK and live-streamed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/thesecondfloor

Mind Your Media is a project of the Pakistan Coalition of Ethical Journalism and PeaceNiche. The initiative’s debate and lecture series will bring together decision makers at top news organizations, journalists and activists to explore the media landscape and the ethical challenges faced by the news media in Pakistan.

Date: Thursday, 8th May, 2014
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.