Archive for September, 2018

Unplugged Improv with LOLWaalay

Monday, September 24th, 2018

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After 6 years and many hundreds of shows later, we, the LOLWaalay will depart from our signature short-form style and bring you some never before seen improvised, experimental long-form! Also, in addition to our act, we will feature some of our funny friends as well!

If you were to tie the knot with long-form improv via arranged marriage, here is how a rishta aunty would describe it:

‘Long-form improvisation is an unscripted performance of anywhere between 20-90 minutes based off a single audience suggestion. Common elements include monologues, games and series of inter-connected scenes. Long form is much closer to theatre than short form. The final product often appears to be an improvised play. According to a popular improv director, long form is to jazz as short form is to pop’.

What an insightful and eloquent rishta aunty.

Come watch LOLWaalay unplugged and friends this Thursday at The Second Floor! Tickets Rs. 300 available at the venue. Gates open at 7 45 PM. Show starts at 8 PM.

About the Performers:

Akbar Chaudry

The Voice of the Troupe (and the Hair)

The long-time Artistic Director of the troupe, Akbar led the way when LOL Waalay established itself as the premier of comedy at a time when quality live shows across the country were unheard of. Since then, he also single-handedly put the underground stand-up comedy scene on the map by not only performing his own sold out shows, and with notable comedians like Saad Haroon, but also providing a platform to the emerging talent. His crazy curls and fluctuating voice are as much an inspiration as his signature performing style.

Ali Gul Pir

The Sayeen

The improv extraordinaire and mentor is the latest addition to the troupe. A film graduate, Ali initially started off as an improviser in a comedy ensemble put together by Azfar Ali, later moving on to another troupe with Saad Haroon. Soon after that, he broke major ground in the music industry with the very original and hilarious, Wadaira Ka Beta, which went on to become a cultural phenomenon for Pakistanis worldwide. Having become a successful recording artist ever since, the Sayeen is now revisiting his roots in improv with old friends, LOL Waalay. Did we say friends? We meant family. *wipes away tear*

Sannan Wastani

The Bad Boy/Corporate Suave

Long hailed as one of the funniest LOL Waala, Sannan truly personifies what it means to be the bad boy of comedy, if that is a thing. Famed for his priceless comic timing, off the cuff one-liners and true-to-life sense of humour, he started off with theater, starring in plays like, the Office, and its sequel. It was not long before he too was mesmerized by the ways of the LOL Waalay, and became a part of the cause. However, his true mastery lies in doubling as a suave corporate type during the day and comic beast at night. See the point about him being a bad boy? We don’t either.

Syed Muhammad Kumail

That Uncle/That Crazy Uncle

Like we said; here, at LOL Waalay, we are a family. And every family has that one uncle who hangs out with the kids once in a while, cracking jokes, telling old tales (a thousand times), and listening to classical raag at deafening levels. That’s our Kumail, or as we lovingly call him, Mamoo. Mamoo is an engineer by education, teacher by profession and comedian out of compulsion. Sometimes he mixes the three up. He is also a prolific stage actor (Nida Butt’s East is East, The Office 1 & 2) and outstanding stand-up comedian, in addition to being the present Artistic Director (read, protective parent) of the troupe.

Zubair Tariq

Mr. No-Opinion

Some argue that procrastination and laziness are signs of unbounded creativity. We argue in favour of those people, because Zubair has established himself on all three fronts. An introverted writer in real life, and a maniac on stage, he hails from a theater background (Nida Butt’s Grease, East is East, and The Office 1 & 2) and recently finished co-writing a screenplay. Also having a number of TV appearances to his name, Zubair sometimes likes to quietly stare at corners. Nobody is allowed to disturb him then. Oh and did we mention he plays swell guitar?

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Sannan Wastani

Corporate Suave

Syed Muhammad Kumail

That Crazy Uncle

Date: Thursday, 4th October 2018

Time: 08:00PM – 09:00PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Entry: Rs.300/- (Available at Venue)


PIANO – Movements and Transformations

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

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Featuring:
Kimball Gallagher & Kaiyin Huang (USA)
Guest: Usman Anees (Pakistan)

In western classical music, the word Movement is referred to a part of a musical work that is self-contained. However, the work cannot be complete unless you put a few of them together. With their entrepreneurial spirit and humanitarian heart, American pianist Kimball Gallagher (founder of 88 International) together with Taiwanese pianist Kaiyin huang (director of Kairos Arts) have initiated projects in different parts of the world. In this event, they will share their experience through both words and musical notes, to show how the movements they have created have inspired social changes and transformed the lives of many.
The musical selections include: Piano Etudes by Chopin, Prelude by Elham, Children’s Games by Bizet, Jasmin by Jaloul, Taiwan Song Transcriptions by Kaiyin Huang, Jaunpuri by Michael Harrison and beyond.

About the Performers:

Kimball Gallagher (Pianist / Founder and Director of 88 International), Critics have described him as a “dynamo,” “sunlit and rapturous” and “a lightning bolt” Gallagher’s sold-out 2008 debut at Carnegie Hall launched his international The 88- Concert Tour, a tour reviving the salon culture through a series of 300+ performances in a variety of non-traditional venues. Gallagher has blazed a trail across the 7 continents, appearing in 30 countries, and has performed in distinguished venues and intimate gatherings all over the world, from the Kennedy Center to Kabul, Bombay to Boulder, Chicago to Shanghai, and Tuscany to Tunisia. The 88 Concert Tour concluded with a culmination recital by Gallagher at Carnegie Hall in 2015, in New York City, leading to initiation of 88 International, an international organization initiating and executing projects across the globe.

Kaiyin Huang (Pianist / Founder and Director of Kairos Arts) serves as the artistic director of Kairos Arts. A graduate of The Juilliard School of Music (Bachelor’s), Yale School of Music (Master’s), and State University of New York, Stony Brook (DMA), Kaiyin was a recipient of the 2015 Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in Taiwan. She has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, as well as across Asia and Europe.
In addition to her music profession, In 2012 Kaiyin published her first book, The Boiling Frogs, which is an exploration of global income inequality. Since 2013, Kaiyin has invested in various social and humanitarian musical projects in the Southeast Asian and North African regions. In 2014, Kaiyin co-founded the Myanmar Music Festival, which was honored by the participation of Lady Aung San Suu Kyi. The festival also collaborated with United Nations to celebrate its 70th anniversary the following year.

Usman Anees (Pianist/ Music Composer) started learning the piano at the age of 8 from his father Ijaz Anees. He gave his debut performance at the age of 12 at the Marriot Hotel. In subsequent years, he gave solo recitals at many different venues in Pakistan, including the Goethe Institut, the Alliance Francaise, and The Arts Council and has been invited to play for the consul generals of the British, German and Italian embassies. He has also appeared in duet concerts with distinguished international artists. He has appeared many times on national TV and reviewed in the newspaper by leading critics of Western Classical Music. His European debut took place in Berlin when he played at the prestigious Mendelssohn Remise to a standing ovation. In 2016, he did a studio recording of the complete 32 piano sonatas of Ludwig Van Beethoven.
Usman got his qualification from the Trinity College of Music by finishing his Fellowship degree there in the field of music composition. He has composed extensively for various mediums, ranging from solo piano music to symphonies and an opera. His works have been played by American and German artists in various countries.

Date: Saturday, 29th September 2018
Time: 07:30 PM
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Ticket price: Rs. 800


Dungeons & Dragons @ T2F 

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

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Fantasy table-top Role-Playing with Gaming Master Khurram Khan

Table-top role-playing is an experience that provides you with an immersive fantasy world to interact with, to become an elven bard unleashing the ballads that tame the most ferocious of dragons, or a Captain of a Starship exchanging quantum phaser fire with the evil galactic empire or the private investigators unravelling the return of the Ancient Ones.

And all this is limited by nothing but your imagination. If you can imagine it you can platy it.

Table-Top role-playing is also therapeutic, provides a fun social

interactive way to get rid of stress, and being a collaborative group activity allows you to push your boundaries with team skills, public speaking, collaborative storytelling and most important make friends. Sparks the creativity that has been lying dormant in your mind, unleash the inner hero. Your Journey starts now.

Date: Saturday, 22nd September 2018

Time: 06:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Venue: T2F

Entry: Free, It’s your donations that keep us going!


Philosophy Circle: The Mind-Body Problem

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

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Are human beings purely physical, destined to die as our bodies perish? Or are we something more than our bodies? Is there a soul? And if so, where is it and what relationship does it hold to the body? How are our physical brains and bodies connected to our mental states? This is something everyone seems to have an opinion on, and yet, the question remains unresolved. Moreover, at the center of it exists one of the most popular mysteries of our times. Come join us for the third session of Philosophy Circle and learn to think coherently about this perennial puzzle.

About the Speaker:

Umair Khan is a philosopher with an MA in philosophy from the University of Sheffield and currently preparing to start his PhD. His interest areas range from the nature of the self, perception, emotions, and consciousness as a whole. His research includes using scientific experimental data to evaluate philosophical claims about the mind and body, requiring him to be in constant dialogue with cognitive neuroscience and neurobiological research. He also takes a keen interest in philosophy of gender and language.

Date: Monday, 24th September 2018

Time: 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Entry: Free!


Andaz-e-Bayaan; A Public Speaking workshop by Maddi Murtaza

Monday, September 17th, 2018

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Join us for a one day workshop with Maddi Murtaza on the art of public speaking on 30th September from 4pm to 9pm at T2F.

What to expect?
• A highly interactive workshop focusing on experiential learning
• Tools you can use in everyday life and professional activities.
• Techniques for impromptu as well as prepared speeches.
• How to use your voice effectively
• Dealing with nerves, anxiety and stage fright
• Improving general self expression and articulation
• Enhanced confidence in communication.
 
Who should attend?
• Professionals who are required to deliver presentations, explain their point of views to their teams regularly, leaders & managers.
• Artists, media personnel, performers who appear in shows, interviews, radio & public gatherings.
• People who want to overcome inhibitions and improve their communication, social and networking skills.
 
About the Speaker:
Maddi Murtaza is a master speaker, trainer and creative director who has spearheaded many creative campaigns for television, print, radio and other digital mediums.
 
As a trainer and public speaker, Murtaza has worked with students and organisations all over Pakistan and is a regular at Leadership conferences inspiring and motivating the youth of Pakistan to create and engineer a better tomorrow.
 
In his spare time, Maddi Murtaza can be found songwriting & composing for himself and other artists.
 
Facebook : http://facebook.com/maddified
Linkedin: http://linkedin.com/in/maddimurtaza
Twitter: @maddimurtaza
Insta : @maddimurtaza
 
Date: Sunday, 30th September 2018
Time: 04:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Registration Fee: Rs. 2500/-
 

**We only have capacity for 40 participants, so please come in and sign up at T2F (1pm-6pm) or send us an email at info@peaceniche.org for online registrations. First come, first served.**


Project Udaan; Pride of Sindh

Friday, September 14th, 2018

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Join Mehran at T2f on 16th September, 2018 for an exciting exhibition of the Sindh culture represented by the talented women of Thar. Let’s all come together to acknowledge their efforts and unique art.

Date: Sunday 16th September 2018
Time: 01:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)


Hamari Zubaan; Celebrating International Day of Sign Languages

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

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T2F in collaboration with Interpreters Association of Pakistan (IAP) present to you ‘Hamari Zubaan; Celebrating International Day of Sign Languages’ on Sunday, 23rd September 2018 at 5pm!

For the first time, watch a novel story “Ek Purani Kahaani” by Saadat Hasan Manto, interpreted in Pakistan Sign Language. In honour of the International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL), we invite all the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community to be a part of this celebration. Come with your family and friends and enjoy this unique Deaf Culture and of Sign Languages and its heritage.

About the Organisation:

Interpreters Association of Pakistan (IAP), is a non-profit organization aiming to provide interpretation services free of cost to the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing persons in Pakistan. Our goal is to make all sorts of information, entertainment and academic accessible to the Deaf community.

Date: Sunday 23rd September 2018

Time: 05:00 PM – 07:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Entry Ticket: Rs. 500 (per person) with 50% discount for Deaf only Rs. 250


Maa Dharti Project: Chapter 10

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

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Chapter 10 – Rooftop Gardens

The city of Karachi is the 6th most populous city of the world with a population density of over 24,000 people per square kilometer, which means there’s not too much space for gardens… or is there? If one was to plant gardens on all the rooftops around the city, Karachi could potentially turn green in no time. And besides their aesthetic value, rooftop gardens can improve air quality, produce food and lower the overall temperature of the city!
Come and learn the techniques and benefits of planting a rooftop garden at the next session of the Maa Dharti Project and help turn Mother Earth green again!

About the Guest Speaker:
Dr. Nighat Khan is a Reproductive endocrinologist trained at Kings College London Hospital and Chicago. She is a visiting Professor at Agha Khan University and at Barret Hodgkin University and a research affiliate at the University of Edinburgh UK. With a passion for Botanical gardens Dr. Nighat has been nurturing a rooftop garden for 10 years and loving it!

Date: Tuesday,18th September 2018
Time: 07:00 PM – 08:30 PM
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, It’s your donations that keep us going!


Dungeons & Dragons @ T2F 

Monday, September 10th, 2018

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Fantasy table-top Role-Playing with Gaming Master Khurram Khan

Every Thursday from 6pm at the T2F Café

Come! Observe! Join in!

Date: Thursday, 13th September 2018

Time: 06:00 PM

Venue: T2F

Entry: Free, It’s your donations that keep us going!


The 1st Maa Dharti Project Cleanup

Friday, September 7th, 2018

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T2F and Tofiq Pasha’s World present

The 1st Maa Dharti Cleanup  on World Cleanup Day!

Register now for a full-day trip of cleanup, tree-plantation, community-service, fishing boats, watersports and beach fun and say “no more” to marine pollution!

 Itinerary:

9:30 Departure from T2F to Abdul Rehman Goth

10:45 Orientation and safety requirements at Abdul Rehman Goth

11:15 Beach cleanup (gloves, trash bags, data-sheets and weighing machines for garbage-logging will be provided)

12:45 Wash-up for lunch

13:00 Lunch (prawn biryani, water, tea)

14:30 Painting walls of community homes (with colored slaked-lime)

16:30 Tree plantation (saplings will be provided and planted in groups)

17:00 Beach fun, music and campfire

(kayaks, boats and paddle boats will be available on rent basis and extra cold drinks, tea, paintings and souvenirs designed by local fishing community will be available on sale)

20:00 Departure back to T2F

Partners:

ARG Marine Conservancy https://www.facebook.com/globalclimatex

GarbageCAN https://garbagecanpk.weebly.com

Trashit http://trashit.pk

Date: Saturday, 15th September 2018

Time: 09:30 AM – 08:00 PM

Location: Abdul Rehman Goth fishing village near French Beach.

Total cost: Rs.2000 (includes transport, lunch, cleanup & paint equipment, as well as a souvenir bracelet made of sea-debris, rope and shells)

Last date to register: 12th September

**Please come in and sign up at T2F (1pm-6pm) or send us an email atinfo@peaceniche.org for online registrations***