What’s On in Karachi – 19th – 25th February 2015

Another happening week coming your way in Karachi. Charity carnivals and bazaars are in full swing over the weekend. Expect arts and crafts and kids activities at the Comic Con Pakistan at Dolmen City Mall to keep the little ones busy. A couple of must see art exhibitions are also scheduled. Have a great week!

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What’s On in Karachi – 19th – 25th February 2015


Carnivals, Comic Con & Bazaars

M Carnival – For Mending Little Hearts
M carnival for mending little hearts
M Carnival for Mending Little Hearts – All proceeds go to the 141 Schools for Peace
For the first time ever, GroupM on its ‘Power Of One Day’ brings to you a Carnival with the most exhilarating entertainment and electrifying performances. Through this festival we invite you to embrace the pleasures and value of great flavour, giving you the opportunity to taste extra ordinary food while being immersed in a complete experience that brings you face to face with the MasterChef Contestants.

Date: Saturday 21st February 2015
Time: 2:00pm to 10:00pm
At: Alliance Francaise
Come with your families in high spirits to not only enjoy but for a GOOD CAUSE – All proceeds go to “141 Schools for Peace”. 141Schools.org has partnered with The Citizens Foundation to help achieve this mission. It is a global commitment to build 141 school-units across Pakistan in memory of each of the innocent victims of the Peshawar school attack on December 16, 2014.
Look out for: – Masterchef Contestants Stalls – Qawali Night – Karachi United Football Club: Mini Pitch and Target Shooting – Kids Corner: Bouncy Castle, Token Rides, trampoline, & many more rides – O’shoot Photo Booth – Sheesha Lounge – Pantry, Mc. Donalds, BBQ & many more eateries.
Tickets Avalaible at GroupM: 204-210, 2nd Floor, The Forum, Khayaban-e-Jami Clifton, Karachi.
*Tickets will also be available at the venue, Alliance Francaise.
Dastaan Pakistan Comic Convention
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Pakistani Comic Convention – Kids will love it!
Dastaan-e-Pakistan Comic Convention is the country’s biggest and grandest film and comic convention. This convention is for the ever growing and vibrant comic lovers and film/tv enthusiasts and the best place to cosplay with all your friends…and may be make some new ones.
With a lot of Pakistani media/film companies and various comic book and game companies participating in this vibrant and mega 3 day event this is the convention for ALL the fans and the people who strive to produce brilliant new dastaans for Pakistan.
As a Pakistani, it is your duty to be part of this event…and if you’re a FAN then we’ll see you then!!!
Dates: 20th, 21st, 22nd of February 2015 (3 DAYS)
Venue: KidzDunya, 2nd Floor, Dolmen City Mall (Clifton), Karachi.
– SUPERFAN PASS (3 day ticket): PKR 600
– REGULAR TICKET (1 day ticket): PKR 250
Attractions: Comic Book Stalls, Vintage Comics, Merchandise Stalls, Book and Film Launches
PEF Charity Carnival & Bazaar
PEF Charity Carnival & Bazaar
Farmers Market at the PEF Carnival seems really exciting!
Coming together from various parts of Karachi to help raise funds to support education! 🙂
Date: Sunday 22nd February 2015
Time: 11:00am to 7:00pm
At: Beach Luxury Hotel
Something fabulously fun for everyone! Carnival holds games, draws, snacks, and more… and the bazaar holds a treasure trove of awesome finds for the home, accessories, fashion, gifts and more!
Rs 350 entry ticket. Tickets available at Agha’s, Espresso & Avari Towers
Mee Raqsam: Qavvali featuring Hamza Akram & Brothers
qavali night
Qawali night
Join us at T2F for Mee Raqsam, featuring the youngest group of the legendary “Qavvaal Bachon Ka Gharana” of Delhi.
The next generation of qavvaals, Hamza Akram and Brothers, belong to the 805 year old “Qavvaal Bachon Ka Gharana” of Delhi and are the grandsons of the inimitable Munshi Raziuddin. The group is led by Hamza Akram, who is currently being trained in eastern classical music by Ustaad Naseeruddin Saami, and in Qavvaali by Ustaad Fareed Ayaz.
Entry: Rs 350
Date: 20th Friday February 2015
Time: 7:30 pm to 9:45 pm
At: T2F, 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA.

Creative Writing, Theatre and Film

The Platoon presents Reporting for Duty
platoon improvisational based theatre
The Platoon’s present their regular shows ‘Reporting for Duty’ on Friday
We present to you Reporting for Duty: one of our regular shows featuring various formats and theatrical pieces.
Join us at The MAD School at 8:00 pm!
Tickets available on the day of the event at the venue!
Date: Friday 20th February 2015
Time: 8:00pm to 9:30pm
At: The MAD School
Tickets: Rs 300
Contact: Hassan Bin Shaheen
Space to Create – Workshop for children
liberty books creative workshop for kids
A perfect activity for your kids – register now!
We’re hosting a wonderful creative workshop for children with the talented Zainab M. Ahmad – Columnist and Creative Writing Tutor
The workshop will be a monthly series incorporating aspects of storytelling, art and creative writing! Buy your ‘Space to Create’ book of the month (announced each month) specifically from our BBQ Tonight outlet to register your child for a free and fun session that they’re bound to learn from and love!
Please note that space is limited (maximum 20 children) and registration will fill up on first come basis.
Our first workshop takes place on Saturday, 21st February at our outlet next to BBQ Tonight. For children ages 5-8.
Keep checking our page for updates.

The Petman Girls: A Film by Taqi Shaheen

petman girls a film by taqi shaheen
A film by Taqi Shaheen
The Petman Girls features the lives of Pakistani women who were painted more than forty years ago, by the artist Hal Bevan Petman (1894 -1980). Through these elegant and charming ladies, the documentary acts as an open exploration of the artist behind the paintings and what it was like to be painted during those times in Pakistan.
Running Time: 35 minutes – Director: Taqi Shaheen – Research: Romano Karim Yousuf
Language: English and Urdu (with English subtitles) – Free entry
Taqi Shaheen is a filmmaker and visual artist. His work crosses mediums and defies genre distinctions to fashion witty and curious observations of contemporary South Asian culture and its urban landscapes.

Date: Sunday 22nd February 2015
Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
At: T2F, 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA.

Launch Events

Thredz Store Launch
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30% discount on all items at the Thredz Store Launch
Thredz launches its new store this Thursday. Come and join us and avail 30% discount on every item.
Date: 19th Thursday February 2015
Time: 6:00pm sharp
At: Ground Floor Shop, 10-C, Corner of Khayaban-e-Nishaat and Ghazi, Ittehad Commercial Lane 9.Caliente Restaurant Launch

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Another eating place to try – Caliente opens doors Thursday!
Open to the public on Thursday lunch onwards!
Date: Thursday 19th February 2015
Time: 12:00pm onwards
At: 126-C, 14 Jami Commercial Street off Khayaban-e-Ittehad, Phase VII, D.H.A.


Gymboree Clifton Launch

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Gymboree Clifton Karachi Launch
Join us for the Launch Event at Clifton this Sunday. Try a class to see how Gymboree contributes to developing confidence, creativity & friendship in children all around the world. Enjoy a good sneak peak of all our programs and avail promotional offers.
Date: Sunday 22nd February 2015
Time: 11:00am to 6:00pm
At: 62-D, Block 7, Clifton

Art exhibitions

Uncharted Territory works by Hamida Khatri
art exhibition unchartered territory
Uncharted Territory by Hamida Khatri
The current series of work exhibits the visual gardens of my perceptual field. Those gardens, which I had watered with much care and love. Today, I let my audience peep through the window of my being, to get a glimpse of the world I have made around me. It is needless to say that they might find it offensive because of the uncovered truths but I say, “Look carefully! Each mark, each detail, each colour represents a story.” The colourful lava that erupts from within is no naive act but the need to voice out the heaviness felt when surrounded by patriarchal barriers. It is not just I but for every girl, woman or lady who feels that way, maybe unconsciously. I dedicate the show to all those who develop an association with these depictions.
-Hamida Khatri
Date: 20th Friday February 2015
Time: 5:00pm to 8:00pm
At: Sanat Initiative, F-39-1/A, Block IV, Clifton, Karachi.
In Transit
art exhibition in transit
Six artists present their work at ‘In Transit’ this Friday – a must see!
Artists: Ammad Tahir, Naveen Shakil Khan, Numair Abbasi, Seher Aziz, Shanzay Subzwari, Yasir Waqas.
Opening Reception: Friday 20th February 2015 at 5 pm.
On view till: March 20th, 2015.
Gallery timings: 11 am – 8 pm
At: Full Circle Gallery, D-53/1, Block 4, Clifton.ARTpeace

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Support the art behind bars
In the spirit of nationalism and a will to better our country, ARTCITI is proud to present an exclusive exhibition of art by Pakistani jail inmates. By encouraging these convicts to move to a better path, we aspire to create a greater Pakistan, and hope to see our fellow citizens being a part of this cause.

Date: Saturday 21st February 2015
Time: 6:00pm onwards
At: Plot 36-C, 2nd Floor, Office #2, Bukhari Lane 13, Khayaban-e-Shujaat, Phase VI, DHA

Pop Up! Art Shop

pop up art shop indus valley school
Pop up! Art Shop


The CD class of 2015 is exhibiting an exciting collection of affordable art- prints, drawings, photographs, illustrations, and more- for everyone looking for decor that matches their living room curtains or trying to get in on the art collection scene with The Next Big Things (that’s us!).
Join us for the opening on Monday, February 23, from 4-8 PM, for a super-fun night of art, music and good vibes; we’ll keep the chai flowing!
Or pop on over between 10 AM to 4 PM during the rest of the week, up until Friday, and pick up a piece or two from the wide collection of our works on offer.

Date: Monday 23rd – 27th February 2015
Time: 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Monday or 10:am to 4:00pm later in the week
At: CD Dept, 3rd Floor, Indus Valley School

Clothing Exhibition

Nadia Lakdawala Luxury Pret Exhibition

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Nadia Lakdawala exhibition
Inviting all our Karachi Clients to our 1st exhibition of 2015!
Presenting affordable Luxury pret and classy formals. Many designs are one piece only, hence we will not be taking orders on those!
Date: Tuesday 24th February 2015
Time: 12:00pm to 6:00pm
At: Nadia Lakdawala Haute Designer Lounge, 1C Saba Commercial, Lane 1, Saba Avenue, Phase 5 Extension DHA.
Contact: 0312-2346530

Movies on this week in Karachi

kindsman the secret service colin firth
Now showing: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Cast: Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton
Synopsis: A veteran secret agent takes a young upstart under his wing.
Genre: Action, Comedy, Adventure
Rating: R

jupiter ascending movie channing tatum mila kunis
Now showing: Jupiter Ascending (3D)

Jupiter Ascending (3D)

Cast: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis
Synopsis: In a bright and colorful future, a young destitute caretaker gets targeted by the ruthless son of a powerful family who lives on a planet in need of a new heir, so she travels with a genetically engineered warrior to the planet in order to stop his tyrant reign.
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Rating: PG-13

project almanac movie
Now showing: Project Almanac

Project Almanac

Cast: Amy Landecker, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Virginia Gardner
Synopsis: A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. However, things start to get out of control.
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Rating: PG-13

indian movie badlapur
Now showing: Badlapur


Cast: Varun Dhawan, Yami Gautam, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi
Synopsis: Badlapur is a crime dark drama with an interesting game of taking action and responsibility, of being able to — and not being able to — forgive and make sacrifices.The film delivers top-notch thriller, which gives a little imagination of how a happy man’s life changes into an unstable emotional state, and the twist becomes the part of formula.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

movie paddington
Now showing: Paddington


Cast: Hugh Bonneville , Sally Hawkins , Julie Walters , Jim Broadbent
Synopsis: From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (“Harry Potter”), “Paddington” tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realise that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you,” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.
Genre: Action, Comedy, Family
Rating: PG

movie transformers 4 mark wahlberg
Now showing: Transformers 4

Transformers 4

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor
Synopsis: A mechanic and his daughter make a discovery that brings down Autobots and Decepticons – and a paranoid government official – on them.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Rating: PG-13

the spongebob movie
Now showing: The Spongebob Movi

The Spongebob

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Clancy Brown, Slash
Synopsis: SpongeBob goes on a quest to discover a stolen recipe that takes him to our dimension, our world, where he tangles with a pirate.
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Rating: PG

movie roy arjun rampal ranbir kapoor
Now showing: Roy


Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Arjun Rampal
Synopsis: A love triangle revolving around the lives of a filmmaker, a thief and their mutual love interest.
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance

movie shamitabh amitabh bachchan
Now showing: Shamitabh


Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush, Akshara Haasan
Synopsis: “Shamitabh” is a film about the birth of a big star and the smoke screen that was created to fulfil a dream.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller

into the woods meryl streep anna kendrick chris pine
Now showing: Into the Woods

Into the Woods

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine
Synopsis: A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Rating: PG

movie Big Hero 6
Now showing: Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6

Cast: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung
Synopsis: The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
Rating: PG

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Now showing: PK


Cast: Amir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh, Sanjay Dutt, Boman Irani,
Synopsis: The film will be a satire on Hindu gods and godsmen.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rating: PG-13

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Now showing: Interstellar


Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway
Synopsis: A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in an attempt to find a potentially habitable planet that will sustain humanity.
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi

Rating: PG-13

movie penguins of madagascar
Now showing: Penguins of Madagascar
Penguins of Madagascar

Cast: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights
Synopsis: Super spy teams aren’t born…they’re hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organisation, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then…you know). Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, from destroying the world as we know it. 

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy 

Rating: PG
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