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Project Premiere: Robert Karimi brings "28 Days of Good EnergĂ­a" to Minneapolis and St. Paul

October 11, 2012



Performances, exhibits and community events throughout the Twin Cities
October 19 – November 15, 2012

Robert Farid Karimi (2009 Performing Arts) premieres his Creative Capital-supported project with 28 Days of Good Energía, a series of events and performances in the Twin Cities celebrating culture, well-being and the revolutionary act of eating together. Drawing on the rich tradition of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), 28 Days of Good Energía features ¡Viva la Soul Power!, a live performance and culinary experience, and Feed & Be Fed, an interactive art exhibit, both at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis. Additional happening in Twin Cities neighborhoods include community potlucks, workshops and public performances.

28 Days of Good Energía is the newest episode of The Cooking Show con Karimi y Comrades, which uses the framework of a live cooking show to raise awareness about Type 2 Diabetes in communities of color in an engaging, culturally relevant way. Performing as the dynamic revolutionary, Mero Cocinero, Karimi encourages audience participants to use the power of their cultural stories, rituals and recipes to curb the rising tide of this disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 1 in 10 American adults suffers from Type 2 Diabetes. If trends continue to rise as expected, 1 in 3 will have this debilitating disease by 2050, and people of color are the most at risk.

Watch videos of Karimi in action on Creative Capital’s blog, The Lab. For a complete list of 28 Days of Good Energía events and other online content, visit ThePeoplesCook.org.

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