In Focus: Robert Karimi’s "28 Days of Good Energía"

Robert Farid Karimi premieres his Creative Capital 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 (October 19 – November 15, 2012). 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 happenings in Twin Cities neighborhoods include community potlucks, workshops and public performances.

Mero Cocinero serves guests at ¡Viva las Roots!, Intermedia Arts, 2011

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. Check out Karimi’s videos from The Cooking Show project below!

Mero Cocinero Karimi and DJ D Double make a one-pot dish in solidarity with those who are struggling, so they may have something to feed themselves and others. Mero Cocinero says, “Especially during a time of Occupying America, we need to remember: One pot, One love.”
28 Days of Good Energía event details

Feed & Be Fed (Alimenta & Alimentarán)—interactive art exhibit
October 22 – November 10
Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 12-5 pm
Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
FREE & Open to the public
Opening reception, Thursday, October 25 from 6-9pm; music, live performance, special guests & free food

¡Viva la Soul Power!—live performance & culinary experience
November 1-4 and 7-10
6pm doors open; 7pm show
Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Tickets: $25; includes dinner
or 612.871.4444
Seating is limited; advance reservations recommended

Open Kitchen Community PotluckRecipes from our Great-Grandparents
Wednesday, October 24 from 7-9pm

With special guest filmmaker Helen Demichiel, from
Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
FREE—bring a dish to share that your great-grandparents would have eaten!
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