It’s no Live Aid, but thanks to the power of modern communication, Clevelanders can be part of Pangea Day
from 2 to 6 p.m. this Saturday, May 10, at both Sergio’s Sarava
on Shaker Square (13225 Shaker Square, 216-295-1200) and Ohio City’s Talkies
(2521 Market Ave., 216-696-FILM).
Symbolically named after Earth’s original supercontinent, the event is a live, 4-hour, worldwide, simultaneous broadcast of two dozen international short films, along with speakers (including Jordan’s Queen Noor) and music from artists ranging from Bob Geldof to Iranian rock sensation Hypernova. Organizers hope the event will reach millions of viewers, with the result of fostering peace and global understanding. ...
The world-wide love fest grew out of the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Prize
, an annual competition that provides winners with both the ways and the means to realize an inspirational “wish” for world good. In 2006, the TED Prize went to Egyptian filmmaker Jehane Noujaim
. Her wish? Unite the world for one day, through the power of film.
The results will be broadcast live from six locations, including Rio de Janeiro, Cairo, London, and L.A. Both Talkies and Sarava are among thousands of designated “watch” sites around the world.
“We’re really excited,” says Sarava’s owner, Sergio Abramof. “It’s a great opportunity to be part of a global audience, and a wonderful reflection of our menu, with its fusion of world cuisines.”
The event is free, but seats are limited and advance registration is requested. (And any eating or drinking you do – including Sarava’s lineup of tapas and cocktails -- will be on your own dime.) Still, it sounds like a stimulating alternative to the usual lineup of Saturday-afternoon chores. And should it somehow deepen our compassion for our global brethren, ain’t nothing wrong with that, either.
to sign up. --- Elaine T. Cicora
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