» Artist-in-Residence
Viva Las Roots

Performance Run: October 29-30 & November 2-5, 2011; 7PM
Tickets: $15 | Recommended for ages 8+

Intermedia Arts invites you to Viva Las Roots, the PopUp Performance Restaurant of Mero Cocinero Karimi, Iranian/Guatemalan host of The Cooking Show con Karimi & Comrades, October 29 - November 5. This interactive culinary journey will honor cultural recipes of the past in the spirit of a Dia de Los Muertos celebration.  Mero Cocinero and his crew from ThePeoplesCook.org will transform the Intermedia Arts gallery for 6 nights only (with a special Dia de los Muertos dinner on November 2), serving delicious dinner and hilarious performances. Ofrendas (altars), created by local artists will be on display.
Viva Las Rootsis part of The Diabetes of Democracy Project,a storytelling and performance project promoting cooking as a cultural movement to combat the rising epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes and improve the world's health. Working with lead writer/producer Robert Karimi (current Artist in Residence at Intermedia Arts) and local culinary geniuses, Mero Cocinero’s secret menu will be derived from cooks who saw food as medicine.  “Day of the Dead is a time to both laugh at death and celebrate the gifts of our ancestors. This will be one show that will feed you and leave you hungry for more. Be prepared to move, eat & laugh.” – Mero Cocinero Karimi

$15 | Recommended for ages 8+
Purchase advance tickets online, or over the phone by calling (612) 871-4444
To inquire about group sales please call 612.871.4444

Pre-sold tickets are available for pick-up through will call at Intermedia Arts on each performance evening. If tickets are not claimed 15 minutes after the scheduled start time of the performance, the unclaimed tickets may be released to a waiting list.

"For more than 3,500 years the people of Mexico have held on to a cultural practice known today as Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).  When the Spanish Conquistadors landed 519 years ago in what is now Mexico, they encountered natives practicing a ritual that seemed to mock death. The Spaniards would try unsuccessfully to eradicate this celebration only to embrace it on the days know today as All Saint Day and All Hallows Eve. Today Day of the Dead is expressed in many ways and can be found all around the world as a cultural, political and artist expression.  Day of the Dead is a powerful time of year and we can see this through the *ofrendas that are prepared for this celebration. Day of the Dead is a universal concept and cultures across Latin American and the world also had similar practices.  We strongly encourage you to do addition research to learn more about Day of the Dead.  There are many resources available: web sites, books, and videos."


Mero Cocinero Karimi is an Iranian-Guatemalan cook who learned all his recipes from his mother and travels around the world. Originally from San Francisco, he has hosted the comedy cooking experience TheCooking Show con Karimi & Comrades for 13 years. His role as an advocate for healthy communities through laughter and cooking has brought him to Alaska, Mexico, and everywhere in between. A frequent speaker on television shows and universities, the Associated Press called his show “a globally flavored recipe that packs some punch lines.”

Robert Farid Karimi is an interdisciplinary playwright, multimedia humorist, activist, poet and the creator and lead writer/producer of The Cooking Show con Karimi & Comrades. His interactive performances feed audiences a mixed bowl of humor, pop culture & personal history across the Americas – in theatres, grocery stores, backyards, and even off-Broadway. He is the creator of the critically acclaimed works: self (the remix), Farid Mercury and the episodic theatrical cooking experience: The Cooking Show con Karimi & Comrades. In 2009 he represented the city of Los Angeles at la Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara, the largest Spanish language book fair in the world. He has been published and recorded internationally in Callaloo, Latino Literature Today, and Raza Spoken Here 2, and most recently featured in Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip Hop, edited by Jeff Chang. Karimi also creates, develops and directs ensemble based interdisciplinary performances. Recent projects include: Hmoob-land, a cross-cultural multimedia exploration of Hmong stereotypes in Minneapolis/St. Paul; Playing With Our Food, a youth response to Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma at Out North in Anchorage, AK; Shaving Time, a multimedia experience in Chicago on the masks Middle Eastern men wore after 9/11; and McMuertos, an exhibit satirizing the commercialization of Day of the Dead in San Francisco. A National Poetry Slam Champion, Def Poetry Jam poet, and UCLA graduate, Karimi was the first performance artist to be invited to be a resident at the Kohler Factory Visual Arts Residency, and has received awards for his work from the National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Humanities Council, Zellerbach Family Fund, Minnesota State Arts Board and the National Performance Network. Karimi was recently honored as a 2009 Creative Capital & 2010 MAP Fund recipient to create The Cooking Show con Karimi & Comrades: Diabetes of Democracy. For more, go to his politically sexy, culturally mixed website: KaoticGood.com

This activity is made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) from an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature. Viva las Roots is a presentation of Intermedia Arts’ artist residency program.