Recapping a Residency: #GoodMuslimBadMuslim at Shangri La

We already miss the great energy of our last artists in residence,Tanzila Ahmed & Zahra Noorbakhsh, hosts of the popular, award-winning podcast, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim.  During their residency, Taz and Zahra conducted community workshops, recorded a live podcast, performed stand-up comedy, took over our Instagram account AND made an amazing mixtape for the museum!

Here’s a rehash of what went down:

#MuslimVday Cards
Taz created her first set of hilarious satirical Muslim-themed Valentine’s Day cards back in 2011. What began as a one-off personal art project grew into an annual event. While at Shangri La, she conducted a V-Day card workshop where she encouraged participants to turn up the snark and take a stab at creating their own one-of-a-kind postcards. Here’s a few from our workshop:


You can buy #MuslimVDay cards made by Taz herself on Etsy.

#GoodMuslimBadMuslim Podcast
On Thursday, Aug 24, Taz & Zahra recorded an episode of their podcast before a live audience in the Playhouse at Shangri La.


Listen and subscribe to their podcast, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim on iTunes! You can listen to the Shangri La episode here:

On Behalf of All Muslims Comedy Special
On Friday, Zahra performed her hilarious stand-up special, On Behalf of All Muslims, before a sold-out crowd at the Arts at Mark’s Garage.  We’d like to thank The Arts at Mark’s Garage for co-presenting this special night! On Saturday, Zahra held her own workshop at Shangri La that focused on comedy-writing and storytelling.


Shangri La Mixtape!
We asked (begged) Taz to create a Shangri La-inspired mixtape for us. Taz currently dj’s for Mishthi Music which is described as “an online mixtape for Brown-ish music.” Her Shangri La mixtape combines exotica, EDM, rap and more and was inspired by “sounds of Hawaii, orientalist imaginations, crashing waves, and political music by Muslim-ish artists.”  You can listen to her mixtape here or on our #GMBMXShangriLa MixCloud playlist. The playlist also also includes a set created by DJ Mr Nick (who dj’d the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim NightShift event) and draws inspiration from and overlaps with Taz’s mixtape as well as an interview of Taz and Zahra from PHDj’s KTUH show, It’s Lit.

Finally, please follow us on Instagram to see what else Taz & Zahra got up to while they were in residence (they took-over our Instagram account!) and to keep tabs on future events and happenings at the museum. Thank you to everyone who came out to support our events during this residency and stay tuned for future exciting programs!