AUGUST 2014

13 E TULANE \\ \\ Curtains, Whitlock, Thrill Khidr \\ Sacred Shimmy \\ Queer Yoga \\ Marshall Rendina \\ Meditation: Without Delay \\ William Hooker \\ Wake Up \\

It Looks Like It's Open (ILLIO) - 13 E Tulane Rd, Columbus, Ohio

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Studio-mate activity not at the studio:

A busy month for Sacred Shimmy! SS be at National Mead Day at Brothers Drake Meadery on August 2 at 5:30 PM. We will also be performing at Crestfest on August 23rd on the Main Stage from 1:00 - 1:50 PM. (Might be a little closer for ILLIO fans.) And SS will be hosting Tribal Brew, our monthly live music and bellydance party, at 7:30 PM on August 29.  This event is held at Upper Cup Coffeehouse, which is located at 79 Parsons Ave. We will include lots of exciting music and dancing by Sacred Shimmy, a special guest (TBA), and plenty of open dancing and drumming for all in attendance.  Admission is free!

Art for Life 2014 will be held September 13, 2014 at the Ohio History Center. A painting by illio studiomate Ryan Agnew, entitled Twilight from Trail Mound, will be among the many artworks donated by local and national artists to help support AIDS Resource Center Ohio and the much needed programs and services provided for our community. Supporting Art for Life 2014 allows AIDS Resource Center Ohio to continue the important work of providing medical care, pharmacy, comprehensive case management, housing, HIV testing & counseling, prevention education, linkage to care, education & advocacy in the community. 90% of funds raised go towards direct support services for those living with HIV/AIDS.

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13 E. Tulane events:

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Friday, August 1st, 7:00pm
Curtains & Rae Whitlock (Chicago), w/ TRILL KHIDR (cmh)

Fuse Factory electronics hosts: Curtains & Rae Whitlock (Chicago), w/ TRILL KHIDR (cmh). Doors 7pm, suggested donation $7. BYOB, all ages.

About Curtains: As Curtains, Dash Lewis uses an array of guitar pedals to affect and modulate his voice, creating dense loop-based songs drawing heavily from the psychedelic harmonies of The Beach Boys and the crashing, swirling sonics of shoegaze. He is touring to support his newest record, Breathe to Death, out now on cassette via Potluck.

Joining Curtains on this summer tour is Chicago-based visual artist Rae Whitlock. Rae collaborates with a wide swath of musicians of all genres, providing live-generated content to accompany their sounds. For Curtains, Rae will be projecting her psychedelic visuals, helping create a totally immersive performance.

Henry Corbin on Khidr: "... he who has attained the source of life, has drunk of the water of immortality, and consequently knows neither old age nor death. He is the 'Eternal Youth,' ... 'the Verdant One.' He in indeed associated with every aspect of Nature's greenness." (Alone with the Alone 55).

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Sunday, August 3rd, 6-7:00 - and most Sundays - 
Sacred Shimmy - Advanced Tribal Belly Dance

This class is designed for the dancer with some mastery of Levels One & Two who feels ready to develop her dance into something greater. Teacher permission is required to attend.  Please contact angienever@gmail.com with any inquiries.
Ongoing, most Sundays from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. $15 drop in, $60 three class pass. Sacred Shimmy updates here.

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Tuesday, August 5th, 7:30pm - and every Tuesday -
Queer Yoga's Tuesday Tadasana

Queer Yoga is Columbus's first queer-focused yoga class that offers professional yoga instruction in a designated Safe(r) Space. We endeavor to cultivate an atmosphere of acceptance and community in all we do, from sun salutations to post-yoga snack time. Whether you are new to yoga, or you can complete a headstand without assistance, you will find something to challenge and deepen your practice.

Class fees are $6 for ALL participants. Everyone is welcome. Bring a mat.


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Friday, August 8th, 7:pm-midnight
Marshall Rendina: Recent Paintings

Marshall Rendina's Recent Paintings will be on display at It Looks Like It's Open Friday, August 8 from 7:00 PM to Midnight. The paintings draw from many issues around the world, especially nature and the environment, religions and mysticism, and media art and criticism. Books, recordings, and possibly other objects will be on display and a performance is likely to be in store. The show will be free and open to the public of all ages.

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Sunday, August 10th, 2-4:pm
Open Meditation: Practice Suchness Without Delay
It's been my humble and joyful task to maintain Open Meditation, a monthly practice community at ILLIO Studio, since January 2011. I'm taking a break from hosting these sessions while still putting effort into community meditations through Wake Up Columbus, and frequent informal meditation meet-ups with friends. I also plan to continue to support Trance Studies, the Buddhist Network of Central Ohio, Triommm Kirtan, and other projects (send me a note if you're interested in any of that, seth.josephson@gmail.com)! 

For the theme of this last Open Meditation (at least for a while) I'd like to remind everyone (including myself) of the Mayahana teaching that Buddha nature is our own true nature. Enlightenment is not elsewhere to be attained. Rather, it is the ground of our being. It is original nature. The mind of the Buddha is available to us without adding anything extra to our lives (including mediation groups).

As Thich Nhat Hanh has said, you already have all the conditions necessary for happiness. A true happiness, which can contain sorrow without opposing it, is always present, waiting to be revealed. It is there simply by bringing mindfulness to the reality of life within and around us. While we search for satisfaction outside ourselves - more things, better actions, another's love - nothing extra is necessary. Simply bring our loving attention to the unfolding of life as it is.

Dōgen Zenji is famous for his teaching that as long as we imagine enlightenment is elsewhere waiting for us to find it, it can never be realized. Only when we experience ourselves as Buddha, fully awakened in this present moment, can enlightenment be achieved. Yet he also emphasized diligent and disciplined meditation. For him the two are not separate: "Between aspiration, practice, enlightenment, and nirvana, there is not a moment’s gap; continuous practice is the circle of the way."

Awakening is already available and yet we practice to realize it.

For the first invitation to an Open Mediation, I included one of the most famous quotes of Dōgen instructing meditation where he calls zazen "the backward step that turns the light inward to illuminate the self." Below is the quote in a fuller form.

I feel deep gratitude to who've come to ILLIO to sit quietly and be alive with one another. Now, I invite myself and everyone: "practice suchness without delay."

"You should therefore cease from practice based on intellectual understanding, pursuing words and following after speech, and learn the backward step that turns your light inwardly to illuminate your self. Body and mind of themselves will drop away, and your original face will be manifest. If you want to attain suchness, you should practice suchness without delay." [from "Fukanzazengi"]
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Friday, August 22nd, time TBA
William Hooker Trio 

William Hooker is a percussionist at the heart of New York City's storied avant-garde underground. Over the past three years, he has become progressively active throughout the Midwestern USA, while fostering an ongoing collaboration with Ohio-based multi-instrumentalist Edward Ricart. Like Hooker, Ricart's work cuts a wide swath through a diverse range of the creative contemporary music underbelly. In this most recent iteration of the William Hooker Trio, Hooker has enlisted bassist Luke Stewart, a rising voice in Washington, DC's independent music community.

updates here.
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Sunday, August 24th, 1-3pm
Wake Up Sangha Meeting

Wake Up is a global community of young mindfulness practitioners, aged 18-35, inspired by the teachings of Vietnamese-Zen monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. We come together to practice awareness in order to take care of each other, nourish happiness, and contribute to building a healthier and a more compassionate society.

The seed of Wake Up Columbus has been planted this summer. Our next meeting is 8/24 at 1:00. We will practice sitting meditation, waking meditation, Dharma sharing, and a song. Anyone aged 18-35 is welcome to join. 

Wake Up Sangha will also meet for a mindful trash clean up, 8/18, 6:00-8:00pm, at Whetstone park (meet at the turn-around closest to the river). All ages are welcome to join. 

be updated about Wake Up Columbus activities on facebook here or by emailing seth.josephson@gmail.com

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Art Reception Friday August 8

Marshall Rendina's Recent Paintings will be on display at It Looks Like It's Open Friday, August 8 from 7:00 PM to Midnight. The paintings draw from many issues around the world, especially nature and the environment, religions and mysticism, and media art and criticism. Books, recordings, and possibly other objects will be on display and a performance is likely to be in store. The show will be free and open to the public of all ages.

MAY 2014

13 E TULANE \\ \\ This Instant \\ Sound, Listening \\ Belly Dance \\ Queer Yoga \\ Divine Circles, Elisa Faires, Sound Thief \\ OM: Fierce Kindness \\ Moonshine Parade \\ Building Instruments \\


It Looks Like It's Open (ILLIO) - 13 E Tulane Rd, Columbus, Ohio


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Studio-mate activity not at the studio:

This year's B.R.E.A.D. NEHEMIAH ACTION on Monday, May 12th, will push for access to mental healthcare and a more welcoming community! Will you join 4,000 people at the Nehemiah Action to stand together for justice? Date/Time: Monday, May 12th, 6:45 p.m. (doors open: 6:00 p.m.) Location: Celeste Center, 717 E. 17th Ave, 43211, Ohio Expo Center (State Fairgrounds)  For more information about Building Responsibility Equality And Dignity (B.R.E.A.D. Organization), see facebook.com/BreadOrganization. Please RSVP to Ryan Agnew by May 11th at agnew.ryan@gmail.com.

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13 E. Tulane events:


Friday, May 2nd, 6-9:pm & Saturday May 3rd, 2-6:pm
This Instant: Photographic Works by Gaelin Hill, Kara Gut & Clare Gatto

This past year, Columbus based artists Clare Gatto and Kara Gut have been producing work using the Instant Camera as their primary medium of choice, interested in its obsolescence due to societies ongoing quest for convenience. Both artists have been examining their surroundings through the lens of a disposable camera, creating harsh vignettes with the aid of the built in flash, seeking to dramatize the fleeting moments that, at first glance, one might consider mundane. Likewise, Gaelen Hill has been consciously choosing to take snapshots with his iPhone camera trying to capture events within the urban landscape that speak to the construction involved in a painting and drawing process. All three artists attempting to present a moment that is free from any predispositions towards the subject or object in focus. Together, we have curated and created an exhibition that delves into the subjectivity of the snapshot.



fb event: www.facebook.com/events/222698504596486/


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Saturday, May 3rd, 11:am-12:30
Workshop: Sound, Listening, and Meditation
Instructor: C Lavender
Workshop registration: $15

In this workshop participants will learn how to utilize sound & listening into their meditation practices for a deeper engagement with their environment. Sound has been proven to stimulate the body as well as provide a deeper “grounding” effect than classic silent meditation. Participants will get an introductory knowledge of sound & listening meditations as well as some traditional & experimental meditation practice. Please wear comfortable clothing & be aware that we will be sitting and moving for extended durations. No experience in meditation or music necessary.

About the instructor: C. Lavender is a sound artist and healer based in upstate New York. She is currently receiving certification in Sound Healing and is a Deep Listening ® certificate candidate. She is also a Reiki II practitioner & apprenticing herbalist interested in bringing healing methodologies into the world of sound art and experimental music. 

To learn more and to preregister please visit: http://thefusefactory.org/events/meditation_workshop/
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Sunday, May 4th, 6-7:00 - and most Sundays - 
Sacred Shimmy - Advanced Tribal Belly Dance

This class is designed for the dancer with some mastery of Levels One & Two who feels ready to develop her dance into something greater. Teacher permission is required to attend.  Please contact angienever@gmail.com with any inquiries.
Ongoing, most Sundays from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. $15 drop in, $60 three class pass. Sacred Shimmy updates here.

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Tuesday, May 6th, 7:30pm - and every Tuesday -
Queer Yoga's Tuesday Tadasana

Queer Yoga is Columbus's first queer-focused yoga class that offers professional yoga instruction in a designated Safe(r) Space. We endeavor to cultivate an atmosphere of acceptance and community in all we do, from sun salutations to post-yoga snack time. Whether you are new to yoga, or you can complete a headstand without assistance, you will find something to challenge and deepen your practice.

Class fees are $6 for ALL participants. Everyone is welcome. Bring a mat.


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Saturday May 10th, 7-10:pm
Performance: Divine Circles + Elisa Faires + Sound Thief

On Saturday, May 10, we are proud to feature experimental electronics/violinist Divine Circles (NC), ambient musician/vocalist Elisa Faires (NC), and experimental electronic musician Sun Thief (CMH). Date: Friday, May 10, 2014. Location: It Looks Like Its Open (13 E. Tulane Ave. Columbus OH 43202). Admission: $5. Doors open 7pm.
To learn more about the performers, please visit: http://thefusefactory.org/events/divine-circles-elisa-faires-sun-thief/

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Sunday, May 11th, 2-4:pm (every second-Sunday)
Open Meditation: Fierce Kindness

Participants are welcome to practice any form of meditation or quiet practice they feel comfortable with. You are invited to share their techniques and the experience of getting to know themselves with awareness. Two 20 minute sessions will be followed by tea. There is no cost. Donations are welcome.

Seth's reflection for this month: 

Our April meditation coincides with Mothers Day. It is an opportunity to celebrate our mothers, whether living or dead, and to practice the deepest form of care-taking exemplified by maternal love. 

In one of the oldest Buddhist scriptures, the Metta Sutta (teaching on loving-kindness), the selfless power of the mother's love is offered as a model:

"Even as a mother, at risk of her life, watches over and protects her only child, so too, with a boundless mind, should one cherish all living things - suffusing love over the entire world, above, below, and all around, without limit."

We should keep in mind that this loving-kindness is not sacrificial love. Often mothers are destructively expected to set aside their own happiness for the benefit of children and spouses. In contrast, this love is "without limit" and so must include oneself. Paradoxically, we must learn to risk our life to cherish our life. 

This protective love is fierce, in that it can carry "a heartfelt and powerful intensity." It is also not limited to the human, it does not require civilization to learn. Thus, it is fierce in that it is feral, untamed (fierce and feral share the Latin rootferus). 

The practice of fierce kindness, develops in us the capacity to speak truth even when the truth is not welcome. It is an intense nurturing, uninhibited kindness, protectiveness without a separation between victim and perpetrator. It is vulnerable and self-reliant. 

I'm still learning how to embody this. Let's teach each other how to live this way together. 

Facebook event page for this session: www.facebook.com/events/641617082576793/

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Saturday, May 17th, 7-10:pm
Exhibition Opening: Brian Harnetty: Moonshine Parade

Sound artist Brian Harnetty will be exhibiting his work Moonshine Parade (2014), a 30-minute looped 6-channel sound installation. Work will be up May 17 2014 - May 31 2014: opening reception 5/17. 

More info: thefusefactory.org/events/exhibition-brian-harnetty/

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Saturday, May 24th, 1-4:pm
Workshop: Building homemade musical instruments
Instructor: Ben Miller
Class fee: $35 ($42 if you would like to make a marimba, $50 if you would like to make a wood plank electronic guitar)

Benjamin Miller’s Workshop informs students on the basic principal of sound vibration by building a variety of homemade musical instruments. Using books by Bart Hopkins from www.windworld.com, he helps attendees understand and build Rubber-band Guitars, Straw Oboes, Bobby Pin Marimbas, PVC flutes, Tin Can Drum Sets, Rice Maracas, various Percussion Mallets, 6-string Wood Plank Guitars, and more. Miller engages discussion on Composition, Open-ended Improvisation and Intuitive Listening. Attendees, Musicians and non-Musicians of All Ages, have Fun creating new sounds and recording them for posterity. Miller also shares his active and diverse musical background over the past four decades.
To register for the workshop, please visit: http://thefusefactory.org/events/homemade-musical-instruments/

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Friday, June 13th, 7:30pm-
Full Moon Dance Party with Sacred Shimmy Bellydance

Mark your calendar!

Spend the Friday the 13th letting the full moon pull the tides of your hips into dancing and vibrations from your drums.

Dancers, musicians, and performers are invited to perform, and audience members and onlookers are invited to applaud, ooh, and aah to your hearts' content.

Our live drummers will be available to make magic for those who would like accompaniment, and recorded music is also welcome if that's what moves you best.

Open dancing will also be offered for those who might not like to perform but still want to make an offering to the moon.

Admission: $5

APRIL 2014

// 13 E. TULANE \\ Worm Man \\ Improvised Music Workshop \\ Tim Kaiser, Doctah X \\ Moody Playshop \\ Tribal Belly Dance \\ Queer Yoga \\ Clarinet Panic Deluxx \\ Metta Bhavana \\ Pure Data \\ ||

It Looks Like It's Open (ILLIO) - 13 E Tulane Rd, Columbus, Ohio

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Studio-mate shows not at the studio:


Friday, April 4, 8:pm
The Fuse Factory, Frequency Fridays

Vic Rawlings/Tim Feeney + Anna Friz + Al Margolis/Tom Hamilton + Brett Burleson / Ryan Jewell with special guest Worm Man -  Our April 2014 Frequency Fridays show features experimental cello/circuits/percussion duo Vic Rawlings and Tim Feeney (MA/AL), sound and radio artist Anna Friz (Berlin), sound art duo Al Margolis and Tom Hamilton (NY), and experimental guitar and percussion duo Brett Burleson and Ryan Jewell (CMH). Date: Friday, April 4, 2014. Location: Wild Goose Creative (2491 Summit St. 43202). Admission: $10, $15 for 2. Doors open 8pm. Our Frequency Fridays 2013-2014 season is supported by a grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council. More info at: http://thefusefactory.org/events/

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Saturday, April 5, 11:am-1:pm
Improvised music workshop: Open to all participants!

Instructor: Vic Rawlings
Workshop fee: $15

Learn to listen and respond to sound and music in ways that may be new to you!

This workshop invites your active participation – it is not a lecture. Participants will engage in a series of structured exercises and generate sound and music as a group, in real time.

ALL participants are welcome, including those who do not consider themselves musicians. No musical background or technical skill is required. You are equally welcome with no experience improvising or if you are an experienced improvisor. ANY instrument is welcome, including voice. This includes objects not commonly seen as musical instruments as well as conventional musical instruments. If you do not have an instrument, one can be provided for you. If you need amplification, please bring your own, as we don’t have enough to supply everyone.

We will work directly with sound, beyond the standard use of rhythm, melody and harmony. We will explore free improvisation as an ensemble in this context. This is a hands-on, sound-making workshop, and thus we will not be spending time discussing music theory or music history or referencing jazz or any other widely recognized musical style.

Please do your best to arrive at the specified time! Once the workshop has begun, we will not be able to accommodate latecomers.

[Note: We will not turn away anyone due to financial constraints! To make alternative arrangements, please contact Alison Colman at alison@thefusefactory.org]

About the instructor: Vic Rawlings (cello/electronics) employs a still and unstable sound language ranging from visceral excess to extreme austerity. He uses an amplified cello augmented with extensive and invasive preparations of his design, adapted from Baroque­era designs. He has developed a vocabulary of extended techniques, approaching near­total abstraction from the cello. As an entirely separate instrument, he uses and continually develops a modular electronic instrument with a highly unstable interface, acoustically realized by an array of exposed speaker elements.

Rawlings primarily presents improvised music in the predictable settings and durations. Exceptions to this are installation­length performances and a series of performances in standard music venues that suspend concepts of site and content. He has composed and recorded soundtracks for internationally distributed films by Catherine Pancake, Jeffrey Daniel Silva, and Alla Kovgan, as well as composing and performing live scores for theater and dance.

To learn more, please visit Vic’s website: vicrawlings.com

http://thefusefactory.org/events/improvised-music-workshop/

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Saturday, April 5th, 7-11:pm
Tim Kaiser + Doctah X

We are proud to present experimental electronic musician/sound artist/instrument maker Tim Kaiser (MN) and experimental electronic musician Doctah X (CMH), who will be performing at It Looks Like Its Open the evening of Saturday, April 5. Location: It Looks Like Its Open. Doors: 7pm. Suggested donation: $5. BYOB, all ages.

About the performers:

Tim Kaiser has been producing experimental art at various venues for the past 30 years. His video, installation and performance art projects have been presented in Germany, Brazil, Sweden, Hong Kong, Cuba, Canada, Philladelphia, New York and Chicago.

Tony Harrington, better known as Doctah X, is a DJ, singer, and electronic/ambient soundscape musician who operates the House of Dub Studio in Columbus, Ohio, and hosts a radio program on WCRS Columbus. His music is firmly rooted in Jamaican Reggae, and he ventures deeply into the realm of Reggae known as Dub music and Dubstep. His music encompasses Eastern and African sounds. He performs at clubs throughout the Midwest, in his native Kentucky, and in New York City at Roberta’s Tonic and The Knitting Factory. In the 1970s and 80s, as a blues guitarist, he recorded and toured in Europe with Cream drummer Ginger Baker and played with blues legends John Lee Hooker and Albert Collins, Lele Gaudi and recorded more with Umar Bin Hassan on Stay Focused Records.


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Sunday, April 6th, 1-3:pm
Playshop with Howard Moody

Play! Unlock energy, intelligence and joy! Howard Moody, Omega Institute's long-time play facilitator, will lead us in two classes of lightheartedness, joy and all out fun. Howard has been teaching and facilitating play for 20 years. He is cofounder of Adventure Game Theater, which has been featured on NPR and PBS. 

Feel free, have fun and learn some simple and amazing games. Come and join us in a laughter-filled Playshop. 

Cost $20

to register call 330-473-0402 or email <info@truenatureretreat.com

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Sunday, April 6th, 6-7:00 - and most Sundays - 
Sacred Shimmy - Advanced Tribal Belly Dance

This class is designed for the dancer with some mastery of Levels One & Two who feels ready to develop her dance into something greater. Teacher permission is required to attend.  Please contact angienever@gmail.com with any inquiries.
Ongoing, most Sundays from 
6:00 - 7:00 PM. $15 drop in, $60 three class pass. Sacred Shimmy updates here.

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Tuesday, April 7th 7:30pm - and every Tuesday except April 15th-
Queer Yoga's Tuesday Tadasana

Queer Yoga is Columbus's first queer-focused yoga class that offers professional yoga instruction in a designated Safe(r) Space. We endeavor to cultivate an atmosphere of acceptance and community in all we do, from sun salutations to post-yoga snack time. Whether you are new to yoga, or you can complete a headstand without assistance, you will find something to challenge and deepen your practice.

Class fees are $6 for ALL participants. Everyone is welcome. Bring a mat.

April 15th there will be no Queer Yoga so folks can attend a free film at OSU about queer farmers: wgss.osu.edu/events/out-here-film-screening-documentary-about-queer-farmers

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Sunday, April 13th, 2-4:pm
Open Meditation: Renewing Mindfulness

This session will focus on re-introducing and re-newing meditation practice. Participants are welcome to practice any form of meditation or quiet prayer they feel comfortable with and are invited to share their techniques and the experience of getting to know themselves with awareness. Two 20 minute sessions will be followed by tea. There is no cost. Donations are welcome.

The benefits of a daily sitting practice are clear, but it may feel difficult to add something new to our already busy lives. As the Spring comes with wind and rain, I've found my practice deepen, not by adding anything, but by subtracting. Doing less and enjoying more. A process of simplifying. 

There are definitely times when action is necessary. But there is little benefit to suffering over the things we cannot control. To practice daily mindfulness is to practice patience. Lately, seeing new sprouts arrive, I've been reminded of the poem by Bashō:

Sitting quietly, doing nothing,
spring comes and the grass grows by itself.

Let's try this simple practice together.

Facebook event page for this session: www.facebook.com/events/783529584991953

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Thursday, April 17, 7-10:pm
Clarinet Panic Deluxx (Toronto) + Fissure Shaft (IN) + Forest Walker (CMH)

We are proud to present experimental chamber music/avant garde math rock ensemble Clarinet Panic Deluxx (Toronto), dark experimental musician Fissure Shaft (IN), and ambient musician/composer Forest Walker (CMH), who will be performing at It Looks Like Its Open the evening of Thursday, April 17. Location: It Looks Like Its Open. Doors: 7pm. Suggested donation: $5. BYOB, all ages.

About the performers:

CPDLXX is a ensmeble born in 2009 as vehicle for the dense music of cellist Cory Latkovich’s dreams. Clattering ahead like the score to a never ending horror film, they inch towards a climax as cello and sax play a game of back & forth only to be driven forward by systematically antagonistic drum patterns and their own instrumental curiosity: bastard chamber music meets math rock.

Fissure Shaft is John Jude Windland, from the village of West College Corner, IN. Fissure Shaft is at the moment creating between dark experimental and something you can groove to, utilizing current, advanced modern electronic techniques, as well as unique sounds via circuit bending and hommade custom instruments.

http://thefusefactory.org/events/performance-clarinet-panic-deluxx/

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Friday, April 25th, 7-9:pm 
Intro to Buddhism for the Curious: Metta Bhavana, a talk by Keith Warren

Keith Warren, experienced Buddhist practitioner and professor of Social Work at OSU, will give an introduction to the the Buddhist cultivation of loving-kindness. 

Hosted by the Buddhist Network of Central Ohio

For more information email <seth.josephson@gmail.com>

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Saturday, April 26, 1-4:pm
Workshop: Intro to Pure Data


Workshop instructor: Nick Arner
Workshop fee: $35

This workshop will give an introduction to the Pure Data, an open source graphical programming language developed by Miller Puckette in the 1990s for the creation of interactive computer music and multimedia works. Pure Data can be used to quickly create interesting sounds that you can use in sound design or electronic composition, as well as interactive visuals.

Topics covered include:
-Installing and getting started with Pure Data
-Making a basic synthesizer
-User interaction
-GEM and visuals
-PD with other programs
-PD on your phone

Workshop attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops. If you want to bring your own MIDI controller as well, feel free!


 

 

 

MARCH 2014


It Looks Like It's Open (ILLIO) - 13 E Tulane Rd, Columbus, Ohio



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Studio-mate shows not at the studio:
March 20th- CAW mentor show at Fort Hayes shot tower gallery, "Exchanges". Openheartcreatures collaborates with their two young artist interns. Matthew McVay age 14 and Cellissa Woods age 18. This performance will merge visual art with sound art using a large Boom Box body puppet. www.facebook.com/events/486057824839929/
 
April 4th- Ryan Agnew's Worm Man will perform during Fuse Factory's Frequency Fridays show at The Wild Goose Creative (2491 Summit St 43202). Admission: $10, $15 for 2. Doors open 8pm. Frequency Fridays 2013-2014 season is supported by a grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
http://thefusefactory.org/events/april-2014-frequency-fridays/

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13 E. Tulane events:


Sunday, March 2, 6-7:00 - and most Sundays - 


Sacred Shimmy - Advanced Tribal Belly Dance

This class is designed for the dancer with some mastery of Levels One & Two who feels ready to develop her dance into something greater. Teacher permission is required to attend.  Please contact angienever@gmail.com with any inquiries.
Ongoing, most Sundays from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. $15 drop in, $60 three class pass. Sacred Shimmy updates here.

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Tuesday, March 4th 7:30pm - and every Tuesday -
Queer Yoga's Tuesday Tadasana

Queer Yoga is Columbus's first queer-focused yoga class that offers professional yoga instruction in a designated Safe(r) Space. We endeavor to cultivate an atmosphere of acceptance and community in all we do, from sun salutations to post-yoga snack time. Whether you are new to yoga, or you can complete a headstand without assistance, you will find something to challenge and deepen your practice.

Class fees are $6 for ALL participants. Everyone is welcome. Bring a mat.


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Sunday, March 9th, 11-1:pm
Open Meditation: Off the Cushion and into the Street

This session will meet earlier than usual so that some of us can head off to Dublin for the march to Wendy's headquarters. Proponents of farmworker justice are calling on Wendy's to join other major corporations in signing on to improve working conditions in Florida's tomato fields.

A Zen gatha, said before sharing food, begins, "Innumerable labors brought us this food. May we know how it comes to us. Receiving this offering, may our virtue and practice equal it."

In this globalized system of exchange it is often very difficult to know what labors brought us our food, but through social justice networks we can learn about the conditions of farms and even contribute to improvements. 

The practice of loving kindness begins in our heart, and continues the moment we rise from the cushion. We carry it, or it carries us, forward into community to smile and listen to one another with our full attention. It also compels us to stand on the street, not out of anger, but like a beacon or a lighthouse guiding those who steer our corporate ships. Without making them the enemy, we can call to them to stop and move toward compassion. 

In the 1980s, Thich Nhat Hanh wrote, "In the peace movement there is a lot of anger, frustration, and misunderstanding. The peace movement can write very good protest letters, but they are not yet able to write a love letter. ...A fresh way of being peace, of doing peace is needed. That is why it is so important for us to practice meditation, to acquire the capacity to look, to see, and to understand. It would be wonderful if we could bring to the peace movement our contribution, our way of looking at things, that will diminish aggression and hatred. Peace work means, first of all, being peace. Meditation is meditation for all of us. We rely on each other. Our children are relying on us in order for them to have a future." 

Weather you attend the march or not, please join me to sit in quiet on Sunday. 

Let's learn to become the still source from which change grows. 

Let's try this simple practice together.

*We sit for two 20 minute sections, with mindful walking in between. We will have time for every participant to talk before and after the sit. Those new to meditation are welcome to join and participate as much as they feel comfortable! There is no cost. Donations are welcome.

* Florida farmworkers' are vary vulnerable to exploitation, including forced labor and sexual violence. Wendy's is one of the few major corporations still unwilling to sign on to the Fair Food Program, which would provide basic support to farmworkers. Information about the campaign here. Information about the Central Ohio events, including the march, here.

Facebook event page for this meditation: www.facebook.com/events/480794355375814/

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Saturday, March 15th, 6:30-9:30

Triommm Kirtan LOVE Circle


Triommm is is a devotional kirtan LOVE circle and community. We are a multi-cultural, universally accepting group that sings devotional songs from many traditions. All are welcome for an hour and a half of singing followed by sharing food and love.

Songbook includes mantras from Vedic Indian, Native American, Buddhist, Christian, Sikh traditions and British Psychedelic Rock. We're open to expanding the Songbook to include your most treasured devotional songs!

Bring your instruments, your voice, your friends, your kids and food to share. Doors & light snacks at 6:30p, Singing at 7:00p, Food at 8:30p.

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Sunday, March 16th, 7:30-9:30
Trance Studies: Becoming Fish

How do we adapt to change like fish moving through water?

The Cuyamungue, or "Oma", trance is a shamanic practice used to cultivate visions and a dream-like awareness. 

This session will include the "Fish Trance", a posture based on an image of the goddess of running water, Chalchihuitlicue ("she of the jade skirt"). According to the Aztec story, when a flood was sent to the earth by Tlaloc, her consort, Chalchihuitlicue had compassion for the humans and changed them into fish so they could survive. When our wold becomes flooded with difficulties, how do we become like fish, had home in these new conditions?

At this trance session, we first do the Singing Shaman to open the door, than Chalchihuitlicue’s Fish. We will have an introduction beforehand and a discussion of our experiences afterward.

We take an experimental approach to trance studies, not a dogmatic one. The Cuyamungue technique is a practice of new-shamanism based on the experiences of Felicitas D. Goodman (Where the Spirits Ride the Wind). Felicitas was an anthropologist who studied alternate states of consciousness and developed a technique for their cultivation. Felicitas believed that she had discovered an ancient and universal way to allow entrance into an alternate reality. This tradition of trance practice is maintained locally by Felicitas’s daughter, Susan Josephson, and in formal organizations in New Mexico and Germany.

*Instructions for participation: Please arrive on time, the door will be closed at 7:45 so that the session can begin without interruption. Fasting will enhance the experience, but is not required. For best results, do not eat at least 30 minutes prior to the session. Avoid alcohol throughout the day. Wear loose-fitting clothing and avoid wearing metal.

*Young adults / teens welcome.

*Susan is not expecting payment so this session is by donation. Feel free to support her visit and the maintenance of the studio space with a small contribution.

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March 29, 1-4:00 
Fuse Factory: Intro to Pure Data Workshop

Info to be updated here:
http://thefusefactory.org/events/