NOVEMBER 2014

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

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News: You're invited to the 2014 Art of Recovery benefiting Southeast Inc.'s Fresh A.I.R. Gallery on Friday November 7 at the Hilton Columbus Downtown5:30 - 10 pm. Live and silent auctions will feature original art from over 100 artists, including a painting by ILLIO studiomate Ryan Agnew entitled Pine Cones. Through art, Fresh A.I.R. Gallery educates the community and works to break down stigma of mental illness and substance abuse disorders by bringing focus to the artistic vision. Contact the Fresh A.I.R. Gallery at 614.225.0980 or pullinsm@southeastinc.com to purchase tickets and/or sponsorship opportunities.

Looking for new studiomates. ILLIO would be more financially sustainable if we had one more studiomate join our community. Stop by for one of these events and talk to the host about joining. 

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Weekly at ILLIO:

Most Sundays, 6-7:00pm
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.


Weekdays, 6:30am - 7:30am
Living Well - MOVE

MondaysStrength & Power – Functional, dynamic, big muscle exercises using kettlebells, bodyweight, TRX, plyos, and bands.
Tuesdays Cardio Intervals & Agility Drills – Energy system development through cardiovascular and agility drills using small hurdles, cone drills, interval training, and sprints.
WednesdaysCore & Control – Unique combination and isometric movements to enhance core strength, range of motion and flexibility, and balance.
ThursdaysStrength & Power – Functional, dynamic, big muscle exercises using kettlebells, bodyweight, TRX, plyos, and bands.
FridaysWild Card/Trainer’s Choice!

Try your first session for free!
Session Passes are available. Passes are valid for two months from the date of purchase, and are for individual use only.

8 Sessions - $80 ($10/session)
16 Sessions - $128 ($8/session)
24 Sessions - $168 ($7/session)

Or drop-in for $12/session

www.facebook.com/livingwellcolumbus

www.livingwellcolumbus.blogspot.com

Questions? Email ErinLSJohnson@columbus.rr.com or call/text 614.306.9634


Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8-8:45am
Wake Up - Morning Meditation 

A small group will be bringing in the day on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays through September with a 25-minute seated meditation and a short check in. All are welcome, including those new to sitting meditation. For more information contact seth.josephson@gmail.com, or visit http://wakeupcolumbus.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/groups/539473676105662/


Tuesdays, 7:30pm
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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ILLIO special events for November:


Friday, November 7th, 8-11:pm 
Frequency Friday: Ben Miller + Larry Marotta Ensemble + Cher Von + Ray Li

The Fuse Factory November 2014 Frequency Fridays show features multiphonic prepared guitarist Ben Miller (MI), experimental electric guitarist Larry Marotta (CMH), experimental vocalist Cher Von (CHI) and wearable technologist/musician Ray Li (CMH). Date: Friday, November 7, 2014. Location: It Looks Like It’s Open (13 E. Tulane Av., 43202). Admission: $10, $15 for 2. Doors open 8pm. Our Frequency Fridays 2014-2015 season is supported by a grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

About our performers:

Cultivating his technique since the early 80′s, Ben Miller/degeneration creates a sonic tapestry that defies standard guitar playing. Using a self-modified Gibson Kalamazoo, Miller produces a dense multiphonic soundscape by outputting several pickups separately through various FX chains. With the addition of Casio SK1 8-bit sampling, transistor radio, analog synth and tapes, it is difficult to discern where any one sound originates or where it is heading – and it is of this subliminal nature that Miller adheres to.

Larry Marotta is a guitarist and composer based in Columbus, Ohio. He is best known for his performances of free improvised music that combine his wide range of musical interests, odd sense of humor, and passion for sound as sound. In the past few years, he has performed in Chicago, New York City, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Miami Beach.

Cher Von, aka Chervon Koeune, is an experimental vocalist, performer, and composer residing in Louisville, KY. Cher Von is known for her unique vocal-style, which blends a playful use of wordless vocalising with a sometimes throaty, sometimes graceful delivery of ethereal melodies. Working primarily with a vocal processor, a large Bass Drum, and miscellaneous found sound objects, her exploration has shifted to minimalist music concepts.

Ray Li is the inventor of SoundSpace, an instrument which combines elements of electronics, technology, and music to make sound. With no chords or notes to memorize, the musician has ultimate control. SoundSpace is a glove-based device which allows the player to “hold” and play music with his or her bare hands by making different movements and gestures.

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Saturday, November 8th, 1-3:pm
Workshop: Make an electric canjo (can banjo) + other musical instruments

In this workshop, participants will learn how to make an electric canjo out of a tin can, sanded wood fingerboard, eye screws, acoustic guitar strings, and a piezo pickup soldered to short cord with a 1/4″ jack. If you wish to make another instrument instead, other options include: electric bobby pin thumb piano, PVC snake charmer, and copper wind chimes. The workshop will begin with a short discussion about sound vibration and rhythm to help participants experiment with sound on their instruments and create rhythm patterns.

Workshop fees:

Electric canjo: $45 ($25 for instruction, $20 for materials)
Electric bobby pin thumb piano: $45 ($25 for instruction, $20 for materials)
Copper wind chimes: $35 ($25 for instruction, $10 for materials)
PVC snake charmer: $30 ($25 for instruction, $5 for materials)

To register for the workshop, please visit: http://thefusefactory.org/events/workshop-electric-canjo/

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Saturday, November 8th, 7:pm
Poems & Songs 

READERS: Jessica D. Lewis; Mallory Whitten; Erin Elizabeth Wehrenberg; Tess Pugsley; Christine Louis

Jessica Lewis is a Face-to-Face Advocate and Community Outreach Volunteer at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and a member of New Voices Cleveland, a grassroots Human Rights and Reproductive Justice organization led by and focused on women of color. Jessica is an activist for issues around consent, gender roles and performance, sexuality, and queer and racial identities. Jessica and Keishla Valez launched Hollaback Cleveland, a branch of the New York City initiative founded by Emily May in 2010. Hollaback is run by local activists in 71 cities, 24 countries, operating in 12 different languages. Visit Cleveland.ihollaback.org to learn more about Jessica and the Cleveland Hollaback team.

Mallory Whitten lives in Ohio. In September of this 2014, she had her first book published with Monster House Press entitled Collected Poems & Stories.

Erin Elizabeth Wehrenberg exists with an undeniable calling to healing, self-love, and social justice. She weaves these themes through her writing as a way to challenge dominant norms that cut off loving, sustainable ways of being. Her work focuses on breathing life into past wounds and connecting to deep places of love and community while moving lighter. Erin spends her time with this Earth as an educator, women's health specialist, life coach, and artist. Her first book of poetry,Notes on Healing and Clarity, was released in October of 2013 and is available on Amazon.

Tess Pugsley lives in Columbus, Ohio. She she writes about being a feminist who is trying to be in a more loving relationship with life when she is not drawing plants and spending time outside.

Christine Louis is a Cleveland-based singer-songwriter whose style can be described as “acoustic indie-pop.” She sings about such topics as sexual adventures ruined by curry, heartbreak, insecurity, politics made personal, and catchy, bouncy takedowns of her enemies.

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Wednesday, November 12, 6:30-9:30pm
Workshop: HTML 5 Fundamentals

Instructor: Paul Dehnbostel; Workshop fee: $35

This class, which is the first in the series, introduces students to the basic elements of HyperText Markup Language 5 (HTML 5) as the basic code underlying website functionality. We will cover topics such as: basic layout with HTML, basic elements, linking web pages, and inserting images. We will also cover general document features such as headers, paragraphs, lists, and more. This workshop is BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop)

About our Basic Web Design Series:

The World Wide Web is now 20 years old (!) and has evolved into a powerful, complex model of electronic communication. Our hands-on, beginner-friendly workshop series explores the fundamentals of user-focused web design by introducing participants to its technical as well as its conceptual aspects. This workshop series has been crafted for those with little to no prior experience with web design or coding, rather than seasoned or professional web designers. Please note: all of the series workshops are BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop).

All of the workshops in this series include: A fun and inclusive learning environment; A nice, arts-focused venue

register here: http://thefusefactory.org/events/html_5_fundamentals/

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Sunday, November 16th, 1-3:pm
Wake Up Sangha - Meditation and Dharma Sharing

Sitting meditation, walking meditation, a reading, and Dharma sharing (discussion). Bring loose cloths for sitting on a cushion the floor (chairs also available). No meditation experience required. (ages 18-35)

Wake Up Sangha is an international community of mindfulness practitioners, aged 18-35 (and their allies), inspired by the teachings of Zen poet and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh. We are Buddhists and non-Buddhists coming together to cultivate awareness, compassion, and care for one another.

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Wednesday, November 19th, 6:30-9:30pm
Workshop: Web Site Design with CSS 3

Instructor: Paul Dehnbostel; Workshop fee: $35

Our second class in the series covers the basics of CSS 3, a powerful language used to create layout and design for web pages. Without CSS, the web would not be nearly as pretty! Best of all, CSS is easy to learn and was designed so that everyone – even non-programmers – can do it. No fancy programs are needed, just Notepad and a web browser. This workshop is designed to be a hands-on experience for beginners with some previous HTML experience (like our HTML 5 Fundamentals workshop). In addition to discussing what CSS is and how it works, we will cover topics such as font and color changes, and the box model. This workshop is BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop).

About our Basic Web Design Series:

The World Wide Web is now 20 years old (!) and has evolved into a powerful, complex model of electronic communication. Our hands-on, beginner-friendly workshop series explores the fundamentals of user-focused web design by introducing participants to its technical as well as its conceptual aspects. This workshop series has been crafted for those with little to no prior experience with web design or coding, rather than seasoned or professional web designers. Please note: all of the series workshops are BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop).

All of the workshops in this series include: A fun and inclusive learning environment; A nice, arts-focused venue. 


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Saturday, Nov. 22nd, 6-8:pm
Ecstatic Dance!

Bring on the ecstasy! Ecstatic dance is a free-form style somewhere between dance and meditation. We will explore "natural" movement, following our individual impulses as they arise in the safety of an accepting collective. People of all movement abilities and experience are welcome as you will use the guidance of the instructor to shape your experience as much or as little as you want.

This is a "family friendly" event and open to people of all ages, sexual orientations, gender expressions, races, ethnicities, abilities, etc. etc. All beings welcome!

This is a donation-based event. Proceeds will cover the cost of the space and compensate the instructor.

This month's event will be lead by Kelly Klein and her instruction will be inspired by yoga, the improvisational form Gaga, and principles of contact improvisation.

Here is a brief run down of what you can expect:

-a short opening circle in which we will center ourselves, practice some breathing techniques, and fully arrive in the space
-about an hour of free-form movement with suggestions by an instructor. These might include bringing attention to the breath, the heart beat, a sensation, an image, or a certain part of the body, or inviting a particular movement dynamic into the body. While partner dancing and touch is allowed, it is not required. Dancers are free to step to the side to stretch or sit in stillness.
-a closing circle in which we are invited to share our experiences, thoughts, and feelings, bringing the dance to a close.

This is a new event and we are hoping to continue it monthly if not more often. We are open to suggestions from the community about how you would like these events to proceed, and will have different instructors cycling through. Please get in touch if you are interested in leading or have suggestions for music, format, venues. etc.

While ecstatic dance easily becomes a spiritual experience, this is a secular, non-denominational and non-sectarian event. We hope to create space for people of all religious faiths and spiritual beliefs. Feel free to bring objects of significance to the space and use them as you wish on your own, and please do not impose on the experiences of others.


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Saturday, Nov. 23rd, 7:30pm
"Fed Up" Free Screening

"Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see." www.fedupmovie.com

Hosted by Living Well Columbus: www.livingwellcolumbus.blogspot.com


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OCTOBER 2014

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


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News! Erin L. S. Johnson has joined our creative community and will be hosting strength and cardiovascular training sessions at ILLIO three mornings a week. Event info below. Learn more about Living Well here

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Weekly at ILLIO:

Most Sundays, 6-7:00pm
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.


Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:30am
Living Well - Strength and Cardio Training

Mondays – Strength & Power – Functional, dynamic, big muscle exercises using kettlebells, bodyweight, TRX, plyos, and bands. Wednesdays – Core & Control – Unique combination and isometric movements to enhance core strength, range of motion and flexibility, and balance. Fridays – Wild Card/Trainer’s Choice!

12 Sessions - $96 ($8/session) 18 Sessions - $126 ($7/session) Or drop-in for $10/session. 

Learn more about Living Well here. Email ErinLSJohnson@columbus.rr.com or call/text 614.306.9634


Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00am
Wake Up - Morning Meditation 

A small group will be bringing in the day on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays through September with a 25-minute seated meditation and a short check in. Because we are silent, all quiet meditation styles can be practiced. All are welcome, including those new to quiet sitting. For more information contact seth.josephson@gmail.com, or visit http://wakeupcolumbus.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/groups/539473676105662/


Tuesdays, 7:30pm
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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ILLIO special events for October:

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Sunday, October 12th, 1-3:pm
Wake Up Sangha - Meditation and Dharma Sharing 

Sitting meditation, walking meditation, a reading, and Dharma sharing (discussion). Bring loose cloths for sitting on the floor (chairs also available). No meditation experience required. (ages 18-35)

Wake Up is a global community of mindfulness practitioners, aged 18-35, inspired by the teachings of Zen Master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. We come together to cultivate awareness, care for ourselves, nourish generosity, and create a healthy and compassionate society.


facebook event here

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Sunday, October 12th, 7:30-9:30pm
Trance Studies: Bird Diviner (III) 

The Cuyamungue, or "Oma", trance is a shamanic practice used to cultivate visions and a dream-like awareness. The Cuyamungue technique is a syncretic, shamanic practice developed by anthropologist and spiritual teacher, Felicitas D. Goodman, and continued by her daughter, Susan Josephson (among others). Goodman believed that she had discovered an ancient and universal way to allow entrance into an alternate reality and commune with the beings who dwell there. Guided by postures adapted from a variety of sources and driven by a rattle sounded at a particular tempo and rhythm, participants often have visions with personal significance. We take an experimental approach to trance studies - not a dogmatic one - so all are welcome take what they find valuable for themselves.

As in the past, we will pair two postures. The first session will be the "singing shaman" to open the door to the alternate reality. The second will be the "hawk trance" a transformation and divining posture. This trace posture is used for receiving advice, or to see one's situation more clearly. It often reveals the nature of one's "power." The posture is based on sculptural representations of seated Horus form the Old Kingdom period. 

*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.


Facebook event here.

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Thursday, October 16th, 7-10:pm
Jonas Reinhardt’s Ganymede, a live AV performance + Samuel Hoar (CMH)

The Fuse Factory is proud to present Jonas Reinhardt’s newest and perhaps most ambitious project, Ganymede, which debuted in early 2014 on the Oakland, California-based Constellation Tatsu label. Both a full-length album and an experimental film in six connected parts (shot by different Brooklyn-based directors on 16mm), Ganymede is set on the solar system’s largest moon. This film imagines unknown extra-terrestrial life forms engaged in ritualistic aquatic dance beneath a sky of ice. Date: Thursday, October 16 2014. Location: It Looks Like It’s Open (13 E. Tulane Av., 43202). Admission: $7, $10 for 2. Doors open 7pm.

About Jonas Reinhardt: Jonas Reinhardt’s fascination with sci-fi, ecstatic reveries, the mechanizations of synthesizers, and the links between music and visual art also comes through in earlier releases on Kranky, Not Not Fun, Great Pop Supplement and 100% Silk. Along with regular live sets at clubs in New York and elsewhere around the world, the Brooklyn-based artist has featured work at the Tate Modern, MUTEK, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and SF MOMA.

About Samuel Hoar: A self-confessed hack, who jokes that he was born with “4 thumbs and a finger on each hand”, Samuel Hoar makes things with whatever he can get his hands on because otherwise he would go insane. There is some speculation that this goal is a moot point. He embraces digital technology as an art making tool primarily because of its free accessibility and the ever-present “undo” function. He is interested in platforms that utilize technology’s seductive power to contradict popular conceptions of art because they are boring and dangerous and to undermine the idea that creativity is something possessed by “others”.


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Saturday, October 25th, 2:00
Tatsuya Nakatani, Workshop

More info to come!

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Saturday, October 25th, 8-10:pm
Tatsuya Nakatani, performance 

$7 or $10 for 2. BYOB, all ages. About Tatsuya Nakatani: Percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani was born and raised in Osaka-Japan. He currently resides in Easton, PA. He is a renowned recognized Percussionist/Drummer creating his own sound. Nakatani performs and tours all over the world for international Creative Music festivals and New Music festivals. He has taught master artist classes, workshops and given lectures, revolving around his unique sound, at a number of universities. His music has been published over sixty CD recordings in the USA and Europe. He has performed SOLO percussion for the majority of his musical career since the late 1990s at a countless number of venues of many sizes.

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Thursday, October 30th, 7-8:30:pm
Nancy J. Cullen,"How to Create a More Balanced Environment through Points of Simple Energy Awareness"

Presented by Idea Wave Columbus: A balanced environment isn't external to you - you are a participant in its creation. Your thoughts, responses and reactions to the environment have a great affect on the overall balance of any space in which you are present.

"How to Create a More Balanced Environment through Points of Simple Energy Awareness" will explain how to create a personal balanced environment and will provide some simple-to- use tips for becoming aware of the energy in any environment. The key is to understand the energy that is external to you and separate it from your own reactions to that same energy. This is also extremely empowering as you increasingly see yourself as co-creator of a balanced environment.

Nancy J. Cullen has been a practicing psychic since 1979 and is active in community organizing for the local psychic community. 

$20. Tickets and more information here

SEPTEMBER 2014


13 E TULANE \\ \\ Sacred Shimmy \\ Wake Up \\ Queer Yoga \\ Gadabout Film, Eric Ayotte, Doll Parts \\ Trabajo, Mezzanine Swimmers, Shiftlet \\


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Studio-mate activity not at the studio:
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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Weekly at ILLIO:


Most Sundays, 6-7:00pm
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.


Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00am
Wake Up - Morning Meditation 

A small group will be bringing in the day on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays through September with a 25-minute seated meditation and a short check in. Because we are silent, all quiet meditation styles can be practiced. All are welcome, including those new to quiet sitting. For more information contact seth.josephson@gmail.com, or visit http://wakeupcolumbus.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/groups/539473676105662/


Tuesdays, 7:30pm
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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ILLIO special events for September:


Thursday, Sept 4th, 8-11pm
gadabout film fest, eric ayotte, doll parts

doll parts: local folk pop with ukuleles 
eric ayotte: touring sincere songs
gadabout film fest 2014: a touring collection of short films

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Saturday, Sept 6th, 8:pm
TRABAJO  //\\  MEZZANINE SWIMMERS  //\\  MIKE SHIFLET 


IMMERSIVE / SUBVERSIVE / SOUNDS

TRABAJO (Brooklyn, NY)
http://trabajoband.tumblr.com/

MEZZANINE SWIMMERS (Brooklyn, NY)
http://mezzanineswimmers.bandcamp.com/

MIKE SHIFLET (Columbus OH)
http://mikeshiflet.bandcamp.com/



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Friday, Sept 19th, 6:00pm
Wake Up - Vegan Potluck and Discussion

In place of a service activity this month we are going to share food and discuss the global and local issues that are important to us today. We plan to identify things we share a concern for, then we'll plan a first step we can take together. Come if you'd just like to eat some food even if you didn't make anything! 


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Sunday, Sept 21th, 1-3:pm
Wake Up Sangha - Meditation and Dharma Sharing

Young Buddhists and non-Buddhists practicing compassion and awareness in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Sitting and walking meditation, a reading, and dharma discussion. - ages 18-35, no meditation experience required. For more information contact seth.josephson@gmail.com, or visit http://wakeupcolumbus.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/groups/539473676105662/

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Sunday, Sept 28, 1-4pm
Fuse Factory Open House

The Fuse Factory Electronic and Digital Arts Lab Open House will take place on Sunday, September 28 from 1-4 pm. Come hang out with Fuse Factory members, play with circuit blocks and contact mics, learn about the electronic and digital art forms we showcase, and find out what's in store for our 2014-2015 season! 

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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!

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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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