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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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