Alexander Technique Practicum Sessions Beaker Prince will be offering opportunities to explore movement principles of the Alexander Technique at ILLIO at a low, affordable price as she completes complete practice hours to prepare for certification this summer. Practice sessions are taught one-to-one (couples and small groups can be accommodated if requested) , are 45-50 minutes in length,and will be scheduled at ILLIO on selected afternoons. Beaker is offering these practice lessons at a sliding scale of $10-$20 ($5-15 for full-time students, or a time bank hour for members of the Care and Share Time bank.) Alexander Technique is a form of movement re-education that helps you to find the natural support for your body, so that your body is more free and available to move. Many musicians, athletes, dancers, and actors study the Alexander Technique so that they can play, move and act more efficiently and effectively. The educational aspects of the Alexander Technique can also be helpful in preventing and healing from chronic and repetitive stress injury. Additionally, many students report that they feel more relaxed in body and mind after an Alexander lesson, leading to better overall functioning. Please contact Beaker at beakerbee@ yahoo.com if you would like to schedule a practice lesson. More information can be found on her website www.yogadirections.com.
Open Meditation : Political Ecologies of Awareness
"Innumerable labors brought us this food. May we know how it comes to us," begins one Zen mealtime chant. "Receiving this offering may our virtue and practice equal it..."
Mindfulness - the simple, straightforward awareness of feeling as it happens - is not only a personal activity. As we come into our own personal, intimate knowledges, we see again and again how we are given over to others and they are given over to us. Our food, clothing, and shelter; our words, postures, and fantasies; they are not ours alone, but depend on people and things outside ourselves.
When our consciousness is raised on a particular issue, we cannot easily return to the ignorance we had before, nor would we want to. Knowing who and what we rely upon and who relies upon us requires us to live differently. As philosopher Linda Holler writes, "...coming from non-sense to awareness is a moral and political act."
This session will follow the same open discussion format as before. We will talk before and after the meditation and everyone should feel welcome to share whatever is alive in them at that moment. I am interested this month in considering the people and things on which we depend that are outside of the zendo (meditation hall), however near or remote. As we come into an awareness of our own thoughts and feelings, what do we rely on? And how we are called to act?
Our short session of sitting, walking, and tea drinking depends on "innumerable labors." Receiving this gift, let us be equal to it.
*As we have in the past, we will sit for two 20/25 minute sessions with an open discussion before and after. The two sessions of sitting meditation will be broken by silent walking. Then we'll have tea! Those new to meditation are welcome to join and participate as much as they feel comfortable.
*If you need a responsible person to watch your kid(s) so you can participate, send me a message (email@example.com, or fb, or at 614-499-3350). I want to help make sure this quiet practice is accessible to parents.
(meet at studio for transport to the party. Location to be announced)
John Kasich is doing quite a job as Ohio's Governor! From attempting to squelch workers rights via SB5, to appointing Industry insiders to run regulatory agencies, to allowing millions of gallons of other states' radioactive frack waste to be pumped into our ground, there's been a lot to (attempt to) love. In celebration of Kasich's birthday Monday, and the amazing job he's doing on Ohio, we thought it'd be fun to have a dance party and b-day card reading.
What: Kasich's Birthday Dance Party!
Date: Monday May 13th
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Meet at 13 E Tulane (It Looks Like It's Open Studio) for transport to the party - location to be announced
To Wear: colorful, celebratory clothes and party hats (some hats will be provided)
To Bring: party noisemakers if you have them
To Make (if you have the time/inclination): A giant card-like sign, or card to read (or excerpt if longer), and get to Kasich, all if you wish. Some card-sign suggestions*:
"Here's to One More Year of Corruption!" "Thank You for Taking $213,519 in Campaign Contributions! ♥ Big Oil and Gas" "Governor Kasich, It's Been Real, Resign Now!" "Happy Birthday and Best Wishes for the Will to Protect Ohioans from Corporate Greed"
We hope to see you there! Please help us spread the word by inviting other trusted individuals or allied groups.
Contact jennie at jenbach@gmail to help or with questions, or for a text with location details an hour before the event.
*When expressing your birthday wishes or noting sarcastically for what you're most grateful, please honor the nature of this dance party and keep it non-violent, ya'll, for signs and everything else ♥
SUPPORTED BY LOCAL YOKELS
Puppeteria & Misanthroppets performing
"Injustice at The Pond" and "The Secret of Flat Top Mountain" and a new play featuring Magicorn. http://ohpuppeteria.tumblr.com/
In the wilds of Siberia, Charles Darwin goes off search of the Yeti. The Yeti (if she exists) enters a radio station’s dance contest, hoping to win an all-expenses-paid vacation to a place that doesn’t exist yet. Darwin’s research companion—a little brown bat—falls in love with the radio station’s electromagnetic emissions—but how could that ever end happily? Meanwhile, Siberia’s caves are home to a secretive tribe of ropemakers—but their disintegrating family structure may cause their ancient craft to be lost forever. Through the lens of the real life allegory of the Flying Wallendas’ famous high-wire act, two performers on a tiny stage unfold Darwin’s laboratory, unfurl anatomic diagrams of the yeti, and try to tease out the difference between miracles and non-miracles.
Written by Donna Oblongata (member of The Missoula Oblongata, Wham City, and producer/director of the 2012 production Less Miserable).
Designed and performed by Donna Oblongata and Patrick Costello (visual artist extraordinaire and also a star of Less Miserable)
Directed by Sarah Lowry (member of The Missoula Oblongata)
While there is no unified Buddhist calendar, the full moon in May is widely observed as the anniversary of the historical Buddha's birth, his moment of complete awakening, and his death about 2500 years ago in North India.
According to the earliest accounts, the Buddha was not a god but rather an ordinary being unsurpassed in insight. His teachings and community continue to be a major source of peace and transformation. Honoring him is honoring the possibility that our own suffering can be brought to an end.
This year the May Full Moon (the "Full Flower Moon" according to the Farmer's Almanac) falls on the night of the 24th-25th. There are a variety of more and less traditional ways one could celebrate this occasion. This year the Open Meditation community of the Illio Studio will host a small midnight meditation. Drop by after a night on the town, or get up while the kids are in bed, and share the quite of the night. All are welcome to join for any or all of this session.
*As we have in the past, we will sit for two 20/25 minute sessions with an open discussion before and after. The two sessions of sitting meditation will be broken by silent walking. Then we'll have tea! Those new to meditation are welcome to join and participate as much as they feel comfortable. For this event there will also be an optional sutra service and bows.
Same idea as last year. Walking to performers to eventually end up at a bigger evening type show. Short sets, keepin' it "lite"
2:00 pm Free Vegan Lunch at ILLIO
6:00 pm Trail Kickoff
8:00 pm Evening Show
Friday, June 14th 8:00pm A.K. BURNS + A.L. STEINER’S COMMUNITY ACTION CENTER OR BUST! CROSS-CUNTRY 2013 U.S. SUMMER TOUR!
Artist A.K. Burns + A.L. Steiner are launching their 2013 US Tour and coming (!) with their feature-length sociosexual video to a city/town/village near you!
Community Action Center (2010, DV, TRT 69 mins.) incorporates the erotics of a community where the personal is not only political, but sexual. This project was heavily inspired by 1970’s porn-romance-liberation films which served as distinct portraits of the urban inhabitants, landscapes and the body politic of a particular time and place. Community Action Center is a unique contemporary womyn-centric composition that serves as both an ode and a hole-filler. Sex, sexuality and the complexities of gendered bodies are inherently political. This project is a small archive of an intergenerational community built on collaboration, friendship, sex and art. The work attempts to explore a consideration of feminist fashion, sexual aesthetics and an expansive view of what is defined as ‘sex’. The video seeks to expose and reformulate paradigms that are typical of porn typologies, intentionally exploiting tropes for their comical value, critical consideration and historical homage. The artists have created a reason to reflect on the cultural realness of homo-grown lesbian sexuality, and the work aims to be a hedonistic and distinctly political adventure.
Burns and Steiner worked with artists and performers who created infinitely complex gender and performance roles that are both real and fantastical, set to a soundtrack of music culled from the worldwide sisterhood: Chicks on Speed, Effi Briest, Electrelane, K8 Hardy, Lesbians on Ecstasy, Light Asylum, MEN, Motherland, NGUZUNGUZU, I.U.D. (Lizzi Bougatsos & Sadie Laska), Kinski and Thee Majesty (Genesis P-Orridge), and featuring original compositions by Justin Bond, Nick Hallett & Sam Greenleaf Miller, Ashland Mines & Wu Tsang, Sergei Tcherepnin and Tri-State Area with AV Linton.
In 2012, Burns and Steiner completed their fundraising campaign to raise money for this self-funded US tour with the help of USA Projects andover 300 supporters who pledged their donation in support of this project. Burns and Steiner look forward to presenting the video in-person in 16 cities nationwide.
We are honored to host these world renowned artists at our humble Illio Studio! Check out an interview at: http://dismagazine.com/discussion/9725/community-action-interaction/ (Highlight: "Queer sex requires creativity, a commitment to your entire body as a sex organ. Don’t assume anything. Sex should be a process of creativity and invention. We believe that queer sex and feminist agency is a shared acknowledgment of reciprocal penetration—physically, psychologically. The universe wants us to play.") ---------------------------------------------------------------
week of June 17th
Sister Khema visit
Sister Khema, a Theravada Buddhist nun, will be visiting Ohio in June and Illio plans to host a public talk and meditation. Details will come. If you're interested in helping facilitate or organize the event please email firstname.lastname@example.org.