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


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!


13 E. Tulane events:


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).


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 with any inquiries.
Ongoing, most Sundays from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. $15 drop in, $60 three class pass. Sacred Shimmy updates here.


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.


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.

[see flyer image below]


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,! 

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"]

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.

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


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