Friday, July 13, 2012

Realbeanz- The Best iced Coffee we've ever had!

 So it's Friday and it's storming out and we've had to shut the computers down every few hours which always means working into the wee hours of the night.It's too hot and  humid  to think hot coffee,so we have our refrigerator stacked with 'nutrient enhanced' RealBeanz iced coffee.It's made with coconut water and the Dark Roast and Cappuccino are absolutely delicious and healthy!
Drink it straight out of the bottle on the go or in your best glassware with ice,whipped cream and consider it a quick dessert.It's delicious and impressive!

Check out more info on their website,

From the RealBeanz website:

Our Philosophy
Perfection In Every Bottle. Guaranteed.
RealBeanz® believes that an iced coffee beverage should do more than just satisfy your taste buds – it ought to help you get through the day and enhance your lifestyle without subjecting your body to harmful chemicals or unhealthy ingredients.
That’s why we’ve taken a different approach in creating our remarkable product line of iced coffees
Whether it’s powering up with energy-infused herbs or slowing down with relaxing floral extracts, RealBeanz® utilizes a blend of 100% natural ingredients in a flavorful coffee blend that’ll help brew the lifestyle you desire.
We know that you’re seeking coffee-based beverages that are big on flavor, high on quality and perfect for your health-conscious lifestyle.
So grab a cold bottle of RealBeanz® and let’s drink to good health and great flavor… one savory sip at a time!
Our Benefits
One small bottle. So many big benefits.
From young college students looking for that instant extra boost of energy to overwhelmed working professionals looking for a moment of relaxation, RealBeanz® has a variety of delicious flavors and functional attributes that will appeal to consumers of all ages and backgrounds including:
        All natural coffee beans and 100% pure, wholesome ingredients
        Lower calories and scientifically proven nutraceuticals
        No artificial flavorings, colorings, sweeteners or preservatives
        Fresh, artificial hormone-free (rBST-free), reduced-fat milk maximizes flavor and health appeal
        Certified Kosher by The Orthodox Union
Most importantly, RealBeanz® came about as the result of a successful collaboration between a team of experienced industry professionals including senior food chemists and R&D technicians to ensure that it remains a winning product for customers just like you.
Best of all, RealBeanz® delivers flavorful, indulgent coffee experiences without making you feel guilty about ingesting unhealthy or calorie-jammed beverages. That’s because every RealBeanz® beverage is designed to improve your health and mind-body experience… with every single sip.

Realbeanz photo © 2012 Linda Matlow.All rights reserved

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Register Today for an Early Morning Photo Safari to the Carrie Furnace!

                                                                                                                                           Photo courtesy of Ivette Spradlin

Discover the beauty of the industrial era by attending 
a Photo Safari to the Carrie Furnace
Explore it in the early light of day on this special morning adventure!  

Carrie Furnace is one of Pittsburgh's greatest historic sites of the industrial age. The structure and surrounding area are normally off limits to photographers, but Silver Eye has been granted special access to the site. Through general and one-on-one instruction, further your knowledge of composition, quality of light, exposure, high dynamic range, and panoramas. 

Carrie Furnace Photo Safari
Co-sponsored with Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area
Saturday, August 4, 2012, 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Check out what some photographers on recent photo safaris have created:

*Please bring with you: a d-SLR and a tripod, comfortable walking shoes, and weather-appropriate clothing.
Fee: $65 for Silver Eye members; $75 for non-members
Limited to 14 students
Instructor: Ivette Spradlin, Adjunct Faculty, Photography Department, Carnegie Mellon University
Location: Carrie Furnace, Rankin, PA

How to Register!

1.  Complete the Program Registration
 form and mail or fax to:

     Program Registration
     Silver Eye Center for Photography
     1015 East Carson Street
     Pittsburgh, PA 15203-1109
     Fax: 412-431-5777

2.  Register by phone by calling 412-431-1810.

3.  Become a member
 of Silver Eye. 

Not sure what class or membership level is right for you?  Please call Richard Kelly at 412-431-1810 ext. 11 or email to discuss your needs and questions. 
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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Final days for the Fellowship 12 Exhibitions @ Silver Eye!


Stop in for the Final Days of the Fellowship 12 Exhibitions!
 Shows by Competition Winners, Akihiko Miyoshi and Isa Leshko, 
will close on July 17th!

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, Noon to 6 pm
Free and open to the public

The exhibitions of the Fellowship 12 competition winners, Akihiko Miyoshi and Isa Leshko, are in their final days, so stop in to the Silver Eye gallery to view these fantastic photographs. The competition juror this year was Julie Saul, the distinguished owner and director of Julie Saul Gallery, New York.
In the News
The Fellowship 12 Exhibitions and winning artists have received much appreciation throughout the city. City Paper's Robert Raczka comments on Miyoshi's use of props and visage as a "pervasive postmodern pursuit of the playful."
Likewise, the Pittsburgh Tribune and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette offer fascinating views on both artists featured in our Southside gallery.
About the Artists

Akihiko Miyoshi (Japanese, b. 1974) is the recipient of the $3,000 International Fellowship. He was selected from 289 world-wide submissions for his series Abstract Photograph, which explores the intersection between art, aesthetics, and digital technology.  

His large-scale color images are photographs of mirror, paper, and red, green and blue tape (chosen because they resemble the primary colors of a pixel) are taken with a large format camera. They bring to the surface the inherent, often contradictory, tensions between abstraction and reality.
Isa Leshko (American, b. 1971) is the recipient of the $1,000 Keystone Award for a Pennsylvania photographer for her Elderly Animals series. Photographing a diverse range of animals that are old or nearing the end stages of their lives, Leshko confronts our fears and assumptions about aging and mortality. 

Silver Eye Center for Photography is located at 1015 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.  

Image Credits (left to right, top to bottom):  

Akihiko Miyoshi, Abstract Photograph (120511a), 2011. Courtesy of the artist.

Isa Leshko, Red, Chow Mix, Age 14+, 2011Courtesy of the artist and the Corden|Potts Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
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Top Chicago restaurants unite for week-long initiative supporting Bright Pink
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CHICAGO (July 12, 2012) — BIN 36
, in partnership with Time Out Chicago
 and Raved, today announces the launch of the first-annual “Real Men Drink Pink” breast cancer awareness campaign. From Friday, August 10 through Friday, August 17, Chicago’s top restaurants will join together in featuring specially-priced $10 rosé glass pours on their beverage menus to benefit Bright Pink
 the only national breast cancer organization focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women while providing support for high risk individuals.

While breast and ovarian cancer are often regarded as female-specific issues, Real Men Drink Pink seeks to create a larger, community-wide conversation about these critical health topics with the help of notable Chicago “Real Men,” and some of the city’s top dining destinations. As a tribute to his mother, who he lost to breast cancer in 1985, BIN 36 Wine Director Brian Duncan created Real Men Drink Pink to raise awareness for the issue by utilizing the power of Chicago’s hospitality industry and through his own area of expertise – wine. Paying homage to the signature “pink” color that symbolizes breast cancer awareness initiatives nationwide, Chicagoans are invited to raise a glass of everyone’s favorite blush beverage – rosé – to support the cause this August.

Beginning on August 10 and running through August 17, the following restaurants will feature $10 rosé glass pours on their beverage menus in honor of Real Men Drink Pink: avec, BIN 36 (featuring a signature BIN 36 rosé flight), Boka, Frontera, Naha, NoMI, Publican, Rockit, Sunda, Telegraph, Topalobampo, and Webster’s Wine Bar. All Real Men Drink Pink rosé product will be generously donated by distribution partners, with 100% of all proceeds benefitting the Bright Pink organization.

In addition to the support of Chicago’s top restaurants, Real Men Drink Pink is also backed by some of the city’s leading Real Men, including: Chef Rick Bayless, WLS Radio Host Roe Conn, CEO and Founder of Rockit Ranch Productions Billy Dec, ABC 7’s “Hungry Hound” Steve Dolinsky, BIN 36 Wine Director Brian Duncan, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Bears Kicker Robbie Gould, Time Out Chicago Group Publisher Randy Hano, Chef Paul Kahan, One Off Hospitality Partner/Owner Donnie Madia, Check Please! Owner David Manilow, Naha Owner Michael Nahabedian, and Media Personality Richard Roeper. Profiles and exclusive photos of the Real Men showcasing their support for the campaign will be available on BIN 36’s social media pages.

Finally, Real Men Drink Pink is going mobile with Raved – a free new app for iPhone and iPod touch.  Raved helps friends easily discover, save, and share great places together so they can better explore the world around them. For every guest who downloads the app, raves about their Real Men Drink Pink destination, and posts a picture and/or Tip about their experience via the app, Raved will donate $1 to the campaign. Users will also be able to use Raved to find information about all the participating restaurants, explore featured lists from some of Chicago’s Real Men with their favorite places, as well as keep up with how much money the campaign has raised throughout the week. Users can download the app when it is released in the iTunes store on July 19th, or for more information visit

To learn more about Real Men Drink Pink, visit
 or call 312.755.WINE. Follow BIN 36 on Twitter
 and Facebook
 for updates, information, and profiles of the Real Men leading up to and throughout Real Men Drink Pink week. Guests are encouraged to visit participating restaurants’ websites for hours and reservations during Real Men Drink Pink week, as well as share their Real Men Drink Pink experiences with friends using #RMDP on Twitter and via the Raved app.

About Bright Pink
Bright Pink is a national non-profit organization that provides education and support to young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. We arm young women with knowledge, options and a great attitude, and offer companionship and empathy during their journey. We empower them to take control of their breast and ovarian health and in turn, grant them the freedom and peace of mind to live a beautiful and fulfilling life.

Learn more about Bright Pink and the girls we serve by clicking here

About BIN 36
Since December 1999, BIN 36 has brought unpretentious and accessible wine and cheese experiences, and seasonal new American cuisine to the forefront of Chicago. Located in the River North neighborhood, the restaurant offers a rotating selection of wines by the taste, glass, flight, or bottle, along with a distinctive list of 60 bottles handpicked by Wine Director Brian Duncan. Executive Chef William Hewitt oversees the contemporary American menu and sourcing of the 38 artisanal cheese selections available at the Cheese Bar and throughout the restaurant. A destination for wine-loving locals, area business professionals, and visitors alike, BIN 36 serves as the ideal spot for a quick lunch, an after-work wine flight and snacks, or a full-service dinner experience.

BIN 36 offers a variety of options for enjoying cheese, wine, and a memorable meal, including the Cheese Bar, the casual Tavern, the central bar, or the Cellar dining room. The on-site Market retail shop is also a convenient stop for wine and wine-related gifts. Reservations can be made through
, through BIN 36's website
, or by calling the restaurant at 312.755.9463. To learn more about BIN 36, please visit
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Nikon Recalls Rechargeable Battery Packs Sold with Digital SLR Cameras Due to Burn Hazard

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Totem Animal Ceremony: Dolphin

with Joan Forest Mage

Thursday, July 12, 2012
7 - 9 PM
Suggested donation: $20

Please join us as we honor the spirit of Dolphin through shamanic practice, an ancient form of spiritual healing. This is one in a series of Totem Animal Ceremonies that Contemporary Shaman Joan Forest Mage facilitates. Learn shamanic energy work and meditative skills that will deepen your intuitive abilities and connection to your spirit guides. In this ceremony, we will call on the healing powers of Dolphin, of Water and the Water People. Experience the nurturing of Mother Ocean and the ease that the Swimming Ones teach us about the sacred flow of breath and movement. Imagination, vocal sound, body movement and meditation connect us to Dolphin’s healing spirit of play and simple Being. Beginners welcome, no previous experience necessary. This event is offered as part of LFA's current show, Animal Wisdom, Animal Soul: Lessons of the Wild Things
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Open Drum Circle

Joseph Polise

with Cathy McManamon

Friday, July 13, 2012

8 - 10 pm

Suggested donation: $10
Info/registration 773-327-7224 or

Drumming is often called the heartbeat of Mother Earth.  Drumming has been shown to alter human brainwaves to an elevated state, reduce stress, speed healing, and just be plain fun.  Whether you have never played a drum before, have been drumming for years, or are somewhere in between, come join us for this open drum circle.  Drums of any kind, as well as shakers, tambourines, bells, sticks, vocals, body percussion, etc. are very welcome.  Some instruments will be available to borrow.  If you want to drum in the security of a group and perhaps try out some solo skills, this is a perfect place to do so!
Cathy McManamon is a musician who plays a variety of instruments.  A ritual drummer who enjoys supporting group energy and dynamics, Cathy has facilitated open drum circles and rhythm workshops at MuseCon, scout youth and leader events, and most recently at Life Force Arts Center. 
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Foundations of Shamanism:
Shamanic Journeying

with Joan Forest Mage

Saturday, July 14, 2012
9 AM - 5 PM
Preregistration required

For registration: 773-327-7224 or

Read Joan's article "The Ten Attributes of Shamansim" in LFAC's Transcendent Journeys ezine

Learn the ancient shamanic journey meditation: traveling to the spirit realm to gain wisdom and healing from angels, ancestors, totem animals and other helpful spiritual beings. Learn about shamanic cosmology, the history and ethical basis of shamanism, and the ways shamanic practice applies to the modern world and to healing the web of all life. No previous experience necessary. Required reading:Singing The Soul Back Home by Caitlin Matthews.  Shamanic Journeying is one of three seminars in Joan Forest Mage's Foundations of Shamanism Course. You can start the Course with any of the three seminars.
The Foundations Course is the first of five levels (Courses) of the full Shamanic Training Program.

Please note: Joan will be teaching Foundations of Shamanism, the introductory series of seminars of her Shamanic Training Program, on June 24, July 14 and August 12, 2012. After that, the next time Joan will offer this Course is Fall 2013. This means that, after this summer, no new students will be able to start the program till Sept. 2013.

This class may be taken for 7 NCBTMB credit hours**

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Himalayan Singing Bowls

with Edward Farnham

Saturday, July 14, 2012

7 PM
Suggested donation:
$10 advance/$15 door

Info/registration: or 773-327-7224


Read Edward's article about Himalayan singing bowls in Transcendent Journeys ezine.

This performance features overlapping layers of sound healing modalities, including Himalayan singing bowls, ganta bells, ting shaws (cymbals), gong, and mantra.
The instruments are made by Tibetan monks both as a method of healing and as meditation instruments, as part of a highly symbolic spiritual process using an alloy of at least seven metals, including pure steel from asteroids that hit the world's rooftop in the Himalayas.  They are formulated by the monks to work on many planes of our multidimensional being and can facilitate emotional catharsis, the release of blocked energies, and healing from the physical to spiritual.  They sound beautiful with primary notes and layers of overtones.  Mantras are words of power that use the primal creative force of sound as primal emanations for affecting any facet of our universal experience.  Together the instruments and mantra can function on many levels for profound effect.

Edward Farnham has studied numerous spiritual and healing techniques, including Himalayan bowls and sound healing with Richard Rudis, and mantra with Thomas Ashley-Farrand and his wife, Margalo or Satyabhama, two of the world's foremost experts on Hindu mantra. Edward is a singer with the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( and a painter who attempts to use the creative force as a vehicle to the divine.

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Ra: Healing and Earth Healing

with Kiel Milner

(photo: Diann Squiers)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

2 - 5 PM

Suggested Donation:  $10

For information: 847-477-5214 or
The Temple of Isis Sekhmet presents a rite designed as a ritual of encounter with Ra, to partake of his power for personal and Earth healing. Ra is a universal god honored by all nations: the hieroglyph that was used by the ancient Egyptians for Ra is the same hieroglyph used by many Native American tribes for Great Spirit.
The rite will be led by Ankhnemtira (Kiel Milner), who has been an ordained pagan priest for thirty years.  Shamanic performers Joan Forest Mage and Barry Bennett will perform music and dance as part of the rite.
All are welcome. Potluck feast and fellowship after the ritual.

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Coming Soon

Connecting with Crystals

with Steven Blaine Adams

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
7 - 10 PM
$55/$45 early registration by July 15

Preregistration required

 773-327-7224 or

Read Steve's article about crystals in Transcendent Journeys ezine

The art of healing with gemstones is thousands of years old. Shamans and medicine men knew the power of crystals and passed it down to the present day. This workshop is designed to give you essential principles and tools to build your relationship with crystals, and to understand and utilize their magical and healing properties. You will learn how to: 
  • work with crystals for healing and empowering mind, body and spirit
  • "program" stones: put an intention into a crystal to accomplish a goal
  • learn color theory as a simple, effective key to the energies of stones
  • cleanse stones of negative energy
  • build relationships with your crystals so you can receive their messages, healing and positive energy
Each student will apply what they have learned by working hands-on with the crystals to create a pendant or earrings as a charm for their own or another's healing. You will receive valuable handouts about planetary and chakra correspondences, crystals for aura protection, gem remedies for healing and more.

Steven Blaine Adams is an artist and designer who works with natural materials like stones and crystals to create symbols with spiritual resonance. He is LFAC's store designer,  and is on the curatorial committee for LFAC's art exhibits. Steve creates spirit-based jewelry, and has been a Tarot reader for 30 years.

This class may be taken for 3 NCBTMB credit hours**

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Tales of the Sleeping Beauty
Native American flute performance
with Tatiana Chaika

Thursday, July 19, 2012
7 PM
$10 advance/$15 at the door

For info and registration: or 773-327-7224

I dedicate this concert to the sleeping Beauty in each of us; to the power of Love, Light and Joy that is resting in the heart of the Human Being, just waiting to be awakened.I’ll combine the music of my heart with the sound of the Native American flute; merge it with loving touch of the Creator and the shining Light of Your Being.
You are just amazing in your tremendous Beauty and creative Power. Let’s dance together.
Tatiana Chaika was born and raised in southwest Siberia, Russia. She has performed in California at Mount Madonna Center, Gateways book-gift-music store in Santa Cruz, and hospitals and rehabilitation centers in Arroyo Grande. In addition to creating Healing Sound as a Native American flute player, Tatiana provides spiritual intuitive consulting, Energy Body Work as a Reiki Master, and Honey Application Art as a Master Teacher.

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Language of Astrology:


Joseph Polise

with Joseph Polise 

Sunday, July 22, 2012
10:30 AM - 4 pm

$135: $120 early registration by July 15
Preregistration required

For more information, contact 773-327-7224 or 

Joe Polise's Language of Astrology seminar series covers the building blocks of the astrological language. This series is ideal for students who have a basic knowledge of astrology, but need to review the core concepts of planets, houses, signs and aspects. You can register for each seminar in this series separately, and take the seminars in any order.
Language of Astrology: Houses looks at the 12 astrological houses from a number of different perspectives, with an emphasis on how to "read house cusps" and how each planet works in the 12 houses. Many example charts will be provided. Also, bring your own charts for self-study!  We will learn from our own charts and those of our classmates. There will be a 30 minute lunch break - bring your lunch, or buy in an area restaurant.
Joseph Polise, C.A. NCGR-PAA, has been an active practitioner in astrology since 1990. He is vice president of Chicago's Friends of Astrology and Education Outreach Chair of Professional Astrologers' Alliance.

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Siria Family Channeling

Sharyl Noday

 with Sharyl Noday

 Thursday, July 26, 2012
 7:30 - 9 PM
 $25 advance; $30 at the door

 Info/registration: or
 call 773-327-7224

 This event is held once a month on a Thursday

"The Channel and The Painter", an interview with Sharyl Noday by Liz Baudler in LFAC's Transcendent Journeys ezine

Experience a wonderful spiritual healing with Sharyl and the Siria Family! If there is anything you want to change and improve in your life, any "stuck" places, this is the event that can do it for you energetically. You will see Sharyl go into trance and bring through the beings of light called the Siria Family, who exist on the spiritual plane. They are funny, warm and wise, and they are here to assist us in our growth, and release the blocks that are holding us back in life. Their goal is to create heaven on earth. Witnessing Sharyl channeling is truly something to behold; this is real trance work. The end of the session is a meditation led by the Siria Family. It is powerful; you will have a shift. These beings love to heal, and that is their purpose in coming. You can trust Sharyl and the Siria Family.

Sharyl Noday is certified as an active Full Trance Channel and Channeling Teacher, and has over 25 years of study in metaphysics, multidimensioal consciousness and paranormal investigation. Please visit for more information.

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