Friday, September 28, 2012

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Recreate your Life's Blueprint in Champaign Urbana, Central Illinois

Ruben Martinez


Ruben Martinez Presents:The Rebirth

It is never too late to recreate your life's blueprint. Join Ruben for an inspiring evening when you can understand the inner dynamics of your psychological blueprint and learn how to break through your fears, limitations, and limiting stories. 

Ruben is a Stress Reduction Consultant and Life Strategist. Cost: $33

    • Friday, October 5, 2012
    • 6:30pm until 8:30pm 

  • Location: Beads N Botanicals, 117 North Broadway Ave, Urbana, IL 61801. 217-365-9355

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    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    2013 Witches Calendar

    Thinking of #Halloween all year? Come to Beads N Botanicals in downtown Urbana, IL and take a look at the 2013 Witches Calendar by Llewellyn now in.

    Get inspired by unique and provocative articles. Take advantage of ast
    rological data and magical correspondences. And delight in enchanting original artwork. Each month features an essay, along with a spell or ritual, on a wide range of compelling topics: gems for the cat goddess, balance and self awareness, energy and positive movement, innovative uses of chives, the rewards of winter hibernation, garden magick, and more.

    Calendar measures approx. 12"x12"

    Wire Wrapping Pendants Class in Champaign Urbana, Central Illinois

    Advanced Wire Working: Wire Wrapping Pendants:

    Do you have a stone that would make a wonderful pendant? 

    Techniques for caging tumbled and rough rocks in cages of wire will be taught. Hands-on. ( Basic Wire Working: Earrings or Collage Pendants is suggested as a prerequisite.)

     Cost: $24, 1½ hours, materials included.
     (Six-person limit)
    Wednesday, October 3, 6pm to 7:30pm

    LOCATION: Beads N Botanicals, 117 N Broadway Ave, Urbana, IL 61801

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    Monday, September 24, 2012

    Similarity: Vladimir Kazanevsky 1990 / Burhanettin Yıldız 2012

    Vladimir Kazanevsky 1990 Yomiuri International Cartoon Contest Hidezo Kondo Prize.

    Burhanettin Yıldız 2012 International Turhan Selcuk Caricature Contest 3rd Prize.

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

    Psychic & Health Fair in Champaign Urbana, Central Illinois

    Psychic & Health Fair:

    Saturday, October 20th 2012
    10 am to 5 pm

    Come and get a reading with the best readers in the Champaign Urbana area.

    Readings include: Channeled Readings, Energy Art Readings, Palm Readings, Stone Readings,Psychic readings & Tarot Readings, Tarot en espanol, Foot Massage, Reiki, Reflexology,Stress Reduction Therapy (SRT) treatments and more.

    Cost: $20 per 15 minute reading. Longer sessions available at additional cost.
    Fair also on Saturday, November 17, 2012

    Updates and information on Psychic & Health Fair on October 20, 2012 in Champaign Urbana, Central Illinois

    Held at
    117 North Broadway Ave, Urbana, Illinois 61801

    Similarity: Florian Doru Crihana 2000 / Musa Gumus 2012

    This report by Julian Pena Pai on .

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

    Esther Anaya

    Esther Anaya is an explosive entertainer, bringing beauty and music to life with her amazing talent as a violinist. Born in Monteria, Colombia, Esther began her training in classical music at the young age of 8. She quickly emerged as a prodigy and obtained Concert Master position in La Orchestra de Cajamac by the age of 12. Esther continued to excel in her natural talent and was awarded the position of “first violinist” at the prestigious Filarmonica del Atlantico. 

    After moving with her family to Los Angeles, California, Esther continued her passion for music and was granted membership to the Young Musician Foundation where she performed at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre and Disney Hall. With her extensive training as a violinist and her passion for contemporary and modern music, Esther found her true calling working with a wide range of artists that took her musical talents to the next level. Performing with the likes of Rihanna, Kanye West, Cristian Castro, Reik, and Mana, Esther has captured the audiences at major events like the halftime show at the 2011 NBA All-Star Game and the famous Greek Theatre.  

    Esther continues to push her musical ambitions in classical and modern music, working with local DJ’s and dedicating her time to expanding her range with musical genres such as House music, Hip-Hop, Techno, and Top 40. She has also recorded song mixes that have been played on widely known radio stations like Super Estrella 107.1. Esther is currently working on her first album by producing her own music which will be released in 2012.

    Checkout Esther's  Soundcloud page for a sample of her work.


    Monday, September 17, 2012

    Cartoon Contest Survey 2012 by European Cartoon Center - Kruishoutem, Belgium

    Cartoon Contest Survey 2012

    The aim of the study

    Every year hundreds of cartoon competitions are organized. We wondered on what basis cartoonists choose whether or not to participate in a contest. In addition, we were also curious about the specific characteristics of each cartoon contest on copyright, theme, prize, composition of the jury, etc. Finally, we compared the characteristics of the organizations with the criteria that the cartoonists find important.


    The study consisted of two parts:
    - A survey for cartoonists
    - A survey for organizers of cartoon competitions

    For practical reasons, an online survey was launched, where cartoonists and organizations, by mail, the website of the ECC and social media were asked to participate in the survey. Working only via an electronic platform obviously has some limitations in reaching the target audience.


    A total of 204 cartoonists from 47 countries participated in the survey and 25 organizations.

    It is striking that most of the organizations that participated in the survey are established contests. 44% of the organizations have more than 15 years of experience in organizing cartoon competitions, only 12% has less than 5 years experience.

    Of the cartoonists participating in the survey 58.33% has more than 10 years experience, 8.33% less than 2 years. It is striking that almost 81% of them say that they won a prize in the last 5 years, in 81% of cases in international competitions.


    Number of contests

    Almost half of the respondents (48%) indicated that they participate in less than 5 contests per year, and 73.5% in less than 10 contests. In comparison, for the first eight months of 2012 112 cartoon competitions were announced on the website of the ECC.


    20% of the cartoon competitions choose a free theme for the contest. The vast majority (56%) choose for social themes such as peace, environment, globalization, crisis, etc.

    The cartoonists themselves prefer to work around a free theme (44.22%), 31.16% prefer a socially relevant theme.

    Number of participants

    44% of the organizations indicated that the number of participants in their contest is stable. 48% indicates it still grows.


    Organizers announce their contest often through various communication channels. Email and website have the highest score 92%, only 56% sends the regulations by ordinary post and about 50% use social media for the announcement.

    Most cartoonists get their information from cartoon sites (72.06%) and via invitation by e-mail (66.67%). Only 54.41% receive a personal invitation by regular mail.

    It is striking that only 27.45% receive the information as a member of a cartoon organization and only 13.24% consult social media to keep informed of events.

    Requirements for the works

    80% of the organizations accept digital prints, but only 2.5% of the competition rules also allow that the cartoons are submit digitally. However 73.53% of the cartoonists wish that the works can be submitted electronically.

    It is striking that only half of the organizations indicate that cartoons may not yet have been awarded before. And in only 56% of the cases the work has to be original, not previously published. Only 38.14% of the cartoonists find that the work has to be original, but 58.82% think it makes sense that the work has had no previous price.

    In 76% of the cases organizations impose constraints on the size of the work and in 68% in the number of works.


    The number of judges varies between 3 and 12. 44% of the organizations have a panel of 6-9 jurors. 36% have a panel of 3-5 people.

    Almost half of the participating organizations also have foreigners in the jury. 4% of the respondents prefer an online vote by a professional jury. 96% is organizing a live meeting of the judges.

    The cartoonists find that the jury must be an international jury (80%) of at least 5 persons (72.54%), and that there should be a live meeting (65%).

    20% of the organizations don’t communicate the names of the jurors in any way, while 56% publish the names after the jury meeting. 18% do so after the expiration of the deadline and before the meeting. Only 8% communicates the composition of the jury in advance, while about two thirds of the cartoonists indicate that they find it important to know the names of the jurors beforehand.


    56% of the cartoon contests awarded a total amount of prizes of at least 2500€. 6% are limited to 500€.

    For the first prize in 24% 1000 to 1500€ is provided, in 20% the winner gets between 1500 and 2000€, 24% gives more than 2000€ and 20% less than 500.

    Only 11.56% of the cartoonists thinks that an amount of less than 1000€ is acceptable for the first prize. An amount of 1000 - 1500€ seems reasonable for more than 20% of the participants.


    All organizations organize an exhibition of the selected works. In one case this is only an online exhibition. The duration of the exhibition varies greatly, but in 48% of cases it is an exhibition of several months.


    In 72% the organization uses the selected works to promote the festival. 98% of the cartoonists do agree with this. 8% of the organizations allow the sponsor to use the cartoons. Here too 47% of the cartoonists do agree.

    In 12% of the cases, the cartoonist is also compensated for this. It is striking that in 20% the organization maintains all rights to the cartoons.


    Main criteria that influence the decision whether or not to take part in a contest:

    In 22.34% it is the reputation of the organization that determines whether or not to participate. The reputation is also indicated by 64% of the respondents as important or very important. Interestingly, the reputation has a slightly higher score than their own experience with the contest (which is decisive only for 11.23% and 63% important or very important).

    A second decisive criterion is the publishing of a catalog (20.60%) and the possibility of electronic submission of cartoons (20.20%). Only 2.5% of the organizations allow this.

    60% of the cartoonists think that each participant should receive a free catalog. Only 28% of the organizations give a free catalog to all participants. 73.33% of the cartoonists think that at least those selected should receive a catalog, which is the case in 60% of the contests. 4% of the organizations don’t publish a cartoon book and 4% only an online catalog.

    Although only 13.40% indicates that the return of the works is decisive in the decision whether or not to participate in a contest, 50% find this is an important or very important criterion.

    The prize money is only for 10.10% of the respondents a decisive criterion, 37.88% find this important and 18.69% very important.

    Also 60% of the respondents find the invitation of the winners at the opening ceremony an important point. As well as the fact that an exhibition is organized (74.36%).

    51% of respondents find the composition of the jury not very important. The names of the winners of the previous editions are considered as less important (41%).

    It is notable that 63.14% is indicating that the FECO rating is not important or not important at all in making a choice. Only for 1.63% of the respondents this is a decisive criterion.

    The copyrights are for 60% an important or very important criterion. But it is notable that in only 12.37% this is a decisive criterion for cartoonists to participate or not in a contest.

    Source: .

    19th International Cartoon Rendon Festival 2012, Colombia

    The Outstanding Colombian caricaturist born in Rionegro - Antioquia (1894-1931), call "The Emperor" of the Cartoon. One of the most penetrating and fine Latin American humorists in the XX century, in their work the humor was satire, it was characterized especially by the political cartoon. Their cartoons were true x-rays of the facts and of the individuals. It was pioneer of the graphic publicity in Colombia.
    The Festival is an event sponsored by the municipal administration of Rionegro during eighteen serial years in memory of Ricardo Rendón Bravo.
    The Festival, only in the history of the country for their trajectory and continuity; he has allowed to look at the perception of authors of but of 85 countries, main characters of the changes and experiences of the towns that contribute to the humanity's growth with the same humour. The laughing thought and its universal language, caricature is the most effective weapon against the thought that does not laugh.
    It is a dream and an universal yearning to erase frontiers so territorial as ideological that prevent us to live in harmony and to visualize the light of the freedom as principle of peace and coexistence.
    1) The contest is open to all cartoonists all over the world.
    2) The deadline for entries is November 3 (Saturday) 2012
    3) The themes of the competition are Three:
    Theme 1. WOMAN, Woman in the satirical presentation, modern and fashionable, joyful and upset; a wife, mother or friend, woman the house, professional or just the woman...
    2. FAMOUS WOMEN: Outstanding Women in world history,
    3. DÉBORA ARANGO PÉREZ: Artist Colombian See Biography
    4. FREE.
    4) Each participant can present in the competition a maximum of Three cartoons for theme.
    5) You can participate with cartoons in white and black or in color.
    6) The size of cartoons will not exceed 30 x 40 cms maximum.
    7) You can also participate in the competition with cartoons that have already been published or rewarded previously, all the presented cartoons will be original. Photographs, photocopies etc, will not be accepted, and the transport of the cartoons in charge of the participant.
    8) Participants are requested to send, together with their cartoons, a short curriculum vitae and a photograph.
    9) In the reverse of each cartoon he/she should go the name, surname, address, telephone number and country of origin of the participant.
    10) The selected Caricaturist will receive free a catalogue.
    11) The jury composed of Colombian and foreign cartoonists.
    12) The results will be announced in the month of December of 2012.
    13) The cartoons presented in the competition won't be returned.
    14) By filling in the entrance form attached, the participant declares and accepts in advance that (s)he has turned over the financial rights (s)he holds over the cartoon or cartoons vis-à-vis the public to Cartoonrendon without limitation on location, time period and number the intellectual property all rights for publication. (S)he agrees that Cartoonrendon may use such cartoons, exhibit them, keep them in its archives and publish them on the internet or through other media.
    15) The organization is reserved the right of exhibiting those works that he/she understands they can attempt against individual or collective rights.
    16) The Participation in the competition supposes the entire acceptance and without reservations all the conditions.
    1° Grand Prix Theme “WOMAN” US 2.000
    2° Prize Theme “FAMOUS WOMEN” US 500
    3° Prize Theme “DÉBORA ARANGO PÉREZ” US 500
    4º Prize Theme FREE US 500.
    Special Prizes offered by various institutions.
    The works should be sent to:
    Fernando Pica / Centro Cultural Cr 50 # 48 - 05, Rionegro, Antioquia COLOMBIA

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

    Exposición de la XIX Muestra Internacio​nal de las Artes del Humor

    Grand Prize winner of International Nasreddin Hodja Cartoon Contest changes

    Grand Prize winning cartoon by Turcios in 32nd International Nasreddin Hodja Cartoon Contest 2012 has been cancelled since the cartoon had already been awarded in 4th International Fadjr Cartoon & Caricature Contest 2012, Iran. The case being in violation of the Conditions of Participation Article 2 was identified by Ismail Kar (See his page on facebook) and DonQuichotte. The new Grand Prize winner is Szumowski (Top) from Poland and his previous Honor Prize goes to Sergey Riabokon (Second down) from Ukraine. The new winner of Riabokon's previous Special Prize of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism is yet unknown.
    Details on & .

    Friday, September 14, 2012

    Results Axial International Cartoon Contest 2012, Hungary

    Theme: Machines in agriculture, construction and warehousing
    I. Prize: Tovirac Zoran Toco (Serbia)
    II. Prize: Doru Axinte (Romania)
    III. Prize: Máté Steiner (Hungary)
    Vladimir Kazanevsky (Ukraine)
    Andrey Selivanov (Russian Federation)
    Bartolome Matas Atienza (Spain)
    Károly Lugosi (Hungary)
    Oleksy Kustovsky (Ukraine) (Top)
    Tomas Trunecek (Czech Republic).
    All winning cartoons + Participants.

    Introduction to Tarot Reading in Champaign Urbana, Central Illinois

    Introduction to Tarot Reading: 

     With Beads N Botanicals owner Catherine Novak. Great for beginners or as a refresher for experienced readers.

    Tarot as divination. Tarot as guide. Tarot as access to one’s inner wisdom. However you view tarot, you can learn to use its symbolism to give insight, meaning and guidance to the events of your life. Catherine Novak has been reading tarot cards for more than 20 years and is offering this class in response to many clients and students looking to learn more about the tarot.

    We will cover the traditional meanings of the Major & Minor Arcana cards, interpretation of the cards, listening to your inner voice and developing confidence in your reading abilities. Universal or Rider Waite Deck required for this class and available for purchase at the shop for an additional fee.

    Five Weeks on Thursday nights, from 6:00pm to 8pm. starting October 11, 25, & November 8th, 15 & 29.

    Cost: $150 per person, due by October 10 Or $125 prepaid by September 29th. Pre-payment and pre-registration required. Minimum of three students required for this class to run with no more than ten students. (we will have a waiting list for more than 10 students)

    LOCATION: Beads N Botanicals, 
    117 N Broadway Ave, Urbana, IL 61801

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

    Psychic & Health Fair In Champaign Urbana, Central IL

    Psychic & Health Fair:

    Saturday, September 15 2012
    10 am to 5 pm

    Come and get a reading with the best readers in the Champaign Urbana area. 

    Readings include: Channeled Readings, Clairvoyant readings, Psychic readings & Tarot Readings, Tarot en espanol.

    Foot Massage, Reiki, Reflexology,
    Stress Reduction Therapy (SRT) treatments and more.
    Cost: $20 per 15 minute reading. Longer sessions available at additional cost.
    Fairs also on Saturday, October 20th, and November 17, 2012

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    Results 32nd International Nasreddin Hodja Cartoon Contest 2012, Turkey

    Theme: Free
    Grand Prize: Omar Alberto Figueroa Turcios - Spain (Top).
    Honor Prizes: Grzegorz Szumowski - Poland, Kambiz Derambakhsh - Iran, Yuri Kosobukin - Ukraine, Burak Ergin - Turkey, Jerzy Gluszek - Poland.
    Special Prizes: Pavel Botezatu - Romania, Aleksei Kivokourtsev - Russia, Arben Meksi - Albania, Nikola Listes - Croatia, Sergey Riabokon - Ukraine, Shahram Rezaei - Iran, Vladimir Kazanevsky - Ukraine, Ibrahim Tuncay - Turkey, Cristobal Reinoso - Argentina, Cemalettin Guzeloglu - Turkey, Milko Dikov - Bulgaria, Constantin Sunnerberg - Belgium, Elena Ospina - U.S.A., Musa Gumus - Turkey, Pawel Kuczynski - Poland, ARES - Cuba (Below), Grigori Katz - Israel.
    All prize-winning cartoons .

    Sunday, September 9, 2012

    Results 11th International Ecocartoon Biennial Sokobanja 2012, Serbia

    Winners in XI International Ecocartoon Biennial Sokobanja 2012, Serbia
    1st Prize: Mahmood Nazari, Iran (Top)
    2nd Prize: Nedeljko Ubović, Serbia
    3rd Prize: Mojtaba Heidarpanah, Iran
    Diploma: Ahmet Aykanat, Turkey (Second down)
    Diploma: Ali Mirae, Iran (Third down)
    Diploma: Ali Mirae, Iran.
    All winning cartoons .

    Thursday, September 6, 2012

    Results Kosova World Cartoon Biennial 2009 !

    KOSOVA AWARD 2009 / Peja, Kosova International Cartoon Contest results
    Theme: Don’t Disturb!
    Grand pize: Ares / Cuba
    First prize: Vita Masi / Italy
    Second prize: Oğuz Gürel / Turkey (Top)
    Third prize: Rainer Ehrt
    Special prizes:
    Jerzy Gluszek / Poland
    Ross Thompson / England
    Antonio Mongiello / Italy
    Ramiro Zardoya / Cuba
    Ahmet Aykanat / Turkey
    Diego Mallo / Spain
    Hicabi Demirci / Turkey
    Faik Krasniqi / Kosova
    Zbigniew Pietrzyk / Poland
    Cristobal Reinoso / Argentina.
    Source:!/photo.php?fbid=10151094387918472&set=a.76963318471.78099.756053471&type=1&theater .

    Monday, September 3, 2012

    Topic in the 2nd International cartoon competition Brain Sneezing: Balance

    Results XIV International Cartoon Contest 2012 - Zielona Gora, Poland

    1.Zygmunt Zaradkiewicz - illustrator, graphic designer, director of the Museum of Caricature. E. Lipinski in Warsaw (Chairman of the Jury)
    2.Jacek Frankowski - cartoonist, caricaturist, a member of the Association of Polish Cartoonists
    3.Mirosław Gancarz - satirist, promotion specialist air services in the province. Lubuski
    4.Leszek Kania - art connoisseur, vice director of the Museum of the Earth Lubuska
    5.Wojciech Kozłowski - expert in modern art, director of the BWA Zielona Gora
    6.Krzysztof Rutkowski - satirist, journalist, Radio West
    7.Maria Radziszewska - DEBUT LSMDK member (secretary of the jury).
    382 authors from 45 countries submitted 930 works to the contest, 26 works nominated for awards and prizes (statutory and sponsorship) and the jury decided to award four prizes as follows:
    Grand Prix - Mikhail Zlatkovsky (Russia)
    1st Prize - Bretislav Kovarik (Czech Rep)
    2nd Prize - Ewelina Soból (Poland)
    3rd Prize - Grigori Katz (Israel).
    Special awards donated by sponsors:
    1.Jovan Prokopljević (Serbia) - Special Award of the Museum of Caricature. E. Lipinski in Warsaw
    2.Julian Bohdanowicz (Poland) - Special Award Provincial and Municipal Public Library C. Norwida in Zielona Gora
    3.Burkhard Fritsche (Germany) - Special Award "Green Mountain" Power S.A.
    4.Jacek Helmut (Germany) - Special Award of the Polish Oil and Gas Company
    5.Mihai Ignat (Romania) - Special Award Lubuskie Museum in Zielona Gora
    6.Vladimir Pavlik (Slovakia) - Zielona Gora Cultural Centre Special Award
    7.Magdalena Wosik (Poland) - Special Award BWA Zielona Gora
    8.Ivan Simek (Slovakia) - Special Award of the Association of Polish Artists Caricature in Warsaw
    9.Ewelina Soból (Poland) - Special Award Marszalek Wojewodztwa Lubuskie Elizabeth Polak.
    Sources: & .

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

    The 6th International Cartoon Contest Urziceni 2012, Romania

    The 6th International Cartoon Contest Urziceni & The
    17th National Festival of Humor “Revelionul Caricaturiştilor”, Romania
    Open to all cartoonists
    Entries: max. 5
    The works must be accompanied by the author's biography
    Size: A4 (210 x 297 mm) - A3 (297 x 420 mm)
    Technique: free
    Deadline: November 19th, 2012
    Theme 1 : FREE
    First Prize - 1000$
    Second Prize - 600$
    Third Prize - 400$.
    Theme 2 : ONE-WAY ROAD
    3 Special Prizes: 400$ - 300$ - 200$.
    Exhibition: December 15th, 2012
    Catalogue: each selected artist will receive a copy
    Remark: the works will not be returned and will remain
    the property of The Culture House of Urziceni Municipality.
    Works will be sent to:

    Contact details:
    +40243254020 .
    (Source: salt & pepper).