IllinoisTimes - IT Picks http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-41-1-it-picks.html Tue, 24 May 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Unplug and play outside http://illinoistimes.com/article-17233-unplug-and-play-outside.html Unplug and play outside
 School is almost out for summer! Celebrate by unplugging your electronic devices and playing outside with the Springfield Park District, genHkids, Springfield YMCA and Hy-Vee. While the day’s...]]>
Comedy + wine = fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-17234-comedy-%252B-wine-%253D-fun.html Comedy + wine = fun
 Treat yourself to a bit of fun this Thursday evening, complete with wine, snacks and laughs as Hill Prairie Winery hosts comedian Jay Harris for one very funny show. Jay’s accolades include be...]]>
Broadway and the Beast http://illinoistimes.com/article-17192-broadway-and-the-beast.html Broadway and the Beast
 Experience the classic love story of Belle, a young woman stuck in a provincial town, and the Beast, a young prince trapped under an enchantress’ spell, when the touring Broadway production of...]]>
A delicious comeback http://illinoistimes.com/article-17193-a-delicious-comeback.html A delicious comeback
 On Thursday, May 12, the Illinois Products Farmers Market returns for a ninth year of food and fun. The three-hour night market takes place 4-7 p.m. every Thursday now through October 13. Weekly...]]>
Downtown’s hidden gems http://illinoistimes.com/article-17165-downtown%25E2%2580%2599s-hidden-gems.html Downtown’s hidden gems
 On Thursday, May 5, join Downtown Springfield, Inc. and Illinois REALTORS for a self-guided tour of downtown residential and commercial spaces that are otherwise inaccessible to the general publ...]]>
You say fitness, I say fatness http://illinoistimes.com/article-17166-you-say-fitness-i-say-fatness.html You say fitness, I say fatness
 The Fat Ass 5K is not your grandfather’s 5K. The 3.1-mile race route includes beer, ice cream, coffee, donut and corn dog stations plus live entertainment and surprises throughout. This year�...]]>
A Mass 30 years in the making http://illinoistimes.com/article-17167-a-mass-30-years-in-the-making.html A Mass 30 years in the making
  A “Bach B-Minor Mass” concert will be performed at Central Baptist Church on Saturday, May 7, at 7 p.m., by the 60-person Springfield Choral Society along with a 27-piece orchestra, which i...]]>
New gallery, new show http://illinoistimes.com/article-17141-new-gallery-new-show.html New gallery, new show
 Join local artists David Brodsky, Jed Leber and Corrin Smithson McWhirter for the opening reception for “Translations,” the first exhibition to be displayed at the newly established SAA Coll...]]>
Animal-free antics http://illinoistimes.com/article-17142-animal-free-antics.html Animal-free antics
 Founded in 2011, Cirque Italia is the United States’ first traveling water circus. This magical European-inspired spectacle is the brainchild of Manuel Rebecchi, who spent his childhood travel...]]>
More trees, please http://illinoistimes.com/article-17104-more-trees-please.html More trees, please
 Protecting a city’s tree canopy is important for three key reasons: reducing climate temperature, reducing flooding and setting a standard of beauty and sustainability. Join Sustainable Spring...]]>
Food that fuels fitness and fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-17105-food-that-fuels-fitness-and-fun.html Food that fuels fitness and fun
  Since 1901, Junior League organizations have helped women develop as civic leaders and make positive, measurable impacts on their communities through various events, programs and services. On S...]]>
Dedicated young vocalists http://illinoistimes.com/article-17106-dedicated-young-vocalists.html Dedicated young vocalists
 One of the finest musical ensembles in the country performs Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m., in Illinois College’s Rammelkamp Chapel. The American Boychoir is comprised of a diverse mix of boys in...]]>
Porky painting party http://illinoistimes.com/article-17090-porky-painting-party.html Porky painting party
 Join the Springfield Art Association for its annual “Roasted: Hot Pots and Pork” event and fundraiser. Glaze a pre-made ceramic pot, watch it being fired in an outdoor Raku kiln and enjoy a...]]>
Spring shopping http://illinoistimes.com/article-17091-spring-shopping.html Spring shopping
 Gardeners will have the opportunity to shop from 14 types of shade-loving woodland wildflowers plus 15 different bare root trees and shrubs this weekend during Lincoln Memorial Garden’s annual...]]>
Comedic country concert http://illinoistimes.com/article-17092-comedic-country-concert.html Comedic country concert
 The Legacy Theatre’s executive director, Scott Richardson, describes The Doyle and Debbie Show as “a love letter to both country music and its great duo acts.” The Nashville-based fictitio...]]>
Summer camp fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-17054-summer-camp-fun.html Summer camp fun
 Enjoy a full week of summer camp condensed into one fun evening during Camp Ondessonk’s Saturday Spectacular on Saturday, April 9, from 3:30 to 9 p.m., at St. Agnes School in Springfield. Some...]]>
The voice of the heartland http://illinoistimes.com/article-17055-the-voice-of-the-heartland.html The voice of the heartland
  See one of the most highly regarded songwriters of a generation Sunday, April 10, when John Mellencamp performs with special guest Carlene Carter in support of Mellencamp’s 2014 record, Plain...]]>
Make a difference http://illinoistimes.com/article-17056-make-a-difference.html Make a difference
 If you or your organization is involved in charity work, you won’t want to miss this two-day conference led by Bob Lupton, author of Toxic Charity and Charity Detox. The conference is designed...]]>
Abraham Lincoln portrait exhibit http://illinoistimes.com/article-17008-abraham-lincoln-portrait-exhibit.html Abraham Lincoln portrait exhibit
 See the best, freshest portraits of hometown hero Abraham Lincoln on display during the opening reception for the Illinois Times Capital City Visitor cover art contest gallery event. The recepti...]]>
Bringing Vachel Lindsay to life http://illinoistimes.com/article-17010-bringing-vachel-lindsay-to-life.html Bringing Vachel Lindsay to life
 See Chicago troubadour Steve Duchrow perform Peddler of Dreams, an original play adapted from the writings of American poet Vachel Lindsay on Saturday, April 2, at the Vachel Lindsay Home State...]]>
A hilarious, adventurous musical http://illinoistimes.com/article-17012-a-hilarious-adventurous-musical.html A hilarious, adventurous musical
 See local men don tights in support of the Springfield Ballet’s Company annual fundraiser for education and outreach programming during one unforgettable performance this Friday, April 1, at 7...]]>
2015 Pulitzer Prize winner for public service http://illinoistimes.com/article-16979-2015-pulitzer-prize-winner-for-public-service.html 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner for public service
 See a presentation by Mitch Pugh – a Riverton native, UIS alumnus, editor of Charleston, South Carolina’s The Post and Courier and 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner for public service – during an...]]>
The colors and scents of spring http://illinoistimes.com/article-16980-the-colors-and-scents-of-spring.html The colors and scents of spring
 Enjoy the Springfield Park District’s 43rd annual showcase of spring flora, available for viewing daily between now and April 3. More than 800 Easter lilies, hyacinths, tulips and narcissus wi...]]>
Socialize for a cause http://illinoistimes.com/article-16981-socialize-for-a-cause.html Socialize for a cause
 The Springfield Social Club is a philanthropic group that aims to provide social, cultural, altruistic and networking opportunities to local professionals of all ages. The club was formed in 200...]]>
A clean slate http://illinoistimes.com/article-16952-a-clean-slate.html A clean slate
 Learn how criminal records can be expunged or sealed during a Criminal Record Expungement and Sealing Seminar. The free event is organized and supported by the Springfield NAACP, Springfield Urb...]]>
Understand computer security threats http://illinoistimes.com/article-16953-understand-computer-security-threats.html Understand computer security threats
 On Tuesday, March 22, Lincoln Land Community College’s Capital City Training Center hosts a computer security and privacy protection seminar designed to help novice-to-expert users of technolo...]]>
Glee for free http://illinoistimes.com/article-16954-glee-for-free.html Glee for free
 On Saturday, March 18, enjoy a complimentary concert by the Glee Club of the Roxbury Latin School of Boston. Founded in 1645, The Roxbury Latin School of Boston, Mass., is the oldest boys’ sch...]]>
Living and working with Viv http://illinoistimes.com/article-16908-living-and-working-with-viv.html Living and working with Viv
 Finding Vivian Maier is a critically acclaimed documentary about a mysterious photographer by the name of Vivian Maier, who shot more than 100,000 photos and hid them away in storage lockers for...]]>
The Lincoln nuptials http://illinoistimes.com/article-16909-the-lincoln-nuptials.html The Lincoln nuptials
 This weekend, see an original play based on the wedding of Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln. On Nov. 7, 1842, Springfield’s elite gathered at the home of Ninian and Elizabeth Edwards to witness E...]]>
Bringing the songs of George Gershwin to life http://illinoistimes.com/article-16910-bringing-the-songs-of-george-gershwin-to-life.html Bringing the songs of George Gershwin to life
 Paired with a live jazz combo and some of the area’s finest vocalists, the Springfield Ballet Company brings the magic of George Gershwin to life during four performances of Rhapsody in Gershw...]]>