IllinoisTimes - IT Picks Sat, 10 Oct 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 From funeral home to graveyard From funeral home to graveyard
 The Terror on the Square scare squad takes haunting to a whole new level in this year’s Terror in the Graveyard event. The veteran crew has manned the popular Terror on the Square haunted hous...]]>
A Sunday stroll through history A Sunday stroll through history
 This Sunday, a popular walking tour returns to Oak Ridge Cemetery after a seven-year hiatus. The public is invited to enjoy a guided stroll through Oak Ridge Cemetery, during which they will lea...]]>
Gender in the world of Hogwarts Gender in the world of Hogwarts
 This Tuesday, enjoy a UIS ECCE Speaker Series presentation that features analysis and discussion on the gendering (masculine, feminine, androgynous or gender bent) of characters in J.K. Rowling...]]>
Bigger, better than before Bigger, better than before
 There’s something for everyone at the 17th Annual Old Capitol Blues and BBQ Festival, hosted by Downtown Springfield Inc. The food lineup is mouthwatering, with vendors offering everything fro...]]>
Wilkommen! Bier! Wilkommen! Bier!
 This Saturday, the Jacksonville Rotary Club’s annual Oktoberfest celebration celebrates a fifth year of fun, heritage and, of course, bier. Modeled after the 205-year-old Oktoberfest celebrati...]]>
New Salem at night New Salem at night
 Enjoy the rich history of Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site during the annual Candlelit Walk Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, from 7-9 p.m. The village will be illuminated with campfi...]]>
Awareness for homeless pets Awareness for homeless pets
 This Thursday, bring your leashed pet(s) to Southwind Park and join the Animal Protective League, along with animal welfare organizations around the world, for a Remember Me Thursday pet walk an...]]>
Obliterating musical categorization Obliterating musical categorization
 Music lovers will not want to miss this one-of-a-kind concert that brings two legendary musicians side by side in a stellar live performance combining blues and classical music. Join “harmonic...]]>
A Route 66 tradition A Route 66 tradition
 More than 80,000 spectators and 1,000 cool cars are expected to descend on downtown Springfield this weekend for the 14th annual Route 66 Mother Road Festival. The festival opens on Friday night...]]>
End the weekend with Wopat End the weekend with Wopat
 This Sunday, enjoy a “swanky, sophisticated evening of beautiful music” with Tony Award-nominated Broadway performer and former “Duke of Hazzard” Tom Wopat. The versatile actor turned si...]]>
The high court and Constitution The high court and Constitution
 Celebrate Constitution Day by attending an ECCE Speaker Series presentation that offers a close look at the Supreme Court of the United States under the direction of Chief Justice John Roberts,...]]>
Sky-high family fun Sky-high family fun
 Gather the family for a day of fun during Chatham’s second annual family kite festival. The festival, hosted by Chatham Friends of the Parks and genH Kids Coalition, features kites of all size...]]>
Presidential pets Presidential pets
 American presidents love their pets. The Obamas adopted a dog named Bo shortly after Barack’s election in 2009, the Clintons brought Socks the cat and Buddy the dog to Washington, and John F....]]>
Cycle through Springfield’s sites Cycle through Springfield’s sites
 As a precursor to Sunday’s 100-mile Capital City Century bike race, enjoy a free, 8-mile bike ride led by Naomi Greene and Jim Hajek of the Springfield Bicycle Club. The ride will occur on Sat...]]>
Artists from all across America Artists from all across America
 Enjoy art, music and children’s activities this weekend during the Art Spectacular at Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon in Washington Park. The tenth-annual art fair is ranked as the “Best Fine...]]>
Stumped by leaves? Stumped by leaves?
 Has a leaf-collection project stumped your family this season? If so, don’t miss out on the two Leaf Identification Hikes hosted by Lincoln Memorial Gardens the first two Sundays in September...]]>
Three evenings of culture, learning Three evenings of culture, learning
 Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt once referred to the Chautauqua, the adult education movement made popular in the 19th and 20th centuries, as, “The most American thing in America.”...]]>
Reflecting on racial climate Reflecting on racial climate
 The Fall 2015 ECCE Speaker Series begins Tuesday at 6 p.m. with a panel discussion examining the historical, social and political lineage nurturing the racial climate that resulted in the June 1...]]>
A macabre musical A macabre musical
 The kookiest, spookiest family around takes residency at the Hoogland Center for the Arts Aug. 28-30 and Sept. 4-6. The Addams Family, written by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman and Rick E...]]>
The art of the ISM The art of the ISM
 According to Illinois State Museum Director of Art and History Jim Zimmer, the Spectrum exhibition provides a “satisfying glimpse into a unique, Illinois-focused collection to which artists an...]]>
Colorful dots in the sky Colorful dots in the sky
Float up, up and away this weekend -- or slide down an inflatable waterslide, scamper up a rock wall or simply take in the action from the ground; there’s something for everyone at the Lincoln Ba...]]>
“Let it snow, let it snooooooow…” “Let it snow, let it snooooooow…”
 Young fans of the hit Disney film based off Hans Christian Andersen’s fabulous fairytale “The Snow Queen” will enjoy an arctic blast of winter fun at The Legacy Theatre’s Summertime Snow...]]>
New faces in a familiar place New faces in a familiar place
 The Prairie Art Alliance presents a gallery show resulting from the first-ever group of artists from its Emerging Artists Program. The goal of the program is to further the professional developm...]]>
Praise and positivity through music Praise and positivity through music
 The area’s longest-running Christian music festival, Powerlight Fest, returns to the Illinois State Fair’s Lincoln Stage on Sunday, Aug. 23, for nine hours of worship, music and fun. The fes...]]>
Behind closed doors Behind closed doors
Springfield’s oldest-surviving house opens its doors and drawers to the public during a series of behind-the-scenes tours of Edwards Place this Saturday. Curator of Collections Erika Holst will guid...]]>
Contemporary collaboration Contemporary collaboration
 “Here and Not Here” is a Springfield Art Association-hosted exhibition that appropriately spans two of the SAA’s exhibition spaces – the M.G. Nelson Gallery and The DEMO Project. This co...]]>
A bird-banding bash A bird-banding bash
 Enjoy an up-close-and-personal examination of one of the world’s tiniest breeds of birds this weekend at the Sangamon River Audubon Society’s Hummingbird Festival. Hummingbirds, which typica...]]>
Be business-savvy Be business-savvy
 Learn how to bring your business-owning dreams to reality at the Starting Your Business in Illinois seminar on Wednesday, Aug. 19. The complimentary program, hosted by the Illinois Small Busines...]]>
Architecture inspired by insects Architecture inspired by insects
 Learn about the monarch butterfly, the insect that inspired many of the lighting designs throughout Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana-Thomas House, during a free educational event on Sunday, Aug 9. Un...]]>
10 stages of family-friendly fun 10 stages of family-friendly fun
 For the past 30 years, live music and family fun have been at the forefront of Decatur Celebration. This year is no exception, with a four-day schedule that is bigger and better than ever. The m...]]>