IllinoisTimes - IT Picks Wed, 27 May 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 A fun, family float A fun, family float
 Abe’s River Race is a fun, family float that offers men, women and youth the opportunity to paddle 13.5 miles down the Sangamon River in canoes, kayaks and wooden boats. This year’s course i...]]>
Historical trees and ice cream Historical trees and ice cream
 This Saturday, The Lincoln Monument Association celebrates the start of summer with an old-fashioned ice cream social, historic tree tour and children’s activities at the bell tower behin...]]>
Tea time for tots Tea time for tots
 Fans of Fancy Nancy will flock to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library on Saturday, May 16, for a family-friendly celebration of the best-selling children’s book series about a little girl...]]>
Celebrate who you are Celebrate who you are
 The Fifth Annual Springfield PrideFest is a family-friendly festival boasting two stages of entertainment spanning two city blocks. The 10-hour street party features a diverse selection of live ...]]>
Celtic competitions in Chatham Celtic competitions in Chatham
 A day of athletic events, drumming, solo piping and highland dancing competition rooted deep in 11th century Celtic tradition awaits attendees of the 20th Annual Springfield Highland Games and C...]]>
Dr. Zoo-little Dr. Zoo-little
 On Saturday, May 9, Henson Robinson Zoo hosts Dr. Dolittle Day. The fun starts at 10 a.m. with Springfield Theatre Centre performances of selections from Dr. Dolittle, Jr.: The Musical. The rest...]]>
Not your grandfather’s 5k Not your grandfather’s 5k
 According to the press release, “The Fat Ass 5K and Street Party for Charity is not your grandfather’s 5K. Unless your grandfather is cool. Then it’s totally his 5K.” The 3.2-mile race r...]]>
Let’s get growing! Let’s get growing!
 The Springfield Civic Garden Club brings knowledge, expertise and May flowers to the livestock section of Illinois State Fairgrounds Sale Barn 26 this Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m. until noon. Th...]]>
The first official U.S. water circus The first official U.S. water circus
 This weekend, come enjoy Cirque Italia, a unique Italian circus experience featuring talented performers from all over the world. The show will be performed six times across three days this Frid...]]>
Master storyteller Garrison Keillor Master storyteller Garrison Keillor
 Garrison Keillor’s voice is heard on more than 900 NPR affiliates each week, and now is your opportunity to hear his voice live. Join Sangamon Auditorium on Wednesday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m., for...]]>
Creative interpretations of Lincoln Creative interpretations of Lincoln
 A multi-media arts showcase to honor a multi-faceted man. Benedictine University and Quiddity, a multi-media arts venue comprised of an international arts magazine publication, public radio prog...]]>
Walk where Lincoln walked Walk where Lincoln walked
 Immerse yourself in Lincoln’s culture as you take a self-guided tour through mid-to-late 1800s homes in the Enos Park neighborhood. You’ll view half a dozen homes that Lincoln had various co...]]>
Belly dancing beauties Belly dancing beauties
 This Saturday, see some of the Midwest’s most talented belly dancers shimmy, shuffle and shake during the Tribal X-Change belly dance show at the Hilton Springfield. Performers include Dawn �...]]>
Petapalooza Petapalooza
 Pet owners and their animal friends are invited to the annual Ani-Mall Pet Exposition on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Exposition Building. This i...]]>
Take a step for autism Take a step for autism
 This Saturday, April 25, take a step for autism at the 2015 Autism Awareness Walk and Family Fun Day, hosted by the Autism Society of Central Illinois. All activities, which will be held at Sout...]]>
Starry Springfield night Starry Springfield night
 University of Illinois Springfield announces the return of their annual Friday Night Star Parties, which will be held, weather permitting, every Friday night during April from 8 to 10 p.m., at U...]]>
A collaboration spanning a century A collaboration spanning a century
 On Saturday, April 18, the Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site hosts a publication event to celebrate A Net to Snare the Moonlight, a children’s book of poems written and illustrated by tw...]]>
Art en plein air Art en plein air
 On Saturday, April 18, join the Prairie Art Alliance and Springfield Audubon Society to paint, draw, photograph, create and explore the beautiful grounds of Adams Wildlife Sanctuary. The second ...]]>
Fiddle virtuoso Jeremy Kittel Fiddle virtuoso Jeremy Kittel
 On Saturday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m., violin and fiddle virtuoso Jeremy Kittel joins the Illinois Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Evan Chambers’ “Concerto for Fiddle” and Stravinsky...]]>
Learning with Legos Learning with Legos
 The second annual Central Illinois Junior First Lego League Expo will be Sunday, April 12, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., in Cass Gymnasium at Lincoln Land Community College. The expo showcases the wo...]]>
Locally sourced, thoughtfully prepared Locally sourced, thoughtfully prepared
 This spring, local foodies will enjoy the return of Slow Food Springfield’s annual morel mushroom dinners. The dinners will be served Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., a...]]>
An artistic approach to genetics An artistic approach to genetics
On Thursday, April 2, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., stop by the University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery for the opening reception for BIO-fied, a group mixed-media art exhibition that explores v...]]>
A classic children’s tale A classic children’s tale
 This weekend enjoy a performance of Charlotte’s Web by Jacksonville’s Playhouse on the Square. The play, based on the classic children’s tale by E.B. White, will be performed April 2, 3 an...]]>
Speechwriter, poet, author Speechwriter, poet, author
 On Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m., poet, speechwriter and author Jericho Brown will present the keynote speech at the UIS Student Technology Arts and Research Symposium (STARS), at UIS Brookens Libr...]]>
Leading ladies Leading ladies
 On Monday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m., join the Springfield branch of the American Association of University Women to view a documentary on groundbreaking women in politics, medicine and other field...]]>
Women on wheels Women on wheels
 On Saturday, March 28, Decatur’s Prairieland Punishers, a women’s flat-track roller derby league, will host the Central Illinois Showdown roller derby bout. This bout is the 2015 season home...]]>
Public service powerhouse Public service powerhouse
 On Thursday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m., the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library plays host to Abner Mikva, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014 for a career of service spannin...]]>
Skate, spin, sparkle Skate, spin, sparkle
 The Springfield Figure Skating Club’s annual Spotlight on Ice returns to the capital city this weekend for three dazzling performances. The theme of this year’s showcase is “It’s Magic�...]]>
Magnificent “Messiah” Magnificent “Messiah”
 This Saturday, March 21, at 7 p.m., join the Springfield Handel Society for a performance of the Easter portion of Georg Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.” Written by G.F. Handel in 1741-1742, t...]]>
Studying the sex trade Studying the sex trade
 On Tuesday, March 24, at 7 p.m. join the University of Illinois Springfield’s ECCE Speaker Series for a Women’s History Month presentation on the exploitation of girls and women via sex traf...]]>