IllinoisTimes - IT Picks http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-41-1-it-picks.html Thu, 30 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Riveting reprisal http://illinoistimes.com/article-14649-riveting-reprisal.html Riveting reprisal
 This Saturday, Nov. 1, make the short trip up Interstate 55 to Elkhart for The Ultimate Betrayal: The Insanity Trial of Mary Lincoln, a unique presentation of the court proceeding which resulted...]]>
Anything goes http://illinoistimes.com/article-14650-anything-goes.html Anything goes
 On Friday, Oct. 31, don your Halloween finest and join Springfield Sala and host Adam Nicholson in the Club Room at the Hoogland Center for the Arts for an open-format, anything goes open mic ev...]]>
Spectacular spookadelic http://illinoistimes.com/article-14651-spectacular-spookadelic.html Spectacular spookadelic
 Live music lovers of all ages will not want to miss Springfield’s biggest Halloween party this Friday, Oct. 31, at Donnie’s Homespun. The five-and-a-half-hour festival kicks off at 7:30 p.m....]]>
Celebrity choreography http://illinoistimes.com/article-14613-celebrity-choreography.html Celebrity choreography
 Springfield celebrities will pair with local dancers to razzle and dazzle guests in the Hilton’s Grand Ballroom on Saturday, Nov. 8, during the Prairie Art Alliance’s annual Dancing with the...]]>
Farmers market fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-14614-farmers-market-fun.html Farmers market fun
 The Old Capitol Farmers Market wraps up the 2014 season with a special Halloween-themed bash this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In addition to hosting the local farmers, artisans and other...]]>
Not your average fall festival http://illinoistimes.com/article-14615-not-your-average-fall-festival.html Not your average fall festival
 For most of us in the 21st century, fall is synonymous with fun. It’s a time for parties, pumpkin carving, corn mazes, costume contests, apple cider, trick-or-treating, haunted houses and more...]]>
Grinning gourds http://illinoistimes.com/article-14586-grinning-gourds.html Grinning gourds
 The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular returns for its 10th year Oct. 17-18. Inspired by a similar festival for professional artists in Providence, Rhode Island, the Springfield celebration will feature...]]>
Monumental mileage http://illinoistimes.com/article-14587-monumental-mileage.html Monumental mileage
 Lace up those sneakers and bust out those energy gels; it’s marathon time! The second annual Springfield Marathon returns on Oct. 19, though runners will need to register no later than Oct. 18...]]>
Little people, long sentences http://illinoistimes.com/article-14588-little-people-long-sentences.html Little people, long sentences
 The United States is the only country in the world that regularly sentences children to life and death in prison. On Tuesday, Oct. 21, the Springfield branch of the American Civil Liberties Unio...]]>
Autumnal artisans aplenty http://illinoistimes.com/article-14557-autumnal-artisans-aplenty.html Autumnal artisans aplenty
 Indian Summer Festival from Lincoln Memorial Garden returns Oct. 11-12. This fun two-day event consists of family friendly activities with a seasonal flair. Kids will love the whimsical Fairy Ga...]]>
Costumed crusaders http://illinoistimes.com/article-14558-costumed-crusaders.html Costumed crusaders
 Star Wars Reads Day will return to Barnes & Noble on Saturday, Oct. 11. This family friendly event will offer Star Wars readings, light saber demonstrations, a treasure hunt, giveaways, craf...]]>
Horrifying hearse http://illinoistimes.com/article-14559-horrifying-hearse.html Horrifying hearse
 Along the river and through the woods, on a haunted hayride pulled by hearse you’ll go! The spookiest ride in town has returned to Riverside Park for its 15th year. The hayrides occur every Fr...]]>
Canine costume contest http://illinoistimes.com/article-14527-canine-costume-contest.html Canine costume contest
 Springfield’s only Halloween party for dogs is Saturday, Oct. 4. Bring up to two of your canine companions, 6 months or older, to the Stuart Park Dog Run for a fun-filled afternoon of games an...]]>
Funny honeys http://illinoistimes.com/article-14528-funny-honeys.html Funny honeys
 Oct. 3-5 and 10-12 are the performance dates of the comedy musical, Pete ’n’ Keely, at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Pete ’n’ Keely is about a divorced couple who are forced back tog...]]>
Northend neighborhood http://illinoistimes.com/article-14529-northend-neighborhood.html Northend neighborhood
 Seventeen historic homes make up this self-guided walking tour ranging from those completely renovated to those needing someone to make them beautiful again. Many of the houses are for sale. Eno...]]>
Remarkable rides http://illinoistimes.com/article-14499-remarkable-rides.html Remarkable rides
 International Route 66 Mother Road Festival and Car Show returns to Springfield, Sept. 26-28. More than 80,000 folks are expected to filter downtown to see more than 1,000 cool cars and lis...]]>
Hallowed halls http://illinoistimes.com/article-14500-hallowed-halls.html Hallowed halls
 Bomke’s Patch brings you something a little dark in a good way: a corn maze at night seeped in 80s music. The Patch offers four opportunities to walk the maze under the stars, Sept. 26-27 and...]]>
Strong roots http://illinoistimes.com/article-14501-strong-roots.html Strong roots
 Every once and a while a musician seemingly pops into the public’s view and immediately captures their hearts. Sarah Jarosz is that sort of musician. Looking younger than her 22 years, playing...]]>
Intelligent design http://illinoistimes.com/article-14487-intelligent-design.html Intelligent design
 For 25 years, Springfield Art Association has hosted its popular Edwards Place Fine Art Fair in the fall. In its 26th year, the weekend soirée features more than 80 artists and their work, Sept...]]>
African rhythm http://illinoistimes.com/article-14488-african-rhythm.html African rhythm
 Here’s something a little different from the normal musical selections around town. Kilimanjaro Rumble, master drummers from Central African Republic, Liberia, Congo, Togo and Nigeria, will be...]]>
Pioneer past http://illinoistimes.com/article-14489-pioneer-past.html Pioneer past
 Step into the past at the Clayville Fall Festival, Sept. 20-21. Families will have an entertaining and educational time at this old pioneer village that was once a stage coach stop for central I...]]>
Books in a box http://illinoistimes.com/article-14434-books-in-a-box.html Books in a box
 The public is invited to a dedication of a new free library in Springfield on Sunday, Sept. 14. It is just north of McClernand Elementary School on Fifth Street at the home of Jacqueline D. Jack...]]>
Sound giving http://illinoistimes.com/article-14435-sound-giving.html Sound giving
 Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation’s HumpFest takes place Wednesday, Sept. 17. Activities will include live camel rides, kids’ carnival activities, a fashion show and live music by 2nd Ch...]]>
Feet first http://illinoistimes.com/article-14436-feet-first.html Feet first
 Springfield Ballet Company presents a merging of ballet, modern jazz and other dance styles with classic rock from 1975-76 during Rockballet, Sept. 13-14, at Sangamon Auditorium UIS. Featuring l...]]>
A la arte http://illinoistimes.com/article-14437-a-la-arte.html A la arte
 Two days of fine art, bell music and fun for kids takes place at Art Spectacular at Washington Park, Sept. 13-14. Founded by Rees Carillon Society Trustee Barb Walker, Art Spectacular is a profe...]]>
Wheels in motion http://illinoistimes.com/article-14406-wheels-in-motion.html Wheels in motion
 This year’s Capital City Century is headed for new territory – historic Clayville, just east of Pleasant Plains. Riders can do loops from the Clayville food stop to add mileage before return...]]>
Craft brew tastings http://illinoistimes.com/article-14407-craft-brew-tastings.html Craft brew tastings
 The fifth annual Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, rain or shine at the Inn at 835. Enjoy craft beer from more than 30 brewers across the Midwest and nationall...]]>
Comedic concert http://illinoistimes.com/article-14408-comedic-concert.html Comedic concert
 Blue Man Group is a wildly popular stage act consisting of three guys who paint themselves blue and perform a theatrical show that combines comedy, music and multimedia. If you’ve never seen B...]]>
Madness and humor http://illinoistimes.com/article-14409-madness-and-humor.html Madness and humor
 Shakespeare’s classic play Hamlet comes to the Hoogland Center for the Arts. What’s great about this performance is that local actress Aasne Vigesaa is playing the role of Hamlet. Something...]]>
Our objects, ourselves http://illinoistimes.com/article-14379-our-objects-ourselves.html Our objects, ourselves
 University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery kicks off their season Monday, Aug. 25, with the installation project Filler by Springfield native Jeff Robinson, UIS Visual Arts Gallery d...]]>