IllinoisTimes - IT Picks http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-41-1-it-picks.html Sat, 20 Dec 14 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Classical Christmas http://illinoistimes.com/article-14844-classical-christmas.html Classical Christmas
 Unwind on Friday, Dec. 19 at The State House Inn with a free Holiday Piano Concert featuring pianist Zakia Hart. Zakia, accompanied by Chris Warren on drums, Tom Myers on bass, Artie Logan on sa...]]>
Star-studded seasonal showcase http://illinoistimes.com/article-14845-star-studded-seasonal-showcase.html Star-studded seasonal showcase
 For one weekend only, The Hoogland Center for the Arts hosts the sights and sounds of Springfield’s favorite local celebrities and the Hoogland Teens, Kids and Juniors. This annual event showc...]]>
Celebrate the sacred journey http://illinoistimes.com/article-14846-celebrate-the-sacred-journey.html Celebrate the sacred journey
 This Saturday, Dec. 20., travel back in metaphorical time with Edge of Perception and the Trailhead Healing Arts Center for a Yule Winter Solstice Celebration. The Winter Solstice Celebration is...]]>
Festive flora http://illinoistimes.com/article-14818-festive-flora.html Festive flora
 For two weeks in December, the Washington Park Botanical Gardens morph from a tropical paradise into a festive holiday forest. During Dec. 6 through 21, gather your family and friends and stop b...]]>
Share your sketches http://illinoistimes.com/article-14819-share-your-sketches.html Share your sketches
 From Dec. 1 through 18, community members of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to put their art on display during the A Community Sketchbook exhibition in the Lincoln Land Community Co...]]>
A truce for tradition http://illinoistimes.com/article-14820-a-truce-for-tradition.html A truce for tradition
 On Saturday, Dec. 13, let the Illinois State Military Museum’s living historians take you back 100 years to Christmas in No-Man’s Land, France, as they present a picture of Christmas 1914, a...]]>
Pancake party http://illinoistimes.com/article-14789-pancake-party.html Pancake party
 Pancakes, Paws and Santa Claus is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a special breakfast with zoo animals and the big guy himself. Children and their parents are invited to join the Henson Robinso...]]>
All aboard the Polar Express http://illinoistimes.com/article-14790-all-aboard-the-polar-express.html All aboard the Polar Express
 Don your favorite Christmas jammies and climb aboard the Polar Express. The famed, fictitious train will stop in Springfield for a series of film showings and holiday pajama and hot cocoa partie...]]>
Cabaret Christmas http://illinoistimes.com/article-14791-cabaret-christmas.html Cabaret Christmas
 This Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6, join the Land of Lincoln Barbershop Chorus at the Little Flower School Activity Center for a fun-filled, cabaret-style holiday show. The vocal styling of this...]]>
Feeding our community http://illinoistimes.com/article-14757-feeding-our-community.html Feeding our community
 On Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., join the University of Illinois Extension local food system and small farms educator Bill Davis for a program on seed saving and why seed libraries fos...]]>
Walking in a winter wonderland http://illinoistimes.com/article-14758-walking-in-a-winter-wonderland.html Walking in a winter wonderland
 For the past 24 years, Memorial Medical Center has transformed the Illinois State Fairgrounds Orr Building into a winter wonderland at the annual Festival of Trees event. This year will be no di...]]>
Distinguished documents http://illinoistimes.com/article-14759-distinguished-documents.html Distinguished documents
 Abraham Lincoln is widely recognized as one of the best public speakers of all time. Through his speeches, Lincoln inspired citizens to vote him into the White House, abolish slavery, reject war...]]>
A Winter Fable http://illinoistimes.com/article-14725-a-winter-fable.html A Winter Fable
 On Friday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m., enjoy a classic tale of romance and deceit performed by the sweet sounds of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. The symphony will be joined by St. Louis-based Circus...]]>
You look like a monkey http://illinoistimes.com/article-14726-you-look-like-a-monkey.html You look like a monkey
White-handed gibbon Jari is not technically a monkey, but she is a member of the primate family. Sing “happy birthday” with meaning this Saturday, Nov. 22, at her first birthday party at the Henso...]]>
The punishment fits the crime http://illinoistimes.com/article-14727-the-punishment-fits-the-crime.html The punishment fits the crime
 On Monday, Nov. 24, at 6 p.m., join the Springfield Race Unity Committee at Lincoln Library for a public meeting on restorative justice, expungement of court and arrest records and mentoring. Sa...]]>
Compete for cash http://illinoistimes.com/article-14696-compete-for-cash.html Compete for cash
 Come on down to Sangamon Auditorium on Monday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. for The Price is Right Live, an interactive production of the hit TV game show by the same name. This high-energy stage show...]]>
Save our species http://illinoistimes.com/article-14697-save-our-species.html Save our species
Celebrate the biodiversity of Illinois at the Illinois State Museum on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free event is designed to raise awareness for the wide variety of plant and animal...]]>
African arts for Ebola awareness http://illinoistimes.com/article-14698-african-arts-for-ebola-awareness.html African arts for Ebola awareness
 On Saturday, Nov. 15, from 5-7 p.m., join Africans in Central Illinois and Grace United Methodist church for a night of African culture, fun and support of a worthy cause, the Doctors Without Bo...]]>
Film fanatic fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-14664-film-fanatic-fun.html Film fanatic fun
 Independent films will be shown in Springfield this weekend at the 13th annual Route 66 Film Festival. This Friday, Nov. 7, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., r...]]>
Circus capers http://illinoistimes.com/article-14665-circus-capers.html Circus capers
 This Friday through Sunday, Nov. 7-9, the Royal Hanneford Circus descends on the Prairie Capital Convention Center to offer six dazzling circus performances, presented by the Springfield Ansar S...]]>
Beatlemania returns http://illinoistimes.com/article-14666-beatlemania-returns.html Beatlemania returns
 Yesterday, the famed Beatles tribute show band, makes a stop at the Hoogland Center for the Arts for one night only, this Saturday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. Formed by Lennon impersonator Don Bellezzo,...]]>
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...]]>