IllinoisTimes - IT Picks http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-41-1-it-picks.html Fri, 28 Aug 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 A macabre musical http://illinoistimes.com/article-16068-a-macabre-musical.html 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 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16069-the-art-of-the-ism.html 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 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16072-colorful-dots-in-the-sky.html 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…” http://illinoistimes.com/article-16036-%25E2%2580%259Clet-it-snow-let-it-snooooooow%25E2%2580%25A6%25E2%2580%259D.html “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 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16037-new-faces-in-a-familiar-place.html 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 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16038-praise-and-positivity-through-music.html 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 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16012-behind-closed-doors.html 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 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15994-contemporary-collaboration.html 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 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15995-a-bird-banding-bash.html 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 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15996-be-business-savvy.html 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 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15968-architecture-inspired-by-insects.html 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 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15969-10-stages-of-family-friendly-fun.html 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...]]>
Progressive dining downtown http://illinoistimes.com/article-15970-progressive-dining-downtown.html Progressive dining downtown
 Having difficulty choosing where to enjoy a delicious, locally-sourced dinner? Why not kill (metaphorically, of course) four locally-sourced birds with one stone during the Farm to Table Dinner...]]>
Abe’s auto and air show http://illinoistimes.com/article-15935-abe%25E2%2580%2599s-auto-and-air-show.html Abe’s auto and air show
 The Abraham Lincoln Car Show Spectacular is the largest car show in central Illinois. Displays include the replica Lincoln Funeral carriage, 30-50 Pinto Stampedes, the Fordzilla Monster truck, J...]]>
Fresh food, close to home http://illinoistimes.com/article-15936-fresh-food-close-to-home.html Fresh food, close to home
 In celebration of the United States Department of Agriculture dedication of August 2-8 as National Farmers Market Week, the Illinois Stewardship Alliance has partnered with local like-minded bus...]]>
Catching creepy crawlies http://illinoistimes.com/article-15901-catching-creepy-crawlies.html Catching creepy crawlies
 Did you know that central Illinois is home to nearly 300 different kinds of insects? Some of them you’ve undoubtedly seen, like the glamorous firefly or the annoying mosquito. But some of them...]]>
Learning from the greats http://illinoistimes.com/article-15902-learning-from-the-greats.html Learning from the greats
 Calling all future baseball stars: If you want to learn the fundamentals of the game from some of the best teachers out there, check out the Free Youth Baseball Clinic on July 25. The clinic wil...]]>
Transported to another era http://illinoistimes.com/article-15903-transported-to-another-era.html Transported to another era
 What better way to wrap up a fun-filled weekend than watching the sun set while listening to a local band play the classics? The Springfield Municipal Band’s Sunset Concert offers exactly that...]]>
Cruise to community gardens http://illinoistimes.com/article-15870-cruise-to-community-gardens.html Cruise to community gardens
 This event sends those interested in urban agriculture and communal gardening on a self-guided tour of more than 20 school, neighborhood and community gardens plus the rooftop garden at Maldaner...]]>
A gallery under the stars http://illinoistimes.com/article-15869-a-gallery-under-the-stars.html A gallery under the stars
 Make your mark on Washington Street July 18 at the Springfield Art Association’s Third Annual Paint the Street Fest, held 2-10 p.m., between Fourth and Seventh streets. Individuals and communi...]]>
Anything is possible http://illinoistimes.com/article-15871-anything-is-possible.html Anything is possible
 Springfield Clinic and The Legacy Theatre are proud to present Broadway’s musical presentation of Disney’s Mary Poppins. This classic tale tells the story of a mysterious nanny who arrives a...]]>
From books to Broadway http://illinoistimes.com/article-15857-from-books-to-broadway.html From books to Broadway
 See the Cat in the Hat and many more of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved characters come to life during the Springfield Municipal Opera’s production of Seussical: The Musical. Seussical tells the sto...]]>
Fun for all at the ballpark http://illinoistimes.com/article-15858-fun-for-all-at-the-ballpark.html Fun for all at the ballpark
 Join the Springfield Sliders as they take on the Hannibal Cavemen this Saturday, July 11, at Robin Roberts Stadium. If you have yet to attend a Springfield Sliders baseball game, what are you wa...]]>
Introduction to Mayhem http://illinoistimes.com/article-15833-introduction-to-mayhem.html Introduction to Mayhem
On Tuesday, July 7, join Springfield’s all-female, skater operated, non-profit, amateur roller derby league for the Fresh Meat Program. The Midstate Mayhem-hosted weekly skate sessions are a fun way...]]>
A sweet celebration http://illinoistimes.com/article-15809-a-sweet-celebration.html A sweet celebration
 On July 4, gather with friends, family and neighbors of all ages at the home of one of Springfield’s founding families for a strawberry party. The strawberry party is an updated take on a mid-...]]>
Fireworks, food, festivities on the Fourth http://illinoistimes.com/article-15810-fireworks-food-festivities-on-the-fourth.html Fireworks, food, festivities on the Fourth
  The Springfield Jaycees are proud to host their annual Capital City Celebration in beautiful downtown Springfield. Friday’s festivities start at 7 p.m., and feature craft vendors, beer, Pepsi...]]>
Patriotic pets and family fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-15811-patriotic-pets-and-family-fun.html Patriotic pets and family fun
 Jacksonville’s Nichols Park is the setting for a full day of all-American family fun this Fourth of July. Activities include an all-day flea market, kids’ fishing tournament, Premier Bank ch...]]>
Sing your heart out http://illinoistimes.com/article-15828-sing-your-heart-out.html Sing your heart out
This Saturday, celebrate the Fourth of July with a patriotic singalong at Parkway Christian Church. This annual holiday concert features a talented cast of performers including Reverend Mark Gifford o...]]>
Complications of burning coal http://illinoistimes.com/article-15794-complications-of-burning-coal.html Complications of burning coal
Approximately 90 power plants in Illinois use coal-burning energy. CWLP’s Dallman 4 is one of them. Coal ash, an unfortunate side effect of coal-burning power plants, is a toxic chemical that has be...]]>
Pageants, pet shows, a parade and more http://illinoistimes.com/article-15787-pageants-pet-shows-a-parade-and-more.html Pageants, pet shows, a parade and more
 Assumption Fest is a three-day, family-fun festival that has been going and growing for more than 80 years, and is proud to offer big-city entertainment in a small-town setting. Two new attracti...]]>