IllinoisTimes - IT Picks Mon, 30 Mar 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
From books to off-Broadway From books to off-Broadway
 Fancy Nancy is a young girl with a big personality and a penchant for everything fancy. When her teacher announces plans for a class show, Deep Sea Dances, Nancy and her best friend, Bree, are t...]]>
Who will solve the mystery? Who will solve the mystery?
 Join the Springfield Theatre Centre March 13-15 and 20-22 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts for an interactive fundraiser dinner benefitting the STC. For an unknown reason, Albert Doornale, an...]]>
A man with many jobs A man with many jobs
 This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, join host Evan Mitchell and The Garbage Shop for a celebration of one of the world’s oldest art forms – the one-man band. The first two nights of this first...]]>
Night at the museum Night at the museum
 If you enjoyed the Illinois State Museum’s First Friday events in 2014, you will love 2015’s Second Fridays. It’s the same location, same concept, held on the second Friday of the month to...]]>
The art of text The art of text
 The first portion of a new art exhibition spanning multiple Springfield venues opens this week at the Illinois State Museum. Pro-Text: When Words Enter Visual Art explores the varied ways that a...]]>
Cultures and characters Cultures and characters
 The UIS ECCE Speaker Series continues on Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m., with a presentation and readings by fiction writer and poet Stuart Dybek. Dybek will read from his new collection of short st...]]>
Many artists, multiple mediums Many artists, multiple mediums
 This Saturday, join the Prairie Art Alliance for Mystic Harmony, a collaborative mixed-media art exhibition by Prairie Art Alliance members. The featured artists for this exhibit are Toni Wright...]]>
Cinematic concert Cinematic concert
 Cinematography meets the symphony on Sunday, March 4, from 4-6:30 p.m., at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Attendees of Night at the Movies will enjoy live performances of popular film soundtr...]]>
Abstract expressionism at UIS Abstract expressionism at UIS
 Sublime Light, a visual art exhibit by Lyle Salmi at the University of Illinois Springfield’s Visual Arts Gallery, explores the relationship between light and space through the vehicle of abst...]]>
Attention area thespians Attention area thespians
 If you dream of seeing your name in lights, consider auditioning for a role in the 2015 season at New Salem’s Theatre in the Park. Open auditions for children will occur at 9 a.m., and open au...]]>
A Pan-African and American dialogue A Pan-African and American dialogue
 On Monday, Feb. 23, visit the Out of Africa Heritage Center, located at 422 E. Monroe St., for a book signing and discussion with Seenaa G-D Jimjimo. Seenaa will be signing copies of her book, T...]]>
Sustainable design Sustainable design
 Sustainability will be the topic of discussion on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 6:30 p.m., at Lincoln Library. Sustainable design leaders from Springfield and Chicago will share the stories behind their ...]]>
Clown comedy Clown comedy
 If you are a fan of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” or The Second City, you will not want to miss this weekend’s Portuguese Rodeo Clown Company performances. In this live, improvisational two-h...]]>
Architecture accentuates music Architecture accentuates music
 Local talent Ben Bedford, a singer, songwriter and storyteller lauded nationally for writing beautiful songs about historical events, will perform a special Valentine’s Day concert on Saturday...]]>
A program about progress A program about progress
 On Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m., join the Sangamon County Historical Society and Oak Ridge Cemetery executive director Michael Lelys for a program focusing one of the nation’s leading histori...]]>
A Broadway show for children A Broadway show for children
 The newest show for children at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, Dr. Dolittle, Jr., is a musical adaptation of the popular book authored by Hugh Lofting and the film of the same name from Twent...]]>
Internationally acclaimed artist alert Internationally acclaimed artist alert
 On Friday, Feb. 6, from 6-8:30 p.m., DEMO Project hosts a reception to celebrate the opening of O White Gods, a contemporary art exhibition by visual artist Travis Shaffer. The Missouri-based ar...]]>
Lincoln’s loyal leaders Lincoln’s loyal leaders
 The Lincoln Home National Historic Site is currently recruiting volunteers for the 2015 season. On Saturday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m., stop by the Lincoln Home Conference Center for an information ses...]]>
Famed orations from Frederick Douglass Famed orations from Frederick Douglass
 On Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m., head to UIS Brookens Auditorium for a Black History Month event hosted by the UIS ECCE Speaker Series. This living history presentation features actor Fred Mors...]]>
The wonderful world of wine The wonderful world of wine
 Join the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association for a Winter Wine Tasting Festival. The Friday night event offers the public an opportunity to sample wines from more than 20 Illinois wi...]]>
Back in plaid Back in plaid
 Forever Plaid tells the fictional story of a young male vocal group, The Plaids, who perished in a car accident on their way to see the Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. By some m...]]>
A Friday night fairytale A Friday night fairytale
 This weekend’s hottest – or should we say iciest – party for kids is the Sangamon Valley Youth Performance Group’s Fairytale Ball. The Friday night dinner and dancing event is open to Fr...]]>
Presenting polite pirates Presenting polite pirates
 Pirate School is an interactive variety show for children ages 4 and up. Created by New York City-based comedian and actor, David Engel, the show utilizes everyone’s favorite “briny buccanee...]]>
Caring for chickens Caring for chickens
 Backyard chicken coops have steadily been gaining popularity in the U.S. during the past several years. Backyard chickens make innovative pets and function as an extremely local food source, off...]]>